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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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 EXCLUSIVE STORY: Cameron Suey - East (2013)

Posted by Chris Hall on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : New Exclusive Story 
I’m incredibly excited to announce the second short story to appear on DLS Reviews is now available and completely free.  The short story entitled ‘East’ is by Californian author Cameron Suey and is one of twenty short stories inspired by the fall of technology that can be found within Boo Books’ anthology ‘After The Fall’ (2014).

Click on the below image to be taken to the apocalyptic madness that’s awaiting you in ‘East’…



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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 INTERVIEW: David Moody - July 2014

Posted by Chris Hall on Monday, August 4, 2014, In : New Interview 
I am over the moon to be able to announce that the first interview on DLS Reviews is now published and it’s with none other than internationally renowned post-apocalyptic author David Moody.  As you’ve probably guessed from the various reviews that are on this site, I’m quite a fan of his work.  So I take an enormous amount of pleasure in having David as the first interview victim for DLS Reviews.

Click on the image below to have a read of David Moody had to say…



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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.

Anyway, instalment number seventeen now on DLS ...
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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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