Night Shift by Stephen King

Posted on 25th October 2011 in Reviews

Night Shift is a collection of Altoid-strength, horror-focussed short stories. The stories here are not just strong in an almost consistent manner. They are modern classics, and I’d argue that they’re definitive in the genre. Several from this collection alone have been made into films, and justly so. There was even talk for one of the stories here, Trucks, may actually be remade into a film for what would be a third time, in the near future.

There is nothing here that is not great, and that is not worthy of reading. From the opening Lovecraft-inspired Jerusalem’s Lot, a tale that rewards equally the King hardcore fan (for ‘Salems Lot followed from here) as well as the reader who loves all things Arkham House, this collection picks up steam and keeps going. Click here to read more.. »

Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God by Guy Adams

Posted on 7th October 2011 in Reviews

Fresh from inking his acclaimed genre-spanning hybrid The World House and its sequel Restoration comes Guy Adams, with this latest Sherlock Holmes offering from Titan Books. The Breath of God is an ambitious attempt to evoke the supernatural elements in ways that Conan Doyle never would’ve dared with his Holmes books. One might argue though that The Hound of the Baskervilles certainly came close, in spirit at least, before its paranormal aspects were debunked by Holmes.

Whereas that book drew out its spooky themes until fairly late in the book, ultimately revoking their air of mystery in a burst of Holmes-based reasoning, logic and common-sense deduction, The Breath of God takes a quite different approach. In Adams’ novel it’s a case of Holmes declaring logic and reasoning as ultimate, as rip-roaring demonic outbursts and otherworldly-inspired goings on would seem to contradict him at every turn. Click here to read more.. »

Halloween Horrors 2011

Posted on 1st October 2011 in Blog

As Halloween approaches it’s time for Spooky Reads and its fellow dread literature associate sites to get focussing upon books for this scariest of seasons. With thanks to the Monster Librarian, who organises this cross-site celebration of horror fiction I’d like to recommend that readers of Spooky Reads check out books being reviewed for Halloween across our different partner sites.

Monster Librarian’s books for review can be viewed here, Hellnotes here, Horror Fiction Review can be found here, and Horror World at this location. All of these sites are run by those passionate about horror books, and all approach the genre from a different angle, but in a most valuable way. I’d recommend checking them out throughout the year for additional insight! Click here to read more.. »

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