Fifty Shades of Hell(originally Dead Girl) by Tim Miller is a self-proclaimed “extreme horror” story, and I’ll admit that I was intrigued. I’m not averse to extreme horror and had heard good things from other people about this author so I dove in, excited for a terrifying ride.
Things started out pretty rocky, with fantastically expositional writing, but I thought perhaps after the first chapter or two the story would find its legs. My mistake was assuming there was a story. Fifty Shades of Hell is more like a series of pieces depicting badly written porn and torture.
In 2010 Warm Bodies, a book with a new kind of zombie, hit store shelves. It quickly became a bestseller and a major motion picture. Many years later the much anticipated sequel, The Burning World, will finally be released on February 7, 2017, kicking off with a multi-city tour.
In advance of that, New York Times bestselling author Isaac Marion found time to sit down to talk with me about the new book. Continue reading
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The Burning World by Isaac Marion is the much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Warm Bodies. Despite the fact that it’s a sequel, it’s actually the third book in the series, following the original and a prequel, The New Hunger.
“The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith” by Martin Adil-Smith is a brilliant little story set within the confines of a lighthouse. From the very first line, “My Darling Wife — I did not do it,” I was intrigued. There is only one thing a proclamation like that can mean in a story like this: The character might have done it. It’s a bold promise to the reader that all may not be as it seems, and Adil-Smith did not disappoint. Continue reading
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The End of the Story is, ironically, the beginning for author Clark Ashton Smith. If you’re not familiar with CAS, he was one of H.P. Lovecraft’s contemporaries. He was also one of Weird Fiction magazine’s largest contributors, focusing mainly on horrific fantasy tales and dark sci-fi.
Set in present day Vancouver, Nod by Adrian Barnes throws us into an apocalyptic world set upon by a global insomniac event. The story is told through the eyes of an author, Paul, an introverted misanthrope, who is one of a precious few “Sleepers”—those who remain unaffected by the mysterious plague of non-sleep.
I’m super stoked to have my first gig doing book reviews, and for none other than the well-respected online horror news site DreadCentral.com
Recently I posted my my first review with them. Needless to say I was excited, if not a little nervous to put my opinion out there. Although I’m a regular contributor to the Mash Stories blog, I’ve never taken a stab at reviews until now.