Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Edited by Brian James Freeman ★★★ This is an anthology of five stories, all centred around Halloween: The Way Lost, by Kelley Armstrong; La Calavera, by Kate Maruyama; The Devil’s Due, by Michael McBride; A Thousand Rooms of Darkness, by Taylor Grant; and, The Last Night of October, by Greg Chapman. I’ve already read and…… Continue reading Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Whiteout

Gabriel Dylan ★★★★ Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola…… Continue reading Whiteout

Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]

Naomi Bellina ★★★ Before Sable killed herself, she made sure to pay her bills, leave letters for her family, and to do the act itself in a place that was deserted at night. Consequently, the last thing she expected was to be pulled from her fume-filled car and given CPR by a cute idiot with…… Continue reading Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]

Dracula’s Child

J. S. Barnes ★★★ It’s been more than a decade since the events of Bram Stoker’s original novel, which culminated in the true death of Dracula at the hands of Mina Harker and her champions. Life has carried on, as life tends to do. Mina and Jonathan’s little family has grown, and they now have…… Continue reading Dracula’s Child

Dark Screams: Vol. 9

Edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar ★★★ This ninth volume of the Dark Screams anthology series offers a collection of six stories from different authors. This is very much a mixed bag, and is worth reading for three of the tales, while the other three are relatively weak. The stories included are:Kelley Armstrong…… Continue reading Dark Screams: Vol. 9

Nightshifter

L.E. Horn ★★★★ As a vet in Manitoba, Canada, Liam is used to dealing with the aftermath of wild animal attacks on farm animals. When he’s called out to treat a young bison bull, he’s puzzled by the size of the wounds left by its attacker; even more so when he discovers that two other…… Continue reading Nightshifter

Survivor Song

Paul Tremblay ★★★★★ “THIS IS NOT a fairy tale. Certainly it is not one that has been sanitized, homogenized, or Disneyfied.”Tremblay warns you right from the beginning that what you are about to read isn’t going to be yet another happily-ever-after fable where the heroes (or in this case heroines) overcome adversity, kill the wicked…… Continue reading Survivor Song

Monstre [Volume One]

Duncan Swan ★★★★ Deep beneath the Switzerland/France border sits the Large Hadron Collider, built in the quest for answers to some of theoretical physics’ most elusive questions. It was supposed to be safe, but when a malfunctioning experiment explodes, all a rag-tag group of scientists can do is flee the facility and try to make…… Continue reading Monstre [Volume One]

Ghost Virus

Graham Masterton ★ A series of bizarre murders and suicides in London bring together two disparate police officers, who must work together to solve the increasingly unexplainable deaths. I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a Graham Masterton novel before, but if you’d told me that Guy N. Smith or Shaun Hutson had written this…… Continue reading Ghost Virus

A Cosmology of Monsters

Sean Hamill ★★★★★ I thought this was going to be an easy review to write, but so much of the story relies on the reader not knowing what’s coming. I’ve got a whole list of symbolism and elements [flashback to A-Level English Lit], and I can’t mention 99% of it because it would spoil the…… Continue reading A Cosmology of Monsters