The Road

by Cormac McCarthy Are you okay? he said. The boy nodded. Then they set out along the blacktop in the gun-metal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire. Any review of this book should start with a long, slow whistle. One whose tone crawls down to the low frequencies, realizes it’s trapped... Continue Reading →

Thinner

by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) The fear I’m sure he expects. The anger… that may be a surprise. Billy, a significantly overweight lawyer, is driving while his wife spontaneously pleasures him. An old Gypsy woman steps into the street directly in front of the car and is killed, but since Billy is an upstanding... Continue Reading →

The Exorcist (The 40th Anniversary Edition)

by William Peter Blatty More rooted in logic was the silence of God. Chris, successful Hollywood leading lady, lives with a couple of servants and her 12-year-old daughter, Regan. When Regan starts acting in wildly inappropriate ways, medical doctors and psychologists put her through batteries of tests to no avail. Regan’s condition worsens, to the... Continue Reading →

The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck

by Alexander Laing The best way to make life bearable, in such a case, certainly would be to withdraw into the imagination and to notice nothing outside. Here is the extraordinary murder mystery as narrated by a witness to most of the true events, with the names of the characters, the school, and even the... Continue Reading →

The Pale Brown Thing

by Fritz Leiber What was the whole literature of supernatural horror but an essay to make death itself exciting?—wonder and strangeness to life’s very end. The Pale Brown Thing, a tale containing autobiographical elements, is the story of a horror writer in San Francisco, Franz Westen (Fritz Leiber?), who has a supernatural experience and attempts... Continue Reading →

Off Season

by Jack Ketchum Every so often life reminded you of how grimy and carnal a creature man could be if he set himself to it. Carla has retreated from New York City to the woods to work on her book, and she has invited her sister and a few friends to join her for the... Continue Reading →

Sharp Practice

by John Farris “In thirty years of study I’ve come to accept the fact that history is neither instructive nor predictive.” A cereal murderer is on the hunt, slicing attractive young girls in a timetable roughly coinciding with the full moon. As we’re getting to know our cast of characters, mostly higher class elites, we... Continue Reading →

In A Glass Darkly

by Sheridan le Fanu “All lights are the same to me,” he said; “except when I read or write, I care not if night were perpetual.” There are five stories in this rather sizable book, which makes them more novella or novelette length than shorts, despite the book being known as a short story collection.... Continue Reading →

A Scent of New-Mown Hay

by John Blackburn “Gentlemen, a pestilence has broken out in the northern regions of the Soviet Union. A pestilence so terrible that if we cannot stop it we are finished. And so are you.” Part horror, part science fiction and part crime procedural, A Scent of New-Mown Hay takes place during and slightly after World... Continue Reading →

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