How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

Relying on strong characterisation rather than flashy effects, Cox skilfully extends his exploration of neophyte vampirism beyond the immediate challenges of metaphysical limitations while retaining the immediately accessible echoes of becoming an adult. This novel is the sixth in the Vampire Innocent series. Possible spoilers ahead. While being a vampire makes going to college a … Continue reading How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

Smells Like Weeia Spirit by Elle Boca

Boca continues to meld her bespoke variation on urban fantasy with accessible detective action, creating a thriller that showcases the metaphysical without hand-waving away the more routine aspects of investigation. This novel is the third in the Weeia Marshals series. Possible spoilers ahead. When a healer calls Marshal Danni Metreaux in following an inexplicable death, … Continue reading Smells Like Weeia Spirit by Elle Boca

All the Darkness is Alive by Robert Scott-Norton

Scott-Norton blends the inexplicable otherness of the occult with the grimy deceits of modern urban life to create a paranormal horror thriller that evokes the dread of a classic ghost story without the archness that can allow the modern mind a comforting distance. This novel is the second in Scott-Norton's Dark Corners series. Reading this … Continue reading All the Darkness is Alive by Robert Scott-Norton

The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox

Cox displays the issues of starting college through the dark lens of vampirism, creating a teenage vampire tale that has much to interest both horror readers of all ages and members of non-existent Hermetic orders. This novel is the fifth in the Vampire Innocent series. So, there are probably spoilers ahead. With vampirism having ruined … Continue reading The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox

Joe Coffin, Season One by Ken Preston

Preston combines the unpolished horror of Eastern European legends with the brutality of gangland culture to create a tale that provides the purity of classic vampire stories without the simplistic moral binary. Joe Coffin’s second wife and young son were brutally murdered while he was in prison. So, when the fellow member of the Slaughterhouse … Continue reading Joe Coffin, Season One by Ken Preston

A Plague of Peskies by Jefferson Smith

Smith pairs a curmudgeonly saviour with a world that would turn a saint cynical to create gritty fantasy (literally: deserts are full of blasted sand) that is seasoned with darkly uplifting humour. This novella is part of Smith’s The 13th Advocate series. While each tale is designed to stand alone, it might contain mild spoilers … Continue reading A Plague of Peskies by Jefferson Smith

The Last Family Road Trip by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends coming-of-age tropes with the unique challenges of ethical vampirism to create a fresh and engaging tale that also evokes the joy of classic 80’s horror. This novel is like totally the fourth in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Hashtag Spoilers. The constraints of life as a vampire—even one who can tolerate some exposure to … Continue reading The Last Family Road Trip by Matthew S. Cox

Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener

Feener merges the traditional myths of the fairy tithe to hell and the power of a willing sacrifice, providing a fresh and plausible reason for that competition between teenagers which defines one subgenre of young adult fiction. One of Arden Archer’s ancestors was cursed to see the Unseelie; a curse that has travelled down through … Continue reading Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener

Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth shrinks the post-apocalyptic settlement trope down almost to a single family, starkly portraying how close the edge of human control becomes without ubiquitous civilisation. One moment, Zara is wondering whether her uncle will turn his music down enough that she can revise and what the searing flash outside the kitchen window is. The next … Continue reading Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend classic horror tropes, the issues common to teenagers, and unique perspectives, creating another young-adult vampire tale that will appeal to readers of all ages and on many levels. This novel is the third in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. With the mood swings her transformation brought fading, her … Continue reading The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox