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Red Hands by Christopher Golden review – ‘Golden clearly has the magic touch’

A family on a day out to celebrate July 4th experiences the unthinkable. 

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The Glass Man review – ‘that’s where the beauty of it lies – the viewer is constantly having to reassess the truth’

Aren’t we all the heroes of our own narratives?

The Glass Man, at last released to the wider public after having been made in 2011, is, thankfully, as box-fresh as it was then – a relevant, eternal and enduring character study delving into the stories we humans can’t help but make up, to make sense of the world. 

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Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide review – a touching tale of grief

Secrets are at the haunting heart of this touching page-turner of a debut novel by C.S. O’Cinneide.

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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz review – a comfortably familiar but offbeat tale

Dean Koontz is a first-class storyteller. I have fond memories of squirrelling under the covers in my childhood bedroom with his horror novels, worried my mother would deem them too adult, or some other protest prefixed with “too” that would see me denied his riches. Revisiting Koontz now had no less of a thrill.

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Edward Parnell interview: ‘I wanted to breathe some sort of flickering life into the ghost of their memories’

Ghost stories are often not about ghosts at all – they are about people. And so goes Edward Parnell’s Ghostland, a deeply personal and quietly magnificent reflection on what it is to be human, through a genre-blending mix of memoir and narrative non-fiction.

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The Haunting Of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale review – Stranger than fiction

In a London suburb in 1938, with war looming on the horizon, attractive well-off housewife Alma Fielding is being plagued by a poltergeist. Glass and china are splintering in mid-flight before smashing to the floor, objects float down the stairs behind her, lumps of coal levitate from the grate… it is a house under siege – from itself.

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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.