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The Manufacturer of Sorrow
The Manufacturer of Sorrow
by Michelle Scalise
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And yet it's all done so beautifully., September 12, 2014
Michelle Scalise knows how to put her emotions on the page. You can feel the rawness of several of the pieces. That's an anger here. especially in poems such as Red and Little Blue Pills. And yet it's all done so beautifully.


Vespers
Vespers
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vespers by Tom Piccirilli, April 7, 2014
This review is from: Vespers (Kindle Edition)
It's amazing to me that Piccirilli can fit so much story and backstory into what appears to be only a novella. Here you have Tommy Flowers, an FBI agent in deep cover who cares as much for the mob family he's supposed to be getting the dirt on. But he calls the grandma of the family "Grandma" and is best friends with the current mob boss. Tommy also suffers from psychic religious visions, the same way his aunt (a nun) does. As the End of Days quickly approaches, Tommy tries to fight a zombie Armageddon with bullets, knives, and his inherent curse. Kudos to the writing, and especially the cover art, which is pretty spooky and the perfect supplement to the tale.


A Manhattan Ghost Story
A Manhattan Ghost Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of great importance, April 1, 2014
TM Wright's A MANHATTAN GHOST STORY pre-dates THE SIXTH SENSE by several years. It's a scary, involving, poetic, insightful book of great literary strength. All of his work is outstanding but never moreso than here. Check it out and become a lifelong fan!


Pale Preachers: A Zombie Novella
Pale Preachers: A Zombie Novella

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piccirilli returns to the southern gothic roots of A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN, February 7, 2014
Cheers for the return of Fishboy Lenny, swamp witches, and freakish life forms in Tom Piccirilli's PALE PREACHERS. A new life form is spawned in the swamps that reanimates the dead. One man is called home by his redneck dangerous cousins to help stop the infestation. We discover that the crazy swamp witch is his grandmother, a once brilliant scientist sent to studytroubling facts about the swamp. The man seems to be equal parts witch, scientist, crook, and harboiled hero. Looking forward to the release of Piccirilli's next zombie novella VESPERS, which seems to deal with New York mafia hitmen and the z-day apoalypse.


Always Outnumbered
Always Outnumbered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence Fishburne's most nuanced role, February 7, 2014
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This film is proof tht when an excellent actor has first-rate material to work with he'll do some of his finest work of his career. Walter Mosley's screenplay based on his collection of "Socrates Fortlow" tales hits on all cylinders dealing with powerful topics ranging from redemption, guilt, friendship, fatherhood, dignity, efforts toimprove one's life and appreciate that life. If you haven't read the books, do so, they're all terrific. Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. Walkin' the Dog. And The Right Mistake.


Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun meta-fiction, February 7, 2014
A fun meta-fiction piece put together by nine horror authors as a terrific fund-raiser for one of their own...the inimitable The Last Kind Words: A Novel Tom Piccirilli. If you dig extreme fiction then you've got the best of the best here: Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, J.F. Gonzalez, Brian Keene, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White. Yes, there is ghostly vomit, murder, sex, etc. But the really fun part starts at the 3/4 mark when the authors write themselves into the book and find themselves in conflict with each other and just try to stay alive to the end. A sharp-witted satire more than anything else. Good job, guys.


Innocence: A Novel
Innocence: A Novel
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $9.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Grimm's fairy tale for the modern era, February 5, 2014
This review is from: Innocence: A Novel (Hardcover)
I just finished up INNOCENCE this morning and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. A Grimm's fairy tale-like narrative full of enlightenment and poetry and positivity. It had a timeless quality to it that added to the dream-like atmosphere. As much as I like your work, this might be my favorite. Loved the twists, the depth, and the startling, impactful ending.


Conversations with James Ellroy (Literary Conversations Series)
Conversations with James Ellroy (Literary Conversations Series)
by James Ellroy
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary, February 5, 2014
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Aside from Harlan Ellison I can't think of a more quick-witted, acidic, sharp and hard as nails writer who is so self-aware. Ellroy shocks, insults, enlightens, and spooks the heck out of his interviewers here, and does the same to his readers. He's the demon dog of literature all right.


Others of My Kind: A Novel
Others of My Kind: A Novel
by James Sallis
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Sallis, but..., February 1, 2014
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This one just didn't cut it for me. A very slow-burn with some muddled storytelling that skips all over the place and doesn't give us a chance to really dig our nails into the narrative. A disturbing, uncomfortable story from the start, it would have behooved the author to give us some storytelling action instead of endless rumination. For such a short novel it took me months to finish. Reread DRIVE if you want a book that moves.


The Maid's Version: A Novel
The Maid's Version: A Novel
by Daniel Woodrell
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate author writes a sub-standard novel, February 1, 2014
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Okay, we all know it happens. One of our favorite writers, who consistently wins our hearts, finally turns in a book that disappoints us painfully. I love all of Woodrells books...except this one. Confused storytelling, jumpy, erratic, without enough of an emotional through-line for us to wrap our heads and hearts around. Saying this is horribly painful for me because I dig Woodrell so much, but I've got to be honest and just hang my hopes on his next novel getting him back to form.


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