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Horror Diary - Ongoing list of books I read in 2008

Phantom Matt "real-life ghost"
 
Fragile Things
Fragile Things
"4 out of 5 - I preferred this to Smoke and Mirrors, his previous short story collection. This one seemed more consistent ."
Virus
Virus
"5 out of 5 - even better than the excellent debut, The Keeper. Her complex yet compelling small town tales could make her the next Peter Straub (that's a big compliment, by the way)"
The Terror
The Terror
"5 out of 5 - a major achievement - a 900+ page book that I read in a week! Good supernatural sequences blended into fascinating, well-researched historical docu-drama."
The Stormwatcher
The Stormwatcher
"4 out of 5 - excellently written and intriguing, I disliked all the main characters though - not sure if it was author's intention, but Joyce is fast becoming my second-favourite British author (!)"
Mr. Hands
Mr. Hands
"4 out of 5 - Very good, if a little short (it's bulked up by an equally good novella), I'll be trying some more from this author."
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek
"4 out of 5 - Not at his evil best, but still streets ahead in portraying non-supernatural horror, created by the kind of people you may live next door to....."
Nightscape
Nightscape
"4 out of 5 - good short stories, with an excellent novella, "Rio Grande Gothic" which is almost worth the price on it's own"
Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Novel (Repairman Jack Novels)
Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Novel (Repairman Jack Novels)
"5 out of 5 - After a slow start (Legacies), the Repairman Jack series has gone from strength to strength - looking forward to seeing how it all ties up with the original Adversary series."
Blaze
Blaze
"4 out of 5 - an undemanding, enjoyable "quickie" - apparently from King's pre-fame days. A bit heavy-handed and obvious in it's attempts to elicit sympathy for the protagonist, but just about succeeds"
Red (and bonus novella 'The Traveller')
Red (and bonus novella 'The Traveller')
"5 out of 5 - Red is a revenge tale, a bit gentler than Ketchum's usual mayhem, you find yourself rooting for the hero. Excellent. Bonus novella The Passenger is equally as good, but more brutal."
Somewhere South Of Midnight
Somewhere South Of Midnight
"3.5 out of 5 - a fantastic beginning and a tense climax just about compensates for the rather dull middle section - Laws is an underrated writer, but I found this to be one of his lesser efforts"
The Grin of the Dark
The Grin of the Dark
"4.5 out of 5 - eerie, hallucinatory, confusing, surreal, etc etc. - business as usual for the best horror writer alive, an unusual story about a writer researching a forgotten silent comedian."
Ghost Road Blues
Ghost Road Blues
"4 out of 5 - despite it's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach (zombies, psychos, ghosts, werewolves, scarecrows etc) this is pretty entertaining stuff, will read the rest of the trilogy."
Old Flames
Old Flames
"4 out of 5 - two novellas, Old Flames is ok, like Mills & Boon directed by Peckinpah, Right to Life is excellent, a real nail-biting kidnap and torture tale. You don't always get happy endings!"
Coffin County (Leisure Fiction)
Coffin County (Leisure Fiction)
"4 out of 5 - King had Castle Rock, Grant had Oxrun Station, and now Braunbeck chronicles the bloodthirsty history of his own haunted town, Cedar Hill. A good supernatural serial killer story."
The Dead Letters
The Dead Letters
"5 out of 5 - my first Piccirilli - and it won't be my last. This is a brilliantly written psycho thriller, with the odd surreal touch. He should be huge! But isn't......"
The Deluge (Leisure Fiction) (Leisure Fiction)
The Deluge (Leisure Fiction) (Leisure Fiction)
"4 out of 5 - this one has had some poor reviews, but I quite liked it, reminded me structurally of Cell, mixed with The Thing. Morris doesn't hold back on the gruesome descriptions either."
A Choir of Ill Children
A Choir of Ill Children
"4 out of 5 - a thick, potent atmosphere envelops this steamy southern gothic, packed with bizarre, freakish characters. The story seems almost secondary to the general weirdness. Recommended!!!"
In Silent Graves
In Silent Graves
"3 out of 5 - After a haunting, harrowing first section with the death of a wife and unborn child, we then enter a muddled, heavy-going ,sub-Barker metaphysical world - which spoils this brave book."
Headstone City
Headstone City
"5 out of 5 - an excellent, snappily written wiseguy thriller is elevated yet further with a liberal sprinkling of supernatural action. Gritty black humour also peppers this great story."
The Immaculate
The Immaculate
"4 out of 5 - atmospheric ghost story, about going back to your roots and making peace with the past.....the ghosts are less scary than the human monsters in this book. Nice twist too."
Cabal
Cabal
"4 out of 5 - nearly classic Barker, shorter than his usual epics, fast-paced, gory, mystical - just lacks the dazzling scope of a Weaveworld or ..Secret Show."
Banquet for the Damned
Banquet for the Damned
"5 out of 5 - in attempting to bring the classic ghost stories of James, Blackwood et al. bang up to date, Nevill has done something remarkable - he has written a book that is worthy of those masters."
The Midnight Road
The Midnight Road
"4 out of 5 - lacks the pizzazz of previous Pics I've read, but still an above average thriller, with the trademark weird twists and bizarre characters"
The Perils and Dangers of this Night
The Perils and Dangers of this Night
"4 out of 5 - a slow, stately English gothic - the atmospheric setting is the star of the show, but the thriller elements are enjoyable too. Virgin Books are doing a great service to the horror shelves"