Review: A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

Visceral and unsettling, A Life of Death is an artfully developed novel featuring many relevant themes in regard to young adult readers. The nature of life and death is explored, as is the horror of physical/emotional abuse, the importance of family, and the meaning of grief. Through our narrator, Alex, who finds himself gifted with… Continue reading Review: A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

Review: Seeing Double by Karen Runge

Mind-rape is perhaps the most fitting description of this book. Ms. Runge holds nothing back as she walks the line between poetry and pornography. (I was reminded of "Heat" by Denis Johnson - "...this exhaustion mutilated to resemble passion...") Here we explore the haunted nature of lust, focused at a remove through a desperate lens… Continue reading Review: Seeing Double by Karen Runge

Review: The Infernal Clock

A dark tour de force, The Infernal Clock offers up twenty-four devilishly twisted explorations into the nature of madness, abomination, death, limbo, and Hell. Featuring a top notch lineup of diverse, seasoned voices, the collection deserves a high place among the most promising efforts of 2017. Sporting not only a novel concept for an anthology,… Continue reading Review: The Infernal Clock

Review: Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs

Writing effective, evocative short stories is a challenge for any writer, no matter the genre—but one can argue that it is exceedingly difficult for the writer of horror. There is a certain amount of requisite detail, a balanced level of development in regard to mood and setting that is key to successfully drawing a reader… Continue reading Review: Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs

Review: Child of Winter by T.R. Hitchman

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s work. Hitchman is fluent in the language of mood and emotion, a deep wellspring of feeling bubbling up through her rich, lustrous prose. One feels at home in the writing, which displays a great depth of understanding in regard to psychology and interpersonal relationships. Indeed, so much of Hitchman’s power lies… Continue reading Review: Child of Winter by T.R. Hitchman

Review: Peel Back the Skin

A deep, dark dive into the bitter moat of the soul. Peel Back the Skin offers fifteen tales of physical and spiritual degradation that shed terrible light on the darkest reaches of the reader’s psyche. Here the line between justice and revenge is blurred, the guilty and the innocent alike executing their black designs. Unreliable… Continue reading Review: Peel Back the Skin

Review: Garden of Fiends

This is a truly dark concept for an anthology, and for someone who’s struggled with his own addictions over the years it was a nightmarish walk down memory lane. I will admit I was unfamiliar with most of the artists in the collection, save for Jack Ketchum and John F.D. Taff—I knew Mr. Taff from… Continue reading Review: Garden of Fiends

Review: I Can Taste the Blood

I can taste the talent! Five deliciously twisted and varied voices united by one truly chilling refrain make up this thrilling and highly original collection of modern horror. Artists will know that the moment of inspiration can come at anytime, anywhere—as simple as hearing a snippet of hushed conversation, catching a fleeting glimpse of something… Continue reading Review: I Can Taste the Blood

Review: Deadsville by T.D. Trask and Dale Elster

It is always a delicate dance when two writers take on the task of co-authoring a book. There is never any guarantee that the final product will ring true, that the artists will complement each other. Thankfully, in this case, T.D. Trask and Dale Elster have developed a common language and style in crafting a… Continue reading Review: Deadsville by T.D. Trask and Dale Elster

Review: Virginia by William Esmont

A short but terrifying ride. In Virginia, William Esmont confronts us with a dreadful question: exactly how far would you be willing to go in order to save a loved one? For Ray Shelby, the answer is pretty far. Much in the vein of Stephen King’s short story “Quitters, Inc.” and David Fincher’s film The… Continue reading Review: Virginia by William Esmont