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Science Fiction Romance Readers Share Scary Book Recommendations

It’s that spooky time of year again when thoughts turn to scary books and movies. I decided to ask two of my favorite groups on Facebook – the Science fiction Romance Brigade and the SciFi Romance Group – what scary stories had terrified them the most and why. Science fiction romance doesn’t tend to have […]

Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks consists of six linked novellas chronicling the life of one woman, Holly Sykes, from rebellious teenager in 1984, to grandmother in 2043. Each novella is narrated in the first person present tense, but only the opening and closing sections are see directly through Holly’s eyes. In the other four sections she is a character in someone else’s story. It is a strong framework on which to build a novel. Unfortunately Holly is not herself a particularly interesting person

Retrospective – Stephen King’s Carrie Turns 40

April 5 marked the 40th anniversary of the original US publication of Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie. Writing that makes me feel old. Not that I read Carrie in 1974, but I became aware of the book soon after its UK edition hit the shelves. I was 12, and not quite ready to tackle the […]

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Joyland by Stephen King – review

In Stephen King’s best novel in years, 11.22.63 (2011), the veteran author revisited the period of his youth, the 1950s and ‘60s. A character from the present, our present, went back to 1958, encountered love, tried to stop a killer. In King’s latest novel it is a decade after the fall of America’s Camelot. In […]

Stephen King – A Beginner’s Guide

For a long time I paid no attention to the writing of Joyce Carol Oates. But I kept seeing her mentioned in the context of modern American Gothic, being recommended by writers whose work I loved, particularly Stephen King. The admiration was mutual. In 1997 Oates introduced King when he gave his first reading at […]