Busy week on the review front - I've been tired, stressed, and generally in a foul mood, so I've chosen to deal with it by feeding my book addiction . . . as opposed to violently kicking things, as I generally do (and breaking my big toe for a third time this year).
For starters, I took a chance on a pair of review submissions - A Stake In Murder by Donald Allen Kirch, and Sins of a Sovereignty by Plague Jack. Donald I've read (and enjoyed) before, so I was definitely interested in his take on a police procedural/vampire hunt; while Jack is an author I politely declined earlier this year, due to a lack of time, but when he came knocking a second time, a combination of his bio (seriously, check it out) and the book's world building won me over.
Next up are a bunch of titles I requested on NetGalley, seeing them as perfect fodder for my Halloweird Creepfest. In the Shadows of Children by Alan Ryker is one I've been debating on requesting for a few weeks now; B-Movie War by Alan Spencer just looks like a ton of cheesy fun; and Figures of Fear: An Anthology by Graham Masterton gives me a chance to catch up a horror master whom I haven't read in years.
Speaking of genre masters I haven't read in years, I also picked up a pair of ARCs from Piers Anthony - Cautionary Tales and WereWoman - both of which seem to indulge his edgier, weirder, more controversial side.
• Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 edited by Michael Kelly
A collection of tales from the premiere Canadian journal for weird fiction. Offering up deep cuts of understated horror, it's said the stories focus heavily on atmosphere and characters.
• Meeting Place of the Dead: A True Haunting by Richard Palmisano
Discover why a paranormal investigation group with 30+ years of experience had walk away from an incredibly haunted property. Oh yeah, that's the spirit!
• Black Dog: Hellhound Chronicles by Caitlin Kittredge
The cover blurb encourages us to think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts. Okay, I'm in . . . sounds like bloody good fun.
What's topping your shelves this week?