My Top 5 Horror Books

My Top 5 Horror Books

Do you like to be scared? Not the oh-my-gawd-there’s-a-madman-with-an-axe-chasing-me-down-the-corridor type of scared, but the ‘safe’ scare of a good horror film or book, the type of scare where the monster stays safely inside the cinema or the pages of your book? I...
West Seattle Blues by Chris Nickson

West Seattle Blues by Chris Nickson

West Seattle Blues is the second outing for music journalist Laura Benton. Set several years after Emerald City, Laura is now married with a son who is almost walking and a husband in the book business. She still works, albeit not as much as she used to, writing...
The Quick by Lauren Owen

The Quick by Lauren Owen

I love a book which conjures me away to a different time, a different life and The quick, the debut novel by Lauren Owen certainly ticks those boxes. Brother and sister James and Charlotte live in Yorkshire where, in the absence of parents (a dead mother and...
Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas

Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas

Dark Fuse is proving to be a great publisher of horror shorts and Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas is no exception. Jeremy Stake is a shape-shifting PI who is doing time so his client he impersonates doesn’t have to. Stake is in no ordinary penitentiary: this future world,...
Horror Shorts

Horror Shorts

Fancy a short shot of horror? I have two books to recommend to you. In Broken Sigil by William Meikle Joe Connors is a cop who is called to investigate the death of his friend, Johnny Provan. Connor’s investigations soon unearth an affair between his friend and his...
The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop by Nick Cutter

I love horror films but it is rare that a book in the horror genre satisfies and excites as much as a good movie. The Troop by Nick Cutter is one of few to hit the mark. Set on a small uninhabited island off Prince Edward Island in Canada, a small group of scouts...
The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

Elysium, the New Orleans home of Nikki Delongpre and her parents, holds a secret and when Nikki breaks up with her long term boyfriend Anthem, and takes creepy Marshall home for a midnight swim, the consequences have repercussions beyond anything the teenagers could...
Gideon Smith and The Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

Gideon Smith and The Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

I really enjoy reading Steampunk and I have reviewed one or two here on my blog. Not every author captures the essence of the alternative Victorian technology and society as well as David Barnett does in Gideon Smith and The Mechanical Girl. So, what is this book...
The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott

I watched some of Les Revenants (The Returned) when it was screened in the UK recently. It was very good: atmospheric, beautifully filmed, great story. So when I saw The Returned, the debut novel by Jason Mott, I had to read it. This book has many similarities to the...
Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Haven’t people got their knickers in a twist over Alissa Nutting’s Tampa? I knew it would be a controversial and difficult read before I began, but this book quite took my breath away. And I’m not entirely sure it’s a good thing. I feel I need to address the...

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