Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘horror’ Category

ELDERWOOD MANOR by Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes

July 15, 2014

Elderwood Manor is a trope-filled horror novella that readers of that genre will either love or be bored by. Jaded readers might not enjoy the ride because the story hits too many of the standard features of this kind of horror. 1) Father and son are trying to recover from loss of wife/mother. 2) Father […]

SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden

January 23, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Snowblind I love the old ghost stories that manage to sweep you away to a menacing world where death may lie around any corner, where things wait to spring out on you, and where there’s a mystery central to the supernatural manifestations that take place. I think a lot of horrors readers […]

ANIMAL MAN: ANIMAL VS. MAN by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, & Timothy Green II

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 2: Animal Vs. Man Animal Man: Animal vs. Man takes the read on an even darker turn in this new imagining of the life of Buddy Baker. The road trip from/to Hell continues unabated. I’m glad I decided not to list the book for juveniles because I personally think […]

POE by J. Lincoln Fenn

November 29, 2013

Poe is a mesmerizing novel on two fronts. First, it presents an entirely sympathetic character that I loved getting to know. Dmitri Petrov is a smart guy, and he’s irreverent of the world around him as well as expectations of bosses and circumstance. Even though he’s not an action hero, as he will attest, he’s […]

THE GHOST PRISON by Joseph Delaney and Scott M. Fischer

October 8, 2013

The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney and Scott M. Fischer is an awesome little story chockfull of beautiful and creepy illustrations. The narrative is short enough to be read aloud in a sitting – preferably by candlelight to listeners young enough to get totally involved in the story. I had a blast with this one. […]


September 3, 2013

If you think the zombie apocalypse will never happen, if you’ve never been afraid of zombies, you may change your mind after reading Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo. The book is the first of at least two novels about the end of the world as we know it. The author has done considerable […]

VAMPIRELLA STRIKES by Tom Sniegoski and Johnny Desjardins

August 20, 2013

Tom Sniegoski has been writing about angels for a few years now in his books about Remy Chandler, so it’s no real surprise that he digs further into that subject in Vampirella Strikes. The graphic novel collects the six issues that comprise the limited issue run. The story starts off with a bang that brought […]

CIRCUS OF BLOOD by James R. Tuck

August 15, 2013

James R. Tuck’s swaggering Southern occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk makes a third novella appearance in Circus of Blood, and it’s filled with just as much bawdiness and brawling mayhem as the rest of the series. The story starts off with a bang as Deacon checks in with a doctor/veterinarian friend of his who tends […]


August 7, 2013

R. L. Stine riffs on a familiar fear/hope of pre-teens everywhere: that they are in a family of aliens and they’re the only normal person in the room. That conceit is easily established in the story and the author runs with it. Adult readers sharing the book aloud with young children may sense the twist […]

A FACE IN THE CROWD by Stephen King & Stewart O’Nan

July 29, 2013

Stephen King can grab you by the throat and scare you to death from the outset. But, even more sadistic, sometimes he can slip inside your head while you’re casually reading something, getting to know characters and a situation, and gently nudge you every so often till you look around and realize you’re in the […]