Review – The BBC National Short Story Award 2021 (Edited by James Runcie, Comma Press)

It’s that time of year again! I’ve loved it for years, and I’m glad to report that the nominated stories for 2021 are incredibly strong.  Click on each title to hear the stories for free on BBC Sounds. The first story will be broadcast on September 20th, with a new story for the following four … Continue reading Review – The BBC National Short Story Award 2021 (Edited by James Runcie, Comma Press)

Review – The Pastor, by Hanne Orstavik, translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago Books)

It is only when I read a novel with a structure dissimilar to my usual favorites, that I realize how I am missing out on so many non-English-speaking authors. Hanne Ørstavik has been on my radar for quite some time, as her 1997 novel Love (translated into English into 2018) got quite a lot of … Continue reading Review – The Pastor, by Hanne Orstavik, translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago Books)

Review – Nothing But Blackened Teeth, by Cassandra Khaw (Macmillan Audio/Nightfire)

Look at that title! You basically know what you’re getting into with a title like that, right? I love a good audacious title.  If you are a horror aficionado, you will be shaking your head in despair right from the start of Nothing But Blackened Teeth. Five friends meet up in Japan, to celebrate the … Continue reading Review – Nothing But Blackened Teeth, by Cassandra Khaw (Macmillan Audio/Nightfire)

Review – No Gods, No Monsters, by Cadwell Turnbull (Blackstone Publishing)

I initially became aware of the phenomenal writer Cadwell Turnbull after hearing his short story, Jump, on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. No Gods, No Monsters is his second novel, and it is safe to say he is establishing himself as a SFF writer to watch. In this rich novel, we are drawn into a … Continue reading Review – No Gods, No Monsters, by Cadwell Turnbull (Blackstone Publishing)

Review – When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, edited by Ellen Datlow (Titan Books)

I am so excited to be able to finally share my love of this incredible anthology! When Things Get Dark is easily one of the best, and most consistent anthologies I’ve read in years. Each writer has brought their A-Game in Shirley’s name. Comparisons to Jackson’s work are a dime-a-dozen, and often completely unwarranted. But … Continue reading Review – When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, edited by Ellen Datlow (Titan Books)

Review – The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror, edited by Stephen Jones (Skyhorse)

We’ve all gone a bit mad for folk horror in the last few years, haven’t we? I’m frankly still shocked that a movie as audacious as Midsommar was so successful! As someone who watched The Wicker Man at an incredibly impressionable age, I’m very excited that the mainstream has decided to follow me into the … Continue reading Review – The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror, edited by Stephen Jones (Skyhorse)

Review – The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories, by Nina Allan (Titan Books)

Few things delight me more than a strong, consistent short story collection. Anthologies, by their very nature, are varied, and the constant switches between authors can prevent the reader from gaining a sense of flow. But well-written, single-author collections are to be treasured. There is nothing like being taken by the hand, and following the … Continue reading Review – The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories, by Nina Allan (Titan Books)

Review – Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow, by Christina Henry (Berkley Books)

Christina Henry is prolific. Horseman is her second novel of 2021, following the fantastic Near the Bone, which is one of my favorite novels of the year so far. With Horseman, she is back to reimagining stories, and this time The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is getting the esteemed Henry treatment. Teenage Ben is orphaned, … Continue reading Review – Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow, by Christina Henry (Berkley Books)