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Review: “Ascent,” Luke Walker

Pros: Enjoyable horror tale about nightmares come to life Cons: Not wholly coherent Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Luke Walker’s horror novel Ascent starts in the moment of the explosion of a nuclear bomb. Five people inside an office building

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Review: “Head Full of Ghosts,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: It seems predictable… until it really, really isn’t Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel is a book I’ve repeatedly seen recommended on Book Twitter, and finally I decided I

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Review: “Unfinished Business,” Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Old-fashioned ghost stories plus a few fun flash fictions Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 There are some suitably old-fashioned paranormal stories in Catherine Lundoff’s anthology Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic, as well as some highly

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Review: “The Unspoken,” ed. William Meikle

Pros: Elegant stories about and adjacent to the subject of cancer Cons: Typical anthology issue that not every story works for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 William Meikle edited the anthology The Unspoken, a collection of horror stories–some

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Review: “A Terrible Beauty,” Nancy Baker

Pros: Intimate, engaging relationship drama Cons: A little predictable, but it’s the journey that matters Rating: 4 out of 5 Nancy Baker’s A Terrible Beauty is a gender-swapped “Beauty and the Beast” in which the Beast is a two-thousand-year-old vampire

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Short Take: “Little Paranoias,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Wonderful little tidbits of paranoia and horror! Cons: Not everything worked for me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Little Paranoias: Stories is a relatively brief anthology of 20 creepy short stories, including a couple of poems. There’s

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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: “Feral,” Matt Serafini

Pros: Some decent humans-fighting-werewolves material; one unexpectedly interesting character Cons: See below… Rating: 2 out of 5 Matt Serafini’s Feral: A Novel of Werewolf Horror picks up in some ways toward the end, but unfortunately, by then it’s really too

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Review: “Lost Mission,” Joshua James, Daniel Young

Pros: The last quarter gets tense and interesting Cons: The pacing is all off; so-so characters Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a big fan of Joshua James’s “Lucky’s Marines” books, so when I saw he had co-authored the novella

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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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