The Six by Luca Veste

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It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.

In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …

Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay? Continue reading

The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar

43297534._UY400_SS400_Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Continue reading

The Faithful by Matt Hayward

41irr5knu9L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_At the Mountains of Madness meets They Live! in a new novel from Matt Hayward, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear? After comedian Leo Cartwright performs his farewell comedy show in New York City, a young man ailed by cerebral palsy confides in him about odd dreams and a place he calls No Man’s Land. Leo thinks nothing of it until the man, Christopher Tate, winds up dead, along with a cryptic note taped to the comedian’s RV window: See you soon, Funnyman. Leo sets out to find the truth about Christopher’s dreams to an odd town named Elswich. Shown to Leo in a dream by a mysterious man named Jarrad Prescott, the town prays to an Otherworldly god named Aypep and give their bodies to host his children in return for eternal life in the Otherworld. It’s a wish granted through sacrifice… Continue reading

The Last by Hanna Jameson

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Historian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends. As the lights go out on civilisation, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia, and their two daughters are still alive. More than anything, Jon wishes he hadn’t ignored Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city and walled in by towering trees, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a young girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer.

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what kind of justice can he hope for, when society as he knows it no longer exists? 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

Broadswords and Blasters Issue 2

cover2Broadswords and Blasters, the new magazine from Matthew X. Gomez and Cameron Mount, declares itself as “pulp with modern sensibilities” and, before I started reading, I wasn’t really sure what this was going to be. As an incredibly varied genre, pulp encapsulates popular or sensationalist writing that is stereotypically of poor quality. Thankfully, the magazine does feature genre storytelling, all of which is very well written, without the misogynistic and racist elements of the pulp tradition. Continue reading

Family Ties: A Review of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

For me, the word ‘Roanoke’ immediately conjured up images from the last series of American Horror Story and I expected the book to be a horror. Although it isn’t a work in the horror genre, it’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve read in a very long time as it tackles one of society’s ultimate taboos. Continue reading

The Grownup By Gillian Flynn: A Review

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As a fan of Gone Girl, I was looking forward to reading Gillian Flynn’s short story The Grownup (published in October 2015). As a short story writer myself, I want to read more short stories to really understand how they are developed, crafted, and presented. And, as an Edgar-winning short story, I suspected this would be a specifically strong example of a modern horror short story. Continue reading