Review: To The Bones by Valerie Nieman

To the Bones by Valerie Nieman West Virginia University Press (April 2019) 204 pages; $19.99 paperback; $11.49 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne At the core of every person, there is a twisted black seam which offsets the good that we might do. Some call it original sin. Others recognize it as karma. It is a swirling … Continue Reading! “Review: To The Bones by Valerie Nieman”

Review: Bloody Walls – A Collection from a Fractured Mind by Thomas Scopel

Bloody Walls: A Collection from a Fractured Mind by Thomas Scopel Independently Published (July 2019) 236 pages; $7.99 paperback; $0.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne A corpus is technically defined as a collection of a single writer’s work or grouped writings about a particular subject—in this case, Thomas Scopel and his horror scrivenings. Given there are … Continue Reading! “Review: Bloody Walls – A Collection from a Fractured Mind by Thomas Scopel”

Review: Grim Harvest by Patrick Greene

Grim Harvest by Patrick Greene Lyrical Underground (September 2019) 197 pages; $7.85 paperback; $4.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne Grim Harvest by Patrick C. Greene is the second novel of “The Haunted Hollow Chronicles,” a planned series centering on Ember Hollow, an isolated community in the American heartland where cell phones and the internet simply don’t … Continue Reading! “Review: Grim Harvest by Patrick Greene”

Review: Hollow Heart by Ben Eads

Hollow Heart by Ben Eads Crystal Lake Publishing (November 2019) 156 pages; $11.99 paperback; $3.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne If you like your horror fast and furious and your gameplay unrelenting, then Hollow Heart by Ben Eads will suit your fancy. In this telling of the birthing of a cosmic horror, the subtext is minimal, … Continue Reading! “Review: Hollow Heart by Ben Eads”

Review: Every Foul Spirit by William Gorman

Every Foul Spirit by William Gorman Crystal Lake Publishing (October 2019) 112 pages; $9.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne In horror fiction, there are often remote towns and villages such as Oxrun Station (Charles L. Grant), Cedar Hill (Gary Braunbeck) and even Ulthar (H. P. Lovecraft). In these wicked places on the backroads of … Continue Reading! “Review: Every Foul Spirit by William Gorman”

Review: The Last Ghost and Other Stories by Marie O’Regan

The Last Ghost and Other Stories by Marie O’Regan Luna Press Publishing (April 2019) 148 pages; $11.99 paperback; $5.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne O, modern reader, do you think you are too sophisticated to fear a wistful Gaussian blur hovering above your bed in the dead of night? You tell yourself it doesn’t exist. It … Continue Reading! “Review: The Last Ghost and Other Stories by Marie O’Regan”

Review: Night of 1,000 Beasts by John Palisano

Night of 1,000 Beasts by John Palisano (April 2018) 208 pages; $14.95 paperback; $2.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne The scariest things at a ski resort are normally daily ticket prices, $20 hot dogs, and the prospect of a twisted ankle or broken neck. This is hardly true in the gripping Night of 1000 Beasts by John … Continue Reading! “Review: Night of 1,000 Beasts by John Palisano”

Review: Nightmare’s Eve by Stephen H. Provost

Nightmare’s Eve by Stephen H. Provost Black Raven Books (February 2018) 266 pages; $13.95 paperback Reviewed by R.B. Payne Presented for your consideration are sixteen Twilight Zone-inspired tales and ten dark poems in Nightmare’s Eve by Stephen H. Provost. Paying homage to Rod Serling, these stories are told in a highly omniscient style that slips between character … Continue Reading! “Review: Nightmare’s Eve by Stephen H. Provost”

Review: Here’s to My Sweet Satan by George Case

Here’s to My Sweet Satan: How the Occult Haunted Music, Movies and Pop Culture, 1966-1980 by George Case Quill Driver Books (March 2016) 210 pages; $16.67 paperback; $8.69 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne “1971. I drop the turntable needle onto black vinyl and slip on headphones. I lounge on the waterbed. Later, after a few hits off … Continue Reading! “Review: Here’s to My Sweet Satan by George Case”

Review: Sussex Horrors by Jonathan Broughton, Mark Cassell, and Rayne Hall

Sussex Horrors: Stories of Coastal Terror and Other Seaside Haunts by Jonathan Broughton, Mark Cassell, and Rayne Hall Herbs House (January 2018) 156 pages; $12.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne Unlike the common horrors of a typical seaside vacation, this anthology doesn’t involve overpriced hotel rooms or poorly cooked meals— although there is one rather … Continue Reading! “Review: Sussex Horrors by Jonathan Broughton, Mark Cassell, and Rayne Hall”

Review: Miscreations edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey

Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey Written Backwards (February 2020) 342 pages; $29.95 hardcover; $16.95 paperback; $3.95 e-book Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann I clearly remember a debate that transpired last summer on social media about anthologies. An author wondered about the future of anthologies because it seemed … Continue Reading! “Review: Miscreations edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey”

Review: Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire edited by Vince Liaguno

Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire edited by Vince Liaguno Evil Jester Press (October 2017) 404 pages; $14.99 paperback; $4.99 e-book Reviewed by Blu Gilliand In his introduction, accomplished author and editor Vince Liaguno describes the theme of Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire as “desire gone awry.” This theme winds through a strong slate of stories … Continue Reading! “Review: Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire edited by Vince Liaguno”