Haemopolitics

Whilst modern portrayals of vampires are as varied as modern society, the most common trope in Western media is still the male vampire biting female prey (whether willing or not). But why does this image endure so strongly when other classic monsters are portrayed without such a clear biological divide? Unsurprisingly perhaps, a combination of … Continue reading Haemopolitics

Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

Ranging across genres, locations, and time-periods, this anthology provides a variety of perspectives on the question “How might humans act if giant monsters were real?” This anthology contains twelve kaiju tales, united by the presence of some immense creature or creatures but spanning genres from horror to romance. ‘Big Bloody Ben’ by Adam Gray. When … Continue reading Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

At the End of the World by Gabriel Garret

Garret blends wish-fulfillment female angels with fast-paced metaphysical horror to create urban fantasy with world-shattering consequences that maintains its character-driven focus. Jack lives a boring life with a boring job, his only escape sketching winged women and monsters. When he starts half-hearing voices, he thinks it’s stress or madness. Until one of the voices becomes … Continue reading At the End of the World by Gabriel Garret

Lovingly Crafted Fictions?

H.P. Lovecraft at all times presented as a rationalist (albeit potentially drawing upon now-discredited science), and described his creations in terms of a universe with principles we could not understand populated with beings that are alien rather than divine. So—barring a deep and sustained deceit—he didn’t believe he was writing about occult truths in the … Continue reading Lovingly Crafted Fictions?

Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth transports the trappings of a classic ghost story to the tawdry dystopia of a US high school, amplifying the exclusion faced by those whose life includes—or publicly includes—other than the narrow list of socially acceptable things. Dylan Hatfield’s grandmother suffers from dementia. And, ever since moving to Hawthorne, Dylan has been followed by imaginary … Continue reading Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

Joe Coffin, Season Two by Ken Preston

Preston’s alternate world of vampires stalking the dodgy backstreets of modern day Birmingham continues to deliver visceral action and moral choices with no good option. This book is the second in Preston’s Joe Coffin series. The vampire behind the loss of Coffin’s family has been destroyed by Coffin’s hand. However, the Slaughterhouse Mob’s club is … Continue reading Joe Coffin, Season Two by Ken Preston

Dark Fringe Anthology by Shaun Baines

Baines crafts tales of normal people encountering the subtle faults and fractures that exist in the shadowed corners of modern life, creating a collection that will appeal to fans of folk horror and psychological thrillers. This collection contains twelve stories spanning mysteries, thrillers, and horror. ‘To Cheshire, With Love’ At first, Carver felt joy in … Continue reading Dark Fringe Anthology by Shaun Baines

Go Back to Sleep by Robert Scott-Norton

Scott-Norton fuses the newly acquired knowledge of the supernatural with the embedded sense of duty owed to family, creating a tale of a psychic moving from witness to investigator under emotionally charged circumstances. This novel is the third in Norton’s Dark Corners series. Venturing beyond this point may reveal... Secrets from the Past! After being … Continue reading Go Back to Sleep by Robert Scott-Norton

An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

Cox adds a nuanced portrayal of the United Kingdom to his fresh take on new vampirism, allowing both power and obstacle to organically increase. This novel is the ninth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Totes spoilers and other youthful expressions. After months of vampirism, Sarah has become both comfortable with unlife and resigned to … Continue reading An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

Casey Douglass: Dark Ambient Review: Hastur

Those of you who've read Bloody Red Nose will already be familiar with Casey Douglass. However, what you might not have gathered from his deliciously distilled tale is that he shares my taste for Yog-Sothothery. So, it seemed a public service to ease you into the new arbitrary time division by mentioning his review of … Continue reading Casey Douglass: Dark Ambient Review: Hastur