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Review: “Twisted: Tainted Tales,” Janine Pipe

Rating: 4 out of 5 Janine Pipe’s horror collection Twisted: Tainted Tales has an interesting conceit to it. A woman found a bunch of papers at an author’s estate, each story linked to a song on a mix tape. Each

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Review: “And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe,” Gwendolyn Kiste

Rating: 5 out of 5 Gwendolyn Kiste’s horror short story collection And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe is very intriguing and endlessly dark. There’s a woman who gives birth to birds. There are people who disappear, and society has

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Review: “How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend,” Linda Addison

Rating: 5 out of 5 When I bought Linda Addison’s horror collection How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, I didn’t realize there was quite a bit of poetry in among the stories. I’m not much of a

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Review: “Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy,” Hailey Piper

Rating: 5 out of 5 Hailey Piper’s Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy is a brilliant collection of (mostly) LGBTQ+ horror stories filled with incredibly strong women (and a few others). It includes a variety of horror elements, from cosmic horror

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Review: “Black Dogs Black Tales,” ed. Tabatha Wood, Cassie Hart

Rating: 4 out of 5 The anthology Black Dogs, Black Tales – Where the Dogs Don’t Die: A Charity Anthology for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand investigates the analogy of mental illness as a “black dog.” Sometimes the

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Review: “Campfire Macabre,” Various Authors

Rating: 5 out of 5 I rarely give multiple-author anthologies a 5 out of 5, but Campfire Macabre earned it. It’s filled with an astounding number of flash fiction horror stories–500-1000 words long each. If you enjoy both horror and

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Review: “Collected Easter Horror Shorts,” ed. Kevin J. Kennedy

Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Kennedy edited Collected Easter Horror Shorts (Collected Horror Shorts Book 2). As the title says, it’s a collection of short stories connected to Easter in one way or another. Some are about mysterious

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Short Take: “Wyrd and Other Derelictions,” Adam Nevill

Rating: 5 out of 5 Adam Nevill’s short story collection Wyrd and Other Derelictions is one of the most original pieces of horror I’ve seen. There are seven “stories.” I put stories in quotation marks because they’re not at all

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Review: “Shiver,” ed. Nico Bell

Rating: 4 out of 5 I’m a big fan of snowy, icy horror. Once you’ve found yourself in the eerie stillness of an evening snowfall, it’s easy to imagine all sorts of horrors to go with. The anthology Shiver: A

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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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