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NEW REVIEW: SickEST B*stards (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, December 10, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we return to Matt Shaw’s infamous ‘Sick B*stards’ series with the third (and very possibly final) instalment – ‘SickEST B*stards’ (2015).  You know the score by now.  Expect nothing short of grotesque scenes of graphic sexual depravity along with some chowing down on a slither or two of human flesh.

This third and final instalment is the shortest of the three, running at just 31 pages.  But for every second of those pages, your heart will be thumping away at ...

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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - Death Dreams At Christmas (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, December 9, 2017, In : New Review 
Season’s Greetings!!!  It’s that time of year when we all like to get ourselves comfy as the cold nights draw in, perhaps positioned in front of a roaring fire, and settle down to a good horror story or two.  And what better choice of a read than a collection of short stories with Christmas as the running theme.

British author J.R. Park serves up a snow-coated platter of horror with his brand new festive collection ‘Death Dreams At Christmas’ (2017).

For your winter chills you need look...

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NEW REVIEW: Mac Carter - The Strange Adventures Of H.P. Lovecraft (2010)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, December 9, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews Mac Carter’s graphic novel ‘The Strange Adventures Of H.P. Lovecraft’ (2010) gets a full and frank dissection…


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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - One Of Us Will Be Dead By Morning (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, December 3, 2017, In : New Review 

Next up on DLS Reviews we have David Moody’s return to his highly-revered ‘Hater’ series, with the first instalment in his new trilogy entitled ‘One Of Us Will Be Dead By Morning’ (2017).  Where the original ‘Hater’ novels saw the unrelenting violence exploding across mainland UK, here we see the beginning of the chaotic, apocalyptic madness from a far more isolated and remote location.

But even in a far less populated environment, the Hate is still here, and this time there re...
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NEW REVIEW: Joshua Williamson - Nailbiter Volume 1 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, December 2, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s gritty horror-thriller graphic novel ‘Nailbiter: Volume One’ (2014).  It’s a serial killer frenzy of madness with ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ (1988) as a strong inspiration.

With this being volume one, the nail-biting serial killer horror really is only just starting…


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NEW REVIEW: Hellbound Media - Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 4 (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 26, 2017, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews gets their surgical gear out and give Hellbound Media’s fourth and final instalment in their grindhouse ‘Slaughterhouse Farm’ comic series a full blood-drenched dissection.

As you’d hope and no doubt expect, ‘Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 4’ (2017) is brutal, uncompromising and splattered with gore throughout.  And it delivers one hell of an over-the-top splatter filled ending.

Nice one Hellbound Media!


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NEW REVIEW: Hellbound Media - Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 3 (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 26, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have a full blood-drenched dissection of Hellbound Media’s third instalment in their gore splattered Slaughterhouse Farm comic series, with ‘Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 3’ (2015).

Let the bodies hit the floor…


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NEW REVIEW: John Smith - Cradlegrave (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, November 25, 2017, In : New Review 
Socially deprived council estates can quickly become the breeding ground for some pretty nasty shit.  Throw in Britain’s ASBO generation, along with some completely messed-up body-horror, and you’ve got a wickedly dark and altogether sickening piece of gloomy horror fiction.
 
In a nutshell that’s what John Smith and Edmund Bagwell offer up in their disturbing graphic novel ‘Cradlegrave’ (2011).

Trust me, this is not pretty reading…


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NEW REVIEW: Mike Duke - Low (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017, In : New Review 

Mike Duke knows how to weave a damn gritty yarn or two.  He was a cop for some twelve years before he turned his hand to writing fiction.  Because of this he’s seen a lot of the vileness that lurks in the shadows of our streets.  He’s had firsthand experience of dealing with the scum.  Of going up against those that chose a criminal way of life.

In his first full-length novel, ‘Low’ (2017), Duke gets knee-deep in the filth of the streets, whilst at the same time throwing in an ancien...


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NEW REVIEW: John Ajvide Lindqvist - I Am Behind You (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 12, 2017, In : New Review 
John Ajvide Lindqvist has been hailed the Swedish Stephen King by readers and critics alike.  And there’s definitely some truth in that statement.  In his novel ‘I Am Behind You’ (2014) which has recently been translated into English, we see Lindqvist taking on an ‘Under The Dome’ (2009) meets ‘Lost’ (2004 – 2010) style of mysterious sci-fi horror.

The book is the first instalment in the author’s ‘First, Second and Last Place’ trilogy.  And it’s creepy as hell…

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NEW REVIEW: Lydian Faust - Forest Underground (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, November 3, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have a dark and decidedly twisted offering from US author Lydian Faust.  For her debut novella ‘Forest Underground’ (2017), Faust takes us down some damn creepy pathways, with madness and murder as your only companion along the way…

Trust me, this ‘aint no fairy-tale.


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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - Mad Dog (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 28, 2017, In : New Review 
It was only a matter of time before Park pulled a perfect score out of the bag over at DLS Reviews.  His work has been consistently high scoring, showing a versatility and diversity that’s pretty much unparalleled.  But with ‘Mad Dog’ (2017) Park’s really tapped into something special.  A raw and urgent horror that comes gnashing its teeth at you from all angles.  This is Park at the top of his game.  At the absolute best we’ve seen him at.  You need this book...

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NEW REVIEW: Kit Power - Breaking Point (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, In : New Review 
It’s probably the accountant in me, but one thing that I love about DLS Reviews is the completist documenting and cataloguing of publications.

The stories from Kit Power’s ‘Lifeline Trilogy’ had already been individually reviewed on DLS Reviews through their previous ebook-only incarnations (now no longer available).  However, with the Sinister Horror Company having re-released the three stories, together with the short story ‘Genesis’ (that formed the prequel to ‘Godbomb!’) in...
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NEW REVIEW: Daniel Kehlmann - You Should Have Left (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, October 22, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up DLS Reviews provides a full dissection of German author Daniel Kehlmann’s novella ‘You Should Have Left’ (2017).  It’s an emotionally-charged tale juggling ideas of distorted dimensions and slipping sanity.  Not the most joyful of reads.  But nevertheless pretty darn thought-provoking…


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NEW REVIEW: Jack Bantry - The Lucky Ones Died First (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 21, 2017, In : New Review 
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever get sick of blood-drenched pulp horror.  You know the stuff, where some maniac, or beast, or ungodly threat or other, goes on a rampage, slaughtering everyone that stumbles into its pathway of destruction.

The seventies and eighties churned these pulp horror treats out at a ferocious pace.  Sadly, these days, such over-the-top titles are few and far between.  But every now and again, an author brave the backlash from literary snobs and will fling one out to...

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NEW REVIEW: Wrath James White & Matt Shaw - Boys' Night (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, October 20, 2017, In : New Review 
When authors Wrath James White and Matt Shaw join forces, you know you’re going to be in for one hellishly brutal ride.  And that’s exactly what you get with their novella ‘Boys’ Night’ (2017).  It’s a fast-paced and utterly uncompromising read that flips a blood-splattered middle finger to all those misogynistic pricks out there. 

Trust me, this one’s not for the squeamish…



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NEW REVIEW: William Holloway - Song Of The Death God (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, In : New Review 
Back in 2012 US author William Holloway released his soul-corruptingly dark cosmic horror novel ‘The Immortal Body’ (2012).  The book formed the first instalment in his ‘Singularity Cycle’ series.

Now we have the second instalment.  A complex and blood-chillingly twisted prequel entitled ‘Song Of The Death God’ (2017) which shows us how the Necromancer Liche came to be.

If you take pleasure from immersing yourself in cold, corruptive, Lovecraftian horror that smothers you as you des...
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NEW REVIEW: Grady Hendrix - Paperbacks From Hell (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, September 10, 2017, In : New Review 
What can I say?  Grady Hendrix’s expose on the twisted history of ‘70s and ‘80s horror fiction – ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ (2017) – is everything I hoped it would be.  It documents the history of pulp horror paperbacks over that glorious two decade period, where you couldn’t move for cow-sized killer crabs and mutant brain-eating babies.  And this wondrous history of horror is told in such an enthusiastic and entertaining way, by a man who clearly knows his game.

For pulp horror e...
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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Crabs Omnibus (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, September 1, 2017, In : New Review 
On the cusp of this year’s Annual Guy N Smith Fan Convention, what better time to dissect the Godfather of Pulp Horror’s ‘Crabs Omnibus’ (2015) short story collection?!  Two brand new stories and five classic Killer Crab stories.  This is essential pulp horror reading boys and girls…


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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - The Haunting Of Pocklington's Walk (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, In : New Review 
With this year’s Annual Guy N Smith Fan Convention looming, what better time to read and review another exclusive convention attendees chapbook.  This time it’s of ‘The Haunting Of Pocklington’s Walk’ (2016) which was handed out to all of those who attended the September 2016 annual fan convention...


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NEW REVIEW: Matt Shaw & J.R. Park - Postal (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, August 28, 2017, In : New Review 
What happens when an extreme horror author and a pulp horror author join forces?  Well, you’ll undoubtedly get a grisly bloodbath with all the gut-churning trimmings.  But when you’re talking about two authors who tend to weave multiple layers and dynamics into their grim tales, who like to mess with your head at the same time as taking a stab at modern society – then you’re going to be in for a full-bodied treat that offers up far more than its page count would have led you to believ...
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NEW REVIEW: Jonathan Butcher - What Good Girls Do (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, In : New Review 
It’s not often that you come across a book that screws with your head so much that it leaves you feeling cold to the very core.  Jonathan Butcher’s ‘What Good Girls Do’ (2017) may only be a relatively short read, but it does just that.  It messes with you.

Absolutely no part of this book is entertaining.  It’s brutal, uncompromising and emotionally draining.  The prose flays your skin, before the story flings you into a vat of salt, burning your senses with a sensory overload of hurt...
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NEW REVIEW: Darkwater Syndicate - Shadows And Teeth: Vol 3 (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, August 21, 2017, In : New Review 
If you’ve not checked out Darkwater Syndicate’s award-winning ‘Shadows And Teeth’ series yet, then trust me, you’re seriously missing out on some damn fine horror anthology goodness.  Not only that but these books seem to be getting better and better.

DLS Reviews lays ‘Shadows And Teeth: Volume Three’ (2017) out on the mortuary table to deliver a full story-by-story dissection of the beast.  And what a ferocious beast it is…


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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Come On In And Join Us (2004)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, August 20, 2017, In : New Review 
Another day, another Guy N Smith chapbook dissected and added to the ever-expanding pages of DLS Reviews.  Here we have Smith’s ‘Come On In And Join Us’ (2004) which was published as a limited edition hand-numbered standalone chapbook by Horror Express Publications back in 2004.

Okay, so this one was a bit of a cheat.  The story had already been reviewed on DLS Reviews a number of years ago.  As such this new review doesn’t add much new, other than details on the chapbook itself.

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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Beneath The Blue Blanket (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, August 19, 2017, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews continues working through the Guy N Smith chapbooks, dissecting each in turn, as a way of recording their existence rather than anything else.  Next up we have the short chapbook ‘Beneath The Blue Blanket’ (2015) which was handed out to all those who attended the annual fan convention in September of 2015.


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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Hunting Big Cats In Britain (2000)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, August 14, 2017, In : New Review 
With the theme for this year’s Annual Guy N Smith Fan Convention being ‘Dangerous Wild Animals in Britain’, what better time to read and review Guy’s well-informed overview on the subject of big cats potentially living wild in Britain.

Originally published through Guy’s own Blackhill Books in 2000 (with a subsequent reprint in 2004), and then later rereleased in a new edition through Ghostwriter Publications in 2009, Guy N Smith’s chapbook ‘Hunting Big Cats In Britain’ (2000) o...
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NEW REVIEW: Jonathan Green - Shakespeare vs Cthulhu (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, August 10, 2017, In : New Review 
There’s just so much Lovecraftian fiction out there these days.  And why the hell not?  Lovecraft was an absolute master of penning the very darkest of cosmic horror.  His mythos has left a legacy that has inspired horror writers the world over.  As indeed had the Bard of Stratford himself – the master playwright William Shakespeare.

The genius behind the ‘Shakespeare vs Cthulhu’ (2016) anthology is the splicing together of the two.  On paper you’d think it wouldn’t work.  But it d...
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NEW REVIEW: Steve Cotterill - Weird Ales: Another Round (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, In : New Review 


Who likes weird and imaginative fiction?  Who likes beer?  Who likes horror?  If the answer to all three are “me, me and me” then you might want to get your grubby mitts on a copy of Steve Cotterill and Theresa Derwin’s second anthology in their booze-fuelled ‘Weird Ales’ series, this one entitled ‘Weird Ales: Another Round’ (2016).

As always, DLS Reviews is here to give a full, story-by-story dissection…

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NEW REVIEW: S.T. Gulik - Birth (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, July 21, 2017, In : New Review 
Next up over at DLS Reviews we have a full dissection of Irish absurdist author S.T. Gulik’s debut novel ‘Birth’ (2016) which forms the first part in his ‘Chakra Kong Trilogy’.

I think this quote from the review pretty much sums it up…

“If you imagine a weirdly uncensored episode of ‘Futurama’ that’s been written by Duncan Bradshaw, or some other strangely eccentric Bizzaro writer, then you’re going to be edging in the right direction of what Gulik has to offer.”


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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Various Crabs Chapbooks (2009)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, July 17, 2017, In : New Review 
One of the things that DLS Reviews has been attempting to do is catalogue some of the more obscure or limited publications.  One author who has had a number of incredibly limited publications and ‘fan convention only’ offerings over the years is Guy N Smith.

Slowly but surely DLS Reviews will be reviewing each and every title, as a way of not only providing an in-depth dissection of the publications, but also documenting their existence.

As such, the following chapbooks have all now been ad...
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NEW REVIEW: Adrian Chamberlin - Darker Battlefields (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, In : New Review 
Who doesn’t love a bit of cross-genre fiction?  Especially when one of those genres is horror, right?!

Edited by British author Adrian Chamberlin - a veritable master in the field of historically set horror fiction - ‘Darker Battlefields’ (2016) offers up six unnerving horror novellas that explore the supernatural underbelly of war in all its dark and deviant glory.
 
DLS Reviews gets its blood-encrusted hacksaw out for a full, story-by-story dissection of the six-headed beast…


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NEW REVIEW: Justin Jordan & Simon Spurrier - Crossed Volume 11 - Badlands (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, July 2, 2017, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews pushes on with the bloodsoaked dissections of the ‘Crossed’ graphic novels.  Next up have ‘Crossed Volume Eleven: Badlands’ (2015) under the scalpel…and it’s a beauty.  Expect more carnage and mayhem and over-the-top gore.  Absolutely textbook ‘Crossed’.


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NEW REVIEW: Daniel Marc Chant - Burning House (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, July 1, 2017, In : New Review 
Daniel Marc Chant’s debut novella ‘Burning House’(2014) gets a full and thorough dissection over at DLS Reviews…


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NEW REVIEW: Darkwater Syndicate - Shadows And Teeth: Vol 2 (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, In : New Review 
With the highly-anticipated third volume of Darkwater Syndicate’s ‘Shadows & Teeth’ series now on sale, and with the book receiving plenty of well-deserved praise, it was about time DLS Reviews caught up with the series.  So without further ado, DLS Reviews offers up a full story-by-story dissection of Darkwater Syndicate’s anthology ‘Shadows & Teeth: Volume Two’ (2017)…


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NEW REVIEW: Richard Ayre - Minstrel's Renaissance (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, In : New Review 
If you're a fan of James Herbert or 80's style pulp horror, and you haven't yet discovered British author Richard Ayre's work, then you're in for a treat.  His debut novel 'Minstrel's Bargain' (2015) was a bloodbath of violence and demonic horror.  Now Ayre's returned with his follow-up novel, 'Minstrel's Renaissance' (2017) which forms the second instalment to his 'Prophecy Trilogy'.

Expect an unrelenting maelstrom of violence and bloodshed, with the demonic Minstrel returning to wreak havoc...
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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Hayes - The Atheist (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017, In : New Review 
Any of you guys like Pig Destroyer?

Frontman J.R. Hayes is not only an incredibly talented grindcore vocalist, but he can also write some pretty damn terrifying stories too.  His first (known) published short story ‘Natasha’ (2004) appeared in the inlay booklet for the ‘Terrifyer’ album.  You can head over to DLS Reviews for a full review of this short.

However DLS Reviews now provides an in-depth dissection of his second published short story – ‘The Atheist’ (2012) which was incl...
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NEW REVIEW: Deon Meyer - Fever (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, June 10, 2017, In : New Review 
Having spent the last two weeks in Tenerife, relaxing in the sun, drinking local lager from frosted glasses and eating way too much food, it was sadly time to return to DLS HQ in a rather grey and wet Wales.

Whilst I was away I had chance to churn through South African author Deon Meyer’s epic post-apocalyptic novel ‘Fever’ (2017).  And my god was the book one hell of a read.  Think Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ (1978) mixed with John Christopher’s ‘The Death Of Grass’ (1956), o...
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NEW REVIEW: Splatterpunk Zine - Issue 6 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, May 21, 2017, In : New Review 
As you can see, there’s plenty going on over at DLS Reviews at the moment.  Next up we have a full dissection of Jack Banty’s ‘Splatterpunk Zine – Issue 6’ (2014).  And my god is it one hell of an issue!  Brendan Vidito, Ryan Harding, James Newman, Bracken MacLeod, and Kit Power offer up a selection of hard-hitting and utterly uncompromising short stories.  And trust me, they’re all absolute beauties.

What an issue!


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NEW REVIEW: Duncan P. Bradshaw - Chump (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, May 21, 2017, In : New Review 
Zombies zombies zombies.  British author Duncan P. Bradshaw frigging loves ‘em.  So it’s absolutely no surprise that the whacky zombie-nut has released a collection of zombie short stories entitled ‘Chump’ (2016).

DLS Reviews offers up a full story-by-story dissection of this undead feast (it’d be rude not to).  From the Wild West, to rage-infected superhumans in a Russian Sports Facility, to a Special Ops team working their way through the heart of London, to a deliveryman and a doo...
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NEW REVIEW: Chris Kelso - The Folger Variation & Other Lies (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, May 15, 2017, In : New Review 
Sometimes you come across an author whose writing quite simply blows you away.  Chris Kelso’s one such author.  His prose is almost lyrical, his writing dripping with satirical wit and unrestrained imagination.  It’s as compelling as it is entertaining to read.

DLS Reviews gives his sci-fi crossed with Beat Generation novella ‘The Folger Variation & Other Lies’ (2016) a full dissection.  If you’ve enjoyed the works of William S Burroughs or Hubert Selby Jr, then this one’s for you....
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NEW REVIEW: G.X. Todd - Defender: The Voices #1 (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, May 11, 2017, In : New Review 
After what feels like a sizeable hiatus (but is in fact only a matter of a couple of weeks or so), DLS Reviews is back with another in-depth dissection – this time for author Gemma X Todd’s debut novel ‘Defender’ (2017).

If you tend to enjoy a thick slab of hardboiled post-apocalyptic fiction with a healthy chunk of originality festering away within its boils, then the first instalment in this four-part series is almost certainly for you.


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NEW REVIEW: Garth Ennis Crossed Vol 10 - Badlands (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, April 21, 2017, In : New Review 
Probably about time DLS Reviews threw down another Crossed review isn’t it?

Okay, so next up we have a full dissection of Garth Ennis’ ‘Crossed: Volume 10 – Badlands’ (2014).  Here we see the story taken all the way back to the very first hours of C-Day, and what we’re gradually led to believe, might well have been Patient Zero…


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NEW REVIEW: Terry Grimwood - Deadside Revolution (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, In : New Review 
There’s a hell of a lot of Zombie Apocalypse fiction out there.  More often than not the tales are just another rehash of the same old tired plot.  However, every now and again a zombie title comes out that completely breaks the mould.  British author Terry Grimwood’s novel ‘Deadside Revolution’ (2016) is one such novel.

Here we see religion, politics and class war jostling for position in a dystopian tale where the Dead rule over our once great cities and the Living are either farmed ...
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NEW REVIEW: Splatterpunk Zine - Issue 5 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, April 3, 2017, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews continues to make their way through the back issues of Jack Bantry’s superb ‘Splatterpunk Zine’ with issue five getting a full dissection.  And it’s one of the best issues yet, with Adam Cesare’s short story – a love letter to VHS video nasties – receiving a rare perfect score of DLS Skulls.  An absolute must have issue…


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NEW REVIEW: Splatterpunk Zine - Issue 4 (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, March 25, 2017, In : New Review 
With issue eight of Jack Bantry’s highly revered ‘Splatterpunk Zine’ due out any time now, it really was about time that DLS Reviews caught up with the dissections of each issue.  So without further ado, DLS Reviews offers up a full blood-drenched dissection of ‘Splatterpunk Zine – Issue 4’ (2013)…


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NEW REVIEW: Richard Ayre - A Hatful Of Shadows (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, In : New Review 
British author Richard Ayre may not be a household name in the world of horror fiction quite yet, but with novels such as the pulpish bloodbath ‘Minstrel’s Bargain’ (2015) and sci-fi horror ‘Point Of Contact’ (2016) already under his belt, he’s definitely heading in the right direction.

As we eagerly await the sequel to ‘Minstrel’s Bargain’ (2015), Ayre keeps the bed warm with the publication of a short story collection entitled ‘A Hatful Of Shadows’ (2016) which offers u...
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NEW REVIEW: Joseph Freeman - The Cold Heart Of Summer (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, March 9, 2017, In : New Review 
James Herbert left behind one hell of a legacy.  His novels had such an impact upon the world of horror.  Left such an impression upon so many of us.  God alone knows how many authors have been (and will continue to be) influenced by the great man’s writing.

One such writer is undoubtedly British author Joseph Freeman.  His novel ‘The Cold Heart Of Summer’ (2013) is practically a homage to Herbert’s work.  It’s a dark and unnerving vision of cosmic horror set in a quintessentially Br...
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NEW REVIEW: James McCulloch - Little Girl Black (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, February 25, 2017, In : New Review 
The unapologetic deviant of bad taste that is Matt Shaw described James McCulloch’s graphic novel as “Deliciously dark and seriously sick”.  I don’t know about you, but when Matt Shaw says something’s seriously sick I take note.  And…I’m not too ashamed to say…become more than a little interested.

The graphic novel Shaw was referring to is a delightful piece of extreme psychological horror entitled ‘Little Girl Black’ (2016).  And trust me, extreme is the correct word of ch...
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NEW REVIEW: Daniel Marc Chant - Into Fear (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, In : New Review 
One author I’ve (quite criminally) not read enough of is Daniel Marc Chant.  Already proving himself to be somewhat of a master of Lovecraftian style short stories, he’s also got one hell of an imagination and dark sense of humour on him.  One of my plans for 2017 is to read more of Chant’s work.  And that starts here with the first full DLS review of one of his books – ‘Into Fear’ (2016).

As is the way with the short story collection reviews on DLS Reviews, it’s a story-by-story...
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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Seduth (2009)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, February 19, 2017, In : New Review 
One of those comics that’s been quietly sitting there on my ever-expanding ‘To Be Reviewed’ pile for a number of years is Clive Barker’s standalone comic ‘Seduth’ (2009).  Co-written by Chris Monfette and sporting artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez and Jay Fotos the comic was nothing short of a top-quality offering from IDW.  Furthermore, the comic was converted into 3-D, with cardboard glasses provided, by the talented Ray Zone.

If you’re a Barker fan (or even if you’re not) then th...
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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Hellraiser Epic Comics #7 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, February 18, 2017, In : New Review 
After a short break DLS Reviews is back in the driving seat with reviewing the original Hellraiser graphic novels.  Next up we have ‘Hellraiser: Book 7’ (1991) which marks the beginning of ‘The Devils Brigade’ story.  Enjoy…


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NEW REVIEW: Matt Shaw - The Devil's Guests (2017)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, February 10, 2017, In : New Review 
What happens when you let thirteen hard-hitting horror authors loose on a collaborative novel?  Furthermore, what happens when this messed-up project is headed-up and compiled by one of the leading names in extreme horror?  The answer: all hell breaks loose.

DLS Reviews takes you by the hand, one contributory chapter at a time, through the sadistic corridors of Shaw’s Hotel from Hell.

Welcome boys and girls to ‘The Devil’s Guests’ (2017)…


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NEW REVIEW: Mike Duke - Ashley's Tale: Making Jake (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 21, 2017, In : New Review 
Back in October of 2015 US author Mike Duke released his debut novella – ‘Ashley’s Tale’ (2015).  It was a hardboiled revenge-thriller that knocked the living shit out of you.  It also left many unanswered questions surrounding one of the principal characters in the story – Jake.

Mike Duke has returned to the ‘Ashley’s Tale’ story with his equally gritty prequel – ‘Ashley’s Tale: Making Jake’ (2016).  If you’ve not yet read the original story then I strongly advise yo...
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NEW REVIEW: Paul Kane - The Rot (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, In : New Review 
Continuing Horrific Tales Publishing’s premium novella line we have British author Paul Kane’s post-apocalyptic novella ‘The Rot’ (2016).  To quote the review:

“A veritable masterclass in emotion-rich post-apocalyptic fiction.”



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NEW REVIEW: Stuart Keane - Grin (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, In : New Review 
Brutal.  Uncompromising. Adrenaline-pumping.  Disturbing.  Just a few choice words to describe Stuart Keane’s extreme horror novel ‘Grin’ (2015).  To quote the review that’s just gone up on DLS Reviews “It reads like someone’s taken Shaun Hutson down a long, dark alleyway and told him to write the nastiest, most violent and uncompromising vengeance-fuelled thriller he can, or his family will get it.”

Yeah – this is some hard-hitting nasty shit we’ve got here.  Enjoy…


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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Hell Of A Guy: Fans On The Rampage (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, January 8, 2017, In : New Review 

I have to confess I’ve been sitting on this review for a while!  However various work commitments and the like have gotten in the way of me proofreading and finally posting this up.  But I’ve finally done it.

As many of you may recall, back in 2016, Justin Park and I put together a special never-to-be-published one-off hardback anthology to celebrate twenty five years of the Guy N Smith convention.  It contained seventeen short stories written by some of his most dedicated fans.  The e...


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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Hellraiser Epic Comics #6 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, January 8, 2017, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews is really working their way through these original ‘Hellraiser’ graphic novels now.  Here ‘Hellraiser: Book 6’ (1991) has been given the full DLS treatment...



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Hellraiser Epic Comics #5 (1990)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 7, 2017, In : New Review 
Another day another original ‘Hellraiser’ graphic novel review.  This time it’s for ‘Hellraiser: Book 5’ (1990)…



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Hellraiser Epic Comics #1,2,3,4 (1989 - 1990)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : New Review 

I’ve been really looking forward to rereading the original ‘Hellraiser’ comics by Epic Comics.  So finally, as 2016 drew to a close, DLS Reviews started reviewing the comics.  A new page had been created where all these comics are listed together.  This page can be found here.

The first four issues have also been reviewed.  Click on the below covers for a look…

   

   


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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #18, 19 & 20 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : New Review 
Over at DLS HQ we’ve been working our way through the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics by Epic Comics.  At the end of 2016 a further three of these were given the full DLS treatment – these being ‘Nightbreed – Issue Eighteen’ (1992), ‘Nightbreed – Issue Nineteen’ (1992) and ‘Nightbreed – Issue Twenty’ (1992)…

      

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NEW REVIEW: Daniel Way & Simon Spurrier - Crossed Vol 9: Badlands (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : New Review 
**Posted 1 January 2017**

Happy New Year y'all!

To kick start a whole new year of horror and dark fiction reviewing, what better way than with another 'Crossed' graphic novel?  Here we have 'Crossed Volume Nine: Badlands' (2014).  Expect the usual extreme graphic violence and over-the-top levels of gore - especially with Simon Spurrier's story.  It's a beauty!



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NEW REVIEW: Adam Millard - The Human Santapede (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : New Review 
**Posted 30 December 2016**

Christmas might be over, but the winter festivities can still carry on.  Over at DLS Reviews that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s Friday night, there’s still half-a-tub of Twiglets left in the cupboard, and I’ve still got half a fridge full of Christmas ales.  Oh yeah…and Adam Millard’s festive treat – ‘The Human Santapede’ (2014) to mull over.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of Millard’s work before then you’re in for an absolute treat.  ...

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NEW REVIEW: Richard Ayre - Point Of Contact (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, December 23, 2016, In : New Review 
James Herbert was one of those authors who caught the dark imagination of so many readers.  His novels maintained such an all-British charm about them.  Even when huge black rats were ripping to shreds countless members of the public, it still felt so very British.

That’s one of the things I love about British author Richard Ayre’s work.  He’s kept to his roots.  His novels stand true to their setting, and from that, they deliver an honest-to-god chilling tale.

Back in September Ayre rele...

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NEW REVIEW: Simon Spurrier & David Hine - Crossed Vol 8: Badlands (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, In : New Review 
Time for another ‘Crossed: Badlands’ review I feel.  Next up we have ‘Crossed Volume 8: Badlands’ (2014)…and it’s a beauty.  The volume contains two stories by ‘Wish You Were Here’ writer Simon Spurrier and one by David Hine.

Trust me…this is a good volume!



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #17 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, December 11, 2016, In : New Review 
More original Epic Comics ‘Nightbreed’ dissection going on over at DLS Reviews.  This time for ‘Nightbreed – Issue Seventeen’ (1992).  It’s a good ‘un…



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NEW REVIEW: Darkwater Syndicate - Shadows And Teeth (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, December 9, 2016, In : New Review 
Fancy some imaginative and dark horror to accompany the cold winter nights?  If so then I recommend checking out Darkwater Syndicate’s horror anthology ‘Shadows And Teeth: Volume One’ (2016) which offers up ten terrifying tales of horror and suspense from a range of international authors.  DLS Reviews gives you the full lowdown…



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #16 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : New Review 
Another issue of the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics get the DLS treatment.  This time it’s on ‘Nightbreed – Issue Sixteen’ (1992) …



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #15 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 27, 2016, In : New Review 
Another day, another ‘Nightbreed’ comic.  Next up is ‘Nightbreed – Issue Fifteen’ (1992) which has now been added to DLS Reviews…



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #14 (1992)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, November 26, 2016, In : New Review 
Carrying on with the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics, a review of ‘Nightbreed – Issue Fourteen’ (1992) has now been added to DLS Reviews…



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NEW REVIEW: Dave McCluskey - Short Sharp Shocks (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, November 24, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews is a story-by-story dissection of Dammaged Comics’ comicbook horror anthology ‘Short Sharp Shocks’ (2016).  The collection offers up six delightfully sinister short stories written by Dave McCluskey with artwork by Lukasz Marko.



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NEW REVIEW: Simon Spurrier - Crossed: Wish You Were Here: Vol 4 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have the final instalment in Simon Spurrier and Fernando Melek’s off-shoot Crossed series – ‘Crossed: Wish You Were Here – Volume Four’ (2015).

If you’ve been following the ‘Wish You Were Here’ series then you’ll know they’ve been getting bleaker and bleaker each volume.  And for this final instalment, Spurrier’s pushed the gloomy misery over the frigging edge…



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NEW REVIEW: Jack Bantry - Splatterpunk's Not Dead (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, November 19, 2016, In : New Review 
Jack Bantry’s ‘Splatterpunk Zine’ is something special.  It brought back that much missed and universally loved DIY zine ethos.  From the very first issue it bled the blood, sweat and tears of one man’s passion for the subject matter.

From the resulting popularity of Bantry’s cut-paste-and-staple zine, a proper paperback anthology was born.  Bantry’s ‘Splatterpunk’s Not Dead’ (2016) anthology offers up eight new horror stories, ranging from new upcoming names, to well-establi...
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NEW REVIEW: Adam & Evans Light - Bad Apples 3 (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, November 18, 2016, In : New Review 
Halloween might be over – but the horrorlific delights that come with it certainly aren’t done yet!  Take Adam and Evans Light’s ‘Bad Apples 3’ (2016) Halloween horror anthology.  It offers up seven damn fine Halloween inspired horror stories that’ll make every night seem like All Hallow’s Eve…



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NEW REVIEW: Christos Gage & David Lapham - Crossed Vol 7: Badlands (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, November 14, 2016, In : New Review 
Another day another ‘Crossed’ review on DLS Reviews.  ‘Crossed Volume 7: Badlands’ (2013) gets a full dissection.  And it’s a good ‘un…



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NEW REVIEW: Simon Spurrier - Crossed: Wish You Were Here: Vol 3 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 13, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have the third instalment in the ‘Crossed: Wish You Were Here’ extreme graphic novel series…


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NEW REVIEW: Ken Goldman - Of A Feather (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 13, 2016, In : New Review 
Following a thoroughly relaxing and much-needed week spent away with the family at the foot of Snowdonia, I’ve returned with a hold load of books read and draft reviews written (so expect plenty of new additions at DLS Reviews over the next few days).

The first new review to be added is of US author Ken Goldman’s ‘Of A Feather’ (2013).  If Stephen King re-wrote ‘The Birds’ and dunked the whole thing in a bubbling vat of dark fantasy – then something akin to this would probably be...
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NEW REVIEW: Nathan Robinson - Midway (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, October 23, 2016, In : New Review 
Sometimes you’ll hear the basic premise of a story and you’ll think “goddamit I’ve got to read that”.  Well, when J.R. Park mentioned Nat Robinson’s deep sea horror novella ‘Midway’ (2015) to me over a beer one evening, that’s exactly what I thought.  The idea of suddenly finding yourself alone and stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – that’s some inherently scaryass shit there!

This is horror done so very, very well.  I need to read more of Robinson’s work if ...
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NEW REVIEW: Matt Shaw - Sick B*stards - Comic - Issue One (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, October 9, 2016, In : New Review 
Back in June of 2014 British author Matt Shaw unleashed his extreme horror novel ‘Sick B*stards’ (2014) onto the world.  Some two and a bit years later, and Shaw’s joined forces with Dave McCluskey of Dammaged Comics to offer up a graphic novel adaptation of the original gut-churning story.  

DLS Reviews get their rusty knives and forks out for a full bloodthirsty dissection…



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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - The Exchange (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 8, 2016, In : New Review 
The Sinister Horror Company’s Justin Park returns with a hardboiled, high-octane thriller with more tense standoffs than you can shake a gore-encrusted stick at.  Like a cross between ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and some crazy-ass Manga – ‘The Exchange’ (2016) is the very definition of unrelenting...



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NEW REVIEW: Hellbound Media - Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 2 (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, October 2, 2016, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews checks out Hellbound Media’s second instalment in their grindhouse homage comic series with ‘Slaughterhouse Farm: Issue 2’ (2014).



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NEW REVIEW: Duncan Ralston - Woom (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 1, 2016, In : New Review 
I’ve read some messed-up stories in my time, but there’s not many that have left me feeling as wiped out as Duncan Ralston’s ‘Woom’ (2016).

Released through Matt Shaw’s ‘Black Cover’ series – this is extreme horror at its absolute finest.  It also achieved a very rare 10/10 over at DLS Reviews.

Man I need a shower after reading that…



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NEW REVIEW: John Llewellyn Probert - Dead Shift (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, September 26, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have John Llewellyn Probert’s Lovecraftian novella ‘Dead Shift’ (2016) which formed the first offering from Horrific Tales Publishing’s premium novella line.

This one’s crammed to the rafters with inter-dimensional horror and otherworldly madness.  And it’s just sooooo much fun!



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NEW REVIEW: Adam Millard - The Bad Game (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, September 22, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have Adam Millard’s ‘The Bad Game’ (2016).  To quote the review “From start to finish it packs in the cheesy 80’s style pulp horror; soaking the floor in blood and black shit as the violence erupts around you…”



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NEW REVIEW: Stuart Park - Marked (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have a full dissection of British author Stuart Park’s debut novella ‘Marked’ (2016).  Things are about to get weird…



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NEW REVIEW: Scott Snyder & Stephen King - American Vampire: Vol 1 (2010)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up to be dissected on DLS Reviews we have Scott Snyder and Stephen King’s venture into the world of vicious bloodsucking vampires, in the form of the first graphic novel volume of ‘American Vampire: Volume 1’ (2010)…



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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Doomflight (1981)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, August 27, 2016, In : New Review 
With just a week to go until the annual Guy N Smith convention is once again upon us (this being the 25th anniversary of the conventions as well) there’s really no better time to get stuck into another one of the great scribbler’s pulpy offerings.

Thinking of building a modern airport on an ancient Druid sacrificial site?  You might first want to head over to DLS Reviews to find out the potential consequences, where you’ll find a full dissection of Smith’s wonderfully bleak pulp horror...
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NEW REVIEW: Paul Tobin - Colder: Volume 1 (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, August 26, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have the first volume in Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra’s horror comic series ‘Colder’ entitled ‘Colder: Volume 1’ (2013).  It’s weird and wacky horror with madness at its very core.  Insanity has never seemed so terrifying…



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NEW REVIEW: Gary McMahon - The Grieving Stones (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, August 20, 2016, In : New Review 
Every time Horrific Tales Publishing bring out a new book, you know it’s going to be of the very highest calibre.  These guys know what makes for good reading.  The very best in genre fiction.  The absolute crème de la crème of horror.

So it’s no surprise that their latest publication, the hardback novella ‘The Grieving Stones’ by British author Gary McMahon, is an absolute belter of a read.  Okay, so you’re not exactly going to come away from this smiling.  It’s dark and just th...
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NEW REVIEW: David Owain Hughes - Wind-Up Toy: Chaos Rising (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, August 18, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have British author David Owain Hughes’ latest offering – the next instalment in his ‘Wind-Up Toy’ series entitled ‘Wind-Up Toy: Chaos Rising’ (2016).  Expect the usual sort of lowbrow extreme horror filth that was dished out in the previous offerings.  Actually – if anything things have gotten that little bit nastier…



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NEW REVIEW: Steve Niles - Transfusion (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have Steve Niles’ bleak post-apocalyptic graphic novel ‘Transfusion’ (2013), sporting haunting artwork by Menton3.  It’s vampires versus robots in a ravaged post-apocalyptic world where humans are on the verge of extinction.  That’s right…sci-fi horror that’s pretty much as bleak as it comes…



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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Cannibals (1986)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, August 14, 2016, In : New Review 
With the annual Guy N Smith convention edging ever closer, I thought it fitting to get another one of the Godfather of Pulp’s titles dissected over at DLS Reviews.  And what better one to choose than the gore-drenched masterpiece that is ‘Cannibals’ (1986)…



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NEW REVIEW: Phil Sloman - Becoming David (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, In : New Review 
Phil Sloman’s one of those authors who I really need to read more of.  His prose and overall writing style is so purposeful and incredibly compelling.  His ideas so driven.  His stories just that little bit sinister but often so damn thought-provoking.

His latest offering – the novella ‘Becoming David’ (2016) is no exception.  DLS Reviews gets the beast on the dissection table and has a thorough root around in its innards to see what’s lurking within.



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NEW REVIEW: D.J. Doyle - The Celtic Curse: Banshee (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, August 5, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews is the debut offering from Irish author – Denise Doyle (aka D.J. Doyle).  Entitled ‘The Celtic Curse: Banshee’ (2015), the tale forms the first part in a proposed supernatural horror trilogy that’s steeped in Irish mythology.



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NEW REVIEW: The Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, In : New Review 
At the beginning of the month the guys over at The Sinister Horror Company released their second charity horror anthology – ‘The Black Room Manuscripts: Volume Two’ (2016).  Like with their first volume, this second collection included a vast array of horror shorts, showcasing the talents of some of the most exciting up-and-coming names in the genre, as well as some of the well-established names and veterans in the scene.

DLS Reviews has gone over the anthology, providing a story-by-stor...

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NEW REVIEW: Duncan P. Bradshaw - Hexagram (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, July 15, 2016, In : New Review 
Duncan P. Bradshaw is a machine.  Surely he can’t be anything but!  He churns out well-crafted and fantastically imaginative novels so prolifically that it’s nigh-on-impossible to keep up with the strange out-of-control locomotive that is his literary output.

DLS Reviews has once again clambered aboard the speeding Bradshaw Express to see what weird and wonderful delights he has in store for us this time.

Entitled ‘Hexagram’ (2016) Bradshaw’s latest offering (due out 25th July 2016) i...
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NEW REVIEW: Ezekiel Boone - The Hatching (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, July 9, 2016, In : New Review 
With TV rights already sold to Lionsgate and Joel Silver (the producer of The Matrix, Die Hard and the Leathal Weapon franchise), along with a whole host of foreign edition rights having been agreed upon; US author Ezekiel Boone’s debut novel ‘The Hatching’ (2016) is pretty much the perfect example of hitting the ground running.

Billed as “The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year” I’d be much more inclined to call it what it is – a truly unnerving arachnoid horror on ...
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NEW REVIEW: Garth Ennis, David Lapham & Simon Spurrier - Crossed Volume Six (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews seems to be going through a bit of ‘Crossed’ surge at the moment.  And why the hell not?!  So next up we have a full dissection of ‘Crossed Volume 6: Badlands’ (2013).  Expect the usual uncompromising extreme brutality with artwork like it’s been plucked off a 1990’s death metal album cover.  You’ve gotta love it!



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NEW REVIEW: Simon Spurrier - Crossed: Wish You Were Here: Vol 2 (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, June 17, 2016, In : New Review 
Another day another ‘Crossed’ volume.  This time we have ‘Crossed: Wish You Were Here – Volume Two’ (2013) on the DLS Reviews dissection table.  A more carefully paced and downbeat offering compared to the uber-violent mayhem of the usual ‘Crossed’ volumes.  Nevertheless still a darn good read…


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NEW REVIEW: Mike Duke - Ashley's Tale (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews is US author – Mike Duke’s uncompromising and powerfully evocative debut novella ‘Ashley’s Tale’ (2015).  It’s one hell of a hard-hitting read…and one hell of an introductory offering.

This is one author you’ll want to keep an eye on…



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NEW REVIEW: Matt Shaw - SickER B*stards (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, June 9, 2016, In : New Review 
Following on from the previous full dissection of Matt Shaw’s ‘Sick B*stards’ (2014), DLS Reviews is once again back into the extreme horror grimness with Shaw’s equally uncompromising sequel – ‘SickER B*stards’ (2014). Expect nothing short of absolute vileness, extreme brutality and utter depravity.



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NEW REVIEW: Matt Shaw - Sick B*stards (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, May 29, 2016, In : New Review 
It was about time I read a Matt Shaw title.  There’s been a glaring gap amongst the hundreds of reviews on DLS Reviews for one of his novels to be dissected.  It was only ever a matter of time.  And now that gap’s been (partially) filled.  I say ‘partially’ because I plan to read and review a hell of a lot more of his titles over the coming months.

So first up on the DLS dissection table is Matt Shaw’s infamous extreme horror offering ‘Sick B*stards’ (2014).  The title’s a good...
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NEW REVIEW: David Owain Hughes - Wind-Up Toy: Broken Plaything (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : New Review 
It’s always a highly entertaining to be written into a piece of fiction.  So far I’ve be cut-down by giant crabs in Guy N Smith’s ‘Killer Crabs: The Return’ (2012), given a darn good beating in Matt Shaw’s ‘One Violent Motherf*cker’ (2016), and now dragged up on stage and…well…how can I put it?...used and abused in David Owain Hughes’ latest offering ‘Wind-Up Toy: Broken Plaything’ (2016).

A full in-depth review is now up on DLS Reviews should you wish to embrace such...
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NEW REVIEW: Graeme Reynolds - High Moor III: Bloodmoon (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, May 20, 2016, In : New Review 
The final book in Graeme Reynolds’ highly acclaimed ‘High Moor’ trilogy, entitled ‘High Moor III: Bloodmoon’ (2015), has now been dissected over at DLS Reviews.  It’s turned out to be one of the most thorough and in-depth reviews to appear on the site.  But the book deserves it.

An incredible novel to end this fantastic werewolf trilogy with.



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NEW REVIEW: Simon Spurrier - Crossed: Wish You Were Here: Vol 1 (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up DLS Reviews slices and dices the first instalment into Simon Spurrier’s ‘Crossed’ offshoot series with ‘Crossed: Wish You Were Here – Volume One’ (2012).  Noticeably less violence and adrenaline-pumping action – but instead with a much more character-driven storyline.  It’s all good!



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NEW REVIEW: David Lapham & David Hine - Crossed Volume Five (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, May 7, 2016, In : New Review 
Another weekend – another ‘Crossed’ collection put under the scalpel.  This time we have ‘Crossed Volume 5: Badlands’ (2013).  Here we have David Lapham returning for the first story of two stories.  So expect the usual levels of depraved carnage and bloodshed…



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NEW REVIEW: High Moor II: Moonstruck (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, April 29, 2016, In : New Review 
Following on from the in-depth dissection of Graeme Reynold’s debut offering ‘High Moor’ (2011), DLS Reviews gets their teeth into Book Two of the trilogy entitled ‘High Moor II: Moonstruck’ (2013).

Things are about to get bloody…



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NEW REVIEW: Graeme Reynolds - High Moor (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, April 17, 2016, In : New Review 
Werewolf novels are few and far between these days.  In fact, only a mere handful have previously come under the scalpel over at DLS HQ.  It’s not a conscious decision.  It’s just that there aren’t all that many werewolf novels being written nowadays.

However, with his signature ‘High Moor Trilogy’ author Graeme Reynolds has not only redefined the werewolf legend - creating a whole new mythos as he goes - but he’s also shown the ferocious potential in this long-forgotten beast.

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NEW REVIEW: Garth Ennis & Jamie Delano - Crossed Volume Four (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, April 16, 2016, In : New Review 
The world of the Crossed is one bitter and twisted place.  Volume by volume DLS Reviews are making their way through the atrocities – dissecting the horrors and reporting back as we go.  Next up is ‘Crossed Volume 4: Badlands’.  A twin story volume from writers Garth Ennis and Jamie Delano that’s drenched in hardship and loss.



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NEW REVIEW: Duncan P. Bradshaw - Celebrity Culture (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, In : New Review 
I don’t think I’ve ever written anything that’s used the words ‘strange’, ‘crazy’ or ‘perverse’ as many times as I have when reviewing Duncan P. Bradshaw’s novella ‘Celebrity Culture’ (2016).  For those who’ve already dipped their inquisitive toes into the crazy-ass world of Bizarro fiction – you’ll probably still want to brace yourself.  And for those that have no idea what to expect, but who are nevertheless keen to embark upon an exploratory journey into Brads...
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NEW REVIEW: David Lapham - Crossed Volume Three (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, April 2, 2016, In : New Review 
If you thought volumes one and two of the ‘Crossed’ graphic novel series were pretty darn extreme - be warned – ‘Crossed Volume 3: Psychopath’(2012) cranks the sickness and depravity up a notch or two. DLS Reviews get their surgical gloves on for a full dissection…



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NEW REVIEW: John Leahy - Unity (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, April 1, 2016, In : New Review 
DLS Reviews and post-apocalyptic fiction go together like beer and B-Movies on a Friday night (incidentally something I plan to crack on with as soon as this review’s up).

With his latest novel ‘Unity’ (2016) Irish author John Leahy offers up his own unique vision of the end of mankind.  And it ticks absolutely all the boxes.

It’s not often you get a perfect score on DLS.  To see a full ten skulls lined up in a nice neat row is a once in a blue moon affair.  But here we have one.

“Powe...
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NEW REVIEW: David Owain Hughes - Playtime, Simone (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, March 27, 2016, In : New Review 
What can I say?...David Owain Hughes is one twisted son of a bitch.  If you like your stories fit only for the gutter, then you’ll probably want to check out the author’s short story ‘Playtime, Simone’ (2016).  It forms a snappy little precursor to the already highly revered ‘Wind-Up Toy’ (2016).




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NEW REVIEW: Jonathan Woodrow - Wasteland Gods (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, March 21, 2016, In : New Review 
Don’t you just love it when a new face arrives on the scene and from out of nowhere they blow everyone away with their debut offering?!  Well author Jonathan Woodrow’s done just that with his downbeat and intricately complex sci-fi horror novel ‘Wasteland Gods’ (2016).

Everything you once took for granted is about to be messed with.  Prepare to be ripped to shreds, flung into the unknown, and then reassembled into something unnervingly different on the other side.



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NEW REVIEW: David Lapham - Crossed 3D: Vol 1 (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, In : New Review 
I’ve not read a graphic novel in 3D before.  ‘Crossed 3D: Vol 1’ (2011) offers up all the usual blood-drenched thrills and spills of the usual ‘Crossed’ graphic novels – only with the dismembered body parts seemingly jumping right out at you.

Expect all the usual over-the-top images of graphic violence and post-apocalyptic savagery – only with some serious limitations on the colour work…



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NEW REVIEW: David Owain Hughes - Wind-Up Toy (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : New Review 
I’ve been meaning to read some of David Owain Hughes’ work for a while now.  And with DLS HQ being located in Porthcawl there was absolutely no chance I could refuse a twisted extreme horror tale by the author that’s set here.

Sporting the title ‘Wind-Up Toy’ (2016) I was expecting some sort of ramped-up ‘Chucky’ style horror only with a Welsh edge.  What I got was something entirely different.  Hughes offers up a cocktail of sordid depravity mixed with lashings of brutal and sad...
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NEW REVIEW: Kyle Turton - Deceit (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, In : New Review 
Following on from his blood-drenched debut, British author Kyle Turton’s second full-length novel ‘Deceit’ (2015) offers up an intriguing story of demonic persuasion and serial murder.  DLS Reviews  gives you the gory outcome…



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NEW REVIEW: Guy Portman - Symbiosis (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, In : New Review 
Back in May of 2014, just four days after DLS Reviews was launched, the very first review was added to the site (the website launched with a few hundred pre-existing reviews already on there).

The review was of an incredibly dark serial killer comedy – nestling somewhere between ‘Dexter’ and ‘American Psycho’.  Penned by a British author by the name of Guy Portman – the book was entitled ‘Necropolis’ (2014) and got awarded the lion’s share of DLS skulls.

Now a little less than...
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NEW REVIEW: David Lapham - Crossed: Volume Two (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, February 13, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews we have David Lapham’s follow on instalment to the ‘Crossed’ graphic novel series – entitled ‘Crossed : Volume Two – Family Values’ (2011).  Expect the same sort of uncompromisingly brutal post-apocalyptic madness as witnessed in the first volume.  You are duly warned!



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NEW REVIEW: John McNee - Prince Of Nightmares (2016)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, February 6, 2016, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews is Scottish author and magazine editor John McNee’s debut offering – ‘Prince Of Nightmares’ (2016).  And fair do’s - the title sums the book up pretty darn well.  If you like your novels weird and worrying with plenty of visceral horror – then you may want to give this one a whirl…



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NEW REVIEW: Garth Ennis - Crossed: Volume One (2010)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, January 31, 2016, In : New Review 
If you’ve spent any time looking through the pages on DLS Reviews you’ll no doubt have noticed that post-apocalyptic fiction has a big role to play within the site.  I’m the first to admit that I love a downbeat end-of-the-world story.  And it’s not all zombie apocalypses out there.  Authors have come up with a vast array of triggers for bringing about Armageddon over the years.

One particular one is through the spread of a rage-fuelled virus.  A number of writers have explored the pre...
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NEW REVIEW: Michael Bray - Voices (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, January 30, 2016, In : New Review 
A full in-depth review of the third and final instalment into Michael Bray’s ‘Whisper Trilogy’ is now up on DLS Reviews. 

With ‘Voices’ (2015) expect nothing short of a descent into the maddening abyss of an ancient evil.

Bray has well and truly saved the best until last…



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NEW REVIEW: Michael Bray - Echoes (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : New Review 
Following on from last week’s review of the novel ‘Whisper’ (2013) DLS Reviews puts Michael Bray’s second instalment in the trilogy - entitled ‘Echoes’ (2014) - under the scalpel.



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NEW REVIEW: Michael Bray - Whisper (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, In : New Review 
I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to getting my teeth into Michael Bray’s ‘Whisper Trilogy’ books for a while now.  Published through Horrific Tales Publishing, the books offer up a slice of good-old-fashioned supernatural horror.

The first book in the trilogy - entitled ‘Whisper’(2013) -  has just had the DLS Reviews treatment. And it doesn’t disappoint…



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NEW REVIEW: The Sinister Horror Company - The Black Room Manuscripts: Volume One (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, January 3, 2016, In : New Review 
Happy New Year y’all!  To kick start 2016, DLS Reviews offers up an in-depth story-by-story dissection of The Sinister Horror Company’s anthology ‘The Black Room Manuscripts: Volume One’ (2015).  Containing twenty short stories by some of the most up-and-coming names in horror fiction – the collection is packed to the rafters with stories that with make you grin, cringe and cower.



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NEW REVIEW: Simon Law - The Damaged (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, December 24, 2015, In : New Review 
Seasonal greetings to you all from DLS Reviews.  Here we have the last update before DLS HQ closes its rusty shutters for Christmas and gets stuck in with some serious festive boozing and gluttonous over-eating.

And what better way to shut up shop, than by spreading the word about a criminally overlooked young British author.  Simon Law might not necessarily be a name you’re all that familiar with at the moment – but trust me – this fella can write.  His latest offering ‘The Damaged’...
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NEW REVIEW: Wayne Simmons & Andre Duza - Voodoo Child (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, December 10, 2015, In : New Review 
If like me you grew up on a diet of lowbrow 70s and 80s horror flicks, more-often-than-not involving a bunch of hapless teenagers being stalked by some psychotic lunatic with a grudge, then authors Wayne Simmons and Andre Duza have one hell of a treat in store for you.

Unashamedly penned as a homage to all those blood-drenched slasher films you grew up with, ‘Voodoo Child’ (2015) is more-or-less an 80s slasher movie that’s in paperback format rather than on VHS.

This one really is for all...
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NEW REVIEW: Kit Power - God Bomb! (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, In : New Review 
I have to admit, I’m somewhat of a fan of Kit Power’s work.  So far everything that the young author has published has been incredibly entertaining.  The guy can write so damn well.  His stories all have a strong voice, a distinct rhythm, and some of the best characterisation I’ve seen in years.

And with his debut full-length novel ‘God Bomb!’ (2015) I’m over the moon to see that Kit Power has once again delivered an outrageously good read.  The novel is definitely up there with th...
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NEW REVIEW: Jack Bantry & Nathan Robinson - Atrocious Madness (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : New Review 
The latest gore-drenched publication to come from the Splatterpunk Zine crew is the limited edition chapbook ‘Atrocious Madness’ (2015) that contains three previously published short stories by Jack Bantry and Nathan Robinson.

You know the score by now.  These publications are essential purchases for those that like their horror grim and guttural.  Stupendous cover art by Nick Gucker and Mike Dickinson too!



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NEW REVIEW: William Holloway - The Immortal Body (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, November 23, 2015, In : New Review 
It’s not often that a book will be awarded a full 10/10 on DLS Reviews.  When scoring a book, I hold it against its peers, weigh up the pros and cons, and then see if that matches up what my gut says.  It usually does.  And from around a third of the way through William Holloway’s ‘The Immortal Body’ (2012) - the first instalment in his Lovecraftian style cosmic horror trilogy – it became pretty clear that the book was going to be one of those few to garner the full ten skulls on DL...
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NEW REVIEW: Mike French - An Android Awakes (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, In : New Review 
If you fancy reading something that’s crammed full of originality from start to finish, and if you fancy a glimpse into a weird and mind-bogglingly imaginative dystopian future – then you’ll want to take a look at Mike French and Karl Brown’s novel-cum-graphic-novel – ‘An Android Awakes’ (2015).

Want to know more?  DLS Reviews puts the book under the spotlight…


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NEW REVIEW: Michael Logan - World War Moo (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, November 7, 2015, In : New Review 
Back in May of 2012 Scottish author Michael Logan released his manically over-the-top bovine-zombie apocalypse romp ‘Apocalypse Cow’ (2012).  It was probably one of the most entertaining and off-the-wall reads of the year.

Logan has now released the book’s sequel.  Entitled ‘World War Moo’ (2015) the novel’s another wacky and wonderfully humorous slab of apocalyptic entertainment awash with in-jokes and insane madness.

DLS Reviews gets out another scalpel and commences the dissectio...
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NEW REVIEW: Duncan Ralston - Salvage (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 31, 2015, In : New Review 
I returned to the UK yesterday having spent the last fifteen days in the US on holiday with my wife and kids.  Whilst we were away there wasn’t much of an opportunity to plough through books.  However, whilst the family watched films during the flights either way, I was able to immerse myself in Duncan Ralston’s latest offering – ‘Salvage’ (2015).

It's a dark and oppressive ghost story with a thick fog of mystery smothering the character-driven storyline.  It’s one of those stories...
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NEW REVIEWS: Richard Ayre - Minstrel's Bargain (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, October 10, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be carved up and its innards exposed for close examination is British author Richard Ayre’s debut offering – ‘Minstrel’s Bargain’ (2015).

For those who miss the blood-drenched splatter-heavy horror novels of the 1980’s – this one’s for you.  Shaun Hutson meets Guy N Smith meets James Herbert.  There are such delights contained within its pages.

This one’s pure entertainment from start to finish…



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NEW REVIEW: Barbie Wilde - Voices Of The Damned (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, September 24, 2015, In : New Review 
Every now and again a book pops through the door at DLS HQ that instantly gets me chomping at the bit to get reading it.  Barbie Wilde’s latest offering – a beautifully presented collection of her short stories entitled ‘Voices Of The Damned’ (2015) is one such book.

Crammed full of wonderful high quality full-colour illustrations, one for each of the short stories on offer, this is a book that grabs your attention and tempts you further and further into its pages.

The book will be rele...
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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - Upon Waking (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, In : New Review 
On the verge of this year’s annual Guy N Smith convention, what better time to get stuck into a gruesome, grim and utterly brutal dark thriller by a self-proclaimed fan of Smith’s work.  DLS Reviews has already reviewed both of British author Justin Park’s previous offering.  Both were excellent pulpish tales in their own right.  But it’s with his most recent novel – ‘Upon Waking’ (2015) where Park has really come into his own.

There will be bloodshed…



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NEW REVIEW: Duncan P. Bradshaw - Class Four: Those Who Survive (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, September 11, 2015, In : New Review 
Another sizeable break from reviewing (mostly due to not one but two last minute holidays to Tenby and Scotland) has resulted in a noticeably quiet couple of weeks at DLS Central.  However the silence has been broken by a new in-depth review – this time for Duncan P. Bradshaw’s sequel ‘Class Four: Those Who Survive’ (2015).

It’s an unsuspecting assault on the gut, delivering blood-drenched violent horror married with the very darkest of wit.

Oh how I enjoyed this one!

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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - Terror Byte (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, August 20, 2015, In : New Review 
Holidays, work commitments, and frustrating computer problems have seriously impeded the output of DLS Reviews of late.  Nevertheless, we’ve come out the other side smiling with another damn fine read under the belt.

This time it’s in the form of Justin Park’s debut novel ‘Terror Byte’ (2014).  It’s a gritty, pulpy thriller with plenty of blood-encrusted cyber-dirt under its nails.

Like Shaun Hutson?  Like Guy N Smith?  Trust me - you’ll frigging love J.R. Park.



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NEW REVIEW: Duncan Ralston - 'Dead Men Walking' (2014) & 'How To Kill A Celebrity' (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, In : New Review 
Double-whammy Wednesday!!!  Well it is on DLS Reviews anyway.  Two new reviews have just been added to the site.  Both reviews of ebook novelettes by the incredibly talented Canadian author Duncan Ralston.  And both well worth the 99p / $0.99 that they’re currently priced as.

Click on the cover images below to be taken to their respective reviews...

      

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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - Spawn Of The Slime Beast (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, In : New Review 
So, back in March 2015 DLS Reviews was honoured to be given the opportunity to interview pulp horror veteran and absolute master of genre fiction - Guy N Smith (Click here to read the interview).  In the interview, Smith announced the planned publication of a sequel to his original classic pulp tale ‘The Slime Beast’ (1975).  And sure enough, in June 2015 ‘Spawn Of The Slime Beast’ (2015) was released.

And I’m pleased to say that it’s every bit as grim and gory and utterly over-the...
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NEW REVIEW: J.R. Park - Punch (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, August 8, 2015, In : New Review 
It’s no secret that here at DLS HQ there’s a particular love for good pulp horror novels.  Guy N Smith is the undisputed master of such tales.  Utterly uncompromising, and packed full of gratuitous violence, visceral gore, and bucket loads of bloodshed.

And to find a new author whose delivering all such outlandish treats - pulp horror exactly like those from the 70s and 80s – it’s enough to make you want to dust off your giant killer crab outfit and go out on a bloodthirsty rampage.

The...
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NEW REVIEW: Duncan P. Bradshaw - Class Three (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : New Review 
Next up on DLS Reviews is an in-depth carving-up of Duncan P. Bradshaw’s debut novel - a comical zombie apocalypse story entitled ‘Class Three’ (2014).  To sum it up, here’s an excerpt from the review...

“If you enjoy a blood-drenched story involving a zombie apocalypse, with a thick wedge of comedy thrown into it, then this is one you’ll not want to miss.  Plenty of guts, a shed load of violence, and doused from head to toe in comedy.  Absolutely superb stuff.”



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NEW REVIEW: S.L. Grey - Under Ground (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : New Review 
Next under the spotlight at DLS Reviews is the dark thriller ‘Under Ground’ (2015) by Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg under the collaborative pseudonym S.L. Grey.

Great premise, bursting with potential, and plenty of scope for some tooth and claw character conflicts.  Sadly, ‘Under Ground’ (2015) fails to deliver the goods as far as impact and the much needed characterisation goes.  Still, it’s not an entirely bad novel.  And worth checking out if you like claustrophobic tales with an...
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NEW REVIEW: Duncan Ralston - Gristle & Bone (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, In : New Review 
Chances are you’ve not heard the name Duncan Ralston before.  If you have, and you’ve already read some of the Canadian author’s work, then you’ll probably be having the same thoughts as me.  This man can write horror.  And surely it’s only a matter of time before his name becomes well-known to the vast majority of the horror community.

The collection ‘Gristle & Bone’ (2014) was my introduction to Ralston’s work.  It includes his debut release – a novella called ‘Scavengers...
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NEW REVIEW: Kyle Turton - Control (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : New Review 
For the past couple of weeks it feels like the dust has had a chance to settle somewhat in the DLS surgery.  Work commitments have had a hell of a lot to do with it.  Thankfully, I’ve still managed to slot in a few hours here and there to delve into a book or two.

As such, we have a new in-depth review on the site, this time of British author Kyle Turton’s debut novel ‘Control’ (2014).  Combining a classic werewolf storyline with that of an interesting serial killer plot, it’s a nove...
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NEW REVIEW: Adam Millard - Milk (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to go under DLS Reviews’ scalpel is Adam Millard’s latest offering entitled ‘Milk’ (2015).  And by Lucifer’s beard is it an absolute corker.  The novel is nothing but pure entertainment from start to finish.  Hilarious, imaginative, character-rich and utterly addictive.

It’s not often that DLS Reviews awards a full ten carefully-inscribed skulls.  But for sheer entertainment value alone, ‘Milk’ (2015) undoubtedly deserves the full marks.  I honestly can’t remember the la...
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NEW REVIEW: Dave Jeffery - Campfire Chillers (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, June 11, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be cut open, the flesh torn aside, and the literary innards yanked out for all to see, is British author Dave Jeffery’s horror short story collection ‘Campfire Chillers’ (2014).  It’s a collection that plays around with the theme of ‘creepy horror stories told around a campfire’.  And introducing the collection and then each subsequent short is undead ‘The Scoutmaster’.  Oh so very ‘Tales From The Crypt’!

This is a fun one.  Pure horror entertainment from start to f...
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NEW REVIEW: Michael Marano - Dawn Song (1998)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, In : New Review 
It’s seems like a veritable age since a review was last added to DLS Reviews.  There’s been a few things going on of late which has kept me from dedicating as much time as I would have liked to reading and reviewing.  Hopefully it’s just a temporary cloud of busyness which will soon pass.

Anyway, just added to the site is a full dissection of US author Michael Marano’s debut offering ‘Dawn Song’ (1998).  Recently rereleased through ChiZine containing additional introductions, an af...
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NEW REVIEW: Splatterpunk Zine - Issue 3

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, May 22, 2015, In : New Review 
As regulars to the site will know, I’ve been working my way through the back issues of Jack Bantry’s ‘Splatterpunk Zine’…and I have to say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  So far there’s not been a single dud story.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the zine is pretty much essential horror reading.  If you haven’t already got your grubby mitts on any of these zines, then you need to correct this error immediately.

Anyway, now added to DLS Reviews is a full in-depth diss...
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NEW REVIEW: Alex Davis - Reality Bites (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, May 11, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be added to DLS Reviews is a story-by-story review of Alex Davis’ Reality TV inspired anthology ‘Reality Bites’ (2015).  Although containing just six shorts, the collection has plenty of diversity, with each story vastly different from the next one.  And there are some absolute corkers in there.

Hate reality TV?  Love horror?  If so, you may want to check this collection out…



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NEW REVIEW: Kristopher Rufty - Jagger (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, In : New Review 

First up for tonight’s updates, DLS Reviews offers up an in-depth review of Kristopher Rufty’s brutal ‘dog-on-the-rampage’ tale ‘Jagger’ (2015).  Think Stephen King’s ‘Cujo’ (1981) ramped-up a good thousand or so notches and given a gut-churning dogfighting twist to it.  This is brutal stuff.  You have been warned…



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NEW REVIEW: Melanie Tem - The Yellow Wood (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be put under the DLS Reviews spotlight is Melanie Tem’s last offering before she sadly passed away – a quietly unsettling tale entitled ‘The Yellow Wood’ (2015).  Admittedly, not the most impactful or action-rich of story’s, instead Tem’s novel creeps under your skin and slowly influences your senses.

Beautifully written and enchanting in its lyrical prose.  Such as shame that this is the last tale to come from such a talented author.



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NEW REVIEW: Benjamin Kane Ethridge - Bottled Abyss (2012 / 2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be dissected and dismembered for DLS Reviews is Horrific Tales Publishing’s updated 2015 rerelease of Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s second full-length novel ‘Bottled Abyss’ (2012).

If you fancy a lonely walk into an abyss of desperation and despair – marrying Greek Mythology with a modern-day backdrop, then this is very possibly one for you.  It’s a grim read.  In fact, it’s so full of negativity that it’s hard to smile for some time after reading it.  But goddam if it’s n...
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NEW REVIEW: Kit Power - The Loving Husband And The Faithful Wife (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, April 16, 2015, In : New Review 
Next to be added to DLS Reviews is British author Kit Power’s double-short-story ebook offering entitled ‘The Loving Husband And The Faithful Wife’ (2014).  In a nutshell you have two good-lengthed short stories, written in a Richard Laymon-esque prose, with some really quite gritty (and eventually brutal) undertones.

Utterly entertaining.  If you haven’t checked out any of Kit Power’s stuff yet – then I strongly urge you to correct this oversight now.



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NEW REVIEW: Mark Morris - The Spectral Book Of Horror Stories (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, April 11, 2015, In : New Review 
Back in September of 2014 British horror author, Mark Morris, released his first short story anthology ‘The Spectral Book Of Horror Stories’ (2014) through Spectral Press.  His plan was to make the anthology an eagerly anticipated annual publication celebrating the very best of short horror fiction in the vein of the ‘Pan Book Of Horror Stories’ (1959 – 1989).  And if this first offering is anything to go by, the books are going to be pretty much essential reading for fans of contem...
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NEW REVIEW: Splatterpunk Zine - Issue 2

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, April 4, 2015, In : New Review 
Really enjoying working through the previous issues of Splatterpunk Zine.  Now dissected and reviewed on DLS Reviews is ‘Splatterpunk Zine – Issue 2’ (2012).  And I have to say that the first story in there, ‘Fair Trade’ by Jeff Strand, is an absolute belter.

If you’re not already buying each issue of this zine…then why the hell not?!  Absolutely great stuff.



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - The Scarlet Gospels (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, March 28, 2015, In : New Review 
Over the last week I’ve not only been busier than a two-dollar whore on nickel night (as the delightful expression goes) but I’ve also been lucky enough to churn my way through an advance reader’s copy of Clive Barker’s latest offering – ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ (2015).

To say I’ve been eagerly awaiting the gets my hands on this novel (like so many others have) is an understatement.  The announcement of its eventual release was one of the most exciting things I heard last year.  I...
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NEW REVIEW: Graham Masterton - Drought (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, In : New Review 
Next up for DLS Reviews if Graham Masterton’s latest offering – the ecological disaster thriller ‘Drought’ (2014).  Expect plenty of gritty, hard-boiled action along with intense scenes of violence and social unrest.  Basically, it’s just a damn fine read from start to finish.  Enough said!



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NEW REVIEW: John Llewellyn Probert - The Hammer Of Dr. Valentine (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, In : New Review 
Another day…another review.  This time it’s for the follow-up novella to John Llewellyn Probert’s first ‘Dr. Valentine’ story.  Entitled ‘The Hammer Of Dr. Valentine’ (2014), the story is set two years after the murderous antics from within ‘The Nine Deaths Of Dr. Valentine’ (2012).  However, this time Valentine's after the journalists who spouted rubbish about him in their gossip-filled headlines.

The utterly elaborate murders are just as gruesome and just as outrageously ov...
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NEW REVIEW: John Llewellyn Probert - The Nine Deaths Of Dr. Valentine (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2015, In : New Review 
Second review of the day.  This one’s for John Llewellyn Probert’s spectacularly entertaining Hammer Horror inspired romp ‘The Nine Deaths Of Dr. Valentine’ (2012).  Talk about pure, unadulterated pulp horror entertainment.  I don’t think I’ve read anything with such a huge grin plastered across my face since Pierce Nace’s ‘Eat Them Alive’ (1977).  This is just such fun.

And what’s more – it’s the first instalment in a proposed trilogy.  Life is sweet!


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NEW REVIEW: Ray Cluley - Within The Wind, Beneath The Snow (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2015, In : New Review 
Well, it’s been a busy week with the family.  The twins turned five on Thursday, which has meant a very enjoyable week of celebrations and time spent with those closest to me.

However, amongst the veritable carnage of the birthday celebrations, I have managed to churn through a couple of very enjoyable novella’s from Spectral Press.  The first of these to be reviewed and up on DLS is Ray Cluley’s ‘Within The Wind, Beneath The Snow’ (2014).

A wonderfully written story bursting with hau...
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NEW REVIEW: Kit Power - Lifeline (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, In : New Review 
Fancy something decidedly grim to clog up your sense of decency?  Well stuff your moral compass away in your sock drawer for a short while and give yourself a torture-porn injection with Kit Power’s utterly brutal novella ‘Lifeline’ (2014).

Eli Roth eat your frigging heart out...



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NEW REVIEW: Tim Dry - Ricochet (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, March 1, 2015, In : New Review 
Oh sweet Jesus can Tim Dry weave some beautifully imaginative and wonderfully entertaining tales.  If you like to immerse yourself in originality and intrinsically-crafted literature, then you’ll want to venture into the mind-boggling turf that is Dry’s latest offering – ‘Ricochet’ (2015).

Like a hallucinogenic slideshow across space and time, venturing out into the strange and the chaotic; it’s a thought-provoking exploration and abstract mishmash that somehow comes together with ...
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NEW REVIEW: James Axler - Deathlands 18: Shockscape (1993)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, February 26, 2015, In : New Review 
Every time I start a new Deathlands novel I’m reminded how frigging much I love them!  For one reason or another, it’s been quite a while since I last read one of them.  So I thought I’d squeeze ‘Deathlands 18: Shockscape’ (1993) in between a bunch of horror novels I’ve got stacking up for review.  And why the hell not?

For those that’re not altogether familiar with the Deathlands series – if you like your ‘Mad Max’ (1979) style post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction, then yo...
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DLS Reviews puts ‘Splatterpunk Zine’ on the dissection table

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : New Review 
Well DLS Reviews has undergone a very minor bit of surgery in order to accommodate a new addition to the site.  It’s something I’ve been meaning to add to DLS Reviews for a while now.  And now I’ve finally gotten around to doing it!  In a nutshell, the site no longer has the ‘Fear’ and ‘Skeleton’ menu links located along the Menu bar at the top.  Instead they’ve been replaced with the new menu link ‘Zines’.  Here you’ll be able to access the ‘FEAR Magazine’ and ‘Sk...
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NEW REVIEW: Graham Masterton - Community (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : New Review 
Second review of the day!  That’s what comes from going away and then having to catch-up with the reviews when you return.

So, next up we have Graham Masterton’s reasonably recent offering ‘Community’ (2013).  A supernatural tale shrouded in mystery that’s just damn entertaining from start to finish.  Let’s face it – the man knows how to tell a story.  And with ‘Community’ (2013) it’s no exception.



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NEW REVIEW: Grace McCleen - The Offering (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : New Review 
I’ve just got back from a short break with the family.  A nice relaxing week enjoying good food, real ales, and some pleasant time being with the wife and kids.  And of course I got to read some more books.

So next to be added to DLS Reviews is Grace McCleen’s recent novel ‘The Offering’ (2015).  Not the most cheerful of tales it has to be said, this is some downbeat and misery-laced reading.  It also gives a healthy kick to the crotch of religion, which is never a bad thing in my opin...
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NEW REVIEW: Monica J. O’Rourke - What Happens In The Darkness (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, In : New Review 
After reading Monica J. O’Rourke’s novel ‘What Happens In The Darkness’ (2013), unfortunately I have to admit that I came away bitterly disappointed.  The novel started off with a hardboiled post-apocalyptic premise that instantly got my attention.  Sadly, O’Rourke didn’t really maintain this initial intensity, and instead the novel gradually slipped into a mediocre post-apocalyptic vampire storyline intermingled with a ‘Blade’ (1998) style humans vs vampire war going on.

If yo...
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NEW REVIEW: J.F. Gonzalez & Wrath James White - The Killings (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, In : New Review 
So, continuing with the theme of nasty novels courtesy of Sinister Grin Press, next up on the DLS Reviews autopsy table is J.F. Gonzalez and Wrath James White’s novel ‘The Killings’ (2013).  Yeah, you’ve guessed it – expect gratuitous violence, no-holds-barred gore, and plenty of stuff to get under your skin.  Cheers guys!



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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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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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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #12 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, December 21, 2014, In : New Review 
Back again with the original Nightbreed comics, ‘Nightbreed – Issue 12’ (1991) has now been reviewed on DLS Reviews.  The issue concludes the two-part ‘Masks Of God’ story.  Now I believe next we see none other than Rawhead Rex appearing in the series.

Should be a blast…


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NEW REVIEW: Dean M. Drinkel - Phobophobias (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, December 20, 2014, In : New Review 
Dean M Drinkel has compiled some pretty awesome horror anthologies over the last few years.  The phobia-inspired collection ‘Phobophobia’ (2011) being one such anthology (DLS Review to follow shortly…).  Because of the success of the collection, Drinkel decided to compile a follow-on anthology entitled ‘Phobophobias’ (2014), offering up a further twenty-six phobia-inspired stories.

Expect the usual high calibre phobia-induced horror stories from some of the best new names in the genr...
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NEW REVIEW: Jamie Kornegay - Soil (2015)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, December 1, 2014, In : New Review 
Any big fans of the Coen Brothers films may want to take note.  US author Jamie Kornegay’s debut offering ‘Soil’ (2015) is like a Deep South set ‘Fargo’ (1996) with some pretty off-the-wall wackiness.  Not exactly the most engaging of tales, but it has just enough Mississippi charm and outlandish farce to keep you turning the pages nonetheless.



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NEW REVIEW: Alex Davis - After The Fall (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, November 21, 2014, In : New Review 
You’ve probably noticed that I’m rather partial to a good post-apocalyptic story.  Should our loyal friend ‘technology’ fail us and leave us completely on our own again, what would life be like?  Would we revert back to savage Neanderthals?  Would we merely fall alongside our beloved gadgets?  Or would we somehow rekindle a part of us that had otherwise become lost?

Well, no one knows the true answer to these questions.  However, editor Alex Davis has complied an anthology that ponders...
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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #11 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, In : New Review 
Storming on ahead with the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics, a review of ‘Nightbreed – Issue Eleven’ (1991) has now been added to DLS Reviews.

And it’s a belter…



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #10 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, In : New Review 
Okay, so it’s been a Nightbreed comic heavy weekend.  As it was the final instalment into the ‘The Blasphemers’ story I couldn’t resist getting straight on with ‘Nightbreed – Issue 10’ (1991).

An excellent monsterlicious comic and a great one to end the blasphemers substory with.



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #9 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, In : New Review 
I couldn’t help myself.  ‘Nightbreed – Issue Nine’ (1991) was calling.  After the disappointment of the previous issue I wanted to see if writer Daniel Chichester was going to put the series back on track.  And by Baphomet’s horns he’s done just that.  Top darts!



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #8 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, November 15, 2014, In : New Review 
Back in the driving seat with the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics now.  Although sadly ‘Nightbreed – Issue 8’ (1991) is quite a disappointment.  Nothing of any note really happens.  It just feels like precursor padding for the next instalment.



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NEW REVIEW: Isla Morley - Above (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, In : New Review 
Another new review has been added to DLS Reviews.  This time for South African born author’s second novel ‘Above’ (2014).  Utterly breath-taking.  Unbelievably captivating.  A colossal novel of desperation, fear, love, remorse and heart-wrenching compassion.

Quite simply, you should read this novel.



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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #7 (1991)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, November 3, 2014, In : New Review 
See, I told you I’d get back into reviewing the original ‘Nightbreed’ comics!  After hinting towards a potential return to form with ‘Nightbreed – Issue 6’ (1990), how could I resist storming ahead with the next instalment?

And things are certainly beginning to heat up in the series.  ‘Nightbreed – Issue 7’ (1991) seems to be the issue that has the mission is to get things going.

Bring it on…


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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #6 (1990)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, November 2, 2014, In : New Review 
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a comic / graphic novel.  In fact, I have meant to pick-up from where I left off with the original Nightbreed comics on numerous occasions, but with one thing and then another, they’ve kept getting pushed aside.

Furthermore, If I’m honest, after reading and reviewing ‘Nightbreed – Issue 5’ (1990), I was somewhat disheartened by the direction and overall feel that writer Daniel Chichester seemed to be taking the series in.  Nevertheless, I alw...
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NEW REVIEW: P. Gardner Goldsmith - Bite (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, October 31, 2014, In : New Review 
After meeting Pendragon Press’ owner - the incredibly approachable Christopher Teague - at this year’s Scardiff event, one of the goodies I came away with was a copy of P. Gardner Goldsmith’s recent novella ‘Bite’ (2013).

What appears to be the first instalment in a planned horror/crime crossover series with a ‘Blade’ (1998) type of contemporary vampire premise going on, this first story delivers one hell of a punch.

An excellent publisher.  And a superb little read.



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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - Last Of The Living (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, October 30, 2014, In : New Review 
Not really a ‘new’ review per se, David Moody’s latest double-novella and short story collection, ‘Last Of The Living’ (2014), has now been added to DLS Reviews.  I say it’s not really a new review because it copies word-for-word all of the content from the reviews of Moody’s earlier ebook-only collections – ‘The Cost Of Living’ (2014) and ‘Isolation’ (2014).

But for completeness if nothing else the reviews have been combined into the one volume as the stories in Moody...
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NEW REVIEW: Adam Nevill - Apartment 16 (2010)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, October 30, 2014, In : New Review 
Hands up who’s suffering from post-Scardiff blues?  What a superb event.  And I was lucky enough to spend some quality time chatting to the very approachable and incredibly friendly Adam Nevill.

So you won’t be surprised to see that the latest review to appear on DLS Reviews is for ‘Apartment 16’ (2010).

Did you like ‘The Shining’ (1977)?  Crank it up about forty notches, slip in a Barker-cum-Lovecraft underbelly to the whole thing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a nightmaris...
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NEW REVIEW: Tim Lebbon - Berserk (2005)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, October 16, 2014, In : New Review 
Following on with the run-up-to-Scardiff novels, next up to be reviewed is Tim Lebbon’s novel ‘Berserk’ (2005).

Quite a slow-paced novel that holds back on the action; instead opting for a more emotionally-heavy portrayal of a horror that has been unearthed.



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NEW REVIEW: Adam Nevill - The Ritual (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : New Review 
In the run-up to the next ‘Scardiff’ horror expo, I’ve just read and reviewed Adam Nevill’s novel ‘The Ritual’ (2011).  This really is a book of two halves.  An incredible first half – packed with atmosphere, horror and suspense.  Followed on by a strange ‘Black Metal’ influenced latter half – which just feels completely out of place with the earlier portion of the book.

Strange, and ultimately a little disappointing.  But nevertheless well worth a read.

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NEW REVIEW: Pipe Dreams - An Autobiography - Guy N. Smith (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, October 2, 2014, In : New Review 
Guy N Smith is a legend.  He’s the undeniable godfather of pulp horror.  An undisputed master of the subgenre.  He’s had over a hundred books published.  His literary career alone is quite remarkable.  But that’s not Smith’s only achievement.  He’s had an unbelievably full and varied life.  With so many different career paths, hobbies and experiences.

And now he’s finally penned his autobiography.  Entitled ‘Pipe Dreams’ (2013), the book is a flying overview of Smith’s ja...


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NEW REVIEW: Jim Fielder - Slow Death [aka The Chamber Of Horrors] (2003)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, September 29, 2014, In : New Review 
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a true crime book.  So I picked up a copy of Jim Fielder’s ‘Slow Death’ (2003) [aka ‘The Chamber Of Horrors] which details the sadistic crimes of David Parker Ray.

Trust me, this is one sick guy.  I’ve read my fair share of nasty true crime books over the years, but this book still managed to get under my skin.  If you’re not familiar with what Ray did – then trust me, you’re in a far nicer place.

A somewhat difficult read.  But if you...
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NEW REVIEW: William Holloway - Lucky’s Girl (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, September 22, 2014, In : New Review 
I admit that I’d not heard the name William Holloway before.  But having just read his latest offering, ‘Lucky’s Girl’ (2014) I will be making a concerted effort to read more of this man’s work.

What we have with ‘Lucky’s Girl’ (2014) is one hell of a nightmarish trip into a descending hell.  Stephen King meets John Prescott meets Douglas Clegg.  There’s other stuff in there too.

Put it this way, if you like your horror dark, twisted, messed-up and pumping with adrenal...


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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - The Deal (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : New Review 
Just a small addition to DLS Reviews this weekend, this time in the form of David Moody’s freebie ebook (available for free download to anyone who subscribes to his newsletter) entitled ‘The Deal’ (2014).

Moody’s veered away from his usual post-apocalyptic premise and instead offers up a grim and downright unsettling story with a sledgehammer-in-the-face twist ending.  My advice – subscribe to the newsletters, read the short, and then take a handful of showers afterwards to try to ge...
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NEW REVIEW: Shaun Hutson (aka Nick Blake) - Chainsaw Terror (1984)

Posted by Chris Hall on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, In : New Review 
I’ve wanted to read this novel for such a long time.  I finally got my hands on a copy a few months back.  Its cover alone is enough to make you dribble with anticipation at what is undoubtedly a splatterpunk masterpiece.  It’s as notorious as it is hard to find.  Written under the pseudonym of Nick Blake, Shaun Hutson’s infamous novel ‘Chainsaw Terror’ (1984) is one of those paperbacks that you just have to own if you’re a splatterpunk or pulp-horror fanatic.

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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - Isolation (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : New Review 
Wow, it’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Unfortunately not so much with DLS Reviews but more with work, home life, the family and of course this NATO Summit jazz going on in Cardiff (where I work).

Anyway, in-between and amongst the veritable maelstrom that is life in general, I managed to read, review and thoroughly enjoy author David Moody’s latest offering – ‘Isolation’ (2014).  It’s a post-apocalyptic novella, wrapped up with an additional four zombie apocalypse short stories ...
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NEW REVIEW: Stephen King - Under The Dome (2009)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, In : New Review 
Took a little over a week, but I managed to churn my way through the entirety of Stephen King’s epic Sci-Fi drama ‘Under The Dome’ (2009).  And I have to say, a thoroughly entertaining read.  Very, very, very ‘Stephen King’ from start to finish.  But if you like his work, then you’ll love this novel (although if you like his novels then you’ll probably have already read it!).

Anyway, full DLS review of the novel now up…



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NEW REVIEW: Andy Remic - Vivisepulture (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, August 15, 2014, In : New Review 

Another new review has been added to DLS Reviews.  It’s for an anthology that was edited by Andy Remic and Wayne Simmons entitled ‘Vivisepulture’ (2011).  The brief behind the book was to offer up a collection of weird stories with the primary drive of presenting twisted deviations of normality.

And I have to say - mission well and truly accomplished.

It’s an interesting mix of some mighty strange tales, with some darn good names in there to draw in the punters (Guy N Smith, Wayne S...


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NEW REVIEW: Wayne Simmons - Flu (2010)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, In : New Review 
After reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Wayne Simmons’ recent novella ‘The Girl In The Basement’ (2014), I was inspired to check out some more of his work.  So I duly picked up his zombie apocalypse novel ‘Flu’ (2010).  After all – I’m somewhat partial to a good yarn involving our favourite undead friends.

It turned out to be an absolutely cracking read.  Definitely recommended – even if you’re getting a little tired of the zombie premise now.  Simmons has his own take on the...
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NEW REVIEW: Wayne Simmons - The Girl In The Basement (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, August 8, 2014, In : New Review 
If you read the recent interview with British author David Moody that appeared on DLS Reviews a few days back, then you will already be aware that Moody’s publishing arm ‘Infected Books’ has recently released its first tale that’s not one of the author’s own titles.

The publication is an ebook-only novella entitled ‘The Girl In The Basement’ (2014) by British author Wayne Simmons.  I’m somewhat new to Simmons’ work, so I was particularly keen to give the book a go.  And am I ...
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NEW REVIEW: Guy N Smith - The Truckers: No. 1 - The Black Knights (1977)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, August 7, 2014, In : New Review 
Another novel I really should have gotten around to reading earlier.  Pulp horror master, Guy N Smith’s early gritty-thriller novel ‘The Truckers: No. 1 – The Black Knights’ (1977) is the next addition to DLS Reviews.

It’s suitably pulpy.  Plenty of violence and debauchery.  Just what you’d expect from a Guy N Smith novel.  Love it!



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NEW REVIEW: Ian Woodhead - The Unwashed Dead (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, In : New Review 
Another day, another review!  Today’s addition to DLS Reviews is of British indie author, Ian Woodhead’s, early novel ‘The Unwashed Dead’ (2011).  To be honest it’s about time I got around to reading some more of this author’s work.  Thoroughly nice fella.  And from the little I’ve read of his work thus far (which has admittedly just been two of his early novels), I can see there’s absolutely bucket loads of potential in what he’s offering up.  Although I have to say that th...
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NEW REVIEW: James Axler - Deathlands 17: Fury's Pilgrims (1993)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : New Review 
As per yesterday’s blog post, a review for the seventeenth Deathlands instalment entitled ‘Deathlands 017: Fury’s Pilgrims’ (1993) has now been added to DLS Reviews.

If you’ve not yet encountered the Deathlands series, but you enjoy a good post-apocalyptic yarn (particularly Mad Max style tales) then you really should check out these books.  Running for well over 100 instalments – it’s a series you can get well and truly immersed in.

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Back From Hols & NEW REVIEW: Nnedi Okorafor - Lagoon (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, August 2, 2014, In : New Review 

Apologies for the lack of updates and quietness on the email front for those who have tried to contact me over the last week.  We’ve been away on hols at Killigarth, down in Cornwall, for the last seven days.  Cracking weather, excellent food, superb real ales and just a nice break from it all with the family.


Whilst I was away I polished off two books.  The first, being ‘Lagoon’ (2014) by Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor.  I’ve noticed that some people have been raving...


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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #4 & 5 (1990)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, July 20, 2014, In : New Review 
Continuing on from the last additions to DLS Reviews, we have the next two comic book instalments into the original Epic Comics ‘Nightbreed’ series.

Nightbreed: Issue 4 is the final part in the comic book adaptation from Barker’s original screenplay.  And it’s an absolute belter.

Nightbreed: Issue 5 is the first instalment to continue on with the Nightbreed legacy away from Barker’s original story.  It sees a new writer and new comic book artists replacing those from the original four...
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NEW REVIEW: Clive Barker - Nightbreed Epic Comics #1, 2 & 3 (1990)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, July 19, 2014, In : New Review 
Three new reviews on DLS Reviews today.  In fact, I’ve embarked upon a new (well I say new but the series itself is actually quite old) comic book series.  To be honest, it really was about time I read the original Nightbreed comics.  And with Boom! Studios now bringing out a whole new series of Nightbreed comics, I was inspired to take the plunge.

So that I didn’t clutter up the entire ‘Graphic’ section (i.e. the page that includes links to all the graphic novel/comic book reviews), I...
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NEW REVIEW: The Slide (2007) - BBC Radio Sci-Fi Audiobook

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, July 18, 2014, In : New Review 
Back to the BBC’s ‘Classic Radio Sci-fi’ audio presentations again, and this time we have Victor Pemberton’s ‘The Slide’ (2007) on the DLS dissection table.  To be honest, after reading the blub on the back of the box, I had very high hopes for it.  And it’s not a bad story, or in any way a poor dramatisation.  However I found it doesn’t quite live up to the expectations that the blurb instilled in my mind.



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NEW REVIEW: Justin Rollins - The Lost Boyz (2011)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : New Review 
Another new review for the site.  This one for the powerful and hard-hitting autobiography ‘The Lost Boyz’ (2011) by ex-gang member Justin Rollins.  It’s a tough read.  Incredibly thought-provoking with some pretty darn important messages.

It’s also one of those reasonably rare books to receive the full 10/10 on the website.



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NEW REVIEW: Sarah Lotz - The Three (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Sunday, July 13, 2014, In : New Review 
Another review has been uploaded to the site.  This one for the new novel by South African author Sarah Lotz entitled ‘The Three’ (2014).  It’s a novel that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who enjoys an original and inspired horror/sci-fi crossover.  It’s dark, it’s thought-provoking, and the attention to detail with its delivery makes for an utterly convincing read.

One of my favourite books of 2014 thus far…



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NEW REVIEW: Koren Zailckas - Mother, Mother (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, July 5, 2014, In : New Review 
A new review on DLS Reviews – and it’s one that’s a little removed from the usual horror, dark speculative fiction, dystopian sci-fi type of vibe.  Instead we have quite a downbeat story surrounding a completely dysfunctional family – with a narcissistic mother who controls the family with her compulsive lies and deceit.  Not a bad read.

Korean Zailckas – ‘Mother, Mother’ (2013)


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NEW REVIEW: Barbie Wilde - The Venus Complex (2012)

Posted by Chris Hall on Thursday, June 26, 2014, In : New Review 
If you like your novels dark, sexually-charged and incredibly explicit, then you won’t go far wrong with Barbie Wilde’s debut novel ‘The Venus Complex’ (2012).  ‘American Psycho’ (1991) meets the horror-porn of Graham Masterton.  The full review is now up on DLS Reviews.



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NEW REVIEW: G.R. Yeates - Sevengraves (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : New Review 
And it’s a double-whammy Friday as far as new reviews go on the site.  Second offering is G.R. Yeates’ novella ‘Sevengraves’ (2014).  An eagerly-anticipated return to horror for this incredibly talented and criminally-underrated new author.  Well worth checking out.  Just keep yourself away from razorblades or randomly hanging nooses in the immediate vicinity when you read it.



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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - Straight To You (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : New Review 
First up to the new additions onto DLS Reviews is the recently published and completely reworked version of David Moody’s tale ‘Straight To You’.  Originally published back in 1996, the story formed Moody’s debut offering – a heart-wrenching love story set over a monstrously apocalyptic backdrop.  I have to admit to being somewhat apprehensive about this new version – having incredibly fond memories of the original ‘Straight To You’ (1996).  But Moody has managed to produce a ...
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NEW REVIEW: David Moody - The Cost Of Living (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, In : New Review 
Another new review for the website – this time for British author David Moody’s latest offering – ‘The Cost Of Living’ (2014).  The story is actually a reworking of one which he’s had kicking around for some time now.  Only it’s been expanded into a much more accomplished novella length version.  And it’s one hell of a read.  Very highly recommended.


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NEW REVIEW: Tim Dry - Falling Upwards (2005)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : New Review 
It’s a double-whammy tonight.  Second review of the night – this one of the autobiography for the artist, musician, actor and writer - Tim Dry – entitled ‘Falling Upwards’ (2005).  A superb jaunt through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and onwards.  Booze, drugs, women, sci-fi, electro, and art.  It’s a heck of a read by one hell of a creative individual.  Well worth a read...


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NEW REVIEW: Aliens In The Mind (2006) - BBC Radio Sci-Fi Audiobook

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : New Review 
New addition to the website is a review of the full-cast BBC Radio 4 audio presentation of ‘Aliens In The Mind’ (2006).  Another one of the audiobooks from the BBC’s truly excellent ‘Classic Radio Sci-fi’ series.  Over the last few days I’ve been ending the evenings listening to an episode or two of the audiobook whilst drinking a glass or two of a whisky and chomping on peppered beef jerky.  Gotta love it…


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NEW REVIEW: Stephen Graham Jones - The Elvis Room (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, May 31, 2014, In : New Review 
Next to be added to the website is a review of Stephen Graham Jones' addition to the 'This Is Horror' chapbook series - entitled 'The Elvis Room'.  This is the sixth chapbook to be released in this series and has continued with their consistently high standard of horror stories.  If you like your E.F. Benson or William Hope Hodgson, then you won't go far wrong with this little treat...


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NEW REVIEW: The Midwich Cuckoos (2007) - BBC Radio Sci-Fi Audiobook

Posted by Chris Hall on Friday, May 30, 2014, In : New Review 
As some of the visitors to DLS Reviews will have noticed, it’s not just books that are being reviewed.  There’s also a small corner of the site for audiobooks and graphic novels (as well as FEAR and Skeleton Crew magazines).

And I have to admit I do love a good audio presentation – particularly if it’s a full cast dramatisation that’s been done well.  For those that also enjoy such recordings, you’ll no doubt have come across the BBC’s ‘Classic Radio Sci-fi’ series.  Already ...
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NEW REVIEW: Guy Portman - Necropolis (2014)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, In : New Review 
So here we are – Blog Entry #2.  The bank holiday weekend’s been and gone, and the websites now been up for the grand total of four days.  Since it launched I’ve been trying to sort out a few font and formatting errors that appeared, alongside adding in links to Amazon.co.uk across the entirety of the website, now that the site is officially an ‘Amazon Associate’.

But hey, I’ve got a hell of a lot to smile about right now.  Not only did the launch go relatively glitch-free, but it...
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