Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

29864658The reality TV show to die for. Literally.

Kerry Drewery’s Cell 7, published in September 2016, sounds like an episode of Black Mirror. The public decides whether a person convicted of a serious crime is innocent or guilty via a public vote all broadcast live to the world via a nightly tv show, Death is Justice. The convict must wait seven days on death row during which the public decides their fate. Each day, they move from one cell to the next enduring various psychological tortures all of which are broadcast live. On Day 7, if they are voted guilty, they are executed live on tv, for an extra charge of course. It’s a concept that, like Charlie Brooker’s, isn’t completely unimaginable. Continue reading

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, presented by Kevin J. Kennedy, edited by Brandy Yassa

Collected Christmas FinalChristmas has always struck me as being the strangest time of year. Whether you’re a fan of Christmas or not, or an Andy Williams or Grinch as Nev Murray describes it in the Foreword, Christmas feels different to the rest of the year. People are more stressed out whilst simultaneously telling themselves that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s enough to make anyone crazy. This collection of short stories and poems captures the weirdness of the Christmas season perfectly. Continue reading