What about a vampire novel without any vampires? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? There may or may not be a vampire in this one. I’m not telling. But, I will tell you that a vampire isn’t the real villain in this well-written horror novel by the late Richard Laymon. In fact, although the vampire-adjacent content in the […]Read more "The Stake, by Richard Laymon — a book review"
Prior to reading this novel, I read Hill’s first published novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and a collection of his short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. I loved both of these books. This first was a horror novel about an aging death-metal rocker who purchases a ghost online. It elevated a run-of-the-mill ghost story into something infused with […]Read more "Horns, by Joe Hill — a book review"
Jeff Mariotte has written a lot of things, original works as well as media tie-ins and comic books. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never read anything else he’s ever written, even though he’s made stops in the worlds of Star Trek and Angel. He’s also never written anything else in the Supernatural […]Read more "Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon, by Jeff Mariotte — a book review"
A variation on a theme, with Halloween just a few days behind us. Horror fiction represents only a small percentage of my reading, it seems. But, after some thought, the following 10 novels represent my quintessential horror selection. I didn’t repeat authors (even those with pseudonyms) or include those whose work is mainly in the […]Read more "10-List: Horror Novels"
I knew that George R. R. Martin existed before he published A Game of Thrones and all of the sequels that followed. He was a producer on the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone, and then he was one of the writers on the 1987 television series Beauty and the Beast, which starred Linda Hamilton […]Read more "The Armageddon Rag, by George R. R. Martin: a book review"
I read my first Bentley Little horror novel in 1997. It was The Ignored and that was the year it was released. I was in the process of changing jobs, moving from a retail outfit that operated in the American Northeast to one that operated on a national scale. I was training in Tennessee […]Read more "The Handyman, by Bentley Little: a book review"