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October 2023

The front cover for The Original's Return by David Watkins. The front cover shows a crevice in a forest. The rocks are all covered in moss and light is coming down from above.

The Original’s Return

The Original’s Return by David Watkins The Original’s Return by David Watkins Pb, £6.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Jack should be celebrating the birth of his first child. He should be navigating the ups and downs of new parents, the nappies, the sleepless nights, and the pride in the new… Read More »The Original’s Return

When the dark gets poetic

As the last instalment in our month-long horror focus, BFS poetry editor Ian Hunter looks at the darker side of the lyrical and rhythmic.

Carry on Screaming: Comedy in Horror

Self-confessed “odd chap” Tim Mendees, fresh off the success of organising the Innsmouth Literary Festival, waxes lyrical for us on how the scary can actually be funny, too.

The front cover for Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin. The front cover is black. There is an image of a dragon standing on its back legs. Its wings come up above it's head then down around its feet. The dragon is a statue and only highlighted in certain areas.

Combat Codes

COMBAT CODES by Alexander Darwin COMBAT CODES by Alexander Darwin Orbit Books, pb, £8.31 Reviewed by Christine Downie Combat Codes is the debut novel of Alexander Darwin and is the first of a trilogy, with book 2 coming out at the end of 2023. The set-up for the story tells… Read More »Combat Codes

Meet Kit Power

Every Friday, we’ll meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This scary season, we’re focusing on our horror members—and our last profile of the season comes from BFS award nominee Kit Power

The front cover for Master of Souls by Rena Barron. There is a woman of colour in the middle of the page. The left half of her face is in shadows and there are tears coming from her right eye. There is a snake behind her coming from the upper left hand side of the page to the lower right side of the page.

Master of Souls

Master of Souls by Rena Barron MASTER OF SOULS by Rena Barron Harper Voyager h/b £18.99 Reviewed by Nigel Robert Wilson There is war in heaven, legends being forged, and a testament is to be written. The gods are at war with the demons, and all the nations of the… Read More »Master of Souls

The front cover for Playing the Witch Card by K.J Dell'Antonio. The front cover is shades of purple. There is a black hand with pink fingernails rising out of the bottom of the page. The hand is holding a pair of white cards with the book's title running across them. There is a small image of a pink witch on a broomstick on the middle right of the title and a pink building to the bottom left of the title. Around the hand decorating the rest of the cover is a floral motif of flowers, stalks and leaves in shades of purples and pinks.

Playing the Witch Card

PLAYING THE WITCH CARD by K.J. Dell’Antonia PLAYING THE WITCH CARD by K.J. Dell’Antonia. Titan Books. p/b. £8.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Flair Hardwicke made the choice to return to her childhood home in Kansas. Unfortunately, she was not exactly welcomed back to Rattleboro with open arms. Unfortunately, the move… Read More »Playing the Witch Card

The front cover for Fearful Implications by Ramsey Campbell. The images is a scene of a bedroom with a white boarded bed. The image is looking at the bottom of the bed with the back wall behind it. It is night. The window curtains are open and moonlight is coming through onto the bed on the left hand side. On the right, light from a slightly open doorway falls on a poster on the wall. Perched on the bedstead is a small demon with wings. It is looking back over its shoulder at us grinning.

Fearful Implications

Fearful Implications by Ramsey Campbell Fearful Implications by Ramsey Campbell PS Publishing, HB, £25.00            Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Whenever people talk about British horror, Ramsey Campbell’s name always comes up, and for good reason. With a writing career that spans decades and three films made of his books, he has… Read More »Fearful Implications