Horror Book Reviews (page 8)

FRANKENSTEIN by Dean Koontz
THRILLERS
Released: June 15, 2010

"Comic strip characters and pedestrian prose—pretty silly stuff really, but we all know how it works for Koontz: 400,000,000 copies sold in 38 languages, give or take."
In the fourth installment of his Frankenstein series (Dead and Alive, 2009, etc.), Koontz posits a new kind of vexation with the same old objective: Kill everybody. Read full book review >
SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 2010

"A departure from Kortya's Lincoln Perry p.i. series (The Silent Hour, 2009, etc.) that's every bit as well-written."
A gothic horror story set in—wait for it—rural Indiana. Read full book review >

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 8, 2010

"The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch. Otherwise a pretty ordinary production, with little that hasn't been seen before."
Literary author Cronin (Mary and O'Neil, 2001, etc.) turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. Read full book review >
ALAMPTRIA by Richard A. Valicek
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2010

"An epic, exciting tale of knighthood and vampires."
An epic medieval fantasy chronicling the trials and tribulations of Elysium, a 15th-century kingdom under threat by evil, but protected by the Seaton brothers and their magical claymores. Read full book review >
THE LEFT HAND OF GOD by Paul Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Judging by the hype, what the publisher hoped for was Lord of Harry Potter's Dark Materials; what it actually secured is, in its own immodest way, engrossing enough."
The first of a medieval-fantasy trilogy from the author of The Golden Age of Censorship (2008, etc.). Read full book review >

SHAKESPEARE UNDEAD by Lori Handeland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Christopher Moore does much better work with both vampires and Shakespeare, but this bawdy send-up should slake the thirst of mash-up lovers a little longer."
The Bard struggles with madness and monsters in this risqué literary burlesque from paranormal romanticist Handeland (Apocalypse Happens, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
DOG BLOOD by David Moody
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Lean, relentless and terrifying."
The war between the Haters and the Unchanged rages on in the follow-up to Moody's taut horror/suspense debut Hater (2009). Read full book review >
FIRE SPIRIT by Graham Masterton
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Predictably violent fare from formulaic Masterton (Basilisk, 2009, etc.), who seems unable to live up to his former standards."
Arson investigator Ruth Cutter's life is haunted by a series of mysterious fires. Read full book review >
DOG BOY  by Erica-Lynn Huberty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2010

"Slightly limited by its style, but nonetheless a charming and haunting read."
Six chilling stories that bring the Gothic style of writing popularized in the 18th and 19th centuries into the 20th and 21st. Read full book review >
The Really Good Witch by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2010

Shirley Jackson (1916-65) was a complicated woman—a hardworking faculty wife and mother of four and a productive writer both energized and enervated by a macabre sensibility that doubtless worsened the poor health that led to a fatal heart attack in her 49th year.

A college graduate, and the spouse of prominent academic Stanley Edgar Hyman, Jackson had profitably immersed herself in what Poe called the literature of the grotesque and arabesque—and seems to have quite enjoyed describing herself as an accredited and devoted practitioner of the dark arts.

And, as if H.P. Lovecraft had had a little of Erma Bombeck or Carl Hiaasen in him (a not unpleasing thought), she also produced charmingly funny accounts (in Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages) of the joys and frustrations of tending to a large, fractious family.

This rigorously selective yet perfectly satisfying gathering of Jackson's best work begins with the complete contents of her seminal 1947 collection The Lottery. Read full book review >

EARTH SINK by Ilyan Kei Lavanway
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 2010

"A taxing text, but readers prepared to do the work will find some grand and gripping concepts here."
A war erupts on a heaven-like planet and spills over to Earth, embroiling a cast of characters in the desperate birth of a new age for mankind. Read full book review >
BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth
THRILLERS
Released: May 18, 2010

"A paranormal thriller begging for a slot in airport bookshops."
There are secret agents and then there are secret agents, like the undead predator protecting the White House. Read full book review >