Review: "Pandemic" by Scott Sigler

Podcast novelist (and self-proclaimed future dark overlord) Scott Sigler burst onto the horror scene a couple of years ago Infected. If you've read (or listened to) Sigler's original novel, I need only say two words to make you shudder involuntarily -- chicken scissors.   [Read more...]

Review: "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King

When I heard that Stephen King was writing a sequel to what I consider one of his best novels The Shining, I was both eager and hesitant to pick it up. Part of me was eager to see where King would take the characters from the world of the Overlook Hotel in the sequel and hesitant because of the track record of other authors with "long awaited" sequels.   [Read more...]

Blood and Other Cravings

When we think of vampires, instantly the image arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the victim. But bloodsucking is merely one form of vampirism.   [Read more...]

Anna Dressed in Blood

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Enterprise of Death" by Jesse Bullington

The Enterprise of Death really broke my normal reading rules. You see, normally if I stop reading a book that's it -- Game Over. I just don't pick books back up and continue them. I did put The Enterprise of Death down several times, because it was just too intense for me. And, at one point I stopped reading it for a couple of weeks while I went on to other books

But I kept coming back to The Enterprise of Death, because I just had to find out what happened to the characters.   [Read more...]

Best Horror of the Year, Volume 3

What frightens us? What unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw, tightened.   [Read more...]

Review: Star Wars: Death Troopers

In the limitless reaches of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it’s quite shocking to consider that zombies do not appear more often. Well, until now. In Death Troopers, the horror of the undead is brought to the population of an Imperial prison barge, in particular two young brothers, the chief medical officer, and a couple familiar faces I won’t spoil.   [Read more...]

Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner

In Dust we get to experience zombie matters from the eyes of the source, as it were, and what a strange experience it is. The undead are not romanticized in this novel, so you might not want to eat before or during your reading session. Nausea may ensue.   [Read more...]

Review: "Under the Dome" by Stephen King

If you're not careful Stephen King's latest tome may hurt you. Weighing it at close to 1100 pages and almost four pounds, "Under the Dome" is a return to form for one of the best-selling authors of the past thirty years.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Strain" by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan originally conceived “The Strain” as a serialized television series for the Fox network. After Fox execs balked at the original vision, insisting the writers inject more humor into the storyline of a modern-day vampire apocolypse, del Toro and Hogan decided to take their toys and go home. Rather than create a movie version of this modern day retelling of “Dracula,” the two decided to go literary.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Devil You Know" by Mike Carey

This is a great read. It starts as a slow meandering walk but eventually becomes a frantic run towards the finish line. The twists and turns kept me guessing, I had some of the pieces of the puzzle but there were a lot that didn't fall into place until the last few chapters. I loved how even the smaller characters had a depth to them.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #247: Charlie Huston

Interview: This week, crime thriller author Charlie Huston drops by the studio to talk with Michael, Summer and Tim about the second of his vampire noir novels, "No Dominion" (also see our review of "No Dominion"). The highly regarded sequel to "Already Dead" continues the story of vampyre PI Joe Pitt, and our immersion and discovery of a world containing a new vampyre mythology.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #235: Tim Lebbon

This week, Michael and Summer talk with dark fantasty/horror author Tim Lebbon about his new fantasy duology, Dusk and Dawn, exploring a world that had lost it's magic through the changes imminent as magic returns and faction struggle to control the new magic.   [Read more...]

Snipe Hunting With City Slickers on the Appalachian Trail: An Interview with Scott Nicholson

Every so often a genre writer comes along whose work just jumps out at me. Greg Bear is one, Neil Gaiman is one. Scott Nicholson is another. I was born in Appalachia and lived a decent amount of my life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, so Scott's work is near and dear to my heart. Growing up there, ghost stories were an almost nightly entertainment. My grandmother loved to spin a good yarn. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, Scott too, is a product of that environment.   [Read more...]

Review: "'Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition" by Stephen King

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Stephen King's classic horror novel 'Salem's Lot, Doubleday is publishing a new edition of the book in hardcover that includes black-and-white illustrations, a new introduction, fifty pages of additional material deleted from the original manuscript, and two short stories related to events in the novel.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #129: Steve Alten / Bob Harper

Steve Alten
MEG: Primal Waters is the third book in Steve's giant-shark thriller series.

Bob Harper
Bob has quite possibly the coolest job in the whole wide world. He produces audio tracks for haunted attractions.   [Read more...]