Hello friends, it’s your old pal Skull with both my final post of 2021 and first post of 2022. I could get into a lot of sentimental jazz right about now, but that’s not usually why you drop by Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer, is it? NOOO, of course not! What you’re here for is to check out the latest and coolest speculative fiction. So, without further ado, let’s get on that. Shall we?

I started reviewing books by James G. Carlson this year, and really liked what I read. Carlson has a deep imagination, which really enriches each of his stories beyond measure. It’s not enough to just scare the reader, you’ve got to make them want to keep reading your work. 7 Exhumations kept me reading and I wrote good things about it. Now, I’m lucky enough to have two works by James G. Carlson to review. Happy Skull!

Midnight In The City of The Carrion Kid is Carlson’s latest novella and so far, it’s fascinating. The reader is thrust into a dark world between life and death, sort of the purgatory before a soul’s fate is decided. Alistair and Eden go from fulfilling a narcotic jones, to one hell of a strange trip…And that’s as far as your old pal Skull has gotten. But Carlson’s writing is so vivid that I already feel trapped in that strange world along with the characters. I predict that readers will enjoy the journey. Another cool thing about this book, is that Carlson is releasing it through his own publishing company, Gloom House Publishing. And it looks like things are off and running towards a bright future in 2022, so watch this space!

The Ever-Descending Staircase is a short story collection that was released by Carlson’s former publisher, Terror Tract in 2021 and I am very much looking forward to taking that “downward journey” soon! Here are just a few of the scenes I’ll be reading about:

At a seedy dive bar, while teetering on the edge of sanity, an afflicted alcoholic meets a stranger who changes his life forever…

In an old warehouse in Pennsylvania, a dark and terrible secret is shown to a researcher of spiritual phenomena…

A pregnant veterinarian at a Wyoming zoo has an unexpected meeting with an infernal presence…

See what I mean about James G. Carlson? He’s a writer who does a lot more than just haunted house stories. You get a fresh angle every time, which is what keeps Damaged Skull Writer reading! Yesss…

So welcome to 2022 from your old pal, Skull! I’ll be sharing full reviews of these works with you soon. There’s also an upcoming review of Releasedfrom No Bad Books Press, new work by Daemon Manx coming in January, and Loren Rhoads’ Morbid Life. You can find out more about James G. Carlson and Gloom House Press by contacting: James is also on Facebook, and Goodreads, so check him out!

Thanks again for visiting the Skullcave! I said I wouldn’t get sentimental, but I feel it in my bones that 2022 is going to be a great year for independent writers and presses. Come along for the ride, won’t you? Follow my blog at: for news, reviews, and there might just be a few giveaways coming up this year. See you soon!

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