Book Review: Life Rage – Author L.L. Soares

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“I hear all this bullshit about road rage, air rage, black rage, white rage, male rage, female rage, kid rage. Fuck, man, I got f*cking life rage. Just being alive makes me pissed off all the f*cking time.” Modern Society seems to leave many of us just plain pissed off most of the time. Maybe it has to do with the lack of much honest to goodness fighting or flighting, resulting in too much adrenaline … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Makes You Die – Author Tom Piccirilli

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“TO SEE MORE IS TO FIND OBLIVION. THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU DIE.” Because it always feels so personal, it’s hard to separate Piccirilli’s work from the man himself. It certainly doesn’t help the situation when he names his first person narrator Tommy Pic. Of course, he knows that and I’m fairly certain that the bastard is intentionally messing with us (or, more pointedly, me)). Of course, nothing seems particularly clear for Tommy, either. Ever … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sidekicks! – Editor Sarah Hans

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“I’m no Hero,” she repeated. “Real Heroes die young. Their too honest, too good. I can’t help playing dirty. That’s why I’m just a sidekick.” She shrugged. “At least I get to live.” -“Worthy”, M.E. Garber When someone decides to write about a sidekick, they’re deciding to write a different kind of story. It isn’t going to be about glory but it might be about honor. It won’t be about power, or at least not … Continue reading

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Millennicon 27: Adventures of a Horror Dork in Sci-Fi-dom

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As I write this, Horrorhound Cincinnati is going on about 5 miles from me. While some greats are there, like Sergio Stivaletti, Tom Di Zarn and Charles band are there, I am not. Why, you ask, would a dork of horror such as yourself miss such an illustrious gathering? Simply put, I spent all my money at Millenicon and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t already know, Millenicon is a Speculative Fiction convention run … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: The Slither Sisters – Author Charles Gilman

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Robert Arthur is finally starting to settle in at Lovecraft Middle School. He’s managed to secure a solid friendship with the boy who once demanded a regular “dweeb tax”, found a new two headed rat for a pet and enjoys the company of the lovely, if slightly dead, school ghost. All while defeating the plans of an evil outer being posing as a science teacher (aren’t they all?). But now Sarah and Sylvia Price have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School 1: Professor Gargoyle – Author Charles Gilman

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Tales from Lovecraft Middle School: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman Quirk Books “Hang on a second,” Glenn said, “I’m going to tell you a story.” He flipped to a passage in the middle of the book. “Deph-pha. Ctzelzog. Enorhula-tu.” He was stumbling over the words; they were impossible to pronounce. “Is this French or something? Who talks this way?” Arguably, Lovecraft’s menagerie of goopy-grimy betentacled and befouled beasties are on the path to becoming the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Short Stay in Hell – Author Steven L. Peck

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“Where do all the things you believed go, when all the supporting structure is found to be a myth?  How do you know how or on what to take a moral stand, how d you behave when it turns out there are no cosmic rules, no categorical imperatives? Creating a viable, entertaining narrative that exists solely to expound on some philosophical idea or ideal is a tricky business. Especially if you are trying to entertain … Continue reading

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Book Review: Switchblade Goddess – Author Lucy Snyder

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“Once you been noticed by the gods- and believe me, Jessie, you’ve been noticed all right- you have to choose your alliances carefully. There are wars going on right now with stakes and consequences you can’t even imagine. Every human is born to die, but people are good at making new people; humanity will continue no matter how many souls I take. So my murdering of another little town isn’t what you should be afraid … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Flesh of Fallen Angels – Authors Roy C. Booth | R. Thomas Riley

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I remember, back in the idealized olden days of yore long forgotten (hence the idealization) by aging brain cells, when you new exactly what you were getting when you picked up a western. Men being men while hunting down the other men who done took their wife or town hostage. Outlaws. Gun slinging sheriffs. Whore houses in trouble. It was a simpler time. Then came these new fangled weird westerns, with their space ships and … Continue reading

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Book Review: D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Collection – Editors: David B. Hayes and Jack Burton

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Full disclosure: I submitted to this anthology and was rejected. On the other hand, my wife, who allows me access to all her soft and naughty bits, has a story on display within its pages. My hope is that the two cancel each other out and leave a relative sense of objectivity to my review. Just wanted to warn you. Any time you call something “extreme” or “shocking” or any of those clichéd catch-phrases, you … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aleric – Monster Hunter – Author Fred Wiehe

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“A disquiet hush clung to the medical clinic, as if in actuality it were a mortuary rather than a place of healing. Dr. Ratterman prowled the deserted hallway like an undertaker afraid of waking the dead entrusted to his care. The last patient had left. Both nurse and receptionist had gone home. Only the doctor and the demons that possessed him remained.” What would your response be if I told you about a story including … Continue reading

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New Public Ooozings From HNN Staffer

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Long time staff book reviewer and he of the floppy man-breasts, Anton Cancre has two new stories that are currently available for your perusal and enjoyment. If nothing else, it stands as an opportunity to critique the critic, if he has talked a little sh*t about you in the past. “Beautiful Things”, a touching little tale of the straining relationship between a father and son in a world where the much lauded zombie apocalypse has … Continue reading

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Necrotic Tissue #13 available, featuring HN staff!

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Issue number 13 (our favorite number!) of Necrotic Tissue features a story from long time HorrorNews contributor and book reviewer, Anton Cancre. The story in question, “The Song That Crawls” is a meandering little ditty that merges the ethos of Lovecraft with the lyricality and drug induced dementia of the music of Dax Riggs. In addition to that fine tail, this issue clocks in at almost 200 pages, and contains stories from D. Harlan Wilson, … Continue reading

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