[REVIEW] It Calls from the Forest by Various Authors and Edited by Alanna Robertson and Michelle River

[This review appears on DeadHeadReviews.com] Prior to receiving this review consideration, I was unfamiliar with Eerie River Publishing. However, from this point forward, I will be paying attention. This publishing house specializes in anthologies of indie writers, which is pretty great. Their latest collection, It Calls from the Forest (Volume I), features twenty-three authors, none…

[REVIEW] Burnt Fur by Various Authors and Edited by Ken MacGregor

Burnt Fur is a collection of stories revolving around humanoid animals, furries, and the deviant stuff they do together and to each other. The synopsis immediately made me wonder what I would be getting into, but I checked out the anthology nevertheless. The first half of stories weren’t too disturbing, so I let me guard…

[REVIEW] Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli

I heard a lot of mixed things about Snowball prior to receiving an ARC for review. Having heard some of the common complaints ahead of time actually may have helped my enjoyment of it, though. Yes, it has a few glaring issues – the first hundred or so pages are boring, the worst Christmas memories act as…

[REVIEW] Communion by Steve Stred

I remember reading Ritual at its release and thinking it had a different vibe from Steve’s other work I’d read. Though he’s proven time and again he has the ability to go dark, Ritual was more graphic and gratitious. Though I’m not usually up for that kind of horror, I enjoyed the novella and slight deviation for Steve. In…

[REVIEW] Cricket Hunters by Jeremy Hepler

That was a hell of a finale! The last quarter of this novel is especially good, with the suspense and mystery hyped up and over. I don’t think I’ve ever quite read a book like Cricket Hunters; it’s not only well-written, but unique. Blending genres with ease (drama, coming-of-age, crime/horror, magic), this story features relateable characters,…

[REVIEW] Black Bubbles – by Kelli Owen

This review follows the Poltergeist Press reissue. — It seems like most readers (that I follow) agree that collections are often hit or miss, due to how many stories included you liked or disliked. I’m on this page; it’s not easy for me to love a collection, because usually there’s a handful of stories I…