TWO IN A ROW: Jones earns another Bram Stoker Award for best novel

My Heart Is a Chainsaw cut through the competition and earned Stephen Graham Jones his second consecutive Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel.  The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards at StokerCon in Denver, Colorado, on May 14.  This year’s win was the fourth Bram Stoker Award …

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Novels by Hendrix, Jones, and Wendig are finalists for 2022 Locus Awards

Three of the five books earning 2021 Bram Stoker Award nominations for Superior Achievement in a Novel also made the final cut for the 2022 Locus Awards, according to a release by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation on May 10.  The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen …

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KINDLE VELLA REVIEW | Island of the Dead

(Editor's Note: Kindle Vella publishes serial stories to read one short episode at a time.) The fantasy action/adventure novel Island of the Dead by Brian Keene is an old-fashioned story hearkening back to the days of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian. In fact, the main character is a barbarian named Einar. The first three …

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Horror Book Review: TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

Cover art by Lynne Hansen at LynneHansenArt.com In Twentieth Anniversary Screening, author Jeff Strand chronicles the tragic history of a terrible 1991 slasher movie titled The Roofer. Written like a retrospective article on a horror news website, the story recounts the bloody history of events surrounding the film. A 2021 Bram Stoker Award nominee for …

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One-Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2022 Reads

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

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I had a delicious list of books to read this past quarter, everything from classic literature to extreme horror. Well, the extreme horror stories weren’t so “delicious.” I definitely needed a sweet romance palate cleanser after those!

Here are my one-sentence reviews for 1st quarter 2022:

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. Seriously, Atwood was ahead of her time as this book proves with its questioning of traditional family makeup, its point-of-view manipulation, and its hugely symbolic storyline. Library.

Flesh Rehearsal by Brian Bowyer. Bowyer’s extreme horror novel is written in his signature style that borders on stream-of-consciousness, and I admit that the book went over my head. KU.

Road Narrows by Brian Bowyer. I’m glad I gave Bowyer’s style of writing another shot because this brutal story with high-brow existentialist and theological themes had me in its grip and would not let go! KU.

Good Liniment by C.S. Boyack…

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Horror Book Review: THE HOSTAGE

(Editor's note: This review contains major spoilers.) What happens when you successfully rob a bank, but unbeknownst to you, the hostage you take is a notorious cannibalistic serial killer? Hint: It doesn't end well. The Hostage by Elizabeth Bell is a fast-paced Extreme Horror novella detailing the events of a bank robbery and its aftermath. …

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Castro, Piper earn multiple nominations on Final Ballot of 2021 Bram Stoker Awards

V. Castro and Hailey Piper scored multiple nominations on the Final Ballot of the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards. The authors each have a novel and a shorter work of fiction competing for the premier writing honors in the horror genre. The Horror Writers Association released the Final Ballot on February 23. Winners in all 12 …

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