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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In Heaven And On Earth By Fatman Butter [4 stars]


From the Description:

A comedy-fantasy that gives religion a kick in the butt.

As the sequel to Limbo I expected In Heaven And On Earth to be funny but it far surpassed my expectations. Filled with an irreverent hilarity this novella had me laughing so hard my sides hurt! If you're a fan of bizzaro, have a sense of humor, or are just looking for a good read you should grab this novella! A fun and fast paced 4 star read.

Available here: In Heaven And On Earth Fatman Butter

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Different Kind Of Slumber by Doug Rinaldi [4 stars]

 From the Description:

Homicide detective, Cindy Norton, knows all too well the evil that people can do. Yet, nothing could have prepared her for the city's newest scourge--the serial killer known as The Heterochromia Killer. Aided by unlikely allies from a place not unlike her own, time is running out as the killer sets his sights on her. With her insomnia the only thing keeping her alive, soon she will have no choice but to sleep and finally face her enemy on his sacred ground.

A Different Kind Of Slumber combines all of the elements of a great ghost story with a horrifying serial killer. The characters are easy to care about (or fear) and a storyline that hooks you from the very beginning. A truly creepy short story that makes me look forward to reading more by Doug Rinaldi in the future. A solid 4 star read.


 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Legacy by JG Faherty [ 4.5 stars]



From the Description:

Some gods demand blood!

Sean Black, a teenage science whiz in a small New England town, leads a pretty normal life...until the night of the storm. After that, nothing is the same. He experiences strange nightmares. He hallucinates about alien creatures and begins to notice weird physical changes in his body, things no one else seems to see. The girl he’s had a crush on for years is acting strange as well, delivering cryptic messages to him that things are not what they seem. When he discovers a secret room in the library, Sean finds himself faced with a life-changing decision, one that could either save the world or plunge it into centuries of death and destruction—with Sean ruling over all.


What a great story!! The descriptions captured my imagination so that I felt like I was on the porch with Sean watching the storm. I really enjoyed JG Faherty's take on the Cthulhu mythos. Sean is an entirely believable and sympathetic character. Fans of Lovecraft will enjoy this gem of a story. I wish it was longer because I didn't want it to end. A fun read 4.5 stars.
 
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From The Deep by Michael Bray [4.5 stars]



From the Description:


Something has awoken.
Roused from its slumber following an Antarctic ice quake, an immense beast has risen from the depths. Dwarfing even the mighty blue whale, the gargantuan wonder of evolution takes charge of the oceans, setting a catastrophic chain of events in motion.
Henry Rainwater is a rookie crab fisherman trying to make his own way in life. After surviving an encounter with the beast which sees his father and the rest of the crew of their family boat killed, Rainwater becomes a recluse, deathly afraid of the creature which lurks in the ocean.
The only man that believes Rainwater is Andrews, an ambitious scientist charged by the government to investigate the existence of the creature. Rainwater soon finds out that Andrews has different motivations for locating the beast.
Driven to find his redemption and clear his name, Henry must overcome his terror and set out to sea in order to track down and kill the creature, in the hope of finding it before Andrews and his unhinged superior, Russo can put their own plan into action, one which could have terrible repercussions for the entire human race…

From The Deep is a pulse pounding thrill ride that hooks you from the first page. Fans of sea stories, creature features, and the Deadliest Catch will want to grab this book! The characters are believable and I really wanted them to make it back to land safely. The creature is terrifying but not as much a villain as Russo and a few others on his team. The ending was exciting and left me wanting to read more. I hope that there is a part two!! A fun and fast paced 4.5 star read.

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

After Life by Daniel Ionson [3 stars]


From the Description:


~Dark Age fantasy shrouded in mystery and horror~ Fear erupts in the nation of Gaescea when Seer Mecas returns heralding a cryptic doom, and Kaemen and his fellow warrior-elites, the Wolfhounds, make ready for war. But Kaemen discovers that the kingdom’s preparations were for naught when he awakes in a realm far more harrowing than the battlefield, for they have crossed over into the Land of the Dead. Now Kaemen must fight for the salvation of Gaescea, knowing all the while that he is being hunted by damnation.

This novel started out so slowly for me. I thought I would be giving it a much lower star rating than I ended up giving it. Not because it wasn't well written but because I felt very disconnected from both the storyline and the characters for the first half of the book. At the halfway mark the story picked up and at about 70% I was hooked. The ending was really great, if only the beginning had been. 3 stars.

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Preditors & Editors Poll results

I came in at 8!! Yay!! Thanks to everyone that voted for Horror Maiden's Book Reviews. You guys are great!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Island Of The Forbidden by Hunter Shea [5 stars]


 
 
From the Description:

Sometimes, the dead are best left in peace.

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.
But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

If you love ghost stories as much as I do Island Of The Forbidden is a must have! Filled with characters that are both believable and easy to care about. Hunter Shea has created a truly creepy atmosphere on the Island and filled it with tons of ghost, scary and sympathetic. Although Island has lots of familiar ghostly goodness Hunter Shea has drug the ghost story kicking and screaming into the new millennium. I wasn't aware when I started reading that Island was part of a set but I loved this story so much I'm going to find the first two books ASAP. A great 5 star read!!



Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea continues the story of Jessica Bockman, the ghost-hunting heroine who has appeared in Forest of Shadows, The Graveyard Speaks and Sinister Entity, all published by Samhain Horror.

To read more about the series and Jessica Bockman, read Hunter’s recent article.
 
 





Blog Tour Giveaway:

Enter to win one of five Hunter Shea books being given away! Two signed copies of Montauk Monster, one signed copy of Sinister Entity, and two e-books of choice of his titles are up for grabs! One book to each winner, given in order of random drawing. Enter to win at the Rafflecopter link. Must use valid email that winners can be contacted by. Print books are U.S. residents only. Contest ends Feb. 28, 2015. Any questions, contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.

Direct Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/231aa30b17/?




Purchase Links
GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23622071-island-of-the-forbidden


Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Forbidden-Hunter-Shea-ebook/dp/B00PDJV156/



Samhain Horror:

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5298/island-of-the-forbidden


Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/island-of-the-forbidden-hunter-shea/1120724210?ean=9781619226906

Raves for Hunter Shea

Forest of Shadows

"A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won't soon forget." --Night Owl Reviews

Sinister Entity

"This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don't get much better than this." --Literal Remains

". . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!" --Horror Novel Reviews

Evil Eternal

"Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare." --Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows

Swamp Monster Massacre

"If you're craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!" --Horror Novel Reviews





Hunter Shea Bio:

Hunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity,  HellHole and Island of the Forbidden, which are all published by Samhain Horror. 

The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster was published by Kensington/Pinnacle. His second Kensington novel, Tortures of the Damned, will be published later this year.

He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls.

His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.

He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

 
 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dreamwalker by Russell James [4 stars]



From the Description:

Two realities. One hope.
What if you lived in two worlds, and could die in either? Pete Holm can. He is a dreamwalker, able to travel to the realm of dreams, including the devastated world of Twin Moon City, where an evil voodoo spirit holds living souls in terror with his army of the walking dead.
In the waking world, drug lord Jean St. Croix knows only the power of the dreamwalker can stop him, so St. Croix vows Pete must die.
Pete is the only hope to rescue the lost souls in Twin Moon City…unless St. Croix kills him first. Can anyone survive when two realities collide?


Dreamwalker was my first book by Russell James but it wont be my last. This is a fast paced engrossing story filled with believable characters. I enjoyed getting to know Pete and Rayna, both really easy to root for. The Voodoo aspects of this book were genuinely creepy, making St. Croix an easy to dislike villain. A well written, fun thrill ride, 4 stars.


To Purchase:


GoodReads:



Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Dreamwalker-Russell-James-ebook/dp/B00P15GV98


Samhain Horror:

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5295/dreamwalker


Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamwalker-russell-james/1120666682?ean=9781619227682



Blog Tour Giveaways:
 
Open reviewer giveaway: Anyone who reviews Dreamwalker on Amazon and one other site like GoodReads, etc. and sends Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, their links to hookofabook@hotmail.com will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card. This contest ends on Feb. 28, 2015.
Rafflecoper giveaway for two copies of Russell’s previous books. Two winners will each win one of two books, Black Magic and Dark Inspiration. US only, no international shipping. Must use a valid email that you can be reached by. By entering the giveaway, you consent to allow Russell to have your email for very infrequent newsletter updates. Contest ends Feb. 28, 2015. Other contest questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, Hook of a Book Media at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
Direct Link:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/231aa30b16/?

Praise for Russell R. James
"James has a talent for combining action-packed vignettes into a powerful, fast-paced whole."

Library Journal on Black Magic

(Five Stars, A Night Owl Top Pick) "I loved the story so much that I’m eagerly waiting to read more from him. He carefully and very intricately wove his storyline to have elements of mystery and suspense throughout. I now have a new favorite book I’ll read over and over again."

Night Owl Reviews on Dark Inspiration

"The book had me at the edge of my seat. The writing is so vivid I even jumped a few times. If you're a fan of the genre, love ghosts and are drawn to the supernatural, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book!"

Long and Short Reviews on Dark Inspiration


Russell R. James, Biography
Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and The Twilight Zone, despite his parents' warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn't make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.

After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales best read in daylight. He has written the paranormal thrillers Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic, Dark Vengeance, and Dreamwalker. He has two horror short story collections, Tales from Beyond and Deeper into Darkness. His next novel, Q Island, releases in 2015.

His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says "There is something seriously wrong with you."

Visit his website at www.russellrjames.com and read some free short stories.

He and his wife share their home in sunny Florida with two cats.

To find out more about Russell R. James, please visit his Website or follow him on Facebook! Join him on Twitter, @RRJames14. Also, feel free to drop him at a line at 
rrj@russellrjames.com.
 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Dreams Of Thanatos by William Cook [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

Dreams of Thanatos is a collection of macabre short horror fiction from William Cook, the author of the novel Blood Related. Supernatural demons, murderers and ghosts roam these pages although the most horrifying aspect Cook describes, is the dark soul of humanity. Whether writing about the psychological horrors of modern life, or things that go ‘bump in the night,’ Cook’s writing is always “intense” and often “visceral” in his portrayal of the macabre. Included in this collection of fifteen stories is a novelette (Dead and Buried) and the origin story (Legacy: The Eternal Now and Thereafter) behind the novel, Blood Related.

WARNING: STRONG SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND HORROR (Not suitable for minors). READER DISCRETION STRONGLY ADVISED.

This collection of short stories has some that are gems and others that I didn't enjoy as much. All were well written and at times very disturbing. A great collection for horror lovers! My favorites Dead & Buried, The Night Terror, and Conceived By Death were all very dark and gruesome. Not safe for younger readers or those who want sparkly monsters. A solid 3.5 stars.