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: 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 parents. … 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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The Simplicity of Evil in Tom Piccirilli’s The Dead Letters

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The Last Whisper in the Dark (his followup to The Last Kind Words), I thought it might be nice to take a look aback at one of my favorite books from the man. Then tear the flesh off its bones so I can watch its heart beat while all joy flutters away. I tend to do those this. Of course, since I’m analyzing the work, there will be massive spoilers. Please buy the book and … 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: Tales from the Crossroad – Editors David Niall Wilson, David Dodd

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TALES FROM THE CROSSROAD The world of publishing has changed, but while many companies are either trying to desperately to cope with these changes or coming up with new and exciting ways to exploit them, Crossroad Press is doing a damn fine job of showing how it can be done right. They’ve got a fairly extensive and consistently growing catalog of new and out of print ebooks available in all of the standard formats and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Every Shallow Cut (Chizine) – Author Tom Piccirilli

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EVERY SHALLOW  CUT Shit. You think you know a guy, then he has to go flip the script on you and leave you flailing out in the cold, mumbling something about your favorite thermos through frostbitten lips. Yep, T-Pic the mighty has come back around with a quick shot to the solar plexus in the form of this new novella, but if you think you know what to expect from this extremely prolific man then … Continue reading

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Book Review: Futile Efforts – Author Tom Piccirilli

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  Futile Efforts By Tom Piccirilli Published: 2010 Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications Cost: $40 “The dog is chewing into his chest, about to crack through the breastbone and get to the thick meat of his heart inside. Lash took the little bastard in because it was shivering under an abandoned Chevy with six saturated tickets beneath a busted wiper, rain sluicing off the hood and running high in the gutter. Three distended bodies stacked face … Continue reading

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