Review: Andrew J. Stone | All Hail the House Gods

All Hail the House Gods by Andrew J. Stone drops the reader into a dystopian future where even the illusion of autonomy and choice has been eradicated. Kurt, our protagonist, and his wife, Katie live in a city run by the Coupling Caucus, whose mission is to organize society in such a way that willContinue reading “Review: Andrew J. Stone | All Hail the House Gods”

Review: Dale Robertson | Project Fear: Season 1

Domestic, familial horror. Sentimental. Suburban. Dale Robertson’s Project Fear is a collection of horror stories that inspire nostalgia for the 90s kid in me. With tales that sit comfortably next to those that were told on television shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, this collection is one that will satiate theContinue reading “Review: Dale Robertson | Project Fear: Season 1”

Review: Jo Quenell | The Mud Ballad

The sky opened up and rained for me during two of my sessions with The Mud Ballad by Jo Quenell. We begin in a small, rundown town called Spudsville with Jonathan and Daniel, a set of twins conjoined at the head. We meet them in their tent at the circus they travel with discussing theContinue reading “Review: Jo Quenell | The Mud Ballad”

Review: Joanna Koch | The Wingspan of Severed Hands

Shock and awe. Beautiful and grotesque. These are just a few of the words I could use to describe Joanna Koch’s The Wingspan of Severed Hands. The story takes the insidious concept of the yellow sign from Robert W. Chamber’s mythos he created for his short story collection The King in Yellow. The author usesContinue reading “Review: Joanna Koch | The Wingspan of Severed Hands”

Review: Anya Ow | Cradle and Grave

Anya Ow’s post-apocalyptic speculative lit novella, Cradle and Grave was breathtaking. Lien works as a scout for scavenger supply runs and a shopkeep in a wasteland known as the Scab. Her body has been severely altered by the Change, which is the aftermath of wars from people long ago. She is visited by a “halfer”Continue reading “Review: Anya Ow | Cradle and Grave”

Review: Gerald Dean Rice | The Devil’s Gunt

The Devil’s Gunt by Gerald Dean Rice The Devil’s Gunt is a bizarro horror-action(?) story about a second-rate porn actor impregnated by the devil. I can’t recall another book that ever made me laugh as hard as I did while reading this one; I couldn’t get two pages in before coming across another side-splitting line,Continue reading “Review: Gerald Dean Rice | The Devil’s Gunt”

Review: Amy M. Vaughn | Skull Nuggets

Skull Nuggets by Amy M. Vaughn I’ve struggled my entire adult life with depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. There have been spans of time where I would have done anything to help cope with the pain accompanying mental illness, but I can say I never considered drilling a hole in my head. Maybe I wouldContinue reading “Review: Amy M. Vaughn | Skull Nuggets”