Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

REPRISAL by
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"Wilson's most gripping yet, with his strongest characterizations."
First-class horror novel and third volume in a malignant- entity series begun with The Keep (1981) and Reborn (1990). Read full book review >
IMAJICA by Clive Barker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

Dazzling metaphysical epic-adventure as Barker surpasses his previous ground-breaking work (The Great and Secret Show, 1989, etc.) to reconfigure the Fall and to imagine a modern-day attempt to reverse it. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF THE SEVENTH DARKNESS by Daniel Easterman
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"More horror novel than thriller, grim and unforgiving, and resonant with menace, decay, and the stuff nightmares are made of."
A dark and disturbing foray into voodoo-terror by a master of the religious-conspiracy thriller (The Brotherhood of the Tomb, 1990; The Ninth Buddha, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"5 million."
A double-double Whopper hot from the grill of "America's literary boogeyman," as he puts it in his introduction: four sizzling horror novellas sandwiched within the theme of "Time. . .and the corrosive effects it can have on the human heart." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Eclectic, well crafted, with authentic thrills and chills: a solid addition to the series."
Another huge, 51-piece compilation of 44 stories, an essay, and six poems, ranging in tone from light humor through splatterpunk to dark horror. Read full book review >

CAFE PURGATORIUM by Dana M. Anderson
THRILLERS
Released: July 22, 1991

``Three original novels of horror and the fantastic'' claims the publisher in its catalogue and galley copy. Read full book review >
THE HEADSMAN by James Neal Harvey
THRILLERS
Released: July 18, 1991

"See if you can find him before Harvey (By Reason of Insanity, etc.) kills again."
A suburban Friday the 13th for adults: the latest incarnation of an 18th-century executioner is stalking the bedrooms of Braddock, N.Y., beheading lubricious teens. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF BETTY FAIRCHILD by Robert Specht
THRILLERS
Released: June 25, 1991

"Satisfyingly tense and twisty—it's only the anticlimactic last 20 pages that give you a chance to reflect how unlikely it all is."
Twenty-four years after a South Carolina girl was savagely killed and her presumed black assailant shot down, a young woman in New York is possessed by her vengeful spirit. Read full book review >
THE WAY THE ANGEL SPREADS HER WINGS by Barry Callaghan
THRILLERS
Released: May 15, 1991

"Still, despite an unnecessarily overextended double plot, the core coming-of-age tale and deft prose make this one worthwhile."
A promising though uneven first novel from Canadian journalist, poet, and story-writer Callaghan. Read full book review >
HANGMAN by Christopher A. Bohjalian
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1991

Second-rate second novel for Bohjalian (A Killing in the Real World, 1988), who moves through the gloom of an oncoming Vermont winter in this distressingly familiar tale about an old house full of malice, and a yuppie couple from New York who move into it with the hope of making a fresh start. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS by Dennis Danvers
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Still, the novel is just bold and piquant enough to give it a shot at the best-seller lists."
A man and a woman fall for each other, but this is a love story with a difference: the woman happens to be a werewolf. Read full book review >
ALMIGHTY ME by Robert Bausch
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1991

"He isn't Tolstoy, but, then, Tolstoy never had to deal with a world quite the same as this."
A spacey comic fable about the limits of love, even when you have the power of God: Bausch's third novel (On the Way Home, The Lives of Riley Chance) and a likable chronicle of the dissolution of one man's marriage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >