Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

An unusual mix of history and cosmic horror. The premise of this is that during the height of segregation in the American south in the early part of the twentieth century, the Ku Klux Klan are secretly being controlled by monsters called Ku Klux’s who feed on human’s hate and pain. Fighting them are monster …

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Some nice phrases and imagery but I found my mind glazing over far too often. Our protagonist Mark Spitz is part of a civilian clean up crew in New York. The only slight difference here to a regular cleaning job is that it is zombies that he is cleaning up rather than dirt. What follows …

The Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

This was an intriguing read though a bit overwrought in places. It is the story of Azriel, a kind of ghost or demon who was once a mortal man but was transformed. It’s framed in the narrative of him telling his story to an academic and traces his mortal life in the time of Cyrus …

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

DNF at 120 pages. I tried to finish it but I just couldn’t do it. A couple and their daughter are having a holiday in a remote cabin in New England I think, when a group of four people with threatening weapons and words of dire warning try to get the family to let them …

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

In some ways I like this even more than the Vampire Lestat. It is a direct sequel to that book as it ended on a cliffhanger. For the first time we have multiple POV’s which is great, though it is still Lestat ‘writing’ the book. We have Daniel, the boy from Interview with the Vampire. …

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

This is the story of Lestat, Louis’ maker from Interview with the Vampire, and much like that, it is basically a fictional autobiography of his life up to the events of that novel, with the end covering that time and up to the present day. However the scope of this novel is much more grand. …

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Great book. This is the story of Louis, and mostly concerns his life in New Orleans with Lestat, the vampire that made him, and their ‘daughter’ Claudia. The second part of the narrative is set in Europe. If ever a book could be described as gothic, this is it. Set primarily in the eighteenth and …

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Set primarily in New Orleans, this is a very atmospheric read. Of all the places in the US that I wouldn’t mind visiting it is probably that city and this book plays no small part in it. Primarily about Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon in San Francisco who was adopted at birth and starts to find …

Dark Wood Dark Water by Tina Callaghan

DNF at around 100 pages. It was an interesting premise but I lost interest in it almost instantly. This is definitely a YA book, I like some of them but this is what I dread whenever I pick one up. Very shallow characterisation, a love triangle, instant bonds among people who have barely met. I …

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