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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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