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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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 INTERVIEW: Justin Park - June 2016

Posted by Chris Hall on Saturday, June 11, 2016, In : New Interview 
I’m chuffed to bits to announce that DLS Reviews managed to take a hefty bite from the busy schedule of British author Justin Park (aka J.R. Park) in order to ask the man a whole heap of questions on his work, his inspiration, the publishing company he jointly created, and all things horror…

It’s a blinder of an interview (if I do say so myself).  Incredibly entertaining and informative.  And he’s one thoroughly nice guy too!

Click on the below image to be taken to the interview...


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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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