A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Many followers of this blog are probably familiar with A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. It made several 2015 year's best lists and won the Stoker Award for best novel. Rightfully so because it is an excellent book. Merry Barrett, our narrator, recounts her experiences as a child when her sister Marjorie becomes…

The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas

It probably should come as no surprise that I enjoyed The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas. There are zombies. Gore. Sex (of course there's sex...this is Mamatas, after all!). Power tools. I've published Nick's short fiction a half a dozen times and a book he wrote about surviving as a writer titled Starve Better. If…

Book Review: The Weight of Chains

The Weight of Chains (Sinister Grin Press) is an eye-opening debut novel from Lesley Conner. You might remember Lesley from her "What Say You" post a couple weeks back. She's a sweet-faced Girl Scout leader who writes horror that makes even *me* cringe. Set in 15th century France, this historical-horror novel contains two fast-pace plot…

Review: Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

"...frustrating triumph" -- Slate.com, Mac Rogers I believe that neatly sums up my assessment of Jeff VanderMeer's magnificent Southern Reach trilogy. (SPOILER FREE REVIEW) First, a quick recap: Annihilation (Book 1) -- A mysterious, alien environment named Area X has taken over a spot of land in a location I presume to be the Florida…

Review of The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan

The Dark Defiles is the third and final book of Richard K. Morgan's Land Fit for Heroes series. It's a rather epic, challenging, and satisfying conclusion to a strong grimdark fantasy tale. The Land Fit for Heroes saga is a strange bird. It's a broad stroke of science and sorcery. We have the Kiriath, an…