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...

April 1, 2018

“Woolgathering”

by R. E. Wood, 2018

“Woolgathering is a collection of short stories by R.E. Wood.  Like most such collections, it’s up and down—but fortunately, mostly up.  The book contains the following:

“Just a Shadow” is a tale told from the POVs of a ghost and t...

March 5, 2017

“The Days of Chivalry; Or, The Legend of Croquemitaine”

written by Ernst L'Epine, 1863

translated by Tom Hood, 1866

illustrated by Gustave Doré

“The Days of Chivalry; Or, the Legend of Croquemitaine”

Written by Ernst L'Epine, 1863

Translated by Tom Hood, 1866

Illustrated by G...

December 26, 2016

“Absinthe”

by Tony-Paul de Vissage, 2016

The Absinthe of the title is not the famous liquor, but a character.  And here the Green Fairy is male, a green-eyed addiction summoned by Voodoo.  Perhaps here de Vissage is interpreting the word fairy in the modern vernacular....

November 10, 2016

Gilson Creek, Maine is a town with a history of lycanthropy.  A werewolf has killed before and now he’s back for more mayhem.  An early, brief scene where the hero, Sheriff Joe Fischer, recollects the history of the town’s old, abandoned cemetery is quite effective and...

October 5, 2016

Love is not always a good thing.  Sometimes it is a horrific thing.  There's the new mom who loves her baby so much that she squeezes it to death.  There's possessive love that leads to insane jealousy.

There's the love that makes you protect your loved one at...

September 28, 2016

“Dark God Descending”

by Tony-Paul de Vissage, 2012

In this book we are introduced to an interesting species of lava-demon.  Five thousand years ago they were spewed out of a volcano and promptly made themselves into the gods of the proto-Mesoamerican civilization.  Bat-...

August 27, 2016

“A Bit of the Dark World”

by Toni V. Sweeney, 2014

This is a tale of Lovecraftian horror... and romance??

Lisa awakes in the hospital after a terrible accident that takes the life of her husband.  Now she has two saviors: millionaire Drexl von Dorff who pulled her from th...

July 6, 2016

“DESTINY OF THE FIREBLOOD”

by Kathe Todd, 2015

Bernadette Bouchard leaves her home in the farmlands of Auverne to seek adventure in the badlands of Iscandia in the first installment of Kathe Todd's Fireblood trilogy.  Nothing much happens until page 22 when Bernadette an...

June 29, 2016

“VAMPIRES ARE FOREVER”

by Tony-Paul de Vissage, 2011

Rustic hicks come under the threat of the dreaded dearg-due, the Irish Undead, in de Vissage's novelette, as the village of Ballywalegh finds a vampire in their midst.  Or is he?

The hero, Seamus Flannery, is a no-nonse...

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