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SLASH-HER: A Women of Horror Anthology [BOOK REVIEW]

SLASH-HER: A Women of Horror Anthology [BOOK REVIEW]

Whether you fancy tales centered on revenge, horror, suspense, heartbreak, justice, mystery, drama, or the supernatural… you’re sure to find a number of stories here that’ll meet your specific needs and desires.

Children of Sin [Movie Review]

Children of Sin [Movie Review]

Inescapable circumstances, familial traps, and fear of eternal suffering combine with dark humor in writer-actor-director Christopher Wesley Moore’s independent horror-thriller “Children of Sin” (2022).

The Fear Sheets

The Fear Sheets

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What is your favourite Lucio Fulci film?

If your answer to the question is “Who is Lucio Fulci”? then this may not be the book for you. If, however, you’ve had the pleasure of watching some of the most gloriously gory and outrageously over-the-top horror movies Italy had to offer in its 1980s heyday, then you are in for an absolute treat with ‘The Final Gate’.

St Lukes Orphanage is home to dozens of young children, looked after by caretakers Mr. Wiser and Miss Myra. There is something else living at St Luke’s though. Something that does not belong, in this world or the next.

When Brandon takes it upon himself to rescue his younger brother from the orphanage he’ll find more than he bargained for within it’s walls. The orphanage is now home to a demonic presence, called forth by a mysterious group attempting to complete a ritual to bring unspeakable evil into our world; an evil that the residents of St Lukes are falling victim to, one by one…

The Final Gate Book Cover

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For a novel inspired by such a visual filmmaker, ‘The Final Gate’ is surprisingly successful at replicating the feeling of watching something like ‘The Beyond’ or ‘The House By the Cemetery’.

It’s all too easy to picture what’s been described by Wesley Southard and Lucas Mangum on the page, the characters sporting big hair and mullets and delivering their dialogue with some decidedly questionable dubbing. The books biggest strength is how much the authors love of the material they are homaging shines through and how effectively it evokes that very specific mood and feeling as a result. 

You can also expect everything that you’d want from an 80s horror movie.

Fast pacing, big action set-pieces, creepy visuals and, perhaps most importantly, an abundance of gore so over the top, it makes ‘The Beyond’ look like a Charlie Brown Halloween special. ‘The Final Gate’ is all fun, all the time from page one right until the last blood-soaked page.

This was a tough book to rate. It is such a perfectly crafted ode to Fulci that anyone with even a passing affection to his horror output will get a big kick out of ‘The Final Gate’. It perfectly captures the grindhouse aesthetic and the mix of sleaze and surrealism that made his movies so memorable. It’s so good that you’ll practically hear the atmospheric synth heavy score as you’re reading. It is such a good reproduction of the look and feel of a Fulci film in fact, that some readers may be put off by the (purposeful) loose narrative and broad dialogue that works so well as a Fulci inspired novel, but may be jarring to the uninitiated. I’m going with four stars, with a caveat. Fulci fanatics can comfortably add another star to this rating, given it’s as good as a fourth ‘Gates of Hell’ entry 40 years in the making.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Reviewer

Richard Martin started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatized himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner and an inappropriate amount of books. 

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