Dark, sinister and brooding, this is a horror story that unfolds powerfully, despite the resistance of both the reader and the characters. Foreboding and suspense combine to intensify the darkness of the imagery and the anticipation of the next twist.
The story is skilfully crafted, using characters who are relatable in their absolute normality, which heightens the tension by emphasising the understanding that the events of the story could happen to anyone.
This is an outstanding horror mystery story. Read it if you dare.
‘Le Cirque de Magie‘ is an excellent dark fantasy/paranormal romance novella set in a circus populated by both human and magical performers.
The story gains momentum with the arrival of a mysterious new cast member who brings new complications to the show and, as the suspense builds, the reader becomes more invested in the safety of the central characters and the delivery of justice to the antagonist.
The characters are interesting and varied, and the story is well-developed, making a very enjoyable hour’s reading.
Dark, witty and ironic, ‘Good Omens’ is a brilliant read. This should come as no surprise, given that its authors are both creative geniuses.
This audiobook recording is brilliant. The casting is fabulous and the performances are outstanding, making this an excellent listening experience which is entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.
’Good Omens’ ticks all the boxes for the perfect dark comic fantasy.
This is a short story read that takes the reader from Texas to the wilds of West Virginia and an old family’s quest for revenge.
While the tale has a few well-crafted macabre moments, it’s not really a full-on horror story as such- although it’s fair to say that at least one of the characters might beg to differ. It is a story of tragedy and of loyalty that binds a family against anyone who hurts one of their own. It’s a story that makes the reader hold their breath without realising it, and which highlights the often unforeseen consequences of one’s actions.
The story is well written, interesting, and suspenseful. The characters are colourful and unique, and fit very well into the context and setting of the book.
A collection of well-crafted and varied short stories, ‘Dark Little Wonders’ definitely lives up to its title.
The stories are all quite different, invariably dark, and full of twists and surprises. Taken one by one, each story challenges the reader to see life – and death – from a different perspective. In combination, this collection of dark fiction reminds the reader that one can be haunted by many more things than just ghosts.
The writing is very good and the characters are realistic, each having burdens, flaws, and motivations to which the reader can easily relate. This adds punch to every twist sand makes the message of each story more powerful.
‘Dark Little Wonders and Other Stories’ is an excellent read.
There are two great new anthologies that readers should definitely check out.
Mischief Night is a brand new Halloween anthology.
All Hallow’s Eve, a frightening night When ghouls and witches promise a horrific fright As the lights go out and you’re home all alone. You reach for the phone but your heart stops at the sound of the dial tone. You jump in bed, grab a flashlight, and pull the covers over your head, Trying not to scream as visions of the undead Cloud your brain and make you question the reality in sight Just open the book and turn the pages of Mischief Night
In this thrilling Halloween collection by some of today’s hottest authors, you’ll find stories that will make you shiver and shake.
So grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up in front of the fireplace while you read this brand new set just for Halloween!
A zombie apocalypse story with some graphic macabre moments, ‘Nowhere’ is an emotionally involving story that pits the reader alongside the protagonist in a desperate bid to outrun the zombie epidemic.
The tone of the story is urgent, drawing the reader into the panic and fear that Tera experiences as the story plays out. The author very effectively uses suspense and foreboding to create additional tension, while the macabre and often gruesome imagery repulses the reader’s senses.
The story is quite well-developed and the writing is good, so this was an enjoyable short read.