Monday, December 8, 2014

Great British Horror Vol. 1 [ 4.5 stars ]

From the Description:

A new Indie horror omnibus of eight complete novels and novellas, featuring the United Kingdom's heaviest hitters in the genre, with all proceeds being donated to Centrepoint, a UK based charity that cares for homeless children.

Acclaimed writer G.R. Yeates builds terror upon terror, as three friends are drawn back to their past to face a living nightmare in 'The Thing Behind the Door'.


Evil comes in many forms in Michael Bray's dark, atmospheric chiller 'Whisper'. A young couple seeking refuge from dangers of city living escape to the country...but their new home, Hope House, holds a deadly secret.


A man in love will do anything to win the heart of a beautiful woman. In Matt Shaw's popular introduction to the Peter Chronicles, we find out just how far Peter will go to woo his latest love. Dark, disturbing, with an undercurrent of Shaw's trademark black humour, you'll grow to love Peter...but will Vanessa?


Good fences may make good neighbours...but in a flat, it's good insulation that makes for good neighbours. In Saunders' tale, 'Insulation', a writer discovers just what her neighbour's been up to with the previous tenants.


In his breakout novel 'High Moor' Graeme Reynolds pits werewolf against werewolf in this stunning debut. Master of Ceremonies over this unholy first volume of Great British Horror, Reynold's werewolves are brutal and bloody in the first book of the High Moor trilogy.


William Meikle's fiction spans the globe. Author of more than 200 short stories and countless novels, he brings us 'The Copycat Murders'. In it, Meikle breathes new life into the murder yarn with a wicked, supernatural twist when a detective travels beyond the borders of our reality to capture a murderer...into Mirrorland.


Ian Woodhead brings his trademark imagination in a gritty tale of shape-changers 'Duplicity', but the heroes might not be who you expect when anything can be anyone and everyone can die.


Fast becoming one of Britain's bestselling horror authors, Iain Rob Wright's offering introduces us to 'Sam' a little boy with a secret. Sam is no ordinary child, and when he's threatened, Sam's secret will come out at last and blood will flow.

Overall a great collection! Because it's filled with both stand-alone novels and novellas I thought I would review each separately.

The Thing Behind The Door by G.R. Yeates [ 2.5 stars ] While entertaining, I found this novella to be surreal and a little hard to follow. Hard to be sympathetic to the characters.

Whisper by Michael Bray [ 4 stars ] While the ghostly happenings in Whisper have a slow start the creepy atmosphere is apparent right away. Throw in a knife wielding, rapey psychopath, and woods that are alive with menace and you've got yourself a spooky little book! Well written work that will have me checking out more of Michael Bray's work in the future

Happy Ever After by Matt Shaw [ 4 stars ] This novella, told from both the killers point of view and that of his latest victim, is super scary. Can't wait to get the rest of the set to find out what happens!

Insulation by Craig Saunders [ 4 stars ] I love strong female characters! So many women in horror are depicted as feather-brained victims. It was nice to find the heroine of this novella could save herself! Great story!!

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds [ 4.5 stars ] Finally! When I got this book I had to do a happy dance. After the onslaught of friendly monsters and werewolf romance the beast got it's teeth back! This was a great book. High Moor grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't put it down, I blew through it in less than a day. Scary, rip your throat out werewolves, Gypsies, hunting the monsters under the full moon, it reminded me why I love this genre. If you want a hair raising good time grab this book!

The Copycat Murders by William Meikle [ 3.5 stars ] A locked room mystery with a twist. I may have to watch my mirrors a little more carefully in the future.

Duplicity by Ian Woodhead [ 4 stars ] A cross between The Descent and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, with a twist ending you don’t see coming. Fast paced and fun! I’ll be looking for more work by Ian Woodhead in the future.

Sam by Iain Rob Wright [ 4 stars ] As a long time fan I expected Sam to be a well written, fun book. While not as fun as Animal Kingdom this one still deserves a look! Especially from fans of The Exorcist or The Omen.

A great collection, 4.5 stars.

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