Dark Missives by Dan Howarth

My pre-release review copy. Great cover! This is Dan Howarth’s first collection of short fiction and it’s a good one, filled with diverse stories that all successfully highlight Howarth’s abilities as a writer.   There are eleven stories in total covering a range of topics, including wrong doings in a holiday park, the Liverpool blitz, stalkers, and a home that doesn’t want to be... Continue Reading →

The Apocalypse Strain by Jason Parent

A multi-national research team study an ancient pandoravirus in a remote Siberian research facility. Much calamity and death ensue. Okay, so the actual blurb for the book reads a lot longer than my synopsis, but that should be enough to give you the gist. I went into this assuming it would be a bad idea... Continue Reading →

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is probably best known for his Revelation Space sequence of books, which is how I came across him (fun fact – Revelation Space is the first thing I ever bought from Amazon). If you like hard science fiction, then these books are a must and once I’d read them, I devoured everything else... Continue Reading →

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

Excellent. Buy it. Do I need to say more? Oh, ok then. This is not my usual sort of read at all but I was utterly gripped by this superbly written tale of farming folk from around 150 years or so ago. Gideon moves from Bath due to something his Father did (slowly revealed as... Continue Reading →

Horror in the Eye of the Beholder

By  Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska  The cover. Not going to lie - I don't like it Horror in the Eye of the Beholder is an entertaining selection of interviews covering the links between cinematic horror and literature, and specifically the influences between both. The book contains 21 interviews with different authors, from genre legends Ramsey Campbell and Adam Nevill through to relative newcomers such as Gemma Amor.   Each interview starts... Continue Reading →

There Goes Pretty by CC Adams

Cover ©Dark Minds Press Not all marriages are happy. But very few become this terrifying. CC Adams is turning into a prolific writer, with a solid body of work behind him. Novellas like Forfeit Tissue and But Worse Will Come marked him out as someone to keep an eye on. This, his latest, from Dark... Continue Reading →

Arcana by Paul Kane

Great cover! Paul Kane is a name that deserves far wider recognition. His imagination is all over the place and you are never sure what you’re going to get from him. So far he has covered a reimagination of the Robin Hood myth, the end of the world with a disease, Sherlock Holmes crossing paths... Continue Reading →

Prince of Nightmares by John McNee

Victor goes to spend a few nights in the most haunted hotel in the world. What could go wrong? That’s a very brief synopsis as I don’t really like going into details on a plot for fear of inadvertently giving away a spoiler. Even books that have ‘you won’t see the twist coming!’ give me... Continue Reading →

A Song For The End by Kit Power

I may as well start this with a disclaimer: I am a big fan of Kit Power's writing. If you read my best of 2020, you'll have seen My Life In Horror on there, which was a series of articles originally written for Gingernuts of Horror. It is an absolutely superb collection of essays on... Continue Reading →

My best of a shit year

Compiling any ‘best of’ list is always tricky and usually scorn inducing; how can he put that on there as this is so much better? If that’s you when you finish reading this, well, you can always make your own damn list.

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