Review: Thumbprint: A Story

Thumbprint: A Story by Joe Hill My rating: 4 of 5 stars In the story, “Thumbprint,” Hill really does a fantastic job of delving into the debasement of one’s humanity by the many things asked of a soldier during war. Some, whose nature is ripe for it in the first place, gravitate toward it more easily than others. In one paragraph, regarding...

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Review: The Narrows

The Narrows by Ronald Malfi My rating: 4 of 5 stars With “The Narrows,” Malfi has crafted a perfect blend of foreboding atmosphere and brazen, creature-feature horror that will live on in the memory of the reader. The Maryland town of Stillwater is convincingly rendered as a once idyllic place that has been abandoned by industry and is embroiled in...

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Review: In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars I missed this one when it was published in Esquire magazine but made sure to get it when it came out for ebook. Just about the length of a short novella, “In the Tall Grass” brings you everything you might expect from Stephen King, the undisputed master of contemporary horror and his son, Joe...

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Review: The Seance

The Seance by John Harwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars Of all the books I have read recently, I found this one the most difficult to review. I LOVED it up until the ending. It’s hard to explain why without giving too much away and as far as the journey goes, this is a fantastic, old-style gothic novel reminiscent of the early masters of the supernatural tale....

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Review: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story

The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story by Matt Bondurant My rating: 4 of 5 stars Being a Virginia boy myself, I hoped to like this book a lot. What I didn’t expect was to love it and, in particular, to find Bondurant’s narrative style so engaging. There are few who write like he does in this book but more than once I was...

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