Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

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 >
NEEDFUL THINGS by Stephen King
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Leland King's glee, or Steven Gaunt's, or rather—well, the author's—as he rubs his palms over his let's-blow-'em-away superclimax is wonderfully catching."
The old horrormaster in top form, this time with a demonic dealer in magic and spells selling his wares to the folks of Castle Rock, scene of several King novels including The Dead Zone, Cujo—and how many others? Read full book review >
FINAL SHADOWS by Charles L. Grant
Released: Sept. 27, 1991

"A solid and readable batch, in general, but unexciting and somewhat monotonous, with the editorial fizz mostly dissipated."
After a dozen years and volumes, editor Grant has decided to call it quits—so the present compilation of 36 dark fantasy stories will be the last. Read full book review >
THE MAN UPSTAIRS by T.L. Parkinson
Released: Sept. 19, 1991

"This would make a truly scary movie: Are you listening, Polanski?"
An unusually disturbing first novel about newly divorced San Francisco hospital paper-pusher Michael West's psychosexual adventures among the tenants of his new building. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >