Review: Those Below the Tree House by Matt Hayward

cover of Those Below the Treehouse by Matt HaywardThose Below the Tree House by Matt Hayward
Poltergeist Press (June 11, 2020)

250 pages; $19.99 hardcover; $13.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

When it comes to coming-of-age horror stories, I’m the easiest sell alive. I love reading about young protagonists, especially a little “losers club” of four or five kids.

Those Below the Tree House is a story centered on a young man named Tony who witnesses the beginning of a terrible pandemic that infects his small community. Townspeople are turned into cannibalistic monsters. With nowhere to go, Tony and a few of his friends, plus a neighborhood bully, are forced up into a tree house to survive.Continue Reading

Review: Shades by Geoff Cooper and Brian Keene

Shades by Geoff Cooper and Brian Keene
Poltergeist Press (January 2020)
194 pages; $10.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Kevin Lucia

By the time I stumbled into the horror scene, Shades was a long-out of print Cemetery Dance title, and I was sad I’d missed the boat. I love coming-of-age stories, and this one looked awesome. Imagine my delight when I learned Poltergeist Press was re-releasing it in paperback and ebook. It went right on the birthday list, and lucky me, it showed up in the mail on that blessed day.Continue Reading

Review: Various States of Decay by Matt Hayward

Various States of Decay by Matt Hayward
Poltergeist Press (December 2019)
290 pages: $23.70 hardcover; $14.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

It comes as a surprise to me that Matt Hayward published his first book, Brain Dead Blues, just over two years ago in May of 2017. Since that release, he’s been nominated for Bram Stoker Awards, published two novels, and co-wrote two novels. Various States of Decay is his second short story collection. That’s an impressive two years worth of work!Continue Reading

Review: A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries

Cover of A Place for Sinners by Aaron DriesA Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries
Poltergeist Press (July 2019)

394 pages; $21.95 hardcover; $14.56 paperback; $5.39 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

Sometimes, in the genre of horror, a reviewer stumbles upon a dark, glistening vein in the granite of horror. Maybe the reviewer reads a book from a specific indie press and enjoys it so much, they find themselves reading other books they have to offer. Or maybe the reviewer finds an author and they run in a circle of like-minded authors who do collaborative work—so the reviewer finds not just one new favorite author, but several!

I found Aaron Dries in one of the aforementioned dark veins in the granite. Being the excitable and curious reader that I am, I bought myself some of his books. A Place for Sinners entices you with an intriguing premise; boiled down it amounts to the simplest of tropes: A traveling experience to the jungles of Thailand goes terribly wrong.Continue Reading

Review: A Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward

Cover of A Penny for Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt HaywardA Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward
Poltergeist Press (June 1, 2019)
264 pages; $21.99 hardcover; $15.99 paperback; $5.39 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

As far as introductions go, I couldn’t ask for a better way to familiarize myself with the talented voices of Bob Ford and Matt Hayward. A Penny For Your Thoughts is the collaborative effort of both authors. I’m impressed with how harmoniously they blended their storytelling because this read like one, seamless narrative.Continue Reading