Psychiatric illness, psychotic breaks, and general mental mayhem have always been popular topics in horror and dark literature. From Frakenstein’s mad obsession with reanimating the dead, to Hamlet seeing his father’s ghost and consequently getting most of the people around him murdered, to recent stories like Paul Tremlbay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, readers love being able to get inside the damaged minds of a good, twisted character. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT – BOOK REVIEW by Kevin Holton “BROKEN: Stories of Damaged Psyches” by Weldon Burge”
Fantasy has many different ways of expressing itself. There’s high fantasy like Harry Potter, the science-fantasy of Star Wars, the urban fantasy of Hellboy, and the psychotropic fantasy of Alice and Wonderland. Then, of course, there’s sexual fantasy, and whether that means role playing or fighting off the advances of a succubus, readers are sure to find it in Brothel, a book of poems by Bram Stoker-winner Stephanie M. Wytovich. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Book Review – “Brothel” by Stephanie M. Wytovich”
Book Review: Sanity’s Threshold by Angela L. Lindseth
Reviewed by Kerry E.B. Black
“Sanity’s Threshold” is a collection of about thirty short fictional tales of terror, the paranormal, and the odd, each told in under 700 words. Some are drabble, brief pieces of about one hundred words which, although but a “mouthful” for the reader, might prove interesting to “chew on” long after absorbing their meaning. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kerry Black – Book Review – “Sanity’s Threshold” by Angela L. Lindseth”
Dragon. Golem. Behemoth. Godzilla. What is it about the idea of a giant creature smashing its way through civilization that people love so much? Perhaps we use them as a metaphor to represent our more unstoppable fears, like nuclear war. Or, maybe, it’s just fun to watch a big old beast smash stuff up.
Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters is an anthology with a pretty clear theme. Featuring fifteen short stories from the contemporary masters of kaiju fiction, this collection runs the gamut, containing tales about everything from sentient Nazi killing machines to orphaned dragons throwing civilization’s peaceful co-existence out of alignment. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Book Review -“Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters” edited by Matthew Dennion & Neil Riebe”
There’s a lot to be said for a writer who self-publishes a book correctly, especially when that writer goes the extra mile to provide ISBN numbers, internal art, and dozens of pages of poetry. A. F. Stewart’s “Horror Haiku Pas de Deux” draws inspiration from the #HorrorHaikuesday trend on Twitter, spinning a social media phenomena into an entire collection. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Review – “Horror Haiku Pas de Deux” by A. F. Stewart”