book review

Book review: The Last Weekend, by Nick Mamatas, PS Publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not quite your everyday run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse, you could say. Yes, it’s another rigid, stiff, slow-moving essay in that genre, shambling and groaning its way into your to-read pile. And what a surprise that this sub-genre has grown so fast, proliferating like – well, a [...]

Book Review: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

There are lots of books out there about how to market your book. Some of them are good. Some aren’t. [easyazon-link asin=”1561466190″ locale=”us”]Discoverability[/easyazon-link] is one of the best I’ve read, and I appreciate it because it looks at writing as a [...]

Review: The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

By Joanna Cabot
January 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

[easyazon-link asin=”1451654421″ locale=”us”]The Smartest Kids in the World[/easyazon-link] is my first almost-five-star read of the year! This engaging and well-written book follows three American teenagers who, as part of Ripley’s research into the best education [...]

Book review: Orpheus on the Underground and Other Stories, by Rhys Hughes, Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tartarus Press, as some Teleread readers at least will know by now, is doing a sterling job of producing a really fine series of contemporary and classic British (and other) dark, weird, strange, and horror fiction, with some excellent and unbelievably cheap ebooks to accompany their high-quality [...]

Book review: Inkblots and Blood Spots, by Michael Bailey, Villipede Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Michael Bailey‘s Inkblots and Blood Spots is the second collection of shorter work from this versatile, hugely talented, and very influential dark/weird fiction writer and editor. It sweeps a very wide field, from pure psychological – and body – horror through weird tales to [...]

Book review: The Loney, by Andrew Michael Hurley, Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tartarus Press is becoming one of the most diverse as well as the most accomplished and fastidious independent UK presses devoted to horror and dark fiction, and The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley is absolutely off their ordinary beat and all the more striking for it. Instead of the society and [...]

Book review: Blood Will Have Its Season, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Hippocampus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Joseph S. Pulver Sr. is one of the leading authors and editors in the modern dark/weird fiction genre constellation, and Blood Will Have Its Season was his first collection of short fiction. It instantly put the author on the map with its resonant title and its daring and experimental fusion of [...]

Book review: Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories, by Robert Aickman, Faber and Faber

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Regular TeleRead readers will probably have tumbled by now to the recent series of Faber and Faber reprints and recompilations of stories by the brilliant, enigmatic, and influential British writer of strange stories, Robert Fordyce Aickman. Cold Hand in Mine is probably the jewel of the series, [...]

Book Review: Brothers in Crime by KM Rockwood

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The fun part about going to writer’s conference is that you meet lots of writers and get opportunities for review copies, especially if you let folks know you review books. KM Rockwood is a delightful person, and I was happy to accept a review copy of her latest book, [easyazon-link [...]

Book review: The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin, Jurassic London

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

After the endless, shambling horde of faceless zombie horror anthologies, The Book of the Dead presents stories centred on a rather more ancient and dignified genus of animated corpse: the Mummy. It also comes with a sort of official endorsement from the actual tradition of Egyptology, [...]

Book review: The Children of Old Leech, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele, Word Horde

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is both a superb collection of dark tales and a testament to the highly developed, involved, and even self-referential status of the new new wave of American horror and weird fiction. For it is a tribute anthology from some of the best writers in the field in honor of one of their most [...]

Book review: Conjure House, by Gary Fry, DarkFuse

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

I have a problem with books like Conjure House – which is a pity, because it means I’m blind to some of its outstanding merits. I have a problem with Family In Danger narratives in horror. Or with Childhood Friends Reunited stories. I have a problem with books that take the Yorkshire [...]

Techno-thriller about Taiwan, China was 10 years in the making

By Dan Bloom
June 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

For T.J. McFadden, writing the military thriller [easyazon-link asin=”B00ITUEKYA” locale=”us”]Dragon Storm[/easyazon-link]– about a potential war between China and Taiwan — was a labor of love and part of a ten-year learning process. A recent thumbs-up review in [...]

Book review: The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The New Black from leading indie publisher Dark House Press brings together 20 tales in the burgeoning genre of neo-noir, characterized by Dark House’s materials as “a mixture of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, the transgressive, and the grotesque all with a [...]

Book Review: Every Short Story 1951-2012, Alasdair Gray, Canongate Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

With the near-destruction of the renowned Glasgow School of Art building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it’s a good time to celebrate one of its most famous alumni: Alasdair Gray, artist, author, polemical Scottish nationalist, and dyed-in-the-wool Glaswegian. He started writing in [...]

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