The Book of Apex : Vol 4

Part of the Apex Blog Tour hosted by The Little Red Reviewer The problem I always have with reviewing a collection of short stories is that it is, as described, a collection of different stories. What if you hate one and love another? And especially when it is a collection by different authors. Maybe you […]

The man in the picture

Part of my RIP VIII reading. Oliver is visiting his old Oxford tutor when Theo begins to tell him a story. It is a cold January night, perfect for huddling round the fire and telling a ghostly atmospheric story. But Theo’s story is not just a ghost story to him, it is the history of […]

The conjuring

Based on the true story. Or so they say. In the 1970s Roger and Carolyn Perron move into a new home with their five daughters. It’s a little run down, needs a bit of work, but its home. But the dog won’t come in to the house, and their very first night their results in […]

The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore

via Metafilter Inspired by classic American murder ballads and folk songs such as In the pines and Knoxville Girl this tells the story of a girl, taken by a haint. There isn’t much point in me recapping the plot. There is little enough story to it, but what there is, is well told. Demory’s short […]

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula

The last of my RIP reads, and my All Hallows Swap book. What if Van Helsing had lost? What if Dracula had won that battle, married Queen Victoria, and taken power? What would Victorian England make of vampires coming out of the shadows, into high society, and becoming fashionable as well as powerful? Anno Dracula […]

Apex Magazine Issue 41

Always the Same. Till it is Not.

One of my RIP reads Short story published in Apex Magazine Issue 41 Zombies are everywhere lately. This short story does something a little different with the idea though, it tells the story from the point of view of the Zombie. This isn’t totally original, I recently read the beginning of Hugh C. Howey’s work […]

Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Zoo

One of my RIP reads For years now Jackson Oz has been tracking animal attacks on people. It started out as a joke, but as the data kept coming in he began to think it was more than that. He has even named the phenomenon HAC. Human Animal Conflict. And it is getting worse. All […]

The little stranger - Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger

Read for this year’s RIP event. Part of The Estella Society’s readalong, although a much delayed addition. The story opens with a happy scene at Hundreds Hall, our narrator is remembering how grand the house was. How impressive it was to a small child visiting from a poor family. Thirty years later when Doctor Faraday […]

The invisible man - H. G. Wells

The Invisible man

Another coursera course book, and another that fits with my reading for this years RIP project & for the 2012 Sci-Fi Challenge. One wintry day in a small, quiet English village, a stranger appears. He takes a room at the inn and keeps himself to himself. But his intense privacy, the bandages he wears, and […]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But […]