Horror Book Reviews (page 61)

FIRES OF EDEN by Dan Simmons
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The flip side of a Don Ho single, short on poi and ukuleles but long on elemental carnage, vengeful immortals, and nimble plotting."
A period romance masquerading as a metaphysical thriller disguised as a buddy movie, this latest novel from Simmons (Lovedeath, 1993, etc.) bridges two centuries and offers lots of plucky fun along the way. Read full book review >
INSOMNIA by Stephen King
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Still, at 800 pages, it ain't no coffee-table book — it's a coffee table."
A small town in Maine again serves as King's (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993, etc.) setting in this deft, steady tale, in which two lovable geezers travel through hyper-reality to balance the books of human existence, or something to that effect. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A fairly typical performance, then, alluring yet ultimately unsatisfying."
Modesitt switches back to science fiction after his fantasy trilogy about the kingdom of Recluce (The Magic Engineer, p. 103, etc.), introducing an initially intriguing alternate world that is comparable in development to ours but has a substantially different history—and where ghosts are real. Read full book review >
TALTOS by Anne Rice
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Still, this third (of a promised two, for those keeping count) Mayfair Witches novel clocks in at a 'trim' 480 pages, which qualifies this as minute-Rice, certain to be hungrily devoured by her legions of fans."
Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches are back (after Lasher, 1993), this time to help a lovelorn mystical being overcome a curse. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by John Farris
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Farris beautifully evokes ho-hum small-town southern life—his situation humor is so real, it's surreal—and Greg Walker is an intriguing character, but when he travels south of the border his story runs out of steam."
Farris (Fiends, 1990, etc.) concocts a thriller whose pitch-perfect middle Americanisms initially give credibility to its lurid plot. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
EARTHBOUND by Richard Matheson
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A chilling supernatural sortie marred only by a self-important epilogue about the power of the mind and the true meaning of love."
First published in 1982 in a version so heavily edited that horror writer Matheson (7 Steps to Midnight, 1993, etc.) took his name off it, this ghost story is now offered in a restored, uncut edition. Read full book review >
THE HOMING by John Saul
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful manipulation of primal fears about the natural world and the corruption of innocence."
In his contrived but fast-paced thriller, bestselling novelist Saul (Guardian, 1993) does for insects what Hitchcock's The Birds did for our feathered friends. Read full book review >
CLAW by Ken Eulo
Released: July 1, 1994

"Despite inconsistencies and an inconclusive climax, this humane thriller is both touching and exciting, thanks to snappy dialogue and heart-stopping action."
This tale of a tiger on the loose takes a slash at modern society's coldness toward the animal kingdom. Read full book review >
BURIAL by Graham Masterton
Released: June 1, 1994

"Should Indian spirits ever really take their revenge, with any luck the sinkhole will open under Burial and send it where it belongs."
Modern America is in peril of being sucked down the spiritual drain by dead, angry Indians in this follow-up to Manitou and Revenge of the Manitou (both not reviewed). Read full book review >
SêANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Fred Saberhagen
Released: June 1, 1994

"A clever idea, appealingly and persuasively set forth, but about halfway through, the uncomplicated plot subsides into aimless twiddling."
Saberhagen's revisionist Dracula series (A Question of Time, 1992) features the count as a sharing and caring New Vampire who also happens to be a relative of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, capably assisted by the count, relates how, in 1903, Kulakov, a mad Russian vampire of 18th-century origin, sets in motion a plan to recover some missing jewels from the prosperous Altamont family. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1994

"Strange, indeed."
A gratuitously bizarre, reader-unfriendly tome by the author of Skin (1993); you can almost see through it, despite the murky prose. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >