Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by Graham Watkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1993

"Worth a try, though it might be wise to call it quits after the hot chili peppers."
Sadomasochistic shivers about an incarnate Aztec goddess and the spell she casts over six North Carolina yuppies. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING by Tim Krabbé
THRILLERS
Released: May 10, 1993

"For connoisseurs of intellectual horror."
This austere and cinematic Dutch novella (published abroad in 1984 as The Golden Egg) is KrabbÇ's first US appearance but has already served as the basis for two movies directed by George Sluizer: a 1988 version in Dutch, which has all the chilling, obsessive focus of the book; and an American remake, which recently bombed at the box office, even though the director softened the nightmarish aspects of its two sources. Read full book review >

FISHBOY by Mark Richard
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1993

The promise of Richard's story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World (which won the 1990 PEN/Hemingway Award) is only fitfully apparent in his surrealistic first novel about a boy and his first sea voyage. Read full book review >
MALEFICE by Leslie Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 >
THE ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE by Mary Gentle
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 >
FRUITING BODIES AND OTHER FUNGI by Brian Lumley
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
THRILLERS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >