James Morrow explores ideas with visionary audacity and a satirical (yet nonetheless disturbing) bent perhaps unequaled since Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series—as if directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Read my review of James Morrow’s new novella here. Or else. . . .Read more "Review of The Asylum of Dr. Caligari by James Morrow"
what if i got down on my knees? Tony Rauch Whistling Shade Press 204 pages (paperback) Review by William Grabowski [for The Toronto Review of Books] After assessing a few of Tony Rauch’s previous works, such as i’m right here (Spout Press, 1998), laredo, and eyeballs growing all over me . . . again (Eraserhead […]Read more "what if i got down on my knees? by Tony Rauch"
Detritus in Love Mercedes M. Yardley and John Boden Omnium Gatherum, eBook October 3, 2016 Review by William Grabowski [first published on horror review-dot-com for 2 May 2017] It might be a case of projecting inner disappointment onto the world, but over the past months I’ve found very few books that, on an emotional level, […]Read more "Review of Detritus in Love by Mercedes M. Yardley and John Boden"
My review of Ellen Klages’ essential short-story collection. With an Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, author Ellen Klages takes so-called hard Science Fiction, clasps its rigid hand, and leads it into fantastical narratives haunted by childhood summer camps, science projects, a Mars settlement, a corrupt 20-year-old Smithfield ham (that’s not product placement), and spaces where time […]Read more "Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages"
I’ve joined the great Sinister Grin Press as an editor, which will allow me to extract cosmic terror from the world and put it where it belongs—in writers. SGP was founded by author Shane McKenzie and producer/filmmaker Travis Tarpley, and has published legendary authors Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Thomas Tessier, Wrath James White, and many others. […]Read more "Updates & Review of H. Kang’s The Vegetarian"
Click here to read my review of JRJ’s intensely dark, virtuosic collection: Entropy in BloomRead more "Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson (review)"
Abigale Hall Lauren A. Forry Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. April 2017 Reviewed by William Grabowski [first published on Hellnotes-dot-com for 21 March 2017] I had thought it not possible for any contemporary writer to be able to retrieve the feelings of gloom and dread encountered in such iconic novels as du Maurier’s Rebecca, Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, […]Read more "Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry (review)"