20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I broke my New Year’s reading resolution . My aim for this year was to stop resorting to tried and tested favourite authors, and to branch out into new and crucially better books – not relying on the same old horror/thriller fall-backs time after time! That resolution lasted, […]

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Horns by Joe Hill

I “discovered” Joe Hill last November, listening to the excellent Audible production of Locke & Key, and in the intervening year have devoured most of his back catalogue. I enjoyed his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, was less keen on NOS4R2, and fell crazy, painfully in love with his most recent novel, The Fireman. I wasn’t […]

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Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

I originally read Penpal in its earliest form, as a post in the “nosleep” sub on Reddit. Since then it’s been edited, expanded, and published as a novel, so I’ve had it on my Kindle for a good while waiting to see how it turned out. Disappointingly, it really wasn’t all that different. The content […]

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NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (narrated by Kate Mulgrew)

Embarrassing as it is to admit, the first time I read about NOS4R2, I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get the summary about gifted “finder” Vic McQueen, her magic bike and covered bridge, and I didn’t get her nemesis, child snatcher Charlie Manx, his magic car and eternal Christmasland. Even more than that, though, […]

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Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft

Oh boy. I really thought I was going to love this book, but it just didn’t work for me at all. Being a total Stephen King addict, I’ve had cause over the past few years to look up certain Lovecraft stories on Uncle Steve’s recommendation, and have always been intrigued. I expected the bizarre tales […]

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