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Rob’s Critical Book Review: “Blood Fugue,” by Joseph D’Lacey

Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system. *One Star: A crime against God and man. *Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication. *Three … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Book Review: “Underground,” by Craig Spector

Rob’s Critical Book Review: “Underground,” by Craig Spector Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system. *One Star: A crime against God and man. *Two Stars: … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Book Review: “A Matter of Blood,” by Sarah Pinborough

  Rob’s Critical Book Review: “A Matter of Blood,” by Sarah Pinborough   Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system.   *One Star: A crime … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “The Conjuring Glass, Book One of The Phoenix Girls,” by Brian Knight

When thirteen-year-old orphan Penny Sinclair moves to the small town of Dogwood to live with her godmother, she expects her life to become very dull. She doesn’t expect to find a strange talking fox roaming the countryside near her new … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “90 Minutes to Live,” edited by Joel Kirkpatrick (JournalStone, 2012)

Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system. *One Star: A crime against God and man. *Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication. *Three … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “Heartless,” by Allan Leverone (Delirium Books, 2012)

For those reading, not in the know, I participated in a promotion, and won the grand prize, a signed, limited edition hardback of Mr. Leverone’s novella-length work “Heartless,” published by Delirium Books. And what is there to say? First, Delirium’s … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “Oh My Days,” by David Mathew (Triskaideka Books, May 2011)

Who the hell is David Mathew? One talented and brave writer out of the UK, that’s who. An accomplished name in the short story field that I’m hoping to see make a big splash in the States with his breakout … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “Here Be Monsters–An Anthology of Monster Tales,” by M.T. Murphy, Sara Reinke, Samantha Anderson, India Drummond, S.M. Reine, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Anabel Portillo

For a work offered for free, a reader has very little to complain about … but there is some. The Simon Cowell response: The editing could’ve and should have been better. Numerous flaws throughout the book–though not in every story–from … Continue reading

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Rob’s Critical Review: “Spore,” by John Skipp & Cody Goodfellow

Again, and certainly no surprise, John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow deliver. With Skipp, like many, I first became enamored with his string of greats writing with partner Craig Spector: “The Scream,” “Light at The End,” “The Cleanup,” and more! Now, … Continue reading

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