Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved
April 12, 2024

SARA SARQUE & THE DEMON EXECUTIONER

By D C Mallery
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

SARA SARQUE & THE DEMON EXECUTIONER is a high-quality anthology of tales to spook and shock the reader. D.C. Mallery’s gallery of grotesques showcases his...

IR Approved
October 30, 2023

MADHOUSE

By Stephen Ball
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Stephen Ball's MADHOUSE takes readers on a 16-tale journey through haunts and horrors. Strong characters and a playful narrative tone make these stories endlessly engaging.

September 18, 2023

THAT WHICH IS HIDDEN

By Samuel Miles Morley
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In THAT WHICH IS HIDDEN, Samuel Miles Morley digs into modern folklore and fears in an intriguing take on the paranormal horror genre.

IR Approved
September 6, 2023

DOWNPOUR

By Christopher Hawkins
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Like much of the best speculative fiction, Christopher Hawkins's DOWNPOUR transmutes social and cultural anxieties into a compellingly-visceral conflict with forces that defy understanding.

IR Approved
July 28, 2023

ALL HOPE OF BECOMING HUMAN

By Lonnie Busch
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Author Lonnie Busch examines the philosophical questions of what the discovery of ancient alien life would mean to humankind while reveling in an all action...

May 15, 2023

JIGGLYSPOT AND THE ZERO INTELLECT

By PD Alleva
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

For card carrying clown fanatics who struggle to get their fill of killer carnival action, PD Alleva's JIGGLYSPOT AND THE ZERO INTELLECT provides enough guts...

IR Approved
May 10, 2023

THE WINTER QUEEN CONTINGENCY

By Patrick Ashe
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Patrick Ashe's THE WINTER QUEEN CONTINGENCY is a thought-provoking action thriller that examines the politics of a post-apocalyptic world following a zombie plague and nuclear...

May 10, 2023

PERFECT SACRIFICES (Perfect Prophet Book 3)

By Diane M. Johnson
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Author Diane M. Johnson builds a universe that feels real, populated by interesting characters in PERFECT SACRIFICES (Perfect Prophet Book 3), a brutal story of...

IR Approved
March 10, 2023

THE CORRODING

By Ty Tracey
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Combining elements of murder mystery, body horror, and near-future apocalyptic scenarios, Ty Tracey's THE CORRODING is a haunting, terrifying indictment of humanity in the technological...

IR Approved
February 22, 2023

DARKNESS BELOW

By Barbara Cottrell
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

DARKNESS BELOW by Barbara Cottrell is a compelling and unnerving exploration of Lovecraftian horror set in the grounds of Miskatonic University.

IR Approved
January 13, 2023

SUBURBAN MONSTERS

By Christopher Hawkins
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Each of the stories in SUBURBAN MONSTERS is a masterful exercise in building tension and creating a sense of unease, as author Christopher Hawkins delves...

IR Approved
January 13, 2023

HEL TAKES A HOLIDAY

By Ryan L Canning
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Despite its demonic themes, Ryan L Canning's HEL TAKES A HOLIDAY is a horror novella with no shortage of gags and festive humor blending Christmas...

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