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Review: “Beneath the Rising,” Premee Mohamed

Rating: 5 out of 5 Premee Mohamed’s cosmic horror novel Beneath The Rising bowled me over. Right from the start we’re presented with a highly unusual friendship of sorts. Joanna “Johnny” Chambers was born to a wealthy family, and possesses

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Review: “Terminus,” Peter Clines

Rating: 5 out of 5 Peter Clines’ Terminus has a relationship of sorts with his earlier novel, 14 [review]. There’s a group called the Family, and they’re essentially a doomsday cult with a twist: they’re looking to destroy a Machine

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Review: “Her Body and Other Parties,” Carmen Maria Machado

Rating: 4 out of 5 Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties: Stories is a bizarre and arresting collection of short stories. “The Husband Stitch” is one of my favorite stories in this volume. It’s about a girl’s journey

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Review: “Celestial Seepage,” Brian Fatah Steele

Rating: 4 out of 5 This is the second book I’ve read by Brian Fatah Steele. The first, Hungry Rain [review], was okay. It lacked in certain areas, but the main of it was interesting enough, and targeted closely enough

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Review: “Devil’s Creek,” Todd Keisling

Rating: 5 out of 5 Todd Keisling’s novel Devil’s Creek manages to pack in a whole lot of horror! In 1983 Kentucky, Father Jacob Masters of the Lord’s Church of Holy Voices plans a sacrifice to his dark lord under

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Review: “Ramskull,” William Meikle

Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Ramskull is an intense cosmic horror tale. In 1494, Alexander Seton, on order from the King, visits the site where an abbey will be built so he can find out why the crew

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Short Take: “Sour Candy,” Kealan Patrick Burke

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kealan Patrick Burke’s short novella Sour Candy is a great little jolt of horror. It’s a perfect read for when you have a spare hour or two. Phil Pendleton is out

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Review: “Rules for Vanishing,” Kate Alice Marshall

Pros: Incredibly intense and imaginative! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kate Alice Marshall’s young adult horror story Rules for Vanishing is an utterly fascinating ride. Sara Donoghue’s sister Becca went missing a year ago, and Sara overheard her

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Review: “White Pines,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Stunning rural cosmic horror Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I absolutely love Gemma Amor’s horror novel White Pines. Megs (Megan) has just been informed by her husband that their marriage is over. Since she just inherited a

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Short Take: “The Festering Ones,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Engaging and original Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper’s novella The Festering Ones is a short piece of cosmic horror that’s a lot of fun. Young Faith went on a hunting trip with her father, only

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