Review: Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk

Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk
Flame Tree Press (March 2019)
240 pages; $24.81 hardcover; $12.38 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

I finished reading Brian Kirk’s latest novel over a week ago and put off writing my review to allow this story time to gel in my mind. Or, maybe ferment is a better word. The whole concept of Will Haunt You is a bit of a mind-altering experience.Continue Reading

Review: Inspection by Josh Malerman

Inspection by Josh Malerman
Del Rey (March 19, 2019)

400 pages; $17.70 hardcover; $13.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

It’s a wonderful thing, digging into a new Josh Malerman novel—no idea what to expect, no clue where his twisted mind is going to take you.Continue Reading

Review: Jimmy the Freak by Charles Colyott and Mark Steensland

Jimmy the Freak by Charles Colyott and Mark Steensland
Thunderstorm Books (March 2019)
$40 limited edition hardcover
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

From beginning to end, this limited edition novella is something special.  Care is given to every word, beginning with this beautiful opening line…

There’s something magical about it, Mike thinks, watching the fat flakes of snow appear from a sky black as the void.
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Review: Junction by Daniel M. Bensen

Junction by Daniel M. Bensen
Flame Tree Press (January 2019)
240 pages; $23.70 hardcover; $12.86 paperback; $6.29 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Daisuke Matsumori is the star of the most popular nature show on Japanese television and has been recruited to investigate what’s on the other side of a wormhole found in New Guinea. By the way, the pronunciation is “Dice-Kay,” not “Dye-Sue-Key.Continue Reading

Review: The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz

The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz
Flame Tree Press (December 2018)
288 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.29 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

I was a bit late to the party when it came to discovering the work of Jonathan Janz. As a result, I totally missed The Sorrows when it was originally published by Samhain Publishing in 2012. When Samhain ceased operations in 2017, many great works went out of print, including this debut from one of the most popular horror writers working today.Continue Reading

Review: Night Shift by Robin Triggs

Night Shift by Robin Triggs
Flame Tree Press (November 2018)
240 pages; $22.46 hardcover; $13.09 paperback; $6.29 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Let me start by saying I wanted Night Shift to be something other than what it turned out to be. Let’s face it—a mining base in the Antarctic at the start of a six-month-long night shift, doesn’t your mind immediately turn to The Thing?  So, I’m expecting a monster. Oh, I got one, it just happened to be of the human variety.Continue Reading

Review: Ten Thousand Thunders by Brian Trent

Ten Thousand Thunders by Brian Trent
Flame Tree Press (October 2018)
288 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

There was a time when I immersed myself in sci-fi, long before I discovered horror and it took over my reading experience. Every now and again, it’s nice to go back and visit those days, and that’s just what I did with this epic, hard sci-fi novel by Brian Trent.Continue Reading

Review: Kosmos by Adrian Laing

Kosmos by Adrian Laing
Flame Tree Press (December 2018)
288 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Kosmos is one of the most entertaining original works I’ve read in all of 2018.  Considering I’ve read seventy-seven books this year that’s saying a lot.Continue Reading

Review: Scapegoat by James Newman and Adam Howe

Scapegoat by James Newman and Adam Howe
Honey Badger Press (October 2018)
215 pages; $4.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

James Newman lives in North Carolina, USA, and Adam Howe makes his home across the Atlantic in England. Thanks to the power of the Internet, collaborations like this one are possible. The result is both wondrous and wonderful.

So what’s Scapegoat about?  Well, I’m glad you asked…Continue Reading

Review: The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson
Flame Tree Press (October 2018)
256 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $13.86 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

John Everson writes some of the darkest horror imaginable, sprinkles it with a healthy dose of sex, and yet it’s easy to believe every word he puts to paper. His latest story, The House by the Cemetery, is the quintessential October release.  It’s the tale of a purportedly haunted house by a cemetery being refurbished as a Halloween attraction.Continue Reading

Review: The Toy Thief by D.W. Gillespie

The Toy Thief by D.W. Gilliespie
Flame Tree Press (October 18, 2018)
240 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

To date, I’ve read all but one of the first nine offerings from Flame Tree Press and I’ve been quite impressed with everything thus far. I’ve actually raved about the first seven books, so to experience a hiccough here at book eight is no real surprise.

The Toy Thief is a creepy tale of two siblings and what they encounter over of the course of one summer in their young lives.Continue Reading

Review: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
Flame Tree Press (September 2018)
240 pages; $24.95 hardcover; $14.95 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Jayce Lewis’ daughter Emily has gone missing and Jayce is doing all he can to find her.  The more he seeks the more he learns about her life and his own. From the strange concoctions sold at the Crazyqwik, to the dog-eaters who think he’s a meat thief, to the Harvest Man, and just wait until you encounter the pink devil. It’s all like his mother told him time and again…

The world is a dangerous place.
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Review: The Sky Woman by J.D. Moyer

The Sky Woman: From Ringworlds to Earth, an Epic Struggle of Love and Survival by J.D. Moyer
Flame Tree Press (September 6, 2018)
288 pages; $24.95 paperback; $14.95 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

The Sky Woman: From Ringworlds to Earth, an Epic Struggle of Love and Survival by J.D. Moyer deftly combines multiple genres into a solid work which starts out reading much like your typical fantasy fare but goes places I never anticipated.Continue Reading

Review: The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz

The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz
Flame Tree Press (September 6, 2018)
288 pages; $24.95 hardcover; $14.95 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

It was almost two years ago Jonathan Janz first came to my attention. I kept hearing about his novel, Children of the Dark. This is what I said in my review of that workThis is one time where all of the hype was dead on.Continue Reading

Review: Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell
Flame Tree Press (September 6, 2018)
288 pages; $24.95 hardcover; $14.95 paperback
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

No one writes horror like Ramsey Campbell, as evidenced by numerous accolades over the years, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association, and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild.

Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach is the latest book I’ve read from new publisher Flame Tree Press, and based on what I’ve seen so far, they will be a welcome addition to the marketplace. Continue Reading