The Burning Tree
Rory Dwane puts a family through the wringer in The Burning Tree! Ben Wells begins to realize that there’s something very wrong at home, and that his family is being threatened by something unnatural. Dwane fantastically instills that sense of creeping dread as the novella moves forward, that horrid sense that something bad is about to happen! I loved it, especially with Dwane’s excellent descriptions and characters to care about! If you’re looking for a ‘haunted family’ story with a twist, come dive into Dwane’s nightmare!
The Violet Carnival
John Sickels delivers some history with a dark twist in The Violet Carnival! This series of short stories jumps between different historic eras in the United States, following a set of hapless characters as they face off with occult horrors. I love the Lovecraftian nature of this book and Sickels does a great job of blending history with horror! It was fun travelling through the different eras and seeing what new terrors would present themselves! This one was bloody fun, perfect for my fellow lovers of all things horror!
Kyle Van Dongen
Nuclear fallout and scavenging for supplies aren’t the only things survivors have to worry about in Kyle Van Dongen’s Savage Days! When a creature steals a girl from her bed, three apocalypse survivors must overcome their differences to save her. Van Dongen’s world is both terrifying and intriguing, but it was his focus on the characters that really drew me in! They were each trying to overcome more than just their harsh environment, making this a gripping human drama! If you love post-apocalyptic fic with a focus on realistic characters, join the hunt in Savage Days!
The Paramount Venture
Akilan Ra sends us on a deeply philosophical sci fi adventure in The Paramount Venture! A man sets out to unlock the secrets of the universe when he encounters a woman who may be something far worse. That’s definitely oversimplifying Ra’s work, which is profound and mixes several scientific theories and philosophies in a deep way! This one’s definitely cerebral, but I really enjoyed Ra’s mix of storytelling and philosophical musings! If you enjoy deeper sci fi explorations like Contact, then definitely set out for the stars in The Paramount Venture!
After the Change
Michael J Moore
Michael J Moore hits us with a heart-pounding new take on the zombie apocalypse in After the Change! Fifteen year old Diego Conner is suddenly forced to flee school when his classmates start murdering each other. Arriving home, his parents brutally try to eat him, forcing him and his friends to flee across a rapidly changed world. Moore packs all the thrill and horror of a zombie film into the plot but never loses focus of what’s really important: the characters. I really felt for Diego and his friends through each and every encounter with The Changed, making this a zombie novel worth reading! If you love zombies or YA lit, definitely take a bite out of Moore’s thrill ride!