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Book Review: Ghosts of Coronado Bay – Author JG Faherty

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GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY – A MAYA BLAIR MYSTERY

Our harrowing tale commences off the Atlantic coast in 1908. The Black Lady a vessel slicing through the unforgiving seas swiftly encounters a hellacious storm. The captain, Gavin Hamlin and (no not Gavin McLeod of Love Boat fame, although at times I fought not to envision him this way) crew struggle against the merciless peril but ultimately find an untimely demise. The ship … Continue reading

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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. Its diabolical influence has turned ordinary citizens into torturers, debased slaves, lunatics … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nightwalkers Chloe of the Night – Author Keith Kekic

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Nightwalkers: Chloe of the Night

Nightwalkers: Chloe of the Night by Keith Kekic is the second novel in the “Nightwalkers” series. This novel is narrated by the main character from the first novel. In this book, however, our main character is an adult and is reflecting, into his notebook, visions he is having about the lives of Chloe as well as Sarah (both of whom were in the first novel). These visions … Continue reading

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Book Review: How to Survive The End of the World as We Know it – Author James Wesley Rawles

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While it probably might seem like an odd choice to include a review of a survival book on horror site, the purpose here is to directly support our 2012 articles and efforts.

This in fact happens to be my first book read on the subject of survival, so of course everything included is new, innovative and essential. The book is authored under James Wesley, Rawles who happens to also run the web … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aberrations – Editor Jeremy C.Shipp

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ABERRATIONS

If you take an interest in horror books (which it’s probably safe to assume you do, as you’re reading a horror book review), then chances are you’ll have read, or have heard of, Jeremy Shipp. If you haven’t, then seek him out. Maybe start here. This is an anthology of creepy shorts that he’s edited and contributed to, all themed loosely with a monstrous subject matter. Here’s your non-spoiler guide to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Traiteurs Ring – Author Jeffrey Wilson

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THE TRAITEUR’S RING

In all honesty I’d initially approached The Traiteur’s Ring with the same enthusiasm as a hippy in the late sixties regarded the Vietnam War. We’re faced with so many every day real horrors in 21st century living one may argue such grisly turmoil has no place within our fictional escapes. Wilson captures this statue of realism exploiting a very close to home mentality as our protagonists the U.S. Navy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hellucinations – Author Stephen Biro

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Hellucinations – Stephen Biro

It’s not everyday that you receive word that the owner of one of the darkest distributors of disturbing films is releasing a book about God and a new devotion. In fact, it was this very idea and “that” the book was about much of his drug-filled years that intrigued me enough to say, this is something worth checking out. Now I use the term “drug-filled” with caution as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Night Terror – Author John Passarella

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NIGHT TERROR

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Strange things are happening in the small town of Clayton Falls. A man is attacked by a giant Gila monster, a group of local teenagers are terrorized by a headless horseman, raptors are running rampant in the streets attacking the citizens, and Nazi zombies are prowling the streets. Are these things just hallucinations or is there something far more sinister at work here? Sam and Dean (who have experience … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kayla and the Devil – Author Bryan Smith

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Kayla and the Devil by Bryan Smith

College student Kayla Monroe seems to have everything. Stunning looks, smarts, and loads of money thanks to her privileged upbringing. But something’s gone wrong. Ever since the start of her sophomore year, people have been avoiding her. Her friends shun her. Guys no longer flock to her. Even her former stalker, an awkward geek, now wants nothing to do with her.

She … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Creeping Kelp – Author William Meikle

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The Creeping Kelp by William Meikle
(Dark Regions Press)

Some seaweed, a jellyfish and some material brought back from the Peabodie expedition to Antarctica. An innoccuous enough blend you might think. But when a storm in the North Atlantic frees a sample that has been dormant inside an old wreck, the new creature finds that it is hungry. Our plastics-oriented society has given it an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ancient Alien Question – Author Phillip Coppens

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THE ANCIENT ALIEN QUESTION

If you are a fan of Zacharia Sitchin, Erich von Däniken, or Carl Sagan, just to name a few, then this book is for you. Carrying on their work, and bringing us a bit more up to date in the wake of the “Ancient Aliens” series on the History channel, Philip Coppens recounts his travels and studies around a subject he takes very seriously. Coppens is a leading … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paradigms of Suffering: Dig the Knife Deeper – Author Greg Dixon

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Years ago, back before she became a blowhard talk-show host and everything kind of went sideways, to a certain extent, for Rosie O’Donnell, she was a movie ‘star’ –at least in the loosest sense of the word. Well, as a star, one of the things she regularly found herself doing was press for the films she was in. Sometimes this meant going on Jay Leno and making the talk-show rounds, but usually … Continue reading

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Book Review: Duncan’s Diary – Birth of a Serial Killer – Author Christopher C Payne

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DUNCAN’S DIARY: BIRTH OF A SERIAL KILLER

I was forewarned of the atrocities found within Duncan’s Diary. Allow me to be bold enough to state I entirely disagree. Some may attempt to steer you off the slashing, beaten path and suggest Payne’s efforts are a carbon copy of Jeff Lindsay’s lovable anti-hero Dexter Morgan. This is a naïve assessment at best. Comparing the two would be like putting Jaws against Piranha, two … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abarat – Absolute Midnight – Author Clive Barker

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Abarat – Absolute Midnight – Author Clive Barker

Here was the mystery of creation, played out on a field of dirt and desperation. Candy could see it, this mystery. It was happening all around her. Out of the common earth of living beings, fragile and afraid, came the extrodinary forms of the glyph beyond conceiving of any single mind. She heard the voices of her fellow prisoners, daring to hope … Continue reading

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Book Review: Soul Survivors Hometown Tales: Volume 1 – Editors Shawn M. Riddle | David Naughton-Shires

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Soul Survivors Hometown Tales: Volume 1

Isaac Newton, working from dates prophesied in the books of Revelation and Daniel, proclaimed the world in its current state would end in 2060. If Harold Camping were right, the end times would have already happened by now and we wouldn’t be here reading (or writing) about a doomsday-themed anthology. Let’s not forget the widespread belief that December 21st, 2012, will result in the beginning of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Strangeways: The Thirsty – Author Matt Maxwell

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First, a confession:

It seems whenever I start a review, I tend to go immediately off into tangent-territory, usually via a self-conscious aside, where I feel the need to give some of my own personal history as an attempt to give my review context. My wife likes to think I do this because I’m being difficult, but being difficult has never been a problem I wanted to correct. I’m fine with being … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Official Zombie Handbook – Author Sean T Page

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If you think your having deja vu, your not the only one. I’ve reviewed I believe at least 4 books sporting the title of “Zombie Handbook” this year…give or take. This one though has a particular focus in that respect which is centralized in Australia. I believe the message that is being sent loud and clear is that Zombies are all the rave. And…. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Warped Words for Twisted Minds – Author Christopher C Payne

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WARPED WORDS FOR TWISTED MINDS
Short Stories compiled by JournalStone’s Christopher C Payne

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, after all we’re all humanery stew if we don’t pledge allegiance to…

….I love the dead before they rise. No farewells no good-byes, I never even knew your now rotting face. Cadaver eyes upon me see….nothing.

Ah, nothing says Halloween better than a good, solid blood curdling, spooky, banshee wailing collection of short … Continue reading

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Book Review: That Which Should Not Be – Author Brett J Talley

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THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE

Something lurks within the darkness. A spell binding, crippling fear taunts the very hairs upon the nape of your neck. Your stomach lurches as your pulse quickens; prayers for salvation or at least a fast and painless death. 

Talley’s odyssey into the unknown makes this tale a heart stammering page turner from beginning to end. From the onset we’re introduced to eccentric college professor … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roses are Red – Author Carrie Green

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Think of the phrase “Roses are red“. Chances are trite declarations and gestures of love will immediately come to mind. Carrie Green’s short story collection Roses are Red, however, is as far from a romantic trifle as you can get. These three stories explore the darker side of mankind, with selfishness and deception among Green’s main themes. The lineup of Red is as follows:

-A Long Distance Relationship. Allan Gunther and his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Forsaken – Author Andrew Van Wey

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When I was thinking about how to begin my review of Andrew Van Wey’s Foresaken, I gave serious thought to starting with these three words: “This book sucks.”  But when I floated this idea to my wife she talked me out of it, arguing it wasn’t professional, wasn’t much of a review, and in any event, wasn’t really fair.  After all, Mr. Van Wey probably spent the better part of a year … Continue reading

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