SQUELLAND by Jay Slayton Joslin – a book review

Joslin’s second book is not what you think it is. The front cover offers something akin to the face of Jason Vooheers as a child, something burnt and disfigured, then you have the subtitle, which states that SEQUELLAND is a story of dreams and screams, all of which leaves you fully prepared to be immersedContinue reading “SQUELLAND by Jay Slayton Joslin – a book review”

How COVID19 Turned Out to be the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me!

If you’ve started reading this it means you’re either appalled by the title of this blog and want to know what kind of cruel and cold hearted bastard I am, or you too share similar feelings. Let’s begin by placating those in the first camp. At the time of writing this, COVID19 has taken aContinue reading “How COVID19 Turned Out to be the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me!”

Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz – a book review

It’s hard not to draw comparisons to Blatty’s great novel when someone writers about an exorcism. It’s like a book about a shark terrorising a small island and attempting to block out the iconic composition of John Williams. Janz’s real skill here is two fold: First is pace. Yes, it’s a novella so by itsContinue reading “Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz – a book review”

Human Tenderloin – an audio short story

A few years back Perpetual Motion Machine published a horror short story collection of mine called Gory Hole. The book consisted of three stories, one involving zombies, another mutant deer, and the last cannibals. It was this story, titled, Human Tenderloin, that first appeared in Menacing Hedge magazine, and probably helped secure the job asContinue reading “Human Tenderloin – an audio short story”

Desires are Nourished by Delays – a short audio story

Some time back author/publisher Max Booth put together an anthology of short stories written in the style of Charles Bukowski called, Long Distant Drunks. There was some talk at the time of putting together an audiobook version. Sadly, it didn’t come off. Below you’ll find my contribution accompanied with an original score by Gordon Highland.Continue reading “Desires are Nourished by Delays – a short audio story”

Burnt Offerings: Book Review

The premise for Burnt Offerings is formulaic; family moves into a haunted house. Family falls apart. And as with most haunted house stories (The Grip of It springs to mind instantly) the House is merely a catalyst to some underlying issues. Like the metaphorical needle, it forces out the splinter from under the festering skin,Continue reading “Burnt Offerings: Book Review”

5 Days of Books: Adrian Barnes

Adrian Barnes, author of the novel NOD, lost his long battle with cancer in early 2018. I was introduced to his work by Kevin Duffy who had the great foresight to publish NOD through Bluemoose Books (and more recently through Titan), and instantly fell in love with it. I made contact with Adrian several timesContinue reading “5 Days of Books: Adrian Barnes”

5 Days of Books: Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell is probably the greatest horror writer you’ve never heard of. He is the author of the novels, The Elementals, Cool Moon Over Babylon, The Amulet, Gilded Needles, and the Blackwater series, which is what I want to talk about today. BLACKWATER was my first McDowell book, and I began it with no preconceivedContinue reading “5 Days of Books: Michael McDowell”

Lolita Book Review

No one should read this book. For anyone to tender just one moment reading what is part memoir, part defence of a murderous pedophile, should really question their own morals. So why is Nabokov’s tale about Humbert Humbert, self professed pervert who seduces his wife’s twelve year old daughter, so enduring and revered? Simple. It’sContinue reading “Lolita Book Review”