Reviews : Speculative

‘Deserted Echo’ by Linda Kay Silva

Deserted Echo takes us on another heart-pumping journey in the Echo series. Echo Branson, her family of supernaturals, and technical-guru-and-sometimes-security-person Sal, are in Mexico for a vacation. What begins as a relaxing time on a Mexican beach turns into a tense drama filled with characters with ulterior motives and warped objectives. In spite of the… read more

‘Deep Merge’ by Linda North

In the compelling opening of Deep Merge, we meet Kaesah and Atimki, and events rapidly unfold to find Kaesah cradling her beloved partner as she dies. Both women are from the planet NaQwi. They were living on earth Earth doing clandestine research; however, with Atimki’s passing, Kaesah is conflicted about the action she must take… read more

'That Door is a Mischief' by Alex Jeffers

Liam Shea is not an ordinary teenage boy, growing up in rural Massachusetts; and not just because he has two fathers. Liam is not even a boy; he’s a fairy—literally. A fairy with glowing golden eyes, antennae, dragonfly wings sprouting between his shoulder blades, super-human strength, the power of suggestion, and a serious aversion to… read more

'Wilde Stories 2014: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction' Edited by Steve Berman

Begun in 2008, the annual series Wilde Stories has striven to provide the best in gay speculative fiction (much as its companion series Heiresses of Russ strives to do for lesbian speculative fiction). The latest installment in this series contains fourteen selections published during the calendar year 2013, which first appeared in other anthologies, literary… read more

'Dust Devil on a Quiet Street' by Richard Bowes

 “A writer’s life only becomes clear to him after he writes it,” declares Richard Bowes near the end of his Dust Devil on a Quiet Street. Part memoir, part tell-all, part homage to the city he has lived in for forty-plus years, and part secret history of that same city, Dust Devil is more than… read more

'Daughter of Mystery: A Novel of Alpennia' by Heather Rose Jones

Daughter of Mystery: A Novel of Alpennia, is a wonderful book of intrigue and romance. Margerit Sovitre is an orphan who lives with her overbearing uncle, his wife, her sister, and their son. She is the god-daughter of Baron Saveze, a man who has ancestral lands and great wealth. … read more

'Wild Fell' by Michael Rowe

In his well-reviewed debut Enter, Night, a chilling and atmospheric throwback to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot fused with the gothic leanings of an early V.C. Andrews novel, author Michael Rowe added both depth and dimension to the otherwise overplayed vampire mythos, injecting it with some much needed viability…. read more

'The Heavens Rise' by Christopher Rice

Readers who held out hope that the son of Anne Rice would eventually find his way to the dark side will rejoice over his latest novel, The Heavens Rise (Gallery Books). Those lamenting the time it took him to get here shouldn’t because the years Christopher Rice spent sharpening his literary teeth over the course of… read more