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Flushboy
4.00
really liked it
Now, with this Stephen Graham Jones, it's hard to know what exactly you're going to get with each book he puts out. Genre has no grave to keep him dow ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2014
 
By The Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends
4.14
it was amazing
Originally published at WelcomeToTheVelvet.com:

In the frozen hell that is Siberia, Alek Karriker goes about his duties as gulag guard while losing him
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Mar 14, 2012
Jan 21, 2011
 
Little Sister Death
3.28
liked it
I can't lie, when I first heard tell of this book coming down the pipe, an undiscovered work by one of the great modern writers of not just southern l ...more
Nov 18, 2015
Nov 18, 2015
 
At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel
3.85
really liked it
I mean, what hasn't been said about Lovecraft. A precursor to early King, let's call it literary junk food, but that's not even being fair. Still, not ...more
not set
Feb 14, 2012
 
X's For Eyes
3.74
it was amazing
If we're going to compare this to any of Barron's other work, perhaps The Light is the Darkness is the closest sibling. Thick with cosmic horror and o ...more
not set
Apr 04, 2016
 
Serpent Box: A Novel
3.70
it was amazing
An amazing and powerful debut, Serpent Box tells the tail of Jacob Flint, a young boy, born in a curious manner. The son of a Holiness preacher, Jacob ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
A Light to Starve By
4.27
it was amazing
Vampires have existed in mankind's nightmares for thousands of years, going back to demonic entities such as the vetala of Hindu mythology, the Egypti ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2011
 
Major Inversions
4.20
it was amazing
Drew Ballard is perhaps the least likely protagonist ever. For one, he’s not all that likable, being a drug-dealing and abusing rent-a-cop with musica ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
It Came from Del Rio
4.01
it was amazing
I wrote a long review of this over at the Velvet, but I'll say this here: IT CAME FROM DEL RIO is one of those rare, fun reads that touches something ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
 
Bottom Feeders
3.41
really liked it
A too short dive into fishing horror, this really was a fun read, addictive with some damn good turns of phrase. The fun comes to an end a bit too las ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2015
 
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
3.59
liked it
I had to read this, you must understand. Zombies in a YA environment, how could I not dig that? This could represent a clash of Romero rules with the ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2010
 
Handling the Undead
3.47
really liked it
With a slow, steady pace, Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what he did for vampires, turning the popular notion on its head and getting to the heart ...more
not set
Jun 16, 2010
 
Bloodroot
3.77
Where did you come from? Is the ground you walked as a child engraved on the soles of your bare feet? When you close your eyes at night, can you smell ...more
Apr 15, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
Stay Go d
4.13
it was amazing
Originally review at Day Labor, the Official Crimefactory blog:

With fierce, deep prose and copious amounts of pop-culture fading through the fuzzy hea
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not set
Sep 18, 2010
 
The Road
3.96
it was amazing
Seems McCarthy becomes more and more divisive with each new book, or perhaps he always was and it becomes more pronounced. Some love The Road and some ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
By the Nails of the Warpriest
4.54
it was amazing
Nik Korpon has a particular talent he uses to great effect in his writing. Be it in dark as coal Baltimore noir or here, in the post-apocalypse, he us ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2011
 
The Unburied Man and The People Who Use Room Five
4.25
really liked it
I have to admit, I just found my copy of this after quite a while and hate that I haven't had a chance to read The Unburied Man yet, but The People Wh ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2010
 
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
3.59
really liked it
A distillation of where Garcia Marquez was at following a lifetime of brilliance. My first read of Garcia Marquez (except maybe some of his shorts), t ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
Already Dead (Joe Pitt, #1)
3.79
really liked it
Starting the Joe Pitt Casebooks off with a bang, with Already Dead, Huston goes for down and dirty pulp and comes out with a macabre, blood love lette ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
All You Despise
3.56
it was amazing
Short and ugly. Brutal. Beautiful. The kind of book I want more of, the kind I want to write. A good introduction as any. I'll be finding my way back ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2014
 
No Country for Old Men
4.13
it was amazing
Why bother describe the story? Why bother go into the possible chaotic implications? Why bother describe the start prose and the brutal outcomes? Corm ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
You're Dead and I Killed You: a Conversational Anthology of Noir, Crime, and Murder
4.75
really liked it
Sure, I have a story here, but considering the work contained herein by Nik Korpon, Gregory Fyre, Jason Michel, Corey Mesler, and the rest, i can safe ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2011
 
The Light is the Darkness
3.90
it was amazing
I'm actively jealous of just how good of a writer Barron is, and just how easy he makes it look. At the same time, I'm seriously afraid of the things ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2014
 
Noctuidae
3.61
really liked it
The only drawback to this book is its shortness. Nicolay crafted a remarkably real character here. His prose was very well done. I just wanted more.
not set
Apr 11, 2016
 
Half the Blood of Brooklyn (Joe Pitt, #3)
3.94
it was amazing
With Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Joe Pitt ventures out of Manhattan and sees what it's like outside of the Clan stomping grounds he's used too.
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
Outer Dark
3.88
it was amazing
An early work, set before he moved his life and his work to the Texas borderlands, Outer Dark shows where McCarthy would go and what he would do.
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
Disappearance at Devil's Rock
3.59
it was amazing
Tremblay has this way about him that is especially evident with his last two offerings. He can create something so real and human and familiar but wit ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2016
 
The Sunset Limited
3.96
it was amazing
Not really a play, more a dialogue on religion, life, death, and race. I'd love to see it performed.
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
Transubstantiate
3.89
it was amazing
There's a lot to think on when it comes to this debut. It's bold, ambitious, and intimate all at the same time. Seven characters sending the narrative ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Mapping the Interior
3.68
it was amazing
I have read a good bit of the good Doctor Jones' work. This I would rank high in his canon.
not set
Oct 07, 2017
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