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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: “Blood Shot,” Tanya Huff

Rating: 5 out of 5 Tanya Huff’s Blood Shot: Stories from the Blood ‘Verse (Blood Series) is an anthology of short stories from her “Blood ‘Verse.” It involves characters from both the main vampire novels and a spin-off series centered

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Review: “Beneath Us,” Serena T. Nobert

Rating: 3 out of 5 Serena T. Nobert’s Beneath Us is a collection of four paranormal/horror tales. In the first story, 14-year-old John makes the mistake of stealing a small ceramic skull as a result of peer pressure from his

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Review: “Under Her Black Wings,” various authors

Rating: 4 out of 5 Under Her Black Wings: 2020 Women of Horror Anthology is an anthology of all female-authored stories (19 of them). The overall quality is quite good, although I found one or two stories that didn’t entirely

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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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Review: “Hungry Rain,” Brian Fatah Steele

Rating: 3 out of 5 Brian Fatah Steele’s horror novella Hungry Rain takes place at Woodlands Resort and Camping. A heavy rain falls, leaving behind a strange odor that primarily contaminates the lakes. Later that night, horrific creatures come stalking

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Review: “Seeing Things,” Sonora Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Seeing Things is every bit as good as her Without Condition [review], and I loved that book. She has a knack for taking well-used story elements like serial killers or seeing ghosts and

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Short Take: “Fungoid,” William Meikle

Pros: A fungal apocalypse with a touch of cosmic horror! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s (novella? Short novel? Not sure which) Fungoid introduces us to a fungal apocalypse. Jim Noble is on hand when the first

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Review: “Whispers in the Dark,” Laurel Hightower

Rating: 5 out of 5 Laurel Hightower’s Whispers in the Dark is divinely horrifying! Sergeant Rose McFarland is a S.W.A.T. sniper and mother of two young children. She has a lover she’s been friends with for years, and an ex-husband

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Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

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