Book Review: Deadman, A Novel by J.H. Smithson

“His anger at the two-legged beasts will never abide. It is as much a part of him now as the instincts that make him a tiger. Revenge will become as sought out as food or water or a mate. All the cackling, two-legged creatures will die.” ― J.H. Smithson, Deadman I RECENTLY wanted to explore a […]

BOOK REVIEW: AS I SAY BY MATTHEW DANTE

AS I SAY by Matthew Dante is an incredibly gripping M/M Dark Romance Thriller that will hook you immediately. The novel’s tagline, “Sometimes the only person you can trust is the one person you despise the most,” is both chilling and thought-provoking, leaving you with an overwhelming sense of curiosity and intrigue. Not to mention […]

Author Interview: Talbot Finch

Talbot Finch: “The queer community has suffered far too many tragic endings in literature and film as it is, and it’s important, I think, to be reminded that misery isn’t our birthright.” I’d like to welcome Talbot Finch to the BLOG. Talbot is a skilled and imaginative queer author and artist residing in the southeastern […]

BOOK REVIEW: SAFE HARBOUR (JAGGED SHORES #2)

“I really thought he was the man for me, except he didn’t show me the kind of man he really was. Not then. That didn’t come until much later.” – Thom Collins, Safe Harbour SAFE HARBOUR by Thom Collins is an engaging M/M romance thriller. Although it’s the second book in the Jagged Shores series, […]

BOOK REVIEW: DROOD BY DAN SIMMONS

  “He was cadaverously thin, almost shockingly pale, and stared at the writer from dark-shadowed eyes set deep under a pale, high brow that melded into a pale, bald scalp. A few strands of graying hair lept out from the sides of this skull-like visage.” –  Dan Simmons, Drood THE NOVEL Drood, by Dan Simmons, is […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST DICKENS BY MATTHEW PEARL

“Surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alone.” ― Matthew Pearl, The Last Dickens The literary works of Charles Dickens have been widely acclaimed since the 19th century. One of his most famous works is his final, unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, published as sequential instalments. In this era, production in book form often followed serialization, which […]

The Vampire & Queerness In 19th Century Gothic Literature

“But to die as lovers may – to die together, so that they may live together.” ― Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla Note: I’ve added images of reference texts that delve into the topics of vampires, sexuality, queerness, and 19th-century literature within their pages. These are but a few, though ones I’ve quite enjoyed. This post […]

BOOK REVIEW: UPON THE PALE ISLE OF GLOAM: A GOTHIC HORROR NOVELLA BY MARK GULINO

“This place is damned.” – Mark Gulino, Upon the Pale Isle of Gloam: A Gothic Horror Novella    A DARK, atmospheric, often pensive narrative, Upon The Pale Isle Of Gloam: A Gothic Horror Novella by Mark Gulino, presents a moral tale about choices, accountability, and the possibility for redemption, but at what cost? The author delves into the […]

Memorable Reads of 2023

  “And books, they offer one hope that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” – Anne Rice AT THE beginning of 2023, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more. Specifically, I wanted to choose reading over watching TV in my downtime. […]