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Monday, October 31, 2016

Vyrmin by Gene Lazuta [3 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
The Vyrmin Will Rise…

Hidden among us are the wicked. Their vile deeds have been retold from generation to generation down through the ages.

They are hidden among us—evil men and women, always dangerous, always Wild.
They are hidden among us—and they become beasts…during the Dark Times.

The Blood Prince Awakens…

One man is the key. He will renew the Hunt. But who is the Blood Prince? What horrific things happen when he enters the woods? Can anyone stop him? Will anyone even try?

The Dark Times are Nigh…

When the beasts that are men return to the Wild.
When the beasts that are men return to the Hunt.
When the Blood Prince takes the hand of his demon lover in the sky.
When the screaming starts under the cold silver gaze of a pitiless, hungry moon.

The Vyrmin Will Feed!
 
 
Publication Date: October 15, 2016
Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Publication Length: 315 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book as part of the Vyrmin publicity tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi and Bloodshot Books. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book nor did I receive any compensation for my review. Follow along the tour with these hashtags: #Vyrmin #Werewolf #BloodshotBooks #HookofaBook #OhioHorror. If you are a blogger, author, or member of the media and you would like to feature Vyrmin or Gene Lazuta in a review or interview, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 
 
Vyrmin is a werewolf tale that is based on legends and folklore. I had the out of print paperback on my wish list forever so when I was offered the chance to review it I said "YES!" and did a happy dance. The cover is phenomenal, and the description had me hooked. Being a lover of all things werewolf, I am familiar with the legends and stories of historical werewolf cases such as Peter Stubbe, and Gilles Garnier so I expected a great book. Parts of this story are fantastic, written with such brilliance that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I love the history created for The Wild and The Vyrmin as well as some of the characters. The descriptions are vivid and well written, but some of the action scenes were like something out of a fever dream. It left me feeling like it wasn't even part of the same story. I so wanted to love this book but it just didn't work for me. A 3 star read.
 

 
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Gene Lazuta lives in Berea, Ohio, a small college town south of Cleveland. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where he met his wife of 33 years, Sue, he is the author of 10 novels (Written as Alex Kane: The Shinglo, Jove books, 1989; written as Daniel Raven: Happy Cage, Onyx Books, 1989; written as Gene Lazuta for Diamond Books: Blood Flies, 1990;, 1991; Vyrmin, 1992; and Forget Me Not, 1992; Bleeder written as Leo Axler for Berkley Prime Crime, the "Bill Hawley Undertakings": Final Viewing, 1994; Double Plot, 1994; Grave Matters, 1995; and Separated at Death, 1996), and he is the co-author of IT's About Patient Care: Transforming Healthcare Information Technology the Cleveland Clinic Way, McGraw-Hill Education, October, 2016, as well as numerous chapters, papers and articles about health information technology.
 
An avid guitar enthusiast, Gene enjoys hard rock and heavy metal, blues, and shredder rock; and he and his wife are the proud humans to Ollie, a 25 pound silver male Maine Coon cat.
 
The 2016 Bloodshot Books edition of Vyrmin marks the first time the book has appeared in trade paperback or electronically, and Gene is grateful to Pete Kahle, author and Bloodshot Books owner and senior editor, for bringing the story to a new generation of horror readers in these exciting new formats.
 
 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Out Of Tune Book 2 Edited By Jonathan Maberry [5 stars]

 
From the Description
 
Listen! Hear that?

The music playing in the night…whispering from the shadows. Haunting melodies and old songs sung by ghostly voices.

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry presents a brand new collection of original stories by some of today’s top authors of horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction. Each tale draws strange inspiration from classic folks songs and murder ballads from around the world.

OUT OF TUNE Volume 2 includes strange and disturbing stories by Rachel Caine, Cherie Priest, David Mack, Dan Abnett, Laura Anne Gilman, Delilah Dawson, Alison Pang, David J. Schow, James A. Moore, Nik Vincent-Abnett, J.C. Koch and Eric J. Guignard.
 
 
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication Length: 294 pages
 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
 
As a longtime fan of Jonathan Maberry I was excited to be offered a review copy of this book. I know that anything written or edited by him is sure to be enjoyable. When I found out that the stories are inspired by some of my favorite murder ballads I was even happier. Each story starts off with a creepy illustration and ends with a commentary about the history and folklore of the song that inspired it. I spent a lot of time on YouTube looking up the songs I didn't know and revisiting those I did. The tales found within these pages are fantastic. A few of my favorites are,,, Respawn, Reboot about a video game that may truly transport you to another world, one you might not escape. Midnight Rider is a weird western tale of ghostly revenge, and might be my favorite of all the stories in this anthology. In The Woods Somewhere is a dark fairy tale that I wanted more of. Who Is Bringing Milk To Me is a great example of how less is sometimes so much scarier when it comes to horror. After reading this I can't wait to read the first book in this collection! I highly recommend this outstanding 5 star anthology.
 
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Praise
 
Horror maven Maberry presents a not entirely harmonious second collection of original stories that celebrate the haunting power of music. There are several highlights among the 15 stories: Alison Pang's "Respawn, Reboot" is about an online fantasy game that takes "realistic" to a whole new level, offering a rather final escape from real life. Deborah Grabian's "Not Long After the Fair" is a twisted tale about a carnival worker who becomes obsessed with a very special and dangerous young woman. Delilah S. Dawson's "Just Another Black Umbrella" is a rather poignant tale about a lonely funeral director whose exacting standards keep him from finding love, until he meets a strange woman during one of his services. Josh Malerman's affecting "Who Is Bringing Milk to Me?" is a subtle creeper about a little girl who feels an odd affinity with the milkman whom she can hear, but cannot see—until she can. Other strong entries are Laura Anne Gilman's "First Dance," a haunting revenge tale, and "The Twa Corbies" by Nik Vincent-Abnett, which features teenagers and murder in a crumbling London. Of particular interest are the notes after each story citing the origins of the song that inspired each piece. A few pieces fail to satisfy, but there's plenty to enjoy. -- Publishers Weekly

 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

States Of Terror Volume 3 edited by Matt E. Lewis, Keith McCleary & Adam Miller [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description

 

Bloody Mary. The Donkey Lady. Goatman. Champ. These names and others are whispered across generations as warnings of evil manifestations which dwell on American soil. Some are beautiful and misunderstood, others are nightmarish and unspeakable. Despite their differences, they share one thing in common: they are all part of the shared tapestry of terror which winds its way through time and space, but stays forever rooted in the landscape of the United States.

In this chilling conclusion of the horror anthology trilogy, 17 writers and 28 artists have teamed up to unleash the final beasts of the union upon an unsuspecting population. From the humid swamps of South Carolina to the dark forests of Hawaii, prepare yourself for one last journey through the states of terror, and whatever lurks within them.

The writers: J David Osborne, Amelia Gray, Rios De La Luz, David James Keaton, Andrea Kneeland, Eber Lambert, Gabe Durham, Lauren Becker, Bradley Sands, Jennifer Corley, Gabriela Santiago, Janice Lee, Kevin Maloney, Justin Hudnall, Gabino Iglesias, Michael Seidlinger & Robert Vaughan.

The artists: Adam Miller, Jacob Carignan, Aaron Conley, Haig Demarjian, Corinne Reid, Joshua Coon, Will Pottorff, Peter Pasquerello, Deanna Burke, Marie Enger, Peter Bergamo Jr., Daniel Kern, Cody Vrosh, Amanda Beard, Val Toukatly, Shaemus Spencer, Paul Lyons, Johnathan Adrian/venusjaw, Katherine Brannock, Sara Richard, Jim Ponte, Bryce Davidson, Jeff McComsey, Josh Morrissette.

 

 
Publication Date: October 31, 2016

Publisher: Ayahuasca Publishing

Publication Length: 150 pages

 

I received a copy of this book from the editor for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

 


States Of Terror Volume 3 focuses on the many legends of ghosts and creatures from across the US. The stories in this collection has horrors that I recognized (Bloody Mary, Champ, The Montauk Monster) as well as some that I didn't, but will remember (the Menehune, The Ear-Eater of Jasper County). Some of my favorites were The Best Chicken In Jasper County, I dare you to read this one without laughing. Tropical Paradise Lost will send delicious shivers down your spine. Revised Countermeasures shows what can happen when you mess with Mother Nature. Bloody Mary made me glad she never answered when I was a kid. As with most anthologies, not every story was a winner but most of them were full of creepy goodness. The illustrations that accompany the tales are a fantastic addition to this fun book. Recommended for fans of cryptids, creatures, and ghostly gatherings. A fast and fun 4 star read.

 

 
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Praise

 



"The regional monsters of States of Terror are at turns horrifying, disturbing, empathetic, misunderstood, and fun. The authors infuse a palpable sense of place in the re-imagined local legends, hauling their creatures and our monstrous selves out of the shadows." -- Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

 

 

"Lushly illustrated by as many artists as there are things to go bump in the night, this book is not for the faint of heart or for a dark and stormy night. Be afraid, be very afraid, of the talent and creativity to be found in these pages." -- Renee Mallett, author of Manchester Ghosts
 
 

 
Full of stories that zig-zag back and forth over the genre/lit line, States of Terror Vol. 3 has all the satisfactions of good style, the hooks of genre fiction, and everything you need to know about where the great American monsters are now. --Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

Some of our best contemporary fiction writers, gathered around a campfire with tales of cryptic hominids, teenage legends, eerie apocrypha, and beautifully terrible horrors -- States of Terror is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for adults. --J Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

All my favorite writers in a book as beautiful as this, telling stories about monsters I've never even heard of? Sign me up twice, please. I want to go through again. --Stephen Graham Jones


"This anthology is the set of nightmares you never knew you needed, a collection of radioactive musings from creators who prove that horror can simultaneously terrify and illuminate." -- Omega Level


 

 
 

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vicki Beautiful Celebrates Six Months with Giveaway. Have You Ate Dinner Yet? By Somer Canon, Author

 
 
Vicki Beautiful Celebrates Six Months with Giveaway. Have You Ate Dinner Yet?
 
By Somer Canon, Author
 
Do you know what happened on April 26, 2016? Yes, that was six months ago. Surprise! It was the day that my novella, Vicki Beautiful, launched. Yay! It has been a wonderful six months wherein I was welcomed into an amazing community of writers, editors, reviewers, readers, and publicists. Having my little story that barely made it to press be published has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life and to all of the people who have read, reviewed, and helped spread the word, I am eternally grateful. Happily, 2017 will see Vicki Beautiful offered in print when it is republished so that it doesn’t disappear from the world just yet. I hope it continues to be something that makes people question what, exactly, are they being served for dinner! *wink*
 
In honor of Vicki Beautiful’s six month birthday, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! I hope you’ll enter but I also hope you might spread the word about my first novella to round out the year and gain it momentum for the next. I look forward to talking about the book a lot longer with you all.
 
You can enter the giveaway here on Rafflecopter! Be sure to come back and tweet each day for extra entries! Thank you! This giveaway will run through mid-November!
 
 
 

Vicki Beautiful
 
 
 
 
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 expect—the 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…
 
 
Somer Canon, Biography
 
 
 
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. You can also connect with Somer on Twitter
 
 
 
 
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Praise
 
If you haven’t checked out the book, here are some of the reviews it received: You can find Horror Maiden's Review HERE
 
"Vicki Beautiful is a very solid, quite unnerving, and.. well… beautiful read. How far would you go to fulfill your lifelong friend’s last wishes?" – Zakk, The Eyes of Madness
 
"I wouldn’t call the unique direction Vicki Beautiful takes as scary, but it is a story that causes immense feelings of dread and shock. That is horror. I wasn’t expecting Vicki’s request, and had no idea what to expect from Canon from that point on. A lot of horror is predictable, you see certain aspects and angles coming a mile away, but occasionally we get a sneaky, delectable treat." –Glenn Rolfe, Author of Blood and Rain
 
"I generally don’t get too squeamish when it comes to horror books as I have read just about every type of horror story imaginable, but this one definitely sent chills down my spine. I think what makes it such a great story and an unsettling slice of horror is that Canon does a great job of blending moments of normalcy into a completely bizarre situation." –Rich, The Horror Bookshelf
 
"Beyond the fact it is a short read, the story twists your guts and makes you question a lot in the most extreme and unthinkable ways. I will say proudly though, Canon has such a twisted and bright future ahead with this being her first novella." –Jay, Horror News Network
 
"A simple story, but all the more powerful for its simplicity. Four stars. The author has guts and skill." –Outlaw Poet

 
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If you would like to conduct an interview with Somer Canon, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at Hook of a Book Media: hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Seven For The Slab: A Horror Portmanteau by Doug Lamoreux [5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
It's nearly midnight, and a curious snoop finds his neighbors dead. He gathers his wits and calls emergency services. Despite a torrential thunderstorm, Sheriff's deputies, the Fire Department, and an ambulance all respond quickly.

But there's little they can do. The victims are not only dead, they are long dead. The snoop invites the emergency workers into his garage, out of the rain, to await the arrival of the coroner and, thereafter, the funeral home staff who will take his neighbors away.

The lightning flashes. The thunder rolls. The setting inspires the police, firefighters, and paramedics to pass the time by telling stories, both thrilling and chilling... and you are invited to join them.

Award-winning horror writer Doug Lamoreux spins seven eerie tales of terror into one bewitching brew. To borrow from the traditional Scottish poem: 'From ghoulies and ghosties, And long-leggedy beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!'
 
 
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Length: 112 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
 

Reading Seven For The Slab is like sitting around a campfire telling spooky stories, the only thing missing is the S'mores. Some of the stories are filled with creatures from our nightmares and some feature a more human villain, all of them will send shivers of fear up your spine. Reminiscent of Tales From The Crypt and Creepshow this novella has an old school horror vibe that I love. A fast and fun 5 star read that's perfect for Halloween! Highly recommended!!
 
 
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Doug Lamoreux is a father of three, a grandfather, a writer, and actor. A former professional firefighter, he is the author of seven novels and a contributor to anthologies and non-fiction works including the Rondo Award nominated Horror 101, and its companion, the Rondo Award winning Hidden Horror. He has been nominated for a Rondo, a Lord Ruthven Award, a Pushcart Prize, and is the first-ever recipient of The Horror Society’s Igor Award for fiction. Lamoreux starred in the 2006 Peter O’Keefe film, Infidel, and appeared in the Mark Anthony Vadik horror films The Thirsting (aka Lilith) and Hag.
 
You can find him on his author page at Creativia or on Facebook , Twitter and Goodreads

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Eighth by Stephanie Wytovich [4.5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
 
Rhea Harmon is a living target for the Devil as she possesses the power to detect one’s deadliest sin at first glance. Intended to be used as a weapon of war, the Devil sends Paimon, his right-hand man and top collector, to claim her soul and bring her to him in Hell.
 
But the Devil isn’t the only one who is interested in Rhea.
 
When Paimon arrives to collect his payment, he’s immediately taken with her and the resemblance she bears to his late-wife, Marissa. He falls in love with the mortal girl whose soul he is supposed to claim, and instead vows to protect her, thereby severing his allegiance to the Devil and sealing his fate as a traitor.
 
Consumed by rage and fear, Paimon and Arazel, the Devil’s blood slave and ring leader to the circle of Lust, flee Hell in an attempt to save Rhea, but are instead forced to confront their pasts and their presents as they reevaluate the definition of sin and punishment. So what happens when a demon has to confront his demons, when Paimon has to turn to something darker, something more sinister for help?
 
After centuries of living in exile, banned from their home and their right to rule, The Seven, the keepers of the deadly sins, are only too happy to answer his call, and if Paimon thought it was dangerous to make a deal with the Devil, then he had no idea what it meant to be blessed by the creators of sin.
 
Publication Date: November 2016
Publisher: Dark Regions Press
Publication Length: 135 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book as part of The Eighth blog tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book nor did I receive any compensation for my review. Follow along with the tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book and with these hashtags: #TheEighth #SevenDeadlySins #TheSeven #DarkRegionsPress #HookofaBook. If you’re a media site, blogger, or radio/podcast host, and you’d like to feature Stephanie Wytovich or review The Eighth, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 
 
The Eighth is an intense tale of love, betrayal, damnation and regret. Paimon's story draws you in with lyrical language and lush imagery that is both beautiful and disturbing. This story is definitely not safe for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, immersing you in a world of pain and darkness. Paimon and Arazel are compelling characters to follow as they struggle to get out of Hell and rescue Rhea from the Devil. The Seven are also intriguing as they plot to overthrow the Devil. From the brutal beginning to the twisted ending this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this engrossing 4.5 star read.

 
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You can pre-order this book through Dark Regions Press website in e-book, trade paperback, and hardcover deluxe signed collector’s edition. They will be shipped in November.
 
 
 

About the Author
 
 
 
Stephanie M. Wytovich is an instructor by day and a horror writer by night.
 
She is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction.
 
Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, and Brothel earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press, and her debut novel, The Eighth, is simmering in sin with Dark Regions Press.
 
Learn more about Stephanie at stephaniewytovich.com or on Twitter and GoodReads 

Praise
 
 
"The Eighth is one of the most exciting books to come along in 2016 and one of the best debuts of the last decade or so. Wytovich is at the top of her game and gaining momentum like a runaway freight train, and you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice if you miss out on this monumental and hugely entertaining read." – This is Horror
 
"Stephanie Wytovich’s The Eighth is a savage tale of betrayal, regret, and the dark side of love in its many forms. The poetic imagery she sprinkles throughout balances the brutality with beauty." – Chris Marrs, author of Wildwoman and Everything Leads Back to Alice
 
"A fierce and emotionally intense debut." - Craig DiLouie, author of Suffer the Children
 
"A brilliant debut from a major new talent, full of darkness, fire, and devilry. Indeed, the sins in this novel are so well realized that I fear just a little for Ms. Wytovich’s soul." - Rio Youers, author of Westlake Soul and Point Hollow
 
"The Eighth is a stellar horror debut from Stephanie Wytovich. An intimate, painful map of personal and literal hells that would make Clive Barker proud." - Christopher Golden

 
 
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey [4.5 stars]

 
 
 
From the Description
 
Follow your screams…

When Vince Carter takes a shortcut to work he notices a billboard that nearly sends him into an oncoming van.

The ad is for Dream Woods, New England’s answer to Disney World. It closed decades ago, but now that it’s back in business, Vince is eager to take his whole family, hoping the magic he remembers will save his failing marriage.

His wife, Audra, isn’t so sure. She’s heard the rumors of why the place closed. Murder. Sacrifice. Torture. But those are just urban legends. Surely there’s nothing evil about a family tourist attraction.

The Carters are about to discover that the park’s employees aren’t concerned with their guests’ enjoyment. They’re interested in something else. Something much more sinister.

Welcome to Scream Woods!
 
 
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 135 pages
 
I received a copy of this book as part of the Dream Woods blog tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. Follow along with the tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book and with these hashtags: #DreamWoods, #ScreamWoods, #PeskyBear. If you’d like to feature Patrick Lacey on your blog or site, or review Dream Woods, please give Erin Al-Mehairi, marketing and publicity at Sinister Grin Press, a shout out at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Dream Woods is a fast paced terror ride that you may not escape from. It has an old school horror feel to it that made it a blast to read. Vince is believable as a man who desperately wants to keep his family together. Audra annoyed me at first, she really needed to grow up and realize that life is what you make it. Hoping some time away as a family will give them a fresh start, Vince takes them to Dream Woods, the place he was happiest as a kid. Dream Woods is also known as Scream Woods because of the legends of murder and mystery surrounding it. The employees and attractions in Dream Woods seem to be just a bit off, a bit predatory, giving it a sinister atmosphere that sends a frisson of fear up your spine. The action starts off slow that builds to an exciting race to escape the park and the creatures that are hunting Vince, Audra and their kids. The ending left me hoping that we might get to visit 'Scream Woods' again. I highly recommend this 4.5 star read.
 
 
 
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Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his Pomeranian, his mustached cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him.
 
You can visit him at his WEBSITE or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise
 
 
"This collection has it all, showing the world that Lacey can write and do it well. From frightening, eerie, soul-stamping to funny and gross, this book has it all. The man's imagination is incredible. A must read!!!!" – David Bernstein, author of A Mixed Bag of Blood
 
"It's a rare and joyful thing for me to read a book and realize I'm in the hands of an author who can go absolutely anywhere, who works without a formula and without a net. Such is the case with this stellar debut collection." – Russell Coy, Amazon Review
 
"This fast-paced novella has terror on every page and will keep you searching the shadows in your home far more often than needed." – Russell James, author of Q Island, on A Debt to Be Paid
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse by Jack Strange [4.5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse is the story of the dead celebrity chef Floyd Rampant, who rises from his grave aiming to create a zombie army of chefs who will rule the world, using the human species as the main ingredient in their cordon bleu meals.

It is dark, original, and so funny it should carry a government health warning.

It is a gourmet feast, an unmissable read, and a black and poignant joke. Part horror story, part political and social satire, it gives the reader a fast-paced entrée of dread, a main course of panic and a dessert of distress.

CCZA, as it's known for short, has a cast of unforgettable characters, most of whom meet with gruesome ends. The action begins in Croydon, moves to London, and reaches its explosive climax in the author’s home town of Huddersfield.

This smart, witty and profound modern day classic works on many levels.
 
 
Publication Date: May 4, 2016
Publisher: Kensington Gore Publishing
Publication Length: 268 pages
 
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.
 
Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse is absolutely hilarious! This book is a brilliant mash up of foodie TV, zombie horror, and Monte Python type comedy with a little something thrown in for the car show fans. It had me laughing out loud at the antics of Floyd Rampant, Henderson the Cat, as well as the heroes trying to stop the apocalypse from happening. As a fan of cooking and car shows I thought I recognized the inspiration for some of the characters which made CCZA even better. Jack Strange has breathed new life into a world over-run with zombie horror. I highly recommend this fast paced and gleefully irreverent 4.5 star horror comedy.
 

 
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The reclusive author Jack Strange is an unusual fellow. His exact age is unknown. Those who've dared to ask him have never survived long enough to divulge the answer.
 
His writing is dark and comedic. He has a biting wit, an acid tongue, and some say hoofed feet. With his leaning towards the undead, he's a natural for the world of horror and gore. Jack signed for Kensington Gore publishing in early 2016 in blood, no-one is sure whose. His first dark, comedic horror novel, "Celebrity Chef Zombie apocalypse" was published on May 28th 2016. It's a tale of true love, zombies, sex, cooking, cannibalism, depraved sex, and chasseur sauce.
 
Jack's done too many jobs to mention. He could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you. Not because he worked for the secret services as a hit man or an executioner. It's just that he gets bored very easily.
 
He has a wife, poor woman, and two lovely daughters who can't be named for legal reasons. Oh, and besides all that, Jack Strange lives in Huddersfield West Yorkshire. Need we say more?
 
If you want to get in touch with Jack, you can email him at: jack-strange@outlook.com, visit his WEBSITE or contact him on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads

Praise
 
"A riotous series of blood-drenched, pan-seared deglazed screwball antics...two thumbs-up" - The Horror Fiction Review

"The creation of Floyd Rampant ... is quite simply a work of genius.
...special mention too should be given to the creation of Henderson, the cat turned into a vicious cat-zombie. I know, I know, the concept sounds ludicrous but believe me it works! The much neglected sub genre of Feline zombies finally gets the poster boy that its been crying out for with the rightfully creative ways in which it dispatches it's human victims. Inspired writing." - 5D Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror blog

"...a pretty brisk read.. helped by what I'd like to call the 'Dan Brown' style of chapters... giving the reader moments to recover from some of the shocking, and at times twistedly hilarious, events of the story..." - Fred Casden's Basement blog

"You quickly empathize with characters that are in my opinion ingeniously named. For example a zombie named Floyd Rampant... Throw in some dubious unsavoury characters, a policewoman who does well not to vomit, a reverend, the P.M. and a plethora of other characters who may or may not survive and you have a book that is easy to fall into and a narrative that will make you hoot." - The Parenting Jungle blog

"Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse has some amazingly strong characters, even if some don't last as long as you'd like!...A Very enjoyable book.... 5 out of 5 gold stars. Thank you for reinvigorating a tired genre and giving me such a good read Jack!" - The Horror Nation Blogspot

"
awesome book...one of the funniest books I've ever read" - Zombie Art Blogspot


"
...pacy, stomach-churning ... can be read in one sitting - but others may prefer this nightmarish tale in bite-size chunks." - The Law Society Gazette
 
 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Harvest Night by D.A. Madigan [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
READER'S ADVISORY: This novel contains scenes that sane readers will find disturbing, including incredibly graphic descriptions of horrific violence and unimaginably depraved sexual acts. Obviously, this is a work exclusively intended for mature audiences.


They moved to Redhaven because of its folksy charm, its old fashioned small town feel, its safe schools and its nonexistent crime rate.

They moved to Redhaven because the town's locally owned bank is so reasonable and generous with low interest mortgages and small business start up loans.

They moved to Redhaven because everyone there is so friendly, so neighborly, so pleasant and helpful and kind. Because Redhaven seems like the kind of place where you don't have to lock your doors at night, where you can raise your kids in peace and quiet.

They moved to Redhaven because it seemed to be so wholesome... so safe.

THEY MADE A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE MISTAKE...

...one they won't live to regret...
 
 
Publication Date: April 10, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Length: 672 pages
 
 
Harvest Night is a disturbingly graphic, stomach churning and utterly terrifying nightmare. To say that this book is not for the faint of heart would be an understatement. This book has sex, violence, cannibalism, torture, rape, incest, child abuse (of the worst kind!), bestiality, murder, MKULTRA (if you don't know what that is go ahead and look it up, I'll wait), with a few vampires and werewolves thrown in for good measure. The story is about the cult of Satanists that founded and run the small town of Redhaven with an iron fist and the small group of FBI agents determined to put a stop to their depraved reign of terror. The cast of characters is huge and made up of mostly deplorable people doing horrific things. The dark tone is reminiscent of The Purge while the writing reminded me of something by Jack Ketchum or one of William Johnstone's demon books. Admitting that I liked this book makes me feel dirty, like I need to go shower off the filth it left on my soul. This book is not for everyone but if your not squeamish and enjoy extreme horror then you might want to give this 4 star read a try.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
D.A. MADIGAN has milked cows, washed dishes, checked student IDs Saturdays nights at Syracuse University’s only all girls’ dorm, ground lenses, typed insurance forms and City Council minutes, and done a lot of other stuff even less interesting.
While doing all this foolishness to pay the bills, he’s also written a collection of short stories and 14 novels (with more in the works), all of which are available via links on this site. Along the way, he was a semi-finalist in Made in 502 creative writing contest in 2013 and he was voted Louisville’s Best Local Author in 2011 by the readership of the Louisville Eccentric Observer ("LEO"). He is a member of the prestigious Horror Writer’s Association as of April 2015.
He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his gorgeous and brilliant wife and his three awesome and amazing daughters.
He is fully committed to making fetch happen.
You can find out more at The Wondrous Worlds of D.A. Madigan or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise
 
 
"Probably my favorite book this year along with Weir’s "The Martian"– The Reverend Dr. Richards
 
"a cross between ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE PURGE."– lunablue
 
"Maybe the best, most well thought out small town horror mythology I’ve ever read. Dude goes all out." – vivatoto, absolutepunk.net
 
"Definitely a master work. Highly recommended."– Lisa R.
 
"… an unremittingly dark, wrenchingly violent horror novel told with considerable skill and in-your-face brio and all the more chilling because, at its core, it is a story about the slow decay of the American century."– John McDaid, harddeadlines.com

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Renovation by Sara Brooke [3 stars]

 
 
From the Description

 

It all started with a leaky roof.

Or did it?

Something bad is happening in the small picturesque town of Oak Shade, Florida.

The Brennier family has just moved into their new home, and they are excited about the prospect of a new life. A new beginning.

But things don't always go as planned.

Almost immediately, their beautiful home starts to fall into disrepair. And there's that strange thing happening in the attic…

Their call for help to a local repair company quickly becomes a different cry for help.

And their lives begin to crumble as the situation gets stranger and more disruptive.

It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and a simple renovation could mean the deconstruction of their lives.

Renovation

 

 
Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 291 pages

 

Renovation is reminiscent of This House Possessed (1981) with the addition of demons. A mostly happy family moves to a small town to start over only to find that their dream home isn't quite what it seems (queue the creepy music) luckily for them a renovation company just happens to be driving by,,, unluckily they have their own agenda. I had a hard time getting into this story, the characters just never became real for me. Some of the scares were effective, the shower scene with Janice was absolutely horrific for me. This book was just mediocre for me, entertaining enough to finish but I wouldn't reread it. A middle of the road 3 star read.

 


 
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About the Author

 

 
Sara Brooke is an international Amazon bestselling author who writes horror and suspense novels.

A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara's childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on.

Her first novel, Still Lake was released Spring 2012.

Sara's influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little and John Saul.

She is presently working on her next novel.

You can find out more at her WEBSITE or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 


Praise

 

 
"Sara Brooke has written a nice Gothic horror story that has twinges of Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives with a twist of Bentley Little, but on a much darker, sordid level." – HellNotes on Kransen House
 
 

 

 
"This novel is taut, well-plotted, and well-characterized…" – Mallory Heart Reviews on Still Lake
 
 

 

 
"…a body horror reminiscent of Eli Roth’s movie from 2002 – ‘Cabin Fever.’ Unlike Roth’s movie, the characters are actually very likeable, so much so in fact that I felt gutted for them at the end. They are a naïve bunch, young, dumb and full of…..fun!" –Adrian Shotbolt on Gardens of Babylon
 

 

This review is based on an advanced copy provided by Sinister Grin Press and Hook of a Book Media and Publicity