[REVIEW] The Wise Friend – by Ramsey Campbell

*4 out of 5* I’d heard his name, but never read Ramsey Campbell prior to The Wide Friend. This unique and intriguing novel caught my interest enough that I will continue picking up Campbell books along my journeys. This story felt less like horror and more like mystery, for me. And I’m fine with that….

[REVIEW] Tales from the Darkside – by Joe Hill

*3.5 out of 5* I’m okay with scripts (I’ve written a whole series myself), so that wasn’t really an issue for me. However, the first half of this pilot didn’t do much for me. There were some cool moments – like the couch hands and jumping out the window – but I didn’t care for…

[REVIEW] A Stranger’s Guide – by Charlotte Platt

*4.5 out of 5* Marked as urban fantasy, I went into this novel with little expectation. I wasn’t familiar with the genre and – seeing as this book was being released by a primarily horror outlet, Silver Shamrock – I figured it would be dark and bloody. But it isn’t! A Stranger’s Guide isn’t the kind…

[REVIEW] The Invited – by Jennifer McMahon

*3 out of 5* Though my first time reading Jennifer McMahon wasn’t a particularly strong or mind-blowing experience, I still plan to read more of her work down the road. I just want to start off by saying that. The thing is I enjoyed McMahon’s writing. She’s good with drama and words. However, the pacing…

[REVIEW] Kind Nepenthe – by Matthew V. Brockmeyer

This review originally appeared on Kendall Reviews in 2019. *4.5 out of 5* “Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead she discovered a nightmare.” Kind Nepenthe…

[REVIEW] Growing Things – by Paul Tremblay

This review originally appeared on Kendall Reviews. *3 out of 5* What I learned from reading The Cabin at the End of the World and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is that Tremblay has an amazingly effective narrative style. Hell, after reading The Cabin…, I went out and ordered everything else he had (with the exception…