Posts Tagged With: small press

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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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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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: 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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Book review: Night Shall Overtake

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Night Shall Overtake by Michael R. Collins is an urban fantasy, set in a world like our own but full of supernatural creatures ( there are no vampires, thank goodness.) The protagonist is a detective with special powers.  What starts out as a standard case turns into more than this detective and her coworkers bargained for.

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Book Review: The Strange Dark One by W.H. Pugmire

The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep

W.H. Pugmire

Miskatonic River Press
2012

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When I was young I loved monsters. I wanted to tell these poor things that I cared for them and understood them even if the rest of society did not. I always imagined myself and these creatures spending time together as two misunderstood souls. Pugmire’s work brings me back to these fantasies.

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Book Review: The Sea of Ash by Scott Thomas

The Sea of Ash by Scott Thomas

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The Sea of Ash is told from a first person perspective by a school teacher who has won the lottery and taken up a hobby of collecting rare books. He has become obsessed with a rare copy of  a Victorian doctor’s journal. The teacher goes on a journey to see the sites that are described within the journal. He starts off as a self-proclaimed “tourist” but ends up getting touched (literally) by the mysteries and horrors described by the doctor.

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