Sinister Reads ~ June 2009

Welcome once again to our haunted halls in cyber space. This month we have some new favourites just waiting to be discovered, so if you’re in search of a fresh fiend to spend some quality time with, look no further.

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Creeping in Reptile Flesh

by Robert Hood

Altair Australia Books

ISBN: 978-0-9804566-2-2

RRP: $AUS19.95 (plus shipping)

Available from: Altair Australia and Twelfth Planet Press

Creeping in Reptile Flesh is a new collection of stories from Robert Hood, gathered around a loose theme dictated by the title story — a 20,000 word novella.

Savage murders that leave no one dead. Politicians intent on ontological genocide. Feral creatures at home in the wilds of Sydney and the Scrub. In “Creeping in Reptile Flesh”, one man embarks on an investigation into a maverick Member of Parliament whose eccentric exterior may hide the seeds of apocalypse.

Creeping in Reptile Flesh was shortlisted in the Best Anthology/Collection category of the 2008 Aurealis Awards as well as the 2009 Ditmar Awards. The title novella is also nominated in the Best Novella category of the Ditmar Awards. Its cover (by Cat Sparks) has also been nominated for a Ditmar.


Hood’s collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh was the finest Aussie collection released in 2008 … it contains several of Hood’s best stories and spans two decades of his career.” Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Australian Shadows Award 2008 Judge’d report.

[the title novella is]… a sinister tale of black magic, the walking dead, and party politics … Highly recommended.” Ben Payne, review on Not if You Were The Last Short Story on Earth.

The novella is a well constructed piece of writing that sets the tone for the rest of the collection… Rob Hood follows up his opening salvo… with thirteen stories of menace and surprises as ordinary people face the folding of reality or the completely unexpected in everyday situations… No matter your taste in dark literature the Author will have something to delight and amaze.” Jeff Ritchie, ScaryMinds review.


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Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

by Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks

Cemetery Dance Publications

ISBN: 978-1-58767-160-9

Available from: Cemetery Dance Publications

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction is the first significant review of King’s non-fiction. Most fans and readers know King has written three non-fiction books and may have noticed his introductions and author’s notes to his own works, but few know of his hundreds of columns, articles, book reviews and criticism. It is over 600 pages in length, easily making it the most comprehensive review of Stephen King’s non-fiction works, many of which you’ve never read or even heard of before – and it even includes the complete text of a very rare essay written by Stephen King! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about King’s amazing and often controversial non-fiction, this is the reference work you must have.


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