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Thursday, December 29, 2016

From Slasher Novel to Short Story Collection: Enter to Win Debut Novel CONSEQUENCES by John Quick


 

2016 has been a strange year, both rough and rewarding by turns. I am pleased to announce that my second release, a short-story collection called Three Shots and a Chaser, is now available in both digital AND print editions!

If you’ve read my first work, Consequences, you experienced brutal, bloody horror in the style of the old slasher movies from the eighties, only told in my own way. But that’s not all there is to me; this collection demonstrates that quite clearly.

Here, you’re going to find a more subtle horror than I did before, horror not only of sight and sound, but of mind. And if you heard Rod Serling say that line, well, you’re on the right track. See, this time, it’s not Jason or Freddy or Michael or Pinhead that influenced me. Instead, it’s a Twilight Zone, reaching for The Outer Limits, and telling a few Tales from the Darkside.

While the stories here are still based in horror, there’s more than just horror, too. There’s a bit of a sci-fi bent, a little fantasy. Add a hint of the supernatural, and a dash of my normal dark humor, and you’ve got some idea of what you’re in for. There’s even a bit of that old-school anthology feel, where there’s a story around the stories, too. For that idea, though, I have to credit Patrick Rothfuss and the Kingkiller Chronicle for showing how it can be used this way.

Basically, this is something different, something to show I am more than a one-trick pony. And honestly, while I’m a bit nervous about trying something so vastly different from what I’ve done before, I’m also excited as all get-out for everyone to read these tales!

I’m celebrating, but it’s YOU who gets the reward! In honor of this collection’s release, not only is Consequences going on sale, but I’ll be giving a copy to one lucky person! So take the chance; if you haven’t read it already, here’s your opportunity to do so. I suggest you read it alongside Three Shots and a Chaser, see for yourself the range of my creative insanity. I’m curious which one you prefer: fast and bloody, or subtle scares!

Either way, if you enjoy yourself, if you lose an afternoon or two in the worlds I’ve created, then my mission is accomplished. Just don’t lose yourself too much… you’ll want to be around for what comes next!

 


Enter the GIVEAWAY for a Print Copy of Consequences!



 




 

Purchase the e-copy on sale!

You can purchase CONSEQUENCES at Amazon
 


 

 

Three Shots and a Chaser, Synopsis


Three twisted tales to tempt your palate...

A man who drives the back roads looking for something interesting finds more than he bargained for....

A woman with a very special gift for her husband on their wedding day....

A couple headed for the beach who find themselves tasked with a responsibility they never anticipated....

 

These are the tales told by the patrons of the Last Hope Bar, a way for them to pass the time while waiting for another new face, someone looking for a drink, or a place to wait out a storm, or just someone unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Someone like you, perhaps?

Step right on in, have a seat at the bar, and order up THREE SHOTS AND A CHASER.

You can purchase THREE SHOTS AND A CHASER at Amazon

 


Biography John Quick
 
 


John Quick has been reading and writing scary and disturbing stuff for as long as he can remember, and has only recently begun releasing some of his creations upon the world. He is the author of the novel Consequences and theshort story collection Three Shots and a Chaser. His work has also appeared in the Full Moon Slaughter anthology from JEA Press. His second novel, The Journal of Jeremy Todd is due for release from Sinister Grin Press in the summer of 2017.He lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife, two kids, and four dogs that think they're kids. When he's not hard at work on his next novel, you can find him online at johnquickfiction.com, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and Instagram.

 




Monday, December 19, 2016

Horror Maiden's Top Twelve Books of 2016



 

 

With 2016 coming to an end it's time to look back on the past year. It's been a busy one here at Horror Maiden's. I've reviewed around 125 books, and interviewed some great authors. Narrowing down my favorites this year was extremely difficult, it was an awesome year for horror! I had to put a one book per author on this list, otherwise we'd be here until June just talking about these phenomenal books. If you're looking for a fantastic book to read or as a present for the groovy horror fan on your Christmas list any of these would be a fabulous choice. I hope that your holidays are filled with love & laughter! See you next year,,,

 
 
 

 

 
12. The Final Cut by Jasper Bark

 
 

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

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

 

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. Read the entire review HERE
 
 

 

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11. Cadaver Dog by Doug Goodman
 

 

 

Training a dog to track a zombie is like training a cadaver dog or a bomb dog. It takes patience, trust, and the right dog-and-handler team. And to not be afraid of zombies. When Angie Graves is approached with the idea of training a dog to track zombies, she thinks this is a bad idea. She has worked all kinds of dogs, including cadaver. But she needs a different dog for this line of work, and the only one available is a rescue named Murder. The problem is, Murder is nothing like a hero dog. He is scarred emotionally and physically. He is slow to trust, has a mischievous mind, and obsesses over his chicken toy. But if he and Angie can learn to work together, they may be able to solve the riddle of where the zombies come from, and why they are snatching up people.

 

Cadaver Dog is a gripping novella, I didn't want to put it down. It's rare that a zombie story gives us something beyond the usual end of the world scenarios but this book delivers a whole new, and chilling take on how zombies are created. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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10. A Living Grave by Robert E. Dunn

 

 


 

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 sessions—until 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 bootlegger 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…

 

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. The twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the entirely satisfying ending. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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9. Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe
 


 

 

Reggie Levine, ex-boxer turned bouncer, and hapless hero, has barely recovered from his ordeal in Damn Dirty Apes, when he is called back to action. Recruited to retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing showdog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Nazi drug smugglers, a seedy used-car salesman, a wannabe serial killer, an ornery Vietnam veteran, a badass veterinarian, a freakishly endowed adult entertainment donkey named Enrique, and in an explosive cameo, an Academy Award winning Hollywood icon.
 
From Adam Howe, writer of Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, Black Cat Mojo, and the winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, comes another hard-hitting slice of pulp Southern crime, 80s action, pop Americana, and pitch-black comedy.
 
Damn Dirty Apes is available as part of the Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet Collection, available at Amazon and many other online retailers.

Fans of 80's action movies, donkey's, chupacabra's, Nicholas Cage, or just fabulous writing will find a lot to love in this one! Read the entire review HERE


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8. Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe
 

 

 

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.


 

 

Chasing Ghosts takes the backwoods, inbred cannibal out of the realm of cheese and turns it into a genuinely terrifying tale. This story is bloody, violent, and fantastic for horror lovers who aren't squeamish. Read the entire review HERE
 

 
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7. Obsidian Tears by Doug Lamoreux & Daniel D. Lamoreux

 



Mother Earth is crying. Yellowstone is dying.


New troubles are stacking up like cordwood for Chief Ranger Glenn Merrill, as Yellowstone’s existence is threatened by earth tremors and an imminent super-volcano. After a series of gruesome deaths claiming animals, tourists, and a ranger, it’s clear that something’s gone terribly wrong at the nation's oldest national park.


But putting an end to these mysterious deaths is more than just the chief ranger’s job — it may be his end.


Obsidian Tears plunges Glenn, his Shoshone friend, an aggressive young seismologist and an Arapaho healer into a world of Indian mysticism. Will man and nature join forces, or risk losing all of humanity to an ancient evil?

 

This is the kind of book that sucks you in until your surprised when you look up to find that you're back in the real world. Filled with intense action, sparkling dialogue and terrifying scenarios the story moves along at a super fast pace and keeps you hooked on every word. Read the entire review HERE
 
 

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6. Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson

 

 

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

 

Apocalypse Machine is an apocalyptical Kaiju thriller. The story grabs you from the very first page and doesn't slow down until the completely satisfying finale. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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5. The Awakening by Brett McBean
 



 

Welcome to the small Midwestern town of Belford, Ohio. It’s a quiet, friendly town. On one corner of Main Street you’ll find Barb’s Corner Store. Opposite you’ll see the town square, with its neatly trimmed lawn and statuesque gazebo. There’s everything you need here. There’s even a local bogeyman. You know the type: reclusive, looks a little strange. The person all the kids are afraid of. Every town has one. Except this one is stranger than most.


Meet Mr. Joseph. With his severely crooked neck and nasty facial scar, the old man from Haiti is the one resident all the kids whisper about and are scared to go near. But there are things about Mr. Joseph no one knows about. He has no heartbeat. No breath passes by his lips. And he has been dead for over ninety years.


It’s summer vacation and fourteen-year-old Toby Fairchild is looking forward to spending a lazy, carefree summer playing basketball, staying up late watching monster movies, and camping out in his backyard with his best friend, Frankie.


But then tragedy strikes. And out of this tragedy an unlikely friendship develops between Toby and the strange old man across the street, Mr. Joseph. Over the course of a tumultuous summer, Toby will be faced with pain and death, the excitement of his first love, and the underlying racism of the townsfolk, all while learning about the value of freedom at the hands of a kind but cursed old man.


Every town has a dark side. And in Belford, the local bogeyman has a story to tell.

 

The Awakening is a coming of age horror tale with a twist. Far more horrifying and sympathetic than the shambling dead that want to eat you and far less horrible and terrifying than some of the people you'll find here. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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4. The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

 

 


 

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...

 

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. Read the entire review HERE



 

 
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3. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

 

 

A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

 

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

 

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.

 

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.

 

Mongrels is a coming of age horror story with teeth. Filled moments that will break your heart and others that are terrifying and bloody this unconventional werewolf tale gets under your skin. Read the entire review HERE

 


 

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2. Hunter Of The Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski

 

 

Someone has begun targeting vampires.

Vampire leaders of the thirteen Houses attribute the string of recent losses to over-zealous vampire hunters. Only Cicatrice, the most ancient and powerful vampire in the world, suspects that the semi-legendary Hunter of the Dead may be the real culprit.


Carter Price, a vampire hunter who despises the way his profession is becoming centralized and corporatized, begins to suspect the Hunter of the Dead is back, too – and no longer distinguishing between vampires and mortals. Against his better judgment, Price agrees to work with Cicatrice.


The uneasy allies attempt to uncover the truth about the Hunter, while a vampire civil war brews in the background. But perhaps most difficult of all, they must contend with their new apprentices, who seem to be falling in love with each other against every rule of man and monster…

 

Hunter Of The Dead is a throwback to when vampires were monsters, not sparkly emo teenagers full of angst. This book is chock full of bloody, violent action and enough witty dialogue to keep me glued to the pages with a maniacal grin on my face until I finished the last page. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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1. Children Of The Dark by Jonathan Janz

 

 

Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning.


Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals—the Moonlight Killer—has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves—his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends—will be threatened.


And very few of them will escape with their lives.

 

Children Of The Dark is hands down the best book I've read this year! It has set the bar extremely high for all of the books that will follow. Filled with characters that are easy to care about and non-stop terror, I couldn't put it down. Read the entire review HERE
 


 

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones [5 stars]



From the Description
 
A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.
 
 
Publication Date: May 10, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Length: 320 pages


 
Mongrels is a coming of age horror story with teeth. Werewolves have always been my favorite monster so when I heard about this book I grabbed it (Thanks Frank!). I didn't really expect it to jump to the top of my favorite books list, but it did. I was hooked from the very first page of this phenomenal book and sad when my visit to this world came to an end. This gritty and realistic story is told from the point of view of The Boy, a child growing up in a family of destitute gypsy-like werewolves who travel across the south to find work and escape discovery. The characters are believable and easy to care about. The mythology is fascinating, giving the world created by Stephen Graham Jones a subtle mystery that I found irresistible. Filled moments that will break your heart and others that are terrifying and bloody this unconventional werewolf tale gets under your skin. I can't recommend this 5 star read enough.


 


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About the Author

 
 
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six story collections. He has received numerous awards, including the NEA Literature Fellowship in fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the This Is Horror Award, as well as making Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels of the Year. Stephen was raised in West Texas. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and children.

 
You can find him at demontheory.net or follow him at Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads




Praise

 
 
"Mongrels isn’t just a coming-of-age story or a horror story. It looks at the world through a disturbing, uncomfortable lens, and offers up a brutal mythology of werewolves. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I won’t forget it anytime soon." - Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

"With lupine tongue tucked well into cheek, Mongrels is at once an adolescent romp through the tangled woods of family history and a rich compendium of werewolf lore old and new." - Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River and The Lesser Dead

"Lyrical...The narrator’s voice is heartfelt and absorbing...an often moving portrait of a family struggling to survive." - Publishers Weekly

"A love letter to the American South...Jones’ portrayals of rural American ring true in many ways. Horror enthusiasts will also dig the graphic mythology...A Holden Caulfield analogue dropped into an old horror movie with a soundtrack by Warren Zevon." - Kirkus Reviews

"Mongrels exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read." - Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding

"Stephen Graham Jones is as powerful as the monsters herein." - Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

"Mongrels left me speechless. Or breathless. Certainly without my dew claw. I mean, it’s so smart, original, thrilling, horrifying, and human." - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

"A gory monster coming-of-age tale that makes love triangles with sparkling vampires seem like trivial concerns...A thoughtful, entertaining novel with rich details, well-drawn characters, and, if you’ll forgive the phrase, plenty of bite." - Los Angeles Times

"Mongrels makes a meal fit for any werewolf: meaty, surprisingly sweet of heart, and immensely satisfying...As real as anything you’d find in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Only wiht more teeth." - Tor.com

"You ever read a book and know from the first page that it’s going to be something special?...SGJ’s words are reasonable enough to convert the biggest skeptic into a believer. He’ll have you howling at the moon and digging through the trash in no time." - LitReactor

"Hilarious, painful, fascinating, and satisfying...Will easily be remembered as one of the most unique and unforgettable werewolf tales ever written. It’s both a postmodern deconstruction and a wild love letter to a classic creature of legend, told in a way that only Stephen Graham Jones can tell" - New York Journal of Books
 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tijuana Donkey Showdown by Adam Howe [5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
Reggie Levine, ex-boxer turned bouncer, and hapless hero, has barely recovered from his ordeal in Damn Dirty Apes, when he is called back to action. Recruited to retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing showdog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Nazi drug smugglers, a seedy used-car salesman, a wannabe serial killer, an ornery Vietnam veteran, a badass veterinarian, a freakishly endowed adult entertainment donkey named Enrique, and in an explosive cameo, an Academy Award winning Hollywood icon.
 
From Adam Howe, writer of Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, Black Cat Mojo, and the winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, comes another hard-hitting slice of pulp Southern crime, 80s action, pop Americana, and pitch-black comedy.
 
Damn Dirty Apes is available as part of the Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet Collection, available at Amazon and many other online retailers.
 
 
Publication Date: December 9, 2016
Publisher: Comet Press
Publication Length: 230 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 anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

Tijuana Donkey Showdown is the second adventure for our intrepid anti-hero, Reggie Levine. After the events in Damn Dirty Apes Reggie just wants things to get back to normal. Unfortunately for him, his luck just doesn't work that way. What starts off as a normal night working at The Henhouse quickly escalates into a uproarious race to rescue a sleazy car salesman and his dog, escape a wanna-be serial killer and a drug running ex-con all while trying to stay alive and get the girl. The only way that Adam Howe could have made this story any better is if it had an appearance by Rummy Rumsfeld. If you haven't read Damn Dirty Apes yet you might want to start with it first, trust me you won't be sorry you did, it's a fantastic story, and things in this one will make more sense. Fans of 80's action movies, donkey's, chupacabra's, Nicholas Cage, or just fabulous writing will find a lot to love in this highly recommended 5 star thrill ride.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
Adam Howe is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. He lives in Greater London with his partner, their daughter, and a hellhound named Gino.
 
Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story "Jumper" was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the international On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of King’s memoir.
 
His fiction has appeared in places like Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, Mythic Delirium, and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 1. He is the author of two novella collections, Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and Black Cat Mojo. In the pipeline: the occult thriller Scapegoat, a horror/crime collaboration with Adam Cesare, and 80s action epic, One Tough Bastard.
 
Stalk him at Facebook, GoodReads, and Twitter .
 
 
Author photo by Mark Milan
 

Praise
 
 
"Like Lansdale on meth, or ‘80s action-movie icon Shane Black on crack, I have yet to read anything by Howe that didn’t have me laughing so hard I wondered more than once if I might have sprained something vital inside of me. He’s done it again with Tijuana Donkey Showdown. The only thing I hate about this guy’s books is the fact that, as soon as I finish one, there’s not another I can start right away. Dammit." —James Newman, author of Ugly As Sin, Odd Man Out, and Animosity
 
"Adam Howe has oodles of insane talent. Tijuana Donkey Showdown reads like the script of the greatest B-movie ever, written by the unholy offspring of Joe R. Lansdale and Jeff Strand, and directed by Uwe Boll. Howe is a purveyor of beautiful, ridiculous violence, and I hope the misadventures of Reggie Levine continue for a long time." —Pete Kahle, award-winning author of The Specimen
 
"Adam Howe’s latest offering rips along at the speed of sound, delivering action-packed thrills, uncountable surprises—both light and dark—and edgy, trademark humor, all of it rendered in such vivid prose it practically shimmers on the page. Another winner from an emerging master." —Sean Costello, author of Squall and Finders Keepers
 
"Adam Howe is one of the funniest, sickest, most insane writers working today. The man has no filter!" —Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbeque

 
 
 



 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Veil (Testaments I & II) by Joseph D'Lacey (4 stars)

 
 
From the Description
 
Some call it The Long Silence, others The Hush. Whatever it is, the world has gone quiet. No electricity, no engines, most of the people gone. There are survivors, small groups enduring as best they can in a seemingly abandoned world.

At night, the landscape glows with unnatural light. The stillness is broken by the desolate cries of the lost population, returning now to search for...no one knows what. What is certain, though, is that those they drag into the shadows do not return.

The Veil contains the final testaments of two disparate groups; a band of survivalists barricaded into a single block of an American city, and a young family hiding in a remote part of the English countryside.

But there are enemies among the survivors too, using the cataclysm to serve their own desires. If the end of the world can't cleanse the human heart, what reason can there be to continue?
 
 
Publication Date: November 26, 2016
Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing
Publication Length: 144 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.

The Veil (Testaments I & II) is a set of post-apocalyptic novellas told from the perspective of two different groups of survivors. The apocalypse has come in a new and insidious way in the world of The Veil. In The Kill Crew (Testament I) we get to know Sherri, a Stopper who helps protect her small group of survivors from the Commuters, the zombie like remnants of society. As Sherri learns the truth about the Commuters and struggles to protect Trixie, a young girl she befriended, this story takes on the bleak tone of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In The Failing Flesh (Testament II) we learn more about the creatures that are wiping out humanity. Rob takes his wife and son to a secluded place but quickly learns that nowhere is safe. Both of these novellas are grim and filled with terror but The Kill crew ends with a glimmer of hope that makes me want to read more about this desolate new world. A gripping 4 star read.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 

 
 
Joseph D’Lacey writes Horror, SF & Fantasy, often with environmental themes, and is best known for his unsettling novel, Meat.
 
Other books to-date include Garbage Man, Snake Eyes, The Kill Crew, The Failing Flesh, Blood Fugue, Black Feathers, The Book of the Crowman and Splinters – a collection of short stories. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009.
 
He also writes children’s stories with his daughter.
 
Find out more about Joseph D'Lacey at josephdlacey.wordpress.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 

Praise
 
 
"Joseph D'Lacey Rocks" - Stephen King
 
"Joseph D’Lacey is one of our best new horror writers, delivering surprises, intensity, and scares aplenty with each new book. And with every book, he’s upping his game." - Tim Lebbon, author of The Heretic Land and London Eye
 
 
 
 
"Dreadfully visionary. Appallingly inspired. One could wear out a thesaurus trying to articulate the singular fusion of qualities that has come to define Joseph D’Lacey’s work. Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) horrifying, mesmerizing, shocking, unsettling, and beautiful, and always deeply intelligent, it’s utterly unlike anything else I’m aware of. It’s also utterly wonderful." - Matt Cardin, author of To Rouse Leviathan and Dark Awakenings

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Conceiving by Thomas S. Flowers [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description

 

Dark things are dwelling in Jotham, Texas. Malicious forces are seen emerging from the sinister house on Oak Lee Road…

With little memory of the events that took the lives of his friends, Bobby Weeks tries to move on with his life, and finds a job at a warehouse on Galveston Island. The evil in Jotham won’t leave him behind, though. Strangers from the cursed town find him, offering information about what happened to his friends. It all leads back to Baelo University…back to Jotham.

Luna Blanche has always been gifted, but now she must use those gifts to save Bobby…

Luna goes to the Mississippi Delta to take care of her dying grandmother. She misses Bobby, and when she attempts to see Bobby through her mind, all she finds is a deadly future. Fearing his life is in danger, she leaves the Delta and searches for him in Jotham.

Neville and Boris Petry want nothing more than the picturesque American Dream…

After Boris accepts a new job teaching at Baelo University, the Petrys move to Jotham to finally live out their dream. Following a drunken faculty party, Neville discovers she is pregnant. She should be ecstatic, but dreadful dreams lead her to feel as if something is wrong with the baby, her husband…and the school.

Four destinies bound on a collision course, a plot conceived in the shadows of Jotham…and an evil biding its time…waiting for them all.

 

 
Publication Date: November 29, 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Publication Length: 277 pages

 
 

I received a copy of this book as part of the Conceiving publicity tour 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. For more fun or info follow along with the tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you’re a media site, blogger, or radio/podcast host, and you’d like to feature Thomas S Flowers or review Conceiving please contact the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 

 



Conceiving is part three of the Subdue series, since I hadn't read the first two books I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. This story has so much going on, it has a cult of crazies, bizarre insectoid creatures, voodoo, a zombie-ish golem, and werewolves. It should have been a hot mess,,, but somehow it works. Think Rosemary's Baby meets An American Werewolf In London with creepy, nasty bug things. Luna, Bobby, Boris and Neville are engaging characters. I enjoyed getting to know them on their twisting journey to the small town of Jotham. The story draws you in with just the right amount of heart to balance out the bloody and somewhat gruesome action leading up to a fiery conclusion. An entertaining 4 star read.

 

 
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About the Author
 

 
 
Thomas S. Flowers is the published author of several character-driven stories of dark fiction. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter.
 

He is published with The Sinister Horror Company’s horror anthology The Black Room Manuscripts. His debut novel, Reinheit, is published with Shadow Work Publishing, along with The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein and Apocalypse Meow. His military/paranormal thriller series, The Subdue Books, Dwelling, Emerging and Conceiving, are published with Limitless Publishing, LLC.
 

In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 

In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA in History.

 
You can learn more about Thomas and all his strange writings at machinemean.org, where he does author interviews and reviews on a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 



Praise

 

 
"Thomas S Flowers is a fantastic writer. There is no other way of putting it. He writes a single book but has so many different writing styles within that single book that all come together beautifully to present you with a story that totally engrosses you." – Confessions of a Reviewer
 
"Thomas S. Flowers has allowed this story to brew slowly, allowing the mystery and horror of the house on Oak Lee Road to reveal itself bit by bit. The author is a master of taking an everyday, normal object and twisting it into a horrific monstrosity —Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
 
"A page-turning, emotional book with shades of Stephen King’s IT and the best parts of Peter Straub’s KOKO. Thomas Flowers has written an extremely personal book of friendship, loss, and trauma that deserves praise not just for its sharp characterization but also its brutal honesty." – Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage, on Dwelling