What Scares You?

The deadness behind the eyes of that bloke who’s hanging around on the corner of the street in the dark, smoking a stubby cigarette and watching people get off the bus; That lone man who always sits in the park, watching the kids play and licking his lips; The cars…

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His name is Simon Strantzas – remember it!

Just over a month ago I conducted an interview with an author whose work I’d been itching to read for a good while after reading some of the superlatives bestowed upon him by Gary McMahon. That author’s name is Simon Strantzas. I read his latest collection, NIGHTINGALE SONGS – the…

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Drastic Measures Exclusive

Now, some of you may be aware of a cosy lil’ group on FaceBook that gather together in the darkening shadows & detail the demise of many a poor soul, pushing them further & further until they are finally forced to take action…..dreadful actions indeed. Headed by the delightful Ben…

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BLOOD BOUND BOOKS – A Review

This is a special review for me. Firstly, it’s the first one I’ve ever been asked to write in an official capacity (I’ve written for friends on Amazon in the past as a means of helping sales, though what good I achieved is up for debate). And secondly, when someone…

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Within Wet Walls by Lily Childs

Within Wet Walls by Lily Childs is a memoir of mortis that reads like an absinthe soaked book of poetry. A book found in a lost forest with an escape map pencilled on the back. The question is will you follow the directions or use it to ignite a flame…

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A PLACE FOR SINNERS BY AARON DRIES

Aaron Dries novel A Place for Sinners from Samhain Publishing is a real travelogue of horror. It starts with a child, Amity Collins, penned into a dark cave by feral dogs, helpless and static like the transistor radio that she carries around. The monsters never really leave after that; as…

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THE UNQUIET HOUSE BY ALISON LITTLEWOOD

Alison Littlewood has taken a risk in using a type of fractured tandem structure for her haunted house story. Supernatural tales are usually best left to a straightforward narrative that drives the reader along. But this isn’t a normal ghost story. This is a story of how ghosts are created and…

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE…

It’s taken me a few days to say the least for me to find myself able to write this. A dear friend, a comrade in arms, a truly empathetic writer has left us. Joel Lane passed away in his sleep aged only fifty. You’ll find it all over Facebook &…

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Falling Over by James Everington

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love Einstein said, but fall we do. And there is a certain gravity and love in James Everington’s anthology of weird fiction, ‘Falling Over‘. The author obviously loves his chosen genre, the carefully crafted twisting tales are testament to that. He also tackles the gravity of…

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