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All My Colors by David Quantick review – a whirlwind of hilarity and horror

All My Colors follows Todd Milstead, a wannabe writer who loves nothing more than to use his eidetic memory to quote from literature in vain showings-off to anyone willing to listen (and listen they will, as he throws parties with a lot of free booze). During one such gathering, he obnoxiously begins to quote from a book entitled All My Colors, written by Jake Turner, only no one has heard of it. Confused, as he knows every line cover-to-cover, Todd goes to his local bookstore and turns his own personal library inside-out to find this book. But he can’t. Because it doesn’t exist.

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Ghost Stories (script) by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman review – all just a trick of the mind?

Parapsychology professor Philip Goodman doesn’t believe in the paranormal – do you? From the very beginning, Ghost Stories tells you the supernatural is a trick of the mind but then presents a three-part fable that pushes rationality to its limits.

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Katie Lowe interview: I wanted to do young women’s anger some kind of justice

Katie Lowe is a UK-based writer whose debut novel The Furies was released this May by HarperCollins in the UK and is coming later in October to the US with St. Martin’s Press. In her review for Sublime Horror, Rebecca Wojturska said that “Lowe has done a fantastic job of weaving so many threads together to create a hauntingly dark tale of adolescent female fury.” Here, Rebecca speaks to Lowe about The Furies, Lowe’s blogging and PhD, and the Gothic. 

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The Furies by Katie Lowe review – a hauntingly dark tale of adolescent female fury

It’s 1998 and the start of the school summer holidays. Pupils of Elm Hollow Academy are shocked when a sixteen-year-old classmate is found dead in the grounds, sitting on a swing set with absolutely no trace of violence on her body. There is no known cause of death, but someone knows what happened, and she is about to tell.

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The nominees for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

Today, the nominees for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards, rewarding ‘outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic’ were announced. The awards will be presented on Sunday July 14th, voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics.

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Excerpt: We Live Inside Your Eyes by Kealan Patrick Burke

The following is an excerpt from We Live Inside Your Eyes, the new collection from Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author Kealan Patrick Burke, featuring previously uncollected stories and two brand new tales. You are about to read the opening section, part one of two pieces that bookend the collection.

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Podcast, episode #3: Niamh Boyce on her novel Her Kind and the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324

In this episode, Peter talks to novelist and poet Niamh Boyce whose new historical novel Her Kind is a reimagining of the events leading up to the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324.

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Helen Marshall: five books that inspired The Migration

In the first in a new series where authors share the inspiration behind their latest works, Helen Marshall talks to us about five books that inspired her debut novel The Migration. You can also delve deeper into the background of The Migration by reading our recent interview with Helen Marshall.

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Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk review – ‘the most unlikable protagonist I’ve ever read’

I read a book much like the one you’re holding now. And this is what happened to me. Don’t make the same mistake. Please, put it down. Or better yet, throw it away. This is your last warning. Turn the page, and you’re on your own. Actually, that’s not true. Turn the page and he’ll be there, watching you. (Will Haunt You, p. 1)

The opening of Will Haunt You is an instant hook. A horror book saying that something bad will happen to me if I read it? Count me in. Although the concept of read-this-book-then-you-die is hardly new, with titles such as The Book With No Name on the market, I was excited at the prospect of seeing how Brian Kirk would break the fourth wall.

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Interview with Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken, authors of Stoker’s Wilde

Stoker’s Wilde is a new novel for Flame Tree Press, co-written by writing partners Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken, that sees an unlikely adventuring party led by Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde battle dark forces firstly in Ireland and then in London, to prevent “a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell”. Here, Peter speaks to Melissa and Steven about the new book.