January 03, 2015


     Hell Notes hosts my first review of the year, which I hope you'll check out before doing yourself a favour and grabbing a copy of Revival to read.  I haven't given King a chance since trying to wade through From a Buick 8 way back when, but let's just say I am a happily revived King fan and can't wait to catch up on some of his other recent books to see what else I may have been missing out on on.

     As any King fan knows, the man's work switches from the mainstream (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon) to the deliberately horrific (Carrie, Pet Semetary, Cujo). While Revival veers more towards the former with its subtle depictions of madness and underlying fears, the overall impact will no doubt illicit a horrific response that ought to resonate down your spine until it rattles the entire believe system of whichever existential foundation you subscribe to.

     For Jamie Morton, the most important question he had ever asked himself was READ FULL REVIEW HERE

October 05, 2014

reviewing Barry Hoffmann's BLIND VENGEANCE

Barry Hoffmann, owner of Stoker nominated specialty press, Gauntlet Press, knocks another one out of the park with Blind Vengeance, his newest offering in his critically acclaimed 'Eyes series.

See what I thought of his latest book over on Hell Notes with this review.

September 28, 2014


If you're asking yourself 'that Owen King?' then yes, 'that' Owen King.  Son of Stephen, brother of Joe.  But don't be expecting a book of terror and cold shivers.  No, Owen King's work will very well be keeping you up at nights for other reasons entirely.  

Check out my review of his debut novel, Double Feature, as showcased over here at Hell Notes:  Double Feature reviewed

And while you're (hopefully) getting a copy for yourself to read, stay tuned for an upcoming interview with the man him self, Owen King.

July 29, 2014

Author Interview with James Newman

I recently had a chance to sit down with author of Midnight Rain, Holey Rollers, Ugly as Sin and several other outstanding works.  And by sit down, I mean the way most conversations take place these days - online.
I think this is about the third time James has allowed me to pick at his grey matter a while and it's always a pleausure to say the least.  This time we discuss things such as his newest edition of Animosity, his direction towards film adaptations and the one snack food he can't live without.
Without further ado, click here for your fly on the wall access as hosted by Hell Notes.

James Newman Interviewed.  

For more about James and the dark musings of his unflinching pen, you can check out his author site here.

February 21, 2014

Interview with Tom Monteleone and F. Paul Wilson

Following my review for their collaborative novel, Definitely Not Kansas, which you can check out HERE if you haven't already, is an interview with authors Tom Monteleone and F. Paul Wilson.  I think Hell Notes did a beautiful job of laying it out and their choice to include those two pics added a  nice touch, I thought.  I hope you enjoy THE INTERVIEW.

February 14, 2014

Richard Matheson's Leave Yesterday Alone: book review now live

Recently live on Hell Notes is my review of Richard Matheson's final recently unpublished novel Leave Yesterday Alone and Musings.

The novel is a glimpse back to Matheson's early years as a writer and although his health took him away from

For the full review just click HERE.

Musings provides insight into Matheson's private reflections on his work and the world around him.  It's unfortunate that a bad back and declining health kept him away from expanding on his diary, but that will hardly take away from the enjoyment of this newest offering from Gauntlet Press.

Editor of Gauntlet Press, Barry Hoffman, was also kind enough to let me corner him and pick his brain in which he shares his own reflections on working with Mtheson over the year and about the legacy he left behind.  You can check out the interview HERE.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Stay hungry... and stay dark.

January 10, 2014

Gifted Trust by John Paul Allen - Interview and book review

I recently had the pleasure of not only reading a fucking fantastic novel that hit all kinds of nerves, but I also had the chance to sit down (virtually speaking) with author John Paul Allen regarding his novel Gifted Trust.  By no means was it an easy novel to read if only because of its brutally honest portrayal of some pretty dark subject matter.  

Thanks to the folks at Hell Notes, you can see exactly what I thought of John Paul Allen's first novel with this review HERE.

And when you're done checking that out - After ordering or downloading the book, I hope - you can chill out with the author and myself as we discuss the finer points of John Paul's gift to the darker side of the human condition HERE

Until next time, thanks for reading, and stay dark.

For more of John Paul Allen;s muse, you won;t go wrong starting HERE.