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Review: “The Bride Stripped Bare,” Rob Bliss

Pros: If you want a catalog of the grotesque… Cons: Needlessly depraved and bizarre Rating: 2 out of 5 Book Twitter let me down for once in its recommendation of Rob Bliss’s The Bride Stripped Bare. English professor Chris gets

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Review: “Dead Moon,” Peter Clines

Pros: Moon zombies!! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Dead Moon, by Peter Clines, is a wonderful new take on the zombie story! For nearly a hundred years, the Moon has hosted cemeteries. There’s just no more room to

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Review: “Until Death,” Kari Kilgore

Pros: Intriguing tale Cons: Slow and ordinary at first Rating: 4 out of 5 In Kari Kilgore’s Until Death (The Death and Redemption Series), Leo Sabov must watch his wife Maria die, a victim of her own alcoholism. After being

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Review: “Helmet Head,” Mike Baron

Pros: Enjoyable slasher fiction Cons: A bit meandering and weird Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Mike Baron’s slasher tale Helmet Head is a solidly decent entry into the genre. Deputy Pete Fagan made a mistake that got his former partner

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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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Short Take: “To Be Devoured,” Sara Tantlinger

Pros: Excellent intense point of view Cons: Very gross! Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Tantlinger’s novella To Be Devoured is, I must warn you, quite grotesque. So if that puts you off, just stop here. Andi has made a

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Short Take: “The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Four entertaining stories Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s short anthology The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales contains four brief tales of horror. I really loved her unusual serial killer tale Without Condition, so I had

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Review: “The Pilot,” Michael Cole

Pros: Interesting military-vs-monsters story Cons: Details that don’t add up right Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Cole’s The Pilot introduces us to Victor Seymour, a Navy SEAL who was discharged due to cancer, recovered, and became a mercenary. He

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Short Take: “Breaking the Habit,” Yolanda Sfetsos

Pros: Good monster story Cons: Lack of chemistry Rating: 4 out of 5 In Yolanda Sfetsos’s short story (novella?) Breaking The Habit (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 27), Cisco and Isla just got married. Unfortunately, while the two have planned on

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Short Take: “The Long Sleep,” William Meikle

Pros: Delightful short mystery Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mostly I’ve read William Meikle’s creature-features and cosmic horrors. This time I decided to read one of his Sherlock Holmes tales: The Long Sleep: A Weird Sherlock Holmes Adventure.

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