Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

SNAKE EYES by Rosamond Smith
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Slick, professional, and utterly predictable—it reads like a sly and expert parody of the whole psycho-menace genre."
This latest gothic potboiler from the thinly veiled Joyce Carol Oates pits a wide-eyed suburban lawyer and his oh-so-perfect family against the convicted murderer who comes to live in their hometown when he's served the eight years of his ``life sentence.'' Though he's never met tattooed Vietnam vet Lee Roy Sears, Michael O'Meara was instrumental five years earlier in getting his original death sentence commuted to life, and he's kept up a correspondence (much to his beautiful, decorously promiscuous wife Gina's dismay) that encourages Sears to set up shop as a supposedly gifted sculptor in Mount Orion, New Jersey. Read full book review >
THE SEASON OF PASSAGE by Christopher Pike
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Not without its ups and downs but, at its best, both riveting and a back-prickler."
Pike (Sati, 1990) leaves behind the young YA horror/suspense field to show what he can do with horror for adults and scores strongly—in a novel that covers many genres: suspense/fantasy/sf/horror. Read full book review >

WEREWOLF by Peter Rubie
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"The blacked-out rubble and impending bloodshed, as well as the slurp-slurp-crunch-crunch of the feeding werewolf, have their reading joys, but step-by-step police procedure fails to energize the storytelling."
Atmospheric boy-werewolf horror novel set against the London blitz. Read full book review >
WETBONES by John Shirley
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The queasies'll getcha if you don't watch out!"
G-R-R-I-S-L-Y...by the author of A Splendid Chaos (1988). Read full book review >
AFTER THE KING by Martin H. Greenberg
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The Halfling House,'' egregious at 29 pages) that would have made Tolkien himself wince—but, still, the strongest tales here are among the best short-length fantasy of the year."
Yet another Festschrift anthology by Greenberg, who has recently edited or coedited tributes to Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and H.P. Lovecraft, this time to honor the much-imitated author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Read full book review >

SWEET HEART by Peter James
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"The formula is wearing a bit thin."
A fitfully chilling variation on James's old-fashioned damsel- in-demonic-distress theme (Dreamer, 1990; Possession, 1988) finds Charley Witney and her lawyer-husband moving into a country house- -which turns out to be haunted by a most malevolent ghost. Read full book review >
GRIMSCRIBE by Thomas Ligotti
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Thirteen tales out of a maggoty delirium."
High-style horror stories in a classic literary mode, in expressiveness not far from the American masters, Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 29, 1991

"Some misfires, but largely a sheaf of bright storytelling."
Fourth volume, the best yet, in this sometimes waver-y series. Read full book review >
BEST NEW HORROR 2 by Stephen Jones
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Not quite as wide-ranging as the first volume (with the incomparably fierce Joe R. Lansdale notably missing, for example)- -but, still, a must for any serious horror collection."
First-rate and generous second entry (Best New Horror, 1990) in what is now clearly the finest horror annual available, distinguished by the editors' literate tastes and vast knowledge of the field. Read full book review >
A WHISPER OF BLOOD by Ellen Datlow
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Admirably inventive variations on vampirism, although none can match the grim grandeur of the Count himself."
Toothy follow-up to Datlow's first-rate Blood Is Not Enough (1988) anthology, which conjured up vampires who dine on sex, fear, love, anything but blood. Read full book review >
NIGHT VISIONS 9 by Thomas Tessier
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Undistinguished horror: these night visions are, for the most part, grainy and dim."
Introducing this ninth volume of an usually vigorous series, F. Paul Wilson decrees that horror is ``not dead''; the mostly lackluster tales that follow, though, say little for the genre's state of health. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Should do well, though."
Cadillac Gothic with new chrome stripping on stories going to the same old grave, by some heavy-hitters in the rich-prose department. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >