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: “Bus Driver Man” by Duncan Ralston (2014)

Since I tend to write more short fiction than any other format, it should be no surprise I read much of the same. Often those stories are in anthologies, but sometimes they are standalone works, as is the case with this one. Mr. McAllister is a bus driver, and like most in his profession, he’s […]

Review: “City of the Dead” / “Horror Hotel” (1960)

One thing I will say up front about reviewing anything that isn’t contemporary: it’s important to view it in the lens of the time it was produced. For example, you can’t knock a 1930s space alien movie for having cheesy special effects when they were likely doing the best they could for the time period. […]

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 […]