Ginger Nuts of Horror
On the frozen side of Mount Barmatia, something is stalking the dreams of Dr. Mackenzie Skillman and a team of scientists, as they try to dissect and analyze a newly discovered breed of humanoid. Can they survive long enough to find its origins, or will a strange psychic siege lead them all to their deaths?
One of these days i will stick to my guns and never read another zombie book. As a genre it's one that I am bored to death with. However when an author as good Peter Mark May publishes a zombie book I have to sit up and pay attention. Read on to think what i think of the book....
Gary Fry is one of those people who seems to be able to make my bank balance decline at a very steady rate. not content with being an author of exceptional talent, he also runs the rather excellent Gray Friar Press. Conjure House is Gary's third novel, and the first to be published by the always reliable Darkfuse Press. Not to put any pressure on Gary, but this book has both the the reputation of Gary and Darkfuse to uphold.
I have a lot of problems and difficulties, I'm sure those who read these reviews and follow me on Social Networks are well aware of many of these problems. One of my biggest problems is listening to people talk. Mind just starts to wander after a few minutes. I think this is reason why i have never listened to an audiobook before. The thought of spending hours listening to someone else talk just didn't appeal to me. So why I agreed to review this audiobook in the first place escapes me. But was it it worth it, did it change my thoughts on audiobooks? You will have to read on to find out.
In this era of horror where the tide of rotting zombies, and sparkly vampires is in danger of drowning the genre, it is always a joy when a author bucks the trend and producers a book that features one of horrors lesser used monsters.
Those of you who are long term readers of this blog, will know that I was blown away by the first volume of this series. High Moor was an adrenalin shot straight into the heart of of horror. An explosive thrill of a ride that brought a big grin to my face.
Daniel Cole wants the world to end.
Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world, helmed by Death.
Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in the greatest battle of all
There are times I love running this blog, and there are times I hate doing it, and there are times that I love and hate running this blog.
This is one of these love hate moments. If it wasn't for this blog I would probably would never have been introduce to the wonderfully brilliant writing of Cate, and for that I am eternally grateful However, if it wasn't for this blog I wouldn't have spent the last two weeks agonizing over doing a review that does this novella justice. It's at times like these I wished I had tried harder at school. So I have come to the decision to keep the review small and simple. If you want a more in depth review then read click on the links below to much more in depth reviews, where the authors are way more gifted at getting their thoughts across than I am.
This book is amazing, Cate's writing is intelligent, lyrical, emotional. evocative and totally engaging. Theatre reads like an ephemeral Clive Barker. TOCA, invokes many of the same emotions of wonder and awe that Barker's Weaveworld invoked all those years ago.
This a book that demands the readers attention, it is multi-layered, full of rich symbolism, and beautifully described images. However, the pay-off for the reader is more than worth every minute you invested in reading it. TOCA, will linger in your thoughts for a long time, and you will be glad you had read it.
Hellraiser asked the Question "What's your pleasure?", well that would be telling. Phobophobia an anthology of 27 short stories asks the questions "what's your fear?" If you have been paying attention then you will all know what my main fears are. Thankfully it doesn't look as though any nuns have made there way into this anthology. However what you do get is an A-Z of fears, plus a bonus story from Steven Savile & Steve Lockley.
Edited by Dean M. Drinkel, Phobophobia certainly look like another first class production from the good folks over at Dark Continents Publishing.
It's been a while since I last read anything by Peter Atkins, it must be something like 15 years, since I read Big Thunder. A lot can happen in 15 years, what you liked as then may well not be the same as what you lie now. Hell just looking back at some of the music I used to listen to then is embarrassing. . So 15 years down the line I picked up his collection of short stories and poetry Rumours of the Marvellous, published by Alchemy Press , in a rather fetching limited hardback edition, with an introduction by Glen Hirshberg. Thankfully these 15 years have been kind on my love for Peter's writing, the main reason for this is is Peter's writing is indeed rather marvellous.
Before I talk about my favourite stories in the collection, I have to admit, that I completely skipped over Dr Arcadia a peom that gives Tam O'Shanter run for its money in terms of length. I have never been able to get into poetry, and even though I started to read this poem, I just couldn't get into it. I'm not saying it's poor;y written, all I am saying is I can't make judgement on it. Poetry is as baffling to me as the female mind.
I'll admit I was hard pushed to single out the best stories in this collection, the quality within the book is exceptional, truly exceptional. However King of Outer Space, is a moving tale about love conquering the vast distances of Space, or so it seems. The twist ending to this ale is a stroke of genius. It also has one of my favourite lines from the book, "Flames shimmer from its boosters, their majestic roar telling the laws of physics to go fuck themselves" That sentence alone sums up a for me, an underlying tongue in cheek element to the stories presented here. I may be wrong, but it felt there was a very subtle line of humour, a sly wink to the camera, nothing to make you laugh out loud.
Stacy and Her Idiot, mixes drugs, severed fingers, some Lovecraftian monsters and a scorned woman on a mission of revenge. This is hugely fun read, with an ending, that makes me hope we will be hearing more from this plucky heroine. ( we do in the final story of this collection)
The Cubist's Attorney, is an odd tale indeed, full of very odd characters coming together for a reading of a will. A will that has some truly odd bequeathals. Again Peter pulls the rug from under the readers feet, with the ending of this tale.
Rumours of the Marvellous, is a brilliant collection. Sometimes single author collections can drag a bit, not so the case hear. Peter has such a varied style that it keeps the collection fresh, right up to the last page.
A marvellous collection from a master story teller.
You can purchase the book by clicking the link below. And you should. Aside from the great stories, this is another example of a small press producing an excellent looking book for a price that is remarkable.