As A Cold Season opens the novel’s protagonist Cass is driving in heavy fog with her son Ben accompanying her. The illusory nature of the mist-laden atmosphere coupled with unfamiliar terrain gives the impression the car is on a dip when it’s actually an upward slope. So it is with some immediacy, like an avalanche victim, that one’s sense of the certain becomes tested – even sense of obvious directions put under strain.
This theme of disassociation with the environment, and the people in it, continues to be weaved throughout, and makes for an unsettling backdrop to what’s a strong first novel by Alison Littlewood. As Cass returns to her childhood village with her son Ben following her husband’s death, the idyllic memories which she held appear to be as questionable as initial sense of horizon in the opening pages. Click here to read more.. »
As a youth I loved watching Hammer Horror flicks – a habit thankfully that’s continued to this day. They are delightfully creepy, superbly melodramatic, absolutely kitsch at times, but nonetheless passionate in their attempt to output a unique tranche of terror onto the big screen. So it was with some delight that I dipped into Hell Train by Christopher Fowler to discover a most impressive tribute to this slice of ghoulish cinema.
With a title like Hell Train you can rest assured that this is an unapologetic ride of terror. Set around the time of the First World War, the Arkangel train, which passes through its Eastern European stations at midnight on the 8th full moon of each year, is a monstrous steam and iron behemoth. As it journeys on it collects an unusual assortment of passengers, and those who board soon realise that the cost of a ticket on this locomotive could come at a price far higher than they might’ve bargained for. Click here to read more.. »
First off, a Happy New Year to everyone out there. Here’s hoping that 2012 presents you all with a slice of the awesome pie. 2011 was a great year for horror fiction, and I’m certain 2012 will step up and give us even more spooky reads to be proud of!
Now, without further ado it’s time to present our seasonal review tie-up, headed by Monster Librarian, and joined by partner sites Horror World, Hellnotes and Horror Fiction Review. As with our other seasonal book reviews, we all take a look at a couple of titles, sometimes with a seasonal theme, otherwise just fitting with our overall aim of promoting top horror fiction for you all to read! Click here to read more.. »