Category Archives: Science Fiction

[Book Review] Nightlife: Night Terrors By Matthew Quinn Martin & Kicking Horse Coffee 454 Horse Power

Nightlife: Night Terrors bundles together three stories, two novel length and one novella length, set in the Nightlife series. The well-written horror series follows veteran monster hunter Jack Jackson and novice Beth Becker as they seek out and kill bloodsucking creatures who feast on humans for their blood, and The Division, a secret organization hunting both the creatures and Jack & Beth. Continue reading

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[Book Review] Nightlife: Night Terrors By Matthew Quinn Martin & Kicking Horse Coffee 454 Horse Power

Nightlife: Night Terrors bundles together three stories, two novel length and one novella length, set in the Nightlife series. The well-written horror series follows veteran monster hunter Jack Jackson and novice Beth Becker as they seek out and kill bloodsucking creatures who feast on humans for their blood, and The Division, a secret organization hunting both the creatures and Jack & Beth. Continue reading

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[Anthology Review] Grim Edited By Christine Johnson & CoffeeAM Black Forest Cake Flavored Coffee

All of the short stories in Grim are retellings of classic fairy tales – and not the sanitized, Disney versions, oh no, these stories stay true to the essence of the original tales, which are much darker, grittier, and, in some cases, bloodier. There’s a good selection here with some modern retellings, some set in the fairy tale settings of olde (in a kingdom far far away during an indeterminable time), and yet others set in a technologically advanced future with a definite Sci-Fi feeling. To give you an idea of the many different characters encountered throughout this collection, you will find psychics who live in a trailer park, a cursed princess in a far off place, a robot who wants to be “a real boy”, and a hipster Snow White, among others. Continue reading

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[Anthology Review] Grim Edited By Christine Johnson & CoffeeAM Black Forest Cake Flavored Coffee

All of the short stories in Grim are retellings of classic fairy tales – and not the sanitized, Disney versions, oh no, these stories stay true to the essence of the original tales, which are much darker, grittier, and, in some cases, bloodier. There’s a good selection here with some modern retellings, some set in the fairy tale settings of olde (in a kingdom far far away during an indeterminable time), and yet others set in a technologically advanced future with a definite Sci-Fi feeling. To give you an idea of the many different characters encountered throughout this collection, you will find psychics who live in a trailer park, a cursed princess in a far off place, a robot who wants to be “a real boy”, and a hipster Snow White, among others. Continue reading

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[Novella Review] Nightlife: Hazardous Material By Matthew Quinn Martin & Joe Coffee Wake Up Joe

If you’ve never heard the real life urban legend of the Polybius arcade games, I highly recommend Googling it before reading this novella – I really think it will increase your enjoyment of the story. According to the legend, which may or may not have some basis in reality, in the early 80’s a handful of Polybius game cabinets were placed in a select few arcades in Portland, Oregon. Apparently, the game was highly addictive, to the point of long lines forming and fights breaking out over who got to play next game, and reports were made of players exhibiting symptoms such as blackouts, amnesia, and night terrors. Periodically “men in black” came and extracted some kind of unknown data from the machines, and then, suddenly, one day all the Polybius game cabinets disappeared without a trace.

It is one of these game cabinets that Jarrod Foster stumbles upon in Nightlife: Hazardous Material.

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