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...
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...
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 Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt Haig

You hear a lot of people talk about an author’s ‘voice’, discussing how it is one of the most important things to get right. In The Humans, Matt Haig’s writerly voice is so good, it’s only after finishing the book that you are aware of...
Carniepunk by Various

Carniepunk by Various

I have always found carnivals and traveling fairs very sinister places; places where the ‘freaks’ and dispossessed gather together and, at least in my imagination, seduce the unaware into the underworld, never to be seen again. It seems I’m not alone in my madness as...
Emerald City by Chris Nickson

Emerald City by Chris Nickson

Mention Seattle to me and what comes to mind is Microsoft, Frasier and rain. But Seattle is also the setting for Emerald City, the new book by Chris Nickson. It’s 1988 and Laura Benton is a music journalist at The Rocket, a publication at which the author also worked...
The Night Rainbow by Claire King

The Night Rainbow by Claire King

Telling a story, especially an adult story, from the point of view of a child is a very difficult thing to get right. Among authors who have been successful in achieving this are Emma Donoghue in Room, John Boyne in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and John Harding in...
A Conspiracy of Angels by Laurence MacNaughton

A Conspiracy of Angels by Laurence MacNaughton

Mitch Turner is newly released from prison and goes to live with his asthmatic brother. Top of his to do list is to find out the truth about his daughter’s death. When a young girl called Geneva visits him one day asking what the Archangel project is about and what...

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