Review: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Remy Chandler

By Paula R. Stiles

Sniegoski, Thomas E. A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. New York: Roc Fantasy, 2008. $14.00 USD; $15.50 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-451-46205-3.

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse is the first in the Remy Chandler series. I picked up this book for the reason (probably obvious to anyone who reads my Supernatural reviews on this site) that it had angels. Well, that, and it was on sale. …

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Review: Embers

By Mike Griffiths

Bickle, Laura. Embers. Pocket: March 30, 2010. US $7.99. ISBN: 978-1439167656.

Embers, the debut novel from Laura Bickle, is a dark fantasy, or urban fantasy if you prefer. The word ‘dark’ is more fitting in this case, for the novel is a moody, grim ride through the complex life of Anya Kalinczyk.

Anya is a driven woman balancing two intense lives. Her paycheck is drawn from her job as an investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance Part 3: The Perfect Mate

By Paula R. Stiles

Morris, Stephanie. The Perfect Mate. 2009. 14pp. Free. Available on the author’s website.

Today’s short story is an erotica tale of the PWP (Plot? What Plot?) type from the interracial category by Stephanie Morris. The Perfect Mate, like yesterday’s The Thirteenth, has vampires, but here, the vampire is the dangerous-yet-tender male lover (a common trope in traditional romance) and not an enemy. He drinks blood, but not enough to kill anyone, …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance, Part 2: The Thirteenth

By Paula R. Stiles

Banks, L.A. The Thirteenth. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010 (originally published in 2009). 309pp. $7.99 USD, $9.99 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-312-94916.

The Thirteenth is apocalyptic dark fantasy set in the End Times. The African-American and Hispanic heroes are the Neteru Guardian team, a strike force that works directly for Heaven. In this book, they’re on the run after their enemies in Hell successfully put the blame for a battle with demons in the previous book …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance, Part 1: Shadow Blade

Paula R. Stiles

Glass, Seressia. Shadow Blade. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. $7.99 USD, $9.99 CDN. ISBN: 978-1-4391-5679-7.

February is Black History Month and we’re also celebrating Valentine’s Day all week, starting today. So, we’re going to kick off with some African-American paranormal romance. Today, tomorrow and Tuesday, I’ll be reviewing two novels and a short story by three different authors, including some links to other authors. There isn’t a whole lot of African-American paranormal romance out …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #14

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2010. Issue #14, Jan/Feb 2010. 100pp. US $9.99, CAN $11.99. ISSN: 1752-645X.

As you can tell from the above information, we have another 100-page issue yet again. I have to give the makers of this ‘zine credit: they stuff their stockings extra full whenever they get extra space. The joint interview for Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles is a little on the thin side this week, but who cares …
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Review: Gaslight Grotesque

By Orrin Grey

Campbell, J.R. & Prepolec, Charles, ed. Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2009. US $16.95. ISBN 978-1894063319.

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the legendary rationality and scepticism of Sherlock Holmes, there seems to be an undeniable allure for both writers and readers in stories that place him in situations both supernatural and irrational. Gaslight Grotesque is not the first themed anthology predicated on this premise — it’s …

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Review: Triangulation: Dark Glass

By Mike Griffiths

Butler, Pete. Triangulation: Dark Glass. PARSEC Ink (August 31, 2009). 158 pages. #12.00 USD. ISBN: 978-0578031033.

Triangulation: Dark Glass is the sixth Triangulation Anthology put out by Parsec Ink. Originally, it was a local anthology centered around the  Pittsburgh area, but over the last few years, it has opened up and has been accepting speculative fiction by authors from around the world.

The 16 stories featured in this edition range from horror to fantasy and from …

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Review: Mansfield Park and Mummies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Austen, Jane and Nazarian, Vera. Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights. Norilana Curiosities, 2009. 568 pp. $16.95. ISBN# 978-1607620471.

When I asked the reviewers at Innsmouth Free Press if anyone wanted to read Mansfield Park and Mummies, the answer I got was: Why is it always Austen? Indeed, it seems that, in the past year, there has been a proliferation of Jane Austen classics mixed with …

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Review: Burning Shadows

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Burning Shadows. Tor, 2009. 352 pp. US $27.99 ISBN: 978-0765319821

There are certain time periods and settings that get all the love (Victorian England seems to be a popular one due, in great part, to the Steampunk appeal) and there are other ones that rarely get touched upon in speculative fiction. The Roman Empire is one of those that doesn’t really have too many novels. Burning Shadows is set in the 430s, and …

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Review: Glass Coffin Girls

By Ben Cooper

Jessup, Paul. Glass Coffin Girls. PS Publishing; Limited: Hornsea, England. 130 pages. ISBN: 978-1-848630-24-6.

Paul Jessup is not a name I’m familiar with, but a quick look at his website confirms that he has been building a name for himself with his short fiction. He has placed stories in venues such as Clarkesworld, which is impressive stuff.

This collection of short stories is prefaced with a short foreword by fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer that lets …

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Review: Haunted Love: Tales of Ghostly Soulmates, Spooky Suitors, and Eternal Love

By Pamela K. Kinney

Gonsalves, Chris. Haunted Love: Tales of Ghostly Soulmates, Spooky Suitors, and Eternal Love. Globe Pequot; First edition (December 22, 2009). Paperback. 224 pp. $14.95. ISBN: 978-0762752768

Haunted Love: Tales of Ghostly Soulmates, Spooky Suitors, and Eternal Love by Chris Gonsalves is a varied collection of ghost stories and legends from around the world, all to do with love. As an author of my own nonfiction ghost books, I figured this would be one book …

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