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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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