One-Sentence Reviews: My 3rd Quarter 2021 Reads

(Editor’s Note: Here’s another edition of one of my favorite features on the Web by the prolific reader and horror author Priscilla Bettis.)

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Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I read during the last three months. It LOOKS like I read a lot, but there are quite a few short stories and novellas, so I didn’t really read that many pages. Anyway, I’ll attempt a coherent, one-sentence review for each without cheating and stringing a bunch of sentences together with and!

For fun, this time I put them in reverse alphabetical order by author.:-)

Telecommuting by L. Marie Wood. There is (practically) only one character in this contemporary, slow-burn mystery novella, but Wood makes it work by feeding the reader clues and creating an anxious, believable setting. KU.

I can’t believe Tidepool is Willson’s debut. It’s SO good!

Tidepool by Nicole Willson is a Gothic-Lovecraftian novel with a misty, dank atmosphere, a protagonist you can root for, and a plot you can sink your teeth into. Kindle.

The Horror of the Broken…

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The Only Good Indians tops This Is Horror Awards 2020

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones continues receiving honors in 2021, winning Novel of the Year at the This Is Horror Awards 2020. The Only Good Indians also won the Novel categories at the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards and the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards. This Is Horror announced its 10th annual awards on September …

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Kolesnik wins two Splatterpunk Awards at fourth annual event; Hall of Fame announced

Samantha Kolesnik garnered two wins and Wile E. Young's western won Best Novel at the fourth annual Splatterpunk Awards, according to a press release by founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene. Presented at KillerCon 2021 on August 21st, the Splatterpunk Awards honored superior achievement in the horror subgenres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror published …

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Stephen Graham Jones dominates 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards

Stephen Graham Jones racked up two more major honors for his works The Only Good Indians and Night of the Mannequins during the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards announced August 15th. The Only Good Indians won the Novel category and Night of the Mannequins won the Novella category. In May, Jones won 2020 Bram Stoker Awards …

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Ladies of Horror Fiction announce 2020 award winners

The 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards were announced on July 27th, and Tender Is the Flesh by Argentine author Agustina Bazterrica won Best Novel. The highly acclaimed book had 1,412 ratings on Amazon as of July 27th averaging 4.4 stars (out of 5) and has received worldwide praise. Vogue called Tender Is the Flesh “horrific …

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One-Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2021 Reads

(Editor’s Note: One of my favorite columns! I’m always amazed at how many reviews Mrs. Bettis packs in her One-Sentence Reviews feature.)

Priscilla Bettis, Author

These are the books I read in April, May, and June along with a one-sentence review of each. (And what’s with today’s feature image?) Alpha by author or editor:

The Encampment by the Gorge & Blood Memory by Zachary Ashford is a Short Sharp Shocks book with two stories set in Australia that include folk horror, politics, crocodiles, and high stakes. KU.

Even if you don’t like apocalypse stories, Nightfall’s artsy cover by Daniele Serra is worth drooling over.

Nightfall by Daniel Barnett. Barnett manages to make lyrical prose sound masculine to suit the tough SOB protagonist in this apocalyptic novel, the first in a series. KU.

The Corn Witch by Christopher Beck. This novelette in the Short Sharp Shocks series (love this series) features a witch as scary as Bradbury’s dust witch even if the prose isn’t as polished as the master’s. KU.

The Sound of Brilliance ed by…

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Still Life’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.)  “Still Life” by Kelli Owen is one of sixteen stories in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology titled Arterial Bloom. Released in 2020 by Crystal Lake Publishing, Arterial Bloom was edited by Mercedes M. Yardley and includes a foreword by Linda …

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Jones, Murray, and Waggoner lead 2020 Bram Stoker Awards

Stephen Graham Jones, Lee Murray, and Tim Waggoner each won two 2020 Bram Stoker Awards during the Horror Writers Association StokerCon 2021 Virtual Event held May 20-23. Jones won the top award, Superior Achievement in a Novel, for The Only Good Indians and won the Long Fiction category for Night of the Mannequins. Jones also …

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