Cover art spotlight: George Cotronis

Cover art – it can make or break a book. It can be the difference in a book selling 30 copies or 300 copies or 3000 copies! As a reader, I have actually purchased books on the cover art alone. It is imperative that the book looks good. If your cover is half-arsed then perhaps…

Book review: Milk-Blood – Mark Matthews

How about this for one of the most disturbing book covers you have seen?! And let me tell you that the content is equally as harrowing. I love the horror genre and all of its sub-genres. Urban horror is a particular favorite of mine; it’s horror that exists in the real world, a horror that…

BTB Storytellers is coming soon…

I love the 90s, and one of the reasons for this is the great music that was around.  VH1 Storytellers is a show produced in the United States by the VH1 network and features some of today’s finest musical talent in an intimate setting where the artists perform some of their songs live, but more importantly…

Book review: Aimee Bancroft and The Singularity Storm – Daniel Marc Chant

What happens when Daniel Marc Chant leaves horror behind (temporarily, of course), and ventures into the cosmic void that is science-fiction! Well, if you like your science-fiction pulpy, filled with underwater cities and aquafolk (new word there, people!), then I am pleased to report that Mr Chant has come up trumps with this novella that…

Book review: The Cat Came Back – Matthew Cash

My next horror read after the excellent Grey Matter Press anthology ‘Peel Back the Skin’ was always going to be a tough act to follow. ‘The Cat Came Back’ is a completely different beast to what I read previously in that it is quite humorous. It does have some gruesome scenes but ultimately it left…

Book review: Marked – Stuart Park

It isn’t very often that a book (particularly a novella) leaves me gazumped with what to say about it, but Stuart Park has done that here with ‘Marked’ – his debut offering through the Sinister Horror Company. ‘Marked’ is certainly a dark read. It follows a couple who lose their daughter whilst at the beach…

Book review: Peel Back the Skin – Grey Matter Press anthology

What a great time it is to be a reader of dark fiction. 2016 has seen readers swamped with books of exceptional high quality. If you are a regular here then you will probably be aware of my affinity towards Chicago’s premier publisher of speculative fiction, Grey Matter Press. I haven’t been disappointed with anything…

Interview: Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced “causin’ ooze key”)

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced “causin’ ooze key”) has a great name. He also writes great books and has one of the best Facebook author pages on the slightly annoying social media site where he consistently challenges you by posing some very serious questions. His books include “Braineater Jones”, “Billy and the Cloneasaurus” , “The Ghoul Archipelago”,…

Feature: Lamplight Magazine.

I thought that it was about time I brought your attention to a great little magazine that I subscribe to that I feel not enough people know about. ‘Lamplight’ is a quarterly magazine of dark fiction that has featured some of the very best writers around and will continue to do so for a long…

Interview: I Can Taste the Blood – John F.D. Taff

  There is little I enjoy more than spreading the word about my favorite writers and sharing in the excitement of upcoming books. On the 23rd August Grey Matter Press will release I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD; A collection of novellas that all use the same title, but come from 5 very different voices that…

Interview: Max Booth III & Lori Michelle talk PMMP

I recently had a sit down with Max Booth III and Lori Michelle to talk about their adventures with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (Is this the longest named publisher in the industry?). Anyway, Max and Lori at PMMP have been grafting away since the summer of 2012 releasing a string of quality books that range…

Book review: Wizard’s War – Phillip Tomasso

‘Wizard’s War’ is the sequel to ‘Wizard’s Rise’ and sees Mykal’s journey to rid the land of The Mountain King – Herman Cordillera continue. I enjoyed the first book, though it wasn’t quite dark enough for me and I did find some of the characters a little too stereotypical. ‘Wizard’s War’ is much improved for…