I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi
Two Fridays ago I woke up to my daily-deal e-mail from Amazon Kindle, and what do I see? An anthology edited by the inimitable Lawrence Block, entitled In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, priced at $1.99. Being I’ve had my eye on the book since it came out … Continue reading Number Thirty: Abstaining From What?!
The Introduction Around 2001, I bumbled across the world of small-press publishing as I was looking for news on Stephen King's newest novel, From a Buick 8. While King news was what I came for, I stayed for the new-to-me authors who were being published in small-scale limited editions. Many of these authors did not … Continue reading Number Twenty-Nine: Catching Up With James Newman
Series fiction has been hit-or-miss for me over the years. On one hand, it can feel like coming home when a favorite character is featured in a new book (which is how I felt about F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack for most of his series); on the other hand it's all too easy to get … Continue reading Number Twenty-Five: Review of Robert McCammon’s MISTER SLAUGHTER
The year is young, but I’m making a bold prediction: Jason Rekulak’s debut novel, entitled The Impossible Fortress, will be the best book I read in 2017. [Yeah, I said it, and I’m standing by it.] As I think back to all of the books I’ve read during my lifetime, I don’t think any of … Continue reading Number Eighteen: Review of Jason Rekulak’s THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS
Stephen King has been my favorite author for close to 30 years now. My love affair with his writing began at the young age of 12, when my mother handed me her paperback copy of MISERY and turned me loose. It was the first adult novel I had ever read, and it floored me. Axes … Continue reading Number Sixteen: Review of FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King
Nick Cutter's first two novels -- 2014's THE TROOP and 2015's THE DEEP -- garnered high praise from critics and readers alike. THE TROOP created quite a buzz with its nonstop action and grisly body horror, while THE DEEP used a much more deliberate pace to create a claustrophobic setting that only hinted at horrors … Continue reading Number Ten: LITTLE HEAVEN by Nick Cutter