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Review: “Amalgam: Book One: Contact,” Mike Duke

Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a huge fan of the SF/horror combo (the Alien franchise, etc.), so I was really looking forward to Mike Duke’s AMALGAM: BOOK ONE: CONTACT. Unfortunately it only somewhat lived up to that anticipation. Our

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Review: “Tiamat’s Wrath,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 In James S.A. Corey’s Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, 8), once again the crew of the Rocinante is scattered to the four winds. Holden is captive on Laconia (he likens himself to a “dancing bear,” left

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Review: “Far From Home,” ed. Samantha Kolesnik

Rating: 4 out of 5 Samantha Kolesnik edited this anthology of short, adventure- and travel-themed horror stories, Far From Home: an Anthology of Adventure Horror. Like many anthologies, I think that people will find the overall quality solidly good, but

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Review: “Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 6,” Various Authors

Rating: 4 out of 5 Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 6 includes a number of very good stories, including a few by authors I know and love (Christine Morgan, Hailey Piper). I also definitely found a few new authors to

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Review: “The Black Farm,” Elias Witherow

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Elias Witherow’s horror novel The Black Farm, about what happens after you commit suicide, is a wildly mixed bag. He says in his author’s note that he wants to bring “fresh concepts” to and “breathe

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Review: “Malignant Summer,” Tim Meyer

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Tim Meyer’s horror novel Malignant Summer, it’s 1998. High school students Randall and Alphie are hiding clues for the annual Great Hunt, in which a bunch of students try to solve a clue hunt.

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Review: “Persepolis Rising,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 30 years later… No, really. James S.A. Corey’s military science fiction novel Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, 7) takes place roughly three decades after Babylon’s Ashes. Laconia, the colony formed by the rogue Martian contingent led

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Review: “Goblin,” Josh Malerman

Rating: 5 out of 5 Josh Malerman’s Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas is an interconnected set of six stories–as well as a connected prologue and epilogue–all of which take place in and around the town of Goblin. I really

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Short Take: “The Sea Below,” William Meikle

Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle’s horror adventure The Sea Below is the sequel to his The Land Below. In that book, two men wanted to search for a treasure supposed to be underground. They hired a “bodyguard,” who

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Review: “Operation Grendel,” Daniel Schwabauer

Rating: 4 out of 5 Daniel Schwabauer’s military science fiction novel Operation Grendel is really intriguing, and it has a fascinating ending, but I can’t make the timeline of events that are critical to the ending make sense. If I

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