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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2022 Splatterpunk Awards nominees, Hall of Legends announced

The inaugural inductees into the Splatterpunk Hall of Legends were announced along with nominees for the 2022 Splatterpunk Awards by co-founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene on January 18. The Magpie Coffin by Wile E. Young won Best Novel at last year's Splatterpunk Awards. The 2022 Splatterpunk Awards honor superior achievement in the literary …

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One Sentence Reviews: My 4th 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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Welcome to my quarterly book reviews where I try (and sometimes fail) to write a one-sentence review for each book I read. But wait, I have news!

My first standalone story, a Kindle novelette called “The Hay Bale,” will be released January 10, 2022, and is now available for preorder for 99 cents. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

“The Hay Bale” novelette

Now for my one-sentence reviews:

When the Cicadas Stop Singing by Zachary Ashford. This post-apocalyptic novella set in Australia is the survivor-horror genre at its best. KU.

Donn, TX 1969 by Eric Butler. Part of the Donn, TX horror series, this novella installment has some point-of-view issues, but it is a fast, fun (and extremely bloody!) story. KU.

While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton is a biography of Eaton’s childhood in England during the 1940s literally “as the bombs fell”…

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Deadline set for Splatterpunk Awards recommendations

The recommendation deadline for the fifth annual Splatterpunk Awards is midnight on January 16, according to a release at briankeene.com posted on January 2. Co-founded by authors Wrath James White and Brian Keene, the Splatterpunk Awards honor superior achievement in the subgenres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror fiction. The inaugural awards were presented in 2018. …

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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 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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