The Cipher

If you found a mysterious black void in your apartment house, what would you do? That is The Cipher facing Nicholas and Nakota. I don’t think I would name it a Funhole. But that might just be me. Nakota decides to place a jar full of insects on the lipContinue Reading

The Watcher

Teenage Erica has an ultra-religious family. She also has night terrors and/or sleep paralysis, where she imagines a demon is after her. When the family moves to a new town, Erica has The Watcher as her next-door neighbor. Is he just a pervy peeper or does he want something more?Continue Reading

Venus in the Blind Spot

Venus in the Blind Spot is an excellent horror manga story collection that is highly recommended for its original plots. Someone is killing the young people in Japan! Killing, undressing, and stitching them together with fishing line. It occurs whenever two or more people gather together. A group called BillionsContinue Reading

The Hollow Ones

The Hollow Ones is an uncomfortable mashup of many, better, thrillers. Admittedly, I may have expected too much from the director of so many of my favorite films. New FBI Agent Odessa volunteers for desk duty after shooting her own partner in a justifiable homicide. In the course of herContinue Reading

The Only Good Indians

Four Native Americans kill an elk years in the past and live, and die, to regret it. After all, The Only Good Indians are vegan Indians. The first part of the book has the pacing and the plot of a thriller. However, the middle slows down substantially to a slow-burnContinue Reading

Vampire State Building

“They’ve turned the Empire State Building into a—no…it can’t be…a giant pantry? And we’re the meals.” —from the epic graphic novel, Vampire State Building. During a remodeling, a mysterious hidden room with a locked iron door is found behind the walls of the Empire State Building. After opening the room,Continue Reading

Final Cuts

Final Cuts is an anthology of eighteen “all new dark and strange fiction inspired by cinema and television.” As with all anthologies, the stories vary in skill-level. However, these tales also swing wildly in genre. All have horror settings or themes. But some are also thrillers, fantasy, and romances. MyContinue Reading

Algernon Blackwood's The Willows

Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows is a good example of the atmospheric horror of the 1800s despite being published in 1907. Think of the books (not the movies) Dracula and Frankenstein. I thought the pen and ink drawings were effective in depicting the plot. However, a bit of color would haveContinue Reading

The Return

What happens when four women become friends? They pair off. So what is Elise to do when her best friend, Julie, goes missing while hiking? She believes Julie is returning—even over two years later. And then, joyously, Julie returns. But The Return is not what Elise, or anyone, expected. Mae,Continue Reading

Not So Dead Book Blitz and Giveaway

The Not-So Dead Isaiyan Morrison (The Dead Series, #1) Publication date: January 21st 2020 Genres: Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult All Faye wants is another chance at being normal: hanging out with friends, playing video games, reading the latest Manga… As a wraith, her craving for a normal existence seemsContinue Reading

The Last Starling Book Blitz and Giveaway

The Last Starling C.L. Denault Publication date: December 24th 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult “They’re coming.” Words of warning haunt Jayce Wakefield’s dreams. He doesn’t believe them any more than he believes in the blue-eyed raven delivering the message. It’s totally absurd. They’re just dreams. He has nothingContinue Reading

Dead Girls Club

“The last time I saw the pendant, it was on Becca’s neck. She was my best friend. And I killed her.”—Heather, Now, from the Dead Girls Club. There were four members of the Dead Girls Club. Dead Becca didn’t send the pendant. Heather didn’t send it to herself. That leftContinue Reading

Impossible Causes

“Lark was a religious community: participation was expected, baptism a stipulation.” “…but soon the fog would descend, making Lark unreachable. Unleavable. There would be no more ships until April.”—from Impossible Causes. Atmospheric combination of The Village and Carrie sets the scene in this coming-of-age gothic horror thriller. I expected toContinue Reading