August 29, 2019

“The Vampire Countess”

by Paul Féval c. 1855

Translation by Brian Stableford, c. 2003

Early in 1804, the salons and dram houses of Paris teem with conspirators against Napoleon Bonaparte—some desiring revenge, some hoping to prevent him from becoming emperor. Against this...

August 18, 2019

“In Sheep's Clothing”

by Lee J. Minter, 2018

Samantha Jackson is an 18-year-old would-be journalist in the tiny town of Harper Creek, SD. Her mom, Gina, is a medical examiner. After a hitchhiker is found murdered, they find themselves dealing with a growing death toll.

Sh...

December 31, 2018

“Lucy Wickshire” by Mfonemana Uduak, 2018

The author is a Nigerian woman. Having read the Nigeria-based horror stories of Nuzo Onoh, I was expecting a similar setting.

I was in for a surprise when I found myself reading about a spoiled and pampered heiress sent off to a...

December 24, 2018

My friend, Lisa Binion, was kind enough to share some of my thoughts on higher physics at her website.

Wait.  A horror writer has something to say about physics??  Yes, a little.  Perhaps you will pick up the connection after clicking here:  http://lisaswritopia.com/a-d...

November 10, 2018

Yes, I am a survivor of the 11/8/2018 Paradise fire. I got out of town with my laptop and all of my books in electronic form.  And... not much else.

Winds gusting from 30 to 60 mph downed power lines and the resulting sparks started a fire.  The raging winds spread the...

October 10, 2018

“THE DAY GUARD”

BOOK 4 of THE METAFRAME SERIES

by Graeme Rodaughan

Rodaughan’s ambitious nine-book series continues with The Day Guard.  In this installment of the series we are introduced to a new threat; the Chameleons, a sort of combination Predator and snake-man (cf....

September 11, 2018

“CIVIL BLOOD”

Book 1 of the Skia Project series

by Chris Hepler, 2018

This vampire book is more science-fiction than horror and more action and scheming than science-fiction.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

With all the high tech spying and assassination, all circling...

July 17, 2018

“Softly and Tenderly”

by Lisa Binion, 2018

The story begins as a child's tale of horror.  As the heroine, Lori, grows up, the nightmare only continues.  When her mother dies, Lori has visions of death and blood, with creepy beetles crawling all over everything and everyo...

May 5, 2018

“Incidental Contact”

The Weird Menace Adventures of O’Ryan and his Ostrich

by James Hold

As I read the first story in this book, with an intelligent ostrich, some ghosts, a genie, a solar flare that cause supernatural events, and an Indian ritual, I thought this was going...

April 15, 2018

“A Vision in Crimson”

Frostbite, Book 1

by Kathryn Troy,

Pale and sullen, Luca is a man with a mission: to destroy all vampires—especially the one that fathered him.  This will not prove easy, as Luca is the son of Dracula.

That’s a great pretext for a story.  However, thi...

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