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Monday, June 27, 2016

Stone Work by Dominic Stabile [4.5 stars]

 
From the Description
 
City stands in the irradiated dunes of America, nearly two centuries after the Final War. The wall surrounding it is a buffer for the wasteland inhabitants who covet entrance, and a trap for the citizens smothering in its polluted air and drowning in its blood-filled streets. Stone is a criminal for hire. Robbed of his loved ones and scarred almost beyond recognition, he navigates City’s darkest corners, doing some of its darkest deeds. In this collection, he'll pursue an elusive thief, bent on raising an army of juiced up mutants. He'll break into the office building of a mysterious corporation, only to find the executives are less into sending faxes and more into performing hexes. In the final chapter, he'll track a man through the Alleys of South City with the help of his tech savvy partner, Megan, and together they'll face the sentient darkness of City's deepest underbelly, and confront the violent potential of City's most dangerous cults.

Part Blade Runner. Part Sin City. Stone Work is an action-packed ride through the rain-slicked streets of a dark, unforgiving urban landscape, rife with sadistic criminals, inter-dimensional abominations, and a creeping darkness that seeks to erase the last, now almost mythical traces of human goodness left in a world always teetering over the edge of its own extinction.
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Mirror Matter Press
Publication Length: 124 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 Stone Work or to join in the fun follow the blog tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you’d like a review copy or interview with Dominic, please e-mail the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
Stone Work is a collection of novellas set in a post-apocalyptical world. These stories have a noir feeling that I really enjoyed as they drug me into the dark and seedy underbelly of City. Stone is an assassin/ thief who will take any job as long as the price is right. Megan is a techie and his partner in crime. Together they are a bad-ass duo that are a lot of fun to follow as they fight off mutants, old gods, and the religious followers of Walforg. The creatures and the dystopian society are disturbing, the action scenes are crisp and exciting. My favorite novella in this collection was Godless City. I'm not going to tell you why because I hate spoilers, but I will say that the folks Stone and Megan face kick ass. Just don't eat the BBQ! I had a hard time putting this book down. It had me hooked from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. I will be looking for more of Dominic Stabile's work in the future. I highly recommend this thrilling 4.5 star read.
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
 
Dominic Stabile’s short fiction has appeared in Fossil Lake III: Unicornado!, Sanitarium Magazine, The Horror Zine, Atticus Review, Far Horizons, and has been adapted as a radio play by Manor House Productions.
He has held jobs as a warehouse worker, cashier, bookstore associate, textbook manager, and carpenter. He’s a born southerner, transplanted to Penobscot, Maine by a desperate desire to escape retail work.
When not writing or reading, he enjoys horror, sci-fi, and noir films, westerns, and bourbon.
 
Read his blogs on all things horror at dominicstabile.com or on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads
 
 
Praise for Dominic Stabile’s Whiskey for Breakfast
 
 
"With Whiskey for Breakfast, Dominic Stabile provides a page turning mystery that kept me guessing as to who the real killers might be…."- Brenda Casto, Readersfavorite.com
 
"I loved the quick pace and witty dialogue. The writing style brought to mind old school murder mystery novels even though the setting is more recent. I can’t wait for the next one!" -Jen Leboeuf, GoodReads on Whiskey for Breakfast
 
 
 

 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward [5 stars]

 

From the Description
From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Storiesa disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.

Awe meets ache.

Terror becomes transcendence.

Regret gives way to rebirth.

Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres:

A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house.

A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love.

A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores.

A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale.

A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust.

And much, much more…

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents:

Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.

With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.
 
 
Cover art by Caitlin Hackett
Interior artwork by Luke Spooner
Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward

Publication Date: June 24, 2016
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Publication Length: 380 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.
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories is fantastic! Most multi-author collections have some stories that I love and some that are just ok, but Gutted is filled with wonderful stories. The tales found here are touching and horrific, heartbreaking and full of hope. None of them are disappointing. A few of my favorites are:
The Problem of Susan by Neil Gaiman
A very dark twist on a beloved children's story.
Dominion by Christopher Coake
A girl gets help from the other side. Great ghost story!
Water Thy Bones by Mercedes M. Yardley
This is a disturbing and yet somehow beautiful tale of love and death.
On the Other Side of the Door, Everything Changes by Damien Angelica Walters
A truly heart-wrenching story about bullying and it's consequences. This one was hard to read through my tears.
Repent by Richard Thomas
A father is willing to make any sacrifice to save his son.
Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare by John F.D. Taff This one broke my heart!
Cellar’s Dog by Amanda Gowin
Revenge doggy style.
When We All Meet at the Ofrenda by Kevin Lucia
A widower brings his family together for Día de Muertos. Touched my heart.
Hey, Little Sister by Maria Alexander
A man seeks revenge for his sister with unintended consequences.
Horror fans will find much to love in this superbly written anthology. A highly recommended 5 star read.

 

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Praise for Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories

 

 
"Up-and-coming writers such as Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, and Maria Alexander deliver the goods alongside Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, and other established writers. If you only buy one collection of stories this year, this should be it." JG Faherty, Multi-award nominated author of The Cure, The Burning Time, and Ghosts of Coronado Bay.
 

"It's a book for readers who love language as much as story, who understand that horror can be beautiful, ecstatic and revelatory as well as down-right scary." - James Everington

"Gutted will have out your liver and lights in an instant, after you give your heart willingly." Duane Pesice, Retrograde A

"All of the stories in this anthology have a beauty, whether it is in language or tone or in finessing a hard-hitting theme to disarm the reader. It’s worth picking up this collection." Eden Royce 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Last Hunter: The Antarktos Saga Collected Edition by Jeremy Robinson [5 stars]





From the Description

 

This collected edition of The Antarktos Saga includes all five books in the seriesDESCENT, PURSUIT, ASCENT, LAMENT and ONSLAUGHT, as well as never-before-seen art and character designs inspired by the series, an exclusive short story titled "The Children of Antarktos" and an interview with bestselling author Jeremy Robinson, composed primarily of questions asked by fans of the series.

I’ve been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf, a few miles off the coast. Again, some would have me believe the fracture took place as I entered the world. But all that really matters, according to my parents, is that I, Solomon Ull Vincent, the first child born on Antarcticathe first and only Antarcticanwas born on September 2nd, 1974.

If only someone could have warned me that upon my return to the continent of my birth, thirteen years later, I would be kidnapped, subjected to tortures beyond comprehension and forced to fight…and kill. If only someone had hinted that I'd wind up struggling to survive in a subterranean world full of ancient warriors, strange creatures and supernatural powers.

Had I been warned, I might have lived a normal life. The human race might have remained safe. And the fate of the world might not rest on my shoulders. Had I been warned…

This is my story
the tale of Solomon Ull VincentThe Last Hunter.

Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Publisher: Breakneck Media
Publication Length: 790 pages



The Last Hunter Saga is a non-stop, action packed thrill ride into a subteranian hell and back. One of the things that Jeremy Robinson excels at is writing characters that you can both believe in and care about, making it really easy to get involved in the lives and battles of the people and creatures found on the pages of this book. Filled with both grand adventure and heart-stopping terror Solomon's story hooked me right from the start and wouldn't let go. I'm glad I waited for this collected edition because waiting for the next part of the story would have been unbearable. The addition of the artwork, and interview are great but the exclusive short story was fantastic because it gave me hope that I might get to have more fantastic adventures in Antarktos. I can't recommend this terrific 5 star read enough!

 


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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

 






Friday, June 17, 2016

The Litter by Kevin Doyle [4.5 stars]




From the Description
 
They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.

Date Published: January 5, 2015

Publisher: Night to Dawn Magazine & Books

Publication Length: 292 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 book.

The Litter is a whole new look at an old legend. This story had me hooked right from the start. The mounting tension and bodies had me turning the pages to find out what happened next. Karen and Jared are interesting characters to follow, as they try to discover who or what is killing and eating the homeless people in their city. Karen is a social worker who is in mourning for her fiancé, Jared is a reporter trying to find out what the police are trying to cover up about the murders. I would have loved to know more about The Brethren and the Sire. The action is full of suspense and gruesome without being overly gory building up to a surprisingly heart wrenching ending. This is my first book by Kevin Doyle but I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for future works by him. The Litter is an engrossing 4.5 star read.

 


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About the Author
 
 
A high school teacher and college instructor living in central Missouri, Kevin Doyle has seen his short stories, mainly in the horror and suspense fields, published in over twenty-five small press magazines, both print and online. In 2012 his first e-book, a mainstream novelette titled "One Helluva Gig," was published by Vagabondage Press. Doyle earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communications from Wichita State University. He teaches English and public speaking at a high school in rural Missouri and has taught English, journalism and Spanish at a number of community colleges in both Kansas and Missouri. In January of 2014 Barbarian Books released "The Group," his first suspense novel, and in February of 2015 Night to Dawn Magazine and Books released his new horror novel, "The Litter."

He can be found at kevindoylefiction.com or on Facebook and GoodReads


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Final Cut by Jasper Bark [5 stars]


 

From the Description
 
"Some stories capture the imagination, others will be the death of you."

The Final Cut is a genre busting mash up of crime, horror and urban fantasy. An imaginative and thought provoking tale that explores our need to watch and make horror fiction, examining not just the medium, but the purpose of storytelling itself. Taking in everything from ancient myth, to modern atrocity, this novel will entrance, mystify and appall you in equal measures, haunting you long after you’ve reached the very last line.

In an East London lock up, two film makers, Jimmy and Sam, are duct taped to chairs and forced to watch a snuff film by Ashkan, a loan shark to whom they owe a lot of money. If they don’t pay up, they’ll be starring in the next one. Before the film reaches its end, Ashkan and all his men are slaughtered by unknown assailants. Only Jimmy and Sam survive the massacre, leaving them with the sole copy of the snuff film.

The film makers decide to build their next movie around the brutal film. While auditioning actors, they stumble upon Melissa, an enigmatic actress who seems perfect for the leading role, not least because she’s the spitting image of the snuff film’s main victim. Neither the film, nor Melissa, are entirely what they seem however. Jimmy and Sam find themselves pulled into a paranormal mystery that leads them through the shadowy streets of the city beneath the city and sees them re-enacting an ancient Mesopotamian myth cycle. As they play out the roles of long forgotten gods and goddesses, they’re drawn into the subtle web of a deadly heresy that stretches from the beginnings of civilization to the end of the world as we know it

Publication Date: May 27, 2016

Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing

Publication Length: 280 pages



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 Final Cut is a very dark and twisted story. It is both uncomfortable and intriguing, showing you things you don't want to know about but leaving you unable to stop turning the pages until you reach the end. The story moves along at a quick pace filled with a black humor that serves to accentuate horrors found here. The characters aren't always nice but that makes them more human, more real. Jimmy's search for answers and Sam's obsession with the film lead you on a surreal path to find out the truth behind the myth. This book is a disturbingly fascinating and highly recommended 5 star read.




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About the Author

 
I'm a novelist, children's author and script writer specializing in comics and graphic novels.

I've written four novels: A Fistful of Strontium (Black Flame 2005 with Steve Lyons), Sniper Elite: Spear of Destiny (Abaddon 2006), Dawn Over Doomsday (Abaddon 2008) and Way of the Barefoot Zombie (Abaddon 2009).

My all-ages book Inventions, Leonardo Da Vinci has been translated into five different languages and my Battle Cries series of graphic novels are used in schools throughout the UK to improve literacy for 12 to 16 year old readers. I've written comics for just about every publisher in the British comics industry, from 2000AD to The Beano, and an increasing number of American and international publishers.

Prior to this I worked as a film journalist and cable TV presenter by day and a stand up poet and playwright by night. In 1993 I released an anthology of poetry and a spoken word album both called Bark Bites. In 1999 I was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Festival.
You can find Jasper lurking about at his website, jasperbark.com or on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads




Praise for Jasper Bark


"With a clever and inventive plot The Final Cut proves this is one Bark with definite bite!" Dave Jeffery, Screenwriter & Producer, VLM Productions

"A dark, twisted journey into the indie horror film underworld... and the true underworld that dwells beneath. Every story needs an ending!" Jack Thomas Smith, Writer & Director of DISORDER and INFLICTION

"This story lures you in and traps you there, and even after you've turned the final page you can't quite let it go." Lex H Jones, author of Nick and Abe

"I’d say it oscillates constantly between ‘bloody good’ and ‘utterly outstanding’, with the odd stop off at ‘jaw dropping’. There is an awful lot going on with this book, but the narrative flows well, propelled by believable characters and readable prose. The apparently disparate elements listed above are woven together with skill and care, creating a story with far more scope and heft than the already-entertaining opening premise might suggest. The journey from gritty crime realism to Barkeresque fantasyscapes is seamless, and by the end I was left in admiration at the sheer breadth and depth of this tale." Kit Power, Ginger Nuts of Horror





 

 

 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason [4 stars]

 
From the Description
 
Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his pyramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.

These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Date: May 25, 2016
 
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. Join in the fun by following along with the blog tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. There is always time to jump on a tour so if interested, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi at hookofabook@hotmail.com for a review copy or to schedule an interview.
 
 
Xibalba, roughly translated as "place of fear", is the name of the underworld in Mayan mythology, ruled by the Mayan death gods and their helpers. Mayan Blue drags you kicking and screaming into this world full of pain and torment. This fast paced story, full of breathtaking and vivid descriptions, starts out with a bang and never lets up. Alissa, Wes, and The Shadow Priestess are easy to follow and root for, while you know from the start that Dennis, Kelly and Tyler are cannon fodder. This doesn't take anything away from the story for me because you can't have a horror story without victims. The creatures that inhabit this terrifying and hopeless world are something out of a nightmare had during a high fever. The Wayobs, the Nagual, and the Blood Maiden are going to stick with me. With Mayan Blue Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason have more than earned their title of The Sisters of Slaughter. I highly recommend this 4 star trip into terror.
 
 
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About the Authors
 
 
 
Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza have been writing together since they were little girls. Dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter by the editors of Fireside Press. They are constantly working together on new stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. Their work has been included in FRESH MEAT published by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by Fireside Press, WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction. You can find them on Facebook
 
 
Praise for Mayan Blue
 
 
"From the outset, Garza and Lason let the blood spill, plunging their small cast of characters into the depths of Mayan hell. There’s plenty of action to go around as the group is confronted with a number of horrors, from the labyrinthine and booby-trapped maze of the newly discovered Mayan temple to the angry gods and their owl-headed, sharp-clawed servants." Michael Hicks, Author of Convergence
 
"Their short works are wonderful to read. However this book proves that they can tackle longer works without missing a beat." Tom, GoodReads
 
"These two show no quarter dragging the charactersand by extension, the readerinto the depths of the Mayan version of Hell. There’s vividness to the scenes they craft that made me want to make sure I was reading in full daylight, or at least with most of the lights on." John Quick, Author of Consequences
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Machinery Museum By Robert Dunn, Author of Motorman


Christine
 
 
As a longtime fan of horror and a car girl books and movies like Christine, Trucks, and The Car have always held a place in my heart. Part of the reason I love the show Supernatural is Baby, Dean Winchester's 1967 Impala.
 
 
Baby
 
 Today I'm happy to have Robert E. Dunn visiting us here at Horror Maiden's to talk about his newest book, Motorman. Motorheads and fans of grindhouse horror will find much to love in this gem of a novella. You can find my review of Motorman HERE and follow along with the Motorman blog tour, hosted by Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. Now I turn you over to the man in the driver's seat,,,,
 
 
 
 
 
My Machinery Museum
By Robert Dunn, Author of Motorman

My upcoming release, “Motorman,” has me thinking about machines. I’m a car guy. It is something that shows up in my writing a lot. My last book from Necro Publications, “The Red Highway,” included a 1972 Impala convertible. It was a mode of transportation, facilitating fight and flight, a refuge, and a home that helped define the people that dwelled within. At the same time the car was a character itself. The Impala changed, evolved as the story progressed. I hope it reflected the desperation and tattering of my main character. That car was a lot of fun to write and I’m proud to think of it as a part of a long history I think of as, the machineries of horror.
In my mind there is a museum, a collection of mechanical characters that I wander through finding both inspiration and touchstone to my own history. The first acquisitions were cars. I grew up with Matchbox and Hot Wheels toy cars in my hand. Of course the cars needed roads so I also had Tonka Trucks and a wide assortment of equipment toys, tractors, bulldozers, etc. The first time I associated the cars with anything scary on television. What boy of the sixties does not fondly remember the Batmobile? It was not an object of horror but the dark look and bat theme hinted at something. It is amazing how much even a hint can resonate. I kept my eye out for more cars that fed into my new point of view. It being the sixties I didn’t have to look far to find the George Barris creations for The Munsters, the Munster Koach and Grandpa’s Drag-u-la.
 

As my love of cars and monsters I searched out the overlap wherever I could find it. Imagine my joy when I found Big Daddy Ed Roth and Ratfink. My school notebooks were covered with stickers of these characters and the required STP and Champion spark plug decals. Kids these days, my own kids, have monsters with better, slicker stories and glossier imagery. Harry Potter defined things for them. I shared their ride and loved it with them but I honestly lamented the missing piece. They were not experiencing the joy of finding characters their parents would disapprove of. The monsters in my youth had bulging eyes, buzzing flies, and tongues dragged out by rabid, mindless acceleration pointed at certain death. In my youth Ron Weasley would have been road kill under the wheels of a nitro powered carnage cannibal.
 

 
The sixties gave way to the seventies and my museum reflects a couple of changes. The cars became less ferocious and the mechanical monsters more refined. Our first indication of how the coming digital age would bland out the horror was HAL. “I can’t allow that, Dave,” was creepy but not terrifying. Maybe I was jaded at 10 but I needed monsters to rage at me not gently scold no matter how dire the consequences. “Fail Safe” was a step in the right direction but that was more error than intention. I needed something more. Then the decade exploded. Steven Spielberg’s “Duel” hit TV in 1971. Mechanical thrillers were suddenly a thing just as I was developing the person I would be. I lived through the era of Westworld, Futureworld, Rollerball, even Killdozer and The Car. I don’t care what anyone says, the seventies were a great time to be a kid and teen.


I wasn’t just watching TV and drive-in movies. I was reading and writing my own stories. Killer robots were a favorite theme. At the same time I was working with my dad on projects. We took a dead 1965 VW bug and chopped it into a baja buggy, fitted in a larger 1972 Super Beetle 1600cc engine, and painted it with house paint. It was my first car and a death machine my father sold off before I could follow the natural course of things. Next came the Renault he bought me for $300 and we rebuilt. It was a safe but boring choice. After that were the Corvairs. One we repaired and the other we made into a dune buggy. My father died before we finished that one.
The museum gets jumbled with imagery and meaning then. All this… the little bit of my history of personal machinery, leads up to “Motorman.” Oddly enough it is a horror story about a young man running from life and the consequences of his fear and self-pity. He runs from one junk yard to another and finds people who owe their lives to mechanical parts. The metal parts, mostly salvaged from cars, are chromed and imbued with the power of alien life in the form of a glowing blue energy. In the story the monsters are people, bonded to metal, V8 powered rage machines. Is it any wonder I wrote this? The real question is what took me so long?
 

Check out the cover art by the great Erik Wilson. It captures perfectly the spirit of the exploitation movies, pin-up girls, and car monsters I grew up with. Sometime I’ll have to take you through the later rooms in my museum. Some of them are happy nurseries and family rooms. A lot are garages filled with cool cars and afternoons of frustration, fun, and rusted bolts. Quite a few are dark laboratories where monsters are made. I hope you will visit them all with me.
 

Thanks for being here Robert! You're welcome back anytime!!
 

About the Author
 
Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.
An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.
A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem,?? Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels?? Behind the Darkness ?? and?? The Red Highway.

Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.
You can find Robert at his blog, Beware the Blog , or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads
 
 
 
 
From the Description
 
 
Running from a night of humiliation and murder, Johnny Burris leaves the city and his junkyard home, fleeing into the Ozarks countryside. While on the road, mysterious streaks of blue light in the night sky drive him into a forgotten bit of nowhere lost in the hills. Johnny thinks he's found home and good work in an odd little gas station from another time.

Johnny quickly gets pulled into a world where the cars aren't the only things all chromed out and everything seems touched with the energy of the flying blue streaks that led Johnny there.

Enticed and torn between two sisters, one an outcast for her normality, the other a beautiful monster, Johnny becomes the pawn of their father. The old man is both the town's mechanic and its Doctor. He's looking for a replacement and Johnny Burris is the man with just the right skills.

When Johnny learns the truth behind the doctor's plans, he runs, taking one of the sisters with him. But the town, and the girl, turn out to be even more than he imagined. And his w hole world comes down to just one choice, live as a monster, making monsters or die like a man. If he chooses to die, who will he take with him?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Praise for Robert Dunn
 
 

"The Red Highway?? is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve?? ever?? read!?? It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!"?? -2 Book Lovers Reviews

"A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away."Hunter Shea, Author of?? Tortures of the Damned?? and?? The Dover Demon


"With beautiful descriptive imagery, frequent bursts of sarcastic humor, and a healthy dose of dread, Dunn moves his tale forward with well paced cadence. He takes his time building things up, developing a strong sense of place, a meaningful conflict, and outstanding characters. In the final, fiery confrontation I found myself on the edge of my seat, clinching my teeth and rooting for the full-bodied, convincing, and likable cast of characters."
Shane Keene, ShotgunLogic Blog

"The Red Highway is a powerful and chilling read. If you’re looking for an original and intriguing thriller, give this one a look for sure."
Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings Blog

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 
 
 
 


 




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Motorman by Robert E. Dunn [4.5 stars]




From the Description

 
Running from a night of humiliation and murder, Johnny Burris leaves the city and his junkyard home, fleeing into the Ozarks countryside. While on the road, mysterious streaks of blue light in the night sky drive him into a forgotten bit of nowhere lost in the hills. Johnny thinks he’s found home and good work in an odd little gas station from another time.

Johnny quickly gets pulled into a world where the cars aren’t the only things all chromed out and everything seems touched with the energy of the flying blue streaks that led Johnny there.

Enticed and torn between two sisters, one an outcast for her normality, the other a beautiful monster, Johnny becomes the pawn of their father. The old man is both the town’s mechanic and its Doctor. He’s looking for a replacement and Johnny Burris is the man with just the right skills.

When Johnny learns the truth behind the doctor’s plans, he runs, taking one of the "normal" sisters with him. But the town, and the girl, turn out to be even more than he imagined. And his w hole world comes down to just one choice, live as a monster, making monsters or die like a man. If he chooses to die, who will he take with him?

Print Length: 105 pages
Publisher: Necro Publications
Publication Date: May 21, 2016


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. For more fun and information follow along with the Motorman blog tour hosted by the always awesome Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh,for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to join the tour email Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 





 

Motorman is a combination of fast cars and Frankenstein coated generously in blue goo. With the feel of a grindhouse movie that you would have watched at the drive-in and some truly disturbing body horror this story had me hooked right from the start. Johnny is a mechanical wiz that is socially challenged and wholly sympathetic. I felt bad for him right from the start and I was rooting for him to escape from Doc and his daughters. Doc is a modern day Dr. Frankenstein with a god complex, creepy and compelling in a 'Don't drink the Kool-Aid' kind of way. My only problem with this novella is the length, I wanted to spend more time in this high octane fueled world. As a car girl, I loved the vintage muscle cars and racing, while as a horror junkie I wanted to keep being disturbed and horrified by Doc's body modifications. A fast paced and fun 4.5 star read.



 


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About the Author
 


Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.

An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.

A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem,  Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels  Behind the Darkness   and  The Red Highway.

Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.

You can find Robert at his blog, Beware the Blog , or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads

 


Praise for Robert Dunn
 
"The Red Highway  is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve  ever  read!  It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!"  -2 Book Lovers Reviews

"A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away."
Hunter Shea, Author of  Tortures of the Damned  and  The Dover Demon


"With beautiful descriptive imagery, frequent bursts of sarcastic humor, and a healthy dose of dread, Dunn moves his tale forward with well paced cadence. He takes his time building things up, developing a strong sense of place, a meaningful conflict, and outstanding characters. In the final, fiery confrontation I found myself on the edge of my seat, clinching my teeth and rooting for the full-bodied, convincing, and likable cast of characters."
Shane Keene, ShotgunLogic Blog

"The Red Highway is a powerful and chilling read. If you’re looking for an original and intriguing thriller, give this one a look for sure."
Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings Blog