Review of “Darkest Hours” by Mike Thorn

It might be odd to call a collection of horror/noir short stories "beautiful," but that is the impression I'm left with.  These are incredibly well-crafted, well-written stories from an author I quickly grew to respect.  Thorn's mastery of prose is an absolute delight to read.  His creativity is refreshing.  His subtle ability to make the... Continue Reading →

Review of “The Sea Was a Fair Master” by Calvin Demmer

This author never disappoints in coming up with unique, impressively well-written shorts.  This collection of 23 stories has a little bit of everything - from crime to love to androids to the worst English class imaginable.  There's a great balance of creepy, troubling, sometimes funny (in an "oh, that's terrible" grinning kind of way), and... Continue Reading →

#TopTenTuesday – Fairy Tales

Top 10 Favorite Fairy Tales: 1:   Sapsorrow.  I've never liked the usual versions of Cinderella.  Even as a kid, I remember thinking, "Who wants a prince who can't recognize you without the right shoes?"  But THIS version is from an old German folk tale, a version of Allerleirauh (yeah, I had to look that up), and... Continue Reading →

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