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Friday, October 30, 2015

The Haunted Halls by Glenn Rolfe [4.5 stars]



From the Description:


The Bruton Inn, located outside of the small Maine city of Hollis Oaks, is home to something special. An icy presence has made its way from a dark past to the present day. Cold spots, shadows, and whispers permeate the halls, and guests are beginning to change.

For two front desk employees, Rhiannon and Jeff, the dark rumors are about to come to light. They call upon Lee Buhl, the urban shaman, and his connection with the spirit world to dig up the truth.

Will they be able to stand against this malevolent force? Or will they come face to face with something beyond even your most frightful dreams. Welcome to the Bruton Inn. The Ice Queen has arrived.


The Haunted Halls is a fantastically creepy ghost story. The setting of the Bruton Inn works very well. For me, od hotels always seem to have a sense of history and impersonal menace. Although the ghosts you find at the Bruton are anything but impersonal. They are straight up evil and out for blood. I really liked the characters found in this story. They are realistic and believable as people who are dealing with horrific and unexplainable events. My favorites were Rhiannon, Lee, and Christina. This story was spooky and hard to put down. I devoured it in a few hours. The Haunted Halls is currently out of print but will be re-released by Samhain Publishing in 2016. Fans of great horror should grab this fast paced and scary 4.5 star gore fest!


About the Author:




Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author the novellas, Abram's Bridge, Boom Town, and the forthcoming, Things We Fear (March, 2016), the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain (October 2015). His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, will be released in March, 2016.
You can connect with Glenn Rolfe at http://glennrolfe.com/ or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lily & Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson


 
This review is a little different from the others found on this blog. I am reviewing two books here for the Xavier Axelson Book Blitz taking place now at blogs everywhere courtesy of Oh, for the Hook of a Book. I have reviewed each book separately in this post so you get a two for one today. Now on to the reviews,,,,

 
 
Lily by Xavier Axelson


 


From the Description:

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn't until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily's that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day...

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn't felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn't about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it's about how far he'll go to keep her with him.

 I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

 Lily isn't the normal type of book you see on my shelves or kindle. I don't normally read romances, paranormal or otherwise. It's also different because it was my first all male romance. This didn't bother me because I believe that you love who you love. If this is offensive to you then you might want to skip this one. This story was touching and more than a little sad. As a parent I can't imagine the torment of losing a child. I totally understood Prior's despair as he waits for his daughter to come back, and his guilt at finding love at such  a difficult time. Ned's kindness and understanding was heartwarming. I would have liked to know more about how and why Lily became a werewolf, other than that this was an interesting story. A 3.5 star read.

 


Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson
 
 
 

From the Description:

Between love and loss, there is obligation…

It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home… then something happened. Something sinister.

Between shadow and light, there is uncertainty…

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d already broken.

If you can see, you have to help.

As Anson delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Barrett’s accident, he begins to realize that he’s not only in a race against time, but in a battle against his own broken heart and the terrifying understanding that whatever has taken Barrett’s child is a force of evil beyond anything either man has ever encountered.

And between decision and consequences, there are… Earthly Concerns

 I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

Earthly Concerns is a story about second chances when all hope seems lost. This was an odd story for me. I liked the character of Anson, a psychic who must help the man who broke his heart get his daughter back from the evil that has taken her. I could sympathize with him most of the time because we all know what it feels like to be in love with someone who is bad for and to us. Which brings me to Barrett. He is a selfish, self-centered jerk. I understood why Anson was helping him but I kept hoping that he would realize just how toxic Barrett was for him. The evil that took Barrett's daughter was frightening but not really explained. The ending left me wondering what the heck Anson was thinking. An odd 3 star read.


About the Author







Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. Xavier's work has been featured in various erotic and horror anthologies. Longer written works include The Incident, Velvet, and Lily. Xavier covers Fringe Culture for the Los Angeles Examiner. Connect with Xavier on his website at www.xavieraxelson.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/xaviersaxel and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/XaviersAxel.
 
Buy the Books:

Lily

Amazon   Barnes & Noble  Seventh Window Publications

Earthly Concerns

Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Seventh Window Publications


Giveaway!!
 
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Praise for Xavier Axelson’s work



“This book was an excellent short read. It has a little bit of everything. Lost love, tragedy, paranormal beings, and the hint at a second chance.” Close Encounters with the Night Kind

“I really liked the psychic element to the story, sometimes in books that just isn't done very well or done in a very cliché way, but I found it came across very well in this read.” Book Devotee Reviews

“Axelson writes from the emotions and in doing so he draws the reader in. It is close to impossible not to react to his stories.” Reviews by Amos Lassen



Monday, October 26, 2015

Seeing Evil by Jason Parent [5 stars]



From the Description:


Fate in plain sight.

 Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly prefers to work alone—she’s seen as a maverick, and she still struggles privately with the death of her partner. The only person who ever sees her softer side is Michael Turcotte, a teenager she’s known since she rescued him eleven years ago from the aftermath of his parents’ murder-suicide.

 In foster care since his parents’ death, Michael is a loner who tries to fly under the bullies’ radar, but a violent assault triggers a disturbing ability to view people’s dark futures. No one believes his first vision means anything, though—not even Sam Reilly. When reality mimics his prediction, however, Sam isn’t the only one to take notice. A strange girl named Tessa Masterson asks Michael about her future, and what he sees sends him back to Sam—is Tessa victim or perpetrator?


Tessa’s tangled secrets draw Michael and Sam inexorably into a deadly conflict. Sam relies on Michael, but his only advantage is the visions he never asked for. As they track a cold and calculating killer, one misstep could turn the hunters into prey.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story. This review is part of the Seeing Evil Blog Tour at Oh, for the Hook of a Book Follow along to find out more about Seeing Evil and Jason Parent.


 
 
Seeing Evil is a fantastic police procedural serial killer novel with a psychic twist. I loved this story!! It's well written and grabs ahold of you and won't let go. The action moves at a breathless pace leaving you hanging on every word. The characters are realistic and it's easy to care about what happens to them. Christopher Masterson is Evil (with a capital E) incarnate. He has all the gruesomeness and creep factor of Hannibal Lector without any of the charm. I think that one of the scariest things about him is that people like him are really out there. I loved both Sam and Michael. Their relationship is complex and moving. I hope that they appear in future novels because I would definitely follow their stories. Tessa broke my heart. I just wanted to hug her and tell her that things would get better. I really wanted things to turn out all right for her. You'll have to read the book to find out if they do. This is a book that will haunt me for a long time to come. If you are looking for a phenomenal story grab this fast paced and horrifying 5 star read.


About the Author




In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it's harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he's back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that's another story.

When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

You can visit Jason at http://authorjasonparent.com/  or find him on Facebook and Twitter

Praise for Seeing Evil

"...one of the best suspense thrillers I have read in a very long time. In lesser hands it would have been a decent read but the author's skill in setting the scene, character development, and story telling makes this a far superior novel." - Book Nutter's Book Reviews

"... Parent writes in such a fluid, mesmerizing and realistic way that I found I couldn't stop!" - My So-Called Book Reviews

"Wow! That was just brilliant! Every single chapter straight from the very beginning had me gripped." - Andrew Lennon, author of Keith and A Life to Waste

"Jason Parent tortures us right alongside his characters. The world building is excellent and very real." - I'm a Voracious Reader

"Seeing Evil has some very special moments and is a very fast read. There's no denying Parent has talent." Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Boom Town

"Superbly fast paced from beginning to end meaning you will not want to put it down... Brilliant characters that gel together perfectly. A bloody good book." - Confessions of a Reviewer

"This is one seriously entertaining, thought provoking read." - Adam Light, author of Taken and Toes Up

"The entire story was strong, driven, and merciless in all regard from beginning to end. Even when you think you know where it's going, there's yet another--logical--twist." Horror After Dark

"Seeing Evil is a perfectly-paced book, with intriguing characters and white-knuckle, edge of your seat tension... Parent's writing here is top notch - sleek, efficient and with surprising emotional depth." - Evans Light, author of Screamscapes and Harmlessly Insane


Buy the Book at

Amazon     
Barnes & Noble
Red Adept Publishing




Giveaway!!!



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Excerpt:



Stepping back so as not to alarm the child, Samantha scanned Michael for wounds, but she

couldn't find the source of the blood. She hoped it wasn't Michael's, but she saw no evidence, no

tracks or prints, that suggested Michael had been anywhere near the bodies. Then again,

shouldn't he be in a crib or something? What's he doing in here? There's no part of this that he should have been forced to witness.

Samantha moved in for a closer look. His hands rested on his thighs, the blood on them dry

and cracking on his skin. Something protruded from beneath them, something dark and metallic.

Samantha gasped. "Michael, don't move, okay?"

Michael seemed oblivious to her presence, swaying to a beat only he could hear. It was as

though she wasn't part of the world he was seeing. Slowly, she reached for the object with the

caution of one taking a bone from a snarling dog. Only Michael wasn't snarling. He seemed

uninterested in her, still rocking and staring blankly through her, unblinking and locked on that same focal point.

Maybe he's in shock. Maybe he does understand what happened here. His unresponsiveness was certainly beyond mere willful ignorance. Samantha didn't think he would notice if she lit a

firecracker in front of him. He seemed out of touch with reality. For the moment, Samantha preferred him that way.

With a hand as steady as a surgeon's, Samantha reached for the pistol Michael was huddled over like a bear protecting her cub. She avoided contact with him, fearful of what would happen

if she disturbed his trancelike state. Her fingers treaded over the barrel, searching for its grip.

She pulled the handgun, a black Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, from beneath Michael. The

barrel brushed against his thigh. With cold, empty eyes bulging open like those of the drowning,

Michael gazed into Samantha's. She felt exposed, as if with only a look, the child could delve

into the recesses of her mind, revealing her every secret. The thought terrified her. So did Michael.

With reflexes beyond one of his age, Michael grabbed the gun with both hands. Samantha

quickly pulled it away. Unnerved as she was, she still had Michael's safety at the forefront of her

mind. She removed the weapon from the boy's reach, at all times conscious of its threat. When she found the safety smeared in blood, she clicked it on and breathed a sigh of relief. As she'd

expected, there had been a bullet in the chamber. She dropped the gun into an open evidence bag held by Tagliamonte.

Michael's eyes remained on her. They were blue and cloudy like the sky before a rainbow, a

fire as bright as the sun burning behind them. His mouth creaked open as though tiny gears

controlled its laborious motion. When his chin dropped so low it nearly rested on his throat, a sound, low and indistinguishable at first, emitted from somewhere deep within the boy. As it amplified, its sharp clamor made Samantha's blood ice within her veins.

At once, Samantha knew that not only did Michael comprehend what had happened to his

parents, but also that he felt it in the worst sort of way. His wail was ghostly and ghastly, the cry of one seized by agony. Samantha was afraid, both for him and of him, and of what such trauma

might cause him to become. Backing away, not knowing how to comfort the lost child, Samantha knew it would not be the last she would see of Michael.



 

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Night It Got Out by Patrick James Ryan [3 stars]



From the Description:

During a blustery winter night, two retired Navy Seals transporting a top secret cargo to NORAD are besieged by an unexpected blizzard. A terrible car accident unleashes a creature with unparalleled killing capacity. Within hours dozens of people are carved up and dismembered in the town of Mangas Pass, Colorado with no end in sight to the carnage. Police Chief, Don Girard pairs up with retired Green Beret Colonel, Elliot Harmon to try to stop the creature from decimating the entire town. Harmon will be forced to face the sins of his past, while Girard helplessly agonizes over every death in an effort to protect the town and his own family. As the bloody body count rises, both men become consumed by a horrifying sequence of events that will forever change their lives The Night It Got Out! From the author of the popular short story collection, Blood Verse, comes a horrifying novel of suspense and terror that you won't be able to put down!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Night It Got Out is a tale of man's hubris and the inevitable results of messing around with mother nature. While this was an entertaining story it could have been better executed. For me the parts of the story that are 'real' have to be realistic so that I can suspend disbelief during the parts that are not. The majority of the characters were two dimensional and just used as fodder for the creature. The two main characters were written a little better but were very stereotypical as the secretive government agent, Colonel Harmon, and small town Police Chief Girard go about the business of trying to save the people of Mangas Pass. The creature was interesting and bloodthirsty giving the book some high points. The whole thing reminded me of a late, late B-movie, predictable and cheesy but you want to know what happens anyway. This is a fun 3 star tale of science gone wrong.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Girl On The Glider by Brian Keene [4 stars]



From the Description:

Considered by many critics to be one of Brian Keene’s best works, The Girl on the Glider has been long out of print – until now!

The year is 2009, and the world’s financial and publishing sectors are in chaos. In the midst of this disarray, a burned-out horror writer finds himself haunted by a variety of ghosts, both real and metaphorical. And as the ghosts increase their attacks, his struggle to make a living quickly becomes a fight to hold on to his family – and his very sanity.

This meta-fictional take on the traditional, old-fashioned ghost story is a deft mix of M.R. James and Hunter S. Thompson, and makes for one of Keene’s most personal and powerful novellas.

The Girl On The Glider is a very interesting ghost story. It does have some unsettling and spooky moments but that's not what made it such a great read for me. I loved this story for it's autobiographical nature. The glimpse we get of the man behind some truly enjoyable books as he deals with everyday life and struggles with the same hardships we all face. Dealing with lack of money and trying to keep a family together is hard enough without a ghostly presence hanging around your home. While this book isn't the usual type of story you expect from Brian Keene, no zombies, demons or other creatures here. It is one of the most believable true ghost stories I've read. This story touched me more than I would have expected because of the focus on the real fears and flaws we all have. A solid 4 star read.

Monday, October 19, 2015

We Had A Job To Do: A Basic History Of World War II Through The Eyes Of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

We Had A Job To Do -- A Basic History of World War II Through The Eyes of Those Who Served. This heartfelt tribute to veterans is history that reads like fiction. Based on interviews the author conducted herself, the book weaves the veterans' personal stories into the basic facts of the war. Follow a soldier who fought in Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 9 a.m. on D-Day; a female Army Air Forces nurse who made helping veterans her life’s work; a fighter pilot who flew with the African-American unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen and who was on one of the two teams that won the first Top Gun meet after the war; a guard in a top-secret intelligence base outside of Washington, D.C. where German weapons scientists were interrogated; a female aircraft mechanic who served in the Navy and is still active in veterans affairs seventy years later; a gunner on a B-17 heavy bomber who was shot down and spent fourteen months in German prison camps; an airman in General Curtis LeMay’s 20th Air Force, the unit that dropped the atomic bombs, and more. Get to know some of the patriots who served in World War and feel proud of America!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from iRead Book Tours as part of a blog tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

 
 
Usually here at Horror Maiden's I review fiction but once in a while I get asked to review a non-fiction book. If it's a subject that interests me I'll review it. I have always loved history and World War II is a fascinating time in our country's past so We Had A Job To Do sounded great to me. Since even a Horror Maiden needs something other than horror once in a while I agreed.

We Had A Job To Do is a simplified history of World War II. It gives a fascinating perspective from the eyes of some of the heroic men and women who served both at home and abroad. While the history presented here is not an in depth look at WWII it is a great introduction to the events and the people of this era for those who may not know a lot about the time period. It has some really good information that could be used as a jumping off point for further reading.

This book clearly illustrates why the people who lived through this era are known as 'The Greatest Generation'. Living through the Great Depression and serving in World War II took a strength of character that helped make our country great. This well written history made me even prouder of the people who served in our Armed Forces both then and now. Theresa Anzaldua's writing is both informative and entertaining. A highly recommended 4 star read for history lovers and those curious about World War II.

We Had A Job To Do is available from Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.


About The Author




Theresa Crumpler Anzaldua was born in Cleveland, raised in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a B.A. (English and Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophy). She graduated from Harvard Law School and worked as a corporate attorney and later as an enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

She has been a freelance writer and regular contributor to Seasons Magazines for the past several years. This book grew from an article she wrote for Seasons Magazines about a World War II veteran with an amazing story. Kris Perry, the Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs at the University of Connecticut, fact checked the article and encouraged her to interview more veterans. Kris is a Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, U.S. Air Force, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a veteran of multiple combat deployments, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Theresa's mother, Mary, was living in England during the war when her home was destroyed by German bombs. Mary went on to serve in the War as a WAC in the U.S. Army, her brother John served in the British Royal Marines Commandos and fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and their brother Tommy served in the U.S. Army and was killed in a training accident in Texas.

Theresa always wished she had learned more about her mother's and uncles' service before they died and feels honored to have had the opportunity to interview the veterans featured in We Had A Job To Do.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz [5 stars]



From the Description:

An unholy predator on the prowl!

The small town of Lakeview offers little excitement for Duane, Savannah, and their friends. They’re about to endure their ten-year high school reunion when their lives are shattered by the arrival of an ancient, vengeful evil.

The werewolf.

The first attack leaves seven dead and four wounded. And though the beast remains on the loose and eager to spill more blood, the sleepy town is about to face an even greater terror. Because the four victims of the werewolf’s fury are changing. They’re experiencing unholy desires and unimaginable cravings. They’ll prey on the innocent. They’ll act on their basest desires. Soon, they’ll plunge the entire town into a nightmare. Lakeview is about to become Wolf Land.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Wolf Land is not my first book by Jonathan Janz but it is my favorite so far. Fans of great werewolf stories will be slavering to sink their teeth into this well written and gruesome book. This is action packed horror at it's finest! As I read this novel I got extremely annoyed every time something would interrupt me, only the best books elicit that response. Some of the scenes in this novel were incredibly horrific and not for the faint of heart, but if you love your horror gritty and terrifying like I do you won't be able to put it down. Jonathan Janz has created a realistic world and peopled it with characters that could be people you know then introduces a whole new werewolf legend to rip them to shreds. I highly recommend this relentlessly fast paced story. A hair raising 5 star read.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Childhood Fears Anthology [4 stars]



From the Description:

Four original novellas to make you hide under the covers! Ah, the carefree, sunny days of childhood. And oh, the terrifying, dark nights. Nights when you closed your eyes tight, afraid to open them and see the painted, eternally leering face of a clown mere inches from your own. Nights when you could look out your bedroom window and watch the scarecrows walk across the lonely cornfields. When every story or fairytale your parents told you seemed to include monsters. And when even the teddy bear by your side had fangs and plans of his own. Travel back to those nights of horror now with four original novellas by four wonderfully macabre authors. And...sleep tight!

I received an ARC of this anthology in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Childhood Fears is a collection of novellas from some really great authors. I decided since I had already read and reviewed two of the stories in this anthology to review each separately. So let's get started,,,

1. Nightmares In Greasepaint by L.L. Soares & G. Daniel Gunn [4 stars]

I hated this story!! Why, you ask, especially since I rated it four stars. I can answer that with one word,,, Clowns. I am absolutely terrified of them and the clown in this novella is a doozy. The story is really well written and the characters are easy to care about. This story is filled with a sense of foreboding and terror that ultimately leads to a horrific conclusion. I may need to sleep with a light on after this terrifying 4 star read.

2. The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave by J.H. Moncrieff [4 stars]

The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave covers two childhood fears very well. The evil step-father and the evil toy, in this case a horrid teddy bear named Edgar. The main character Josh is very believable and his friend Sean is a lot of fun. My heart went out to Josh as he struggled to deal with things that would be hard for anyone let alone a ten year old boy, and I cheered for Sean as he tried to help his friend escape both Edgar and his step-father, who are far more evil than they appear. The storyline is fast paced and very well written. It was delightfully scary and really captured the uncertainty and magic that childhood is full of. Reminiscent of something you would have found in Creepshow or Tales From The Crypt. A really good 4 star read.

3. Scarecrows by Christine Hayton [2.5]

Scarecrows can be very frightening so I was really looking forward to reading this. Especially since the other novella's in the Childhood Fears series have been fantastic. This one not so much. I enjoyed the premise more than the actual execution of this story. The story jumped around through different years which made it very disjointed to me. Some of the elements in this story were well written which made the parts that weren't more noticeable. The ghosts and the scarecrows could have been so scary! My biggest problem with this story was with Cathy, one of the main characters. She's supposed to be a traumatized seven or eight year old girl. She spoke like an adult, and the other characters spoke to her like an adult. Even precocious children are still child-like, more so when frightened or upset. I really wanted to like this novella, unfortunately it just didn't live up to it's promise. I can only give this one 2.5 stars.

4. Winterwood by JG Faherty  [4.5 stars]

Winterwood is a dark fairy tale reminiscent of some of my favorites from the Brothers Grimm. The imagery and story are both whimsical and frightening at the same time. The characters were fantastic. I really liked Anders, Paul and Ulaf. Krampus and his minions were perfect fairy tale villains. The only exception was Anne, who needed to be slapped several times. She REALLY annoyed me but was unfortunately very realistic. A great story from a great author. Curl up some place warm while you enjoy this delightfully scary 4.5 star Christmas tale.

Childhood Fears is a great anthology. I highly recommend this 4 star collection.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Incredible Story Of Jimmy Shanfer And The Crazy Place On The Other Side Of The Hole In The Ocean: The First G-World Adventure by Fatman Butter [3.5 stars]




From the Description:

Having fallen overboard from his ship, Jimmy Shanfer is about to surrender his life to the ocean, when, by a chance in a million, he is rescued. From that moment on Jimmy is embroiled in an adventure so fantastic he is never quite sure if he is insane, dreaming, or if perhaps he is actually dead.

With a cast of characters that includes Stephen King, James Bond and Dracula; if you like your fantasy on the wild side, walk this way.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The Incredible Story Of Jimmy Shanfer And The Crazy Place On The Other Side Of The Hole In The Ocean: The First G-World Adventure is actually two adventures. You also get The Astonishing Account Of The Day Jonathan Hoag Spent In The Strange Place Below The Pavements Of Putney: The Second G-World Adventure in this omnibus.



This novel is a literature lover's bizzaro fantasy. G-World is a demention where stories are real. You get to meet a wide range of characters, everyone from Rumpelstiltskin to James Bond. There are dragons and gypsies as well as classic horror favorites like Dracula and the Wolfman. Jimmy and Woody along with their friends must try to save G-World from the nefarious plans of an author gone mad. Some of the characters are truly memorable. I loved Targo and his gypsy family as well as Li and her Trupo's. There were parts that were truly hilarious. The whole chapter with Beelzebub's Bad Boys, a biker gang in pink lederhosen, had me laughing so hard I cried. I look forward to the next G-World adventure! A super fun 3.5 star read.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Leper Window by Frazer Lee [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

Do not gaze into its secrets.

Daniel Gates’s last assignment involving a rare demonic book left him plagued by hideous nightmares, which are about to get even worse. When a page is stolen from Choronzon’s Grimoire, Daniel is sent to the wilds of North Wales to retrieve it for his mysterious client. But the stolen page contains dark, occult secrets, and he finds to his peril that he is not the only one desperate to find it. Daniel’s journey takes him to the very brink of madness and to the demons that await—beyond the Leper Window.

I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The Leper Window is a mysterious thrill ride into the unknown. I really liked the feeling of this story. The descriptions gave it an atmosphere of dread and gloom as I followed Daniel Gates through the eerie country side. There wasn't a lot of overt horror but the creepiness factor of this story was high. My one complaint with this novella was the length. I found myself wanting to know more! A well written and spooky 3.5 star read.

Monday, October 5, 2015

High Moor 3: Blood Moon by Graeme Reynolds [5 stars]



From the Description:

The war has begun...
As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie’s brother, Michael.
However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own. An attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

High Moor 3: Blood Moon is a fitting end to the High Moor trilogy. I've been hooked on the story of Michael, Marie, John and Stephen since I opened the first book so now I'm sad to see this phenomenal series end. This action packed thrill ride is filled with enough chills and terror, along with an astronomical body count, to please any horror lover out there. The characters are fantastically written and believable. I liked revisiting my favorite characters and getting to know new ones like Rose and Sharron. I also enjoyed the fact that not all the monsters had fangs and fur. My two favorite parts of this story are the New Year's Eve crèche and the epilogue. You'll have to read the book to find out why. Graeme Reynolds is a master storyteller whose work will linger long after you've read the last page. High Moor 3 will be released October 27. Fans of werewolves and great horror should grab this fast paced and thrilling read. I just wish that I could give it more than 5 stars!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blood And Rain by Glenn Rolfe [5 stars]



From the Description:

The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man's terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen. Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can't even comprehend? One night can-and will-change everything.

I received an ARC of this novel from the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi at Oh, for the Hook of a Book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. Follow the rest of this hair raising blog tour!




Anyone who knows me or follows my reviews knows that I adore a good werewolf story. Not the emo, poor me I'm a monster or the I'm here to claim you for my mate now lets get it on werewolves that we see so much of these days. I love the honest to goodness rip your throat out beast out hunting for its next meal. That's exactly what you get with Blood And Rain. This novel is a throwback to the golden age of horror complete with dark and stormy nights filled with the bloodthirsty howls of a werewolf or two. The action is non-stop and exciting as Joe fights to keep his daughter, Sonya, and the rest of his town safe from the rampaging beast. Glenn Rolfe excels at creating characters so realistic that you not only want to follow but you also care about. It makes the horrors surrounding them way more frightening. A terrifically spooky 5 star read just in time for Halloween. I highly recommend it!

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 About Glenn Rolfe





Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author the novellas, Abram's Bridge, Boom Town, and the forthcoming, Things We Fear (March, 2016), the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain (October 2015). His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, will be released in March, 2016.
You can connect with Glenn Rolfe at http://glennrolfe.com/ or find him on Facebook and Twitter.




Praise for Blood and Rain



“A major new talent rises from the Maine woods…Rolfe is the real deal, and Blood and Rain is a classic monster novel, full of blood and teeth and the kind of razor sharp writing that makes the pages sing. Small town horror is back, with a vengeance!” –Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Diablo: Storm of Light and Day One



"With slashing claws and blood-soaked fur, Blood and Rain will have you howling in terror and delight. A welcome addition to the werewolf mythos, and proof that we're in the presence of a rising star in the genre. Highly recommended!" -Ronald Malfi, author of The Floating Staircase



“Rolfe tells a tale that captures your attention like King without all of the wordiness. He also spills the red stuff like Laymon…” – Into the Macabre



“Blood and Rain is a monumental piece of horror fiction. It represents everything I love about werewolves, creature features, siege films, and everything else in between. It is still early in the year, but this is a clear cut candidate for my favorite book of 2015.” — Horror Underground



“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon



“Some good ‘ol fashion violence and gore…” – Jason Parent, author of Seeing Evil



“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker



“…not just another werewolf story, Rolfe has managed to take the werewolf to a-whole-nother level…” – Horror Novel Reviews



“The best werewolf novel I’ve read since Jeff Strand’s Wolf Hunt.”–Horror After Dark