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Short Take: “Dear Laura,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s novella Dear Laura introduces us to a woman on a mission. When she was 14, her best friend Bobby got into a mysterious car and disappeared, never to be

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Review: “Growing Things and Other Stories,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Wonderful collection of stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay presents us with a collection of short horror stories called Growing Things and Other Stories. I should note that there’s some mention of animal harm in

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Review: “Inspection,” Josh Malerman

Pros: So intense! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Josh Malerman’s Inspection: A Novel blew me away. We’re introduced to J, a boy who’s being raised in an isolated school for geniuses. He and his “brothers” are called the

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Review: “The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson

Pros: Holy hell this story sucked me in! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) has Dr. Montague preparing to spend some time in the supposedly-haunted Hill House. He finds two

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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: “The Invited,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Fantastic sense of place and wonderful characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s The Invited: A Novel introduces us to Helen and her husband Nate, circa 2015. They’re both teachers–Helen’s a historian–and they’ve gotten it into

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Short Take: “The Copycat Murders,” William Meikle

Pros: Taut and intriguing Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s work always seems to migrate to the top of my TBR pile. His novella The Copycat Murders is no exception! It starts several steps into the story,

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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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