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Short Take: “The Hole,” William Meikle

Pros: Captivating tale of destruction! Cons: Two of the female characters Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle’s The Hole introduces us to a small town that’s about to deal with a big disaster. Residents, including 20-year-old drunkard Fred Grant,

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Review: “A Lush and Seething Hell,” John Horner Jacobs

Pros: Deliciously eerie Cons: Slow Rating: 4 out of 5 John Horner Jacobs brings us A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror. It includes two novellas/short novels, both in the vein of cosmic horror. In “The Sea

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Review: “Sefira & Other Betrayals,” John Langan

Pros: Entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Langan’s anthology Sefira and Other Betrayals includes eight stories–a mix of previously published works and original stories–on the theme of betrayal, in the genre of horror. This is literary horror,

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Review: “In the Shadow of Spindrift House,” Mira Grant

Pros: Sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go! Cons: If anything I would have liked even more buildup Rating: 5 out of 5 Mira Grant’s (novella? Short novel?) In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a most bizarre combination

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Review: “Into the Black,” William Meikle

Pros: Lovecraftian horror with an occasionally whimsical flair Cons: Slightly repetitive Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I seem to be on a roll with William Meikle books lately; they’re perfect for when I want horror, but not depressing. Into The

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Review: “Bug Eyed Monsters,” William Meikle

Pros: These stories are addictive Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Bug Eyed Monsters: A Creature Feature Collection is an anthology that covers a wide array of creepy, rampaging beasties. One story in particular (Into the Valley

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Review: “Rust: One,” Christopher Ruz

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Somewhat confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 In Christopher Ruz’s Rust: One, Kimberly Archer is pushed in front of a train. When she wakes up, she’s living in the town of Rustwood. She’s married to a

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Review: “Inside the Asylum,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Delightfully horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s Inside the Asylum (A Kathy Ryan Novel) is the sequel to her Behind the Door. Each is a standalone story connected by the occult investigator protagonist Kathy Ryan.

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Review: “Operation Antarctica,” William Meikle

Pros: Enjoyable military vs monster tale! Cons: One or two very minor details Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Antarctica (S-Squad Book 2) is a great military-vs-monsters tale of cosmic horror, involving “a horde of fucking Nazi ice

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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