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In the grimy midnight world of the Australian suburbs, there are those who serve an unseen, wish-granting force that watches from a sub-spatial realm. A force known primarily as 'The Magician.' MIKE HADLEY is an Executive in The Magician's mysterious collective; a man with no past and no direction. A phone call at the end of every day wipes his memory clean. When a job goe ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 4th 2020 by Red Theatre Press
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Tania Brown
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This is a very fast moving, action packed novel that is best read when you have some hours to spare so that you can get fully immersed. The author has the ability to put you right into the scene with his considerable attention to detail when describing the surroundings and atmosphere. I found myself getting exhausted with so much going on and no let-up. I did wonder if anyone would be able to handle that much me
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JaeRavenClaw
I received a digital ARC of Cigarette Teeth from BookSirens, so I want to thank them, Maul Allan Hewish and Red Theatre Press for the opportunity to indulge in a book.

Be forewarned. This book gets GRAPHIC in spots. And if you do not like roaches, this might not be for you.

Cigarette Teeth hits different. Very much a sci-fi nightmare of mutilation, desire, horror, mystery and bugs. Lots of bugs.

I remember when I was younger and reading a copy of Bret Easton Ellis’ book, American Psycho, and thinki
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MikeBy
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

After being totally let down by The Call of Cthulhu I hadn't planned to go near any more "horror" stories for the foreseeable future, but this book caught my eye.
It is a tale of extremely horrible goings on, including some absolutely atrocious characters, but it at no point seems gratuitous. Loads of gore, sexual abuse (which the author warns of in the introduction), but nothing titillating; in fact, quite the
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Toby Smyth
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A supernatural mystery/horror, this is an intense work, not for the faint-of-heart. But if you dare, you'll be rewarded. A sublimely written meditation on the nature of wanting, wrapped in layers of mind-bending cosmic unreality yet somehow all too real. For a debut novel, this is an impressive amalgamation of body-horror, cosmic horror, sci-fi and detective fiction, with a uniquely Australian twist. The antagonistic force is simultaneously a world-ending big bad and human nature itself.

I'm goin
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Sarah
I received an e-Galley ARC of Cigarette Teeth, authored by Maul Allan Hewish, from BookSirens; below is my honest review, freely given. I am thankful for this opportunity.

I rated this novel 5 stars.

The pacing of this novel is intense. Imagine Crank (2006) with Jason Statham, just non-stop, no letting up, causing the protagonist’s actions to mainly be defensive and reactive. Except this was astounding. Aesthetically I kept being drawn to my memories of The City of Lost Children (1995), Dark City
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Hadley
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this day-and-age, everyone is willing to do anything to get what they want. People leave their morals and values behind at the drop of a hat. Partly, because of this, mental illness is at an all-time high and happiness is at an all-time low.

What if I told you there was a phone number you could call that would give you whatever you wanted...for a simple favor in return? Enter : Cigarette Teeth. The horror novel concerns two different places that exist in our world: the Pleasure Palace, where t
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Ruth Finneran
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advance copy of this book and this review is voluntarily given and my honest opinion.
I do not typically reach for horror books; they don’t scare me and as such often drag on. This book was the opposite for me, there were moments where I was genuinely scared. This is one the most unique horror novels I have ever read and it is exceptionally well written. Hewish’s prose is frighteningly descriptive, but it serves the story wonderfully. At no point did I struggle to imagine the e
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Cale Smith
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advance copy of this book and this review is voluntarily given and my honest opinion.
Horror is not my preferred genre, but I do enjoy sci-fi explorations of humanity and what it means to be human. Cigarette teeth digs into the ugly parts of the human experience, showing the world for what it is without hiding behind supernatural or technological excuses for the characters behavior. These flamings only serve to highlight the darkness everyone is capable of. Hewish masterfully b
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Robert
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Firstly, thanks to the author, publisher and Booksirens for a free ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I wish I could give this book a higher rating than 3 stars, but unfortunately, I found it a really hard book to get into, and even harder to stay engaged. Let me also state that this could be my fault because of the way I read - in short, sharp sessions rather than long sit-down readathons, like some people do. But as a result of that, I need a book to be able to easily drag
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Tam
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, old-fashioned horror at its best! A captivating, suspenseful, Twilight Zone-ish delight!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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Maul Allan Hewish is a Brisbane-based author and visual artist. His fiction, art and poetry decipher the horrors of waking life, mirror his own experiences with mental-illness, grief and childhood trauma. His works have been published twice in Grotesque Quarterly Magazine, and featured in several anthologies.
He also manages the travel blog of an adorable crochet Dachshund named Frank who loves go
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