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Review – Knuckle Balled (2017)

Review – Knuckle Balled (2017)

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Knuckle Balled by Drew Stepek

Left still reeling from the events in the final chapters of “Knuckle Supper”, our favorite pseudo-vampire-with-a-conscience must now deal with the consequences of his choices in the final few pages. Fleeing the scene of his brutal justice, RJ must now navigate his way through a new city, full of new vampires, on new drugs.

“Knuckle Balled” is a bloody, heroin fueled thrill ride through a world where vampires run the drug trades in cities across the country. While not as gory as “Knuckle Supper”, Stepek, by no means, shorted on the gore. Filled to the brim with severed heads, gruesome dismemberments, and stomach turning disembowelments, this one is NOT for the faint of heart.

A “must read” for fans of gore. No sparkles, no romance, just a drug fueled blood bath on one undead man’s path to salvation.

Book Review – XOM-B

Book Review – XOM-B

  “XOM-B” By Jeremy Robinson Jeremy Robinson’s “XOM-B” is a bit of a tough read, but well worth the effort. Set towards the end of this century, “XOM-B” seems at first to be two separate stories mashed into one.  While the action is first-rate and well written, there is seemingly little prelude to begin with,… Continue Reading

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Book Review: THE DEAD by Charlie Higson

Book Review: THE DEAD by Charlie Higson

  “THE DEAD” By Charlie Higson “THE DEAD”, the second installment in Charlie Higson’s “ENEMY SAGA” is set one year before the events of “THE ENEMY”. Just weeks after the onset of “the Disaster”, some adults have yet to succumb to the new disease.  Fighting to keep the children alive, while slowly turning into the… Continue Reading

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Book Review – The Enemy

Book Review – The Enemy

“THE ENEMY” By Charlie Higson Book One of “THE ENEMY” Series From the first page, “THE ENEMY” shoots out of the gate at a dead sprint and does not stop. Higson’s prose, fast pace, creativity and originality will keep you on the edge of your seat, yearning for the next page. We are thrust into… Continue Reading

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REVIEW – Russell J. Dorn’s Skeleton in the Closet (2016)

REVIEW – Russell J. Dorn’s Skeleton in the Closet (2016)

Russell J. Dorn, author of one of the stories featured in the upcoming issue of Grotesque Quarterly, previously wrote and adapted into audio book format, a middle-grade horror collection. Middle-grade, for those unaware of the term, refers to the age group between children and young adults. As such, 9-13 is a good guess as who… Continue Reading

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Review – Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels (2015)

Review – Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels (2015)

Clive Barker has long been a master of horror but with his latest book, The Scarlet Gospels, he takes his place as THE master of horror. He brings back supernatural detective Harry D’Amour to face off against The Hell Priest, Cenobite, or as he’s more commonly known……Pinhead. Make no mistake, this book is as much… Continue Reading

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Review – Ty Schwamberger’s The Fields

Ty Schwamberger’s The Fields starts out with an introduction by Jonathan Mayberry, laying out the ground rules for zombie stories, those rules being that … there are no rules. Save maybe one, that zombie stories tell us more about ourselves than about the shambling undead on our heels. This was a wise choice, as, from… Continue Reading

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Review – My Work is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti

I first heard about the works of Thomas Ligotti after picking up the graphic novel of The Nightmare Factory, based upon his short fiction. So utterly unnerved was I by The Nightmare Factory Volume 1, that I made a mental note to try one of Ligotti’s books, without pictures. My Work is Not Yet Done… Continue Reading

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Review – Lakewood Memorial by Robert R. Best

If there is one thing you can’t fault Best for in his writing it’s pacing. Lakeland Memorial, Robert R. Best’s first book in his zombie trilogy barrels out of the starting gate and doesn’t stop to take a breath until you reach the last page. There is such a headlong forward momentum with this first… Continue Reading

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Review – Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars

Often things will enter a person’s life either exactly when they need it or exactly when it’s capable of taking on another meaning, one so subjective and personal that it is almost impossible to be impartial. I’m not here to write impartial reviews, so it appears we are all in luck then. What I will… Continue Reading

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