One of my favorite books of the last few years is John Langan's incredible The Fisherman, the 2016 Stoker Award winner. The Fisherman tells the story of two grieving men who become friends because of their shared passion for fishing (as a means to take their minds off the grief). The hear of a mysterious … Continue reading The Fisherman – Book Review
You know that thing, when you finally read a book you've heard about again and again but, for whatever reason, haven't gotten around to yet? And then you do and it's awesome. That? Yeah, I just had that with Ben H. Winter's excellent pre-apocalyptic mystery The Last Policeman. The Last Policeman is a book I … Continue reading The Last Policeman – Book Review
How do you describe a book like Her Body and Other Parties to people? The book is a collection of long short stories and the collection as a whole is perhaps best summed up by the two quotes Carmen Maria Machado puts at the beginning of the book. My body is a haunted house that … Continue reading Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties
I'm not sure where I first heard of Kristi DeMeester. I'm pretty sure I read a short story of hers somewhere, and then saw Beneath and bought it right away. (This is why I think writing short stories is as much marketing as anything else) Beneath tells the story of a reporter, Cora, who goes … Continue reading Book Review – BENEATH by Kristi DeMeester
There's a deal going on now on an addiction-themed horror anthology called Garden of Fiends. It has novellas by Jack Ketchum, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jessica McHugh John FD Taff, Max Booth III, Glen Krisch and Mark Matthews. (Yes, it also has a story by me, but it's short and you can just skip it). Seriously though, … Continue reading Garden of Fiends – eBook offer something
Today is release day for GARDEN OF FIENDS! Take a look at these early reviews: For those who don't know, Garden of Fiends is an anthology of addiction-themed horror, and it contains a tiny story by me along with longer pieces by some great writers. "There's something here to scare anyone and everyone. Garden of Fiends … Continue reading The Reviews are In!
Eileen is a well-written and strange little book, that is hard to recommend. But stay with me. It's slow. Fully three fourths of the book are just a few days in the life of Eileen, a rather odd young woman with no ambition and a social recluse by choice. She just goes to work at … Continue reading Eileen – Book Review
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is told in Lovecraft's world, though a world where the cosmic horror is not mysterious and threatening but familiar and, erm, threatening.
I don't remember what the first story I read by Michael Swanwick is. But I do remember the feeling I got as I read it. It's the same feeling I got when I first read stories by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link and Lucius Shepard. That amazing, wow-this-is-talent feeling. Michael Swanwick is one of many authors … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Michael Swanwick
You should have read one of Ken Liu's stories by now. You really should. Ken Liu is one of the brightest new stars of the science fiction and fantasy fields. He's won all the awards and had stories in all the main magazines, often reprinted in "Best of" anthologies. So yeah, you should really have … Continue reading The Paper Menagerie – Book review