Genre: Horror

STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw – Review

STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw – Review
Posted August 3, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 20 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A modern-day supernatural mystery cloaked in Victorian garb, with monsters. When I first saw the cover of Strange Practice, I knew it was going to be different from other books I’ve read. This is exactly the kind of cover that grabs my attention: quirky, brightly colored, and there is obviously an interesting story […]

THE TRUANTS by Lee Markham – Review

THE TRUANTS by Lee Markham – Review
Posted July 7, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 20 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A visceral and bloody tale of a power struggle between two vampires. On the train, in the tunnels, it is quiet. Nearly last train. Everyone is detritus. As is she. She closes her eyes and floats. Her hands are getting colder. Her heart feels weak. Her wrist aches. Throbs. Insistently. She goes to […]

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Theodora Goss – Review

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Theodora Goss – Review
Posted July 3, 2017 by Tammy in 4 1/2 stars, Reviews / 21 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A delicious mashup of classic horror literature featuring a wonderfully lively cast of female characters. It was a strange experience, dressing as a man. Everything felt different, everything buttoned a different way. But when she had put on the shirt and trousers, she realized what freedom they would give her. How easily she […]

CHALK by Paul Cornell – Review

CHALK by Paul Cornell – Review
Posted April 6, 2017 by Tammy in Reviews / 23 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Disturbing, violent, weird and hallucinatory. This story is tough to handle. How can I even begin to describe Waggoner? He looked and sounded exactly like me. He was also a fourteen-year-old schoolboy. When Mum had laid out my uniform on the bed that he and I had started sharing a week before, he […]

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review
Posted January 16, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 26 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A clever, inter-dimensional homage to Lovecraft & Co., with lots of action, snark and humor. So here’s the thing. When I set off after the guy who stole the spear, I really didn’t expect to end the night chained to an altar in the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral while my blood is […]

THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett – Review

THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett – Review
Posted January 9, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

The nitty-gritty: The devil, teens and wheat fields collide in Liggett’s latest terrifying story. Once again, Kim Liggett tackles the irresistible combination of teenagers and horror. In her debut Blood and Salt, she set her story in the corn fields. This time the story revolves around wheat fields (OK Kim what’s up with the crop stories??) […]

HAVEN, KANSAS by Alethea Kontis – Review

HAVEN, KANSAS by Alethea Kontis – Review
Posted January 2, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 11 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Heart-pounding horror meets a touching story about friendship and family bonds. It’s an odd thing that I start 2017 off by reading three very similar books in a row (and those reviews will all be up in the next week or so). It wasn’t planned, it just shook out that way. If you’ve […]

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review
Posted October 31, 2016 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and creepy ghost story that kept me turning the pages, but ultimately suffered from awkward writing and plotting. I thought it would be nice to close out the month with a ghost story, especially since today is Halloween! I was initially drawn to The Graveyard Apartment […]