The Lodge

Chris Coppel ★★★ “I wish the animals could shoot back.” Nestled in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, The Lodge has opened for business and welcomed its first guests. In previous incarnations it had been a farm, then a vegan mindfulness retreat, but now it was open to the hunters and shooters of the…… Continue reading The Lodge

February Releases

My three choices this month are all the next instalment of series I’ve been following since they began: 1993 for Anita Blake (!!!), 2014 for Wayfarers, and 2016 for Oddjobs. For the last couple of years, I’ve had various eye conditions that have prevented me from reading ‘real’ books, and my stubborn refusal to mix…… Continue reading February Releases

My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

I’m not one for giving away a five star rating lightly, so making it onto this list is high praise indeed. These are my favourites novels which I’ve read this year; they’ve not necessarily been published in 2020, nor have I necessarily reviewed them. So, in no particular order, we have… The Thursday Murder Club…… Continue reading My Five Favourite Five Star Reads of 2020

Ararat

Christopher Golden ★★★★ Well-written, fast-moving, and unputdownable; in short, everything I’m come to expect from Christopher Golden. I’ve read pretty much all of his books, apart from the TV/film tie-ins, and this is up there with the best of them. As the title and cover suggest, this is set on Mount Ararat, the fabled landing area…… Continue reading Ararat

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

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

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

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