Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

BEST NEW HORROR 4 by Stephen Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Again, despite the too-vigorous waving of the Union Jack: the most authoritative and representative volume of what's happening in horror today."
``The undeniable strength of horror fiction,'' say editors Jones and Campbell, ``is the very diversity the field has to offer''—a claim borne out in this rewarding fourth entry in their estimable series. Read full book review >
LOVEDEATH by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1993

"Enduring stuff—even more memorable than Simmons's novels."
Five darkly erotic short novels that entwine love and death, with horror boosting the sex, by World Fantasy Award winner Simmons (Children of Night, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

GHOSTS by John Banville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"Precious in a showoffy way—and deadly static."
An eminent but broken-down art historian named Kreutzner lives in an island aerie with his strange assistant Licht—and the two one day find themselves playing host to a party of strangers who've been shipwrecked when the chartered boat they were on ran aground offshore. Read full book review >
MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST by Robert Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Better than you may expect but not memorable."
Companion to last year's Psycho-Paths horror anthology, edited as before by the renowned motherstuffer of Psycho. Read full book review >
MR. MURDER by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Blood pours; children shriek; Alfie makes like a werewolf on steroids while Marty acts like a lion—and Koontz nails the reader to the page once again, despite the soapboxing. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Koontz's earliest thrillers (Night Chills, etc.) were stripped-down vehicles designed for speed and suspense, nothing more. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >