David Hambling

Review: Alien Stars

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Review: Alien Stars

Former boxer and aspiring investigator Harry Stubbs is back in a new adventure, this time in his own novel!

David Hambling’s latest book features a hunt for a mysterious artifact, one that seems to be leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. The artifact is sought after by people from both the lowest and highest rungs of society, involving wealthy cult members chasing after its supernatural power, and thugs hoping to sell it to the highest bidder. Harry will have to figure out who his friends are in a hurry, because there’s someone else involved in the search, someone who’ll happily kill to protect their secrets.

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Review: “The Elder Ice” and “Broken Meats”

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Review: “The Elder Ice” and “Broken Meats”

Then they saw the trickles of blood running from under his hat. They crowded round and persuaded Waters to stand still while one of the men took off his hat, stiff with blood, to inspect the injury.

The back of Waters’ head came off with it.

Now that October has officially begun, it’s time for another month of horror-themed book reviews. And what better way to start than with two new novellas by David Hambling, author of Shadows from Norwood (first book I ever reviewed for Pixelated Geek!) and many other suitably Lovecraft-themed stories.

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Review: Shadows From Norwood

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Review: Shadows From Norwood

Crazy people aren’t crazy all the time, you just have to know how to handle them. I’ve spent worse evenings. I don’t think I’ve spent weirder ones.

I was a little confused at first when I found Shadows From Norwood in the science fiction section, since it’s very obviously horror. And like a lot of my favorite horror stories, the stories here are inspired by HP Lovecraft; the author is a dedicated fan. But as a fan, David Hambling wanted to bring attention to the fact that Lovecraft wasn’t just a horror writer, he also followed the latest discoveries in science (a lot of them controversial at the time), and used them in his writing. Mr. Hambling wanted to create something that was closer to a true Lovecraftian work, instead of just a monster story with Cthulhu and the other Great Old Ones acting the part as monsters. And I think he’s succeeded.

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