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Friday, June 14, 2024

Book review: All The Fiends of Hell by Adam Nevill


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is an author of horror fiction. Of his novels, 'The Ritual', 'Last Days', 'No One Gets Out Alive' and 'The Reddening' were all winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. He has also published three collections of short stories, with 'Some Will Not Sleep' winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection, 2017.

The author lives in Devon, England. More information about the author and his books is available at: www.adamlgnevill.com

Publisher: Ritual Limited; 1st edition (April 2, 2024) Length: 393 pages Formats: audiobook, ebook, paperback Genre: sci-fi horror
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Review: The God and the Gumiho by Sophie Kim

 

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OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Sophie Kim has a penchant for writing stories that feature mythology, monsters, mystery, and magic. Her work includes young adult novels such as the Talons Series and books on the adult spectrum such as The God and the Gumiho.

FORMAT/INFO: The God and the Gumiho was published by Del Rey on June 4th, 2024. It is told in third person from Seokga and Hani's POV. It is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook format.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Kim Hani's barista job in Korea has a lot of downsides, but the worst is her least favorite customer, the arrogant Seokga the Fallen. A former trickster god, Seokga was banished from heaven after a failed coup, and he's stuck on the mortal plane until he can kill 20,000 demons as penance. But then Seokga gets an offer that could change everything: slay both a recently escaped demon and the mysterious gumiho the Scarlet Fox, and his sentence will be lifted early. Unfortunately for Kim Hani, SHE is the Scarlet Fox, in hiding for a hundred years after getting a little too enthused with consuming mortal souls. In order to thwart Seokga's efforts, Kim Hani signs on to be his assistant, hoping to point him in the wrong direction. The two work together to stop the deadly demon, but they also find themselves falling for each other as well.

The God and the Gumiho is a fun little adventure, anchored by a solid pair of devious, morally grey protagonists. Seokga is arrogant and haughty; the best parallel I can make is saying that he brings a lot of MCU Loki energy to the table, strutting about and expecting mortals to bend to his every whim, even though his god powers and station have been stripped from him. Hani, meanwhile, is unrepentant about her secret past as the Scarlet Fox. In her view, it's in a gumiho's nature to consume souls and she's not going to apologize for it. While both Hani and Seokga experience some growth over the course of the story, I appreciated that this wasn't a more classic pairing of a "play by the rules" and a "break the rules" kind of duo, but two people who have learned to draw their moral line in very different places.

On the whole, I had a fun time with the mystery adventure itself. I enjoyed the "creature" world that exists alongside the mortal one, with glamoured shops to turn away mortal eyes and agencies dedicated to cleaning up supernatural messes before humans get wind of them. Hani and Seokga's investigation takes them all over South Korea as they try to determine what human the demon has taken as a host, allowing many different creature encounters throughout the story. I did, however, think some of the mystery elements could have been better done; for one, our heroes are too easy to jump on a theory as the only answer and don't always interrogate if there's an alternative suspect or explanation.

CONCLUSION: That aside, I found The God and the Gumiho a charming time, particularly when it came to the execution of the two lead characters. I loved watching Hani interact with Seokga, using her own trickster ways to steer the investigation or simply to get under his skin. This book may also work slightly better for people more familiar with the K-Drama space that this book was inspired by. For me, it's a perfect comfort read of two crafty people solving crimes and falling in love along the way.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Book review: Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Harrison is the national bestselling author of Black Sheep, Such Sharp Teeth, Cackle, and The Return, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, as an Audible Original, and in her debut collection, Bad Dolls. She lives in western New York with her husband and their cat/overlord.

Publisher: Berkley (September 19, 2023) Page count: 308 Formats: audiobook, ebook, hardback, paperback Genre: Horror
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Hell For Hire Interview with Rachel Aaron (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)


(Author picture courtesy of Oscar C. & Rachel Aaron)
Monday, June 3, 2024

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Ragnarök Prophecy trilogy by Matt Larkin

 

Matt Larkin has revealed the new covers for his The Ragnarok Prophecy trilogy So check them out:



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OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: He was a god. He was a king. A necromancer, a shaman. A prophet …
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Review: Evocation by S.T. Gibson

 


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OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Saint is a literary agent, author, and village wise woman in training. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the theological studies program at Princeton Seminary, she currently lives in Boston with her partner, spoiled Persian cat, and vintage blazer collection.
Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Book review: Diavola by Jennifer Marie Thorne

 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Thorne is an American author of books for adults and young readers who writes from a nineteenth-century Cotswold cottage in the medieval market town of Minchinhampton alongside her husband, two sons, and various other animals.

Publisher: Tor Nightfire (March 26, 2024) Page count: 296 pages Formats: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Genre: horror

Monday, May 27, 2024

Hell For Hire by Rachel Aaron (reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 


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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Book review: Thrill Switch by Tim Hawken

 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Hawken is a literary hooligan from Western Australia who writes dark sci-fi and fantasy. He is a 2-times winner of the AHWA’s Flash Fiction Competition, has been shortlisted for an Australian Shadows Award twice, and likes to add a twist of wicked humour to his work. His debut Hellbound Trilogy was a cult hit, which garnered attention from Hollywood, including being pitched to Netflix by producers for a series adaptation.

Tim has recently contributed to best-selling books such as Dear Santa, Dear Dad and Dear Mum, and released a literary fiction novel under the pen name T.S. Hawken.

Tim posts a 100-word, art-inspired story most days on Instagram (@tim_hawken). You can find more about him and his work at timhawken.com

Publisher: Seahawk Press (October 29, 2022) Length: 228 pages Formats: audiobook, ebook, paperback Awards: SPSFC 3 Finalist
Thursday, May 16, 2024

Guest Post & Cover Reveal: Fool's Promise by Angela Boord

 

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