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.. »

Loss of Separation by Conrad Williams

Posted on 8th April 2011 in Reviews

Broken, scarred, and mentally and physically fatigued following a hit-and-run accident, things couldn’t get much worse for Paul Roan. He and his girlfriend had moved to the coastal village of Southwick to open a B&B following a near-calamitous accident in his old job as a first officer on a Boeing 777. That dream is now soured, as after six months spent in coma he awakens to find his partner has vanished.

That’s not all. Something strange is happening here; on the beaches things aren’t what they seem, and the townsfolk see Paul as a kind of sin-eater, purging the shadows of their past by putting their personal objects to the flame. But it’s not just the detritus of the locals he must contend with, as he struggles to regain a sense of balance in a world in which the boundaries appear to be blurring. Click here to read more.. »

The Thing on the Shore by Tom Fletcher

Posted on 7th April 2011 in Reviews

Tom Fletcher’s 2010 debut horror novel The Leaping was an eye opener in the direction of the new blood emerging on the circuit in its skilled author; it was also a breath of fresh air in regards to his approach to the genre.

At its heart lay a group introspective, an exploration of relationships, platonic and otherwise, within a circle of friends. And beneath this lay a slumbering, brutal tale that was equally raw, honest, and often times beautiful and bleak. Oh yes, and there was a bucket load of Mario Kart thrown in for good measure.

With The Thing on the Shore there’s a continuation of many of the same themes that made The Leaping so endearing, and compulsive. Yet there’s also a twist to the yarn that makes this book stand up for analysis on its own as equally well as its forebear. Click here to read more.. »

The End of the Line – Jonathan Oliver (Editor)

Posted on 4th April 2011 in Reviews

I’ve always been fascinated with the London Underground, and other metro systems I’ve encountered worldwide, such as the Paris M├ętro or the Washington DC system. As a child I was drawn to Harry Beck’s famous map of the Underground: all of those coloured lines representing different passages beneath the sprawling metropolis, and numerous opportunities to travel across the fair city.

Yet as much as I love the Underground, there’s no denying a certain element of menace there too. Dark and dank corners where ominous shadows melt into even stranger shapes, clusters of drunken folks loitering threateningly near dilapidated elevators, isolated station platforms near to closing time, that is apart from that strange trench coat wearing chap up the end there…and is that a hook on his right hand? Click here to read more.. »

Spring into Terror

Posted on 2nd April 2011 in Blog

Springtime is in full effect. Flower bulbs are breaking the surface, and the sun is extending its glorious rays of light upon our native soils. Blue skies, increased temperatures (hopefully!) and happy days abound; that’s not all however: it’s also a time of literary terror promotion.

Spooky Reads is proud to announce our tie-up with several horror book review sites, headed up by The Monster Librarian, for the Spring into Terror season. During this time we link up to share our reviews of horror books released in this period, and to give a little bit of extra love to that genre of fiction that holds a special place in our hearts.

So please, spare a moment to check out The Monster Librarian, Horror World, Hell Notes and Horror Fiction Review sites for their coverage of horror book reviews during the Spring into Terror. Also, check out the cool mascot for this endeavour pictured in this post. He’s by artist Darlene Wanglund and is known as Horatio P. Bunny.