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de•crypt•ed—Taylor on Bulgakov

My quarterly review column “Read This!” is being replaced by “de•crypt•ed,” a space where guest authors revisit favorite books to decode their personal interpretations for the benefit of other readers. The recipe is a flavorful, well-seasoned stew of analysis and homage, with a dash of memoir in any influence the work has had on the author’s own. For my farewell column and the debut of the new I want to share a notorious Russian novel I first read in the Michael Glenny translation: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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Reviews: December 2022

Of late I have gravitated to reviewing one book and one movie, a mixture that is more or less appropriate even if it also leaves me feeling apologetic toward those publishers who have left my shelves groaning with works that surely deserved some coverage here. (Movies, I feel, even as a guy whose mania for the art approaches laser focus, can largely carry their own water.) But it ain’t going to change this time, as we once again have one book, and one movie, fortuitously linked by the commonality of predatory smiles.

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Book Reviews: October 2022

Ready for some classic tropes? Terence Taylor reviews Arthur Shattuck O’Keefe’s new novel The Spirit Phone (that’s right: this one features both Nikola Tesla and Aleister Crowley!) and Sign Here, Claudia Lux’s new novel about living and working in Hell.

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Media Review: September 2022

If you’re looking for a movie, Adam-Troy Castro recommends the SFnal body horror of Crimes of the Future (the latest from director David Cronenberg). He’s also excited about the fantastic new anthology Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology, edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason.

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Book Reviews: July 2022

This month Terence Taylor dives into the realm of horror comedy, reviewing If This Book Exists, You’re in the Wrong Universe by Jason Pargin and  Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer. Will these books make you laugh or scream? Read the review to find out!

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Book Review: It’s Alive!, by Julian David Stone

It’s Alive! by Julian David Stone is not a horror novel. It is indeed being published in the historical fiction category, appropriate enough because it does involve actual people and actual events. So why does Adam-Troy Castro think our readers will want to read it? Check out his review to find out!

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Book Reviews: April 2022

This month Terence Taylor reads two works centered on identity: Ally Wilkes’ new polar horror novel, All the White Spaces, and Aaron Durán’s new comic book, Season of the Bruja.

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Media Reviews: March 2022

Adam-Troy Castro delves into the ghostly realm as he reviews the haunted space novel Dead Silence, by S.A. Barnes, and the haunted apartment film Last Night in Soho. Want to get your ghost on? Find out if these works are for you!

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Book Reviews, February 2022

This month, Terence Taylor reviews The Night Lady by Debra Castaneda and The Fervor by Alma Katsu. As he says: “The two books I’m reviewing in this issue share the kind of fresh perspectives new voices are able to bring to the fiction of fear, along with a use of well- and lesser-known historic events to explore grim aspects of human nature, reflected in deadly supernatural forces.” Don’t miss it!

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Book Reviews: December 2021

This month our reviewer tackles two of the biggest books of the year: Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street and Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group. Should you believe the hype and pick up these books? Find out!