Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Urban Fantasy’ Category

THE PHANTOM STRANGER: A STRANGER AMONG US by Dan DiDio, Scott Hanna, & Brent Anderson

May 15, 2014

I’ve been a fan of the Phantom Stranger for years. One of the things I always liked about him was his mysterious origin. Over the years, there were all sorts of legends about where the Stranger was from, and I liked that I didn’t know. It was fun to suppose. Dan DiDio, the author and […]

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 […]

THE WEIGHT OF SOULS by Byrony Pearce

August 6, 2013

The Weight of Souls has an interesting conceit: the main character, Taylor Oh, is cursed. The ghosts of murder victims have the ability to touch her and transfer a Mark to her that will kill her in three weeks, more or less, unless she can transfer it to the murderer. When I read the summary […]

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. […]

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 […]

HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne

June 24, 2011

It’s really easy to drop into Kevin Hearne’s world of iron druids, fey, vampires, and werewolves. All you have to do is read a couple pages. The first-person narrative sucks you in with deceptive storytelling ability, introduces you to the Morrigan (herself an awesome and fun creature/woman of power), and tells you about an army […]

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 […]


January 17, 2011

Click cover to go to Amazon Rob Thurman is a fairly new discovery for me. I first encountered her Cal Leandros novel, Nightlife. I was drawn to the book by the cover, which is the same reason I picked this one up off the racks. She’s getting a run of good cover artists. I thought […]