September 29, 2017

“Dead Corpse”

by Nuzo Onoh, 2017

As a fellow writer of scary stories, I am convinced that Nuzo Onoh cheats.  Oh sure, she writes terrific horror stories.  But instead of straining her imagination and making up the scary bits, she just copies down what goes on in West Afr...

August 19, 2017

Sometimes I like to daydream of what it would be like to be in a bookstore and overhear the following conversation:

“Do you have Toni V. Sweeney’s latest novel?”

(That’d be an ego-swelling event.  I’d have to fight not to rush over and hug the customer.)

And the clerk’s a...

August 4, 2017

“Savagely Yours”

by Scerina Elizabeth, 2017

This book is a short story and each chapter has a different narrator.  It's a bit of a gimmick, but I find it refreshing from books that slip into first one character's head and in the next sentence, another character.

This is a...

July 24, 2017

The Prisoner of Valathia takes place after their escape from Tamerlane’s hi-tech prison, and the defeat of Darius Drake's apocalyptic plans for the humanoid home-worlds, Titanya the Pirate Queen joins Sylvan Silla Low in becoming an agent of the Alliance.

Now partners...

July 24, 2017

“Lavender Blue”

by John Huber, 2017

This book starts with a lengthy prolog set in 1936-37 Minnesota, where a young Catholic priest, Father Valenway, takes on a teaching position in a tiny, isolated school.  Here the students are all American Indian children, removed from...

July 12, 2017

“Demon Bringer”

Book 1 of the Darkshield series, 2015

by Kathe Todd

Young Adara strikes out for the wide world in search of revenge on the evil wizard whose minions murdered her parents as a child.  Along the way she meets Ferdyn, an adventurer.  Immediately, feelings of...

June 11, 2017

TRAITOR'S WAR (#2 in the Metaframe War series)

by Graeme Rodaughan

Like the first book in the vampire series, “Traitor’s War” starts with a jumble of names and organizations and sub-organizations and their relationships. Having read the first book some months before, I m...

May 22, 2017


by Popeye Theophilus Barrnumb

The book is really a novelette, showing us a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic world from the eyes of an innocent child.  There’s one very unnerving—creepy might be a better word—scene in which a stranger finds Katy in the night.  And...

May 1, 2017

“Shadow Stalker”

by Renee Scattergood

This is another coming-of-age fantasy-adventure.  Therefore, a great deal of emphasis is on the main character training to be The Chosen One.  Yes, I suppose if a young lady’s destiny is to fight evil, she would want to train for it....

April 10, 2017

“The Risen”

by Adam J. Smith

I've never been a big fan of the Zombie Apocalypse theme.  There have been clever stories, a few interesting variations, but mostly they tend to run together.  Unlike vampires and werewolves, zombies themselves are not interesting characters....

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