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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadry

I picked up Devil Said Bang because of the concept of the character and the amazing blurbs by well-known authors.  Unfortunately, the novel fell well short of my lofty expectations.  Sandman Slim is the main character and has been made the new Lucifer, in charge of Hell after the last Lucifer no longer wanted the Read More…

Phantom Evil by Heather Graham

Phantom Evil is the first book in the Krewe of Hunters series, a group led by skeptic Jackson Crowe that consists of individuals from different backgrounds who have some level of paranormal ability.  In this novel, a state senator from Louisiana requests their services after his wife is killed in a house inhabited by ghosts—at Read More…

Fated by S. G. Browne

The thing about Fated, I really loved the voice.  It was so distinctly S.G. Browne.  I’ve read every one of his novels, and his story telling is so distinct.  I wouldn’t so much classify it as humor.  It’s more light-hearted.  It’s got a nice flow to it.  Normally, the use of present tense in story Read More…

The Last Rakosh by F Paul Wilson

The Last Rakosh was a fun pulp novella featuring Repairman Jack.  I’m not overly familiar with the Repairman Jack character, having only read one of the books, but I found him to be a compelling and fun character to be around.  In this novel, Jack goes to a carnival and encounters a creature he thought Read More…

Fear the Reaper edited by Joe Mynhardt

Like many anthologies that I read, Fear the Reaper, had some strong stories that I enjoyed, and some forgettable ones that I skipped through because they couldn’t hold my interest.  This anthology had an interesting theme—one that focused on death. There were tales of the Grim Reaper, life after death, vampires, ghosts, spirits and a Read More…

10 Questions with Dan Padavona

Who has been your biggest influence as a writer?   That’s a difficult question to answer, as I respect and appreciate a great many authors. Certainly Stephen King, who’ve I read for over 40 years, is a huge influence. But so too are Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Keene, and J.K. Rowling. I’m Read More…