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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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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