42 Great Horror Books (That Aren’t King or Koontz)

A few days back, Bloodshoot Books' publisher Pete Kahle wrote a post on Facebook where he challenged himself to list his favorite horror books that aren't by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. King and Koontz get so much attention (and money) and there are a lot of great, under appreciated books out there. Pete's list… Continue reading 42 Great Horror Books (That Aren’t King or Koontz)

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What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Here's Max Booth III's Isaac, the main character in the book The Nightly Disease, to tell us. "This is my take on it. Hotels are the kind of places you don’t mind bringing your family to—you can expect good service, a nice breakfast. Motels, on the other hand, are where people take cheap dates for… Continue reading What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Just a Bit of Great Writing

The following is a short excerpt from Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway that should be enough to either convince to buy the book right away because wow! The book tells the story of a group of teenagers that are trying to adapt to life after living in portal worlds (like the Narnia kids or Dorothy… Continue reading Just a Bit of Great Writing

Amazon’s Best-Selling Books for Each of the Last 15 Years, Rated

Amazon has been around since 1994, and their first book bestseller list appeared in 1995. The book most popular that year on Amazon, and probably nowhere else, is quite perfect (but you'll have to wait to see what book it is). Looking at the best seller lists for the past 15 years gives us a… Continue reading Amazon’s Best-Selling Books for Each of the Last 15 Years, Rated

Thoughts after reading Miéville’s This Census-Taker

China Miéville is at the forefront of the "new weird", but This Census-Taker, while weird, seems like a departure from his other books. This Census-Taker is a book I liked but find hard to really recommend to others. The most interesting thing about it is the subtle hints to the larger world of his Bas-Lag… Continue reading Thoughts after reading Miéville’s This Census-Taker

12 Hilarious Illustrations to Unwritten Books

Did you know that Chris Riddell is a genius? If you are like me, you may not even have heard of Chris Riddell, whose name I just learned last week. He is a cartoonist whose recent work includes illustrations to Neil Gaiman's excellent short story The Sleeper and the Spindle. But that's not what I… Continue reading 12 Hilarious Illustrations to Unwritten Books

This Author is About to Become Famous. Read Her Books Now and Impress Your Friends

There is an author you may not have heard of who is about to go really big. (Ok, if you are reading this blog you are actually somewhat likely to have heard of her). I speak, of course, of Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic This is one of my favorite books… Continue reading This Author is About to Become Famous. Read Her Books Now and Impress Your Friends

The Unbelievable Popularity of The Girl on the Train

When we take a look at the recent Goodreads Choice Awards, we can see a few really interesting things. The first and most obvious thing is just how amazingly popular The Girl on the Train was last year. I mean, it's just ridiculous. Paula Hawkins' thriller got just a little less that double the votes of… Continue reading The Unbelievable Popularity of The Girl on the Train