Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

MALEFICE by Leslie Wilson
Released: May 1, 1993

"A somewhat dour story recommended for the staunch of heart and stomach."
In the year 1655, during the English civil war, a parish woman is hanged for witchcraft, also known as ``malefice''; and in a series of guilty, grim soliloquies, townspeople and a local gentry reveal their own rather brutal sins and crimes. Read full book review >
BLESS THE CHILD by Cathy Cash Spellman
Released: April 21, 1993

"Occult twaddle with a surface scholarly sheen: it's all breathless and urgent—and will probably Materialize on the bestseller lists. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for May)"
Spellman's corpulent, noisy, sagas with their pretzel plots (Paint the Wind, 1990, etc.) have dealt with earthly mayhem; but now we get a mammoth occult bash, much of the action taking place several mystical leagues off the ground and back all the way to ancient Egypt—with demons booming, gorge-rising sanguinary rites, and a cosmic battle of Satan's fan club vs. a grandmother. Read full book review >

DARKER JEWELS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Released: April 1, 1993

"Overall: dense, intermittently absorbing, less than fully satisfying."
Another of Yarbro's historical fantasy novels about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Out of the House of Life, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Peter James
Released: March 25, 1993

"As silly as they come, with an especially cartoonish villain, but James meshes scalpels and spiritualism nicely, and offers some good scares along the way."
If James already hadn't published three novels (Sweet Heart, 1991; Dreamer, 1990; Possession, 1988), you might think that Robin Cook was the pseudonymous author of this feverish mix of medical terror and occult thrills. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1993

"The drawback, however, is the pushy narrative: matters would flow more agreeably, and Gentle would win more friends, if she stopped trying to overpower her audience."
Another tale set in the weird alternate past of Rats and Gargoyles (1991), with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >

AGYAR by Steven Brust
Released: March 1, 1993

"Brust accomplishes with a wry turn of phrase or a small flourish what others never achieve despite hundreds of gory spatters."
Impressively wrought modern vampire/redemption yarn, from the author of The Phoenix Guards, The Gypsy (p. 641), etc. Arriving in the quiet college town of Lakota, Ohio, Agyar Janos takes up residence in an empty, furnished house—abandoned because it's haunted by Jim, the ghost of an escaped slave. Read full book review >
PREDATORS by Ed Gorman
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Steak-tartare-and-potatoes, with a few extras."
Suspense-oriented horror anthology of 21 stories, awash in slice-and-dice, that's nearly indistinguishable from its so-so predecessor, Stalkers (1989). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Nice stuff—but most necessary for the title story."
Witch's dozen of 13 horror tales by Lumley (Blood Brothers, p. 630), largely mainstream with just a touch of Lovecraft in the night. Read full book review >
JAGO by Kim Newman
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A shot at the transcendental, with fantasy to splurge."
Once again, Newman (The Night Mayor, 1990; Bad Dreams, 1991)- -in his best effort yet—strives to deepen the horror-novel genre, or give it new levels. Read full book review >
THE HUNTED by Kathryn Ptacek
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Read the first paragraph of The Member of the Wedding, which voices the sultry sensitivities of an 11-year-old, to see what's missing here."
Wavering adult/young-adult suspenser passing perhaps as a horror novel, though the horror elements are simply documentary visuals about the Holocaust. Read full book review >
DRAGON TEARS by Dean Koontz
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

"Koontz gets a bit preachy about social decay—but his action never flags in this vise-tight tale that'll rocket right to the top of the charts. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)"
An electrifying terrorfest in which Koontz (Hideaway, 1992, etc.), inking his silkiest writing yet, takes on the serial-killer novel and makes it his own. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"The entire novel's a bit ghostly itself: eerie, but so thin you can see right through it."
Slackly plotted though occasionally spooky yarn about Boston- area ghosts—and the hardcover debut of psychic detective Ryerson Biergarten, whose cases Wright (Little Boy Lost, p. 498, etc.) has covered in several pseudonymous (``F.W. Armstrong'') paperbacks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >