Sins of the Brother by Rand Inskip

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Whereas other authors might focus on the romantic appeal of vampires, Inskip highlights the creatures’ loneliness and isolation, and inspires readers to sympathize with these pitiable creatures even as they commit acts of terrible evil.”

 

Legends of Darkness by Jacob Benner

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Benner’s world building is admirably complex, and he provides a thorough explanation for the history of magic in his prologue, giving readers a jumping off point for the rapid-fire story that follows.”

Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “A powerful, tense buzz builds up between [the main characters] over the course of the story, driving them both towards a conclusion that feels inevitable, yet wholly earned.”

Social Work by Thomas Duffy

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Humorous, hopeful, and charmingly helter-skelter, Social Work is a substantial work that examines multiple symptoms of modern society.”

P.I. Foxx: Case File #7 by Gambol

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Gambol writes with a quick-fire quality that keeps the plot moving at a fast clip, bringing Foxx face-to-face with darker evils at every turn.”

 

Keep You Cold: Chilling Tales by A. J. Franks

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “It might seem counterintuitive that a collection of stories, most of which contain murder, suicide, or other forms of sinister fate, could be considered fun, but Franks’ writing carries a frisson of voyeuristic pleasure that is undeniably entertaining—and somehow uplifting—for the reader.”