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Horror Diary 2011 - ongoing list

Phantom Matt "real-life ghost"
 
The Anubis Gates (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
The Anubis Gates (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"4/5 -This time-travelling tale is all over the place like a drunkards breakfast - but Powers is skilful enough to make it make sense, and be damn entertaining!"
A Dark Matter
A Dark Matter
"4/5 - A meditation on what constitutes evil, as a traumatic experience at a demonic ritual is recounted from different viewpoints. Almost runs out of steam, but majestically written"
Nocturnes
Nocturnes
"4/5 - very nice homages to the classic supernatural short story, with tips of the hat to everyone from MR James to Stephen King. An excellent collection."
Black Hills
Black Hills
"3.5/5 - Simmons recent run of heavily-researched historical fictions continues. This is a bit better than Drood, with fascinating descriptions of Lakota life, plus Custer's soft-porn musings!"
The Totem
The Totem
"4.5/5 - horror classic from the late 70's. Fast-paced, econimically written story of of hippy cults, rabies-like viruses and people regressing to savage animal states. Great!"
Loss of Separation
Loss of Separation
"4/5 - after the blip of Decay Inevitable, Williams gets back to dark, downbeat and depressing - which is great news! Grim secrets haunt a rainswept seaside village."
A Matter Of Blood: The Dog-Faced Gods Book One (DOG-FACED GODS TRILOGY)
A Matter Of Blood: The Dog-Faced Gods Book One (DOG-FACED GODS TRILOGY)
"4/5 - great blend of gritty urban police procedural, futuristic faceless corporation string-pulling, and supernatural serial killers. The start of a very promising trilogy."
The Two Sams: Ghost Stories
The Two Sams: Ghost Stories
"4/5 - very subtle, delicately written short stories...no overt supernatural presence here, yet the stories are just as haunting. Excellent stuff."
Just After Sunset
Just After Sunset
"3/5 - Over the years, King's short-story writing has improved....but the actual excitement of the stories hasn't. Night Shift remains one of my favourite collections...nothing quite as memorable here."
On Stranger Tides
On Stranger Tides
"4/5 - Change a few names, a few plot strands and call it the new "Pirates of The Caribbean" movie....classic fantasy swashbuckler, the pace could have been a bit quicker though.."
The Pines (Leisure Fiction)
The Pines (Leisure Fiction)
"4/5 - The first novel i've read based on the Jersey Devil legend. Dunbar does a good job portraying the oppressive atmosphere and backwoods communities of the Jersey pine barrens - good stuff."
Horns
Horns
"4.5/5 - original, and with a nice broad streak of black humour, Joe Hill delivers on his early promise. The convoluted ending robs it of the full 5, but this is a "devilishly" good tale."
Mr Shivers
Mr Shivers
"4/5 - great debut (?), as a group a vengeful drifters stalk a possibly supernatural serial-killer. The depression-era is expertly evoked, very atmospheric setting."
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
"5/5 - Kings best short(ish) story collection for a good while - he's back on track with this and Under The Dome. Every story is a real page-turner."
The Passage
The Passage
"3/5 - Cronin is a very talented writer, but this apocalyptic doorstep could be pruned by a few hundred pages.Between the decent action, some sections are tedious beyond belief, overrated definitely."
The Reapers are the Angels
The Reapers are the Angels
"5/5 - excellent, what The Passage should have been like. Shorter, but still feels epic, as a young girl ekes out an existence post-zombie apocalypse."
The Ritual
The Ritual
"4/5 - a great first half, as bickering blokes get stalked in remote Scandinavian wilderness. Bonkers second half, as black metal band prepare sacrifice to aforementioned stalker!"