The Roaming – W.J. Hegarty – Review

“Tense, chilling and masterfully written with a thoughtful and engaging plot, The Roaming is another first-rate example of the type of novel that the zombie apocalypse genre so desperately needs to reinvigorate its rotting flesh and sluggish pace. Mr Hegarty has definitively made his mark with his debut novel, and I will be following his writing career with great interest to see what he does next; I suspect that editors and publishers in the genre would be doing themselves and their readers a great service by doing the same.”

Transfer – Terry M. West – Review

“Transfer is an absolutely brilliant example of Weird Horror, and I’d easily rank it up alongside genre classics like Jonathan Raab’s Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI or Farmington Correctional by Sean M. Thompson. It’s a novella that’s weird to the core – intense, unsettling, bizarre and with an overarching theme that left me deeply unsettled by the time that I had finished it. West is a hugely talented author in possession of a twisted and inventively weird imagination, and I look forward to diving into some of his other titles; if they show even a fraction of the originality and quality of Transfer then I know that I’ll be guaranteed a good read.”

Bloods, Brains & Bullets: A Zombie Apocalypse Anthology – Chris McInally & Dane Hatchell (Eds.) – Review

“Blood, Brains & Bullets is the sort of anthology that is so desperately needed to ensure that the zombie apocalypse genre doesn’t disappear under a deluge of bland and generic titles that fail to engage with the core concepts of the genre. Each of the stories in the collection delivers enough high-quality, blood-soaked action to sate even the most jaded and blood-thirsty zombie fan; but they also provide readers with a series of unique, engaging and original takes on the undead and the social ramifications of corpses coming back to life.”

Go When The Light Turns Red – Kevin Elliott – Quick Review

“Go When The Light Turns Red is an enjoyable and deeply entertaining debut from author Kevin Elliott. The four stories in the collection demonstrate a consistently high quality of writing, blended together with a real flair for
imaginative science-fiction and fantasy story-telling.”

Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 49) – Alicia Hilton – Mini-Review

“With Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame, Alicia Hilton has succeeded in creating two memorable, gritty and quietly unsettling horror stories that both involve dangerous and formidable women involved with the occult and the supernatural. Each of them, especially the titular story, have a dark, brooding atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates that noir feeling that countless authors attempt to portray in genre fiction and yet so many fail to comprehend. They’re both deftly written, as well as featuring two well-developed and fleshed-out female protagonists that avoid the usual noir stereotypes, and Hilton also manages to pull off some twists that I definitely didn’t see coming.”

Casefiles of the Royal Occultist: Volume 1: Monmouth’s Giants – Josh Reynolds – Review

“Casefiles of The Royal Occultist Volume 1: Monmouth’s Giants really is a triumph for both Josh Reynolds and 18thWall Productions. The stories themselves are amongst the best that have been written for the Royal Occultist series, and perfectly demonstrate the multifaceted manner in which Reynolds has developed the Royal Occultist universe as a distinct and memorable setting over a number of years. It’s a vibrant, detailed and original world that’s chock full of esoteric and occult groups and activities, creating a secret supernatural world that operates alongside the events lodged in history books, accompanied by a diverse cast of engaging, fleshed-out characters who are obviously far more than the tropey, two-dimensional types that so often inhabit the occult detective genre.”

Hand to Mouth (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 48) – Deborah Sheldon – Mini-Review

“Hand to Mouth is a brilliantly written and skilfully-plotted horror story that reveals more and more of itself the longer that you read. What seem to be the passionately-written pleas of a man wrongly imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit slowly becomes a multi-layered horror story focusing on the often devastating results of the anxieties that are inflicted on a family living in modern times.”

Crowded House & Other Stories (Short Sharp Shocks! Book #46) – S.J. Budd – Mini-Review

“I think that Crowded House & Other Stories might be one of the entries in the Short, Sharp, Shocks! imprint that I enjoyed the most, and which truly resonated with me as a piece of horror fiction. All three stories in the collection are superbly written, perfectly paced, and most importantly imbued with a deeply unsettling, almost existential form of horror – the kind that seeps into you and gets under your skin and won’t let you go for a long while afterward finishing them.”

The Birthday Girl & Other Stories (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 46) – Christopher Beck – Mini-Review

“The Birthday Girl & Other Stories is a fantastic debut by author Christopher Beck, demonstrating some real talent as a horror writer, including a particularly vivid imagination and a distinct knack for being able to reach into the very core of deeply emotional subjects and then moulding them into harrowing, memorable stories that stay with the reader long after the book itself has been finished.”

Armor #1 – The Battle of North Africa – Craig DiLouie – Review

“Armor #1: The Battle of North Africa is an instant classic of World War II historical fiction, and certainly DiLouie’s greatest novel so far in his career as a writer. It is brilliantly written, populated with realistic and entirely human characters who stay with you long after finishing the last page, and is searingly, unflinchingly open about the realities of combat during World War II as experienced by the crew of an M4 Sherman medium tank. It takes the best elements of the dime store genre and blends it seamlessly with DiLouie’s inherent skill as a writer and his phenomenal imagination.”

The Rockabilly Singer – Maxwell Price – Review

“The Rockabilly Singer is deeply impressive, first-rate debut by Maxwell Price, one that combines an innate understanding of 1950s American culture, the Rockabilly music genre, and cosmic and folklore horror to create a slow-burning but incredibly engaging and chilling tale of supernatural and all-too-human horrors”

Resisting Madness: Collected Short Fiction – Wesley Southard – Review

“Resisting Madness is a tour-de-force of horror, and I am confident that there are many great, and indeed classic, works of horror fiction yet to come from the pen of Wesley Southard. As such, I would strongly and urgently recommend that readers get in on the ground floor in order to witness his rise to the same heights as iconic horror authors like Keene, Masterton and Lee”