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Laura Bickle
Embers by Laura Bickle

Laura Bickle delivers a surprisingly diverse debut novel in Embers. A vague statement to be sure but true as there are some truly wonderful and refreshing elements of this book but they get overshadowed by some bad plot lines and unrealistic character interactions. To put it simply everyone will enjoy some aspect of this book whether it is the arson investigation, Sparky the Fire Salamander, or the author’s articulation of Detroit and the paranormal. However it is ones ability to take everything at face value that will really decide how much you enjoy the novel.

Jackie Fullerton
Revenge Served Cold by Jackie Fullerton

Upon starting the book you are thrust right into the middle of the mystery as you experience the final moments of Elliott Spence‚Äôs life as he meets up with his old college friend Ross Craig and ultimately loses his life from a hit and run. The interesting part of this event is that you read it unfold from both perspectives allowing you to get a full glimpse of the emotions driving the characters. The mystery unfolds from there as …

Steven Whitfield
Horror Bound Magazine

Witch’s Cemetery is a short but satisfying tale of dispassionate revenge. The tale commences with the main character Brian taking a solitary journey to an old cemetery on a dreary October day. Slowly the details of his life and the trauma he has undergone unfold as he digs up the grave of a Miss Karen Allen, a witch who has been dead since the late 1800s. What dark magic does he seek to unleash with the help of his wife and her coven.

S.A. Bolich
Who Mourns For The Hangman by S.A. Bolich

John Burton or “Scraggy” as he is most commonly known makes his living as a Hangman. Unlike others of his trade who enjoy tormenting their “victims” (the accused criminals), Scraggy became a Hangman out of his disgust for their treatment and his morals that even the worst criminals deserve a little respect upon their death. Who Mourns for the Hangman is the story of just one of his many jobs, but one that will shake him to his core.

Tamara Siler Jones
Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones

In the mood for a good murder mystery, perhaps one with a surprisingly high body count and of the dark fantasy persuasion? If so then look no further then Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones. Dubric Bryerly, castellan of Castle Fladorrah, heads this stunningly intense thriller that seamlessly combines forensics and dark magic in a medieval world rich in its own history.