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.. »

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

Posted on 29th December 2010 in Reviews

Carrion-Comfort-Book-CoverWriting horror book reviews doesn’t get any harder than when reviewing a horror novel such as Carrion Comfort.¬† Dan Simmons’ epic tale of ‘mind vampires’ first published to acclaim in 1989 has so much going for it, and so much going on, that’s it difficult to decide exactly where to start.

I couldn’t choose, when drafting this review, on whether to say this was a book which focussed primarily upon its characters, themes, plot devices, or several other tools employed by the professional writer when producing their precious words.

Then I realised promptly that Simmons has done all of these things with such equal prominence in the 760+ pages that grace my copy of this oft lauded as seminal work. Click here to read more.. »