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The Machine Stops
4.05
really liked it
FAIRLY SPOILER-FILLED REVIEW

How can a book from 1909 be so accurate about the way we live our lives today? OK, so we aren't all trapped willingly in l
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Jan 11, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
The Cement Garden
3.57
really liked it
Read this in about two hours, total. It was a bit mixed but I've marked it high for reasons I'll try to explain. The main character is a self-centered ...more
Jan 20, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
 
The Spider
4.09
really liked it
Uncanny little story, quite a Lovecraftian atmosphere but just as much in common with a bit of new weird. Too short to risk spoiling, but well worth a ...more
Aug 26, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
The Cthulhu Child
4.55
really liked it
Brief but entertaining, though I didn't think Megan in the first story was quite such a brat to deserve...well, check out this enjoyable nibble of hor ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
 
The House on the Borderland
3.66
liked it
A very high three stars. Like a lost Lovecraft story whose imagery and attitude echo through the last hundred years of weird fiction. Beautiful, stran ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
Future Lovecraft
3.32
really liked it
Edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles

The Cthulhu Mythos gets flung far ahead in space and in time, and you’ll definitely get your money’s
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Mar 15, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.11
really liked it
Sorry, but this is or may be a fairly unhelpful review, as it's best discovered by yourself. Had this on my shelf for ages, found the right time to re ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
 
Infested
3.69
really liked it
Liked this very much. Elegantly constructed, a creepy scenario with graceful reveals and a creeping horror created with a pleasingly classic style. En ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
 
The Venus Complex
4.05
really liked it
First impressions now I've completed this book in record time - if I had to be murdered by any serial killer at all, then this is the guy that I'd pic ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
 
The Thing
4.00
really liked it
A fantastic interpretation of the film, it's main advantage being no budget issues or other filming restraints. Lots of fun, has a few jarring differe ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
 
When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality
3.92
really liked it
An oddly human account of what it means to accept your insignificance in the wide expanse of the universe. It's not a joke, unless it is, and all the ...more
Oct 05, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
 
Roadside Picnic
4.20
it was amazing
I loved this, and it actually felt far too short - was a bit surprised to learn how long it actually took them to write, in the end, but it's a world ...more
Jul 18, 2017
Jun 28, 2017
 
Stoner
4.29
it was amazing
It's tempting not to go with the pack and agree that this is a brilliant novel only just being fully recognised as a true work of art. But, much like ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
The Woman
3.90
really liked it
My new absolute favourite writer. Jack Ketchum's brutal but strangely moral prose is making me love him all the more. You sense that the writer gets e ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
 
The Lottery and Other Stories
4.06
really liked it
There's a simmering paranoia behind every story, nervous women trying to second guess other people - who often seem quite callous already - and the wo ...more
May 20, 2014
Dec 21, 2011
 
Gone Girl
4.05
really liked it
Really liked this, though I probably have little to add compared to all the other reviews and I have a strong sense of 'phew, I finally read that pop ...more
Aug 07, 2016
Aug 08, 2016
 
In the Dead of Night. Alex Crowe
2.26
did not like it
Dross. Felt like it was written by someone who had never spoken to another human or read any books before. Have never waded through a more blatant exa ...more
Mar 31, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
 
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story
3.67
really liked it
Really liked this twisted take on Hollywood's hidden history and the clash between old Hollywood and the new breed of 'action hero'. Always surprising ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 21, 2012
 
Slush
4.00
it was ok
It's horror, and horrible stuff happens, and....I really wanted to like this more.

Of all of the stories here, the Halloween Worm starts well, and the
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Nov 19, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
 
Song of Kali
3.61
liked it
Unusual setting for a horror story, and it's a good 'American abroad gets in trouble' story. There's plenty of corpses, murder and poetry, and the lin ...more
Mar 2011
Jan 21, 2012
 
A Wrinkle in Time
4.03
it was ok
not blown away by it, it had some nice ideas about the sameness of evil and the power of love, but reading it at this point meant it felt preachier th ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Dec 21, 2011
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
really liked it
Read this super fast, it's an easy structure to get into, but it rattles along and I found it insightful having a walking disaster area as the main na ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 08, 2016
 
Sin City, Vol. 7: Hell and Back
4.02
it was amazing
The last one, sniff. Great fun as here they let loose with a trippy sequence with loads of cameos, and colour that reminds me of the Ghost in the Shel ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You
3.78
liked it
Realistic and uncompromising. A call to arms! Wel, to keyboards anyway....get writing/taking over the world.....
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
 
The God Delusion
3.90
really liked it
Smart, well reasoned, and exasperated for the right reasons, superb.
Apr 10, 2014
Dec 21, 2011
 
Darker Than You Think (Fantasy Masterworks)
3.53
liked it
**spoiler alert** I agree with all the other reviews calling this repetitive - the same process of 'murder' and 'ooops, was that murder' recurred for ...more
Nov 26, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
 
Attic Toys
3.94
really liked it
Toy Story’s eerie concept of sentient, self-propelled toys is terrifying, if you really think about it, but at least Buzz Lightyear and his friends ar ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
The Scarlet Gospels
3.46
liked it
I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but I'd generously call this trip to hell very uneven. As many others have said here, it all starts extremely well ...more
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 10, 2017
 
Lie With Me
3.76
liked it
**spoiler alert** A strong 'liked it' because while the protagonist is a bit of a tool, the way the situation gradually unravels for him almost makes ...more
Jun 02, 2017
May 30, 2017
 
Aberrations
3.64
really liked it
A strong and all-too short collection here, with Aberrations ranging from shocking and surreal, to scary and even heart-breaking. Not a duff story amo ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
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