Parlor of Horror’s Book Reviews

Parlor of Horror’s Book Reviews

From Classic to Modern, Gothic to Pulp, here’s some book reviews so you can choose your winter reading enjoyment.

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full dark no stars - stephen king 20thCenturyGhosts - Joe Hill in-the-tall-grass - king - hill Joe Hill horns book

throttle knidle book cover monstrous 20 tales thomas ligotti - teatro grottesco  ligotti - songs of a dead dreamer

the-spectral-link-thomas-ligotti thomas ligotti - my work is not yet done  The Nightmare Factory - Ligotti Hour of the beast

chthulhurotica Flesh and Leftovers - Rick Pipito keyport-cthulhu What-the-Night-Knows-Dean Koontz

The Narrows - Ronald Malfi RC Dark Companions deadfall hotel - tem the great god pan by arthur machen

ghost and horror stories of Ambrose Bierce best ghost stories of Algernon Blackwood arthur machen - the white people and other dracula-the-un-dead-by-dacre-stoker-and-ian-holt

a dark collection - mark lukens Beavers! - Joseph F Parda b Bentley Little the Haunted A Psychos Medley - Terry M West

cecil and bubba meet the thang whatpricegorycover Tales+from+the+Beaumont+House+by+D.F suspended in dusk anthology

long island noir the king in yellow book 1

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The Narrows – Ronald Malfi – book review


The Narrows
By Ronald Malfi

I admit it took me a few chapters for The Narrows to hook me, but once it did, I was fascinated. Malfi has a clean, no nonsense style that relays the story in simple terms. The story relayed the sentiments of a dying small town in the US, how it rots from within and slowly withers until one catastrophic event finishes it off for good. In the case of The Narrows, the town of Stillwater is finished off by a flood that overruns its banks. BThe Narrows - Ronald Malfiut that is not the full story, those that had lived there know the event started several weeks earlier when an unknown entity began sucking what little life the town had left from its struggling veins.

When a pale dead body of a boy washes ashore in a minor flood, it has strange holes down its spine and a featureless face. A few days later, the body goes missing from the morgue. That night, Maggie Quedentock is driving home from a secret tryst as her husband works the midnight shift. She hit’s a person crossing the road in a rural area and she swears it was a naked young boy. An investigation reveals no body. When this boy-like creature comes for her on the following night, it is a suspenseful and creepy situation providing some great ‘can‘t put the book down‘ reading. Meanwhile, young boys from the neighborhood go missing. The mystery turns out to be more than deputy sheriff, Ben Journell, had bargained for. Combined with a big storm heading their way, The Deputy Sheriff and his men race against time and the elements to try and save the town’s people from a terrible fate.

The book has a strong climax, a mystery to unravel and an original creature for the town’s people to deal with. It gets better with each chapter and is well worth a read. If you are not familiar with the work of Ronald Malfi, this is a great story to begin with.


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Shadow Masters – new horror fiction book release

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Bentley Little, Yvonne Navarro, Earl Hamner, Ronald Malfi, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Massie… What do all these famous horror fiction authors have in common? They all have frightening stories in the new horror anthology book, SHADOW MASTERS.

Oh yeah, and I do too!

My short story ‘PIG’ has been published in:
Shadow Masters – An Anthology From The Horror ‘Zine
from Imajin Books.

Other authors include: Scott Nicholson, Simon Clark, Lisa Morton, JG Faherty, Christian Larsen, Cheryl Tardiff, Jeff Bennington and Jeani Rector. Jeani is the publisher of The Horror ‘Zine and pulled together this wonderful collection of horror fiction. She also has a wicked gem of a story in the anthology.

Includes a forward by Joe R. Lansdale

More about my short story, ‘PIG’ –  This tale involves a young woman who wakes in the dead of night to find a demon in a pig costume standing at her bedside. What this demon wants will lead Vickie on a frightening discovery of her own psyche. – Kindle Version – Paperback Version

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Release date: May 27th, 2013

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