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

The Tchaikovsky Finale by Darin Kennedy

Kennedy turns his mix of symbolism and realism on two works of Tchaikovsky, creating a tale filled with bleak situations, looming threats, and flawed protagonists but also strange beauty. This novel is the third in the Fugue & Fable series. Beyond this point, dance spoilers. Following Mira Tejedor’s second psychic battle with the devious Madame … Continue reading The Tchaikovsky Finale by Darin Kennedy

The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy

Kennedy fuses the archetypical symbolism of Stravinsky’s music with the individuality of modern life to create a tale of psychological exploration that is neither lacking in mystery nor overwhelmed with obscure metaphor. This novel is the second volume in the Fugue & Fable trilogy. As such, this review might contain some spoilers for The Mussorgsky … Continue reading The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy

Filled with the looming horror, comedy, hope, gritty images, and soaring possibilities of its inspiration, Kennedy has created a novel that encompasses several genres without sacrificing the depth of any. Mira Tejedor makes her career as a psychic, finding people and objects when others can’t. Compared to the harrowing images of a kidnapping case, the … Continue reading The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy

The Haunted Hikikomori by Lawrence Pearce

Skilfully interweaving the past and present, this novella shows a world where the reader is uncertain where reality ends and delusion begins. The death of Jared’s girlfriend untethered him from normal society. Now he lives in their flat, never stepping outside, fulfilling both necessity and whim solely with internet shopping. But he does not live … Continue reading The Haunted Hikikomori by Lawrence Pearce

The Stranger by Chris Martin

This psychological thriller manages to believably pack several twists into under 100 pages. Had I not opened the book five minutes before I needed to go out to check it had downloaded properly and just read a little I would have read it in a single sitting. Eight years ago six high-school girls were murdered … Continue reading The Stranger by Chris Martin