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Friday, April 29, 2016

Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson [5 stars]






From the Description
 

THE HUMAN RACE STARTED THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION ON EARTH. A chain of subglacial volcanoes erupt in Iceland. The melting ice floods the countryside. Poisonous gas descends on Scotland. A tsunami devastates the Norwegian coastline. An ash cloud rises into the atmosphere, blotting out the sun across Europe, ushering in a new Ice Age. Dozens of nuclear power plants, flooded by ocean water, experience meltdowns. Millions perish. Many more are displaced. All on the first day. On the second day, a series of earthquakes moving in a straight line, reveal the presence of something massive, walking across the landscape. Concealed by a thick, radioactive ash cloud, the ‘aberration’ heads west, toward Russia. Abraham Wright, a science writer for Modern Scientist, who wants nothing more than to be reunited with his family, finds himself at the center of the United States’ response to the crisis. Under his new title as Assistant Science Advisor to the President, Wright is sent to Europe with a team of Army Rangers, where he uncovers the truth about the ancient behemoth laying waste to the world: there have been five mass extinctions on planet Earth, and the aberration has been present at each. On the third day, the world fights back. And loses. Separated from his family by continents and oceans ravaged by countless disasters and populated by strange new life, Wright struggles to survive in an evolving world. Hoping to uncover the key to mankind’s redemption, he fights for answers, and to reach his loved onesbefore the human race’s extinction. THE APOCALYPSE MACHINE WILL FINISH IT. Jeremy Robinson returns to the Kaiju Thriller genre he popularized with the largest Kaiju to ever appear in fiction: the Apocalypse Machine. Bursting with all the epic action, desperate struggle and complex characters that readers have come to expect, Robinson takes the world to the brink once more, pitting humanity against the greatest threat he has yet to conjure, and asking the question: Does humanity deserve to inherit the Earth, or is our time up?



 
Publication Date: February 28, 2016

Publication Length: 372 pages

Publisher: Breakneck Media

 

Apocalypse Machine is an apocalyptical Kaiju thriller. The story grabs you from the very first page and doesn't slow down until the completely satisfying finale. As a huge Kaiju fan I can say that Jeremy Robinson has once again hit it out of the park! This story was everything I had hoped it would be. The fight to save what's left of humanity is an exciting, intense, and sometimes terrifying rollercoaster ride. The characters are realistic and easy to care about. I loved Abraham, Graham, and Mayer. I was totally invested in their struggle for survival and to get back to Abraham's family. I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.

 


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About the Author
 
 
 
 

JEREMY ROBINSON is the international bestselling author of fifty novels

and novellas including MIRRORWORLD, XOM-B, ISLAND 731, SECONDWORLD, RAGNAROK,

PROJECT NEMESIS, THE ANTARKTOS SAGA and the exciting Jack Sigler thriller

series. His novel PROJECT NEMESIS, is currently being adapted as a comic book

series, and his Jack Sigler thrillers were recently optioned for film. Robinson

is also known as the #1 Horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, and the master of

post-apocalyptic fiction, Jeremiah Knight. His novels have been translated into

twelve languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.

For more on Jeremy and his pennames, visit: www.bewareofmonsters.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.


 


Praise for Jeremy Robinson

 
"Reading Jeremy Robinson is dangerous for your sleep pattern. He spins monster yarns so well that you cannot stop turning pages. Giant monsters, creepy islands and writing that is both smart and furious in intensity and pace." -- Famous Monsters of Filmland

"Just when you think that 21st-century authors have come up with every possible way of destroying the world, along comes Jeremy Robinson." -- New Hampshire Magazine

"Robinson blends myth, science and terminal velocity action like no one else." -- Scott Sigler, NY Times Bestselling author of PANDEMIC

"Jeremy Robinson is an original and exciting voice."

--Steve Berry, NY Times bestselling author of THE LINCOLN MYTH

"Jeremy Robinson is the next James Rollins"

--Chris Kuzneski, NY Times bestselling author of THE SECRET CROWN

"There's nothing timid about Robinson as he drops his readers off the cliff without a parachute and somehow manages to catch us an inch or two from doom." --Jeff Long, NY Times bestselling author of THE DESCENT

"Jeremy Robinson is a fresh new face in adventure writing and will make a mark in suspense for years to come." --David Lynn Golemon, NY Times bestselling author of EVENT

"Among writers of thrillers with scientific themes, Jeremy Robinson writes the best action. I'm including James Rollins here, folks. If Rollins is a 9 for action, Robinson is a 10." -- ScienceThrillers.com

 

 

 

 

 


 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vickie Beautiful by Somer Canon [4.5 stars]






 


From the Description

 
One last taste of perfection…

Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.

Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expectthe next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish.


A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…

 
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Samhain
Novella


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the wonderful Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like a copy of the book for review or to conduct an interview with Somer Canon, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at Hook of a Book Media: hookofabook@hotmail.com





 

Vickie Beautiful is a tale of friendship, love, and duty. The closeness of Vickie, Sasha, and Brynn is apparent from the very beginning of the story. You can feel how much these characters love one another. When Vickie told them that her cancer was back I cried with them, and again when they learned of her death. The characters were that realistic. I think that may be why this novella was so profoundly disturbing to me. I'm not at all squeamish or easily grossed out by the books I enjoy (as those who follow my reviews know), but this story had me setting it aside only to rush back to it because of the stomach turning moments and my desperate need to know what happens next. No small feat for a book that isn't overtly gory! The request that Vickie makes for her memorial is disturbing to say the least, and the ending gave me chills. I highly recommend this beautifully horrific 4.5 star read.



 


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About the Author


 
 
Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of
being found out as a weirdo.  When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.

Vicki Beautiful  is her debut novella.

Find out more about Somer and her upcoming works at her website www.somercanon.com .You can also connect with Somer on Twitter





Praise for Vicki Beautiful


"  I read this at one gripping session and I shall read more by this author. Excellent, original and worth every one of my five stars." –Catherine Cavendish, Author of The Devil’s Serenade

"At times it reminded me of the cult classic "Eating Raoul" and others "The Big Chill". Suffice to say, Canon has created an intriguing tale that will not only have you caring about characters put into an awkward, unsettling situation but also wondering how they'll react to it every step of the way. I highly recommend this unique and entertaining story."
–Matthew Franks, Author The Monster Underneath

"This is not the normal type of book that I would read, but the cover sold it to me, and I like reading new authors and genres. This book is beautifully written, the writing flows and you feel you really understand what the character’s are feeling…" Rebecca, GoodReads Reviewer

"The ending of this story was truly horrific. I am an old school horror fan, and have been indulging in the genre since I was old enough to hold a book. I also adore and enjoy the sub-genre splatterpunk, I read Jack Ketchum as a bedside book all the time. It takes a lot to phase me, but even I was turning my head in repulsion at the end. What a wonderful debut story for Somer Canon."
–Badseedgirl, GoodReads Reviewer

"A simple story, but all the more powerful for its simplicity. Four stars. The author has guts and skill." –Outlaw Poet




 

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish [4 stars]







From the Description
 
Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she's about to remember. . .

"Madeleine Chambers of Hargest House" has a certain grandeur to it. But as Maddie enters the Gothic mansion she inherited from her aunt, she wonders if its walls remember what she's blocked out of the summer she turned sixteen.

She's barely settled in before a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte's favorite song shouldn't echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn't reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn't be a child skipping from room to room.

As the barriers in her mind begin to crumble, Maddie recalls the long-ago summer she looked into the face of evil. Now, she faces something worse. The mansion's long-dead builder, who has unfinished business-and a demon that hungers for her very soul


 
Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Publication Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

 

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

 

The Devil's Serenade is a fun and spooky haunted house story. It has a gothic feel to it complete with a creaky old manor house that hides a terrifying history, clannish villagers, and mysterious ghostly visions. It has some genuinely creepy moments paired with a palpable sense of creeping dread that made me want to yell at Maddie to get out of there already. Maddie is a fantastic character. Older than your average heroines, with flaws and real life problems, make her realistic and engaging. A great book to curl up with on a stormy night. I recommend this delightful 4 star read.

 


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About the Author
 
 
 
 
 

Hello, my name's Catherine Cavendish and I write (mainly) paranormal horror fiction.

My new novel - THE PENDLE CURSE - is published by Samhain Publishing on February 3rd 2015. My previous novel - SAVING GRACE DEVINE - is available in paperback and eBook.

I was one of four winners of their first Samhain Horror Anthology Competition with my Gothic horror novella, LINDEN MANOR. This is now available as a standalone eBook or as part of the paperback anthology - WHAT WAITS IN THE SHADOWS.

My previous titles include: THE SECOND WIFE, MISS ABIGAIL'S ROOM, THE DEVIL INSIDE HER, THE DEMONS OF CAMBIAN STREET, COLD REVENGE and IN MY LADY'S CHAMBER.

All are available from most online booksellers.

I live with a longsuffering husband in North Wales. Our home is in a building dating back to the mid 18th century which is haunted by a friendly ghost, who announces her presence by footsteps, switching lights on and strange phenomena involving the washing machine and the TV.

When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.

You can find me at
www.catherinecavendish.com/ or on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter


 


Praise for The Devil's Serenade
 

"The Devil's Serenade builds a sense of dread, with genuine scares, right up to the climax." --Daniel G. Keohane, Bram Stoker nominated author of Solomon's Grave

I absolutely love Cat's books. Hers are very different from what you may be used to. If you've never read one of her books before, I highly recommend you start here" - Cat After Dark

"The denouement scared me pale. Read with the lights on...and ignore those noises upstairs." - Mallory Heart Reviews

"This is a haunted house tale as full of memories and regrets as it is demons and spirits. More importantly, it's a story where the house itself is part of the story." - Beauty in Ruins

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good creepy story." - FangFreakin-tastic Reviews

"Ms Cavendish weaves a mysterious and spine tingling tale." - Just a Little R&R

"Fans of gothic horror are sure to eat this book up" - Examiner.com


"There's plenty of twists, turns, and doubt...horror and ghost-loving fans will really like to sink into this one."- The Reader's Hollow

 

 


 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe [5 stars]

 
 
 
 
 
From the Description
 
 
From Adam Howe, winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, come three original novellas of hardboiled crime, graphic horror and pitch-black gallows humor.
 
 
DAMN DIRTY APES
 
 
 
Washed-up prizefighter Reggie Levine is eking a living as a strip club bouncer when he’s offered an unlikely shot at redemption. The Bigelow Skunk Ape a mythical creature said to haunt the local woods has kidnapped the high school football mascot, Boogaloo Baboon. Now it’s up to Reggie to lead a misfit posse including a plucky stripper, the town drunk, and legend-in-his-own-mind skunk ape hunter Jameson T. Salisbury. Their mission: Slay the beast and rescue their friend. But not everything is as it seems, and as our heroes venture deeper into the heart of darkness, they will discover worse things waiting in the woods than just the Bigelow Skunk Ape. The story the Society for the Preservation of the North American Skunk Ape tried to ban; Damn Dirty Apes mixes Roadhouse with Jaws with Sons of Anarchy, to create a rollicking romp of 80s-style action/adventure, creature horror and pitch-black comedy.
 
 
 
DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET
 
Escaped mental patient Terrence Hingle, the butcher of five sorority sisters at the Kappa Pi Massacre, kidnaps timid diner waitress Tilly Mulvehill and bolts for the border. Forcing his hostage to drive him out of town, it’s just a question of time before Tilly becomes the next victim in Hingle’s latest killing spree. But when they stop for gas at a rural filling station operated by deranged twin brothers, Dwayne and Dwight Ritter, the tables are turned on Hingle, and for Tilly the night becomes a hellish cat-and-mouse ordeal of terror and depravity. The meat in a maniac sandwich, Tilly is forced against her nature to make a stand and fight for survival. Because sometimes the only choice you have is to do or die…to Die Dog Or Eat The Hatchet.
 
 
GATOR BAIT
 
Prohibition-era 1930s… After an affair with the wrong man’s wife, seedy piano player Smitty Three Fingers flees the city and finds himself tinkling the ivories at a Louisiana honky-tonk owned by vicious bootlegger Horace Croker and his trophy wife, Grace. Folks come to The Grinnin’ Gator for the liquor and burlesque girls, but they keep coming back for Big George, the giant alligator Croker keeps in the pond out back. Croker is rumored to have fed ex-wives and enemies to his pet, so when Smitty and Grace embark on a torrid affair…what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by true events, Gator Bait mixes hardboiled crime (James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice) with creature horror (Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive) to create a riveting tale of suspense.
 
Publication Date: Nov. 2, 2015
Publisher: Comet Press
Publication Length: 250 pages
 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the wonderful Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to receive a review copy of the book, or to feature Adam, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet is so much fun! Each novella is very different from the others but all three of them are great. Damn Dirty Apes is full of profane language, twisted humor, and even skunk ape porn. I loved every word of it! This is a splatterpunk tale of how Reggie Levine, Eliza, and Jameson T. Salisbury hunt down the skunk ape that took their friend, Ned. I kept thinking this is so wrong while giggling fiendishly as I read this story. If you love movies like The Feast Trilogy or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and authors like Joe Lansdale and Carlton Mellick III your going to love this one. Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet is an old school slasher. It has all the gore and terrifying moments that make this genre awesome. I could totally see this one being made into a fantastic horror movie. Seriously,,, get this story into the hands of a director, it would be a hit. Last but certainly not least is Gator Bait. A prohibition noir creature feature. I could feel the humid night air, hear the swarming mosquitoes and piano, and sense the terror as folks at The Grinnin' Gator got to meet Big George. I'm not sure which of these stories would be my favorite because I thoroughly enjoyed them all. What I do know is that I'm going to be grabbing every book I can find by Adam Howe. I highly recommend this fast paced and twisted 5 star anthology.
 
Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet (An Excerpt)
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
 
 
Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in Greater London with his partner and their hellhound, Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of SK’s book; he was also granted an audience with The King, where they mostly discussed slow vs. fast zombies. His fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, The Horror Library, Mythic Delirium, Plan B Magazine, and One Buck Horror. He is the author of two collections, Black Cat Mojo and Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, plus the eBook single, Gator Bait. Future works include Tijuana Donkey Showdown, One Tough Bastard, and a crime/horror collaboration with Adam Tribesmen Cesare.
Find him on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook
 
 
Praise for Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet
 
 
"It’s an explicit, hard-hitting, twisted funhouse ride into pulpish horror wrapped loosely in a tattered skein of irreverent, jet black humor. In short, it’s a freakin’ blast." Walt Hicks, author of Dirge of the Forgotten
 
 
"Every page ratchets up the tension another notch even as it descends deeper and deeper into terrible darkness. Out of all the books I’ve read for Ginger Nuts of Horror, this is definitely the most intense." David Dubrow, author of The Blessed Man and the Witch
 
 
"With Die Dog Or Eat the Hatchet, Adam Howe hasn’t written one of my favorite books of the year, he’s actually written three of my favorites. Stories that are tight, toned, and genre-confounding. Horror fans and crime fans are going to come to blows over who gets to claim Howe as one of their own, but they’re both going to be wrong because Howe’s his own thing." Adam Cesare, author of Tribesmen and Mercy House
 
 
"The recipe for Adam Howe’s DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET is: Two parts Joe Lansdale, One part Justified, and a heavy dose of WTF. The result is a swampy cocktail darker than any backwoods hayride, stronger than the meanest Sasquatch, and crazier than anything you’ll find chicken-fried at your local state fair."Eryk Pruitt, author of Hashtag and Dirtbags
 
 
"Adam Howe proves with the three stories in this book that he can basically write anything. And write it very well indeed. To summarise: A three novella collection that you absolutely must have in your collection. I give this one the highest possible recommendation that I can." -Nev, Confessions of a Reviewer
 
"Adam Howe’s "Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet," is equal parts terror and fun, his dark comedic voice dances through each of the works in this collection to create engaging stories filled with bars, dames, rabid dogs, and an ape with one hell of a right hook."(Nathan Crazybear/Splatterpunk Zine)
 
"Once again this author has sucked me into the darkness of his stories and unleashed the twisted, disgusting and stomach churning madness that I come to expect. In fact, I would have been very disappointed if this book was not even more mind-blowing than Black Cat Mojo. And he did not disappoint. Hats off to Mr Howe for creating this magnificent novella of pure horror. I would definitely recommend this to readers of horror and make sure you buckle up as you will be in for the most twisted ride of your life!" -Crime Book Junkie
 
"I’m pretty certain that whatever genre you like to read, be it pulp, noir, horror, anything really, you will find something to enjoy here. It’s fast paced, action packed and brilliantly written. Comet Press has got a diamond on their hands! 5 stars" -Adrian Shotbolt
 

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mother by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross [4.5 stars]





 


From the Description
 
 
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother ...


Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever ...


No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.
Sometimes it’s Worse ...


Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger - and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of "Mother."

 

Print Length: 538 pages

Publisher: Glass Apple Press

Publication Date: April 9, 2016


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.



Mother is a psychological horror that shows us the seedy underbelly of a small town cul-de-sac. Peyton Place has nothing on this Snapdragon, Ca street and Prissy makes Mommie Dearest look like a cookie baking sweetheart. Everybody has secrets they don't want to get out and one woman knows most of them. Prissy Martin is evil incarnate as she rules over her neighborhood, church, family and friends. Doing whatever she needs to to get what she wants. I found myself wishing that someone, usually Claire or Barb, would call her on her bad behavior. The cast of characters found here is large but never feels unwieldy or unrealistic. I really liked Claire, Barb, Jason, Paul and Stephanie. The story moves at a quick pace and keeps you wanting to know what happens next. The secrets that are revealed at the end are incredibly shocking and disturbing. A fantastically entertaining 4.5 star read.




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About the Authors

 

Alistair Cross
 
 
 
 

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since written several more books. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller which earned praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write, among other things, the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. Learn more about Alistair at: http://alistaircross.com

 


Tamara Thorne
 




Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991. Since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Tamara’s interest in writing is lifelong, as is her fascination with the paranormal, occult, mythology and folklore. She’s been an avid ghost story collector and writer all her life. Tamara’s novels range from straight-out ghost stories to tales of witchcraft, conspiracies, UFOs, elemental forces, and vampires. No matter what topic she chooses, chances are you’ll find a ghost or two lurking in the background. Today, she and her frequent collaborator, Alistair Cross, share their worlds and continue to write about ghosts and other mysterious forces. Whether collaborating or writing solo, there is no shortage of humor, sex, blood, and spookiness. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com





Thorne & Cross
 
 
 
 

In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project, and whether writing individually or as a team, neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Peter Atkins, author and screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston and Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.



 
 



Friday, April 15, 2016

I Kill In Peace by Hunter Shea [5 stars]





 


From the Description
 
Killing gets easier…with practice.
 
Peter Blades is, in every sense of the word, an ordinary man. Hard worker, father, husband, a man content with small-town life. Except for one small facthe’s slowly being turned into a ruthless killer.


Compelled by mysterious texts to murder, he’s provided a fiery red Mustang and an ancient sword to carry out an ever-growing hit list. His jerkoff boss is victim number one. You always remember your first.

By the time his sword sings through the air to dispatch a would-be school shooter, taking lives is as easy as breathing. And if the world is going to hell around him, all the better. No one wants to burn alone.


 
Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Samhain

Publication Length: 104 pages




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. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the always fantastic Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like a copy of the book for review or to conduct an interview with Hunter Shea, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at Hook of a Book Media: hookofabook@hotmail.com



 
 
I Kill In Peace is a nasty piece of work! It is easily the most graphic and violent thing I've read by Hunter Shea to date. If you're squeamish or have delicate sensibilities this one isn't for you. However if you're like me you will love this novella. It's sure to please even the most jaded horror fan. Peter is a great character. I found myself feeling bad for him and wondering if he could get out of the mess he was in even as I cringed at the things he was forced to do. Although I do have to admit I was actively cheering him on with the second victim. The action is intense and bloody as this fast paced story drags you along for the ride. The twist ending blew me away, I totally didn't see it coming. I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.

 

 


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About the Author

 

 
 
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named  The Montauk Monster  one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller,  Tortures of the Damned  – "A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!"

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books,  The Montauk Monster  and  The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.
 
You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.




 


Praise for Hunter Shea


 

"This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley." — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster



"Bloody good read!  This guy knows his monsters!"- Eric S Brown, author of  Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre



"Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!" –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Guest Post by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross - The Psychopath Next Door


Today I will be turning the page over to Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross in the first ever Horror Maiden's guest post. I'm honored to have two such wonderful authors joining us! Now sit back and relax as we learn more about,,,,,
 
 
 

 

The Psychopath Next Door
 
 
There are all sorts of horrific monsters to write about, from ghosts to vampires to zombies and werewolves, but we think the most frightening thing of all is a living, breathing, human psychopath. Most supernatural monsters are easy to spot - you can see them coming and take appropriate action. You know what you’re up against. But psychopaths are so good at what they do that you might sleep next to one for decades and never even know it. They are consummate actors. The head of the company you work for may be a psychopath who is able to crush the competition and take his firm to the top without remorse. The surgeon who removed your appendix may be as unfeeling and cold as a snake, but that often makes him a better surgeon.

But it’s important to remember that most psychopaths and sociopaths do not commit murder. However, they are often found doing something shady, one way or another. Whether it’s a car salesman who convinces a little old lady to buy a lemon, or the realtor who talks you into buying a house riddled with termites and a backed-up cesspool, these folks are crooked. And they don’t feel a drop of remorse - how can they? They don’t even know what remorse is.

That type is plentiful. But the psychopath we want to talk about is the most invisible of all. As with the less dangerous psychopaths, power and control is about the only thing that motivates and excites them. But sometimes, scamming you into buying property in a swamp isn’t enough excitement for them. They might need to destroy your life … or take it. They seem like nice people and that’s why they’re extremely dangerous. They are invisible.

When writing our latest thriller, Mother, we wanted our psychopath to be the kind most people wouldn’t see coming. Priscilla Martin is not a likely candidate when one thinks of psychopaths. However, that is often the case. Psychopaths come in all shapes and sizes, and we deliberately crafted Priscilla into an innocuous figure - on the surface, that is.



Sure, Priscilla Martin has some control issues - she likes taking charge of all the neighborhood events and church activities, and is very persnickety about the way things are done - but she isn’t dangerous, is she? That remains to be seen by the readers, whom we invite to make up their own minds about what’s really going on at Mother’s house. But we sure had a good time creating this character and exploring all the various avenues she would travel in order to obtain what she wants most.

When developing a good psychopath, we recommend a few books that have really helped us out. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout is an incredible read that will change the way you see the people around you. We also highly recommend The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. This book will teach you why you must learn to trust your instincts, and how you can deal with problematic, unbalanced, and potentially dangerous people. Thanks to these books, we no longer ignore those very early warning signs that tell us something is "off" about a person, and we’ve learned effective ways of disassociating ourselves from the ones we weren’t able to avoid. And that has helped us write about these virtually invisible monsters among us.

That being said, there are few things we enjoy more than creating fictional characters who are a few bricks short of a load. Writing about psychopaths allows us to really delve into the darker part of the human psyche, to analyze it, and to put it to good use in our fiction. And nowhere is this more true than in Mother, where we really brought the crazy home, so to speak, by making our psycho into the most beloved icon of all: the maternal figure.


And in researching for Mother, we should add that, despite the sense of love and safety we generally associate with the word "mother," we found no shortage of real-life motherhood-gone-wrong stories that had us gasping in shock and disbelief. Who could believe that a person’s worst nightmare could come in such an unlikely package? And that’s what we wanted to address in Mother. We wanted to ask the question: Where do you hide when the monsters all live at home?






Thorne & Cross
 
 
 
 

In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project, and whether writing individually or as a team, neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.



In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Peter Atkins, author and screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston and Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.
 



 
 
 
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother ...
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever ...
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.
Sometimes it’s Worse ...
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger - and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of "Mother."

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks [4 stars]



 
 From the Description
 

 

Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare. . .

Max Crawford isn't a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox's trust by any means necessary--and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer's mind. Secrets that could turn Max's reality into a living nightmare.


 

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Publication Length: 219 pages


 

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. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to join the tour you can reach Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com






The Monster Underneath is a fast paced psychological horror story with a twist. I liked Max, who tries to help even though it leads him into some very dark places. I thought that Linden, the FBI agent Max is trying to help, was an ass, although I couldn't fault his motives. I really hoped that Max would tell him to get bent nearly every time they spoke. The story itself is engaging and I finished it in one sitting. Horrifying and disturbingly realistic while still having supernatural elements. I loved the way the hero at the end wasn't who I expected it to be. Matthew Franks has created an intense world peopled with interesting characters with his debut novel. I can't wait to see what he does next! A solid 4 star read.
 


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About the Author



 
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied
psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew at:
authormatthewfranks.com.


 


Praise for The Monster Underneath
 

"An assured, gripping, totally engaging debut, Matthew Franks will have you burning through the pages of this taut supernatural thriller at breakneck speed. If Christopher Nolan and Stephen King ever teamed up to write a novel, this would be it. Highly recommended!"
Ronald Malfi, author of Little Girls


 

"What if you could see inside the dreams of anyone you came in contact with? Would you dare to look? Could you handle the things you’d find within? The Monster Underneath is a real nail-biter one of those ever-spiraling stories that you just can’t put down until you reach the surprising end!"
John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and The Family Tree


 

"The Monster Underneath is an intense and clever debut in which reality is more terrifying than the nightmares and twisted dreamscapes of a madman. Author Matthew Franks is a name to remember, his stories you won’t soon forget."
Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls


 

"Matthew Franks’ debut novel takes you through the darkest, twisted alleys of a killer’s mind and then drags you several steps further, beyond the status of observer and into the disturbing realm of accomplice. A harrowing tale of murder and delusion and moral ambiguity."
Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Damnable, Diabolical, and the dark thriller collection, American Nocturne


 

 

 

 


 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blood Sacrifices by Brian Moreland [4.5 stars]




 


From the Description
 

Some evils require sacrifices.

From the author of Dead of Winter and The Devil's Woods come four tales of blood-tingling horror.

The Girl from the Blood Coven

In this short prequel to The Witching House, when Abigail Blackwood claims her hippy commune family has been massacred, Sheriff Travis Keagan and his deputies investigate. They discover there's more than weed smoking going on at Blevins House. Much more.

The Witching House

Sarah Donovan is scared of just about everything, but she helps her adventurous boyfriend investigate the old, abandoned Blevins House, scene of a forty-year-old unsolved massacre. Little do they know the house is hungry for fresh prey. . .

Darkness Rising

When Marty Weaver encounters three killers who like to play sadistic games with their victims, his own scarred past is unearthed. And when his pain is triggered, blood will flow. . .and hell will rise.

The Vagrants

Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering. While living under a bridge with the homeless, journalist Daniel Finley witnessed something that nearly cost him his sanity. Now, with a book published about the experience, he's caught between the Irish mafia and a deranged cult preparing to shed blood on the street.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Publication Length: 282 pages


 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to join the tour you can reach Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com




 

Blood Sacrifices is an anthology of three novellas and one short story that will leave you dying for more of Brian Moreland's books! Each story was better than the last. The Girl From The Blood Coven is the perfect start to this collection. I loved this story! It is intense and spooky, setting the mood for the rest of the book. It also made me want to know more about the things that live in the old Blevins house. Thankfully, The Witching House answered those questions. This novella had several things I love about horror, murderous rednecks, ghosts, and a creature that demands to be fed. Sarah, Dean, Meg and Casey are fun to follow as they try to find out who or what is lurking in the Blevins house. The third novella in this book is Darkness Rising, which I had reviewed previously. You can find the full review HERE. This novella ranges from gruesome and terrifying to bittersweet sadness as it carries you along to a fantastic ending. Marty is easy to care about making the bad things that happen even more horrific. The final story is The Vagrants, my favorite found in this collection. Fast paced and terrifying. Cannibal Mutants!! In the subway!! I was doing a happy dance in my heart the entire time I was reading this book. Each story was engrossing and horrific. A highly recommended 4.5 star read.

 


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About the Author
 

 
 
Brian Moreland is a best-selling and award-winning  author of novels  and short stories in the horror and supernatural suspense genre. In 2007, his novel  Shadows in the Mist, a Nazi occult thriller set during World War II, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest. The novel went on to be published in Austria and Germany under the title  Schattenkrieger.

Shadows in the Mist,  Dead of Winter,  and  The Devil's Woods  are his currently available novels, as well as his Kindle short-story  The Girl from the Blood Coven  and the novella it led into called  The Witching House.    Now, he has released the full-length  The  Devil’s Woods. His novella,  The Vagrants, was released in 2014, and another,  Darkness Rising, in 2015.

He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and making guacamole. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel.  When not working on his books or books for other writers, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials around the globe. He produced a World War II documentary in Normandy, France, and worked at two military bases in Iraq with a film crew.
 

Brian lives in Dallas, Texas. You can communicate with him online at  www.brianmoreland.com, Twitter, or Facebook.





Praise for Brian Moreland


"For horror fans wanting a healthy dose of the small-town stuff a la Stephen King, be sure to pick up a copy of this (The Girl from the Blood Coven) memorable and frightening short story, a wonderful teaser that will whet your appetite for the main course, The Witching House, where the twisted story continues." -DarkEva/Hellnotes

"  Very much in the tradition of HELL HOUSE, THE WITCHING HOUSE is a creepy, modern turn on the haunted house story." -Tim Potter 

"Far and away the best new piece of fiction I've read this year. With  Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he's one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum...etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I'm a huge fan of his novel,  Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it." -Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain, on  Darkness Rising

"Brian Moreland writes a blend of survival horror and occult mystery that I find impossible to resist. I know, when I've got one of his books in my hands, that I'm going to be lost to the world for hours on end. He's just that good." -Joe McKinney, author of  Dead City  and  Flesh Eaters

"A thrilling, wholly-engrossing read that masterfully crosses multiple genres and leaves the reader breathless. Moreland weaves one hell of a history lesson, rich with brilliant characters and incredible plot twists. Highly recommended!" -Brian Keene, bestselling author of  The Last Zombie  and  Ghoul, on  Dead of Winter

"Dead of Winter  is an exceptionally well crafted horror novel that tells a gripping story of dark religious doings, a horrific serial killer, and a sympathetic Inspector, in a dark and fascinating historical setting of 19th  century Canada. The atmospherics are outstanding and the story offers plenty of surprises right up to its shocking and violent conclusion. Highly recommended." 
- Douglas Preston,   New York  Times  bestselling co-author of  The Monster of Florence  and  Cold Vengeance