The Night Stalker by Chris Carter

I do enjoy the occasional trashy serial thriller. I don’t want to say that they’re a guilty pleasure, as why should you feel guilty about a piece of entertainment you enjoy? But, when reading one, I can certainly turn my mind off a little. I just leap in, don’t try and second guess where the…

Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne

This is a wonderful novel! Lawrence Osborne (a writer, I confess, I’d never read before) has taken Philip Marlowe and done something really interesting with him. He isn’t here trying to sort our loose ends from THE BIG SLEEP or THE LONG GOODBYE, which – however diverting – really do fall into the trap of…

Helltown by Jeremy Bates

There’s a lot of fun to be had here for horror fans. Jeremy Bates has taken a big blood-stained pot and mixed together a load of familiar horror tropes. So, we have the young people lost in the haunted wood, satanists, rednecks, giant snakes and ghastly, brutal murder. The 1980's setting even lets him throw…