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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October’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Curfew & The One That Knows No Fear

(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.) October’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Curfew by Kev Harrison and The One That Knows No Fear by Steve Stred. Curfew Curfew by UK author Kev Harrison is Book 55 in Demain Publishing's …

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“Scarecrow Road” debuts on The Night’s End Podcast

Pretty cool, huh? Tonight was a super exciting night for me because I HEARD my short story "Scarecrow Road" for the first time on The Night's End Podcast. I wrote "Scarecrow Road" as a creepy Halloween tale, but listening to a dramatic reading of it -- complete with spooky sound effects -- certainly elevated it …

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September’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Dead End & Hades’ Gate

(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.) September’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Dead End by Mallory Kelly and Hades' Gate by D.J. Doyle. Dead End Released in May 2019, Dead End is the first novella in the four-book series Clown …

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One-Sentence Reviews: My 3rd Quarter 2020 Reads

(Editor’s note: One of my all-time favorite features of any blog on the Internet is “One-Sentence Reviews” by horror author Priscilla Bettis. In her 3rd Quarter 2020 reads, she packs more than 40 brief but substantive reviews into one easy-to-digest post. She even included reviews of my short stories, “Dead of Winter” and “Tap.” — Lionel Ray Green)

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During the past quarter I read a bunch of awesome horror (and other) books, but I had a DNF, too.:-(

“A Good Provider” by Willian F. Aicher. Frank, the main income-earning for his family, is scared of the dark . . . and he should be. I dare ya to read this story in the dark using only the light of your e-reader.:-)

Guns of Perdition by Jessica Bakkers. Western splatterpunk at its best with a no-nonsense, gun-slinging protagonist, Grace, and her adorable sidekick, Jessie, who had me all teary-eyed at the end.

Fort by Rob Boley. It’s not a perfect story, but I admire Boley’s creative concept of placing a kid in a blanket fort (you know, like those indoor clubhouses we all made when we were kids and then got in trouble for disassembling the living room couch) for four years while the apocalypse rages…

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