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Broadswords and blasters, compiled by Matthew Gomez and Matt Spencer – A review

Broadswords and blasters is a new, quarterly publication brought out by Matthew X. Gomez and Cameron Mount. It’s an anthology of short stories written by fresh new authors and more seasoned writers, delivered with the ‘pulp’ ethos in mind. Here’s the blurb: Pulp isn’t dead! In this, the debut issue of Broadswords and Blasters, readers will encounter subterranean horrors, time traveling lovers, space Mafia, two-fisted private investigators, and torturers turned political activists. The cover art has a distinctly sci-fi vibe…

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Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill – A review

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you’ll know I’m a fan of Adam Nevill. I obtained a signed copy of ‘Under a Watchful Eye’ from the author when I attended Birmingham’s horrorcon earlier this year (along with a number of paperbacks from his back catalogue.) So, I have to say I was really looking forward to reading his latest book, even though I couldn’t schedule it until last month. Like his previous works, this novel shines (or should…

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‘The Seer of Possibilities’ by Thomas O – A review

I’m a sucker for a short story, having been fed intravenously the short fiction of Asimov, Bradbury, Robert E.Howard and Stephen King from an early age. This short collection attracted me because of the blurb (which was enticing) and the fact that I shared the name ‘Thomas’ with the author! The Seer of possibilities is both the title story of the collection and the theme that interlinks each of these tales. What immediately struck me was the smooth narrative displayed…

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Review: ‘How to kill friends and implicate people’ by Jay Stringer

I’ll start this review with a confession. I met Jay Stringer at a recent ‘Noir At The Bar’ reading session which occurred in the Old Fire Station, Carlisle (up here in the UK’s Middle-Land). He read an extract from his novel and it was well received. Only afterwards did I find out that he has dyslexia, and reading even his own words in front of the public must have been a doozie of a challenge. I got chatting to him…

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Father Figure – a novel by Ralph Robert Moore

Every once in a while, and sometimes its a long while, a writer reads a book voraciously for a few days in sessions that leave him or her breathless. After reading it there’s a feeling of profound loss, that somehow you could have that time again. You sit in your chair thinking about the feelings that masterpiece has evoked in you. This was my experience after finishing John Fowles ‘The Magus’. I also felt it at the end of Ralph…

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Review of Writers on writing – an author’s guide vols 1 – 4 – Edited by Joe Mynhardt

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing   I was sent a copy of this book by Crystal Lake Publishing for review purposes and, initially, I thought it would be a set of essays repeating the same usual advice lines for writing your first book, overcoming writer’s block etc. So I didn’t have any great expectations. How wrong could I have been? Joe Mynhardt has put together an extremely readable and inspiring set of articles from a range of different authors, most…

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‘I know your secret’ by Graham Smith – A review

‘I know your secret’ is a police procedural based in Carlisle and the borders, England. As such it immediately captures my attention as this is where I live, and Cumbria rarely gets much notice at the best of times. Another attraction point is the strength of Graham’s debut novel, ‘Snatched from home,’ the timeline of which is immediately prior to this story. I picked up my copy at a local book-signing event laid on by Graham and his comrade in…

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How to Write Realistic Zombies and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction by Jackson Dean Chase – a review

Jackson Dean Chase has carved out something of a niche for himself with his series of phrase books and guides to writing. Sure, there are a lot of general self-help writing books out there but not so specifically tailored to the dark fiction genre and certainly not with the author’s inimitable style. He is well qualified to write such a book seeing as he is a best-selling horror and YA author, as well as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of horror…

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Sword of the Legion by Matthew Gomez – A review

I have been more than impressed with Matthew Gomez’ short works featured on his website, usually in response to a Chuck Wendig challenge. So it was great to see one of his stories published in New Realm Vol 5 #1 (an online publication you can purchase via the links below.) In my opinion it’s a hard thing to pull off a short story in the fantasy genre as it usually requires literary space for the necessary world-building, or at least…

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The Doll Who Ate His Mother by Ramsey Campbell – A review

Ramsey Campbell is often quoted as an influence by many a modern horror writer, and the fact that I hadn’t read any of his output so far was shamefully hanging from my neck like a dead crow of neglect. So I finally purchased his first book, The Doll Who Ate His Mother second hand from Amazon. Doll is Campbell’s first novel and is quite a short read.  Here’s a brief synopsis: The main character, Clare, is driving her emotionally unstable…

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