Tag: Gross

Ben Sanders – Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees | Review

Title: Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees

Author: Ben Sanders

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 280

Rating: 3.5*/5


Ben Sanders - Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees

Ben Sanders – Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees


I have mixed feelings about this book because there’s stuff to both like and dislike about it. Which I suppose is pretty standard for an indie book.

We have some of the common problems here like spelling/grammar mistakes dotted throughout and a non-standard layout (it’s not justified and there are blank spaces between every paragraph). But really, that’s about it. The only other thing that I’d flag is that for what’s essentially a sort of police procedural novel, there was only one real suspect and they turned out to be the culprit. And they could have stopped him way earlier by just putting a tail on him instead of waiting to get warrants and stuff. When the big reveal came, it was kind of an anticlimax. It was too easy.

But other than that, there’s a lot to enjoy. I liked the way that Sanders tapped into mythology and also how the ending of the book sets him up to write many more of them. And actually, for a debut novel, it’s pretty impressive. There are ways it could be improved, of course, but that’s true of almost everything. And what I will say is that the actual police procedural part of the story felt well-researched and authentic, even when it was mixed with the mythical elements.

And of course, I quite liked the bit with the jerky strips. I mean, sure, it was kind of gross, but I like that from time to time. Like The Silence of the Lambs.


Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders


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Duncan Ralston – Woom | Review

Title: Woom

Author: Duncan Ralston

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 138

Rating: 4*/5


Duncan Ralston - Woom

Duncan Ralston – Woom


Disclaimer: While I am to be unbiased, Ralston is an author friend that I’ve known for a couple of years.

Well, well. Woom is interesting because it’s so hardcore – Ralston doesn’t shy away from ‘gross‘ subjects, like vaginas, mutilation and viscera. But it works well, and I like the way that there’s a story within a story – although you’ll need to read it for yourself to find out how that works out. What I will say is that this is definitely not for the fainthearted, and it should probably be accompanied by a massive, massive trigger warning. That’s probably why I liked it – Ralston is a compelling voice in indie horror, and I look forward to reading more of his work.


Duncan Ralston

Duncan Ralston


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