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Review: “Alien: Into Charybdis,” Alex White

Rating: 5 out of 5 Alex White’s Alien: Into Charybdis is sort of a follow-on to his Alien: The Cold Forge. You probably don’t need to read that one first, and you’ll spend the first half or more of this

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Review: “Alien: The Cold Forge,” Alex White

Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m a total sucker for “Alien”-franchise books, and Alien: The Cold Forge, by Alex White, is just the right blend of sci-fi and horror. Dorian Sudler, the director of special resources for Weyland-Yutani, is on

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Review: “The Cellar,” Richard Laymon

Rating: 1 out of 5 This time I’m going to put the content note right up front, because it’s important. DO NOT read this book if you don’t want to deal with child molestation and rape. (Also slurs, victim-blaming, murder,

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Review: “Twisted Anatomy,” ed. SciFi and Scary

Rating: 5 out of 5 I don’t often give multi-author anthologies a perfect 5/5, simply because it’s hard for a given editor’s tastes to line up well with any given reader. But Twisted Anatomy: A Body Horror Anthology really hit

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Review: “Wrath Child,” Erik Henry Vick

Rating: 5 out of 5 I had never heard of Erik Henry Vick when Amazon recommended his Wrath Child: A Supernatural Thriller to me. This setup rarely ends well, but this time I’m glad I went with the recommendation! FBI

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Review: “The Gulp,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 5 out of 5 I love Alan Baxter’s work–especially his horror–and The Gulp: Tales From The Gulp 1 is a collection of five stories about a remote Australian town with a whole lot of secrets. The town of Gulpepper

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Review: “The Bone Factory,” Yolanda Sfetsos

Rating: 3 out of 5 Yolanda Sfetsos’s horror novella The Bone Factory was an enjoyable read, but it needed a bit more to it. I love horror novellas because frankly the genre seems to lend itself naturally to the length,

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Review: “Candy Coated Madness,” Jeff Strand

Rating: 5 out of 5 When you really enjoy a particular writer’s work, a single-author anthology can be a lot of fun! Candy Coated Madness, by Jeff Strand, is a ridiculously funny collection of short horror stories. First, make sure

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Review: “H-311,” Jordon K. Stephens

Rating: 2 out of 5 NOTE: There are some spoilers in this review, mostly for the first half of the book. In Jordon K. Stephens’s H-311, an innocent man–Austin Russel–is sent to prison for murder and cannibalism. He becomes a

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Review: “Halldark Holidays,” ed. Gabino Iglesias

Rating: 4 out of 5 Halldark Holidays, edited by Gabino Iglesias, is full of stories meant to be a twist on the “Hallmark Holidays” concept. These are horror tales, all of which take place on or around holidays. Mostly Christmas,

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