THE OFFSPRING by Jack Ketchum

THE OFFSPRING by Jack Ketchum (2005, Overlook Connection Press)     Taking up 11 years after the events of Off-Season, The Offspring continues the rampage of the feral cannibal clan. The clan is now led…

OFF SEASON by Jack Ketchum

OFF SEASON by Jack Ketchum (2006, Leisure Books)   I ran across Jack Ketchum’s name years ago in the way of an interview. I was a little perturbed there existed a modern horror writer with a substantial…

YELLOW MEDICINE by Anthony Neil Smith

YELLOW MEDICINE By Anthony Neil Smith (2011, Kindle Books) I am starting to wonder if Anthony Neil Smith is capable of writing a bad novel. This is the third one I have read by him and…

ONE ANGRY JULIUS

ONE ANGRY JULIUS & Other Stories by Dave Zeltserman (2012, Top Suspense Books) I am starting to believe we are in a new golden age of pulp and popular fiction. When such an outstanding collection…

BLOOD AND TACOS #1

BLOOD AND TACOS #1, edited by Johnny Shaw (2012, Creative Guy)   The age of the Paperback Action Hero series lasted from 1970 to 1984. These dates are arbitrary, but they do represent a high…

RULE 34 by Charles Stross

 RULE 34 by Charles Stross (2012, Ace)   It’s not often enough I get to read a book which literally blows me away. Rule 34 is such a novel: original, entertaining, futuristic, amok, but optimistic enough to…

STRANGE TALES OF THE CURIOUSLY UNCOMMON by Andrew Bliss

These short stories by Andrew Bliss are worth the afternoon it will take to read them. Dark and amusing, they are all set in present day London. Which ties it into a specific locale, but can make reading them difficult for the *ahem* Thames challenged. Also illustrated with some wicked photographs.

HELL! SAID THE DUCHESS by Michael Arlen

 HELL! SAID THE DUCHESS by Michael Arlen (1934, Doubleday)   “#1: Hell! Said the Duchess. An unexpectedly chilling tale of demonic possession by this most charming author.” -Karl Edward Wagner, “13 Best Supernatural Horror Novels”(Twilight Zone…