New Hieroglyphs Review by Shane Douglas Keene

Shane Douglas Keene’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on Horrortalk.com. The review is a great one, and begins:

I had my first experience with Michael Griffin’s words last summer when I read his collection of novellas and short stories, The Lure of Devouring Light. It made an instant fan of me and I was something approaching ecstatic when I found out his newest work, Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone, from Trepidatio Publishing, was headed to my mailbox. Griffin has a uniquely captivating style and a voice all his own, and every story he writes is different from the last. Even when taking on familiar themes, he approaches his subject in a singularly original way, making the familiar seem new and the new seem somehow familiar.

My thanks to Shane and to HorrorTalk.com for the boost.

LINK:
https://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/book-reviews/7443-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin.html

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Hieroglyphs Reviewed by Michael R. Collings for The Horror Review

The Horror Review has just posted Michael R. Colling’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone. As usual, you’ll have to follow the link to read the whole thing, but here’s a sample:

Although the word is often applied to stories of horror and terror, few weird tales can legitimately claim to be phantasmagorical—composed of real or imaginary images resembling those experienced in dreams. Michael Griffin’s Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone is among the few… Hieroglyphs of Bone and Blood is ambitious in conception and scope. Its language is Hemingwayesque in its seemingly disarming simplicity while at the same time the perfect vehicle for telling Guy’s story.

LINK:

http://www.horrorreview.com/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-book-review/

My thanks to Michael R. Collings and The Horror Review for giving their time and attention to Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone!

Des Lewis Real-Time Review of An Ideal Retreat

It’s great to see Des Lewis doing one of his real-time reviews for my novella AN IDEAL RETREAT, published by Dim Shores and now sold out of its limited edition of 200 copies.

For those not familiar with Des’s real-time reviews, essentially he reviews each section, chapter or story in a separate comment on his own blog as he proceeds through the book, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing in a single review. Not long ago, Des reviewed HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE here.

This time, I didn’t realize Des had a review underway until he was more than halfway through the book.

Here’s a preview of the first installment:

The full real-time review (so far) is here:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/an-ideal-retreat-michael-griffin/

Thanks to Des Lewis for giving his attention to my novella!

Real-Time Review Reaches the End

Des Lewis finished his real-time review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, in case you were waiting to read the whole thing at once. Thanks, Des!

Here’s a teaser:

“A truly remarkable novel that both frustrates and inspires, and I feel increasingly confident that the deliberate-seeming balance between frustration and inspiration is perfectly poised.

Here’s a link to the full real-time review:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

Maybe S.P. Miskowski Will Convince You

It makes my day to see such a wonderful review of AN IDEAL RETREAT by one of my favorite writers. Yes!

Here’s just a sample:

This is fiction for grownups who know the meaning of compromise and sacrifice. This is writing for people who have made mistakes and survived. Highly recommended.

Read S.P. Miskowski’s full review on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943524875

As of early this morning, I’m told Dim Shores only has 5 copies remaining of the edition of 200, so if S.P.’s review has convinced you, I’d hurry up and grab a copy.

http://dimshores.storenvy.com/products/18112772-an-ideal-retreat

Aaron J Besson Reviews Hieroglyphs

Now that Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone has been out for a couple weeks, the reviews are starting to come in, the latest by Aaron J Besson on his review blog Hex Libris. Here’s a pull quote:

“Griffin does a magnificent job of a crafting a story where the reader has little choice but to join in the unsureness (he almost does away with an ongoing sense of time altogether)… Even at the end there is much unanswered, but it cannot be said that the questions asked are not beautiful, extraordinary, and weird.”
-Aaron Besson, Hex Libris

Link to full review:
http://www.aaronjbesson.com/book-reviews-1/2017/3/8/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-mike-griffin

My thanks to Aaron for the great coverage!

Hieroglyphs Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

The excellent Des Lewis is undertaking one of his “real-time reviews” of HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE.

LINK:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

In these real-time reviews, he offers comments along the way, throughout his reading of a book or story, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing his thoughts at th end. It’s always interesting to see what Des thinks of a story! He’s just started on this one, so if you want to see his reactions to the latter parts of the book, it will be necessary to keep checking back at the above link.

Hieroglyphs Reviewed at This Is Horror

The first review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on This is Horror. You’ll have to follow the link to read the whole review, but here’s a pull quote:

“The relentless sense of foreboding which has built from the first page until the very last remains with the reader long after the book is closed.”

LINK: http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-by-michael-griffin/

My thanks to reviewer Kev Harrison for the coverage!

Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.


(image by Des Lewis)

Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Review of An Ideal Retreat at This Is Horror

Thomas Joyce at This Is Horror has wonderful things to say about AN IDEAL RETREAT, my novella upcoming from Dim Shores. Among other things, the reviewer says:

“Griffin’s command of language is clear: his prose is exquisite, his descriptions divine.”

The full review is HERE.

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You can pre-order AN IDEAL RETREAT HERE.

The book will be 112 pages, printed in an edition of 200 copies, which appears to be already roughly 1/3 sold out with a few more weeks left in the preorder period.

My sincere thanks to Thomas Joyce and This Is Horror for the kind words.