Review: The Mourning House

The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this… what was it? A super-long short story, a novella? No matter. I really did enjoy Ronald Malfi’s THE MOURNING HOUSE. It is heartbreaking stuff at times and I thought the protagonist, a grieving father and husband, was imbued with some robust characterization and the...

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Review: Gun Machine

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis My rating: 5 of 5 stars Good gracious was that a fun read! Warren Ellis’s GUN MACHINE delves into the dark undercurrent of violence that flows beneath our society and through our streets. In this particular case, the streets of New York City. Ellis starts off strong and hooks the reader with the protagonist stumbling upon an...

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Review: Recovery

Recovery by Adam Aresty My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first offering from the new indie publisher, Kraken Press and I’d say they’re off to a hell of a start. Aresty’s novella that centers on the horrifying events that take place after an oxy addict agrees to go into treatment and get clean. While this is not necessarily supernatural...

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Review: Hellbent House

hellbent house by Randy Chandler My rating: 4 of 5 stars For whatever reason, I thought this was a novel when I started it – not a short story. So when it kind of jumped headlong into the action and the spooky stuff, I felt like the author should be romancing the reader a little before getting to all that. But as a short story, this approach works. And it...

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I’m a moody bastard (when it comes to reading)

So before Christmas, I started on this book, The Black House by Peter May. Started off well, I was into it. Then I hit this rather exhaustive autopsy scene in the book that was chock full of well-researched detail. Maybe if I had hit this at another time than around the Holiday – when my attentions were very divided to begin with – I could have...

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