Suspense Magazine: August 2014 Edition
by John Raab
The cover of this issue will reel you in and intrigue the reader. Check out the face on the cover and enter at your own risk as you read excerpts from outstanding mystery/thrillers, suspense novels as well as horror. If the cover does not entice you the add from Brash books will as I have read and reviewed some of their titles and you can’t miss with those. A special letter from the editor follows that focuses on questions people ask, Scott Turow’s tenth novel, the Thriller Fest and much more. The content of this magazine begins with a short story titled: Relentless Love by Bill Butler. Find out about the relationship between the two characters and when you read the last line you are going to want to know more. Stay With Me: Allison Gaylin. The author shares an excerpt from this novel with a synopsis on the side helping readers understand the plot, the action and of course reeling you in to want to buy the book and read more. What happens when you have a mind that forgets nothing? What happens when you are consumed and bent on finding out what happened to your sister? What happens when out of the blue a man appears with a bag of clothing that belongs to your sister? Why he is there and how this might change Brenna’s life and what happens when her daughter is kidnapped is just some of what you will read when you open the pages of Stay with Me by Allison Gaylin. From Across the Pond with AJ Waines, which includes an important section on The Importance of a Book’s Title and since this, is a suspense magazine you will have to uncover the reasons why when you read it for yourself. Meeting Debut Horror-Sci-Fi Novelist Christian A. Larsen is next as he is interviewed by Weldon Burge. Author Amy M. Reade shares Chapter I of her novel: Secrets of Hallstead House which looks like one I just might request to review. There are many adds for several outstanding books like The Shield by Sholes and Moore added books that are outstanding and will be featured for International Thriller Writes Readers. Contests are great and Mountain by Bruce Olivas is shared next.
My favorite author is Steve Berry and reading FaceOff and reviewing it was fun. What happens when Steve Berry and James Rollins faceoff? Read the interview with the two authors by Anthony J. Franze and find out. Better yet: Buy Faceoff and find out which character wins! The Perfect Strange by Wendy Corsi Staub is next and is followed by a huge section of book reviews to entire readers, fill up your reading calendar and help you decide which mystery thrillers reviewers think are great. Inside the Pages or Suspense Magazine’s Book Reviews sounds like a section I would love to be a part of. The reviews are straightforward, short and will peak the reader’s interest giving you a real smorgasbord of mysteries to read. The Cursed by Heather Graham sounds great, The Catch by Taylor Stevens and City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley and Iris and Roy Johansen’s Sight Unseen. The section is replete in reviews and is followed by movie reviews of Time Lapse 2014 and The Congress 2014. Next meet Maegan Beaumont Niche of her Own and then fantastic photos by featured artist: Milos Koronovis The Next Generation. The pictures are so graphic and will entice readers to want to learn more as we see the first of Futuristic Girl, then Lost in Space, Wonderful World and Deep Ocean. An interview with the artist follows: Friends are the most important in my life and everything else is secondary. Interesting title and the interview explains why as the artist takes center spotlight as Suspense Magazine interviews him.
Haunted Stalingrade talks about all the nations who fought against the Axis Powers in the Second World War. Talking about Soviet battlefields, Hitler, ghost that wanders the former battlefield author Donald Allen Kirch handles Stranger than Fiction. The Zodiac Deception looks great and I really want to read more of the work of Gary Kriss just the picture alone peaked my interest and my favorite section: Forensic Files by D. P. Doyle who I am excited to meet once again at this year’s Thriller Fest. The article entitled: Could Death from Bleeding be Delayed for Several Days after a Frontier Wagon Wheel Accident? If you want to know the answer you have to read the article yourself. An interview with Amanda Kyle Williams and then a synopsis of Don’t talk to Strangers really got my curiosity and sounds like a book I would love to read and review. More Brilliance from Marcus Sakey an interview with Suspense Magazine and talking about A Better World and then an excerpt from the novel. From Poe to King Uncovering the Mysteries in their Handwriting is enlightening as you check out the signatures of Stephen King, Ann Perry and other authors whose handwritings are analyzed. The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg is spotlighted and then an interview with Craig Johnson. Coming attractions of coming soon and then Copy Editor’s corner: Trust your Dialogue. I learned a lot from this article since dialogue is not one of my strong suits when writing my novels. Meeting the case of a movie and learning how they interact and the atmosphere on a movie set is just like being there. So, why not subscribe today and read all of the amazing reviews, short stories, find out what is current and hot in the area of mystery thrillers and horror and check out Suspense Magazine.
This is one magazine filled with so much information, so many stories and definitely a great resource for those authors just starting out in this genre.
Fran Lewis Just reviews