Showing posts with label horror. Show all posts
Showing posts with label horror. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Out Behind the Barn by John Boden and Chad Lutzke



The boys crept to the window and watched as Miss Maggie carried the long bundle into the barn, the weight of it stooping her aging back. Rafter lights spilled from the barn doors and Davey saw an arm fall from the canvas-wrapped parcel. He smiled.


“She got someone!”

Both children grinned and settled in their beds, eyes fixed to the ceiling.

This was family growth.

Monday, January 14, 2019

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt



It begins, they say, with a woman screaming . . .

On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace.


For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: nighttime intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched.


The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real—but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Private Number/Claws by Derek Muk



An Albert Taylor Mystery Double Feature



Private Number: A radio station receives a strange call from a caller from beyond the grave, at least that's what's claimed. But is it a hoax, a crank caller, or is the person truly dead? When things get more baffling paranormal investigator, Albert Taylor, steps in to look into matters that harbor a dark and evil secret. 

Claws: A series of brutal and savage animal-like murders rattle the small mining town of Brewster, Nevada, a quiet, little community where such atrocities are unheard of, where everyone knows each other's name, and where you can leave your door unlocked at night...until now that is. Weird animal hairs are discovered at each of the crime scenes. Is it an animal or a sinister creature of myth and lore lurking in the woods? When the body count starts racking up and tension among the townspeople rises, the town turns to paranormal investigator, Albert Taylor, to sort matters and lay his traps for the predator.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Uncommon Miracles by Julie C. Day

A grieving man travels through time via car crash. A family of matriarchs collects recipes for the dead. A woman gains an unexpected child in the midst of a bunny apocalypse. An outcast finds work in a magical slaughterhouse. 

Julie C. Day’s debut collection is rife with dark and twisted tales made beautiful by her gorgeous prose and wonderfully idiosyncratic imagination. Melding aspects of Southern Gothic and fabulism, and utilizing the author’s own scientific background, Day’s carefully rendered settings are both delightful and unexpected. Whether set in a uniquely altered version of Florida’s Space Coast or a haunted island off the coast of Maine, each story in this collection carries its own brand of meticulous and captivating weirdness.

 Yet in the end, it is the desperation of the characters that drives these stories forward and their wild obsessions that carry them through to the end. It is Day’s clear-eyed compassion for the dark recesses of the human heart and her dream-like vision of the physical world that make this collection a standout. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Window by Glenn Rolfe



What kind of demons await you tonight?


For Richie, life's constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything that he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father's behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night?
Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is James' imagination getting the best of him?

Summer's almost over.
And life is about to change.
Will the son be able to save the father? Or is it already too late?

The Window holds the answers...and the key.

The new and terrifying novel from Glenn Rolfe, author of LAND OF BONES and BECOMING

Sunday, December 9, 2018

They Came With The Snow by Christopher Coleman



The fight for survival started with a blast.



Then it started snowing in May and the grid failed.


Then they came.

Who are they? And what do they want?

Find out in this addicting post-apocalyptic survival horror thriller that will leave you wanting more. 


When a mysterious blast goes off in a small college town, triggering a blizzard, the few survivors must decide whether to stay or leave and face the monsters who came with the snow.

Goodreads/Amazon



I picked this one up on Amazon a little while back. I need more horror in my life and lately, it's been lacking. I figured I could fit this one in between other obligations without too much trouble. At only 37 pages, it's a super quick read.

The short story follows a professor and his student with whom he was having an affair.  Trapped in a college building, surrounded by black-eyed creatures hiding in the snow, Dominic and Naia are questioning when the time to make a break for it will be. They do, chaos ensues. Other survivors show up. They make a break for it. More chaos. You get the picture.

Those questions above in the blurb? Yeaaaa, you still don't really know. They don't explain much about the creatures, which adds to the mystery. They do call them "crabs". Er, what? They are naked, genderless, humanoid entities that move like primates and the best this idiot (and by idiot, I mean the professor) can come up with is "crabs"?

In the end, it's really not a bad read for such a short one. There's a lot of action that happens. The plot could use some more padding, IMO, since it didn't really answer too many of its own questions. Essentially, snow zombies = bad, duh. However, there is something very satisfying in watching people you don't like getting taken out by the creatures. Couldn't happen to better people. Karma. *snickers*


3.5 Paws Up!

DIVIDER

About the Author



Christopher Coleman lives in Maryland with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in English Literature. A fan of classic and modern horror and thriller movies, his favorite movies are Rosemary's Baby and The Ring. When he's not writing fiction, you can find him reading, taking his kids to and from various sporting activities or watching horror movies with his wife who shares his affinity for the horror genre. His books will creep you out and leave you scared to turn off the lights and go to sleep.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review of One Night's Stay



Thirteen strangers check into the Sunset Inn hoping to find rest. 

When one of them is murdered in the middle of the night, the survivors realize they’ve found something else entirely; an ancient evil looking to satisfy an undying hunger. 

If the guests want to make it through the night, they’ll have to discover the secret behind the motel and the mysterious town it serves. However, in uncovering the truth, they might find that the town’s past is nowhere near as dark as their own.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Review of Teeth


All myths have a kernel of truth. The truth is: vampires are real.

They’ve always been here, but only came out of hiding in the last century. They are not what Hollywood would have you believe. They are not what is written in lore or whispered by the superstitious.

They look and act like humans. They live and love and die like humans. Puberty is just a bit more stressful for those with the recessive gene. And while some teenagers worry about high school, others dread their next set of teeth.

Vampires are real, but in a social climate still struggling to accept that truth, do teeth alone make them monsters?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Creation of Eve Blog Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Adult Gothic Horror    Red Empress Publishing   October 23, 2018

She isn’t sure which is worse—not knowing who she is, or learning the truth.

After waking up naked and alone but with no memory of her past, the girl called Ann would rather not know what happened to her. The horrific scars covering her body tell a tale of terror she is sure she would rather forget forever. But to the doctors and benefactors overseeing her care, the possibly sordid details of her past are too enticing to ignore. She is forced to undergo a hypnosis session to unlock the secrets of her past.
But once that door is open, it is impossible to close.
The memories Ann recall are scant except for one—her name is Eve. And the man who inflicted the damage upon her body gave her that name. One at a time, the doors of Eve’s mind open, and she cannot help but walk through them, revealing horror after horror until she is no longer sure who the real monster is.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wicked Harvest: Michigan Monsters & Macabre Book Tour

Genre:  Fiction, Horror Publisher: Last Leaf Publishing  Date of Publication: Sept 24th, 2018


Number of pages: 193 Word Count: 36,600
Cover Artist: BookDesign

Welcome to the Wicked Harvest: Michigan Monsters and Macabre spooky short stories books.


Inside you will read 10 chilling haunts of encounters with terrifying creatures, cursed fountains, the undead, an abandoned asylum and other creepy and frightening things.


All stories take place in and around Michigan cities and towns and transpire during the delightful season of fall and the greatest holiday of Halloween.



These startling tales are fictional stories of course…or are they?




Friday, October 19, 2018

Review of Cryptid Zoo



As a child, rare and unusual animals, especially cryptid creatures, always fascinated Carter Wilde. 

Now that he’s an eccentric billionaire and runs the largest conglomerate of high-tech companies all over the world, he can finally achieve his wildest dream of building the most incredible theme park ever conceived on the planet…CRYPTID ZOO. 

Even though there have been apparent problems with the project, Wilde still decides to send some of his marketing employees and their families on a forced vacation to assess the theme park in preparation for Opening Day

Nick Wells and his family are some of those chosen and are about to embark on what will become the most terror-filled weekend of their lives—praying they survive. 

STEP RIGHT UP AND GET YOUR FREE PASS… 
TO CRYPTID ZOO 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review of The Devil's Fingers

The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea cover

WHAT HAS LONG PINK FINGERS AND SMELLS LIKE ROTTING FLESH?
It is a slime-covered fungus known for its pinkish red tentacles and pungent odor. It is indigenous to Australia but has spread to North America. Its Latin name is Clathrus Archeri, also known as Octopus Stinkhorn. Most people call it The Devil’s Fingers . . .
 
I DON’T KNOW BUT IT’S GROWING ON YOUR NECK. 
Deep in the woods of Washington, botanist Autumn Winters stumbles onto a field of the luridly colored fungi. Two of her fellow campers make the mistake of touching it. Now it’s growing on them. Fleshy gelatinous pods. Sprouting from their skin. Feeding on their blood . . .
 
AND IT’S STILL GROWING.
Autumn watches in horror as her friends are transformed into monstrosities—grotesque, human-fungal hybrids as contagious and deadly as any virus. Autumn knows she must destroy these mutations before they return to civilization. But if there’s one thing that spreads faster than fear, 
it’s The Devil’s Fingers . . .

Monday, October 1, 2018

Witching Hour: Sinister Legends Cover Reveal

Witching Hour Sinister Legends Cover Reveal
Publication date: October 23rd 2018    Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Thriller
Witching Hour Sinister Legends Cover

Bloody Mary…
Bloody Mary…
Bloody…maybe we shouldn’t test that just yet.
Urban legends, fact or fiction, at the end of the day they’re all stories. We know not to spin around the room in the dark whispering her name. We’ve heard about the man with the hook and the terror that stalks the babysitter while she’s home alone.
But there are other tales told around the fire at night. 
The man finding the steps into hell and sanity flickering away. 
Mind control experiments by governments, big and small. The woman married to the man of peculiar tastes. 
There are the haunted hospitals, sleep trials in Russia and more.

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's Monday. What Are You Reading? #9

It's Monday. What are you reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Happy Monday, Everyone!

    I hope everyone is staying safe, what with the hurricane and the flooding. I'm in western Virginia so we haven't seen the effects of the hurricane yet. Our city has highly recommended that those in the flood zone seek other shelters. Luckily, we live in the foothills of a mountain so we are not in the flood zone, but so much of the city is. I'm hoping that people will heed the warning and get themselves and their animals to safety ahead of the flood.  Of course, poor North Carolina is still getting rain. If you are in that area, please stay safe. 

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Review of Damned by the Ancients

     INFINITY IN DEATH

    Vienna, 1908

    Gabriele Ziegler is a young art student who becomes infatuated with charismatic archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus. Only too late does she realize his true designs on her. He is obsessed with resurrecting Cleopatra and has retained the famed artist Gustav Klimt to render Gabriele as the Queen of the Nile, using ashes from Cleopatra’s mummy mixed with the paint. The result is a lifelike portrait emitting an aura of unholy evil . . .

    Vienna, 2018

    The Mortimer family has moved into Quintillus’s former home, Villa Dürnstein. In its basement they find an original Klimt masterpiece—a portrait of Cleopatra art scholars never knew existed. But that’s not all that resides within the villa’s vault. Nine-year-old Heidi Mortimer tells her parents that a strange man lives there. 

    Quintillus’s desire to be with Cleopatra transcends death. His spirit will not rest until he has brought her back from the netherworld. Even if he has to sacrifice the soul of a child . . .

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Review of The House by the Cemetary


    Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a witch. But rumors won’t stop carpenter Mike Kostner from rehabbing the place as a haunted house attraction. Soon he’ll learn that fresh wood and nails can’t keep decades of rumors down. There are noises in the walls, and fresh blood on the floor: secrets that would be better not to discover. And behind the rumors is a real ghost who will do whatever it takes to ensure the house reopens. She needs people to fill her house on Halloween. There’s a dark, horrible ritual to fulfill. Because while the witch may have been dead... she doesn’t intend to stay that way.

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Review of The Siren and the Specter

    The Siren and the Specter book cover

     When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. 

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Review of Painless


    The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. 

    For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

    Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life's obsession.



    Monday, August 20, 2018

    It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #6

    It's Monday. What are you reading?

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

    Happy Monday, Everyone!


    Hope your reading week was productive! I got much more accomplished this week than last, or at least it feels that way.

    Read this week:

    The White Globe book coverButterfly Blood book cover

    Painless by Marty Thornley Book CoverThe Siren and the Specter book Cover

    Out of the four this week, Painless was my favorite. Look at that cover! *shudders* 
     I signed up with Xpresso Tours for this one and was so sad when it was a blitz and not a review. (That was my fault, not theirs. I forgot what I signed up for!) NetGalley came through for me in the end! Hooray for NetGalley!
    "In a clinical trial gone wrong, patients cured of physical pain act out against themselves and each other. In a violent, explosive conclusion they confront an obsessed doctor who is ready to defend his life’s work at any cost."
    I cut my teeth on Robin Cook so I do love medical horror! Painless did not disappoint!

    Currently Reading:

    Damned by the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish book cover
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    Up Next:

    hostile takeover by cristelle comby book cover
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    Reviews this week:

    Butterfly Blood by Rebecca Carpenter
    Creature by Hunter Shea


    Happy Reading!

    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Review of Creature by Hunter Shea

    Creature by Hunter Shea book cover


    The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.


     But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night. 

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