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First off, I'm delighted to report that the classic Horror Fiction Review is BACK!!! Now in smaller, more frequent installments! Round of applause for Nick Cato, who keeps sending me books and giving me another place to ramble about them! You can find it here:

My latest reviews thus far for July:

Martuk ... The Holy: Proseuche by Johnathan Winn
The Tick People by Carlton Mellick III
Dreams of Thanatos by William Cook
The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon

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Now, due to various too-much-of-a-good-thing (deadlines looming on anthologies I'm editing AND anthologies I'm submitting to), I'm obviously not getting as much time for more recreational reading as usual. As a result, the ol' TBR pile is piling high. So, if you'd like to add to it, please feel free ... just bear in mind it might be a while before I get there!
The Horror Fiction Review may be on hiatus, but, since people still seem to enjoy my reviews and I enjoy doing them, I'm happy to keep right on going! My system is to post 'em here first, then in a week or so go through and add 'em to the individual Amazon pages.

Want to send me something? Please do! Mobi/Kindle or .PDF, or hey, old-school print, all welcome! Contact me at

This month's batch:

The Book of a Thousand Sins by Wrath James White
The Colony: Shift by Michaelbrent Collings
Gleefully Macabre Tales by Jeff Strand
Night of the Assholes by Kevin L. Donihe
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Plebs by Jim Goforth
Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa

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05 June 2014 @ 06:56 am
So, there's this book. I've got a story in it. Whatever else went, or is still going on behind the scenes, whatever fusterclucks and kerfuffles and who-put-the-drama-in-the-drama-llama-ding-dong, the point remains: there's this book, and I've got a story in it.

A pretty good story, if I do say so myself. "Frygga: Dreams of Fire" is my tale of an all-female Viking metal band getting a hot blast of inspiration.

At one point in the pre-publication proceedings, I was asked to participate in an interview questionnaire. I agreed, but then the abovementioned kerfuffles developed and it became quite likely that the cavalcade of promotion wouldn't see the light of day.

Following the lead of fellow contributor Jim Goforth (and you can find his post here), I figured I'd go ahead and post mine myself.

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BUY THE BOOK -- Axes of Evil
31 May 2014 @ 08:09 pm
Fifth month, five reviews. I didn't plan it that way. Just how it worked out. Three of the five were among my haul from World Horror Con, where I spent most of my money at the Deadite/Eraserhead booth.

This batch includes:

Quicksand House, by Carlton Mellick III
First Bird, Episodes 2 and 3, by Grieg Beck
Gigantic Death Worm, by Vince Kramer
Fallow Ground, by Michael James Farland
Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, by Cameron Pierce

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21 May 2014 @ 06:31 pm

Meet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales.

Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies and modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis.

Fae covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters. Enjoy the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale alongside urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist.

With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and all new stories from Sidney Blaylock Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

Edited by Rhonda Parrish

Release date: July 22, 2014 (ebook and paperback)
Genre: Fantasy / Horror
Length: Anthology, approx. 250 pages
Trade paperback: $14.95; ebook $7.99
ISBN-13 (trade paperback): 978-0692207918
ISBN-10 (trade paperback): 0692207910

FAE book giveaway!
16 May 2014 @ 11:15 am
... has been getting a fair amount of attention and love lately, since its debut at World Horror Con!

(with the legendary William F. Nolan!)


(a special message from Grandmaster Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni!)

Submissions are already rolling in for Fossil Lake II: The Refossiling!

Keep up on all the news:

Buy it here:
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07 May 2014 @ 04:37 pm
So, since I'm heading off to World Horror Convention in Portland this weekend, where I will probably stock up on many new books and then come home to happily read read read and wallow in my loot, I figured I'd post my latest batch of reviews before I go.

In this installment:
Parasite Deep by Shane McKenzie
The First Bird (Episode One) by Grieg Beck
Dungeons and Drag Queens by M.P. Johnson
In the Woods by Jana French
Mother's Boys by Daniel I. Russell
Haunted House and Other Presidential Horrors by Edward Lee

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06 May 2014 @ 09:48 pm
From KnightWatch Press, edited by Christine Morgan!

Currently seeking stories for a nature-run-amok anthology!

Think Hitchcock’s The Birds or Herbert’s The Rats. Think plagues of locusts, and those stories on the news where it rains spiders. Night of the Lepus. Willard.

While we love giant monsters as much as anybody, this time it’s not about size, but sheer NUMBERS. Why have one huge mad killer thing when you could have hundreds of smaller mad killer things?

Send us otherwise ordinary critters, but send them in multitudes. Send us swarms, hordes, flocks, droves, schools, what-have-you. Just make it a LOT of them.

Make it creative. Make it different. Put some less-likely species in the spotlight, unusual settings, bizarre twists.

Maybe they’re on a vengeful, deadly rampage. Maybe they’re simply on the move and woe to whoever gets in the way. Maybe they’re being directed, or maybe they’re acting on their own instinct.

From the creepy-crawly to the cute-and-cuddly, from wildlife to livestock and from household pests to household pets, let’s see what horrors can happen when animals attack!

Email submissions as a .doc or .rtf to with Teeming Terrors in the subject line. Standard manuscript format, Times New Roman 12-point preferred.

Deadline – July 30th

Word Count – 1500 to 6000

All submissions should:

Be in Standard Manuscript Format (

Be written in British English only.

Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12

Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address)

Be sent to as .doc or .rtf documents with the email subject header “SURNAME/TERROR/WORDCOUNT”.

Previously published stories WILL NOT be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright.

Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.

We will write to you within approximately four weeks of the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

We will pay [4%] royalties after cost per story published in ebook and paperback form.
From Sabledrake Enterprises, edited by Christine Morgan

Submissions are NOW OPEN for Fossil Lake II: The Refossiling!

Anticipated Release Date: February 2015 in print and ebook.

What we’re looking for: the dark, the transgressive, the controversial, the surreal. Horror, humor, bizarro, erotica, suspense, fantasy, historical, Lovecraftian … pretty much anything goes genre-wise and content-wise as long as it’s well-written and entertaining to read. Bonus points for somehow involving thematic elements of fossils and/or lakes.

What we’re NOT looking for: Crap writing (hey, let’s be honest). Some editorial pet peeves and tough sells include adverbs, non-”said” dialogue tags, passive voice, “was (verb)ing” and “could (sense)” phrasing, excessive blocking or stage direction.

What we’re hoping for: close communication with authors who are willing to work with an editor, can handle criticism, and are just generally personable and fun.

What we’re asking: One-time non-exclusive anthology rights. Reprints are welcome; just let us know where and when the piece has appeared before.

Deadline: September 30, 2014.

Word Limit: poetry/flash fiction up to 1000 words; short stories 1000-5000 words.

Compensation: contributor copy, $5.00 for poetry/flash; $10.00 for short stories.

Standard manuscript format; Times New Roman 12-point preferred. Italics for italics and whatnot. Send submissions attached as a .doc or .rtf to: “Fossil Lake II” in the subject line, please.
24 April 2014 @ 05:10 am
While the official The Horror Fiction Review is undergoing some changes, paradigm shifts, re-evaluations and so on ... I've been given Mr. Cato's go-ahead and blessing to post my reviews here in the meantime.

In this issue, I look at:
SUFFER THE FLESH by Monica O'Rourke
AUTUMN IN THE ABYSS by John Claude Smith
THE COLONY: VELOCITY by Michaelbrent Collings
CLOSES AT DUSK by Kim Paffenroth
CLICKERS III: DAGON RISING by J.F. Gonzalez and Brian Keene
R'LYEH SUTRA by Skawt Chonzz
ROM ZOM COM, an anthology from Fringe Works

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I'll be adding them individually to Amazon as time allows this busy weekend. Thank you yet again to all the authors for so many great reads!