Category: Reviews

Epeolatry Book Review: Symphony of the Damned, ed. TroyAnthony Schermer

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Title: Symphony of the Damned
Author: Various, ed. TroyAnthony Schermer
Publisher: Savage Realms Press
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 16th April, 2022

Synopsis: From Savage Realms Press comes a dark and twisted tome with over 400 pages of skin-crawling, spine-tingling horror that is sure to make you sleep with the lights on!
This eclectic mix of the macabre and the maniacal features 27 tales of terror:

  • A man purchases a painting by the notorious serial killer, John Wayne Gacy.
  • A night of seemingly harmless flirtation brings a woman much more than she bargained for.
  • A journalist’s interview for a human-interest story quickly evolves into a living, breathing nightmare.
  • A man’s dream of making contact with extraterrestrials has unforeseen consequences.
  • While investigating a beautiful and mysterious planet, the crew of the Starship Tigris quickly discovers that all is not the paradise it appears to be
  • A doctor’s emergency house call results in a truly horrifying discovery
  • In a near-future dystopia, stringent laws are passed dictating how men can interact with women
  • A couple receives a phone call from their daughter on the 15-year anniversary eve of her death
  • An elite team discovers the sole lifeform on a deserted planet is carrying a deadly secret
  • A bus ride takes an unexpected detour into the gruesome and the macabre
  • and many more

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Epeolatry Book Review: A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

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Title: A Mirror Mended
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Publisher: Tordotcom
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, LGBTQ Literature
Release Date: 14th June, 2022

Synopsis: Fairy-tale fixer and former Sleeping Beauty Zinnia Gray is done with princesses. Until evil’s gorgeous face appears in her mirror and pulls her into another world, and a different story. Snow White’s Evil Queen has no name, no one to turn to, and no way out of her story. But she has learned the horrible ending that awaits her, and she wants Zinnia’s help to escape it. Will Zinnia accept this poison apple, or forge another path?

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Epeolatry Book Review: Flash Futures by Eric Fomley

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Title: Flash Futures: Dark Science Fiction Stories

Author: Eric Fomley

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Shacklebound Books

Release Date: 2nd March, 2022

Synopsis:

From urban hotel rooms with interdimensional portals to far-future robotic societies, to far-flung galaxies, to the near future, to present day with a twist. Eric Fomley’s first full collection brings a variety of dark futures for your consumption and enjoyment. Flash Futures contains three very short stories and twenty-one sci-fi flash fictions guaranteed to take you to the future in ten minutes or less.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Night Road by Kevin Lucia

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Title: The Night Road

Author: Kevin Lucia

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Cemetery Dance

Release Date: April, 2022

Synopsis:

For most of her life, Grace Donaldson’s passion has been running. As a star in Cross Country and Track and Field, Grace ran to win, because losing wasn’t an option. For her, running was freedom, and she was only ever her true self when racing toward the finish line.

 

Her senior year, that all changed. Afterward, instead of running toward something, Grace started running away. From her pain, her anger, and her guilt. Now, as her younger sister lies on her deathbed from attempted suicide and Grace’s darkness threatens to consume her, she discovers The Night Road, and the chance to run toward something again, instead of away…if she’s willing to pay a terrible price.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

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Title: The Ghost That Ate Us: The Tragic True Story of the Burger City Poltergeist

Author: Daniel Kraus

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press

Release Date: 12th July, 2022

Synopsis:

You remember the brutal crime, don’t you?

Maybe you read about it on Twitter. Maybe a friend sent you a news clip. Maybe you saw it on an episode of Spectral Journeys that night you were flipping through channels, unable to sleep.

Maybe after reading the true story, you won’t ever sleep again.

On June 1, 2017, six people were killed at a Burger City franchise off I-80 near Jonny, Iowa. It was the bizarre and gruesome conclusion to nine months of alleged paranormal activity at the fast-food joint-events popularly known as “the Burger City Poltergeist.”

The story inspired Facebook memes, Twitter hashtags, Buzzfeed listicles, Saturday Night Live sketches, and more. But the case was never much more than a punchline…until bestselling writer Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, The Living Dead) decided to head to Iowa to dig up what really happened.

Presented here is the definitive story of “the most exhaustively documented haunting in history,” including-for the first time ever-interviews with every living survivor of the tragedy.

The employees of Burger City were a family. They loved one another. At least, at the beginning.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Liminal Spaces by Deborah Sheldon

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Title: Liminal Spaces

Author: Deborah Sheldon

Genre: Horror

Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia

Release Date: 1st March, 2022

Synopsis: Transitions occur in a liminal space. The familiar is gone. The unknown lies ahead and with it, terrible possibilities. Award-winning author Deborah Sheldon explores liminal spaces in this collection of dark, unsettling fiction. Her characters teeter on frightening thresholds with no way back. Liminal Spaces includes Sheldon’s award-nominated tales “For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights”, “All the Stars in Her Eyes” and Barralang, “Pop. 63”, plus original and unpublished fiction.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action, ed. Seán O’ Connor

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Title: Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action

Author: Various, ed. Seán O’ Connor

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Stygian Sky Media LLC

Release Date: 22nd April, 2022

Synopsis: Horror stories from a variety of well-known authors.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Plumes: and Other Flights of Fancy Flash Fiction by Andrena Zawinski

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Plumes: and Other Flights of Fancy Flash Fiction, 70 pages

Author: Andrena Zawinski

Genre: Flash Fiction/Memoir/General Fiction

Publisher: Writing Knights Press

Release Date: January 31st, 2022

Synopsis: In her debut collection of stories, Andrena melds flash fiction with memoir. She entertains, peaks curiosity, even exacts revenge in characters enjoyable to come to know, whether through love or through hate, all cast on a smooth and well-crafted journey that invites the reader to return to its pages again and again.

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