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Hope Island by Tim Major review – claustrophobic, paranoid and exhilarating

We all know one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But the artwork for Tim Major’s Hope Island is arrestingly gorgeous and, I’m delighted to report, the story it contains is equally so.

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Distinguishing Features by Kealan Patrick Burke review – short is horrifically sweet

The saying “short and sweet” couldn’t be more appropriate for novelist Kealan Patrick Burke’s new story. Distinguishing Features packs not one but several delightfully gruesome shocks into its 32 pages, at the same time delivering a fully-formed and well-thought-out narrative to get our teeth into.

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Isidora’s Pawn by Erik Hofstatter review – high-stakes horror and steamy encounters

I’m a huge fan of the short story. There’s something immensely satisfying about being able to settle with a book, knowing the story will be wrapped up within an hour or so. Of course, there is an art to it – the introduction, development and conclusion of a plot and ideas in a minuscule space – and I tip my hat to those who try, including Erik Hofstaffer in Isidora’s Pawn, a novelette spilling over with grand themes such as unrequited love and deceit.

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The Balance by Kev Harrison review – a timeless cautionary tale of tolerance

Kev Harrison’s debut novella delivers an enchanting folkloric story with an eco-warning sting in its tail: be kind to nature, or destroy it at your peril.

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The Breach by M.T. Hill review – a smart novel for our ever-shifting times

I’m sitting here writing this review with the radio on low in the background. The news has just been on, and even though what’s happening is very real I still can’t shake off the feeling we will wake up and be told it was all a dream.

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The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell review – an unsettling, uneasy and exhilarating ride

Father versus son, reality versus magic and a whole lot more… modern horror master Ramsey Campbell is back.

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Bad People by Craig Wallwork review – evil running through its core

Bad People… you ain’t kidding!

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Binocular by Nick Sidhu and Kelly Smith review – a stark lesson in what happens if we let our darker side take control

Suspense and chills galore await in Binocular, a tightly controlled, claustrophobic double bill of menace.

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We Wait by Megan Taylor review – prose so vivid it leaps off the page

Scandal, sex and secrets in a crumbling country pile await us in Megan Taylor’s latest dark novel, a coming-of-age tragedy packed with prose so vivid it leaps off the page.

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Remember The Dead at Halloween and Christmas review – a collection of rarely seen seasonal ghost stories

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for ghost story enthusiasts. We are spoiled! Both Halloween and Christmas offer the same spooky potential, not only for new tales to tingle the spine but the reemergence of the old. Rather apt of course, as a major supernatural trope is the past crashing in on the present.