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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 it. Like a cartoon bear to a unguarded picnic basket, there’s an atavistic pull toward such fictional climes for this horror reader. There’s good reason for this. Some of the strongest works of dread and gothic fiction came spilling out…

A Matter of Blood sees Sarah Pinborough craft a bleak, near-future semi-dystopian setting for this the first in her horror-thriller trilogy The Dog-Faced Gods. The government and population are broke: the financial system has collapsed, handed a life-line via a global corporate behemoth The Bank. The NHS is at breaking point and is available for few people, a woeful situation compounded by a new, more virulent strain of HIV that’s rapaciously claiming more victims. As if this state of play…

In the finest tradition of pulp-horror prose comes Sarah Pinborough’s Breeding Ground. With wefts of Masterton, Laymon, early-Herbert et al. this rip-roaring terror-romp starts quickly and picks up speed to deliver a shocking and entertaining read to the genre fan. Matt and Chloe are a young couple with everything going for them. With both in good jobs, and enjoying a steady and loving relationship, it’s with great excitement they receive news of Chloe’s pregnancy. Matt starts to get a bit…