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8.2/10
You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych
horror , podcasts , Review , short stories / April 17, 2017

This is the review of “You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych” by Kathleen Kayembe, published in Nightmare Magazine’s March 2017 Issue. Summary: Isobelle is visiting her Uncle for the summer break. An Uncle who is consumed by superstition and fear. That’s why Isobelle doesn’t believe him when he says that the strange noises that come from her cousin’s bedroom belong to a pet dog. Pros: + The supernatural  horror here plays a secondary role to the reason that cause it. The real horror is what people can do when they give in to superstition. + The well-drawn characters. +The emotional ending. Cons: –  The shift between three different perspectives might reduce the tension of the story for some readers. You can read the story here.

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8.3/10
“Laal Andhi” by Usman T. Malik
horror , Review , short stories / February 24, 2017

This is the review for “Laal Andhi” by Usman T. Malik , published as a reprint in Nightmare Magazine’s September 2016 Issue. Summary: The narrator and three of his friends engage in a dark game in an attempt to give their childhood a second chance in magic and poetry and to escape the true horrors that loom over Lahore. But the horrors catch up to them in the most horrible way and so does Laal Andhi, The Crimson Storm. Pros: + The supernatural  events in juxtaposition with the real terrorism and chaos of the country. + The well-drawn characters. + The unusual and diverse setting. Cons: –  The detailed descriptions of place and the confusing timeline might detract from the horror build up. You can read the story here.

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8.2/10
“The Blood Drip” by Brian Evenson
horror , Review , short stories / February 14, 2017

This is the review for “The Blood Drip” by Brian Evenson, published as a reprint in Nightmare Magazine’s December 2016 Issue. Summary: Karsten and Nils are trying to enter a city in order to survive since the woods haven’t been easy to live in. They are driven off with stones which might or might not have killed Nils. Karsten decides to stay and help his friend. What happens afterwards is the stuff of nightmares. Pros: + The creeping darkness. + The build up. + The unreliable narrator. Cons: –  The openness of interpretation might annoy some readers. You can read the story here.  

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9/10
“Blood Mangoes” by Ashok Banker
Review / February 13, 2017

This is the review for “Blood Mangoes” by Ashok Banker, published in Nightmare Magazine’s January 2017 Issue. Summary: Shanti dreams of tasting the expensive and sweet Alphonso Mangoes. So she makes a deal with the devil. She knows there is a price for making deals with the Devi and she is ready to pay it. But the repercussions soon get out of control. Pros: + The sinister atmosphere. + The build up. + The vivid descriptions and the lore. Cons: –  Some of the descriptions might be too graphic for some readers. You can read the story here.

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7.7/10
“Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn
Review / February 10, 2017

This is the review for “Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Nightmare Magazine’s January 2017 Issue. Summary: Violet is the youngest of three sisters and she is trusted to take care of the sheep. Her sisters warn her daily about the dangers lurking outside the house, and as these things go, one day she meets one of them. Pros: + The fairytale/folktale atmosphere. + The vivid descriptions and the lore. Cons: –  The self-referential ending made the story blow out a bit.   You can read the story here