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Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at strangelibrary.com. When not annoying the general populace with walls of text, Sam can also be found tweeting @TetsuoKaneda, consuming lethal amounts of coffee, and stress-testing interlibrary loan systems with bizarre requests.

Art from A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Mark Summers

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6 Ghost Stories to Read on a Cold Christmas Night

As pop songs go, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a venerable seasonal classic—but what’s with that weird lyric...
Alice Isn’t Dead Is a Surreal Supernatural Trip

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Alice Isn’t Dead Is a Surreal Supernatural Trip

Alice Isn’t Dead is podcaster-turned-author Joseph Fink’s adaptation of his same-named audio drama, but as a book, it offers a very different...
Someone Like Me Takes an Honest Approach to Psychological Horror

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Someone Like Me Takes an Honest Approach to Psychological Horror

As Liz weathers another assault by her abusive husband Marc, something seems to take control of her body, defending her from his vicious attack. In the...
5 New Horror Books for Dark October Nights

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5 New Horror Books for Dark October Nights

October is in full swing, delivering us a tide of pumpkins, terrifying lawn decorations, and frigid nights so cold and quiet that you can hear weird noises...
I Am Behind You Brings Disturbing Existential Horror into the Daylight

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I Am Behind You Brings Disturbing Existential Horror into the Daylight

Four families on holiday at a campground wake up one morning to find the world around them replaced by an endless field of grass and an eternal blue sky,...
Time’s Children Is a Time Travel Fantasy with a Magical Twist

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Time’s Children Is a Time Travel Fantasy with a Magical Twist

In Time’s Children, D.B. Jackson (Thieftaker, and many more novels written under the name David B. Coe) accomplishes the feat of making the complex...
10 Years of Terror: 7 Standout Stories from The Best of the Best Horror of the Year

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10 Years of Terror: 7 Standout Stories from The Best of the Best Horror of the Year

The Best Horror of the Year anthology series turned 10 this year, a decade of celebrating the darkest gems of the genre as selected by Hugo-winning editor...
Where to Start with the Space Epics of Peter F. Hamilton

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Where to Start with the Space Epics of Peter F. Hamilton

If you’ve never read him, the works of Peter F. Hamilton can be a little daunting. Since the 1980s, he has made a name for himself as a writer of...
Salvation Is a Twisty Space Opera Thriller

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Salvation Is a Twisty Space Opera Thriller

Among space opera aficionados, Peter F. Hamilton is best known for the Commonwealth novels, a centuries-spanning sci-fi saga pitting utopian human...
Port of Shadows: A Chronicle of the Black Company Marks the Return of a Low Fantasy Legend

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Port of Shadows: A Chronicle of the Black Company Marks the Return of a Low Fantasy Legend

In 1984, in an effort to portray fantasy from the level of the military grunt, Glen Cook dreamed up the Black Company, a band of coarse, foulmouthed, and...
Drizzt Returns in Timeless, a Fast and Furious Fantasy

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Drizzt Returns in Timeless, a Fast and Furious Fantasy

For 30 years, R.A. Salvatore has crafted a rich and wondrous history for the setting of the Forgotten Realms, a Dungeons & Dragons setting rich in...
In Ahab’s Return, Stories Are the Great White Whale

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In Ahab’s Return, Stories Are the Great White Whale

Stories can change your life. Maybe they won’t, and maybe they shouldn’t (that is, after all, a lot to put on any story). But the right...

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