While struggling to
cope with the emotional and physical impact of being diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis, single mother Sophie Harrington is tormented by a man from her past:
her old neighbor Ronnie Cribbins.
Cribbins has been dead
for the past fifteen years and Sophie is faced with the possibility that his
malevolent spirit could be the cause of her autoimmunity, because she can feel
him attacking her senses from within.
Enlisting the help of
her new neighbor Piotr Kamiński, a troubled, younger man, with a dark past of
his own, Sophie must look to her childhood in order to expose a secret she
hadn’t realized she’d kept hidden. Because if she doesn’t recognize the truth,
she, along with her eleven-year-old daughter, will be sucked into Cribbins’
cold, black, stinking world forever.
And in Cribbins’ world
there’s no medication – just pain and sickness.
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Publisher: Corvus Corone Press
Publication Length: 264 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the Cribbins’ Blog Tour for
review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.
I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Cribbins is an eerie and very disturbing ghost story.
Any parent knows the fears of not being able to keep your child safe. Anyone
with health issues can tell you how frightening they can be. R.H. Dixon takes
these fears to a whole other level by adding in a mystery that keeps you on the
edge of your seat. Sophie is a realistic and sympathetic character to follow as
she deals with a devastating illness, worry for her little girl, and navigating
her attraction to a man who has as many secrets as she’s repressing. Cribbins, both
the character and the book, made my skin crawl. As a person, he’s the kind that
makes you feel like you need a shower to wash the slime off just by talking to
him. As a ghost he is pure evil. A suspenseful and gripping 4 star read.
Human and ghostly monsters terrify in R. H.
Dixon's Cribbins, a well-written and effective novel of repressed memory and
psychological torment. -
Review by Morbidly Beautiful
A novel of subtle, creeping-in-on-cat-feet,
psychological and supernatural horror, as only the British can manage. This
novel reminded me of Henry James' "Turn of the Screw," of the
supernatural novels of Shani Struthers, and of the crime noir of Rachel Abbott.
- Review by The Haunted Reading Room
It was full of tension and suspense which enabled
me to read it in one sitting. There was times that I was holding my breath
wondering what would happen to Sophie when Cribbins visited her. - Review by Terror-Tree
Dixon does a great job getting the reader into
Sophie's mind! The characterization here is so complete that I not only felt I
knew her, but also believed-immediately-that the feelings and ideas invading
her mind were real. This novel really gets to the reader, psychologically,
forcing you to think along unfamiliar lines. I found this to be an exciting new
take on the way someone could be haunted.Dixon did an excellent job of maintaining the suspense throughout the
entire novel, and of weaving in little snippets of the past to keep the reader
constantly thinking about how everything would end up connecting in the big
picture.The book captivated my
attention from beginning to end, taking me mentally to places I would have
never wished to go. Highly recommended. -
Review by Horror After Dark
My review today is going to be a
little different from the normal review you find here at Horror Maiden’s. That’s
because instead of a novel or anthology today we’ll be talking about a new
sampler available from Alien Agenda Publishing. The stories collected in this
short book are a small taste of the wonderful tales that will be coming soon
from this new publishing house. I have to say I can’t wait to get my hands on
these upcoming books! The authors you’ll find in these pages know how to grab
you and keep you flying through the pages,,, and leave you wanting more!
Authors like Somer Canon, Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason, Mick Ridgewell,
Glenn Rolfe, and David Bernstein. I’ve been lucky enough to read and review a
few of the books from Alien Agenda. If you haven’t read them yet you are in for
a treat. Especially with The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R. Thomas, Land
of Bones by Glenn Rolfe, and the upcoming novella The Skinner by David
Bernstein. After the stories there is a fascinating round table interview with
the authors as well as sample chapters from a few of the books. This is a tasty
treat for horror fans and a great introduction to Alien Agenda Publishing.
In 1991, hell was unleashed upon
Saint Christopher’s Summer Camp for Kids. The killers left behind piles of
bodies and rivers of blood. Some say a family of inbred cannibals was
responsible. A masked psychopath with a butcher's knife is another popular
theory. Some still believe a camp counselor lost his mind and went crazy on
everyone with an axe. But there’s also the mysterious, derelict factory that
sits nearby, atop Kill Hill. A place where urban legends are manufactured, the
grotesque and bizarre.
Twenty-five years later, the factory
on Kill Hill is still said to be operational, but no one can get near it. It’s
safely guarded along with the secrets within. But there are a few loose strings
and hitman Frank Harmon has been sent to tie them up. His kill list is short,
but the night is long and full of unspeakable horrors. With the help of a few
college students on an impromptu camping adventure, Frank must contain the mess
at Kill Hill before it spreads to the neighboring towns. Before it infects the
entire country. Before it invades the entire world.
From the fantastical, high-octane
mind of Tim Meyer, author of Sharkwater Beach and In the House of Mirrors,
comes his most frightening tale yet! Summer camp this year is at your own risk.
Publication Date: July 15, 2018
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 286 pages
I received a copy of this book as
part of the Kill Hill Carnage Publicity Tour for review consideration. This is in no
way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of
compensation for my review. Follow along this tour with the hashtags:
#KillHillCarnage If you would like to review Kill Hill Carnage or feature Tim
with an interview or guest article for a media publication, blog, or author
blurb, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at email@example.com
Kill Hill Carnage is a rip-roaring run
through a monster infested forest that will have you laughing maniacally from sheer
joy. Take one part Island of Dr. Moreau and add it to one part Lovecraft shake
liberally and strain it through a nightmare to find the creatures that haunt
the woods around Camp Christopher and the not so abandoned factory. The
characters fall into two camps,,, Those you want to see make it out alive, and
those you hope meet a gloriously gruesome fate. I couldn’t turn the pages fast
enough to find out who made it out alive in this splatter filled tale. A
throwback to old-school horror this book is a thrilling and fun gorefest that I
would recommend to horror fans everywhere. A solid 4.5 star read.
Tim Meyer dwells in a dark cave near
the Jersey Shore. He’s an author, husband, father, podcast host, blogger,
coffee connoisseur, beer enthusiast, and explorer of worlds. He writes horror,
mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres
and let the stories fall where they may. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads,
or his Blog
“IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS is a great
book! The sky is the limit for Tim Meyer.” – Cedar Hollow Reviews
"Meyer kills it with his action
scenes, his gore, and does a great job with a number of these characters."
- Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and
"Author Tim Meyer really knows
how to delve deep into his characters..." - The Haunted Reading Room
"I highly recommend… to anyone
wanting an engaging, bloody, fun story." - Jeremy Hepler, author of The Boulevard
Scott Randall is a corporate VP
on top of the world. To celebrate a massive new deal, he’s going to drive from
Detroit to LA. But before he leaves, he makes a bad mistake. He cruelly
dismisses a homeless panhandler on the street. Along the road, he swears he
sees the panhandler again.
Soon he sees the man—who calls
himself the Nightcrawler—even in his dreams. No matter how frantically he
tries, Scott can’t escape his relentless pursuer. He thought he was going to
LA. But the Nightcrawler has a very different destination in mind.
Publication Date: July 6, 2018
Publisher: Alien Agenda Publishing
Publication Length: 264 pages
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
The Nightcrawler is an odd little book. It starts off slowly and had me wondering where it was going. I have to say that I didn’t like Scott. He was an asshat of the highest order which made it harder to get into this book than it should have been. On the flip side I was really enjoying the story of Roger and his road trip from Vermont to the Grand Canyon, which kept me reading. I’m so glad it did! While this story doesn’t have the blood and gore I usually look for in a horror novel the supernatural elements along with Roger’s dreams of his death and his sister, plus the strange acting birds and worms give this novel an eerie atmosphere that I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending is entirely satisfying, tying everything up in one spooky package. A highly recommended 4 star read.
Proudly brought to you by Alien
Agenda Publishing as part our #SummerofHorror series.
Mick Ridgewell grew up watching
Dark Shadows, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. These interests were not
quite understood by his mechanic/athlete father and homemaker mother, but
neither were they discouraged.
More recently Mick’s downtime
has been filled with the likes of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Richard
Matheson. With idle hours spent in this company it should be easy to see how he
came to be a horror writer.
When not at his day job, or
spending time with his family, Mick can be found reading or writing something
that is intended to make the readers skin crawl.
“The Nightcrawler is a hellish cross country trek to the
darkness of man's soul.” – Hunter Shea, author of CREATURE and WE ARE ALWAYS
“Eerie, dark, and mysterious, Ridgewell’s focus is on
character and story instead of the blood and gore. The Nightcrawler is an
atmospheric, spook-fest of eerie scares.” – David Bernstein, author SKINNER and
(12 Gauge) Songs from A
Street Sweeper includes three white-knuckled novellas.
A prison escapee leads
law enforcement on a chase through the Adirondack Mountains, where they
encounter a reclusive elderly man with a dark secret.
satirical commentary on societal norms, cliques, and obedience.
A criminal pair invade
the home of the wrong man on the wrong day.
Publication Date: July 1, 2018
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 282 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the 12 Gauge: Songs From A
Street Sweeper Blog Tour for review consideration. This is in no way reflected
in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my
review. If you would like to review 12 Gauge: Songs From A Street Sweeper or
feature Dustin with an interview or guest article for a media publication,
blog, or author blurb, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Gauge: Songs From A Street Sweeper is a collection of three
novellas that are filled with gruesome action, some WTF moments, and a few
chuckles if your sense of humor is as warped as mine is. You won’t find any
supernatural monsters within these pages but the ones of the human variety do
just fine. Spinner is a gorefest worthy of any splatterpunk fan. Most of the
WTF moments came with this story. If you take one part Lord of the Flies mix it
with one part Battle Royale and film the whole thing as a reality TV show you
get H/armed. This one was tons of fun! Two would-be thieves find out that
sometimes the owner of the house you plan on robbing is a bigger bad guy than
you ever dreamed of being. These novellas are gory, and brutal so faint hearted
reader beware, but for my fellow gore-hounds and lovers of all things
disturbing this is a fantastic 4.5 star read.
Dustin LaValley was
unable to attend the black-tie gala to receive the SUNY Parnassus Award for
Creative Writing, as he had a fight in New Hampshire the same night, where he
brought home gold. He's had several books published, and as a screenwriter
several scripts produced. His psychological thriller novella The Deceived, has
been optioned for film.
He lives in the
Adirondacks of New York, where he's a practicing Sensei of Seito Shito Ryu
karate and Okinawan jujutsu.
"Spinner is a thriller, a horror story, and
an adventure narrative. It's also a lot of fast, bloody, violent fun." --Gabino
Iglesias, Horror Talk
"LaValley creates a non-stop, adrenaline
ride of violence and mayhem, in a setting Americans know all so well. H/armed is
a bloody, relentless and visceral assault on the senses. Wickedly
entertaining." --Paul Hough, writer/director of “The Human Race”
"The Deceived is equal parts thrilling,
creepy, and downright brutal. A wonderful tale." --Ronald Malfi, author of Floating
Michael Turcotte wants
nothing to do with his so-called gift—the ability to see other people’s fates
simply by touching them. Michael decides to spend his summer searching for
answers about his past. He can’t rest without the sounds of forgotten tragedy
echoing through his dreams, but reconstructing his memories will come with a
whole new set of problems even he can’t foresee.
Reilly has always looked out for Michael, but now that she’s taken him into her
home, she fears her maternal instincts are lacking. When a brutal gang sets off
a chain reaction of crimes, Sam struggles to choose between the two most
important things in her life: her job and her new foster son. Fate intervenes
when Michael is kidnapped, forcing her two roles to collide.
As Michael’s past meets
Sam’s present, their bond will be tested while a city crumbles around them.
They’ll need all their skills and a lot of luck in order to survive.
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Publication Length: 256 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the Hearing Evil Blog Tour
for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this
novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Hearing Evil, book 2 in the Cycle of Evil series,
is a fantastic follow up to Seeing Evil. Jason Parent books are always fun but
this series keeps me glued to the pages. Sam and Michael feel like real people,
people who you’ve come to know and care about. Sam has become Michael’s
guardian and my heart broke for both of them as they struggle to define the
place they hold both in each other’s lives and hearts. To complicate matters,
Michael is struggling to live with his psychic abilities, and just wanting to
be like everyone else. When he meets someone who offers answers he jumps at the
chance, landing in more danger than he realizes. Sam must fight to stop a
ruthless gang of prisoners who have escaped prison and now plan on getting
revenge on her and taking out as many people as they can. Fast paced and full
of suspense this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. A highly recommended
5 star read.
Jason Parent is an
author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction and dark humor, though
his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries
between these genres.
From his EPIC and
eFestival Independent Book Award finalist first novel, What Hides Within, to
his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil,
Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres
alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite
authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.
Jason grew up near Fall
River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in
New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.
If you have not read
Jason Parent, do yourself a huge favor and indulge. You will not be sorry. -- F. Spinney
I like this author. He
is one of my favorites. His writing style easily pulls you into the story, and
his descriptions are disturbing because he never holds back, but that is what
you expect from the best horror writers. --
Catherine – Writer
Jason Parent has a vast
imagination, demonstrated in everything he writes.
Haunted Reading Room
Major kudos to Mr.
Parent - it's hard to do mystery, thriller, and horror all in one but he does
it very well. -- Aaron Cross
Jason Parent is an
author to watch. Closely. Seriously, don't take your eyes off him. -- Adam Light