Author Archives: Steve Bacon

AFTER SUNDOWN edited by Mark Morris

I’ve long been a fan of horror fiction, especially of the novella and short story and length, which seems ideally suited to the genre. As a child I gravitated from the popular Three Investigators mysteries in my local library – … Continue reading

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WE OTHERS : NEW AND SELECTED STORIES by Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997 for his novel Martin Dressler. I’ve long been a fan of his writing, most notably his short stories (some of which are quite long). We Others: New and Selected Stories … Continue reading

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HERE WE ARE by Graham Swift

It is summer, 1959, and Jack Robbins is the charming compare at an ‘end of the pier’ show on Brighton seafront. Also on the bill – and grabbing much of the acclaim – are stage magician Ronnie Deane and his … Continue reading

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THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt’s debut novel from 1992 has become something of a modern classic (although, is 28 years really ‘modern’ anymore) and is featured on many readers’ ‘favourite novels’ list. I bought the book about a decade ago and since its … Continue reading

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TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE BAKER STREETS edited by David Thomas Moore

An anthology of short stories featuring differing takes on the character of Sherlock Holmes, with settings as far back as medieval England to late 60s New York City to the future. This book contains 14 stories from a variety of … Continue reading

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IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King

I read my first Stephen king book in the early 80s – Pet Sematary, not long after it was published in paperback. I adored it. Since then I’ve read every book he’s ever written. Whilst it’s fair to say that … Continue reading

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A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein

Trevor Riddell travels with his father to their crumbling ancestral home in rural Washington state. It is the summer of 1990, and his parents are having a trial separation. Fourteen year old Trevor knows he has to do everything he … Continue reading

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HOLMES ENTANGLED by Gordon McAlpine

In the 1940s an Argentinian librarian gives a secret manuscript to a private investigator. The document was written in 1928 by none other than the famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, who is living under the guise of a German professor … Continue reading

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THE COLOUR OF BEE LARKHAM’S MURDER by Sarah J Harris

Jasper Wishart, 13 years old, lives with his dad on an ordinary street. His neighbours are ordinary. However Jasper is anything but ordinary. He sees the world completely different. He can’t recognise faces, even his own. He loves painting and … Continue reading

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WAKENING THE CROW by Stephen Gregory

When Oliver and Rosie’s daughter is injured in a hit and run accident, she suffers brain damage and her personality is altered. Upon being granted a payout for the accident, Oliver decides to use the money to set up a … Continue reading

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