Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

LASHER by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE WITCH by Byron Preiss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"John Skipp and Craig Spector, 1989, outclasses this zombie collection)—but, still, two strong bets for horror fans."
Generous collections of horror stories, nearly all original, that comprise the fourth and fifth volumes of the publisher's Ultimate series (previous volumes, not reviewed, covered Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolves). Read full book review >

THE LIST OF 7 by Mark Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

"821, it far outclasses)—but a jolly good adventure yarn for that. (Film rights to Universal)"
History has it that Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on his med-school teacher Dr. Joseph Bell. Read full book review >
CREATED BY by Richard Christian Matheson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, an unusually clever horror novel."
Horrific satire of Hollywood-based network TV, with the satire more biting than the horror. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Stories that mostly manage to be otherworldly and strange without turning into horror fiction or mere trots."
A first collection of 11 short stories, many with a Rod Serling-like twist, together with an introduction by Spencer (Maybe I'll Call Anna, 199) that laments the present-tense minimalist state of the literary short story. ``The Return of Count Electric'' is about a narrator who searches in his father's house for a death machine, thinking his father is a serial murderer; instead, he discovers that he himself is the murderer and, once he remembers, begins again his career of crime. ``The Wedding Photographer in Crisis'' concerns a Bill Murray kind of guy who forces a groom to go through with the wedding and films the bride topless. Read full book review >

THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1993

"Add on the various summations (Fantasy, Horror, TV and movies, obituaries, Honorable Mentions) and the result is another generous, appealing anthology, with much fine work and something to please all tastes."
Another colossal compendium, comprising 48 stories (although the late Angela Carter's ``Alice in Prague, or the Curious Room'' is included but not listed) and five poems (though two poems by Margaret Atwood are listed but not included). Read full book review >
GUARDIAN by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Bound for bestsellerdom—like many of Saul's others."
Saul's 16th horror novel (Shadows, 1992, etc. etc.) finds the author in a less horrific, even speakable mode, since the pivotal plot device seems possible, if definitely unlikely. Read full book review >
THE LAST AERIE by Brian Lumley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Lumley's High Purple storytelling delirium remains undimmed."
Second novel in Lumley's Vampire World series (Blood Brothers, 1992), or subseries, but apparently seventh in the overall Necroscope series, each volume a doorstopper. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF COMMON DREAD by Brent Monahan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1993

"Enrapting!"
A vampire at Princeton! Read full book review >
SATAN'S LAMBS by Lynn S. Hightower
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1993

"For Hightower's first hardcover: Great talk, heavy action, and, in Lena, a gritty lady with a future."
The drive for this suspense grabber set in Kentucky, about the search for a child held by cult creeps, is supplied by the tough, jumpy, compassionate-to-hurting p.i. Read full book review >
CONFEDERACY OF THE DEAD by Richard Gilliam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1993

"Still, the Civil War theme has built-in popularity, and the best stories here are very good indeed."
Anthology comprising 25 original entries illustrating the Civil War from a generally supernatural vantage. Read full book review >
STRANGE THINGS AND STRANGER PLACES by Ramsey Campbell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1993

"With so much Campbell to read or reread, only die-hard fans will want to bother with these scrappy leavings."
A middle-drawer miscellany—eight stories and two novellas- -that spans the 20-year career of British horror-writer Campbell. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >