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Epeolatry Book Review: Gothic by Philip Fracassi

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Title: Gothic
Author: Philip Fracassi
Publisher: Cemetery Dance
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 1st January, 2023

Synopsis: On his 59th birthday, Tyson Parks—a famous, but struggling, horror writer—receives an ornate antiquarian desk in the hopes it will rekindle his creative juices. Tyson Parks’s last best seller was years ago. His agent hardly takes his calls anymore. Tyson is running out of money, and ideas.

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Epeolatry Book Review: What Remains when the Stars Burn Out by P.L. McMillan

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Title: What Remains when the Stars Burn Out
Author: P.L. McMillan
Publisher: Salt Heart Press
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 31st March, 2022

Synopsis: From the lips of a dying woman to the ears of an overworked nurse, a word begins to haunt her and the city in which she lives.

An office worker is convinced she has contracted something highly contagious, but no one believes her.

Earth is on the brink of collapse, when scientists discover a new plane of reality. Could this be the salvation people are seeking?

A company’s revolutionary method of travel promises instant teleportation across countless light years but at a price.

What Remains When The Stars Burn Out is a vivid collection of twelve stories ranging from the morbid to the macabre, the sinister to the supernatural, the unearthly to the uncanny, which are sure to send a shiver down your spine.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Alien: Colony War by David Barnett

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Title: Alien: Colony War
Author: David Barnett
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Space Horror
Release Date: 26th April, 2022

Synopsis: Political conflicts on Earth erupt into open hostilities between their colonies in space, with Xenomorphs as the ultimate weapon.

On Earth, political tensions boil over between the United Americas, Union of Progressive Peoples, and Three World Empire. Conflict spreads to the outer fringes, and the UK colony of New Albion breaks with the Three World empire. This could lead to a… Colony War.

Trapped in the middle are journalist Cher Hunt, scientist Chad McLaren, and the synthetic Davis. Seeking to discover who caused the death of her sister, Shy Hunt, Cher uncovers a far bigger story. McLaren’s mission, fought alongside his wife Amanda Ripley, is to stop the militarization of the deadliest weapon of all—the Xenomorph.

Their trail leads to a drilling facility on LV-187. Someone or something has destroyed it, killing the personnel, and the British are blamed. Colonial forces arrive, combat erupts, then both groups are overwhelmed by an alien swarm. Their only hope may lie with the Royal Marines unit known as “God’s Hammer.”

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Epeolatry Book Review: Spinal Remains by Chad Lutzke

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Title: Spinal Remains
Author: Chad Lutzke
Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 9th August, 2022

Synopsis: In his third short story collection, Lutzke offers yet another bender-tossed concoction of fiction colored dark. Fourteen tales covering a multitude of subgenres, including: psychological, crime, extreme, human horrors, bizarre, coming of age, and humor.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Aliens vs. Predators – Ultimate Prey ed: Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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Title: Aliens vs. Predators – Ultimate Prey
Editors: Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Space Horror
Release Date: 1st March, 2022

Synopsis: Fifteen new and original stories for a first-of-its-kind anthology, set in the expanded Aliens vs. Predators Universe. 

Here the ultimate hunters, the Predators, pitted against their ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien, with humans caught in the middle! Taking place on Earth and in distant space, these tales have been crafted by a who’s who of today’s most talented authors of the fantastic:

David Barnett – Roshni “Rush” Bhatia – Curtist C. Chen – Delilah S. Dawson – Mira Grant – Susanne L. Lambdin – Jess Landry – Yvonne Navarro – E.C. Myers – Scott Sigler – Maurice Broaddus – Chris Ryall – Bryan Thomas Schmidt – Steven L. Sears – Jonathan Maberry and Louis Ozawa.

Inspired by the events of the original Aliens vs. Predators movies, graphic novels, and novels, these are the ultimate life-and-death struggles. Including a new story written by Jonathan Maberry and Louis Ozawa (“Hanzo” from the movie Predators) as Hanzo’s brother faces the eternal threats of both the Yautja and the Xenomorphs.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Undead Redhead by Rachel Roth

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Title: The Undead Redhead: The Girl in the Mall
Author: Rachel Roth
Publisher: House of Honor Books
Genre: Horror/Folklore
Release Date: 11th June, 2022

Synopsis:Her love has endured for over 2,500 years without signs of waning as she gathers cast-off children to call her own. The undead redheaded girl living in a Tennessee mall is something the world has not seen before or since. She turns the unwanted and the unloved into a family of the undead.

Follow her drawing of three disaffected and abused teens into her world. In a dark code of justice, they feast on the abusive and oppressive while fighting off all who get too close to the truth with ruthless savagery.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Man in the Field by James Cooper

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Title: The Man in the Field
Author: James Cooper
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Genre: Occult Horror
Release Date: 10th June, 2022

Synopsis: The village: a remote, God-fearing place, governed by ancient rituals that provide eternal balance to the land. Here, people have faith in working the soil, the good Lord above and their own peaceful community. This is how they have lived for centuries, the Council providing spiritual oversight and the charismatic Father Lynch lighting the way.

As he does every year, according to an age-old custom, the man in the field arrives amid much rejoicing and apprehension. To sanctify the newly planted crops and ensure a productive harvest, the village must make a personal sacrifice in his name. This is the tradition that must be honored. For every blessing, there is a debt to be paid . . .

Mother Tanner, an older member of the village, has seen all this before. She has been born and raised in the shadow of these harsh solemnities and feels increasingly disturbed by them. Celebrating the Turning of the Wheel and exalting in God’s bounty is only half the story; there is much here that she is starting to distrust. Not least of which is Father Lynch himself and his beloved Council. And the enigmatic man in the field, who gazes not at the village, but at the distant horizon, thinking only of the overdue debt and the stroke of midnight when it will be time to collect . . . 

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Epeolatry Book Review: We Haunt These Woods by Holley Cornetto

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Title: We Haunt These Woods
Author: Holley Cornetto
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Books
Genre: Horror/Coming of Age
Release Date: 19th July, 2022

Synopsis: Nate Holbrook had put his past behind him. When his friends went missing all those years ago at Lake Swart, it had been nothing more than a tragic mystery. No matter what stories they’d told each other about the “Forest Man,” there was no primeval menace lingering in that cave they found deep in the woods.
But when Nate meets up with Jennifer, a fellow Lake Swart survivor and his first love, everything changes. Finding her scarred and broken by the weight of the past, he proposes a daring remedy for their shared trauma—to return to their old summer haunt and prove the thing in the cave nothing more than a delusion and a myth.
But what if Nate is wrong?
What if the Forest Man is still waiting, after all this time, for a new friend to sing his song… to take his hand and disappear?

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