Life, Death, and Firecrackers

At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flames by Nicholas Day Book Review by Tracy Robinson About At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flames These are his final moments. In the little city of Wood River, Illinois, a man nicknamed Firecracker knows the end is near. The fire is coming,... Continue Reading →

Is It Really Murder?

“Am I Evil?” by Nick Younker A short story review by Elizabeth Tabler “Charlie Denton beat me like I had soiled the sanctity of his very existence.” Synopsis From the author, “A sociopathic man toys with State Investigator Linton Derr while being interrogated about a murder in the dead of night at an empty police... Continue Reading →

Flowers from Amaryllis: An Exclusive Excerpt

Today we're happy to have this exclusive excerpt from Christa Carmen's story, "Flowers from Amaryllis." That story and more can be found in her new collection, Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked. Check out this synopsis and stick around after the cut to check out this intriguing excerpt from the story. Synopsis: A young woman’s fears regarding the gruesome... Continue Reading →

Broken Glass On Concrete

My Top Five Crime Reads of 2018 By John C. Foster Blood stained dollar bills. The burn of alcohol and smell of cordite. Crime fiction is visceral and alive, even as it dances with death. It’s about the struggle taking place on the last rung of the ladder. Who will fall. Who will climb. Crime... Continue Reading →

Does it Doggy-Style

A Guest Feature by Max Booth III Okay, so, for the longest time I thought it’d be hilarious for the cover to contain a werewolf taking a piss. This presented problems. Would the werewolf be facing the reader, or would his back be turned to us? Somehow, it seemed dishonest if we had him peeing... Continue Reading →

Collaborations in Darkness

Chiral Mad 4 edited by Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder Book Review by Mindi Snyder Apparently I need more anthologies with collaborations because this book is one of my favorite anthologies I've read this year. The premise is simple. 4 short stories, 4 novelettes, 4 novellas, and 4 graphic adaptations, all of which are... Continue Reading →

Street Smart

I want to tell you a little bit about this guy who's words you're about to read, but I promise you I'll keep it brief and get out of the way as soon as possible. When it comes to dark, gritty, and violent crime fiction, Angel Luis Colón is, to put it bluntly, the real... Continue Reading →

The Purity of Crimson

The Purity of Crimson by Beverly Lee Book Review by Emily Reed "We live on the edge of wild and bloody midnights, clothed in ceaseless cold and driven by perpetual hunger." The Purity of Crimson is the third and final book in the Gabriel Davenport series. I was late getting into this series, and only... Continue Reading →

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