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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Review: Ghost Music And Other Tales

Ghost Music And Other Tales Ghost Music And Other Tales by Thomas Tessier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In many ways, this collection reminded me a lot of Alan Peter Ryan's THE BONES WIZARD. Very surreal stories which inhabit a shadowy borderland between day and night. Many of the stories are reinforced by strong foundations of realism, which are then nudged into the weird and the fantastic by Tessier's deft touch. Going to have to get his newest short story collection.

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Review: The Horror Club

The Horror Club The Horror Club by Mark Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent, lush, slow-burn horror novel. Not a book to burn through, but one to take time with. I especially enjoyed Morris' balanced, finely structured prose, and I especially liked the brief bit of fantasy world-building near the end - would've liked to have seen more of that nightmarish world. I clearly need to read more Mark Morris!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

New Short Story in Other Voices, Other Tombs

Live now, on Amazon: Other Voices, Other Tombs; featuring my latest Clifton Heights story, "A Circle that Ever Returneth," along with fiction from such fine folks as: Kealan Patrick Burke, Gemma Files, Ania Ahlborn, Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Michael Whitehouse, Michael Wehunt, Caytlyn Brooke, CW Briar, Cameron Chaney, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Mike Duran, Gemma Amor, and J.D. McGregor. Edited by Joe Sullivan and John Brhel, from Cemetery Gates Media.

"Other Voices, Other Tombs is an anthology packed with unsettling stories from the finest independent authors in the horror genre. This collection runs the gamut of styles, including everything from literary horror to creepypasta. Ania Ahlborn, Kealan Patrick Burke, Michael Wehunt, Mercedes Yardley, and Gemma Files are widely considered some of the best authors working in dark fiction right now. Also included are stories from NoSleep Podcast legends: Gemma Amor, JD McGregor, and Michael Whitehouse. Other Voices, Other Tombs is a must-read for the Summer and Fall of 2019!"

This is another one of those very "personal" stories which found its roots in a real-life experience. If you've ever wondered how working at a can and bottle redemption center could be a tale of existential horror, wonder no more....

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review: Shadows 10

Shadows 10 Shadows 10 by Charles L. Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not a single weak story in the entire collection. I really wish there was someway to release these and other classic anthologies in ebook form. Ah, well...

It's hard to put into words while I love quiet horror so much. I don't want to fall into the trap of saying one form of horror is "superior" to another. For me, however, I prefer quietly unsettling stories which don't scream, but only whisper. That, and so many of these stories - while quietly supernatural - don't center on obvious horror tropes. They center on human frailty, weakness, and life.

Probably some folks find these stories boring. No zombies here, no monsters, no werewolves, no vampires. Just shadows that flit in the corner of your vision, gone before you even realize they were there.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Dark Advent

Dark Advent Dark Advent by Brian Hodge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent post-apocalyptic tale that should be mentioned right up there with The Stand and Swan Song, and what makes it different than those is the purely human element of this story. There are hints of preternatural occurrences, but for the most part, this tale is about the struggle of humans after a world-altering catastrophe to try and carry on, despite the temptations to revert to our baser natures.

Yes, like the previous novels, there's the expected "two camps" - some humans band together collectively and retain their values, while some succumb to tyranny, despotic rule, and their own selfish desires. But unlike The Stand and Swan Song, there's no epic, supernatural forces backing each side. It's merely the best and worst of humanity, clashing amidst the debris of modern society, for the future of mankind. This is a book which should be more widely read, for sure.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Devourer of Souls FREE!

For the next three days, my novella duet, Devourer of Souls, is free on Amazon. Two summer coming of age stories - free during the best time of year to read them! 

Welcome to Clifton Heights, an average Adirondack town. It's nice enough, really. Except after dark. Or on cold winter days when you're all alone...



An ancient game of chance and Fate. One boy's smoldering hate, another boy's need to make things right, and a father's ghosts of Vietnam past. These are the key players in this latest tale of revenge and reparation performed on the stage of the strange Adirondack town of Clifton Heights, NY.

The Man in Yellow 

Tahawus is a small, isolated Adirondack town just north of Clifton Heights. A quiet place filled with simple people of an ardent faith, nothing much ever happens there...until the man in yellow comes calling. He knows your worst nightmares, and he can offer your fondest wish. All you need is faith...and a mouth from which to scream.

"WITH DEVOURER OF SOULS, Kevin Lucia offers a deftly layered, authentic, and original tale of cosmic horror. If you are game for some supernatural shivers and true monsters, you'd do well to give Devourer of Souls a read." 

Mary SanGiovanni, acclaimed author or Thrall and The Hollower

"Lucia sprinkles Stand by Me over a twisted mash-up of a Creature Feature version of Mr. Miyagi. The results are a lot of fun."

Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and The Window

“Devourer of Souls further cements Kevin Lucia as a distinctive voice in horror and the fantastic, and it’s as good a place as any for new readers to jump in.”

Josh Black, Hellnotes

Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: discipl·ish: My Unconventional Pilgrimage thru Faith, Art, & Evangelical Culture

discipl·ish: My Unconventional Pilgrimage thru Faith, Art, & Evangelical Culture discipl·ish: My Unconventional Pilgrimage thru Faith, Art, & Evangelical Culture by Mike Duran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confession: I've known Mike Duran for many years. I've loved his fiction, we've exchanged lots of emails and phone calls, and I consider him not only a colleague, but also a friend. That having been said: this is an excellent story about his journey of faith, through vocational ministry, personal ministry, and artistic ministry. One of the things I've always loved about Mike's approach to art and fiction and faith is that he embraces the concept of Mystery. He's a contradiction, in many ways. Progressives probably find him too conservative. Conservatives - especially those engaged in the arts and fiction - certainly find him to progressive. Regardless, the story of Mike's journey gives a wonderful context to his philosophical positions. As he quotes poet and essayist Diane Akerman: "It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between."

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