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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} OUT BEHIND THE BARN, by John Boden & Chad Lutzke

    OUT BEHIND THE BARN by John Boden Published by Shadow Work Publishing on October 5, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Weird Tales Pages: 127 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon The boys crept to the window and watched as Miss Maggie carried the long bundle into the barn, the weight of it stooping her aging back. Rafter lights spilled from the barn doors and Davey saw an arm fall from the canvas-wrapped parcel. He smiled. “She got someone!” Both children grinned and settled in their beds, eyes fixed to the ceiling. This was family growth. "Boden and Lutzke weave heartache and a backwoods tale as easily as…

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    {Review} CREATURES OF WANT & RUIN, by Molly Tanzer

    CREATURES OF WANT AND RUIN by Molly Tanzer on November 13, 2018 Genres: Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Suspense Pages: 352 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It’s dangerous work under Prohibition—independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike—but Ellie’s brother was accepted to college and Ellie’s desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances. What Ellie doesn’t know…

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    {Review} STIRRING THE SHEETS, by Chad Lutzke

    STIRRING THE SHEETS by Chad Lutzke Published by Bloodshot Books on April 13, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Weird Tales Pages: 130 Format: eBook, Paperback Buy on Amazon An elderly funeral home worker, struggling with the loss of his wife, finds an unnatural attraction to a corpse at work resembling his late bride in her younger years. A story of desperation, loneliness and letting go. STIRRING THE SHEETS is the first novella I have read by author Chad Lutzke. After finishing this one in a single sitting, I am so glad I already have two additional books of his in my TBR pile to read next! I’ll…

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    {Review} HELL: The Possession and Exorcism of Cassie Stevens, by Tom Lewis

    HELL: The Possession and Exorcism of Cassie Stevens by Tom Lewis on October 9, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural Pages: 375 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Something Evil is Inside Cassie Stevens Teenager Cassie Stevens died in a crash on her way home from a party. She’s revived twenty minutes later, but during her brief period of death, something more horrifying than death had happened. Cassie soon experiences the presence of something around her; something evil, and foul. Sometimes she catches glimpses of it as a shadow in the corner of her eye. Other times it’s a horrific face she sees in reflections.…