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If you love reading books that send a shiver up your spine, you’re in the right place!

The Colony by F G Cottam book cover

Woe unto the super rich, who indulge their fanciful dreams with childlike ambitions. Media magnate Alexander McIntyre has long held a curious interest in a surreal, Mary Celeste-like occurrence over a century and a half ago, and it is his…

sepulchre

The late, great British Ace of horror fiction, Mr James Herbert, sadly passed away in early 2013. He left behind him an awesome legacy of shock and terror-fuelled prose, from The Rats, through to The Magic Cottage and The Fog…

doctor_sleep

With Doctor Sleep Stephen King has captured one of those numerous ‘what if’ requests that cascade along the metaverse of popular fiction. What if we met Danny Torrance, that little boy who was shocked and awed by the Overlook Hotel…

Adam Baker's Terminus book cover

The idea of deserted and abandoned underground train and metro stations has always fascinated me. Like a cache of transport history tucked away through metro travel networks, they mark a point in humanities past, and well as that of the…

Joe Hill's NOS4R2

Despite its many allusions to an earlier age of horror novel, NOS4A2 (U.K. title NOS4R2) is a unique tale of journeys into new worlds of awful wonder. Joe Hill’s third horror tome comes close at times (some have argued too…

Stephen Leather's Nightfall

Jack Nightingale’s paranormally-soaked adventures subsequent to his debut in Nightfall have been charted already here on Spooky Reads. In both Midnight and Nightmare, the sequels (in order) to Nightfall, the supernaturally-inclined sleuth pounds the streets of London (and other climes)…

Sarah Pinborough's Mayhem

Over the years I’ve found myself naturally drawn to the menacingly foggy, twilight-basked and torpor-mist soaked pages of Victorian-era supernatural literature. That’s the stuff both penned during the period, and also that set in the timeframe but written outside of…

Richard Laymon's The Beast House

Woah! Yes, that’s right. Woah! How else can one start a review of a Richard Laymon ‘Beast House’-based book, but with an exclamation. It probably should be an expletive, given Laymon’s predilection for all things excessive, but I’m feeling a…