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The Passage

Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin Cronin

I've been aware of The Passage for years but never had chance to pick it up - even though I have family connections to the Cronin surname (although doubtfully any connection to the author!). Recently the final novel in the series was released which prompted me to begin reading.

The book describes a highly contagious pandemic that sweeps the United States, turning people into savage, vampiric beasts (known colloquially as Virals). This outbreak is caused, as is often the case, by...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 2nd January 2017
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The Winter Hunt and Other Stories

Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis

The Winter Hunt and Other Stories by Steve Lockley

Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis form a British writing duo ( although they also publish individually) whose work has been appearing in various  genre anthologies during the years.

Fifteen of their tales of horror and terror are now assembled in an enjoyable collection from Parallel Universe. The overall quality of the stories is uncommonly high and quite remarkable.

Particularly worth mentioning are the following.

"Never Go Back" is a nightmarish piece showing how ...

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Review written by Mario Guslandi on Tuesday 20th December 2016
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Nightmares Realm: New Tales of The Weird and Fantastic

ST Joshi

Nightmares Realm: New Tales of The Weird and Fantastic by ST Joshi

"Life is but a dream" wrote Calderon De La Barca and "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" confirmed Edgard Allan Poe. Dreams and nightmares constitute part of our nightly life, but they usually vanish as soon as we wake up. Sometimes, however, they stay with us and haunt also our normal, daily existence.

The present collection assembles seventeen new tales by contemporary authors addessing that fascinating issue. The list of the distinguished contributors includes...

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Review written by Mario Guslandi on Wednesday 7th December 2016
Book Review

The Disciple

Stephen Lloyd Jones

The Disciple by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Given that today is Halloween, I thought it only right that we review a horror novel. It's also a damn good one - The Disciple by Stephen Lloyd Jones.

It all starts on a stormy night as Edward Schwinn navigates the country roads at the edge of Devil's Kitchen, Snowdonia. On a dark road in the middle of a forest he finds a scene of devastation. Cars wrecked and on fire, bodies everywhere, but in one a heavily pregnant woman still alive.

The woman gives birth to a gi...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 31st October 2016
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A Head Full of Ghosts

Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts was first released last year and won the coveted Bram Stokers award for Best Novel. It's also received pretty much the finest compliment a Horror novel can receive when Stephen King said of the book:

 

Scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare.

 

Titan Books are launching the paperback this month and I've finally found time to give it a read. I have to say it lives up to all expectation, even that of "Th...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 19th September 2016
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Becoming David

Phil Sloman

Becoming David by Phil Sloman

A horror novella that sets out its stall early on, Becoming David by Phil Sloman is a carefully constructed novella that investigates the mind of a perfectionist serial killer from both the inside and the outside.

To begin, we are introduced to Richard, a self-sufficient serial killer who has worked out and perfected his method of 'scratching the itch'. The anonymity of the Internet allows him to arrange dates with young men and lure them into situations where he can murder ...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Monday 29th August 2016
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Mongrels

Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels is a book that grips you by the jugular right from the start, a bit like the way a werewolf might. Funny enough that's what Mongrels is all about - a family of werewolves who are forced to travel around the USA avoiding the authorities and others who take a dislike their kind. It's a country that shuns them at every turn and we see this journey, this forced isolation, from the viewpoint of a young boy as he grows up.

His family consist of aunt Libby and uncle Darren...

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Review written by Ant on Friday 24th June 2016
Book Review

Hex

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Thomas Olde Heuvelt won last years Hugo award for his novelette The Day the World Turned Upside Down. Reading Hex I can see why.

The idea is incredible — A woman named Katharine is killed as a witch in the 16th Century and then begins haunting the woods around the village of Black Spring where she lived and died. Eventually the army march the woods and find the vengeful spirit, restricting her powers by sewing up her eyes and mouth. All those present die. Centuries pass and the vill...

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Review written by Ant on Sunday 1st May 2016
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The Whispering Death

Sara Jayne Townsend

The Whispering Death by Sara Jayne Townsend

Live roleplaying, ritual sacrifice and 14th century magic. There’s a lot of buttons being pushed right upfront in Sara Townsend’s very English hobby horror.

We begin amidst a woodland adventure with our main characters introduced in a blur between real (fictional) life and their fantasy characters questing through a forest in the dark. There’s a clear sense of Townsend writing from experience here as the mechanics are laid out carefully to set up the plot which will become the m...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Thursday 24th March 2016
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Allhallows Eve

Richard Laymon

Allhallows Eve by Richard Laymon

It’s been awhile since I picked up one of Mr Laymon’s books and I was quite looking forward to reading this book. With this in mind I picked it up and started ahead. Now for those of you who aren’t aware Laymon was a very prolific writer right up to his death. His books ranged from short sharp shocks to much more well written well plotted novels.

Allhallows Eve falls among the foremost, being one of Laymon’s shorter pieces of fiction.  There are plenty of shocks too and t...

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Review written by Arron on Monday 27th July 2015
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Sawbones

Stuart Macbride

Sawbones by Stuart Macbride

What a neat little idea in a neat little book.  Book is probably a touch generous coming in at just over a hundred pages but don’t let that spoil your fun, what you have here is actually a twisted tale, gruesome in the telling and packs a punch other books only hope to imitate.

Sawbones tells the tale of a serial killer travelling across country abducting young blonde girls and hacking their limbs off while they are still alive and then leaving them for dead. His evil knows no ...

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Review written by Arron on Friday 3rd July 2015
Book Review

The Scarlet Gospels

Clive Barker

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

It has to be said that even though I don't entertain much horror, Clive Barker is somewhat of a legend. Growing up in the 80's his name was often spoken in quiet awe by impressionable teenagers, not least due to his infamous Books of Blood collections.

For me though it was the character of Pinhead that managed to solidify his standing as a master of horror. Hellraiser brought with it a different kind of bad guy. This guy was much more coldly intelligent and collected than any I'd seen...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 18th May 2015

Horror - also known as Horror fantasy - is a genre of literature that is intended to induce fear, terror or horror in it's readers.

Horror can be be fantastic, supernatural or simply fictional in nature and is considered to be a genre that has existed in some form for hundreds of years. As with any genre there is always some ambiguity as to what constitutes horror and there does seem to be a modern predilection for a greater degree of dark fantasy and speculative fiction rather than the classic definition of Horror, however there are still some authors producing some top rate novels within the genre.

Here you can see reviews of the latest new horror books along with some of the best classics of the genre.

The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not
- Aldous Huxley

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