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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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