Our 6-point book reviews feature books that our curation staff have taken a deeper dive into. These are usually shorter reads, assigned to one of the curators to finish with a full review.
Thornhurst: A Deadweight Novella by Paul Forster
I wanted to like this book, but found it brought very little to the zombie sub-genre of horror. The writing was mostly solid from Forster, but there were some awkward scene shifts and points of view changes that felt rushed, like just about everything in this book. Nothing stood out. Except the cover. But I definitely wouldn’t cross this author off my watch list as he can write. He just needs to develop his own voice, and perhaps get away from the zombie scene. But if you’ve enjoyed this series so far, might be worth adding to your library if you’re needing a quick zombie fix.
Former columnist to a now-defunct popular horror and sci-fi magazine.
Jailbroke by Brian Asman
Author Brian Asman delivers a weirdly dark sci-fi novella that has a unique flavor. Check out the footnotes in this book, as they are entertaining as well, more like humorous author commentary post-its made during the writing process. Plenty of quirky pop culture references (Fedex, Amazon, Elon Musk, and more) that will be appeal to some present-day readers. This book refreshingly doesn’t take its sci-fi ties too seriously and has a lot of darker elements that horror fans will enjoy as well!
Former slush pile reader to a major horror publisher, real initials are B.T.K. but not a serial killer.
The Underclass by Dan Weatherer
When I found out this was a zombie book, I almost hard-passed. I mean, this trope is tired. But Dan Weatherer actually made my trip with the living dead bearable and enjoyable once again. It was well-written and humorous in all the right spots for an overall well-balanced offering from both the author and Demain Publishing.
Goth girl, model who has appeared on a book cover and avid horror reader since her teens.