Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blue Demon by David Bernstein [5 stars]

From the Description
When the meek need defending, they call on Blue Demon, a guardian of bloodshed and retribution. Its loyalty is forever, as long as you remain righteous.
For those that oppress the demon’s flock, life grows short. It kills in the most brutal fashion, and maims those it most despises. It has no feelings, only loyalty and devotion for the ones it protects.
Of course, this is all from the Blue Demon television show and Cal Langston, Blue Demon’s biggest fan, knows such things can’t be real, at least not until the people who messed with him start dying in the most horrific of ways. Frightened and not sure what to believe, he sets out to discover what is truly going on, and if Blue Demon is for real, does he want it watching over him?
Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 134 pages
I received a copy of this book for review purposes as part of the Blue Demon Publicity Tour hosted by the always awesome Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. Follow along the publicity tour with these hashtags: #BlueDemon, #SinisterGrinPress
Blue Demon is an emotional horror story that I didn't want to put down. Cal Langston has a happy family, until a series of horrific tragedies destroys it. He finds a hero in the form of Blue Demon, an action figure based on his favorite cartoon. The characters are easy to relate to and care about. The tragedies that befall the Langston family are the stuff of nightmares and had me wiping my eyes more than once, and cackling gleefully as Blue Demon got revenge on those that hurt them. This may be one of my favorite stories by David Bernstein. A fast paced and totally engrossing 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 reach him at email, or on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

"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