Short Story Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Ambiguity in a story isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there’s also a point where it becomes too much. In Gillian Flynn’s award winning short story, “The Grownup,” the reader is presented with a perfect example of exactly what happens when there is simply too much story left unanswered. I …

Book Review: Highwayman by Craig Saunders

It’s a bit hard for me to really talk about how I felt while reading Highwayman by Craig Saunders. To some extent, I feel that I may not know as much about old lore and mythology as I thought I did – and that’s definitely a possibility. The concept behind the …

Book Review: The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III

  I really don’t know how I feel about Max Booth III’s The Nightly Disease. Published initially as a serial in DarkFuse’s magazine, The Nightly Disease follows a hotel night auditor’s descent into madness as everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. In a series of darkly comedic and horrific events, the …

Book Review: The Many by Nathan Field

I’m always down for reading a new psychological thriller, perhaps because more often than not, they remind me just how twisted a person’s mind can be. It’s what took my breath away in Gone Girl, after all. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with Nathan Field’s The Many. While it was short, it …

Book Review: Finders Keepers by Stephen King (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #2)

Set a couple years after Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers brings us back to the motley group of unofficial private investigators that saved the kids at the ‘Round Here concert. Only this time, a teenage boy has stumbled across a treasure that could spell his demise. I can say with certainty …

Book Review: Covenant by Allan Leverone

Earlier today, I finished up Covenant by Allan Leverone. I was disappointed, to say the least. The synopsis of the story is interesting enough: fairly young married couple move to small town and buy a house with a history. That history is dark and twisted, centering upon a previous owner that moonlighted …

Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

A while back, while browsing through Litsy, I saw a post regarding a reviewer that had requested Nick Cutter’s Little Heaven from NetGalley. It hadn’t shown up on my radar at that point and I’d ever heard of the author, but a brief glimpse at the story’s synopsis was enough to …

Book Review: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Synopsis: “Set in 1981, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grisly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last — revenge for all the bad things …

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

After spending several months on the hold list through my local library’s OverDrive, my chance with Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes finally came up. With papers and a new job taking up much of my time, I almost didn’t get to finish it before my checkout ended. Because I was running out …

Book Review: Fungoid by William Meikle

Post-apocalyptic stories are, by far, among my favorites to read, perhaps because it’s a hypothetical possibility that could still occur in our future. From zombies to biological warfare, many stories offer a new perspective on the end of the world and William Meikle’s Fungoid is no different. Fungoid takes place in …