In the last few months, I've stumbled my way into reviewing books. I've always loved books - reading books, talking about books, and writing...short stories. My mind works in miniature, I guess. But, since I was about 15, my gaze has always been fixed on the horror genre. I blasted my way through the usual suspects, found Lovecraft (a pivotal moment for any horror geek), and harangued the Newcastle Waterstones staff for a copy of House of Leaves that took what seemed like an age to arrive. Yet, in my later years as a horror fan (and now as a writer in the genre myself), I found it ever harder to find new writers that really captured me. I'm a shocking anomaly in that I don't like a lot of Stephen King's work (I do enjoy Carrie, Misery and a few of his short stories though), so there wasn't a great deal left for me in the mainstream bookshops that wasn't schlock or zombie-obsessed.
Enter Unnerving Magazine.
I found Unnerving on Twitter, originally as a place to send some of my own writing. But, when Eddie (Editor for Unnerving) posted a call for reviewers, I thought I'd give it a go. Three months later, I've reviewed seven(!) books for the magazine (four on the website, two in the latest issue, which came out today, and one on its way in early April), and taken on two interviews - something I never saw myself doing in the non-fiction side of my writing life. And it's been so refreshing! I've read tense family dramas, modern takes on Lovecraft, enjoyably cheesy action-fests, and some amazing short story collections, which have always been my greatest love. It's given me a renewed love of the indie presses (beyond the poetry and literary magazines), and rocketed me back into reading pure horror fiction again. My time at Unnerving has already given me so much in the short amount of time I've been on the team, and long may it continue.
Anyway, the point of this blog post was to let you know that the latest print issue of Unnerving Magazine dropped today (we feature reviews and interviews on the website, but the magazine houses fiction as well), and it's brilliant. It features two reviews from me, and my interview with T.E. Grau, who was amazing to chat with, and gave some fascinating answers to my questions. I'm going to review a story from there for Short Story Sunday, but, for now, you can buy it in ebook and paperback from here (I just visited the site, and currently the print version is sold out - !! - but you can still grab a digital copy for $3, or £2.45). You can also get issues #1 and #2, along with pre-ordering #3 and #4, for $10, or £8.20.
Here's to issue #3! See you on Sunday!
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