Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Paranormal’ Category

A STIR OF ECHOES by Richard Matheson

December 28, 2013

I saw Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes years ago and really enjoyed the movie as a slow boil horror/mystery. I’d known Richard Matheson, a renowned writer who produced tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and penned more than a few Twilight Zone episodes, had written the book the movie was based on, but I’d […]

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 […]

DEAD THINGS by Stephen Blackmoore

February 24, 2013

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore was recommended to me by an editor friend who not only reads my books, but also reads a lot of the same stuff I do. So I have her to thank for this one. After I saw the cover and read the description, I ordered the book immediately. I’d been […]


August 5, 2012

“That Thing At The Zoo” is a novella about occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk. Chalk is a man that won’t be stopped, a warrior of Herculean proportions who has been forged in the fires of personal loss, a man that has nothing else to lose and lives for the enemies that fall within his grasp. […]

JOE GOLEM AND THE COPPER GIRL by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola

July 25, 2012

Joe Golem and the Copper Girl is a prequel of sorts to Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola have been having some real success in storytelling through comics, short stories, and illustrated graphic novels, and I’m having fun trying to keep up with all of them. Their Hellboy stuff and […]


July 12, 2012

“That Damned Coyote Hill” is the first of Heath Lowrance’s Hawthorne short stories featuring a bounty hunter (I think, though that’s more hinted at than definite). In this first story, he’s out looking for personal vengeance, though. To me, Hawthorne seems more like Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane character, a wandering soldier of fortune who’s […]

DUST OF THE DAMNED by Peter Brandvold

January 16, 2012

I’ve read some of Peter Brandvold’s Westerns under his name as well as the Frank Leslie name, and I’ve enjoyed them as solid actioners that are quite a bit harder edged than anything Louis L’Amour ever wrote. And his latest release, Dust of the Damned, is way weirder than anything L’Amour wrote even back in […]

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN by Justin Gustainis

December 4, 2011

Quincey Morris was a name immediately familiar to me from the granddaddy of horror novels, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. In that book, Morris was an Texan adventurer who hooked up with Jonathan Harker and Mina in the battle against the evil count. Now, a couple hundred years plus later, it was interesting to note that […]

EYES TO SEE by Joseph Nassise

December 3, 2011

Eyes To See is the first book in an intriguing new series by Joseph Nassise (author of the Templar Chronicles) and is a great little mix of paranormal and noir fiction. In order to find his missing daughter, scholar Jeremiah Hunt gave up his eyes in exchange for a new vision that allows him to […]

THE DEAD WOMAN by David McAfee Is Out Today!

June 1, 2011

David McAfee’s THE DEAD WOMAN, the fourth book in the DEAD MAN series, is out today as an ebook on the Kindle, the Nook , and on Smashwords, as well as in a trade paperback edition. The widely acclaimed DEAD MAN series is about Matthew Cahill, an ordinary man leading a simple life…until a shocking […]