Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation isn’t the worst Stephen King book I’ve read, but it’s also a long way from the best. I think I left it too long between reading this and twin novel The Regulators (over two years, in fact), although it did make me chuckle on re-reading my review to recall: “ultimately I didn’t care a […]

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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

Gwendy’s Button Box would have been a cool addition to a short story collection, but as a standalone novella, it doesn’t really have legs. It has the draw of being set in King’s Castle Rock – probably the town with the world’s fewest TripAdvisor recommendations – but for all that, doesn’t do much with the […]

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

I loved Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, and was eager to get my hands on Universal Harvester. The plot sounded like fantastically creepy fun – video store VHS tapes inexplicably spliced with eerie scenes shot at a local barn. Early reviews put me off somewhat – I’ve heard the term “puzzle box” tossed […]

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Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

I’ve been wanting to read Dark Tales for absolutely ages – and despite the difficulty of obtaining it, am quietly impressed that it isn’t available on Kindle. (I love my Kindle, don’t get me wrong – but this was a perfect book for curling up in bed with with the curtains drawn.) [Edit: Since writing, […]

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

“Life had been a suit I’d only put on for special occasions. Most of the time I kept it in the back of my closet, forgetting it was there. We were meant to die when it was barely stitched anymore, when the elbows and knees were stained with grass and mud, shoulder pads uneven from […]

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Adamtine by Hannah Berry

As with Tenth of December, I wouldn’t have come across Adamtine were it not for The Guardian’s regular Top 10 book list feature. (Browsing it is an excellent way to kill quiet periods at work, and my to-read list has been growing exponentially in recent weeks). Adamtine came recommended as being amongst the top ten […]

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Fellside by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts was one of my favourite reads of 2014, so I’d been looking forward to Fellside with some relish. Sad to say, it failed to live up to my expectations. It’s not a terrible book by any means, but it does read like a weirdly paranormal episode of Bad Girls, […]

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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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