Horror Book Reviews

BLEEDING EARTH by Kaitlin Ward
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Grisly and sickening (but in the best way possible), the novel more than delivers on its promise of the macabre for lovers of horror, and curious readers will close the book with countless questions about religion, science, and human nature. (Horror. 13 & up)"
"Bones Found to Be of Human Origin, Blood Beginning to Fester." In the spirit of M.T. Anderson's Thirsty (1997), Ward's apocalyptic novel will have readers checking the ground beneath their feet after each turn of the page. Read full book review >
Twisted Reunion by Mark Tullius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Time-honored frights with innovation infused throughout.
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Deranged killers and creatures veiled in darkness inhabit the somber pages of this horror story collection. Read full book review >

Nightmares Unhinged by Joshua Viola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2015

"A slew of gloriously disturbing, well-told tales to unnerve readers."
Viola (Luna One, 2014, etc.) amasses a series of blistering horror stories, including a few of his own, from authors who tell of vampires, demons, killers, and things better left hidden in the dark.Read full book review >
Developing Minds by Jonathan LaPoma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American educational system, courtesy of two men propelled by perseverance and adventuresome spirits."
Two unlikely friends learn about life and hard work through the students they teach. Read full book review >
Daughters of Frankenstein by Steve Berman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"A lively and engrossing collection of female-driven fiction."
Berman (Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers, 2014, etc.) edits an anthology of sci-fi and horror from queer perspectives. Read full book review >

Tooth & Talon by James Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2015

"Eerie, entertaining tales whose recurring themes and characters make them stronger."
Vampires, otherworldly creatures, and human killers populate Lee's debut collection of horror and suspense stories. Read full book review >
THE UNNOTICEABLES by Robert Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A nasty, freaky, and haphazardly funny horror story."
A punk-rock vagabond circa 1977 and a struggling Hollywood stuntwoman circa 2013 find themselves connected through a grotesque paranormal underground society. Read full book review >
Knack by Tom Twitchel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A darkly polished superteen adventure."
This YA novel stars a handicapped teen with special powers striving to make the most of his traumatic past. Read full book review >
BE NOT AFRAID by Cecilia Galante
Released: April 28, 2015

"A quick, freaky read. (Horror. 13 & up)"
A girl finds herself unwillingly connected to her classmate's spiritual possession. Read full book review >
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman 'swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated.'"
British author Nevill (House of Small Shadows, 2014, etc.) out-Kings Stephen in this intense tale of séances, houses of ill repute and pervert convicts captured by The Other.Read full book review >
QUEENSBORO by Thomas Drago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"A thoroughly effective horror page-turner from an author who's mastered the genre."
Drago follows up his debut novel (Crow Creek, 2014) with another tale of small-town horror in the tradition of Stephen King. Read full book review >
THE EVIL OF OZ by Ryan Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An assertive, endearingly deranged take on the well-known tale from a writer-artist duo readers will want to keep their eyes on."
In Fuller and Baijnath's debut graphic-novel reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic, Dorothy returns to an Oz corrupted by evil in a tale of bloody retribution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >