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Joe Hill carrying on the family tradition

NOS4R2 aka NOS4A2, by Joe Hill: Family Tradition(4)

October 2, 2013

Had it not been my birthday, I never would have read NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Firstly, because I’d never heard of it and secondly, because I’d never heard of him. But there is a family tradition in the Smith household. Every year on my birthday, my daughter buys me the latest Stephen King novel. It… Read More ›

Vampires don't Sparkle

Guest Post from Author Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner Author of What Once Was Flesh From the Anthology Collection of Michael West’s Vampires Don’t Sparkle Guest Post The Genesis of “What Once Was Flesh” “Where do you get your ideas?” is the most common question writers are asked. (Followed closely by “Do you know Stephen King/Stephenie Myer/J.K. Rowling?” and “How much do… Read More ›

Author Larry Underwood.

Thirteen for 13 an Introduction to Larry Underwood’s Short Fiction

I made the acquaintance of Mr Underwood on Facebook via mutual friends (like you do) and I noticed the other day that he’d gotten one of his stories, an excellent piece of Western horror flash-fiction, promoted by Amazon.com as a limited freebie. I love free anything and I immediately shot over to the Amazon sellers and found… Read More ›

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Author Michael West Interview – 4 April 2013

Michael West is a member of the Horror Writers Association and Indiana Horror Writers, where he serves as President. A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He… Read More ›

Author Ed McBain (b. 1926 - d. 2005)

The 87th Precinct Stories by Ed McBain: A Master by Any Name

Author Ed McBain wrote under many “nom de plumes” He wrote as Evan Hunter (Matthew Hope series), Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, and Richard Marsten for his crime fiction as well as Ed McBain for the 87th Precinct books and S.A. Lombino, Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, D.A. Addams and Ted Taine when he wrote science fiction. Whichever name… Read More ›

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The Ruins by Scott Smith: Death by Mayan’s

I first heard of this book “through the backdoor” as it were. I’d seen the film first. I can somewhat hazily remember liking it. It wasn’t anything to write home about, as far as I can remember, but the film did strike a chord with me. I discovered that it had been made from Scott… Read More ›

RIP James Herbert (8 April 1943 – 20 March 2013).

RIP James Herbert (8 April 1943 – 20 March 2013): Ash to Ashes

My good friend John Mountain over at Written in Blood was kind enough to “inadvertently” inform me of author James Herbert‘s death. I’d been “out of sync” with real life matters and in so doing had missed the news of Herbert’s untimely death on Wednesday the 20th of March this year. He will be greatly missed…. Read More ›

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Louis L’Amour: A Biography by Anita Y Tsuchiya

Another e-book of the “Reader’s Digest” variety that obviously is aimed at the “limited” reader. Limited as in not feeling like they have the time to peruse a “proper” book versus these watered down versions. As in the American Legend series I just reviewed on Duke Wayne, this book will not break the bank and… Read More ›

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Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru: Area 51 Through the Ages?

Published in 2011, Gods Without Men is a multi-timed, multifaceted story of a stretch of desert that seems to draw mysterious forces to it. In the 1700′s a Franciscan Friar attempts to bring Christianity to scattered tribes of local Indians. The area that the friar operates from is near three pinnacles of rock which, to… Read More ›

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Dear Me Peter Ustinov 1977: Vintage Ustinov

I was very excited when I found this book in the charity shop near where I live. I’ve been an ardent Ustinov fan ever since I first saw him in Viva Max on Saturday Night at the Movies when I was younger. Then came Logan’s Run in 1976 where Ustinov played the world’s oldest man…. Read More ›

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