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Borderlands
4.03
it was amazing
The Borderlands books are the horror connoisseur’s most basic requirement. These books contain none of the typical, mass-media mishmash of genre eleme ...more
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Jun 24, 2011
 
Welcome to the Arms Race
4.65
it was amazing
In Welcome to the Arms Race, Justin Isis, as usual, dazzles with his rendition of shattered reality where deeply damaged characters kick up their heel ...more
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Dec 11, 2015
 
Surrealities
4.15
really liked it
In the first issue of Kaleidotrope Magazine in a review of a bizzaro book, the critic Martin Earl offered what for me was the best take on surrealism ...more
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Aug 23, 2011
 
Micro
3.38
it was amazing
I read this in one sitting today. Then I realized that there would be no more new Michael Crichton books after I finish his other posthumous novel, an ...more
May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
The Lonely Lady
3.32
did not like it
I don’t know what this crap is but it’s supposed to be a novel. And it’s a bestseller. Found it in my sister’s room. Flipping randomly, I notice that ...more
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Oct 04, 2012
 
Fast Food Fiction Delivery: Short Short Stories to Go
3.78
it was amazing
This anthology contains my story "Leviathan," which looks into one brilliant and prestige-hungry character's obsessive search for a marine creature lo ...more
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Jan 31, 2015
 
Guts
3.93
it was ok
Guts is crass, a rote and superficial torture manual. My idea of high-quality transgressive literature is one that’s hypnotic, subliminally acute, rep ...more
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Jan 19, 2013
 
Offspring: The Sequel to Off Season
3.75
liked it
This is the first Jack Ketchum book I’ve read, and his reputation for visceral horror is well-deserved. Forget about building the suspense slowly. It’ ...more
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Jun 18, 2011
 
Demonstra
4.52
it was amazing
Demonstra is borne of the extraordinary imagination of Bryan Thao Worra, who draws inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos, the Laotian pantheon of ghosts ...more
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Jan 01, 2013
 
Repaso
4.57
it was amazing
Been thinking about this flimsy little volume that claimed to have collected the writings of a young writer named Mona Lisa P. Cajucom, who killed her ...more
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Dec 12, 2015
 
City
4.11
it was amazing
There aren't enough stars to rate this book, so I'm stuck with the measly 5 stars.
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Sep 25, 2012
 
Fine Frights
3.98
it was amazing
This collection of stories handpicked by Ramsey Campbell exemplifies his wide-ranging taste in fine horror fiction.

Most notable are the following sto
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Aug 17, 2008
 
How To Say Goodbye
4.70
it was amazing
How to Say Goodbye, James Valvis’ first collection of poetry, nourishes the reader without the use of stylized language calisthenics. These poems are ...more
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Feb 02, 2012
 
City of the Dead
3.78
it was amazing
This is the BEST book I have ever read. I have reread it more than 10 times since I was a teenager. Why? First, it does in one book what Patricia Corn ...more
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Aug 05, 2008
 
The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales
3.99
it was amazing
I have never read anything like this. This is superb! The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales seethes with mysticism. Mark Samuels reminds ...more
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Jan 07, 2012
 
You Shall Never Know Security
3.81
liked it
You Shall Never Know Security is a short-story collection that is intended for someone who is looking for a quick fix. It equates to a B-movie. Some o ...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
The Fever Almanac: Poems
4.52
really liked it
The Fever Almanac is a book of wants hoarded during a period of bad weather and recklessness. In this volume, Kristy Bowen’s poems are like fairy tale ...more
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Jan 21, 2008
 
Bound by Blue
4.68
it was amazing
The bleak and searing tableau that is Meg Tuite’s short story collection, Bound by Blue, skillfully navigates the emotionally fraught structure of hum ...more
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Oct 28, 2014
 
Don't Tease the Elephants
4.71
it was amazing
I love how the five stories in Don’t Tease the Elephants do not shy away from confronting harsh realities. There’s the story of a father who discovers ...more
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Jun 06, 2014
 
Embryo
3.00
liked it
Lots of loose ends but all in all, an entertaining read.
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Dec 26, 2011
 
From Colder Climates
4.80
it was amazing
This is definitely a must-buy.

My initial reading of the powerful first poem “Confessional Hymns” reminded me of Frank Bidart’s Curse. That magically
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Mar 09, 2012
 
Order, or Disorder
4.50
it was amazing
Order, Or Disorder is replete with themes that touch on mortality and spirituality. What I love about Amy Newman’s brand of poetry is the earthy and i ...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
4.18
really liked it
Alternative Alamat is a fine volume which showcases the contemporary retelling of Philippine myths. The first story, which I also think is the most su ...more
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Dec 27, 2011
 
Our Rarer Monsters
4.50
it was amazing
Noel Sloboda’s Our Rarer Monsters dazzles and provokes with poems that tell of “strangers seeking rot” and “crooked routes the limbs take toward sunli ...more
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Jan 01, 2013
 
I'll Give You Something to Cry about: A Gathering of Stories
4.27
it was amazing
Corey Mesler's I'll Give You Something to Cry About: A Gathering of Stories has the right amount of pathos, nostalgia, and playfulness. Imagine a scen ...more
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Dec 11, 2011
 
The Space Between the Raindrops
4.11
it was amazing
The stories in Justin Ker’s The Space Between the Raindrops deftly capture and unravel both the off-kilter and the meditative. In “Portrait of a Girl, ...more
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Oct 28, 2014
 
Banned for Life
4.29
it was amazing
Many of Arlene Ang’s poems in Banned for Life take offense when confronted by the harmless and the mundane. This tendency for cultivating menace from ...more
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Mar 13, 2015
 
Bald New World
3.71
it was amazing
The boldly imaginative Bald New World follows Nicholas Guan, a military type tasked to digitally touch up scenes of carnage, in his misadventures from ...more
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Jan 17, 2014
 
The Nightwalker
3.35
liked it
Werewolves and shapeshifters have been extensively chronicled and romanticized in the most mediocre ways possible (with the Twilight series as the mos ...more
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Aug 05, 2008
 
In the Human Zoo
4.26
it was amazing
This is easily one of the best poetry books I've read this year.
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Oct 28, 2014
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