Hell on Mars – J. Z. Foster & Justin M. Woodward

Something went wrong in the Mars Felicity Station. A gate to another reality was opened, and a mysterious alien plague threatens humanity.

After communications with the station are cut, the crew of the Perihelion is sent to find out what happened. Outmatched and unprepared, they’re forced to make war on this new enemy and rescue what remains of the survivors.

There’s a certain mix of horror & sci-fi that is like…exactly what I need right now. Maybe it’s weird to find an intense amount of comfort in movies about people being hunted by alien/arctic/undersea horrors, but, well…there it is. Over the last few weeks I’ve revisited some old favorites (Aliens, Alien 3, Leviathan) and watched some new (to me) movies like Underwater and Sea Fever (which was fucking amazing!)

Needless to say, I was super excited to get the chance to review J.Z. Foster & Justin M. Woodward’s Hell on Mars, the first book in the space horror series, Reality Bleeds. And oh my, this was a nasty little treat, and ticked off so many of the boxes for me! If you’re a fan of the Alien franchise, or The Thing, this book is going to be right up your street.

I don’t believe a year is ever given in the book, but I may be wrong. Either way, it becomes clear this book takes place in a bit of an alternate timeline from our own, which is a cool little twist to add. The Mars Felicity Station goes dark, with no communications going in or out. It’s been seven months since they were heard from.

Clearly, some Very Bad Shit has gone down.

The crew of the Perihelion is dispatched to check in at the station and see what’s what. It begins as a rescue operation, but quickly devolves into a disgusting, blood-drenched nightmare. A rift into another dimension has been opened…and unspeakable horrors are coming through.

This was fucking radical & SUPER gnarly. Hell on Mars was clearly written by big fans of the genre, and I love the approach of making this a series of novellas. This was fast-paced, very well written, and occasionally grisly as fuck. And especially given the length of the book, some of the characters are really well-developed. I mean, some of them are clearly destined to become alien food, but this is a good crew to go on an ill-fated adventure with!


Big thanks to J. Z. Foster, Justin M. Woodward, and Winter Gate Publishing for the copy!!

5 thoughts on “Hell on Mars – J. Z. Foster & Justin M. Woodward

  1. Stunning cover and I’m getting some heavy Dead Space vibes. I’m on that same boat of having horror as a comfort read. Idk what that says abt me and I’m not sure I want to 😂


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