Bad People Reading (Prologue)

As you probably read in my previous post, this weekend marks the birthday of Sadie Hartmann. To celebrate, she called on some very cool authors to read aloud extracts from their books. I was called to read from my novel, Bad People. The result of which you can find below. This is the prologue, andContinue reading “Bad People Reading (Prologue)”

Mother Horror Weekend Spectacular

This weekend marks the birthday of Sadie Hartmann, a.k.a. Mother Horror. What Sadie doesn’t know about great horror fiction isn’t worth knowing. She writes reviews for Scream Magazine and Cemetery Dance, and is the co-founder of Night Worms along with Ashley Sawyers, a website dedicated to pageant the very best in new horror book releases.Continue reading “Mother Horror Weekend Spectacular”

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”

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”