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Please note as of 11/7/18 I am temporarily closed to unsolicited review requests. Please visit my horror reviewers list if you have a work of horror fiction needing reviews.

About The Reviews . . . 

Hi there, thanks for visiting! My name is Laurie and in the past I've been a reviewer for All About Romance and Horror After Dark. Now I do my own thing here as well as contribute to the Ladies of Horror Fiction where we promote horror fiction written by women via various projects.

I LOVE books and there is nothing I love more than spreading the word about them. I grew up reading King, Koontz, McCammon, Barker and Poppy Z. Brite when other kids were hanging around outside. Please know that these reviews aren't meant to be a reliable dissection of literary treasures written to sell books. They're written for fellow bookworms whose reading time is precious.

All of my reviews will always be based purely on whim, fancy and mood. They are not to be taken too seriously. Sometimes I use gif's, sometimes not, sometimes I'm long-winded, sometimes I'm a little lazy. Hey, you get what pay for around here. 

If you've read a few of my reviews and you still want a review, the odds are much higher that you know how I operate and you might just have something I'd love to review. Please remember I post the good, the bad and all of the stuff in the middle and will gleefully post it everywhere.If, for some crazy reason, you still want a review of your audiobook, paperback or horror movie please send an email to barklesswagmore@live.com

What Do I Read?
  • Horror & Dark Fiction 
What Don't I Read?
  • Everything else
  • Books with a cliffhanger
  • Mid-series books
Please do not ask me to make an exception for your work.

What Formats Are Acceptable?
  • Paperbacks, Audiobook codes or MP3's or Downloads
  • Please, I beg of you, NO ebook requests unless your book in unavailable in paper.
What Do I Watch?

Horror films and horror tv shows. Yep, that's it. If you'd like to send me a DVD, I'd be happy to give it a viewing. Horror film reviews are typically run on a Friday. You can email me at barklesswagmore@live.com. Please put HORROR MOVIE REVIEW in the subject line otherwise it may be missed.

When Will Reviews Be Posted?

I will not take on more than I can handle so you may not hear from me immediately. Please don't take it personally. Turn-around time is typically 30 - 45 days once I contact you and unless I state otherwise. You can see what I'm currently reading by checking out my sidebar to the left.

What Does DNF Mean and Will it Happen to Me?


DNF is when I do not finish a book. It's a horrible, mean thing to do to a book but sometimes it must be done. Not all books resonate with every reader for various reasons. I reserve the right to DNF any book received in for review and will sometimes write a review saying why it drove me to such drastic measures. If you are not okay with this please do not submit your book. 

Where Will Reviews Be Posted?

Reviews will be posted here and at Goodreads, Booklikes and Horror After Dark (if applicable). A tweet and an Instagram post will go out when I receive physical #bookmail, again when I start reading and again when I finish the review. Please note, life happens and acceptance of a review copy does not guarantee a review.

About Amazon: on 11/13/18 Amazon decided to delete all 18 years of my reviews from their website with no notice, no warning and absolutely no reason.They also revoked my reviewing privileges. I've been told by others who this has happened to that it is because I have "relationships" with authors and they sometimes send me books to review and apparently that is not allowed. My "relationship" consists of friending then on Twitter and Facebook and I know none of them personally nor have I ever given anyone a review that was less than honest. Amazon would know that if they bothered to read any of them before banning me. I have unsuccessfully attempted to get them restored and honestly, after their treatment of me, I no longer want to submit my reviews to them. As a result, I will no longer provide Amazon links on any of my reviews going forward. The way they are currently policing the review system is unfair to honest reviewers and authors. Please feel free to use any bits of my review in the "editorial reviews" section on Amazon. My apologies for this but it is beyond my control.

Amazon Update 11/18/18:  Amazon never responded to my inquiries regarding my missing reviews and revoked review privileges but returned both on 11/18/18. I am very wary of them at the moment and will stick to my policy of no longer reviewing for them. Author's please feel free to use any part of my review in the "editorial reviews" section as you wish from here on out. 

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If your book is horror related you can also submit it directly to Horror After Dark where a team of horror fans will see your title. Click this link to have a look-see. Thanks!





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