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An Excellent Introduction into the Worlds of PKD!

The Unreconstructed M and Other StoriesThe Unreconstructed M and Other Stories by Philip K Dick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An Excellent Introduction into the Worlds of PKD

DISCLAIMER: I received this copy from the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

If you have never read any PKD, this is an excellent collection to start with! It provides a variety of short stories that range from supernatural horror to science fiction.

A word of caution, most of these stories are 60-odd years old, and feel dated both in social convention and reader impact. However, for many of these stories it was the first time a particular plot twist had been used! The collection is a very taut read and extremely entertaining.

The audio production is very clean, no muddy audio or obvious edits. Ray Greenley’s narration is largely unobtrusive, allowing the listener to absorb each story without undue distraction. Occasionally the cadence sounded forced and stiff. I believe this was due primarily to Mr. Greenley’s adherence to clear diction more that anything else, making it very difficult to fault. His characterizations are clear and distinct, and the dialogue, by and large, flows smoothly.

I recommend this collection to any avid reader of science fiction or horror, and will give special consideration to anything, regardless of genre, Mr. Greenley narrates.

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Live! At Patreon!

cropped-wa_icon_large.png Like the title says, we’re live at Patreon!

This is a brand new direction me. I’ve been working on it for some time and the excitement is nerve wracking. This is mostly because the success or failure is completely dependent on me. But, then again, it always was.

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Cover Reveal: The Girl in Acid Park

AcidParkLauren Harris is back with the second installment of her “Millroad Academy Exorcists” series! The Girl in Acid Park is available for pre-order over at Amazon. Lauren is giving us a sneak peek at the cover, designed by Starla Huchton.

Click on the image for a look at the full sized image.

Here’s a little more about the book:

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Review: Quarter Moon

Quarter Moon
Quarter Moon by Charlie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received a preview copy in exchange for a review.

WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.

The beautiful thing about the Crescent City is its mysterious, and sometimes deadly, charms. Charlie takes full advantage of those qualities in Quarter Moon. Like the title, this work is three quarters shrouded in shadow. What I found was a story that reminded me a great deal of Dashiell Hammett; the characters took primacy over the plot.

This is a modern take on classic noir. Not a retelling, mind you, but a fully realized character study on how far individuals will bend in pursuit of their ideals. And, as with his Dirty Magick: Los Angeles and Dirty Magick: New Orleans anthologies, it’s also an urban fantasy/noir genre mashup. Continue reading Review: Quarter Moon »

Review: Mimes by Paul E. Cooley

Mimes by Paul E. CooleyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received a preview copy in exchange for a review.

WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.

If you’ve never read Paul E. Cooley before, this is a great starter for you! It’s a short novelette that showcases what Paul does best, take an everyday guy with an everyday job, then take him on a left turn into weird.

Normally, I don’t give 5 star reviews, particularly for psychological horror. That looms large in my wheelhouse. I cut my teeth on Poe and Lovecraft, after all. I like my horror creepy, not just slashy. I have to tell you, this…this was creepy. I loved it! Continue reading Review: Mimes by Paul E. Cooley »

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