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Balak by Stephen Mark Rainey

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...

Usher’s Passing by Robert McCammon

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...

Movie Review: It Chapter Two

Movie Review: It Chapter Two

The Second Part to It was fighting a losing battle from the start.  First off, it had a lot to live up to.  It Chapter One was perhaps the second-best Stephen King adaptation ever made behind Jack Nicholson’s The Shining.  It also had the issue that the source...

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

I was hooked in by The Grace of Kings right from the start.  There is a lot to like in this novel.  I liked this novel because it had the feel of an epic fantasy novel but was written in a very different style.  It had a clear Far Eastern influence to it which made it...

December Park by Ronald Malfi

December Park by Ronald Malfi

December Park is a dark, moody, atmospheric novel that is more psychological thriller and mystery than it is a horror novel.  It takes place in the nineties in suburban Maryland.  Angelo Mazzone and his group of outcasts obsess over a series of missing children in...

The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston

The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston

When I read the back cover of The Shards of Heaven, I found the concept tantalizing.  I’m a big reader of both fantasy and historical fiction.  The combination sounded fascinating, especially when setting it at the time of the Roman Empire with Mark Antony and...