Book reviews

Red Equinox Audible Review

red-equinoxRed Equinox has received praise as a must-read for Lovecraft fans; and it is! Now you have a chance to listen to it, too. Even though I have already read this book, I was excited to listen to the audio-book. I really enjoyed revisiting the characters in this story, and reading the book beforehand only enhanced the experience of listening to it. Continue reading

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Book review: Sing Me Your Scars

Title: Sing Me Your Scars

Author: Damien Angelica Walters

Publisher: Apex Publications

Date Published: 2015

Category: weird fiction, small press, female authors, short stories, horror

I haven’t felt this way about a collection of short stories since I read Thomas Ligotti’s Songs of a Dead Dreamer. Walters’s collection of short stories is haunting, creepy, and beautiful. The author makes mundane terrors seems otherworldly, and the otherworldly seems strangely familiar. I seriously needed to pause in between tales due to the heaviness of each story.

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Book Review: The Antarctic Express

Title: The Antarctic Express

Author: Kenneth Hite & Christina Rodriguez

Publisher: Trident Inc., : Atlas Games

Date Published: 2009

Category: parody, Lovecraftian, children’s

The Antarctic Express is a children’s parody book combining the Polar Express with the Mountains of Madness. I have mixed feelings about these kinds of parodies, generally aimed at adults who think it’s silly to make the Lovecraft Mythos into something cute and cuddly. However, this book won me over.

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Book review: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers  is in the public domain and can be downloaded here.
http://books.google.com/books?id=qHgKEqjdy-wC&pg=PP1&output=embed
The King in Yellow is a collection of short stories and considered classic weird fiction. Lovecraft was inspired by this collection and wrote about it extensively in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature.
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Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics

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Author: Michael January & Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Publisher: Winged Lion Publications

Date Published: 2015

Category: historical fiction, gothic horror

The lives of many of my favorite authors are just as interesting, if not more so, than their writing. As a huge fan of Mary Shelley, I was really excited to see a new book about her life. In Frankenstein Diaries, Author Michael January brings forth some “forgotten” diary entries that detail Mary Shelley’s travels with Percy Shelley and provide insight into the inspiration for the classic book, Frankenstein.

I reviewed Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics for the Online Book Club. I’ve been reviewing lots of books for the Online Book Club, which is why I’ve been kind of neglecting this blog. Anyway here is the full review of Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics

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Out of the Woods book review

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Title: Out of the Woods

Author: William D Carl

Publisher: Post Mortem Press

Date Published: 2015

Category: horror, Lovecraftian, gore,

This is a fast-paced Lovecraftian horror story. I breezed through it in two sittings.  The book is heavy on action and gore and has a little psychological horror thrown in. The story line is simple and includes some familiar horror tropes: an abandoned mental institution with dangerous patients and inbred backwoods cultist freaks. I found the book a fresh take on these commonly used tropes.

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Mundania

So, I’ve had all of this stuff going on, which has been interfering with my Lovecraftian reading. Hence, my neglected blog. I am hoping to start reading and posting again soon!

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Book Review: Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties

Leinster GardensTitle: Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties

Author: Jan Edwards

Publisher: Alchemy Press

Date published: March 13, 2015

Category: weird fiction,short stories, ghost stories, supernatural fiction, horror

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Book Review: The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files Book 1)

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Title: The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files Book 1)

Author: Charles Stross audiobook: narrated by Gideon Emery

Category: horror, science fiction, spy thriller, Lovecraftian

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Book Review: Nick Nightmare Investigates

nick nightmareTitle: Nick Nightmare Investigates

Author: Adrian Cole

Publisher: Alchemy Press with Airgedlámh Publications

Date published: September 6th, 2014

Category: Weird fiction, short stories, detective, modern pulp, Lovecraftian, cthulhu mythos

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