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Horror Literary Fiction

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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February 27, 2019

Loneliness

It’s over 200 years since Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and it is a remarkable achievement that we’re still reading this book today, in a genre that has mushroomed. Certainly one of the greatest monster stories of all time and credited for creating the mad scientist and the first…


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Fantasy Horror Reviews

Season of Storms (Witcher#0) – Andrzej Sapkowski

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January 12, 2019

The Return of the Witcher

A prequel that will appeal to avid fans, filling out the backstories of key characters and expanding further upon the established lore. However, as a standalone, it’s perhaps the weakest of The Witcher series.

Once more Geralt finds himself trapped between malicious monarchs and sultry sorceresses,…


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Fantasy Horror Young Adult

Ransom TX – E.L. Dubois & T.J. Dubois

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November 7, 2018

Saviour

Ransom TX is a non-stop fantasy horror adventure that is riveting from the prologue to the last page. With a story of constant action it is difficult to achieve deep characterisation yet we need to develop some empathy and connection with the main characters. I felt this novel achieved the…


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Horror Mystery Reviews

Darkness on the Edge of Town – Brian Keene

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October 20, 2018

Left in the Dark
Brian Keene wonderfully portrays the rapid fall of civilisation, the sudden regression of humanity into primal creatures, and the danger that lurks in the darkness outside of town, and in the hearts of the characters. Once the story gets going, it delivers a continuous crescendo of…

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Dracul – Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (Mrs Y)

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October 19, 2018

As part of our Halloween Special, The Reading Desk is delighted to welcome Mrs Y as our Guest, to provide us with her wonderful review of Dracul.
In October of 2018, something came into my life that I didn’t know I needed so badly. Someone did something so marvellous that it was both…


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Dracul – Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker (Peter)

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October 19, 2018

Malignant

The comparisons and connections between Dracul and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are inevitable and unavoidable. After all, this is the story of Bram Stoker’s early life, his family and what may have been the catalyst for his classic vampire story. Dracula has become the most popular monster figure ever, spawning…


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Horror

Devil’s Bait – Debbie Boek

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September 8, 2018

Supernatural

Not to be cliché about linking books, but this is Amityville Horror meets Supernatural. It is a book of 2 parts, the horror part, and the demon-busting, love interest, drama part.

Emma and Jeremy Draper have just bought their dream house in a rural town, just beyond the commuter belt,…


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Crime Horror

I Killed My Son-In-Law – Shay Mills

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August 6, 2018

Dispassionate

It’s hard to avoid the spoiler from the title, so you’ve pretty much guessed what this book is about. It is a piece of fiction and not a non-fictional, accidental or abstract cause of death. Why give this away? Well because I nearly passed on the book thinking it was…


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Horror Thriller

The Book with No Name – Anonymous

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July 29, 2018

Carnage

The Book with No Name is best described as a Quintin Tarantino styled all-action horror onslaught, with vampires, hitmen, monks, cops, local gangs, and a serial killer called the Bourdon Kid. It should be chaos, it should be unmanageable, it shouldn’t work, but it does.

The novel is mostly set in…


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Horror

The Havoc Tree – Layden Robinson

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July 29, 2018

Hedonistic

The short story structure of The Havoc Tree is really a composition of hedonistic, macabre and sexually explicit tales. Each element in this surreal book is cryptically poetic and the writing is uncompromising in its rampage through violence, sexual depravity, madness, and imprisonment.

The Eagles song Hotel California kept playing…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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