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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Review: Haggopian and other Stories

By Mike Griffiths

Lumley, Brian. Haggopian and Other Stories. Solaris: December 2009. 606 pages. ISBN: 978-184416-762-3.

This review refers to the 2009 paperback edition by Solaris.

“And those rubbery appendages drew the crushed bodies back into the inky darkness, from which there instantly issued forth the most monstrous nauseating slobbering and sucking before the writhing members once more snaked forth into the dawn light.”

- “House of Cthulhu”

Haggopian and Other Stories is a collection of Lumley’s earlier …

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Review: Future Bristol

By Paula R. Stiles

Harvey, Colin, ed. Future Bristol. Arlington (TX): Swimming Kangaroo Books, 2009. Paperback. 233 pp. ISBN: 978-1-934041-93-2. $11.99 USD.

Future Bristol has a fantastic idea. It’s an anthology of science fiction stories about, and set in, Bristol, England. It reminds me a lot of those city-based detective shows like Da Vinci’s Inquest (Vancouver), Miami Vice (Miami), Homicide: Life on the Street (Baltimore), the various CSIs (Las Vegas, Miami and New York), and The Wire

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Paranormal Christmas Romance

By Paula R. Stiles

While researching some of the more obscure entries in my article on Christmas horror, I ran across a rather odd thing: apparently, there is a subgenre of paranormal romance that has Christmas themes, particularly books of the vampire variety. As far as I can tell, the popularity of vampires post-Twilight accounts for their being more prevalent than other monsters for the moment (zombies are also currently very popular, but not necessarily with women who like …

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Review: The Apocalypse Shift

By Mike Griffiths

Goodman, Derek J. The Apocalypse Shift. Library of Horror Press: August, 2009. US $15.95. ISBN: 978-1448672431.

The Apocalypse Shift is a self-titled horror-comedy. Sometimes, this sub-genre falls short for me. I didn’t like the zombie flick, Shawn of the Dead, which most people I know adore. Goodman, however, was able to find a balance between comedy, danger, and action, which I think most horror fans would enjoy. In many respects, despite the use of the …

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Review: Before the Pyramids

By Paula R. Stiles

Knight Christopher and Butler, Alan. Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery. London: Watkins Publishing, 2009. xv, 271 pp. £16.99. ISBN: 978-1-906787-25-7.

I chose this book to review today because a lot of Before the Pyramids‘ theories revolve around how prehistoric people determined the solstices – especially the winter solstice through observation of the rising of Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. In the past, I haven’t been the biggest fan of the work …

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Review: Weird New England

By Paula R. Stiles

Citro, Joseph A. Weird New England: Your Travel Guide to New England’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2005. Hardcover. $19.95 USD. $27.95 CDN. 288pp. ISBN: 1-4027-3330-5.

I was already in the process of reading Joe Citro’s Vermont legends books when someone gave this to me for Christmas a few years ago. It seemed a natural fit – both my reading Citro’s stuff and someone giving me this book …

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Review: Berserker

By A. D. Cahill

Meikle, William. Berserker. Weymouth (Dorset): GhostWriter Publications, 2009.

There’s something about each season that calls me to a certain type of fantasy. Maybe it’s the sub-zero weather, the darkness, or that ineffable feeling of loss that comes with the leafless, skeletal trees, but the winter, bleak winter, belongs to Elric, Fafhrd and Conan. When the darkness comes, and icy wind hits you in the face like an axe, well that’s the time for, as Led …

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Review: Lovecraft Unbound

By Orrin Grey

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Lovecraft Unbound. Dark Horse, 2009. US $19.95. ISBN 978-1595821461.

I don’t think it’s news to anyone at this point that Ellen Datlow consistently puts together some of the best anthologies in the business. So, it should come as no surprise that Lovecraft Unbound doesn’t disappoint. But it also isn’t quite what you might expect from a Lovecraftian anthology.

Datlow’s stated intent with Lovecraft Unbound was to collect works that were inspired by Lovecraft …

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Review: Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom

By Ben Cooper

Brown, Bruce. Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom. Renzo Podesta, artist. Dwight L. MacPherson, ed. Arcana: Canada, 2009. $12.95. ISBN: 978-1-897548-54-7.

Graphic novels have seen something of a growth in mainstream popularity in recent years. With adaptations of V For Vendetta, 300 and, of course, the long-awaited Watchmen, the red-headed step-child of novels has become slightly more acceptable to non-geeks. Over here in England, the shelves of bookstores now have dedicated sections for …

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Review: House of Windows

By Michelle Crabb

Langan, John. 2009. House of Windows. San Francisco: Night Shade Books, 2009. USD $14.95. ISBN 978-1597801522.

This review contains spoilers

While it may not be a gory tale, or as fluid as Lovecraft’s prose, John Langan’s House of Windows holds its own because the novel is character-driven. Langan has skillfully woven supernatural into reality, a technique that is often butchered into stereotypes and clichés. Those who prefer literary fiction will find themselves captivated by the colorful …

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