[REVIEW] Perish (Jack Harper, Book 2) – by L. C. Barlow

PERISH (JACK HARPER, BOOK TWO) By L. C. Barlow Published by California Coldblood (An Imprint of Rare Bird Books) Read my review of book one, Pivot, here. Perish marks the second entry in Barlow’s Jack Harper series, a predetermined trilogy that has quickly proven to be as contemplative and intelligent as it is darkly fantastical and…

[REVIEW] Jagged Edges & Moving Parts – by Pete Mesling

JAGGED EDGES & MOVING PARTS By Pete Mesling Published by Other Kingdoms Publishing In its description, Jagged Edges & Moving Parts is said to consist of “tales of terror” that “deliver suspense” with a “consistent literary voice.” While I agree there is a literary voice found throughout Mesling’s writing – that may, in fact, be…

[REVIEW] All the Laird’s Men – by Tabatha Wood

ALL THE LAIRD’S MEN By Tabatha Wood Published by Wild Wood Books I recently (finally) got around to reading Tabatha’s first story collection, Dark Winds Over Wellington, this summer, and loved it. If being her friend wasn’t enough reason to follow her work, those stories did the trick. I’m now a fan of both the…

[REVIEW] Nest of Salt (Stories) by Matthew V. Brockmeyer

NEST OF SALT By Matthew V. Brockmeyer Published by Black Thunder Press Last year, Brockmeyer blew me away with two of my favorite books in years: Under Rotting Sky and Kind Nepenthe. Granted, Kind Nepenthe was a hardcover reissue by the time I was reading it, but damn did I love both of those books….

[REVIEW] Pivot (Jack Harper Book 1) – by L. C. Barlow

PIVOT By L. C. Barlow Published by California Coldblood (An Imprint of Rare Bird Books) It’s an interesting and difficult task to write a story about a horrible human being being delivered to something resembling the birth of redemption. That is, essentially, what Barlow has done with Pivot, the first in a series of three…