Mr Shivers: high-brow mythic horror

This debut novel ambitiously aims to blend American gothic, historical grit and the sinister, surreal otherworldliness of a menacing modern-day myth. The sparse text veers towards the literary end of the spectrum, where the author establishes the narrative dynamic and the emotional context for the increasingly unsettling scenes, but lets the reader’s imagination run wild…

Ripping Reading: new titles and offbeat books

A rapid round-up of crime-thriller, murder-mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from new writers, indie authors and small publishers. Plenty here to top up your ‘to-read’ shelf after the summer holidays… A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Tyler Dilts: investigating the human condition. Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime…

Urban Mythic: a modern magical mystery tour

The 14 authors who contributed to Urban Mythic have drawn on a wide variety of folklore, fable and freaky faery stories to blend a solid mix of different interpretations around the book’s common theme. Some of these tales are out and out action-adventures, while others are altogether more whimsical and wistful. None are particularly long,…