Review: “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker (1986)

Most people know the Hellraiser movie series was based on a novella by Clive Barker, and of course, this is that novella. It was originally released in 1986, and the Hellraiser franchise started in 1987. I first read “The Hellbound Heart” back in the late eighties, as the movies led me to Barker’s work, and […]

Review: “Murmur” by Patrick Freivald (2020)

I’m always excited to discover new writers, so when I had the opportunity to get a copy of the ARC for “Murmur” from the author, I jumped at it. Needless to say, just because the book was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. That said, […]

Review: “Scenes From the Carnival Lounge: A Collection of Odd Tales” by Michael Picco (2018)

One of the amazing benefits of this age of publishing is the sheer number of amazing authors out there who are able to self-publish or be published by the small presses. No longer are they reliant upon the big houses for getting their books out the door. While that definitely means there are also some […]

Review: “Karate on a Cushion: A Journey into Zen” by Goran Powell (2020)

I have read several of Goran Powell’s fiction works, because I loved that, as a long-time martial artist, he brought aspects of martial arts, along with realistic combat, into his writing. It also doesn’t hurt that those books were also well-written to boot. He has also done several non-fiction books, and while I was aware […]

Review: “Specimen 313” by Jeff Strand (2011)

Although I tend to read a lot in all genres, but especially horror, somehow I had never read anything by Jeff Strand. I got looking for some stories by him and found this one for a reasonable price, so I picked it up. I wasn’t disappointed. This story is about carnivorous plants, told from the […]

Review: “Sea of the Unknown” by Jay Swanson (2020)

This is my wife’s fault. Before she and I started dating in 2015, she had gone to Paris and Amsterdam with a BFF and had absolutely fallen in love with Paris. Yeah, she loved Amsterdam too, but that’s not what this story is about. 🙂 As we started to look at places to go for […]