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Unreviewed books

Equoid cover    
Equoid by Charles Stross
An agent in a secret government branch dealing with the uncanny travels to a farm where a unicorn outbreak is no cause for joy.

The Drowning Girl cover    
The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
A woman with madness in her family is haunted by a painting, and by a woman who may not exist.

The Walking Dead: The Heart    
The Walking Dead: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
The fourth volume in the Walking Dead series sees the survivors fight heartbreak and fears that they are becoming increasingly savage.

Eyepennies cover    
Eyepennies by Mike O'Driscoll
A musician experiences haunted dreams in this novella.

The Respectable Face Of Tyranny cover    
The Respectable Face Of Tyranny by Gary Fry
An indebted man living in a caravan starts to glimpse monsters in this novella.

Where Furnaces Burn cover    
Where Furnaces Burn by Joel Lane
A West Midlands police officer deals with a series of increasingly weird cases in this collection of linked stories.

From Hell To Eternity cover    
From Hell To Eternity by Thana Niveau
A collection of short tales of supernatural horror.

The Troupe cover    
The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
A talented young pianist joins a peculiar vaudeville troupe in order to find his father. But they are running from curious, deadly beings and may well be facing the end of the world.

The Vampire Lestat cover    
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
The story of a French aristocrat who becomes undead. The second novel in The Vampire Chronicles.

Firestarter cover    
Firestarter by Stephen King
A child is born with extraordinary psychic powers.

Stolen cover    
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
A shady group kidnaps supernatural beings. The second book in the Women Of The Otherworld series.

Demon Hunter cover    
Demon Hunter by Mary Abshire
Demons seem to be multiplying, whilst a group of vampires stand as the protectors of humanity. The first in the Divine Justice series.

Crimson Death cover    
Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
A vampire hunter travels to Ireland to face a vampire who has kidnapped her friend. The twenty-fifth Anita Blake adventure.

Invasion Zombie Apocalypse cover    
Invasion Zombie Apocalypse by M. D. Massey
A combat veteran wakes from a fever to find America overrun with zombies. The first in the THEM series.

Teeth: The First Bite cover    
Teeth: The First Bite by Chele Cooke
When Thomas wakes up to a horrific scene of gore his life changes forever in this tale of urban vampires. The first in the Teeth series.

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One cover    
Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One by Jolie Du Pré
A young survivalist tries to get by after a zombie plague turns nearly everyone into shambling cannibals. The first volume in the Benton series.

Life Blood cover    
Life Blood by V. M. Black
A young woman with leukemia gets the chance of a cure, but the price may be high. The first part of the Cora's Choice series.

Snowblind cover    
Snowblind by Christopher Golden
A blizzard brings supernatural death to a small town. Twelve years later a new storm comes, and with it more than the memories of their lost loved ones.

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The Troop by Nick Cutter
A scout troop goes hiking on a cut-off island with only one way to contact the outside world. Then a skeletal man arrives with a strange disease and an insatiable hunger.

The Three cover    
The Three by Sarah Lotz
Four plane crashes take place on the same day, leaving three child survivors. The coincidence gives rise to conspiracy theories, but is there something very eerie about the children who lived?

Into The Darkness cover    
Into The Darkness by K. F. Breene
An orphan who sees invisible people comes up against danger and vampires when she ends up in the wrong part of town. The first in the Darkness series.

Zombie Town cover    
Zombie Town by Griffin Carmichael
A collection of short stories on the theme of the zombie apocalypse, dealing with tales from the horror of zombie outbreaks to life in the aftermath of the end of the world as we know it.

Red Moon cover    
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
Young people try to survive after America is rocked by werewolf attacks and lycans are treated as dangerous terrorists.

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The Bestiarum Vocabulum by Dean M. Drinkel
An anthology of stories about mythical beasts and monsters, from A to Z.

A Spirited Manor cover    
A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley
Clara, a widow mourning her husband, accepts an invitation to a country house gathering to explore the possibility of making contact with ghosts with the help of a medium.

Unreviewed films

The Wolfman cover    
The Wolfman directed by Joe Johnston
An actor returns to his home to investigate the death of his brother. It looks like he was killed by a wild animal, but the locals suspect a werewolf.

Interview With The Vampire cover    
Interview With The Vampire directed by Neil Jordan
A young man becomes a vampire, but his conscience is troubled by his immortality and his need for blood.

Poltergeist cover    
Poltergeist directed by Tobe Hooper
A family move into a house, only to find objects moving and other strange occurences that put them in danger.

An American Werewolf In London cover    
An American Werewolf In London directed by John Landis
An American student on a tour of Britain is mauled in a werewolf attack that leaves his friend dead. But nobody wants to admit there is a werewolf.

The Exorcist cover    
The Exorcist directed by William Friedkin
When a 12 year old girl begins to behave strangely, her mother asks some priests for help. They believe she is under demonic possession.

Shaun Of The Dead cover    
Shaun Of The Dead directed by Edgar Wright
A man who is stuck in a timewarp and a dead-end job tries to win back his girlfriend during a zombie outbreak.

28 Days Later cover    
28 Days Later directed by Danny Boyle
A man wakes up from a coma to find the UK overtaken by a highly contagious zombie virus.

Flatliners cover    
Flatliners directed by Joel Schumacher
A group of medical students want to explore what lies beyond this life, so they experiment with stopping their hearts.

Little Shop Of Horrors cover    
Little Shop Of Horrors directed by Frank Oz
An alien carnivorous plant takes over a flower shop, aided by a young man who is hoping to impress his girlfriend, in this musical horror.

Dead Sunrise cover    
Dead Sunrise directed by Michal Imielski
A group of friends go on a trip to the woods, only to discover children with hunger for human flesh.

Crimson Peak cover    
Crimson Peak directed by Guillermo del Toro
A young novelist and heiress is wooed by a baronet, although her father is suspicious of him. His home in England is a huge crumbling ancient pile full of secrets, in this gothic ghost story.

Dracula Untold cover    
Dracula Untold directed by Gary Shore
A prince of Transylvania faces having his son taken hostage by Turkish imperialists, and a thousand of his young countrymen drafted into their army. But when he discovers a monster lurking in a cave he is offered a terrible choice.

The Revenant cover    
The Revenant directed by Kerry Prior
A soldier returns as a zombie, and goes on a crimefrighting spree with his friend so he can obtain the blood he needs to survive.

Drag Me To Hell cover    
Drag Me To Hell directed by Sam Raimi
A loan officer denies an old lady an extension on her loan, so the angry pensioner curses her. In three days she will be dragged to Hell, unless she can undo it.

Blade II cover    
Blade II directed by Guillermo Del Toro
The vampire hunter teams up with his enemies to take on a new kind of vampire.

Blade cover    
Blade directed by Stephen Norrington
A half-vampire who can walk in daylight sets out to destroy all vampires.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II cover    
Hellbound: Hellraiser II directed by Tony Randel
An orphan is sent to a psychiatric institution after the death of her father and stepmother. But a doctor there is intent on meddling with a puzzle cube from Hell.

Hellraiser cover    
Hellraiser directed by Clive Barker
A murdered man needs the blood of sacrifices to regain his body and escape the clutches of demonic Cenobites.

Evil Dead II cover    
Evil Dead II directed by Sam Raimi
Ash travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda, where they find a tape recording and a Book of the Dead. After unleashing evil spirits they must try to survive the night.

The Lost Boys cover    
The Lost Boys directed by Joel Schumacher
In this comedy horror a family move into an area plagued by unexplained deaths. The older brother gets involved in a biker gang, whilst the younger one falls in with young vampire hunters.

Re-Animator cover    
Re-Animator directed by Stuart Gordon
A young medical student carries out experiments aimed at reviving the dead in this comedy horror.

Gremlins cover    
Gremlins directed by Joe Dante
A cute new pet becomes a nightmare when a boy breaks all the rules about keeping it.

The Evil Dead cover    
The Evil Dead directed by Sam Raimi
Five students head to a cabin in the woods where they find a Book of the Dead and accidentally unleash demons which seek to possess people.

The Howling cover    
The Howling directed by Joe Dante
A newswoman heads to a remote location to recover after a serial killer story traumatises her, but the locals there are not what she expected.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show cover    
The Rocky Horror Picture Show directed by Jim Sharman
A newly engaged couple end up in a strange castle full of larger than life characters in this musical horror comedy.

Reviews cover supernatural horror in films and books, such as vampires or werewolves. I don't usually review realistic horror, like psychopath and serial killer stories, on this site.

Books

Happy Hour In Hell cover    
Happy Hour In Hell by Tad Williams
5 star rating
An angel descends into Hell to retrieve his demonic girlfriend, to find that the torment and monsters are only part of his problems. The second Bobby Dollar novel.


26th May 2017

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iZombie: Repossession by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
5 star rating
A smart zombie tries to sort out her love life, but it's more complicated than usual when the world is about to end. The fourth iZombie graphic novel.


5th March 2013

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Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman
5 star rating
A short story collection featuring giant spiders, people who keep hearts in plastic boxes, a woman who gives birth to furniture, and other strange situations.


6th November 2013

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A Serpent Uncoiled by Simon Spurrier
5 star rating
Dan Shaper sees visions of his own corruption. He is forced to confront his guilty past when a killer starts picking off victims in this crime novel.


18th July 2011

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Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux
5 star rating
A young woman hides from marauding zombies, knowing that eventually she must leave her place of safety and confront them.


25th January 2011

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Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon
5 star rating
People are wicked enough, without rogue interdimensional angels putting their oar in. The second Thomas Usher novel.


14th August 2011

The Bride That Time Forgot cover    
The Bride That Time Forgot by Paul Magrs
5 star rating
Brenda and Effie fall out over men in this blackly comic tale of witches, vampires and book groups.


28th March 2011

The Waiting Room cover    
The Waiting Room by F. G. Cottam
5 star rating
For TV ghost hunter Julian Creed spectres of the past turn out to be more dangerous than he thought possible.


28th June 2010

The Fall cover    
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
5 star rating
Vampires threaten the future of the human race in this sequel to The Strain.


15th September 2010

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Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett
5 star rating
Scarlett becomes a ghost after one of her schemes goes seriously wrong. But does that mean she has to be lonely as well as deceased?


13th June 2011

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Mr Monster by Dan Wells
5 star rating
John Cleaver is on the trail of another killer in his home town. Can he solve the mystery before his dark side gets the better of him? The second John Cleaver book.


1st April 2010

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The End Of The Line by Jonathan Oliver
5 star rating
This collection of horror stories is based on the Underground and other subterranean places.


22nd December 2010

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Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon
5 star rating
Thomas Usher can see ghosts. But will it help him to explain the mystery of several strange deaths before the next victim dies?


16th November 2010

I Am Not A Serial Killer cover    
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
5 star rating
Can a sociopathic teenager stop a demon on a killing spree? The first in the John Cleaver series.


30th March 2010

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Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
5 star rating
Sookie is in the middle of investigating a murder when she is sent to Dallas to help a group of vampires find one of their own. The second novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series.


29th October 2014

Guilty Pleasures cover    
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
5 star rating
A woman who raises zombies is asked to investigate a serial killer who targets bloodsuckers. The first Anita Blake book.


29th June 2011

Interview With The Vampire cover    
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
5 star rating
In the first episode of The Vampire Chronicles a reluctant vampire recounts his life story to date.



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The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K. J. Charles
4 star rating
A 19th century ghost hunter and his assistant solve occult mysteries, whilst trying to keep secrets of their own.


12th August 2020

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Sleepless by Lou Morgan
4 star rating
A group of students take a mysterious study drug to help them cheat at their exams. But none of them are prepared for the side effects.


19th June 2015

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Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones
4 star rating
A young woman with the power to change her appearance is tasked with saving her kind from extinction. Unfortunately, people like her are more hunted than she knows.


23rd March 2015

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Fiend by Peter Stenson
4 star rating
The zombie apocalypse had arrived, but all Chase cares about is where the next hit is coming from.


7th December 2015

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Nocturnal by Scott Sigler
4 star rating
A pair of detectives take on a cult of monsters that lurk under the streets of San Francisco.


18th December 2012

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Terror Tales Of The Cotswolds by Paul Finch
4 star rating
An anthology of creepy stories from the imaginations of Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, Reggie Oliver, Simon Clark, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Gary Fry, Ramsey Campbell, and others.


20th November 2013

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Dark Currents by Ian Whates
4 star rating
This anthology of speculative fiction features stories on a theme of dark currents, whether they are electrical, nautical, or something else entirely.


25th October 2016

Interview With The Vampire: Claudia    
Interview With The Vampire: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter
4 star rating
This graphic novel tells the story of a child vampire destined never to grow to adulthood.


26th November 2012

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Carpathia by Matt Forbeck
4 star rating
Passengers on the Titanic have more than shipwreck to deal with when come to prey on them.


6th March 2012

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iZombie: Six Feet Under And Rising by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
4 star rating
An outbreak of shambling zombies in the town of Eugene has Gwen and her friends hunting for allies. This graphic novel is the third in the iZombie series.


26th February 2013

The Nine Deaths Of Doctor Valentine cover    
The Nine Deaths Of Doctor Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert
4 star rating
This murder mystery horror novella pays tribute to Vincent Price.


21st November 2013

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Last Days by Adam Nevill
4 star rating
A hard-up documentary maker investigates a sinister 70s cult, only to discover that its horrors are not all in the past.


27th November 2013

The Butterfly Man And Other Stories cover    
The Butterfly Man And Other Stories by Paul Kane
4 star rating
This collection of short urban horror stories features pet demons, blood plagues, a dark apocalypse and rebellious body parts.


26th September 2011

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The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
4 star rating
The last remnants of mankind battle to defeat the vampire plague whilst staying true to their humanity. The third part of The Strain trilogy.


29th October 2011

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iZombie: Dead To The World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
4 star rating
Gwen needs to eat brains to keep her zombie side in check. But every time she indulges her craving she absorbs the unfinished business of the deceased. A graphic novel.


21st January 2013

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Feather by David Rix
4 star rating
A young woman tries to make sense of her life in this collection of linked short stories tinged with the supernatural.


21st November 2011

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666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
4 star rating
Shelley thinks the man she wants to move in with is entirely right for her. She's mistaken.


11th October 2011

Hell    
Hell's Belles by Paul Magrs
4 star rating
Weird things happen when a film crew come to Whitby to remake a cursed horror movie. The fourth Brenda and Effie mystery.


14th April 2010

Flirt cover    
Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
4 star rating
Anita Blake has trouble on her hands after she refuses a request to raise a zombie.


21st June 2010

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Zombie Apocalypse by Stephen Jones
4 star rating
A zombie plague threatens to spell the end for humanity. Can anyone stop the shambling advance of the undead?


5th January 2011

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Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
4 star rating
How can Anita Blake defeat the Mother of All Darkness, an ancient vampire with no body of her own?


5th July 2010

Unpleasant Tales cover    
Unpleasant Tales by Brendan Connell
4 star rating
This short story collection makes a great gift for the discerning evil lunatic.


5th October 2010

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The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 21 by Stephen Jones
4 star rating
This anthology showcases a varied selection of modern horror. Featuring stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, Barbara Roden, Ramsey Campbell, Simon Strantza, Rosalie Parker, Robert Shearman, and more.


7th February 2011

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So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
4 star rating
A filmmaker takes on more than he bargained for when he agrees to document the life story of a dying billionaire.


6th September 2010

The Dead Girls    
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
4 star rating
Claire Danvers dislikes vampires, but finds vampire hunters an even scarier breed. The second in the Morganville Vampires series.


17th August 2011

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
4 star rating
Bella Swan is about to graduate, but with vampires out for her blood and werewolves after her heart, she has more than finals and college on her mind.



New Moon cover    
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
4 star rating
Bella studies Romeo and Juliet whilst two supernatural families square up against each other in Forks in this sequel to Twilight.



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John Constantine, Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross by Mike Carey
4 star rating
John Constantine loses his memory in this contemporary occult graphic novel.



Films

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Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine
4 star rating
A zombie falls in love with a human. But can he protect her from the dead, and can she stop her father from shooting him, in this story of love across the boundary of life and death?


21st July 2013

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Eclipse directed by David Slade
4 star rating
Vampires come to Seattle and the Cullens must work with their natural enemies to counter the threat.


6th July 2010

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Doghouse directed by Jake West
4 star rating
A group of men organise an outing to an isolated, sinister village full of women. What could go wrong?



The Others cover    
The Others directed by Alejandro Amenabar
4 star rating
A woman is trying to raise her light-sensitive children in Jersey at the end of the WWII. But is their house haunted?



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Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton
4 star rating
Constable Ichabod Crane sets out to solve a series of grisly murders which the locals blame on supernatural causes, in this adaptation of a Washington Irving story.



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From Dusk Till Dawn directed by Robert Rodriguez
4 star rating
Two escaped criminals and their hostages flee to Mexico, only to find that the bar they stay in is infested with vampires.



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Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead directed by Sam Raimi
4 star rating
The third film in the Evil Dead series sees Ash trapped in the middle ages and facing off against the forces of evil.



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Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig
3 star rating
A group of physicists struggling to prove the existence of ghosts are called upon to save New York from a ghostly invasion.


17th July 2016

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The Cabin In The Woods directed by Drew Goddard
3 star rating
Five friends take a break at an isolated cabin in the woods, where dark forces start to lay into them.


20th November 2013

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Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton
3 star rating
Barnabas Collins may be a bloodthirsty vampire, but he always puts his family first.


22nd May 2012