All posts in the 'Books' category

Horrorstör Review: Read. This. Book.

Some may recognize Grady Hendrix as the former film critic who ran Variety’s superb Asian movie blog, Kaiju Shakedown. I bemoaned when Variety finally shuttered his corner of their site, but if I’d had any idea that closing that door would eventually lead to Hendrix opening the door to the fiction side of his career, I’d have sent them a […]

THE ART OF HAMMER Book Review [A Movie Poster Must-Have]

It’s a bittersweet day to review THE ART OF HAMMER. Right now, as I write this, Hammer’s COUNTESS DRACULA plays in the background, a reminder of the actress Ingrid Pitt, who passed away this November 23 at age 73.  It’s one of my favorite Hammers, starring Pitt as an elderly Elizabeth Bathory-inspired murderess who keeps herself […]

6 Quick Questions About Quirk’s DAWN OF THE DREADFULS

1.  What is Dawn of the Dreadfuls? It’s the prequel to Quirk Classics’ Jane Austen mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  And it’s very, very funny. 2.  I probably need to read that book first to enjoy it, right? Not at all.  I didn’t, and I could completely enjoy and follow Dawn of the Dreadfuls on […]

HAMMER GLAMOUR Review. [Hammer Time!]

Written by Marcus Hearn Published by Titan Books. Hammer Studios doesn’t really get the credit they deserve for creating the modern scream queen.  Our recent horror beauties like Julianna Guill and Betsy Rue owe a debt of gratitude to the British studio, who pioneered the inclusion of gratuitous cheesecake forevermore into horror films, for better […]

FRAGMENT (Novel) Review – Science to the Side, Monsters to the Max!

Written by Warren Fahy, 2009 It is a reluctant way to start a review talking about what something isn’t, but this is bugging me.  I’ve seen it in almost all of the reviews.  It was what drove me to read FRAGMENT, a debut novel from newcomer Warren Fahy, in the first place.  But it’s just […]

This is not a review, but I’d recommend reading…

… ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson. I’m making a conscious effort to divert the flow of strict science fiction from the likes of this site until a time in which it makes more sense.  There are, however, times in which I can’t bite my tounge.  ANATHEM is one such case. I actually began a review of […]

Review: SUMMER OF NIGHT (Novel)

Written by Dan Simmons, 1991 There is an unexpected advantage to being my age. I’ve been around, sure, but there is still so much outside my footprint. I’ve got feelers out everywhere, normally yielding at least a geographical plotting of everything in the arena even if I never take he/she/it one on one, but from […]

Review: The Long Walk (Novel)

Written by Stephen King as Richard Bachman, 1979 Stephen King’s publishing pseudonym was created because, presumably, the public would not accept an author who published more than one novel per year. Thus Richard Bachman was created, an alter-ego that allowed King’s market output to keep pace with the author’s throughput. Bachman was also the mouthpiece […]

Review: Heart-Shaped Box (Novel)

Written by Joe Hill, 2007 The only reason Heart-Shaped Box caught my eye was because I know Joe Hill is Stephen King’s eldest son.  This is exactly why Joesph Hillstrom King writes under a pseudonym, but this is inevitably a burden he’ll just have to deal with.  I can think of far worse weights to […]

Review: The Last Christmas (Graphic Novel)

Created and Written by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn, 2006 I love everything about the concept of The Last Christmas.  The earth’s inevitable zombie apocalypse hits, bringing death to every corner of the globe – including the North Pole.  When a band of marauders puts a bullet in Mrs. Claus’ brain, Santa loses it.  Christmas […]

Book Review: Next

Written by Michael Crichton, 2006 You may be wondering why I’m reviewing a Michael Crichton book on a horror website.  The man writes almost exclusively in the vein of corporate thrillers based around some wacky, out of control, fringe science of the very near future. Well, if you must know, I happen to like wacky, […]

Review: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Written by Max Brooks, 2006 Determining the launching point for a review of Max Brooks’ newest zombie masterwork, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, is hard.  It’s an odd, but welcome challenge to chose where exactly the praise should be heaped first on this fictional journalistic recount of a global undead […]

Review: 30 Days of Night (Graphic Novel)

Written by Steve NilesArt by Ben Templesmith When it comes to horror movies, I may not be the authority, but I like to imagine I can lay the law down with the best of ’em.  When it comes to horror graphic novels, I’m a preschooler wearing a toy badge.  As nerdy as I am, I’ve […]

Book Review: Puzzleman

Written by Christopher Alan Broadstone, 2003 I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the literary side of the genre, but irregardless if I can’t cite every dark fantasy culled up by Clive Barker (and I’ve no doubt the man has come up […]

Book Review: Cell

Written by Stephen King, 2006 Leave it to Stephen King to not only find a way to bring some originality back to zombies, but to also make cell phones threatening past those silly brain tumors. King’s severely pessimistic tale opens on the day of the apocalypse and ends a few weeks later, giving the reader […]

Midnight Meat Train Sounds AMAZING?

Lionsgate, who is the single greatest thing to happen to the genre in years, and Lakeshore Entertainment are teaming up to produce Midnight Train, a renamed adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story "Midnight Meat Train", which is part of his Books of Blood.  The flick is to be directed by Patrick Tatopoulos, who is the […]

The Dark Tower Series

Though the man has written the source material for several of my all time favorite films (of any genre), my experience with King’s work has always been foolishly self-limited. To be honest, I always just assumed he would be a junk novelist like Dean Koontz, considering the man is on par with the efficiency of […]

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