The Awakening by Brett McBean

The Awakening is a clever approach to the zombie trope, set against the backdrop of a sometimes heartbreaking coming-of-age story. Reminiscent of McCammon’s Boy’s Life or Simmons’ Summer of Night, McBean captures the magic of being a teenage boy...

Book Review: The One That Got Away

  Simon Wood’s “The One That Got Away” is a masterfully crafted thriller. The writing is tight and the plot moves at a nerve-shattering pace. Above all, the story is believable and the characters are real, not action heroes and cartoonish...

Point Hollow Review – Five Stars

  I must admit, Westlake Soul was a tough act to follow, but Rio Youers pulled it off brilliantly. Point Hollow is the creepiest town since Mr. King penned some stories about small-town Maine. The protagonist, Matthew, is dealt a rough hand in life and returns to...

Westlake Soul – Five Stars

  My review of Rio Youers’ Westlake Soul: I met Mr. Youers briefly at Christopher Golden’s 20th anniversary party and purchased a copy of Westlake Soul. During our conversation I mentioned I was not familiar with the book. He told me to “go in...