REVIEW: Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, Vol.1) By Neil Gaiman (1989)

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, vol. 1) by Neil Gaiman

Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo 

Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1989
Length: 240
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Synopsis via Goodreads: New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.”

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REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (2014)

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Publisher: HarperVoyager
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 305 pages (4 hours and 25 minutes)
Author: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

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Synopsis via Goodreads: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unravelled that will have you racing to the final page.

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REVIEW: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell (2018)

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell
Publisher: Strange Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 154
Published: 2018
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via GoodreadsDiscover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection. 

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REVIEW: Wisps of Memory by Chris Sarantopoulos (2017)

Wisps of Memory by Chris Sarantopoulos
Publisher: Self Published (Amazon)
Format: E-Book
Length: 16 (short story)
Published: 2017
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via Goodreads: The end doesn’t always come with a bang.

Ian is a loner middle-aged man who lives with the memories of his daughters and grandson, rather than with them. He hopes that they will remember him during the holiday. In the meantime, his nearly paralysed arm starts twitching uncontrollably. A couple of weeks before Christmas, his last friend leaves the country, and Ian finds himself with no one in his life. Day by day, he feels life is ebbing away from him.

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REVIEW: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (2016)

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 
Publisher: Picador
Format: Hardcover
Length: 372
Published: 2016
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Synopsis via GoodreadsThe critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned Atticus’s great-grandmother—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centres on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of one black family, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying spectre that continues to haunt us today.

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