Established in January 2019, the High Fever Books website aims to deliver reviews and features on the latest in genre fiction releases from independent and mainstream publishing. Covering a wide variety of categories and subgenres, you will find here critiques on horror, science fiction, crime, mystery, thriller, and suspense stories, the kind of books that promise to send chills down your spine and make your blood run cold.

High Fever Books, LLC was originally created by speculative fiction author Michael Patrick Hicks as an imprint for his independent and small-press publishing endeavors. Also an avid reader and reviewer, Hicks decided in late 2018 that it was time to branch out and expand the focus of his company. Beginning in 2019, the High Fever Books website contributors will focus on their mutual passion of books and exploring as many excellent genre reads as they can. High Fever Books is dedicated to delivering high-quality, honest reviews of genre fiction in the adult and young adult markets.

In the fall of 2019, Hicks and High Fever Books reviewer, Matt Brandenburg, partnered with Signal Horizon reviewer Scott Kemper to create and co-host the horror-centric podcast, Staring Into the Abyss. Each episode of this bi-weekly podcast features a round-table discussion between the three hosts as they chat about the latest in horror films, television, games, and literature, before taking part in a spoiler-filled talk about their story of the week. Episode one debuted on Sunday, Oct. 6, with the hosts discussing the debut of Shudder’s Creepshow original series and Joe R. Lansdale’s classic short story “The Night They Missed The Horror Show.” This and subsequent episodes can be found on Libsyn, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other major podcast providers, and embedded on on High Fever Books.

Our Ratings:

High Fever Books the 5-star rating system used by Amazon, Goodreads, and most other book markets. While there is significant room for interpretion on what these star rating values are from site to site, High Fever Books will use the following scale:

  • 5 stars - AMAZING! This is a MUST READ book!

  • 4 stars - It was awesome, and I liked it a hell of a lot. Highly Recommended.

  • 3 stars - It was OK! Not bad, but not great either. It kept my attention and was readable, but was overall a pretty middle of the road reading experience. While it gets a thumbs up, it had some issues that kept me from enjoying it fully. It’s worth a read, though.

  • 2 stars - I didn’t like it, but there were a few redeeming qualities that kept it from being a total, colossal failure. Thumbs down.

  • 1 star - I HATED THIS BOOK! How did this thing even get published? WHY was this thing even published? Don’t waste your time or money.

Note, too, that neither Amazon nor Goodreads presently allow for half-star ratings. High Fever Books provides ratings in accordance to these whole number ratings as well, and may round up or down to the nearest whole number at the reviewers discretion.

Review requests:

If you are an author, publisher, or publicist, please feel free to contact us about reviews, features, blog tours, etc. We cannot guarantee that your book will be reviewed, but we are open to receiving material for consideration.

All review requests should be e-mailed to editor@highfeverbooks.com. You may also submit review requests through the from on our Contact page.


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