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Friday, February 26, 2016

WIZARD’S RISE (A Severed Empire Novel) by Phillip Tomasso [4 stars]



 
 

From the Description

 


A war is coming. There is no way to prevent it. The only thing for certain is that there will be one loser. . .and one winner. For over two hundred years the Rye Empire enforced drastic measures outlawing the use of magic. To avoid capture a handful of remaining Wizards escaped royal persecution and made it into hiding. Shortly after the decree the empire crumbled, but the laws remained in place. . . The Mountain King’s ambitions of becoming the next Emperor will be realized. With forced help from an enslaved sorceress, he will stop at nothing until he achieves his dreams. The easiest path to victory can be obtained by retrieving buried talismans. With those enchanted items in his possession he can summon the Wizards, steal, and harness their power. In an effort to save the Old Empire from a growing, sinister magic, seventeen-year-old farmboy Mykal and five friends begin a desperate journey. They must collect the talismans before the Mountain King. Their trek will force Mykal to face fears, and accept truths he’d never known existed. There isn’t much time. A war is coming. Their chances of winning will depend on whether they succeed or not. If they fail, a terrible darkness will steal the light from the Grey Ashland Realm. . .forever.




I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in

no way reflected in my opinion of this book. For more fun follow along with the

blog tour at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you have any questions, would like a copy for

review or to conduct an interview, contact the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi,

 
 
 
 



Wizard's Rise is a fun fantasy that will captivate both adults and younger readers alike. Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett's books or the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. The story started a bit slow for me but it wasn't long before I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The quest to find the talismans and stop the coming war that Mykal and his friends take is filled with interesting characters and magical adventure. I'm looking forward to the second part of this charming series. A fun and exciting 4 star read.




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About the Author

 
 


Phillip Tomasso is the award-winning author of over 17 novels. He began his career writing mystery and suspense novels in 2000. Since, he has gone on to publish books in a wide variety of genres, including Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

His first short story was published in 1995, and he was paid a penny a word. It was an 8,000-word western.
 


However, it being a Canadian publicationand at a time, when the U.S. dollar was worth morehis check was for just under $40. It was a great starting point, and has been selling regularly since then.


Although not a full-time writer, Tomasso works a full-time job as well. After 19 years at Kodak as an employment law paralegal, he’s spent the last six plus years a Fire/EMS Dispatcher for 9-1-1. He works the midnight shift, First Platoon, and has found the hours conducive to his creativity.
 

Tomasso prefers to both read books in the same genres he writes. He has been inspired by the likes of Walter Mosley, the entire Easy Rawlins series. Anything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, John Saul, Warren Hammond, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt novels, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden series. Just to name a few!


Tomasso lives in Rochester, NY with his 3 kidswho are not little any longer. Aside from reading and writing, Tomasso plays guitar, and is an self-admitted horrible singer. He is always at work on a next novel.
For more information, visit Tomasso’s website.


 
Praise for Phillip Tomasso  
 
 
 
"This is different … confident, addictive storytelling, great characters, and an intriguing plot. You’ll read it fast but remember it for a long time. " Lee Child, best selling author of One Shot and the Jack Reacher series
 
"(Tomasso) takes the standard fare of the private investigator genre and adds twists and turns to make it anything but standard. Tomasso’s writing is crisp and clear … thoroughly enjoyable." Joseph Nassise, author of Internal Games and King of the Dead
 
"Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is one of my all time favorite adventure yarns . . . Tomasso has managed to preserve Stevenson’s characters and pacing as the story enters this terrifying new adventure into the land of the living dead. I hadn’t counted on loving this story as much as I did, but it surprised me and delighted me and terrified me every time I turned the page. Great adventure, great thrills, and a terrifying glimpse into the jaws of death. Highly recommended!" Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dog Days and Plague of the Undead
 
"Blood River is a thrilling blast of cryptozoological fun, a wild ride down tropical rivers in pursuit of a terrifying legend. It will leave you hungry for the next catch!" David Sakmyster, author of The Pharaohs Objective and Jurassic Dead


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Things We Fear & Where Nightmares Begin by Glenn Rolfe [4.5 stars]




From the Description
 
Summer has just begun, and fear is in season.
School’s out, and the faculty at Fairington Elementary School are free for the summer. Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her classroom, but she’s afraid of being hurt again. Meanwhile, Aaron is determined not to let his phobia of drowning prevent him from enjoying the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.

But they’re about to learn real fear. Fairington is home to a monster. Phys Ed teacher Matt Holmes has more to offer the ladies than a perfect smile. He’s a killer and he’s got his sights set on Emily.

Who at Fairington will conquer their fears? And who will fall to a psychopath’s hellbent rage?




I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story. For more fun follow along with the blog tour at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you have any questions, would like a copy for review or to conduct an interview, contact the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com



 

Things We Fear is a little different from the other books I've read by Glenn Rolfe. There are no ghosts except for the ones that haunt our own minds. There are no monsters,,, well, that's not exactly true. The monster in this novella is scarier than any supernatural threat because he is all too real. The characters are believable and sympathetic. Aaron, Emily and Matt could be your friends or people you work with and say hi to every day. This story takes you from the giddiness of new love to the terror of dealing with a psychotic stalker who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A great 4.5 star thrill ride.

 

You can purchase Things We Fear as a single novella or find it in Where Nightmares Begin. A collection of three novellas Boom Town, Abram's Bridge, Things We Fear. Purchase links for both as well as review links for Boom Town and Abram's Bridge are included below.

 


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Where Nightmares Begin

 
 
 

 

From the Description

 
Monsters can hide anywhere. Under a bridge, below the earth…or behind a smile.


Abram’s Bridge
When Lil Ron realizes the beautiful girl he met under Abram’s Bridge is a ghost, he sets out to make things right for Sweet Kate. His quest leads him into a tangle of small-town secrets as he uncovers a story of heartbreak, violence…and fear.

You can find my review of Abram's Bridge HERE.


Boom Town
   
Thirty years after a notorious UFO encounter, the town of Eckert, Wisconsin, is besieged by mysterious rumbles from deep in the earth. As the earthly tremors grow stronger, two pre-teens discover a dislodged pipe spewing a strange, bubbling ooze. Their curiosity unleashes an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.

You can find my review of Boom Town HERE


Things We Fear
Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her Fairington Elementary classroom, but fears she’ll be hurt again. Aaron is determined to overcome his drowning phobia and enjoy the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.


But real fear lurks closer than they think. Fairington harbors a psychopath seething with hell-bent rage—and he’s got his sights set on Emily.




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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 his latest, 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 also be released in March 2016. His next book, Chasing Ghosts, will be coming by 2017.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!




You can find Glenn at his website, https://glennrolfe.com/ or on Facebook and Twitter




Praise for Things We Fear



"Things We Fear  is a compulsively readable tale of obsession and dark suspense, with one of the creepiest villains I've encountered in recent years." -- Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh

"Glenn Rolfe's new thriller is addictive. A  quick,  compelling read. Rolfe creates tension with a minimal amount of words. His characters are so well-drawn they come alive (before they die)." -- Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage

"Fast paced and tense, with one of the most interesting monsters I've read about in recent times." -- Patrick Lacey, author of A Debt to Be Paid

"Glenn Rolfe is quickly establishing a name for himself as one of a number of excellent new writers to ensure the horror genre is kept alive and well. His previous books – Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town and Blood and Rain – have also served to show the extensive breadth of his imagination and Things We Fear carries on that trend. Quite simply, each story is fresh, new, exciting, and unpredictable." -- Catherine Cavendish, author of Dark Avenging Angel

"In this frighteningly real look at true horror, Rolfe manages to up the ante of tension while balancing genuinely heartbreaking moments, while showcasing his talent for creating unforgettable characters placed in equally unforgettable moments." -- David, Beneath The Underground

"There is a definite old school feel about this novella. It isn’t an over the top gore fest. Instead, what we have is a tense, psychological thriller that builds steadily towards a fitting climax." -Adrian Shotbolt, at Ginger Nuts of Horror

Praise for Abram's Bridge (a novella within Where Nightmares Begin)

"This is a stellar debut from Glenn Rolfe, a tale that will give you chills as much as it will make you question the hardness in men's hearts and the spirit of redemption." -Hunter Shea, Author of The Montauk Monster and Island of the Forbidden

"If you're looking for a page-turning who-done-it with a touch of the supernatural and a solid all around story that satisfies, then look no further." -David Bernstein, author of Goblins and Unhinged

Praise for Boom Town (a novella within Where Nightmares Begin)

"Short and sharp, Glenn Rolfe’s BOOM TOWN packs in in for a novella. An excellent blend of horror and sci-fi, with way more character development than you usually see in a shorter work like this." -Russell James, Author of  Q Island

"Boom Town is a fun, fast-paced read packed with action, copious amounts of alien slime and an aura of creepiness that is sure to appeal to both horror and science fiction fans." -Rich, The Horror Bookshelf




 
 


 

Monday, February 22, 2016

After The Republic by Frank L. Williams [4 stars]

 
 
 
From the Description
 
Chaos. Conflict. Lawlessness. An uncertain future in a strange place. The American republic has crumbled. Joshua Winston, a reluctant leader who had hoped to enjoy a quiet, peaceful retirement from politics, is forced off of the sidelines. Now, he must lead a group of Americans determined to survive in the dangerous new world they face. He takes great pains to steer his group clear of the chaos that reigns after the republic, but fears that the conflict will inevitably find its way to them.

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.

After The Republic is a really good apocalyptic thriller. I thought that the premise was entirely believable in today's world and the story was engaging. I liked most of the characters and for the most part their reactions were realistic. The action was exciting and kept me interested in what was going on. This story did however have a few problems. I would have liked some of the characters to have more of a backstory so that we could have gotten to know them better. It would have made for a better story. I also wish that a little more research had gone into the bombs, both the places that would have been targeted and the results of the detonations. With that being said, I found that Frank L. Williams tells a good story. I can't wait to find out what happens next with Joshua and his group of patriotic survivors. A fast paced and engrossing 4 star read.

 
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About the Author
 
 
 
 
 

Frank L. Williams grew up in Northwest, a rural farming community in Brunswick County, twenty minutes from the historic Port City of Wilmington in southeastern North Carolina.

A prolific reader at an early age, he read many of the books in The Hardy Boys mystery series before completing third grade. Frank's family has a love of America and a history of civic leadership that spans generations. He has followed in that tradition, having been actively involved in the community and the political process for more than two decades.

After graduating from North Brunswick High School in 1988, Frank earned a degree from North Carolina State University's Department of Communication in 1993. In August of 2001 he formed Pioneer Strategies, a public relations agency he still owns and operates.

Frank is an active member of Northside Baptist Church. In his free time he enjoys writing, reading, action movies, politics, fishing, the beach and rooting for the N.C. State Wolfpack. For more information, please visit
http://www.frankwilliams.biz you can also find him on Facebook or Twitter.
 
 
 

 
 

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wasteland Gods by Jonathan Woodrow [4.5 stars]




From the Description

 
After the brutal murder of his son is broadcast over the internet, Billy Kingston becomes consumed with alcoholism and thoughts of revenge.
But his outlook changes when a divine being named Dr. Verity offers Billy the chance to not only find the man responsible for his pain but to remove him from this world before he can commit the murder.
When the deal with Verity takes a wrong turn, Billy moves to the small, remote town of Benton Lake and the chance of a new life. Only Dr. Verity isn’t through with him yet. Not by a long shot...


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



Wasteland Gods is a difficult book to describe. If someone had described it to me I would have thought that it really didn't sound like my type of read. That would have been a mistake. This story is very dark but still offers moments of hope. It's so much more than just the story of a father's search for the person who murdered his son, or who will do anything to bring him back. Some of the things Billy has to do for Verity make it very hard to like him, but I did. As a parent I totally understood his motivations. The twists and turns this story takes kept me glued to the pages wondering what was going to happen next, and the ending blew me away. This is not a story for the squeamish or faint hearted but if you love your horror to be disturbing and terrifying you'll want to grab this 4.5 star read. Available on Feb. 29, 2016 from Horrific Tales Publishing.




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About the Author
 

 

Originally from the oldest recorded town in England, Jonathan Woodrow hopped the pond and now lives with his wife and three young children in a quiet village on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, where he spends his time writing dark, mostly speculative fiction.

His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Blight Digest, Apotheosis, Cranial Leakage, and many others. Wasteland Gods is his first novel.
 

 
 


Thursday, February 11, 2016

This House by Benjamin Kane Ethridge [3 stars]




From the Description

 
This house...lives on the edge of reality.

What makes a haunted house? The unsettled spirits of the dead? Or the unsettled spirits of the living? When Joey Lodge sustains a severe brain trauma, his delusions take the form of an alien spirit that guides him in the creation of a haunted house. He begins to populate the house with ghosts of his choosing, from family members to criminals, until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and even his delusions start fighting back. As terror in the house ratchets up to a maddening pitch, the alien spirit has one shocking revelation still in store.




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.

This House is a different take on a haunting. My heart went out to Joey as he struggled with his disability and the deeply flawed people in his life. All the elements where there for a great story but I spent most of the book wondering what was going on. Every time I thought I had figured it out there was a new twist that turned the story upside down. Nothing is as it seems in this convoluted story, from the haunting to the characters, making you want to know what is going on. Unfortunately the ending left me wondering. While I can't say that I really liked this story it is one that will stick with me, so I'll give it 3 stars.




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About the Author
 

 


Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010). For his master's thesis he wrote, "CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin's defending California's rivers and streams from pollution.

You can find him at
http://www.bkethridge.com/ and on Facebook or Twitter.





 

 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Halfway Witchy Series by Terry Maggert [ 4.5 stars]

 


When Terry Maggert contacted me about reviewing Halfway Bitten I thought that it sounded like a really fun book. By the time I had finished the first few pages I had to put the book down and buy the first book in the series, Halfway Dead. Not because you need to read it first, both books can be read alone, but because I was hooked. For the first time here at Horror Maiden's I will be reviewing two books in one post. Now on with the reviews,,,,





Halfway Dead (Book 1) by Terry Maggert [4.5 stars]



 

From the Description

 

Carlie McEwan loves many things.
She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY
a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finestand onlyreal diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic




 
 
Halfway Dead had me hooked from the very beginning. The humorous dialogue and charming characters make this book irresistable. Carlie is quixotic, caring and fiesty. You don't want to be a supernatural bad guy or say anything bad about her waffles in this town. Wulfric, a half vampire viking, and Joseph are great as they help Carlie solve the mystery in the forest. The story itself is a wonderfully spooky adventure filled with whimsical discoveries and horrors that will haunt you. Urban fantasy lovers and horror fans will find a lot to love in this delightfully fun 4.5 star read.




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Halfway Bitten (Book 2) by Terry Maggert [4.5 stars]



 

From the Description

 
The circus came to Halfway, and they brought the weird.

When clowns, vampires, and corpses start piling up in town, Carlie has to break away from her boyfriend, Wulfric, to bring her witchy skills to the table- or grill, as the case may be.
When the body of a young woman washes up in the lake, it unleashes a spiral of mystery that will bring Carlie, Gran, and Wulfric into a storm of magical warfare. Spells will fly. Curses will rain. Amidst it all, Carlie will make waffles, protect her town, and find out if a man from the distant past can join her in happy ever after.
With love and honor at stake, Carlie has no peer.


 

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



Halfway Bitten is just as engaging and enjoyable as the previous book. We get to learn more about Carlie and her family of witches who protect the town of Halfway,NY from monsters and other magical threats. This time around that threat is much larger and may cost Carlie the very people she loves most. I loved the addition of historical characters, they added a touch of reality that I like in a story. I also loved getting to know Brendon, the intrepid town librarian. The clowns and circus were exceptionally creepy for me,,, Yes, I am one of those people who are terrified by clowns. The story is much darker this time around. With a bittersweet ending that left me longing to know what's going to happen next. Another wonderfully magical and frightening 4.5 star read.




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About the Author



 

Writer of urban and dark fantasy. Left-handed. Lover of pie. Father, husband, and herder of animals. Author of The Fearless series: The Forest Bull, and Mask of the Swan, and The Waking Serpent. Newest volume, A Bride of Salt and Stars now available. Coming soon: BANSHEE, 2015. "Cities burn. Dragons rise. The War Begins".

Stop by terrymaggert.com for news and insights. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.





 

 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

House Of Skin by Jonathan Janz [4.5 stars]





From the Description
 
 
All it needs to live again is fresh blood!

Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key.



Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fateand Annabelhave in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere?



House Of Skin is a super creepy tale of ghostly possesion that is sure to please. The setting is perfectly spooky and the characters are believable and for the most part sympathetic. I really felt bad for Paul and Julia as they struggle to escape the plans Annabel has for them. Annabel is terrifying and evil, the perfect villain for this haunting tale. The story starts off slowly but builds to an explosive ending that's not for the faint hearted. Fans of ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill House and Hell House will love this book. I highly recommend this 4.5 star read.




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About the Author



Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows  "the best horror novel of 2012." The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, "reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's  The Haunting of Hill House  and Peter Straub's  Ghost Story."

2013  saw the publication of  his novel of vampirism and demonic possession  The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel  Savage Species.  Of  Savage Species,  Publishers Weekly said, "Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror--Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows--will find much to relish." Jonathan's Kindle Worlds novel  Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows  marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre.

Jack Ketchum called his vampire western  Dust Devils  a "Rousing-good weird western," and his sequel to  The Sorrows  (Castle of Sorrows) was selected one of 2014's top three novels by Pod of Horror. 2015 saw the release of  The Nightmare Girl, which prompted Pod of Horror to call Jonathan "Horror's Next Big Thing." His newest release is  Wolf Land,  which Publishers Weekly called "gruesome yet entertaining gorefest" with "an impressive and bloody climax."  He has also written four novellas (Exorcist Road, The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author's wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at  http://jonathanjanz.com/. You can also find him on Facebook or Twitter.
 

 

 

 
Praise for Jonathan Janz

 

"One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites." –Brian Keene, best-selling author

 

"It’s the best of its kind I’ve read in years, such that I’d call it "The Quintessential Haunted House Novel." You’ve taken the old school traditions of the form which readers want and then have injected modern style, characters, and macabre, hard-edged mayhem into the guts of the story. THAT’S the way to do it, my friend!"-Author Edward Lee on HOUSE OF SKIN

 

"Jonathan Janz is one of the rare horror novelists who can touch your heart while chilling your spine. His work offers incisive characters, sharp dialogue, and more scares than a deserted graveyard after midnight. If you haven’t read his fiction, you’re missing out on one the best new voices in the genre." –Tim Waggoner

 

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, this should please readers who appreciate a good haunting."
—The Library Journal



"Jonathan Janz is one of the rare horror novelists who can touch your heart while chilling your spine. His work offers incisive characters, sharp dialogue, and more scares than a deserted graveyard after midnight. If you haven’t read his fiction, you’re missing out on one the best new voices in the genre."
–Tim Waggoner, author





 

 

 

 



Monday, February 1, 2016

Unseemly by Jason Parent [5 stars]




From the Description



 
Some discoveries are better left unmade.

Peter thought he was done with grave robbing, but when a former business partner lures him out to Dungarradh, a small Scottish island with a big secret, he finds himself waist deep in more than local folklore. Is the disappearance of his teammate truly the work of the legendary fae, or is a sinister force at play?

A brand-new tale of dark fantasy and horror, from the bestselling author of WHAT HIDES WITHIN and SEEING EVIL.


 

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



Jason Parent's ability to create a richly detailed world makes this novella pure magic. I could feel the trepidation and disbelief of Peter as well as the dangerous greed of his partners as they go in search of a legend and their missing companion. The menacing atmosphere of the small Scottish island was palpable, from the clannish disdain of the pub patrons to the trek through a tunnel of deadly brush. The terrifying ending took me by surprise and showed that not all fairy tales have a happy ending. An engrossing 5 star read that will send fear creeping down your spine.




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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