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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Balak by Stephen Mark Rainey

Balak is a Cthulhian mythos style novel set in modern day Chicago.  The novel starts off with the disappearance of a little boy, in part witnessed by Claire Challis, whose own child disappeared not long before that.  This leads Claire and her boyfriend, Mike, into a dark church, whose members worship Balak, an ancient figure Read More…

Usher’s Passing by Robert McCammon

When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be a historical fiction novel featuring Edgar Allen Poe and the Usher family that he wrote about over a century ago.  It turned out to be set in modern day.  I was hoping for historical fiction given that McCammon is terrific as an author Read More…