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J. K. Neilson "penny_spy" (UK)

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Infested
Infested
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3.0 out of 5 stars a strong 3*, 16 April 2014
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Really liked this. Elegantly written, seamlessly constructed with very subtle flashbacks (a real bugbear if overused) This was an excellent read and well worth experiencing.


Don't Need No Water
Don't Need No Water
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3.0 out of 5 stars brutal, 16 April 2014
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Very good, not for the squeamish, not nice at all, in fact, but think the Devil's Rejects with an actual brain and you're closing in on how it felt to read this. It's unflinching, grindhousey writing, but stick with it. Nothing is dwelt on and there's a great sense of imbalance in our protagonist who is, after all, just doing the right thing. Right?


Hitchens vs Blair
Hitchens vs Blair
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4.0 out of 5 stars who won?, 15 April 2014
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Well, Hitchens, obviously, even as he reached the end of his fight with cancer, his breadth and depth of knowledge on all fronts melts Blair's drifting responses into shallow mush.


The Human Body
The Human Body
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3.0 out of 5 stars great and merciless, 11 April 2014
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Liked this very much, well written snappy short where a brutally honest inner voice torments an overweight self loather, who's heads to a collision course with himself.


Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft
Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft
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5.0 out of 5 stars best storytelling, 6 April 2014
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Loved this, really impressive, absorbing storytelling and artwork is beautiful. Can't recommend highly enough, I rarely give anything 5 stars!


The Harpy's Eggs
The Harpy's Eggs
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3.0 out of 5 stars too short, 14 Feb 2014
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Well written fun, much too short, liked them a lot, would like to know more about the world and what happens next.


Dark Passage (A Terrifying Horror Thriller)
Dark Passage (A Terrifying Horror Thriller)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid horror thriller, made great use of some very surreal twists., 21 Jun 2013
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The Haunted Eyeball's review! (Please google us for more reviews, & horror/new weird authors if you'd like a review of your work).

Tyson's nightmares are overwhelming him, fracturing his mind, his family life and his business. In a final, desperate measure he takes on a clinical trial of a new drug, allegedly designed to aid his sleep, which soon reveals some rather grim side effects. At first, things seem to be going well and it brings him considerable benefits. However, nothing is quite what it seems, least of all his encroaching nightmares and the real source of his problems. We reckon it's not exactly what the reader will expect either.

This unpredictability made Dark Passagea very compelling read. While at first it appears to be a typical thriller outline, and the order of character deaths are not really going to shock you, there were enough curveballs in the mix to keep us pushing on to the next chapter, eager to get to the next scene and chew on the next crumb of information. As we said, it's not quite clear what's going on until it all clicks near the end. Another character attempting to make sense of insanity is the ambitious, and obsessive, Doctor Hunter, and he is nicely woven into the uncanny web of Tyson's problems.

The tightly written characters were a pleasing range between banal, brave and pure evil. Really, really evil. But it's also great to have a real hero to root for amidst all the horror, and Tyson was a very likeable lead. Your eyelids will ache in sympathy as he battles his sleepless state, attempting to dodge his debilitating dreams. It was very easy to get behind him as the awful truth emerges, and the battles against his nightmares become increasingly lethal.

From its sinister opening chapter, to a rather clever finale, this was a solid horror thriller that made great use of some very surreal twists. We were thoroughly hooked on the story, from its unsettling start, all the way up to an unexpectedly heart breaking conclusion. Vividly written (although we'd still love to see a graphic novel version), if you enjoy well-written action, not-entirely gratuitous gore, and freaky monsters from Beyond (and who doesn't?), then Dark Passage is very definitely for you.

Strongly recommended.


The Tale of Rinji
The Tale of Rinji
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous story, beautifully written, 16 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Tale of Rinji (Kindle Edition)
Be pleasantly warned, the wonderful story of Rinji is a fairy tale with a distinctly adult angle, but the 'adult' themes are never hugely explicit, this is a beautiful, deceptively simple tale. Set in the dreamlike world of ancient Japan, 'Rinji' is stuffed with cruel curses, talking statues and jealous lovers. Mythical beings are brought vividly to life, and I found each quirky, troubled, yet endearing creature stayed in my head long after I'd finished reading. I loved this bedtime story for adults, and it's a truly gorgeous read. Highly recommended.


Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 8
Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, involving and trippily surreal, 14 Mar 2012
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Innsmouth Magazine presents six varied tales of terror inspired by the work of H P Lovecraft. All are chilling, involving and sometimes challenging, collecting ancient and present day horrors, trippily surreal narratives and some truly sublime moments. All unconventional, certainly worth a look.

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5 Stories That Bite - A Collection of Vampire Tales
5 Stories That Bite - A Collection of Vampire Tales

4.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible blend of horror & humour, 13 Mar 2012
James Pratt brings us another irresistible blend of horror and humour with a dash of sour poignancy in this tasty collection. Concentrating on vampires this time, the payoffs are still too good to spoil.

These won't take long to get through (more's the pity) but the Five Stories in this collection are definitely worth a nibble, and after one taste you'll certainly be hooked. Recommended.

Review with summaries of each story available here: [...]


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