Book review: River Of Teeth – Sarah Gailey

I’ve been intrigued by this release ever since I heard about it earlier this year. River of Teeth is a western, but with hippos instead of horses. Newcomer, Sarah Gailey takes the idea of hippo-farming to address meat shortages in the United States and adds a tale of revenge. Winslow Houndstooth (seriously, that’s his name!)…

Book review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) – Martha Wells

Novellas published by Tor rarely miss the target for this reader, and although I wasn’t too sure about All Systems Red initially, I stuck with it and finished quickly with a smile upon my face (sounds a bit sexual that, doesn’t it?!) All Systems Red is the story of a security android that wants nothing more…

Interview: Stephen Graham Jones talks to the Grim Reader.

Photo Image from Slug Magazine If you consider yourself to be well read, particularly within the dark fiction genre but have yet to sample the literary delights of Stephen Graham Jones then you need to fix that, and fix it real soon. Stephen Graham Jones is a writing machine. With over 250 short stories to…

Book review: Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw

The mythos created by Lovecraft so many years ago still resonates strongly with readers today. Some writers use the source material as a platform to create something new and original whereas others take a slightly more traditional route and choose to expand on Lovecraft’s original story ideas but sometimes at the expense of  injecting any…

Book review: Chalk – Paul Cornell

There are quite a few things that become apparent whilst reading ‘Chalk’ by Paul Cornell. The first is that Cornell is a big fan of popular tv show Doctor Who, brought about by the many references to the popular programme. Second is that he is a fan of 80s pop culture and thirdly is that…

2016 best of the best…according to The Grim Reader.

I’m sure you have all been hanging on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what novels would feature in my top 20 for 2016. It has been another bumper book year. My Goodreads challenge was met in September, and I anticipate cracking 200 books for this year (including novellas, anthologies and novels)….

Book review: Stranded – Bracken MacLeod

I have been a fan of Bracken MacLeod since his novella ‘White Night’. I loved his novel ‘Mountain Home’, and have been waiting patiently to see how ‘Stranded’ came out, especially since I read the blurb from Jonathan Maberry. ‘Stranded’ is a supernatural horror novel and it’s one of the best novels I have read in…

Book review: Finnegan’s Field – Angela Slatter

I really enjoy a break from my novel reading, and the Tor singles are a great way to pass 45 minutes. Angela Slatter’s ‘Finnegan’s Field’ is a superbly dark tale set in South Australia, where the sudden reappearance of a child, missing for three years, provokes a lot of sideways glances and speculation. This small-town…

Book review: The Night Cyclist – Stephen Graham Jones

Any well-read horror fan should already be well aware of the talents of Stephen Graham Jones. He’s a writer that effortlessly turns out great story after great story and ‘ The Night Cyclist’ is another fine example of the man’s talent. A Tor.com original short story, ‘ The Night Cyclist’ is a short tale of…