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 of Piccirilli lore. Apparently, … Continue reading

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Book Review: New Moon on the Water – Author Mort Castle

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“I’m Scared,” she says. “You don’t think so, maybe, but I am. I’m scared a lot now, even when there’s no reason.” I tell her she’ll get over it with time. I say, “It’s all right.” Scared. I do not tell her, I understand. I do not say, I think maybe we all are. All the time. I bought the original edition of Moon on the Water on a whim, back in the days when … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nightingale Songs – Author Simon Strantzas

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Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas (Dark Regions Press) In the dead of night, there are footsteps in the hall In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you In the dead of night, you hear a discordant tune In the dead of night, the nightingale sings Simon Strantzas, master of the subtle and the bizarre, returns with a dozen strange tales and eerie mysteries. From the shores of a remote oil-stained sound to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blindspot – Author Michael McBride

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Blindspot by Michael McBride (Dark Regions Press) At 2:31 a.m., seismic monitoring stations in China and South Korea detect a magnitude-4 event consistent with a nuclear detonation in the southeastern corner of North Korea, within the Korean Demilitarized Zone. With the threat of full-scale war escalating by the minute, the United Nations Security Council dispatches an elite unit of peacekeepers to cross the border, penetrate the cloud of dust hanging over the site, and determine … 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 abundant supply of food… more than enough for it to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beautiful Hell – Author Jeffrey Thomas

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Beautiful Hell by Jeffrey Thomas (Dark Regions Press) Hades is in upheaval. The Damned are rebelling, and worse, the more human-like breeds of Demons are beginning to sympathize with their plight. The Creator Himself decides to venture into Hades to address this conflict, a conflict which may test His very sanity…and make him a target of assassination. Against this tense background, a Damned man named Frank Lyre and a beautiful winged Demon named Oni act … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rusting Chickens – Author Gene O’Neill

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Rusting Chickens by Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions Press) Rob McKenna knew all about pain and suffering. As a member of a top secret black ops mission deep inside Pakistan, his Marine Force Recon Unit had a close up and personal tour of Hell on Earth and the horrors that men are capable of doing to one another. When he returned back stateside to Napa, California, Rob was a shadow of his former self, a broken … Continue reading

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Book Review: Voyeurs of Death – Author Shaun Jeffrey

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Voyeurs Of Death by Shaun Jeffrey (Dark Regions Press) From monsters to ghosts, Shaun Jeffrey runs the gamut in this new and expanded collection. Herein are found a diverse mix of the sinister, erotic, strange and surreal. From the foreboding alleyways of Venice to a bleak Scottish island, the horror is never far away. A young boy fixes dead things. You can’t always judge a man by the cut of his suit, especially when the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight’s Angels – Author Tony Richards

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MIDNIGHT’S ANGELS by Tony Richards (Dark Regions Press) It may look like a perfectly ordinary New England town, a little larger than most. But Raine’s Landing, Massachusetts, holds some very dark secrets. The real witches of Salem fled here just before the Trials of 1692, and the place has been full of magic — the good and the bad kind — ever since. And a curse hangs over the whole population … there are so … Continue reading

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Dark Regions Press – The Engines of Sacrifice – Author James Chambers

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The Engines Of Sacrifice (Dark Regions Press) by James Chambers In hidden places, they sleep and dream, and through their dreams they touch humanity — but their touch brings only the stains of horror, death, and madness…until the day the Old Ones return. In the Engines of Sacrifice, acclaimed writer James Chamber delivers four nightmare novellas inspired by the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. Investigation 37: In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gaki and Other Hungry Spirits – Author Stephen Mark Rainey

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THE GAKI AND OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS by Stephen Mark Rainey (Dark Regions Press) Strange Shapes hiding in the shadows cast by the moonlight. Eerie noises drifting out of the forest and rising into the night. The sound of inhuman footsteps approaching from somewhere in the darkness. A pair of gleaming eyes peering in through your window at midnight. This is the nightmarish, haunted world you will enter in this new collection of 17 tales – … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fifteen Minutes – Author William Ollie

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FIFTEEN MINUTES by William Ollie (Dark Regions Press) It is a ring, forged deep within the jungles of Ecuador, centuries ago. Sixteen-year-old Simon had no idea what he was getting into when his mother packed him off to spend the summer at Granny’s house. A cat’s eye ring with mystical powers. The first thing he noticed was the hip clothing, the uncharacteristic sultry language and wild, futuristic hairdo. The second was the cool ring she … Continue reading

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HWA 2010 specialty press award goes to Dark Regions Press

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Dark Regions Press, of Colusa, California, will receive the Horror Writers Association’s Specialty Press Award for 2010. The award will be presented during the gala Bram Stoker Awards Banquet to be held this year in Long Island as part of the Stoker Awards Weekend, June 16-19. The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically “small presses” specializing in limited … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Disappeared – Author David B. Silva

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THE DISAPPEARED by David B. Silva Dark Regions Press Ten years ago: Gabriel Knight, age 11, takes a bike ride to the park and becomes one of the … disappeared. When Teri Knight answers a knock at the front door, she discovers her son Gabriel standing in the doorway. Only it can’t be her son. Gabe took a bike ride to the park ten years ago, at age 11, and became one of the disappeared. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pain – Author Harry Shannon

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Pain by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press) A top secret virus infects the water supply of a mountain town. Two mercenary soldiers, a retiring doctor and a handful of terrified patients struggle to defend a remote ER against a mob of the living dead. Through one long, harrowing night the living will learn there are many different kinds of… PAIN I was introduced to Harry Shannon’s writing when Dark Regions Press sent me a copy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Valley Of The Scarecrow – Author Gord Rollo

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VALLEY OF THE SCARECROW by Gord Rollo Dark Regions Press During the great depression, a small backwoods community in Iowa face even more difficult times than most, having to endure the slowly fading sanity of their leader, Reverend Joshua Miller. When it is clear the man has slipped beyond the edge of reason and perhaps signed a deal with the devil, the citizens unite to stop him any way they can, breaking into the church … Continue reading

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