Review: ‘The Little Gift’ by Stephen Volk

The Little Gift by Stephen Volk PS Publishing (March 2017) 80 pages; £12.00 hardcover; £20.00 signed edition Reviewed by Gef Fox If you live with a cat, you live with a natural born killer. Some prey on dangling bits of string, others go after bigger game. And if they like you, they’ll leave you one of their kills as a … Continue Reading! “Review: ‘The Little Gift’ by Stephen Volk”

Last Chance to Order Books For the Holidays!

We’ve heard from a bunch of readers who are ordering copies of The Girl Who Builds Monsters and some other in-stock items for gifts, so we wanted to put out the word that we really need your order ASAP if you want your order delivered before Christmas. Our warehouse is slammed with Night Shift prep and shipping … Continue Reading! “Last Chance to Order Books For the Holidays!”

Exhumed: “Little Precious” and “Anka”

Don’t you hate it when online columnists start a post by explaining why they haven’t posted in a while? Me too. Me too. Anyway, here’s a bullet list explaining why I haven’t posted in a while: 2019: Moved New job Had a baby 2020: COVID Moved again Another new job Baby is a toddler now, … Continue Reading! “Exhumed: “Little Precious” and “Anka””

Review: Escape from the Billings Mall: A Select Your Own Timeline Adventure by Chuck Tingle

Escape from the Billings Mall: A Select Your Own Timeline Adventure by Chuck Tingle Independently Published (April 2020) 154 pages; $12.66 paperback; $6.99 e-book Reviewed by Anton Cancre Dr. Chuck Tingle tends to be treated as a joke. That guy who writes those silly Pounded books. However, that is only by those who have not bothered … Continue Reading! “Review: Escape from the Billings Mall: A Select Your Own Timeline Adventure by Chuck Tingle”

Review: Dark Tales of Sorrow and Despair by Jack Darby

Dark Tales of Sorrow and Despair by Jack Darby Independently Published (November 2021) 337 pages; $14.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book Reviewed by R.B. Payne Reviewer’s Note Many of you know I relocated to Paris, France in 2018. Here, I am connecting with like-minded authors who specialize in dark fiction whether it be horror, thriller, or science … Continue Reading! “Review: Dark Tales of Sorrow and Despair by Jack Darby”

Revelations: Shadows and Borderlands

I’m only an armchair observer and by no means an expert, but it seems in the last six years the horror genre has witnessed a blossoming short story anthology market. And no offense to anyone, but I mean good markets offering quality stories and top-notch production values, not lots of people discovering the novelty of … Continue Reading! “Revelations: Shadows and Borderlands”

Review: Hag by Kathleen Kaufman

Hag by Kathleen Kaufman Turner (October 2018) 336 pages; $25.19 hardcover; $11.59 paperback; $11.01 e-book Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann The book Hag by Kathleen Kaufman is exactly what I’ve always wanted in a novel about witches. Every night, I crawled into bed and let my mind escape to the Scottish lowlands to hear more about the Cailleach … Continue Reading! “Review: Hag by Kathleen Kaufman”

Exhumed: Bonus Content! Me & CD, a Brief History of an Unlikely Love Affair

Exhumed is my humble attempt to read and review every short story and novel excerpt ever published by Cemetery Dance magazine. In their 33+ years of publication, there have been a total of 577 (and counting!) pieces spread out over 77 issues. Since each Exhumed post covers just two stories (one “old” and one “new”), … Continue Reading! “Exhumed: Bonus Content! Me & CD, a Brief History of an Unlikely Love Affair”

Revelations: The Third Level by Jack Finney

Ironically, in my quest to discover other horror writers besides Stephen King, (I adore King’s work but at that time, I was reading him exclusively), it was King himself who helped lead the way. Somewhere in the middle of that quest I finally, for the first time, read his non-fiction treatise on the horror genre, … Continue Reading! “Revelations: The Third Level by Jack Finney”

All Hail the Popcorn King….and Queen! An Interview with Joe R. Lansdale and Hansi Oppenheimer

After decades of cranking out high-caliber, genre-smashing literature, and with a badass martial arts pedigree to boot, it’s remarkable that no one tackled a documentary about East Texas’ reigning champion of mojo storytelling, Joe R. Lansdale. Along came intrepid New York City filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer, a self-described fangrrrl who grabbed her camera and jetted to … Continue Reading! “All Hail the Popcorn King….and Queen! An Interview with Joe R. Lansdale and Hansi Oppenheimer”

Horror Drive-In: Scaaaa-REEM!

I am the perfect age to be a slasher fan. Halloween was released when I was seventeen years old — roughly the same age as the victims in John Carpenter’s masterpiece. I saw it in a walk-in theater and the experience was truly transformational. I was on the verge of adulthood and this movie, which … Continue Reading! “Horror Drive-In: Scaaaa-REEM!”

Video Visions: The Ultimate Movie for Halloween Night

Look, I know most normal people aren’t like me, setting aside about 50 movies to watch each October. I mean, who has that kind of time and demented dedication? If I think I won’t have time to watch a movie when I get home from work, I’ll set the alarm to wake me up at … Continue Reading! “Video Visions: The Ultimate Movie for Halloween Night”

Dead Air: Unboxing Jeff Terry

I was waiting on my copy of the Gift Edition of The Shining from the Cemetery Dance “Stephen King Doubleday Years Set” to arrive, so I thought I’d search for some unboxing videos so I could see what people thought about it — and to get a closer look at the finished product. One of … Continue Reading! “Dead Air: Unboxing Jeff Terry”

Rising Icons of British Horror: A Chat with Catriona Ward and CJ Tudor

Horror is happening right now in the UK and women are right there on top of the book charts. I was honored to chat to two absolute icons, Catriona Ward and CJ Tudor, and find out if it is all heaving bosoms and beguiling men in cloaks or if these British babes are breaking the … Continue Reading! “Rising Icons of British Horror: A Chat with Catriona Ward and CJ Tudor”

Firestarter and Standing Up to “The Man”

It’s easy to see why Stephen King’s Firestarter was nearly the novel we never read. Abandoning his manuscript on several occasions, King felt the book was too much like Carrie and feared he would be copying himself. While Carrie White had telekinesis (the ability to move objects with her mind), Charlie McGee’s gift (or curse) … Continue Reading! “Firestarter and Standing Up to “The Man””