Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

Released: Feb. 22, 1994

"Not so much scary as flat-out incredible."
Baffled by his teenaged daughter Adele's truculent promiscuity, widowed Chicago newspaperman Guy Driscoll whisks her off to his birthplace, cozy Colson, Kansas—``a small town where you hoped she'd pick up some values and morals and maybe do something nice with her hair.'' If he'd known he was taking her into another of Epperson's Kansas gothics (Borderland, Nightmare, etc.), he might have saved the plane fare. Read full book review >
HAUNTED by Joyce Carol Oates
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Like swallowing live mice."
Surging intensity floods nearly every page of Oates's 18th hardcover collection (Where Is Here?, 1992, etc. etc.), these devoted to explorations of the grotesque. Read full book review >

THE SISTER by Elleston Trevor
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An expert but synthetic timekiller—minor work from a sometime master."
Checking into the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Light does nothing for the explosive sibling rivalry in this sequel to the paperback The Sibling, Trevor's latest break from his Quiller spy novels as Adam Hall. Read full book review >
GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"Wright's novel packs no narrative punch (only in Borneo does the story roll); it aims to resonate through a pattern of recurring images, but while always alert and intelligent, it never quite becomes the powerful indictment Wright may have hoped for."
America is a bad trip. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"And next time, with luck, will."
At their best, Laymon's cackling horrors (The Stake, 1991; Night Visions 7, 1989) are the nastiest around—sleek, black- humored, skirting (if not slipping over) the edge of pornoviolence. Read full book review >

BETTER IN THE DARK by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Slower and with less narrative momentum than Darker Jewels, but still inviting: Yarbro stints nothing on historical verisimilitude."
Another of Yarbro's tales of the vampire Count Saint-Germain (Darker Jewels, p. 104, etc.). Read full book review >
BEST NEW HORROR 4 by Stephen Jones
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
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
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 >
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
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
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 >
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 >