The Gates by Iain Rob Wright

More than six thousand gates to Hades are opened on Earth and our planet is suddenly over-run by vicious marauding demons. It’s literally Hell on Earth in this superb British horror novel. Taking a page from old 1970’s disaster movies, the book zeroes in on a cast of characters who are clearly set up to…

The Babadook (2014)

For years now, it seems that people have been raving about how good THE BABADOOK is. So, I freely confess that I should have got to it earlier. In my defence, there are loads of classic horror films out there, and so many new ones being released, and as such a man who doesn’t have…

Lair by James Herbert

This is not a great book. But then I knew that going in. As a teen, I read all three of James Herbert’s ‘Rats’ books and, while I didn’t remember much about the characters or narrative, I did recall that none of them are particularly brilliant. I’ve read this again now as I wanted to…

Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Here’s a bonkers slice of 1970s Italian Giallo. A group of beautiful, affluent people are lounging around on a private island (there is a plot point about a professor who’s being pressured to sell his secret formula, but it isn’t important) when one of them is murdered. To save his body decomposing in the sun,…

Malevolent by Jana Deleon

A young widow, who committed justifiable homicide against her husband after he turned into a crazed stalker, hires a private detective when she is stalked again. The stalker this time? Her husband, seemingly from beyond the grave. It’s a great set up for a thriller, but what make MALEVOLENT by Jana Deleon such an interesting…