I’ve seen a number of genre mashups in the past several years. Space cowboys vs. gangsters, aliens vs. cowboys, vampires vs. Abe Lincoln, you get the idea. Some of these are great stories that bring new life to a tired genre. But if an author smashes two genres together without a good reason, they are as appetizing as a peanut butter and salami sandwich. Read More →
Horror writers invent scenarios to scare us. Readers are delighted to be frightened because the horror to which we willingly subject ourselves is fictional. Evil perpetrated by other humans in our past and present are very real. Aaron Galvin uses the historic Massachusetts witch hysteria in 1692-93 as a prelude to the novel, Salem’s Vengeance. Read More →
Pick up a copy of Wicked Words Quarterly, Volume 2. $2.99 for 12 short stories written by authors from all over the globe. My story, “Pit Stop” found a home there and I’m as pleased as I can be about it.
The Horror… the Horror…
Most excellent weekend at DragonCon. My first time (hopefully not my last) and of course, I attended many panels on the Horror and Urban Fantasy tracks. Some of these shots were taken by me, some by Saibere, and some by my friends. I didn’t take nearly enough photos! Read More →
A while back, I read and reviewed a novel written by C.J. Sellers. It had good points and bad points, but the good stuff was enough to make me want to read more of her work in hopes the mechanical issues of the earlier novel could be resolved. Thank you, social media, for letting cranky, picky reviewers keep tabs on “emerging” authors.
I bought a copy of Pale Hunter for my Kindle. I’m so very glad I did. The author is clearly hitting her stride with this novella. I was engrossed from the first few paragraphs, and read the whole novella in one sitting. Sellers gives us a wholly believable period piece that slips easily into bleak, blood-freezing terror. Read More →
Werewolves have been a metaphor for the transition of youth to adult since Tony Rivers fell into the clutches of Dr. Alfred Brandon in 1957. The Night Has Teeth returns to that metaphor with a tale of modern shape-shifters fighting a centuries-old battle in the streets of Paris, France. Read More →
Warning! If you have not yet read Sleepers #1, skip this review and come back later. Read More →
Oh boy. If you’re a parent and you’re planning to read this book, grab a hanky because you’re going to need it. Just look at the synopsis–1.8 billion children, gone. Mera Stevens’ son is one of them. The first few chapters are absolutely heart-wrenching. Read More →