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”

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: 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”

5 Days of Books: Paul Tremblay

There’s not much I can add that hasn’t already been documented about Paul Tremblay’s work. He’s the bestselling author of A Head Full of Ghosts (currently being adapted to screen by Scott Cooper), Cabin at the End of the World, the upcoming Survivor Song, and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. As the aforementioned titles prove, heContinue reading “5 Days of Books: Paul Tremblay”

5 Days of Books: William Peter Blatty

I have a confession to make. It took me about thirty years to get around to reading The Exorcist. I know! Look, I love the movie, and class it as my favourite, other than Jaws, horror movies of all time. I saw it first on VHS during it’s banned era in the 1980s, and againContinue reading “5 Days of Books: William Peter Blatty”

7 Days of Reviews. Day 7: Monty Reads

The last day of my 7 Days of Reviews couldn’t be more aptly timed. Just landed is a review of a Bad People by Rob, known on Instagram as Monty_Reads. Here’s the thing: most book bloggers are quite uniformed in their approach. It’s not a bad thing, but sometimes, if you follow a lot, it’sContinue reading “7 Days of Reviews. Day 7: Monty Reads”

7 Days of Review. Day 6: Tracy, AKA, Honestmamreader

I’m sure there is the perception that bloggers are these pallid skinned, spectacle wearing loners whose only joy in life is books, and who dedicate twelves hours of their daily lives with their noses firmly wedges between the pages of said books. This perception most probably emanates from authors who seek out these kind bookwormsContinue reading “7 Days of Review. Day 6: Tracy, AKA, Honestmamreader”

7 Days of Reviews. Day 5: Alex Pearson, AKA, Finding Montauk.

Following bloggers is a revelation. It’s also a huge guilt trip because you realise how slow a reader you are, and how many books you could potentially get through if you dedicated the time. One of those people that makes me reflect on my own “to read” list is Alex, known on Instagram as @findingmontauk1.Continue reading “7 Days of Reviews. Day 5: Alex Pearson, AKA, Finding Montauk.”

7 Days of Reviews. Day 4: Sadie Hartmann, AKA, Mother Horror.

Today I’m going to speak to you about a person that, for anyone who likes horror, or writes horror, should really know about (and to be fair, probably does already). Sadie Hartmann, also known by the moniker, Mother Horror, is one of those people whose love for the horror genre has led the way toContinue reading “7 Days of Reviews. Day 4: Sadie Hartmann, AKA, Mother Horror.”