Book Review: 100 Fathoms Below

March 7, 2019 Brock Nicholson

Do you like Tom Clancy? It’s not a trick question I swear. He’s a super popular author, with a devoted following, and he sells millions of books a year. He is arguably the most popular […]


Book Review: Scribe

January 31, 2019 Brock Nicholson

Scribe is a hell of a book. It starts off like any other post-apocalyptic fiction. It dances along that same line that so many other dystopian tales do, somewhere between sci-fi and horror, never putting […]


Book Review: The Ritual

January 24, 2019 Brock Nicholson

The Ritual made me uncomfortable. From the opening pages to the final conclusion, a sense of wrongness pervades this story, stalking you as surely as some beast stalks the characters. This is a novel of […]


Book Review: We Sold Our Souls

January 10, 2019 Brock Nicholson

When I started reading Grady Hendrix’s We Sold Our Souls I did not expect to end up crying at the end. Something about the premise had me expecting more comedy and less searing insight into […]


Book Review: The Bus On Thursday

December 20, 2018 Brock Nicholson

I struggled with whether I ought to review this book for The Horror Syndicate or not. I know I started my review of Annihilation with a brief bit of musing on the meaning of horror, […]


Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom

December 6, 2018 Brock Nicholson

Before I begin this review, let’s get something out of the way. If you think there is no place in fiction for real world concerns, for “politics”, or for notions of social justice, The Ballad […]


Book Review: Elevation

November 29, 2018 Brock Nicholson

For more than four decades Stephen King’s name has been synonymous with American horror novels. In the last few years, he has begun to branch away from the genre, introducing elements of detective fiction science […]


Book Review: The Chrysalis

November 21, 2018 Brock Nicholson

I wanted to like The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen. I really did. On the surface it has everything I love. A young couple, pushed by financial necessity, moves into a house with a bloody past. […]


Book Review: Food of the Gods

November 15, 2018 Brock Nicholson

Food of the Gods by Cassandra Khaw starts out strong, with a unique protagonist and a pantheon not often seen in English-language novels. Rupert Wong, the sort-of hero of the novel, is a chef. Specifically, […]

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