Browsing Archive: January, 2015

NEW REVIEW: Shane McKenzie et al - Jackpot (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, In : New Review 
For those that like their fiction nasty, unrelenting and drenched in bucket-loads of gore, you’ll probably want to check out Sinister Grin Press’ novel ‘Jackpot’ (2014).  Co-written by four authors who aren’t afraid to go completely over-the-top with the violence, this really is one outrageously brutal novel.

You have been warned...



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NEW REVIEW: Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee - I'm Not Sam (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : New Review 
I have to admit that I’m rather partial to Jack Ketchum’s work.  He’s got a knack for being able to pull us into his stories in mere seconds.  He can spin a yarn and keep us 100% mesmerised throughout.  And what does he do with that talent?  Why, he chooses to get under our skin and scare the living hell out of us.

Well normally anyway.  With the novella ‘I’m Not Sam’ (2012) which he co-wrote with fellow writer and director Lucky McKee, the approach is different.  It’s not so muc...
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NEW REVIEW: Rich Hawkins - The Last Plague (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : New Review 
Ever since the last Scardiff whereby I met with (the very friendly and approachable) Rich Hawkins, I’d been wanting to read his debut novel ‘The Last Plague’ (2014).  For anyone who’s spent more than four seconds on DLS Reviews, it should be abundantly clear that I love apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels.  I’ve probably read more than my fair share.  There are some great ones out there, and there are some absolute stinkers.  Luckily Rich Hawkins’ contribution to the genre is ...
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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - Strangers (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : New Review 
Sitting on the very top of my ‘to be read’ pile the minute it dropped through my letterbox back in December, has been David Moody’s latest novel ‘Strangers’ (2014).  Moody is a name that a good many of you will associate with apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction.  And rightly so…with so many incredible contributions, he’s proven to be an absolute master of the genre.  But with ‘Strangers’ (2014) we see Moody moving away from such a premise and trying his hand at something di...
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NEW REVIEW: Dean M. Drinkel - Phobophobia (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : New Review 
After reading and reviewing the truly excellent anthology ‘Phobophobias’ (2014), I just had to double-back on myself and read Dean Drinkel’s original ‘phobia-inspired’ collection - ‘Phobophobia’ (2011).  Since its release, ‘Phobophobia’ (2011) had been one of those books that I’d kept planning to read, but seemed to never get around to.  Until now that is.

And the quality is every bit as good as the follow-on collection.  This is one of those books that you really shouldn...
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R.I.P. SCARdiff

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 10, 2015, In : Conventions 
I have just found out some absolutely gutting news. What has proven to be one of the absolute highlights of both 2013 and 2014 has sadly come to an end. The South Wales Horror Expo, Scardiff, has become a victim of its own success, and co-organiser Waynne Simmons has taken the incredibly hard decision to lay the expo to rest.

For many, as it is for me, I am sure this will be devastating news.

I am just thankful that I was able to attend both of the Scardiff events. Thank you to Wayn...

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NEW REVIEW: Chantal Noordeloos - Angel Manor - Lucifer Falls Book:1 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, January 8, 2015, In : New Review 
Happy New Year!  And to kick-start DLS Reviews in 2015 I give you the first new horror book review to be uploaded onto the website this year.  From the publishers that brought you ‘Lucky’s Girl’ (2014), their latest offering, entitled ‘Angel Manor’ (2014), is Netherlands born author Chantal Noordeloos’ first instalment in her proposed ‘Lucifer Falls’ trilogy.

And watch your backs…this is one surprisingly nasty tale.  If James Herbert and Shaun Hutson co-wrote a haunted house ...
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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #13 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : New Review 
It seems like ages ago that I reviewed a Nightbreed comic.  But as I look back I can see it’s actually only been a couple of weeks.  Nevertheless, another Nightbreed comic review is certainly due.  And so here we have the next addition to the original Epic Comics series.  And with ‘Nightbreed – Issue 13’ (1992) writer Daniel Chichester kick-starts the ‘Nightbreed vs Rawhead Rex’ storyline.  It’s gonna be good...



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