Blood Ghast Blues Standalone Sequel to Black Box Inc.
by Jake Bible
Bell Bridge Books
Horror , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Apr 2018
If the A-Team were able to kick butt with magic as well as munitions, then they would probably look something like Chase Lawter and his team. An omnisexual yeti, a Fae trained assassin, a zombie business manager and Chase - the only known worker of dim - make for a group as vibrant and varied as the iconic 80s commandos. It”s difficult to say whether I enjoy the action or the banter more. Despite having the occasional squabble, Black Box Inc works as a team, and will always stand up for each other.
In Blood Ghast Blues, Chase is given an offer that he can’t refuse. The day starts like any other. A client who hasn’t paid his bill needs Chase to open his “box”. To facilitate things, a local crimelord, The One Guy offers to pay the bill. But this is only the first odd event. Someone has summoned blood ghasts and they are leaving blood and ter...
The Scarlet Coven by David Stuart Davies
Horror , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Apr 2017
Grab a Gibson and enjoy this thoroughly refreshing cocktail of mystery and horror with just a hint of sass. Simon Finch may have retired from the police, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking on the odd investigation. It also hasn’t stopped his wife, Laura, from joining in on the fun. Like the leads of many of the mysteries from the 30s and 40s, Laura and Simon trade quips, drink cocktails and romance each other while tackling the case.
At the start of The Scarlet Coven, Simon and Laura are approached by a troubled man convinced he is about to be killed. When the duo arrive at the prearranged meeting, they find the man dead, stabbed with a strange dagger. Simon soon discovers that the man was searching for his sister who had disappeared a few months earlier. The young woman had been working for a small bookshop before her disappearan...
Wow! Blue Hand Mojo is an amazing graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous - dark and edgy, perfect for a surreal tale of hoodoo and gangsters. John Jennings is a talented author and artist. Frank “Half Dead” Johnson is a marked man, owned in part by the Devil and in part by Noir, the dark goddess of imagination. From her, Frank gets his magic, and from the Devil his task - to acquire souls for Ole Scratch’s final musical number. In 1931, having dark skin doesn’t make for an easy life, and with Frank’s additional challenges - well life is a bumpy road.
Considering just how good Blue Hand Mojo is, I can easily imagine John Jennings making his own deal with Noir. Whether you like fantasy/noir blends, graphic novels or are simply looking for something wonderfully unique, I highly recommend Blue Hand Mojo.
Sorrow’s Edge wasn’t what I expected, but it was fun to read.
Don’t be put off by the horror label, Sorrow’s Edge is far from scary. It is more of an urban fantasy featuring an exorcist, a witch and a disembodied spirit. Jimmie Holiday’s wry, sometimes sarcastic humor brought grins, while the cringe worthy antics of the possessed fell more into the obnoxious rather than chilling category. The central characters were fun to observe. Jimmie and Tabby work well together and their somewhat bumpy relationship was cute and believable. I also liked the showmanship of Jimmie’s ancestor Doc Holiday. Lucy, the spirit accompanying Jimmie and Tabby, is compelling in her own right, at once a child and something more.
On the whole, Sorrow’s Edge is a reasonably entertaining short novel - not exceptional but promising. I am definitely willing to read the next...
The Demonists proves to be an intriguing start to a new series by Thomas E. Sniegoski. While technically an urban fantasy, the novel often veers into horror territory. It is of course a lot less gruesome than the average horror novel.
Exorcist John Fogg and his wife and partner Theodora Knight, a gifted medium, are very familiar with that which goes bump in the night. Unlike many television ghost hunters, they are the real deal, a fact that makes them immensely popular. On Halloween, during a special episode of their show everything goes wrong. Most of their crew are killed, John is injured and his wife is possessed by demons.
Meanwhile a powerful and malevolent force is recruiting believers to aid in its resurrection.
This novel serves to set the stage for later novels, introducing the central characters, providing reasons for what Theodora becomes and her resultant abilities as well as their...
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 16, 2016
I've never read a novel quite like Lovecraft Country. Superficially it is an anthology of interrelated stories clearly influenced by pulp noir and Lovecraftian horror. There is much more to Ruff's novel, however. With the current troubling uptick in racism, Lovecraft Country is particularly pertinent in how it reminds the reader of the terrifying challenges faced by African Americans during the era of Jim Crow and segregation. Terrors of racist malevolence blend with creatures and circumstance seemingly drawn straight from the pages of science fiction.
The novel centers around 22 year old African American Army veteran Atticus Turner and his family and friends. Their lives are irrevocably changed when Atticus, his Uncle George, and friend Letitia follow his father to Ardham in pursuit of Atticus’s legacy. The Order of the Ancient Dawn need Atticus, willing...