The Third Reich’s obsession with the paranormal and occult make for some rich storytelling veins from which to mine some compelling prose. Many writers have tried, and as many succeeded as failed, in covering in fiction (or non-fiction) the known proclivities of Nazi Germany’s desire to probe the unknown and mysterious.
In Shadows In The Mist Brian Moreland crafts an accomplished debut; an action-adventure book, and supernaturally and horror-fused blend of historical fact with finest fictional embellishments to keep the reader turning pages . And it’s a fastidiously researched one at that. Following Jack ‘Grim Reaper’ Chambers’ dangerous mission behind enemy lines during World War II. Click here to read more.. »
Silent Voices continues on from Gary McMahon’s brutalist urban-supernatural trilogy-opener The Concrete Grove, keeping steady pace with the shocking fluidity of that story. Again it’s the Needle, a behemoth abandoned residential tower block, that forms a geographical and paranormal centre point to the story which has grown around it. However, the characters we encounter in this book have a deeper and more involved history with the Concrete Grove than those in the preceding tranche of this tale, and it would seem that it has the most furtive of agendas with them.
An estranged trio of childhood friends Simon, Brendan and Martin – not in touch for some twenty-odd years – find themselves experiencing a disturbing series of events that echo through time. They’re reminded of a weekend in their youth when their innocence was stripped from them by some malevolent supernatural entity, their memories gone too, as the dark forces of the Grove conquered them. Click here to read more.. »
Just a few pages into Adam Nevill‘s supernatural horror novel Last Days and I was reminded why exactly he’s my favourite British horror author. His deft touch with all things in the arena of dread literature, his ability to craft a masterful supernatural tale within highest quality prose, and continue to deliver highly appropriate shocks throughout; these things are all evident here.
Last Days is the story of Kyle Freeman, an independent film-maker with some minor-successes under his belt, but who’s not yet made it big. Debt-laden, and desperate for success, it’s still with a little reluctance that he’s contracted by media mogul-type, Max Solomon, to shoot a documentary. The subject of that is to be an end-of-days cult, whose doom-laden finale played out in a bloody show-down in Arizona over thirty five years previously. Kyle brings his long-term camera man and erstwhile friend Dan along for the ride, and the pair embark upon a tightly scheduled film and interview schedule with key players in the cult’s horrifying last years and months, and then days, of existence. Click here to read more.. »
Dr. Jenny Paige’s mother has just died, and taking up the maternal mantel she collects her younger sister Lisa to come and live with her in the remote mountain community of Snowfield. On returning home the town seems strangely deserted. But then Jenny comes upon the body of her housekeeper and things begin to worsen, to quite horrific levels.
A little more investigation reveals that Snowfield is far more than simply desolate, that the body count is escalating, and it seems that a fair few inhabitants of the town are also missing. So begins our journey alongside Dr. Paige in Dean Koontz’s 1983 novel Phantoms. And for those who were wondering, yes, this is the same book upon which the 1998 film of the same name, starring Peter O’Toole and Ben Affleck, is based. Click here to read more.. »