WONDER IS A blasting cap. It is an emotion that goes off with a bang, shattering settled beliefs, rattling the architecture of the mind, and clearing space for new ideas, new possibilities. Wonder is often thought of as a peaceful emotion, a sense of resounding inner quiet. Of course we would associate it with silence. The world always assumes an eerie hush after an explosion.
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction published by Night Shade Books in January 2008, edited by John Joseph Adams. The anthology includes 22 stories, plus an introduction by the editor. According to the anthology’s official web site, “Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toContinue reading “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS”
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in thisContinue reading “Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (2007)”
A thrilling new collection from the award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World bringing his short stories to the UK for the first time. Unearth nineteen tales of suspense and literary horror, including a new story from the world of A Head Full of Ghosts,Continue reading “Growing Things and Other Stories – Paul Tremblay”
After his undertaker father’s death, laconic, Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society— an antireligious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality. Pavlov agrees to take up his father’sContinue reading “Beirut Hellfire Society – Rawi Hage”
“Do I? Maybe it’s just because you offered to pay me for taking care of you. Do you think I work for you?” “No. I didn’t mean it like that.” Misery swamped her. “I’m sorry. I’m not very good at talking to people. I don’t have friends anymore. My last boyfriend was when I wasContinue reading “Daddy Bear * Laylah Roberts”
A fairy born without wings and without a talent, Aislin had relegated herself to a life on the ground, ostracized and alone. When three others are found without talents, Aislin suddenly finds herself sharing her lonely world with three male fairies. Will she discover her true talent and love? More importantly, can the four ofContinue reading “Finding Her Wings * K.B. Wheelock”
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter-sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months,” and who are ledContinue reading “HAUNTED – CHUCK PALAHNIUK”