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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea [5 stars]




From the Description
 
"Old school horror." —Jonathan Maberry

THE LEGEND LIVES
Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth...

THE DEVIL AWAKES
Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil—and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature’s stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth...

THE BEAST MUST DIE
It’ll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey...

"Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace."– Publishers Weekly

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Pinnacle

Publication Length: 352 pages
 

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. For more info about Hunter Shea or The Jersey Devil follow along with the blog tour.
If you are a blogger, author, or member of the media and you would like to feature The Jersey Devil or Hunter Shea in a review or interview, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.


 


The Jersey Devil is a gore spattered thrill ride through the Pine Barrens. Hunter Shea deftly combines the legend of the Jersey Devil with edge of your seat action making this an adventure that I found impossible to put down. I loved the Willet's, a family haunted by an encounter with the creature. Their interactions sparkles with moments of humor that make the Willet's feel like a real family. They were all believable and easy to care about but Sam, Ben, April & Daryl were my favorites as they kicked some Devil tail. I also liked their friend, cryptozoologist Norm Cranston. The Jersey Devil and his brood of creatures are terrifying as they hunt for prey. Monster lovers or crypto fans will find a lot to love in this fast paced and fun 5 star read. Highly recommended!


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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 huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook , Twitter, GoodReads



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

"While Hunter keeps the history of the legend intact, he really uses those stories as a starting point for his own tale, which makes anything you may have heard before look like a child’s bedtime story. Strongly recommended!" - Cemetery Dance on The Jersey Devil





Friday, August 26, 2016

Blister by Jeff Strand [5 stars]



From the Description
 
They call her Blister. She’s a hideously disfigured twenty-three year old woman, living in a shed next to her father’s house, hidden away from the world.

Jason Tray is a successful cartoonist, banished to his agent’s lakeside cabin for a few days of mandatory rest and relaxation. One night, while hanging out with a couple of the locals at a dive bar, he takes them up on their offer to go "see Blister," having no idea what they’re talking about.

He peeks through the window at the most nightmarish thing he’s ever seen.

In the morning, he wakes up, hung over and regretful. He’s better than this. He needs to…apologize?

From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of PRESSURE, DWELLER, and WOLF HUNT comes a tale of fiendish secrets, ghastly crimes, and human monsters.
 

Publication Date: June 21, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 215 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 story. If you would like a copy of the book for review or to conduct an interview with Jeff Strand, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Marketing and Publicity at Sinister Grin Press and Hook of a Book Media: hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 



Blister is a darkly humorous tale of love, murder, and secrets. I was hooked on this book from the very start. The main character, Jason, is sarcastic, self-depreciating, and totally likeable, Rachel is just as sarcastic and is an utterly sympathetic character. The way that Jason got revenge on the boys who were tormenting his dog, Ignatz was genius from both a dog & horror lovers point of view. When he is discussing music with Rachel and said his favorite song is Timothy by The Buoys, I almost spit my coffee out with laughter. How can you not love a character whose favorite song is about cannibalism, I've included the video below for those of you not familiar with this catchy little tune. Rachel's story is heartbreaking and, as Jason uncovers the secrets of those around her, sometimes terrifying. While not your typical horror story Blister does have some horrifying moments, but over all it's a tale of the blindness of love and how far we'll go to protect it. I highly recommend this fast paced and enchanting 5 star read.
 
 
Timothy - The Buoys (1971)
 


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About the Author
 
 
Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel Pressure has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.
You can find him at his website, Gleefully Macabre, Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 

Praise for Jeff Strand


"Pressure is the closest I've come to having a nightmare with my eyes still open." —Jay Bonansinga, bestselling author of Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland

"This dark and mesmerizing novel left me shaking." —Gary A. Braunbeck, Stoker Award-winning author of Prodigal Blues

"Jeff Strand is a funny, deeply disturbed individual." —Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door

"With Blister, Jeff Strand balances horror with beauty and finds that most rarest thing of all: love. Impossible to put down, rich with character and humor, Blister explodes off the page. Quite simply: it rocks." — Peter Adam Salomon, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of All Those Broken Angels


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Sludge by David Bernstein [4.5 stars]



From the Description
 
 
Deep in Montana's Lolo National Forest, toxic waste is leaking from aged oil drums and mixing with a new batch of biological sludge that has been dumped into a remote lake. It sickens, it mutates, and like cancer, it spreads and devours.

A group of hikers stumble upon bank robbers who've been hiding out in the forest. Held at gunpoint, they soon discover they are being hunted by a vicious predator, and it will take their combined efforts to make it out of the forest alive.
 
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Publisher: Great Old Ones Publishing
Publication Length: 131 pages
 

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.
 

The Sludge is a fabulously campy romp filled with all the gory cheesiness I love from the creature features found at the drive-in or on late night horror shows. The monster is like a fantastic mix of the mutated bear from Prophecy (1979) and the creatures from C.H.U.D. While the characters range from redneck bank robbers to yuppyish hikers frolicking in the wilderness. This story is fast paced and gloriously fun to read, I was hooked from the first page. My only complaint is the length, I wasn't ready for the fun to end. I recommend this highly entertaining 4.5 star read.


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About the Author

 

David Bernstein is originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people that like to eat raw human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there. He is the author of Amongst the Dead, Damaged Souls, The Tree Man, Witch Island, Relic of Death, Apartment 7C and the forthcoming Episodes of Violence. David writes all kinds of horror, from hair-raising ghost stories to gore-filled slashers and apocalyptic tales of terror. He loves hearing from his readers. You can find him at davidbernsteinauthor.blogspot.com , Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads



Praise for David Bernstein

"Dave Bernstein let his mind wander and his pen write where I know you’ll want to read. With an introduction by Kristopher Rufty, this is a reason to stay at home and read on a pleasant Saturday afternoon like I did." Cat After Dark (on A Mixed Bag Of Blood)

"David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…" Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight

"A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!" Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

"Fast-paced, cinematic, and excellent. Horror fans gather around, it’s time for another chilling tale from David Bernstein." Keith Deininger, author of Within and Ghosts of Eden

"A harrowing, brutal thriller, Skinner is Bernstein at his best!" Peter Giglio, author of Shadowshift





Monday, August 22, 2016

Amaranthine and Other Stories by Erik Hofstatter [3.5 stars]



From the Description
 
This collection will worm its way into your nightmares." -Sèphera Girón, author of A Penny Saved and the Witch Upon a Star-

Amaranthine and Other Stories serves up nine schlock horror slices, sprinkled with quirk and humour.

Forget vampires. Forget werewolves. Forget ghosts. Humans are the ultimate grotesques. Variant flavours of woe sift through these pages. The results are sometimes hilarious, sometimes outright hair-raising!

As a bonus, the collection also includes story notes, offering the reader a rare glimpse into the inspiration behind each tale.
 
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Length: 72 pages


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

Amaranthine and Other Stories is a mixed bag of mostly real life horrors. Some of these stories are truly disturbing and not for the weak of heart, or stomach. Others are more psychological in nature. A few of them will stick with me for a long time. I won't go into all of the stories but here are a few of my favorites. I think I threw up a little while reading The Birthing Tub, a tale of an unusual birth and the relationship between Sean and his "son" Eli, enjoyable for those not easily grossed out. Amaranthine tells the story of a bookseller who also binds books as keepsakes for loved ones, I really liked this one. The Deep End was one of the only supernatural stories in this book and one of the best in my opinion. The Eucalyptus Grove and Akona were both twisted and disturbing. The story notes at the end were a lot of fun to read and a great bonus for people who want to know where an authors ideas come from. A fast and fun 3.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 

Erik Hofstatter is a schlock horror writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. Other works include The Pariahs, Amaranthine and Other Stories, Katerina, Moribund Tales and Rare Breeds.
You can find him at erikhofstatter.net and on Facebook , Twitter , or GoodReads


Praise for Eric Hofstatter

"Like Stephen King and Clive Barker, Hofstatter has a voice that is distinctive and highly engaging, and, like those maestros, is certain to become a major writer in the world of horror." - Starburst Magazine

"Erik Hofstatter certainly shows talent."Scream Horror Magazine

"Hofstatter is that rare type of genre writer who’s willing to take a risk, a trait that works in his and his readers favor."Shotgun Logic

"Hofstatter continues to impress with stories that pull no punches, and travel to some genuinely dark places."The Eloquent Page

"An audacious exercise in schlock-horror, gleefully twisted."Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove Trilogy

"Erik writes the kind of old school horror fiction that is rarely seen these days, making him a rare breed himself."Paul Kane, author of The Rainbow Man




Friday, August 19, 2016

The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi [4.5 stars]




From the Description
 
First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer's Folly--a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .
 
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Length: 384 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 Ronald Malfi, The Night Parade or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to review The Night Parade or feature Ronald Malfi in an interview, please contact Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 

The Night Parade is reminiscent of books like Firestarter and The Road. Malfi skillfully weaves through the past and the present to tell the story of not only David and Ellie but also how Wanderers Folly has brought about the end of life as we know it. There are moments of sheer terror lurking in these pages, as well as moments that will break your heart as David struggles to keep his daughter safe. This is a tale that gets under your skin, and makes you question what would you do if it were your family. As a parent, I totally understood why David did the things he did to protect Ellie, I may have done the same if I were in this apocalyptic nightmare with my child. I highly recommend this gripping 4.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, received a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014, while December Park, his epic coming-of-age thriller, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.

Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Visit with Ronald Malfi on
www.ronmalfi.com or at Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads



Praise for Ronald Malfi

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed." Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

"The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read." Frank Errington on The Night Parade

"One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King."
FearNet

"Malfi is a skillful storyteller."New York Journal of Books

"A complex and chilling tale….terrifying."Robert McCammon

"Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting."Publishers Weekly

"A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed."
Suspense Magazine

 





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Living Grave by Robert E. Dunn [5 stars]




From the Description
 
The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…

BODY OF PROOF

Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time
between mandated therapy sessionsuntil she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.

The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth
before she’s found buried…


Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Publication Length: 266 pages


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.
 

A Living Grave is quite possibly the best book I have read by Robert E. Dunn so far. The story is both heartbreaking and beautiful. Detective Katrina 'Hurricane' Williams is a fantastic main character, easy to care about and identify with as she hunts down the killer. The problems and issues of living with PTSD from a violent and horrifying event are so sympathetically and realistically portrayed that you can feel Katrina's pain and anger. Parts of this book moved me to tears while others made me want to cheer out loud at Katrina's kick-ass-atude. The twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the entirely satisfying ending. I'm so happy that this is just the start of what promises to be a totally addictive series! I highly recommend this phenomenal 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 E. Dunn

"Move over tough guys, there's a new sheriff in town. Katrina Williams is a force of nature. A tight, gripping read that'll make you think Elmore Leonard has returned!" - HUNTER SHEA


 
"With the sharpest intimate eye of one who knows the land and its people, Dunn has conjured a cast of startling and believable characters in a rich and expertly paced piece of storytelling, equal parts merciless and humane." - JOHN RENEHAN

 

"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


"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






 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe [5 stars]

 

From the Description




The Cobbs were ignorant woods-people that died off and left nothing to fear. Locals in Naples, Maine think they know this story. But are they wrong?

Luke Howard and his mom move to Naples and Luke’s eager to make new friends. When Jason and Davey invite him out to the abandoned Cobb place for a game they call "chasing ghosts," he’s ready and willing. However, the boys will come to discover that some vacant houses are better left to die alone.

Meanwhile, a punk band set to play in a rented cabin out of town feel eyes upon them. Somebody’s watching, but not their usual audience. When their lead singer strays too far from the group and disappears, his band mates set out in the darkness to find him.

Police Chief Walt Henderson is about to discover that there’s more going on out in the woods of his town than he ever imagined.

Chasing ghosts is more than just some children’s game.
 


Print Length:  102 pages
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (August 1, 2016)
Publication Date:  August 1, 2016

 



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. To learn more about Chasing Ghosts, Glenn Rolfe or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour over at Oh for the Hook of a Book . If you are a member of the media or a blogger that wishes to review Chasing Ghosts or feature Glenn Rolfe, contact the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicity and marketing, Sinister Grin Press, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 


Chasing Ghosts takes the backwoods, inbred cannibal out of the realm of cheese and turns it into a genuinely terrifying tale. The main characters are realistic people dealing with everyday problems. All people you recognize making them easy to follow and root for. The Cobbs are truly horrifying villains that will make you think twice before wandering around in the woods. The action starts right away and doesn't let up until the end. This story is bloody, violent, and fantastic for horror lovers who aren't squeamish. Glenn Rolfe has outdid himself with this nasty little book! I highly recommend this fast paced and graphic 5 star read.


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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, Jack Ketchum, Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland and many others. 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,  Things We Fear, and the forthcoming,  Chasing Ghosts;  the short fiction collection,  Slush;  and the novels,  The Haunted Halls  and  Blood and Rain.

His first novella collection,  Where Nightmares Begin, was released in March 2016.

You can find him at glennrolfe.com or on Facebook , Twitter, and GoodReads


Praise for Glenn Rolfe
 
"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." — Catherine Cavendish, author of  Dark Avenging Angel

"There is a definite old school feel about this novella (Things We Fear). 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



Friday, August 12, 2016

All Night Terror by Adam Cesare & Matt Serafini [4.5 stars]



From the Description
 
You’re invited to experience ALL NIGHT TERROR. Don't look for help, your weaker friends will be too scared to attend, but you’re in for the nightmare of your life.

Sit down in front of the TV and prepare for a late-night odyssey of wicked shocks as a horror movie marathon becomes a bloodbath before your very eyes. It starts when a disgruntled cable host seizes control of a television station, determined to give his viewers an evening they won’t soon forget. One where monsters of all shapes and sizes rise up against mankind. One where deranged killers prowl the night for a variety of victims. And one where cinema itself haunts its creators and creations.

Join modern horror stars Adam Cesare (Tribesmen, Zero Lives Remaining) and Matt Serafini (Feral, Island Red) as they bring you ten tales of fear that will have you shivering between the pages.

All NIGHT TERROR
good to the last slash


Publication Date: July 15, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 144 pages
 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of these stories. If you are a member of the media or a blogger that wishes to review All-Night Terror or to feature Matt or Adam, contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicity and marketing, Sinister Grin Press, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 

All Night Terror is a collection of short stories presented as a late night horror show. If you were lucky enough to grow up in the 80's and are a horror fan you know the joys of the late night horror host. All Night Terror brings you back to those cheesy yet wonderful days with horrific results. The intermissions are reminiscent of Creepshow or Tales From The Darkside, telling a great horror story as a backdrop for the other tales in this collection. My favorite stories were: Savior Girl In Philly Hell, I absolutely LOVED this story! I would devour books set in this world. Bringing Down The Giants was tons of fun to read and seriously creepy. War Of The Cryptid was pure Kaiju goodness. Incident At Night combined two of my favorite horror tropes into one fantastic story. The Executioner's Wish was a kickass story full of bloody and fiery goodness. Adam Cesare and Matt Serafini have knocked it out of the park with this book! A highly recommended 4.5 star read.


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About the Authors
 


Adam Cesare
 
 

Adam Cesare’s list of books include Zero Lives Remaining, The First One You Expect, Video Night, The Summer Job, Mercy House and Tribesmen. He writes a monthly column exploring horror fiction and film for Cemetery Dance Online. He lives in Philadelphia and can be found at AdamCesare.com, where he’s giving away a free e-book if you sign up for his mailing list. You can also find him on Facebook , Twitter , and GoodReads



Matt Serafini
 
 

Matt Serafini is the author of Island Red, Devil’s Row, Under the Blade and Feral. He’s a columnist for Dread Central, and has formerly contributed to Bloody-Disgusting, Fangoria and Shock Till You Drop. He lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife and son where he spends way too much time tracking down obscure slasher movies. Find him at mattserafini.com You can also find him on Facebook , Twitter , and GoodReads




 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Feast by Jeremiah Knight [5 stars]




From the Description
The human race hangs by a thread the thickness of a single gene: RC-714. The gene,which unlocks the millennia of genetic traits stored in junk DNA, gives crops the ability to rapidly evolve and thrive in any environment. But RC-714 is passed on when consumed. Any creature--mammal, reptile, fish or insect--that eats the genetically modified crops becomes a slave to the Change. Bodies morph into unrecognizable abominations. Intellect takes a back seat to ravenous hunger. And all the world's species eat each other toward extinction.

Racing against this impending outcome, Peter Crane and his family attempt to reach a laboratory in Boston, where a slim hope of saving the human race from extinction exists. But before heading northeast, they must visit the swamps of South Carolina's Hellhole Bay to find a scientist who can help undo the damage done by ExoGen, the corporation that created and unleashed RC-714. Upon reaching Hellhole, the family is captured by a man named Mason, who not only survived the Change, but managed to keep a small community alive as well--a community that is subject to his every carnal desire and whim.

Trapped in the clutches of a man whose heart is as twisted as the monsters that roam the Earth, Peter, Ella, Jakob, Anne and Alia, must fight for their freedom from a literal hellhole. Danger lurks behind every door, stalks beneath the swampy waters and descends from the sky. As enemies--both human and ExoGenetic--close in, surviving will be harder than ever, and for some, impossible.

In2015, Jeremiah Knight exploded onto the horror/sci-fi scene with his Top 100bestselling novel: Hunger. Combining the speculative science of Crichton with the twisted scares of King, Feast continues the story that made Hunger the #1 post-apocalyptic novel.

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

Publisher: Breakneck Media

Publication Length: 256 pages
 

Post-Apocalyptic fans rejoice!! Jeremiah Knight is back with Feast, the second book in the Hunger series, and it's EPIC. As a huge fan of Jeremy Robinson, AKA Jeremy Bishop & Jeremiah Knight, I expected to love this book. What I didn't expect was to be so transported by the story that I was surprised when I looked up to find myself in the real world instead of the one Knight created. A world filled with pulse pounding excitement and heart stopping moments of terror as Peter, Ella, Jakob, Anne and Alia try to save what's left of the human race. The ExoGenetic creatures are terrifying but the truly horrific monsters are human. The level of depravity in Hellhole Bay was also, unfortunately, all to realistic. The characters are believable and easy to root for or against. Some of them surprised me, turning out to be unexpected allies. I can't wait to find out more about them and what is waiting down the road for Peter and his family. I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.

 


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About the Author
 
 


Jeremy Robinson (aka Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight) was born in the seacoast town of Beverly, Massachusetts. From a young age his father fostered a love for Science Fiction and all things monstrous. He grew up on thick doses of Superman, Batman, X-men, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek and Godzillacreative fuel for the future.

He began his creative career as an illustrator for comic books and comic strips and on several small indie projects, but it wasn’t long before an epiphany struckhis art wasn’t just about creating imagesit was about telling stories. Robinson switched gears to writing, first screenplays and then novels.


Robinson is the international bestselling author of more than fifty novels and novellas including MIRRORWORLD, UPRISING, ISLAND 731, SECONDWORLD, and the Jack Sigler thriller series. Robinson is also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, author of THE SENTINEL, THE RAVEN and the controversial novel, TORMENT, and Jeremiah Knight, author of the post-apocalyptic HUNGER series. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages. His bestselling kaiju novel, PROJECT NEMESIS is now being released as a comic book series from American Gothic Press/Famous Monsters of Filmland, and his Jack Sigler thrillers entered development to be released as a major motion picture. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, and three children.

You can find Jeremy on his website, Beware of Monsters or on Facebook , Twitter ,and GoodReads


 

Praise for Jeremiah Knight
 

"Jeremiah Knight has written the beginning of an epic sojourn into the good and evil of science, and more importantly, of man. Hunger, the first book of the Hunger Trilogy, is a must read for all!" -Suspense Magazine


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


"A wicked step-child of KING and DEL TORO. Lock your windows and bolt your doors. Jeremiah Knight imagines the post-apocalypse like no one else." -The Novel Blog


 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Kings or Pawns (Steps of Power: The Kings Book 1) by JJ Sherwood [4.5 stars]



From the Description

The first book in JJ Sherwood's Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.

8,994 P.E.
The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and The Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem becomes the king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and daring, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but quickly finds his loyal council members brutally murdered by an assassin loosed within the city.

As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war


Publication Date: October 1, 2015

Publisher: Silver Helm

Publication Length: 385 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. To find out more about Kings or Pawns or JJ Sherwood or just for more fun and giveaways follow along with the blog tour over at stepsofpower.com
 
 

I mostly read and review horror or thrillers here at Horror Maiden's but when I was contacted about a review for the Kings or Pawns blog tour the description sounded really good so I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did! Kings or Pawns is the first book in an epic fantasy series. Filled with fantastic locations, creatures and characters this book captured my imagination right away. The landscape reminded me of a mix of two of my favorite games (Skyrim & Dragon Age: Inquisition) with impenetrable walled cities, lush forests, swamps, frozen tundra, and hidden tunnels. I loved the witty dialogue and relationships of the main characters. I think that my favorites were Hairem, Alvena, Jikun, Navon, Kaivervi, Erallus, and Sellemar. This book is an exciting adventure, filled with dangerous enemies, epic battles and enough twists and turns you're not sure what will happen next. I can't wait to get my hands on book two of this series! A highly recommended 4.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 
On a cold winter night, wind howling into the desert sky, one ordinary hospital gave witness to a historic event. JJ Sherwood was born at 2:30 a.m. on December 31st, just barely managing to squeeze in to supplant New Year’s Eve. JJ has always had a flair for the dramatics.

Sherwood began writing in the womb after a harrowing incident in which Mother Sherwood swallowed a penand thus, destiny was born. JJ’s first work was completed by the age of 5: a riveting tale of a duck attempting to climb into an apartment during the pouring rain. Unfortunately this book is not in print, but it served as the first spark that spurred on a lifetime of creativity.


Much of JJ’s childhood was spent tearing through the woods, playing out fantasy worlds, and tying Barbie to the roof so that the Power Rangers might rescue her. Middle and high school carried on this roleplaying, while college encompassed creating and refining over 250 characters in the world of Aersadore.

After escaping college, finally armed with the tools of the trade and a lifetime of development, JJ set to writing what would become the Steps of Power series: it was then that Eraydon slew his first dragon, Jikun battled the warlord Saebellus, and Taranus rebelled against his brother’s throne.

When not orchestrating the lives and deaths of the people of Aersadore, JJ’s hobbies include drawing, video gaming, wearing a bathrobe, and eating too many baked potatoes. JJ Sherwood lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with one loving and extremely patient spouse, a bearded dragon, a monk parakeet, and four cats who look far too similar.



Praise for Kings or Pawns

This is world building (and character development) at its finest. -- Pure Jonel

I'm a big fantasy fan and as such I find it's rare to see a world of elves that's new and refreshing. -- Drako's Den

[...]you are completely invested in the story as a political thriller before it becomes an action adventure story. Calling it epic fantasy almost seems like an understatement. -- The All Night Library
 
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hexagram by Duncan P. Bradshaw [3.5 stars]

 


From the Description
 
Their lands plagued by invaders, the Inca resort to an ancient ritual. By harvesting star dust from people, they hope to accumulate enough to raise the sun god, Inti, and reclaim their lands.

Yet when the collection is interrupted, it sets in motion events which will rattle human history.

Six stories. Six different time periods. One outcome.

We are all made of stars.

When an ancient Inca ritual is interrupted, it sets in motion a series of events that will echo through five hundred years of human history. Many seek to use the arcane knowledge for their own ends, from a survivor of a shipwreck, through to a suicide cult.

Yet…the most unlikeliest of them all will succeed.
 
Publication Date: July 25, 2016

Publisher: EyeCue Productions

Publication Length: 324 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. To find out more about Hexagram, Duncan P. Bradshaw or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you are a member of the media, a reviewer, or a reviewing authors, and you’d like a review copy of Hexagram or to feature Duncan please e-mail Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 

Hexagram is a difficult book to review because of the way it's put together. It's a novel composed of six completely different stories connected by one thread. That thread weaves a tapestry of horrific acts committed by people who are pious and truly believe and by those who are psychopathic murderers. The beginning of this book was rather slow for me but by the time I reached the third part I was hooked. My favorite parts include a fresh look at the Jack the Ripper case, a Jim Jones like commune, a Civil War story, and a pair of twins who want to stay together. The stories are all tied together with an explosive finale that makes me want to know more about the world at the end of the book. An entertaining and somewhat stomach turning 3.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 


Duncan P. Bradshaw lives in the county of Wiltshire, nestled around the belly button of southern England, with his wife Debbie, and their two cats, Rafa and Pepe. During the day, he is a mild mannered office goon, doing things which would bore you, if he was forced to tell you. At night, he becomes one with a keyboard, and transforms his weird and wonderful thoughts into words, which people, like you, and me, can read.

Why not pop over to his website, http://duncanpbradshaw.co.uk or give him a like over on Facebook or read his ravings on his blog, http://duncanpbradshaw.blogspot.co.uk/




Praise for Hexagram


"Hexagram is a visceral journey through the dark nooks and crannies of human history. Lovecraftian terror merges with blood sacrifices, suicide cults and body horror as Bradshaw weaves an intricate plot into an epic tale of apocalyptic dread." Rich Hawkins, author of The Last Plague trilogy

"A rip-roaring boy’s own adventure yarn. This novel contains multitudes, and the sheer scale and breadth of the story is exhilarating. A glorious, unhinged thrill ride." Kit Power, author of GodBomb!



Praise for Bradshaw’s Writing

"Duncan Bradshaw has a fantastic writing style. He gets you engrossed in the characters from the very outset. His mix of comedy and horror and real life are superb." Confessions of a Reviewer

"The true genius of Duncan P. Bradshaw is the rollercoaster ride of words and expressions. I have never seen an author go from the depths of dark and gore to laugh out loud all within the same paragraph." 2 Book Lovers Reviews

"Remember, you’ve now willingly plunged yourself into the mind of Duncan Bradshaw. You’re completely at the mercy of his strange imagination and all the eccentric oddities that his curious mind can conjure up." DLS Reviews

"Bradshaw is able to weight the horror set pieces with a dry humour and plenty of laugh out loud moments." UK Horror Scene

"One of the first things that I did after reading The Black Room Manuscripts, was to go out and buy Class Three by Duncan Bradshaw. I just found his writing in Time for Tea to have this gleeful kind of undertow to the carnage he wrought on his tea drinkers and wanted to see what his writing was like in a longer format." Ginger Nuts of Horror