Today we’re delving into two poetry chapbooks from Vivian Zems, author of Tales in Teacups and Waxing Lyrical. Continue reading “Lift Off! and Verses of April by Vivian Zems | Book Reviews”
Anne and Marco have been invited to a dinner party at their next door neighbour’s house. They’ve been told not to take their baby. The babysitter cancelled at the last minute, so they tuck their daughter up in bed and take the baby monitor with them to dinner. They check on the child every half an hour, but somehow it all goes wrong. They arrive home after 1 AM to find the crib empty. Was she kidnapped? Was she murdered? Will they ever find out who is to blame, and will they ever get their baby back? Continue reading “The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Book Review”
Today is the launch of my latest collection of short stories, Come What May Day, which naturally has me feeling all excited and utterly fraught with nerves in equal measures.
Just like my last collection, each story in Come What May Day takes place in the same nameless Yorkshire town and on the same day, only this time the onset of spring has brought about some new adventures.
May Day has arrived and the storm clouds have parted just enough for the annual May Fair to kick off without a hitch. But how long will it be until the town’s dark streak rears its ugly head? Continue reading “Come What May Day | A New Short Story Collection”
Tom Henderson, also known as King Dork, also known as Chi-Mo, is a nerdy sophomore trying as best as he can to survive high school. When he discovers an array of his late father’s books which feature an unusual code, he finds himself trying to get to the bottom of a bunch of intertwining conspiracy theories and mysteries, all while playing in a rock band with fellow dork and nosebleed aficionado Sam Hellerman. Continue reading “King Dork by Frank Portman | Book Review”
After being diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour, this tale’s narrator has very little time left to live. As he begins compiling a bucket list, he is visited by the devil who offers him a tantalising deal. He can live for an extra day in exchange for making one thing disappear completely from the world. What will he find himself capable of giving up? What does he value in life? When will he find himself content enough to leave the world behind? And will his cat, Cabbage, find himself disappeared? Continue reading “If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura | Book Review”
Tristran Thorn has a beautiful girl to impress, and he’ll do so by bringing her a fallen star. He embarks on adventure into a strange, magical and dangerous world, and soon learns that the fallen star is far more valuable than he could ever imagine. Continue reading “Stardust by Neil Gaiman | Book Review”
Timothy, Sarah and Edward are a tight-knit and loving little family, regardless of them not being actually related. Having run away from their children’s home and found themselves living under a cobblestone bridge, they’ve learned quickly how to become independent. But is independence all it’s cracked up to be? Is it okay to turn to adults for help? And will the three of them find it within themselves to let go of their difficult pasts and open themselves up to the possibility of a new life? Continue reading “Wish Upon a Leaf by Teresa Grabs | Book Review”
When Louise receives a Facebook friend request from a high school classmate, a dark, long-held secret is catapulted to the forefront of her mind. The classmate in question is Maria – a girl who went missing and was presumed dead all the way back in 1989. Is someone playing a sick prank? Does somebody know of Louise’s horrifying secret? Or is Maria still alive and looking for revenge? Continue reading “Friend Request by Laura Marshall | Book Review”
Jason Dessen pops out for a quick drink one night when, on his way home to his wife and son, he is kidnapped at gunpoint and knocked unconscious. He awakes in a lab surrounded by complete strangers, all of whom seem to know exactly who he is. His wife is not his wife, his son doesn’t exist, and he is no longer a mere physics professor. He has been transported to a world in which is life is not quite his own, but which could have been his had he made some very different decisions many years ago. Continue reading “Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Book Review”