Cell by Stephen King

Posted on 30th June 2011 in Reviews

Just as vampires seem to be continually redefined in the horror, urban/suburban fictional and paranormal genres, so too on occasion do the other stalwart bogeymen; that other collective being comprised of our friend, the good old zombie. Yes, they of the groaning and stirring, and slow walking – though the zombies here have less of the latter behaviour.

In Stephen King’s Cell, we witness a spin on the usual brain-eating-undead fiction, from worldwide initial contamination (coupled with some of the most bloody writing to come from King’s pen) to evolution of  the zombie folk into clusters and ultimately a hive like mind. It is a different take on the usual ghouls inhabiting the sub-genre, and one that assists the book in rising above the more bland offerings out there. Click here to read more.. »

Outpost by Adam Baker

Posted on 12th April 2011 in Reviews

Adam Baker owes me several nights of sleep. His debut novel Outpost kept me up late for a few days in a row, my eyes flickering eagerly across rows and rows of thought-fuelling, horror-laden text, rather than counting those proverbial slumber-sheep. Despite my need for at least seven hours a night of quality down-time, it just wasn’t happening as I couldn’t put this book down.

Regardless of genre, if I’m still reading till the wee hours then something special is going on. It’s also highly likely that any such book will likely stay engrained in my memory for a good time to come, which will be the case with this most excellent apocalyptic action-horror novel. Click here to read more.. »

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Posted on 29th March 2011 in Reviews

I think that it’s important when reviewing this title not to underplay its influence on subsequent vampire, apocalyptic and zombie genres, and not just in the novel format. Horror-meister George Romero cites I am Legend as the main influence for his seminal Night of the Living Dead movie.

That’s no small beer: from that classic an entire sub-genre was born, so it’s interesting to think then that the vampire technically gave birth (or had a huge part to play) in the creation of the zombie genre as we know it today. Click here to read more.. »

The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted on 15th March 2011 in Reviews

thefallbookcoverThis is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the strong opener in The Strain trilogy of books written by Hollywood uber-director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves (that novel adapted into recently released and highly rated Ben Affleck directed film The Town).

With such a good start to the series it was clear the heavyweight contenders behind its creation are more than appropriately tooled to deliver  the goods, as they did with The Strain. Were they able to continue the strong pace of that horror-cum-apocalyptic entree? Read on to find out (warning: spoilers for The Strain contained in remainder of review, including next paragraph). Click here to read more.. »

Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne

Posted on 30th December 2010 in Reviews

Day by Day Armageddon is a zombie action-horror thriller written in diary format by a soldier of the U.S. military.   From an subdued start we learn of an outbreak of what is considered to be avian flu in China, the status of this virus is upgraded as the entries proceed and the more severe nature of events begins to unravel.

The dialogue varies from the stilted to occasionally fresh, and conveys a sense of its author’s, at times limited, personal awareness of what’s going on in the outside world.  An air of mystery surrounding the outbreak and its implications for society is maintained just enough to drive the reader on toward the end.

The books feels authentic in regards to the protagonist’s actions, outlook on life and perceptions on his environment.  No doubt the author’s own military background helped convey such things, with occasional acronyms adding to the book’s enjoyment, rather than bogging it down as overuse of these things can occasionally do in such themed literature. Click here to read more.. »