Review: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nicolay, Scott. Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed. Fedogan and Bremer (2014).

“Horseshoe arches crammed both floors, most opening on nothing. Dense mocarabe toothed them all, suggesting stalactites and giving even those that tramed only wall a more cavern-like appearance. Mosaics sprawled across every intact inch of the ground floor facade. The white had lost its purity, red was faded with shades of crusted blood or rust, and …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

Giveaway: Autographed Books by Paula R. Stiles

Want to win an autographed copy of a book by our editor, Paula R. Stiles? Here’s your chance. Paula is giving away two autographed books, one of her co-written dark fantasy novel, Fraterfamilias from our very own Innsmouth Free Press, and one of her horror novel, The Mighty Quinn, from Dark Continents, which Maria Mitchell reviewed for us not long ago.

Paula now offers autographed print copies of her books on her website here. You can get Kindle …

IFPGiveaway: Autographed Books by Paula R. Stiles

Review: Deadfall Hotel

By Orrin Grey

Tem, Steve Rasnic. Deadfall Hotel Solaris, 2012. USD $9.99. ISBN 978-1907992834.

Before I talk about Steve Rasnic Tem’s Deadfall Hotel, let me talk a little bit about John Kenn Mortensen. Mortensen is a Danish artist whose work took at least one small corner of the Internet by storm. Basically, he draws amazing, Richard Gorey-esque pictures of monsters and other weirdness onto Post-It notes. You can see why I love him. He’s rapidly become one of …

Orrin GreyReview: Deadfall Hotel

Review: Mountain Man

By Randy Stafford

Blackmore, Keith C. Mountain Man. (2011). USD $3.99. ASIN: B006MV7I6U.

Zombies.

They’re so rich in dramatic potential. Flashy dressers. Rich interior lives. Usually ready with a quick story from two centuries back. So pensive and conflicted about their relations with humans. A proud race aware of its long history.

Well, no.

Really, about all you can do with zombies is burn ‘em, crush ‘em, and shoot ‘em. Flesh-eating cockroaches are more interesting, even though they don’t …

IFPReview: Mountain Man

Review: The Shining (book)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

King, Stephen. The Shining. ISBN-13: 978-0743437493

Horror is seldom about poor people and this is doubly true when it comes to ghost stories. The owners of large haunted houses and mansions, after all, never had any trouble paying the bills. The Shining, however, does focus on the ones who are mostly forgotten: the poor people.

The Shining is a ghost story, but it’s also a tale about a very real problem: being broke and having …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: The Shining (book)

Review: Sha’Daa: Last Call

By Mike Griffiths

Edward McKeown, Edward, ed. Sha’Daa: Last Call. Altered Dimensions. Michael Hanson, series creator.

This is the second book in what I hope will be a very long series of Sha’Daa titles. In case you have been captured by aliens or the like (and didn’t read our review of the first title), the Sha’Daa is an event which takes place every 10,000 years. During the 48 hours of the Sha’Daa, the barrier between Hell and Earth is …

Mike GriffithsReview: Sha’Daa: Last Call

Review: The Abolisher of Roses

By Rebecca Stefoff

Fry, Gary. The Abolisher of Roses. Spectral Press (May 2011). 21 pp. Limited-edition chapbook, press run of 100.

Common sense answers the question – “What is art good for?”  – by exalting the cabbage and abolishing the rose. Or so says James Russell Lowell in the epigraph to Gary Fry’s The Abolisher of Roses, a story published as a slim chapbook by Spectral Press. The questioner in Fry’s story, a middle-aged and eminently commonsensical businessman …

IFPReview: The Abolisher of Roses

Review: Rotters

By Nathaniel Katz

Kraus, Daniel. Rotters. Delacorte Press (April 5, 2011). 464pp. USD $16.99; CAD $18.99. ISBN: 9780385738576.

Rotters, Daniel Kraus’ second YA Horror novel, opens with the death of Joey’s mother. In the next few chapters, everything else Joey thought he could rely on falls away and he finds himself in the small town of Bloughton, with nothing but his clothes and trumpet, waiting to meet the father he’s never known. Adjusting to small town life is difficult. …

IFPReview: Rotters

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. …

Paula R. StilesReview: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

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 …

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

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 …

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