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, […]


Book Review: A Natural History of Hell

November 8, 2018 Brock Nicholson

Jeffrey Ford’s A Natural History of Hell is that most delightful of things: a collection of short stories in which every story is good. I don’t know about you, but my experience with story collections […]


Hammers on Bone: A Book Review

November 2, 2018 Brock Nicholson

Hammers on Bone may be the grimmest story I’ve ever read. Imagine HP Lovecraft by way of Dashiel Hammett. Imagine Philip Marlowe running surveillance on Cenobites. Imagine Charcoal Joe hired by Malachai. Yeah, it’s that […]


Annihilation: A Book Review

October 11, 2018 Brock Nicholson

Genre is a tricky thing. In movies there are the obvious audio and visual cues that let you know if the story about aliens you are watching is sci-fi or horror, or if the romance […]