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Book Review: One Buck Horror (Volume 2) – Editors Chris and Kris Hawkins


The best horror often lurks unseen. Shying away from the bright lights, and the big budgets, and the household names, it sits quietly in the shadows, waiting to spring out and wrap its greasy tentacles around your windpipe. You may not have heard of One Buck Horror. And it’s not hard to guess how much this short anthology will set ...

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Book Review: Gaslight Grotesque – Editers J.R. Campbell, Charles Prepolec

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 Hands up who likes Sherlock Holmes? If your hand is raised then you’re in for a real treat with this fantastic tribute anthology. It’s a series of tales featuring our favourite cocaine addict and his faithful sidekick, but with an added layer of grotesque Gothicy goodness. In these stories we meet Wendigos and zombies, werewolves and ghouls. Aleister Crowley skulks ...

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Book Review: City of Hell Chronicles Vol.1 – Editor Colin F.Barnes

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City of Hell Chronicles Vol.1 The Ant-Headed Old One ‘The Great Maurr’ has risen and brought hell to earth. The land is scorched and the human race decimated, eaten or tortured. Only three cities remain, a crumbled, dying version of their former selves: London, Moscow and Hong Kong. The Great Maurr’s own City of Hell dominates most of North America. ...

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Book Review: One Buck Horror Volume 3 – Editors Chris and Kris Hawkins

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Another batch of pulp horror from the One Buck team. Another excellent collection of short stories to get your teeth into. If you’re wondering what to expect, it’s like an old horror comic without the pictures. It won’t take you long to get through, but as you’ve only paid a buck, you don’t begrudge its brevity. Non-spoiling taster to follow. ...

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Film Review: The Innkeepers (2011)


SYNOPSIS: A horror-thriller centered on the last two employees at a haunted hotel that’s going out of business. REVIEW: This was showing as part of the Incredibly Strange film festival (incrediblystrange.co.nz), which is an offshoot of the main New Zealand Film Festival. I noticed it was scheduled for a 10.45pm showing, in one of the smaller, quieter and artier cinemas. ...

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Book Review: Possessed: Spine Tingling Tales from Ten Masters of Horror – Editor Nate Kenyon


POSSESSED: SPINE TINGLING TALES The great advantage of the short story is that you can do one in a single sitting. A little shot of pure horror, down in one. None of this laboriously wading through another chapter every night only to discover that the monster was killed and good prevailed. And if you don’t like one author, then like ...

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Book Review: Wondrous Strange – Author Robin Spriggs


WONDROUS STRANGE I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware of this author until perusing this year’s Bram Stoker nominations. It was an Alice in Wonderland moment. I say this because a short while later, I found myself immersed in the wondrously strange land of Robin Sprigg’s writing. And I’m kicking myself for not having discovered him sooner. As a ...

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Interview: Filmmaker Robert Morgan (Bobby Yeah)


“One of the most visionary filmmakers working today. Imagine a fusion between the sensibilities of Salvador Dali, David Cronenberg, Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton and the Quay Brothers, and you’ll have a partial idea of the sheer brilliance of this man’s work.” Mitch Davis, Rue Morgue Magazine. As the above quote suggests, Robert Morgan is one of those rare filmmakers that ...

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Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Author Shirley Jackson


WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE The best works of fiction are those that absorb you to such an extent that they become a work of non-fiction, in that the world you’re drawn into is real and utterly absorbing. This is one of those memorable literary experiences. It’s a particular treat if you like your fiction dark and bewitching. ...

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Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror – Edited by Stephen Jones

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This tome features horror luminaries such as Stephen King (and son), Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley. A fairly safe bet then, for some classic tales to darken the corners of the room. The introduction is worth a mention, as it appears to catalogue every single horror story penned in 2009. How anyone goes about compiling such encyclopaedic reference material is ...

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