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    {Review} THE CORMORANT, by Stephen Gregory

    THE CORMORANT by Stephen Gregory Published by Valancourt Books on April 28, 2013 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Gothic, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 147 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon '[An] artful first novel, reminiscent of the tales of Poe . . . Gregory uses a low-key style and subtle lyricism to build an atmosphere of nightmarish horror in a tale that could become a classic.' - Publishers Weekly '[A] first-class terror story with a relentless focus that would have made Edgar Allan Poe proud.' - New York Times '[N]o summary can do justice to the subtlety of Gregory's first novel, with its fresh, vivid, sensual prose and its superb descriptive and evocative…

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    {Review} THE AUCTIONEER, by Joan Samson

    THE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson Published by Valancourt Books on July 24, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 225 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon One of the finest and best-selling horror novels of the 1970s returns at last to chill a new generation of readers In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, where life has changed little over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to…

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    {Review} BENIGHTED, by J.B. Priestly

    BENIGHTED by J.B. Priestly Published by Valancourt Books on July 3, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Mystery, Noir, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 164 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon 'Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years.' - Dame Margaret Drabble 'Abundant life flows through J.B. Priestley's books. He was the last of his kind.' - Stan Barstow 'J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius.' - Dame Judi Dench Philip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of…

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    {Review} CHILDGRAVE, by Ken Greenhall

    CHILDGRAVE by Ken Greenhall Published by Valancourt Books on November 7, 2017 Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Victorian Pages: 276 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon When photographer Jonathan Brewster’s four-year-old daughter Joanne tells him about her new invisible friends, he doesn’t think too much about it. But then he sees them for himself: weird and uncanny images of the dead appearing in his photographs. The apparitions seem to have some connection to Childgrave, a remote village in upstate New York with a deadly secret dating back three centuries. Jonathan and Joanne feel themselves oddly drawn to Childgrave, but will they survive the horrors…

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    {Review} Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell, narrated by Matt Godfrey

    Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell, Matt Godfrey Published by Valancourt Books on 10.9.17 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Southern Gothic, Supernatural Pages: 800 Format: Audiobook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories…