Latest Review: The Tooth Fairy – by Graham Joyce

Short Summary:

Sam and his friends are like any normal gang of young boys. Roaming wild around the outskirts of their car-factory town. Daring adults to challenge their freedom.

Until the day Sam wakes to find the Tooth Fairy sitting on the edge of his bed. Not the benign figure of childhood myth, but an enigmatic presence that both torments and seduces him, changing his life forever. (more…)

Channeling Evan Munroe – Jeremy Hayes

I wish now that I had never heard the name of Evan Munroe. As good a friend as he was, I would have been much better off never having known him. Could I manipulate time and erase him from my memory, I surely would. (more…)

Re-reading James Herbert – #1 The Rats

James Herbert was arguably one of Britain’s most recognised and popular authors of our time, having written 23 novels and selling over 54 million copies worldwide (translated into 34 different languages).  His work defined the Chiller genre, adding  horror and fantasy elements to the present day in a way that was never approached before.  Sadly on the 20th March 2013, Herbert died at his home in Sussex at the age of 69.

Much like James Smythe’s brilliant ‘Re-reading Stephen King’ series (view here), I have decided to re-visit James Herbert’s novels that I have grown to admire over the years.  Having been born later than half of his novels were first written, I was amazed on my first discovery to find how many of these stories were still fresh and seemingly undated, having stood strong against the test of time.

These series of posts will look at all 23 of his novels (excluding his short stories, non-fiction titles and graphic novel) in chronological order, starting with his first novel, The Rats (1974),  and ending with his last novel, Ash (2012).

#1 The Rats (1975)

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Top 5 Haunted House novels

What makes novels about haunted houses so popular?  Is it because they make us feel vulnerable in our homes; a place which we should feel sheltered and safe from the outside world?  Or is due to the haunting presence of the horrors that had occurred in the past?  Whatever the reason is, one thing is for certain; we love them!

Here are our top 5 haunted house novels, which are all great reads and recommended for anyone who likes a good scare: (more…)

The Ritual – Adam Nevill

The Ritual

Short Summary:

Four old friends reunite together for a hike in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle.  But as they take a short-cut to ease their journey, the four friends stumble across an old ancient habitation.  They soon find themselves lost, hungry, surrounded by forest that has been untouched, and stalked by something that still exists deep within the trees… (more…)

Top 5 Short Story Collections

5) The Pan Book of Horror Stories – selected by Herbert Van Thal

The Pan Book of Horror Stories

The original selection of spine chilling tales of this much loved series, and has some of the best terrifying tales included, such as Hazel Heald, ‘The Horror in the Museum’, Joan Aiken, ‘Jugged Hare’, George Fielding Eliot, ‘The Copper Bowl’, Joan Aiken, ‘Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket’, CS Forester, ‘The Physiology of Fear’ and Seabury Quinn, ‘The House of Horror’. (more…)