Author Archives: Brian Sammons

The Strange Dark One by W. H. Pugmire; Miskatonic River Press ; 2012; 153 pgs; $14.99 US

W. H. Pugmire is one of the best authors of cold, cosmic horror working today and his tales are often in the same vein as the Grand Old Gent from Providence, H. P. Lovecraft. Over the years Mr. Pugmire has … Continue reading

A Season in Carcosa by Edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.; Miskatonic River Press ; 2012; 282 pgs; $19.99 US

First, if you don’t know who Robert W. Chambers is and never read any of his work, stop right now and go read some. Not only will you find a dark, eerie, surreal world waiting for you in his stories, … Continue reading

Chiral Mad by Edited by Michael Bailey; Written Backwards ; 2012; 375 pgs; $15.00 US

Short review in this world of Tweets and sound bites: get this book. For a slightly longer review, how about this: get this great book full of good stories brought together for a great cause. Seriously, getting this book is … Continue reading

This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong; Thomas Dunne Books ; 2012; 406 pgs; $25.99 US

Author David Wong achieved some much deserved success with his debut novel with the memorable name John Dies at the End. Success soon became fame when filmmaker Don Coscarelli (the man behind the Phantasm series) bought the rights to make … Continue reading

Psychos by Edited by John Skipp ; Black Dog & Leventhal ; 2012; 601 pgs; $18.95 US

This is a physically impressive looking book, bordering on the downright imposing. Measuring just a tad over seven inches by nine inches and over an inch and a half think, not to mention probably weighing close to, if not over, … Continue reading

Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist; Thomas Dunne Books ; 2012; 533 pgs; $27.99 US

John Ajvide Lindqvist exploded onto the international horror scene a few years back when his amazing vampire coming of age book, LET ME IN spawned two very good, non-sparkling and completely horrifying vampire movies; LET THE RIGHT ONE IN from … Continue reading

Zombie Eye for the Living Guy by Alexander Colby; Marion Street Press; 2012; 173 pgs; $12.95 US

Yeah this is a one note joke that’s completely summed up in the title. Is that a bad thing? No, not if you know what you’re getting in to when you have over your cash for this. So in an … Continue reading

ZOMBIE MOVIES: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE – 2ND Edition by Glenn Kay; Chicago Review Press; 2012; 432 pgs; $24.95 US

As if you couldn’t tell from the title, this is a book all about zombie movies. No surprises there. What was surprising to me when reading it was just how complete it was. In encyclopedias like this, I always try … Continue reading

STEAMPUNK MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley; Running Press; 2012; 380 pgs; $18.95 US

This book is Frankenstein. ‘Nuff said. It’s one of the most seminal horror stories ever and even if you’ve never read it, even if you’ve never seen any of the countless movies made off of it, you know about Dr. … Continue reading

STEAMPUNK POE by Edgar Allan Poe; Running Press; 2011; 263 pgs; $18.95 US

This is the first book in a series of classic horror tales being reissued with a steampunk aesthetic. It collects (appropriately enough) 13 stories and poems, including some of Poe’s best like “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Tell-Tale … Continue reading