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Book Review: Nothing is Impossible – Author Dynamo

Nothing Is Impossible: The Real-Life Adventures of a Street Magician

Ever since I caught wind of this remarkable talent, I was determined to seek out as much info about him and his approach to magic as possible. Certainly we have been amazed by magicians of the past, whether it started with David Copperfield, or the stunning street magic of David Blaine, there have been many moments where we just scratch our heads in disbelief … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Old One – Author P. A. Douglas

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The first thing I noticed about The Old One by P. A. Douglas is the cover, an eye-catching, nightmare inducing painting by Alan Clark. His artwork may be familiar to the horror and bizarre reader, having graced the covers of books by Edward Lee, Cameron Pierce, and Stephen King, among others. It is a fascinating picture of a truly fear-inducing monster, a giant with more mouths than one might prefer. Take a look at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Hunger V: The Road to California – Author Eric A. Shelman

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DEAD HUNGER V: THE ROAD TO CALIFORNIA
By: Eric A. Shelman
Dolphin Moon Publishing
450 Pages

While Zombie Apocalypse survivors Flex, Gem, Hemp and Charlie continue to restore civilization and co-exist in a world gone mad, Dave and Serena become restless and cannot shake the undeniable feeling of venturing off into the open road. As tribute to his late sister Lisa they decide to embark upon a journey to find his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Special Dead – Author Patrick Freivald

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SPECIAL DEAD
By: Patrick Freivald
JournalStone Publishing
260 Pages

As the dust settles from the ill-fated high school prom Ani Romero and seven additional survivors have been held in a quarantine type environment to resume their studies. Far from the conventional curriculum the students have to cope with trigger itchy soldiers wielding flame throwers, outside radical protestors and continuous poking and prodding from Dr. Banerjee’s relentless experiments. Will the children rise … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Corners – Author Michael Bray

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Although the horror anthology is not a new thing, the concept horror anthology (at least partially) is, at least for me. Michael Bray has come up with a fairly interesting collection of twelve assorted tales that, although none of the stories require you to read the others to understand them as none of them are connected directly nor linearly, the characters come and go seemingly randomly in and out of the other characters stories. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fade to Black – Author Jeffrey Wilson

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FADE TO BLACK
By: Jeffrey Wilson
JournalStone publications
254 Pages

Jack is your typical, ordinary man. A loving husband and father, an admired school teacher with a seemingly perfect life, one day a harrowing vision creeps into his life. From a first person point of view he experiences the very real terror of a Marine Sergeant Casey Stillman in midst of battle in Iraq. As one vision begins to eclipse into … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fish Bites Cop! – Author David James Keaton

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Fish Bites Cop! Stories to Bash Authorities – by David James Keaton

Remember that cop who wrote you a ticket for having a turn-signal out and went on to condescend you and imply that he could get you for a whole lot more but wouldn’t because he “decided to be nice?” Remember seeing the video of the off-duty Chicago police officer who got drunk and beat up a bartender, sending her to the hospital?

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Book Review: Moosejaw Frontier – Author Chris Kelso

In case you missed the memo, or maybe the e-mail ended up in your spam folder alongside messages from Nigerian princes and the girls next door, bizarro fiction is officially a force to be reckoned with. It has invaded your horror, your science fiction, your writer’s workshops, and it is an unrelenting force with wider reach than the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. Case in point: Chris Kelso’s Moosejaw Frontier. The novella was released through Bizarro … Continue reading

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Book Review: Baal – Author Robert R. McCammon

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BAAL (1978)
By: Robert R. McCammon
Pocket Books
347 Pages

A dark prophet has been exhumed from the bowels of hellfire and brimstone to walk among mankind. Spreading his unholy gospel unto a legion of followers the prince of demons seems unstoppable. Will a rebel rising be enough to thwart his evil tendencies or will society ultimately crumble unto the power of Baal?

Readers familiar with McCammon’s works will find no … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Walls of the Castle – Author Tom Piccirilli

“He’d been waiting for the chance to cut somebody, to chop somebody up, to move up from steak and veal and pork ribs. Killer for morality, murderer for God, vicious for middle class America. Everybody just wanted the self-righteous excuse to maul somebody else, to threaten, to scare somebody the way they’d been scared their entire lives.”

I remember a couple years ago at Mo*Con, hearing Gary Braunbeck relate a bit … Continue reading

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Book Review: Steel Breeze – Author Douglas Wynne

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STEEL BREEZE
By: Douglas Wynne
Journalstone Publishing
256 Pages

Desmond Carmichael is an ordinary everyday single father struggling to make ends meet and bring up his young son in a happy, healthy, safe environment. Tortured by the pain of his wife Sandy’s untimely demise, it seems as though her memory exudes through everything. Now a very real, and undeniable threat has presented itself in the form of a mysterious stalker with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nightmare Ballad – Author Benjamin Kane Ethridge

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NIGHTMARE BALLAD
By: Benjamin Kane Ethridge
JournalStone Publishing
260 Pages

When part time swim instructor Luke Rhodes witnesses the inconceivable, a drowning within his pool, his life slowly becomes unravelled. Haunted by the chords and melodies of a vague recollection in song, he becomes possessed in unravelling its meaning. Cognitive snippets of recollection burst within his memory as the body count begins to rise. Together with his wives Dara and Maribel … Continue reading

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Book Review: Odd Men Out – Author Matt Betts

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“Look around you. You’re on a military vehicle. They said it themselves- they fight people. That seems to run counter to keeping you safe and my blood inside of my body.”

I’m not a good cook. It took me far too long to learn that, no matter how awesome chorizo, oregano, cabbage and mangos are, they shouldn’t go in my French toast. The tastes will fight each other for attention, not allowing me to … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Death – Editor Eric J. Guignard

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After Death is a collection of thirty short stories each conveying the author’s theory on what happens to us after our Earthly journey is complete. The anthology was assembled and edited by Eric J. Guignard.

I will say that if you are looking for a collection of pure horror, this is not it. There are many of the stories I would place well outside this genre; some are even uplifting. That caveat aside, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of the Film World War Z – Author Titan Books

This book includes the entire screenplay for the film version of World War Z as well as a look at how the zombies were designed and brought to life (or I guess that should be brought to unlife) for the big screen.  

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I have to be honest and say that I don’t care anything about World War Z. I don’t want to read the novel and I really don’t want to see … Continue reading

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Book Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon – Author Saladin Ahmed

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By and large, fantasy bores me. The biggest issue I have is that there so rarely appears to be any actual fantasizing involved anymore. For every shinning jewel of Abarat, there is some trite tales of elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. Plus, I could not give the slightest fart in the wind about the maneuverings and machinations of the great. Kings, Lords, Lordlings and all can rot in my not remotely humble opinion. Luckily … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gutmouth – Author Gabino Iglesias

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Gutmouth – by Gabino Iglesias
Eraserhead Press – 2012

Published in 2012 as part of the New Bizarro Author Series by Eraserhead Press, Gutmouth is author Gabino Iglesias’ first book. The New Bizarro Author Series has become known for birthing a number of sick and twisted new voices into the world, including Steve Lowe (Muscle Memory), Kirsten Alene (Love in the Time of Dinosaurs), Kevin Shamel (Rotten Little Animals), and Patrick … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Girlfriend Game – Author Nick Antosca

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The Girlfriend Game – by Nick Antosca
Word Riot Inc – 2013 (Publication Date: June 30, 2013)

Nick Antosca has been all over the place lately. He was the writer of the 2012 horror film The Cottage, starring David Arquette and Kristen Dalton. His name can be found among the writing credits of ABC’s Last Resort as well as MTV’s Teen Wolf. His first novel, Fires, came out in 2006, followed … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Whisper in the Dark – Author Tom Piccirilli

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My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her parents. I wanted to meet these people. Along with that came a vague anger toward my father for falling in love with her and stealing her away.My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Kind Words – Author Tom Piccirilli

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“The last kind words ever spoken to Jesus were spoken by a thief.”

Normally, I’d start off with some kind of hook, a generalized statement that ties into my feelings about the book being reviewed. Summary. A well reasoned list of pro’s and con’s. Professional and clean, if a bit self-conscious at times.

That’s not what you’re getting today, because this isn’t that kind of book.

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Book Review: Plow the Bones – Author Douglas Warrick

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A common complaint in the genre is that Weird Fiction is no longer weird. That Speculative Fiction no longer speculates. Instead of the bright, dimensional boundary shattering work that started the genres, we’re getting stale, staid and bland rehashes that stick to the established formulas. Nearly every fantasy is a copy of either Tolkein or Howard. Far too much Sci-fi is trying to be Herbert, Asimov or Heinlein. And if I get one more … Continue reading

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