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James Herbert's Ash

As a huge fan of James Herbert in my youth, I’ve eagerly ploughed through many of that leading British horror author’s works. From The Rats, through The Fog and The Magic Cottage, Creed and of course Haunted, the book that…

Stephen King's The Stand

There are books, and there are books. That is, there are phone directories and there are epic tomes stuffed full of exquisitely crafted text and dutiful tales. And to be clear from the off, The Stand is no phone directory…

Tom Fletcher's The Ravenglass Eye

Tom Fletcher’s writing has piqued my interest since I read his powerful debut The Leaping back in 2010. Its unique style, meshing of colloquial and esoteric supernatural ruminations coupled with what’s clearly a genuine passion (and talent) for this horror…

Brian Moreland's Shadows in the Mist

The Third Reich’s obsession with the paranormal and occult make for some rich storytelling veins from which to mine some compelling prose. Many writers have tried, and as many succeeded as failed, in covering in fiction (or non-fiction) the known…

Gary McMahon's Silent Voices

Silent Voices continues on from Gary McMahon’s brutalist urban-supernatural trilogy-opener The Concrete Grove, keeping steady pace with the shocking fluidity of that story. Again it’s the Needle, a behemoth abandoned residential tower block, that forms a geographical and paranormal centre…

Adam Nevill's Last Days

Just a few pages into Adam Nevill‘s supernatural horror novel Last Days and I was reminded why exactly he’s my favourite British horror author. His deft touch with all things in the arena of dread literature, his ability to craft…

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

Many have written entertaining, chilling renditions of zombie lit to keep the horror fiction fan entertained; though as many, if not more, have stumbled in their attempt to frame this area of the dread-literature canon. With Plague Town we’ve a…

Double Dead by Chuck Wendig

There’s definitely something of the tongue-in-cheek to Chuck Wendig’s sublime horror writing. At times Double Dead veers to the comedic, but the element of genre fiction, the scares, terror and downright dread, are still quite apparent and well implemented. It’s…