THE INVISIBLE MAN earns top honors at 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

The Invisible Man earned five wins at the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which aired April 18th on Shudder. The horror thriller won Best Wide Release Movie and Best Kill. Elisabeth Moss won Best Lead Performance. Leigh Whannell won Best Director and Best Screenplay. Released in February 2020, the film reported more than $143 million in ticket …

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One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2021 Reads

(Editor’s note: Here’s a roundup that I always look forward to every quarter.)

Priscilla Bettis, Author

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I’m excited to share one-sentence reviews for my top 25 reads of first quarter 2021!

(In alphabetical order by author or editor.)

Wings & Fire: A horror anthology compiled by Dan Alatorre. There is such a wide variety of stories here, from dystopian to vampires, from not-so-interesting to excellent stories, the latter category making the anthology worth the read. (KU)

Hard for Hope to Flourish by Bell et al. In this anthology of three horror stories, all three tales (dark fable, African cosmic, and disappearance mystery) are sophisticated literary stories, heavy on character and theme, that make for satisfying reads. (KU)

Perfect prose.

“The Erstwhile Groom” by Laura Benedict is a domestic suspense short story with prose so perfect that it disappears and you end up existing inside the plot. (KU)

“The Ice Dream of the Crow” by Willow Croft is in an anthology called The Phantom Games edited…

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Cabin Twelve’ & ‘The Face’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.) "Cabin Twelve" by Daphne Strasert won the Next Great Horror Writer Campfire Horror Story Challenge, and "The Face" by Naching T. Kassa finished runner-up. The tales are featured in the flash fiction anthology, Horror Bites: Campfire Tales, edited by Emerian …

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2020 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot features 8 multiple nominees

Stephen Graham Jones and Josh Malerman were among eight authors with multiple titles on the Final Ballot of the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards, according to a February 20th release by the Horror Writers Association. The five books vying for Superior Achievement in a Novel are The Only Good Indians by Jones; The Deep by Alma Katsu; Devil’s …

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Death’s Head Press earns most Splatterpunk Awards nominations again

For the second consecutive year, Death's Head Press led the nominations for the Splatterpunk Awards. After debuting with six in 2020, the two-year-old publisher followed up with eight nominations for the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards, which were announced today. In their fourth year, the Splatterpunk Awards honor superior achievement for works published in the subgenres of …

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Death’s Head Press, Triana lead nominations for 2021 Splatterpunk Awards

Death's Head Press and Kristopher Triana led nominations for the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards, according to a release by Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene. Recommended by readers, fans and peers, the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards honor superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the subgenres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. Death's Head …

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘The Sun Sets Nonetheless’

(Editor's note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.) "The Sun Sets Nonetheless" by Priscilla Bettis appears in the 2020 anthology by Nightmare Press titled Todd Sullivan Presents: The Vampire Connoisseur. Surprisingly, this is the first published work by Bettis, and what an outstanding debut it is. On her …

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December’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Monstrous Domesticity & The Night Creatures

(Editor’s note: DOUBLE FEATURE is a column where I read at least two horror books per month in 2020 and review them for my website.) December’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Monstrous Domesticity by R.J. Joseph and The Night Creatures by Lee Allen Howard. Monstrous Domesticity The common threads in the four short stories of Monstrous Domesticity are pregnancy …

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Walking through the fire of the INFERNO anthology

"The stench of decaying children was palpable." That's the opening line of my short story "Lex Talionis," one of the eighteen tales in the new anthology Inferno, inspired by Dante's Inferno. Released December 5th, Inferno was guided by editors Stephanie Ellis and Alyson Faye, both outstanding writers themselves. I'd say "Lex Talionis" is my darkest …

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November’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Dear Laura & Night of the Rider

(Editor’s note: DOUBLE FEATURE is a column where I read at least two horror books per month in 2020 and review them for my website.) November’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Dear Laura by Gemma Amor and Night of the Rider by Alyson Faye. Dear Laura Dear Laura is a masterpiece of horror suspense. A 2019 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Superior …

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