31 Shots of Shock #5: ‘The Pier’ by Thana Niveau

*Title: 'The Pier' by Thana Niveau. Date Read: 05 October 2011 Available Online?: NO (available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22 (Constable & Robinson)) Briefly: Dragging his reluctant and increasingly angry wife Claudia along to a … [Read more...]

31 Shots of Shock #1: ‘Out Back’ by Garry Kilworth

*Title: 'Out Back' by Garry Kilworth. Date Read: 01 October 2011 Available Online?: NO (available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22 (Constable & Robinson)) Briefly: Desperate to finish the final 10,000 words of his latest novel, writer R … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bitter Bitch by Maria Sveland

So I come to my latest translated fiction read - Bitter Bitch (Corsair); a debut novel from Swedish author and journalist, Maria Sveland, which was originally published in 2007 under the title, Bittenfittan. Before I head off into this novel though, … [Read more...]

What’s Rob reading in January?

With my return to the business of full-time reading and reviewing beginning again tomorrow, I thought I’d open proceedings by giving you all a quick rundown on the literary delights that I’ve set up for myself to read during this first month of the … [Read more...]

31 Shots of Shock: #15 – ‘Cold to the Touch’ by Simon Strantzas

*Title: 'Cold to the Touch' by Simon Strantzas. Date Read: 15 October 2010 Available Online?: NO (available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 (Constable & Robinson)) Briefly: Deeply religious climatologist, Andrew Lauzon is sent to the … [Read more...]

31 Shots of Shock: #8 – ‘Two Steps Along the Road’ by Terry Dowling

*Title: 'Two Steps Along the Road' by Terry Dowling. Date Read: 08 October 2010 Available Online?: NO (available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 (Constable & Robinson)) Briefly: A paranormal researcher arranges to spend a few days at … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

In a Nutshell: Despite suffering slightly from being overambitious in its scope, this is a stunning debut novel from Neel Mukherjee - one which throbs with poetic and cultural resonance. And so I’ve come to the end of what has been something of a … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: 16th & 17th March 2010

I hope you will all forgive me for not posting a Reading Journal entry yesterday. I wanted to concentrate all my efforts on finishing Neel Mukherjee's A Life Apart (Constable & Robinson). Also, with no reading scheduled for Wednesday aside from … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 15th March 2010

This week I'm keeping myself more off the Net than on, in order to concentrate more fully on the important soul-nurturing task of reading and writing in an undisturbed environment. That means less Twittering, less web surfing, less checking my email … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 8th March 2010

First of all, Hi! It's been a couple of weeks since I've had the pleasure of scribing a journal entry, and during that time I've read a number of bits and pieces - not as much as I normally would because the focus has been more on getting … [Read more...]