January 10, 2023

Amballore Thoma: Second Edition

Seamlessly blending magic realism, mystery, and historical fiction, Joe Thekkumthala’s second novel (after 2015’s Amballore House) follows a large Indian family as it struggles with money, love, loyalty, and greed.

Set largely in Amballore, a small town “nestled along the southwest border of the Indian subcontinent and overlooking the Arabian Sea,” the story begins in […]


December 6, 2022

An End: Where We Stand Now: Book One

The first installment of Brandon Pawlicki’s horror saga focuses on part of America that has suddenly become perilous on many fronts.

As the story begins, Vallerie Sabell and her boyfriend, Jaxton, pledge their eternal love in a Wiccan ceremony that ends with the statement: “I vow to do no harm.” This peaceful moment is short […]


December 6, 2022

Fangs Bared | Where We Stand Now: Book Two

WARNING to those who have not read An End: Where We Stand Now: Book One: This review contains spoilers.

Fangs Bared continues Brandon Pawlicki’s Where We Stand Now zombie saga.

In the first book, Vallerie Sabelle awakens from a coma to find that the military has become a heartless police force called the Bastion; lawless […]


November 15, 2022

Vampiro, Volume II: the Obsidian Knife

The second installment of Don W. Hill’s and Tom Cavaretta’s Vampiro Trilogy (after The Night Crawler Protocol) continues the story of a vampire outbreak in the Southwest—caused by a virus spread by chickens—that threatens the world.

Set in the 1980s, the story revolves largely around Blake Barker, a hardware store manager whose life has been […]


November 8, 2022

Claim Denied

G.R. Jerry’s novel follows a put-upon insurance adjuster and his colleagues as they fall prey to a centuries-old evil.

Benny Johnson’s wife has just left him, taking nearly everything except his beer. But other than that, his daily grind at BestEver Insurance is getting off to its usual start. Then he sees a horrific, cloaked […]


October 25, 2022

Xolo: A Novel of Canine Horror

Peter Hurd’s Xolo is a compelling, contemporary horror novel about a businessman who brings a dog to his family after a trip to Mexico—with unforeseen consequences.

Set largely in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in a new community south of Denver, the story begins with real estate developer Derek Rains in Mexico listening to […]


October 17, 2022

Vampiro Volume I: The Night Crawler Protocol

This comedic mashup of horror and fantasy, the first of the Vampiro trilogy by authors Don W. Hill and Tom Cavaretta, details a vampire outbreak in New Mexico in which vampirism is a disease spread by chickens, who are carriers.

The story revolves around Blake Barker; his wife Lynne; their 5-year-old son Nathan; and the […]


September 5, 2022

Hell Spring

In Isaac Thorne’s horror novel Hell Spring, a demon preys on citizens trapped in a store in the aftermath of a flood.

As the story begins, a hound of hell escapes Hades and somehow ends up in 1955 rural Tennessee during a 100-year flood. The demon dog is a psychic vampire; instead of drinking blood, […]


March 7, 2022

Daemon Blood

Daemon Blood is the third book in Mary Maddox’s Daemon World trilogy.

Readers learn that daemons aren’t the same as biblical demons. Unlike demons, who tempt human beings to sin and then send them to hell, daemons are spirits who inhabit people’s bodies so they can experience human emotions. It doesn’t matter which emotions; they […]


February 14, 2022

Crazy Time: A Bizarre Battle with Darkness and the Divine

Not unlike a Dali painting, L. Andrew Cooper’s latest (after 2018’s The Great Sonnet Plot of Anton Tick) is a strange fusion of surreal horror, dark fantasy, and spiritual speculation that follows a confirmed agnostic woman as she attempts to find meaning in a seemingly unending inundation of tragedies that befall her like Job.

Lily […]


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