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Sinister Horror Company Annual

December 10, 2018 - 9:57 pm No Comments

Sinister Horror Company Annual

Published by Sinister Horror Company on 31st October 2018

104 pages

As a little girl, I would always look forward to Christmas Day, not just for the presents but for the annual I would get every year. It was a book that had hours of enjoyment and I would re-read it throughout the year. The older I got I soon outgrew the annuals and I can’t remember the last time I read one. However, this year I was like a kid at Christmas when Sinister Horror announced that they were going to publish an annual for horror lovers.

When I bought it, I eagerly opened it to see what fun was insideand I wasn’t disappointed. There was the usual dot to dot, crossword, word search and even a picture to colour, allwith the horror theme and what annual would not have a comic strip running throughout the book. One unique touch was the Lego, each picture depicted different Lego characters acting out the covers of books published by Sinister Horror.  

There were also contributions from Daniel Marc Chant, Tracey Fahey, Kit Power, Tim Clayton,  Andrew Freudenberg, Mark Cassell, Kayleigh Marie Edwards, Duncan P Bradshaw, Chris Kelso and JR Park. All these authors either wrote a short story or an article and each piece was great reading.

For this review, I am going to pick out a few.

Cernunnos by Daniel Marc Chant: A pile of ash in a shoe, an ancient stag skull on the desk and DI Lydia Brooks was on the case. This story is a mystery and as you read this story you find out more about the skull’s history. I would like to read this as a longer story as I did not want it to end.

The Girl who kissed the dead by Tracey Fahey: The main protagonist main job was a mortician beautician, but she was also a tattooist and beautician. As you read this story,you get to find out the reason behind her choice of jobs and I just wanted to give her a big hug. As you finish the story you find out how she tries to help others who suffered by the hand of others. Sucha beautiful story.

The Incredible Case of Marie Dunsten by JR Park: 4 days after her boyfriend was murdered, Marie is found without a memory of the event, Detective Lamb is on the case. As you read this story, you soon realise that the Detective is out of his depth. He suspected that Marie had something to do with it but could not prove it. With more and more bodies brutally killed,the story intensifies in the final quarter as Lamb chases down his suspect.However, it is not till the end of the book do you find out who/what is behind it.

 One thing I noticed with this annual, was the quality of the finished product, with its glossy cover and thick paper, it was a pleasure to hold it and I had not even started to read it.This annual will give you hours of fun and I know I will revisit these stories again. I hope that this will be a yearly event as I want to look forward to anew one every year. A must have for all horror lovers.  

The Window by Glenn Rolfe

December 9, 2018 - 10:00 pm No Comments

The Window by Glenn Rolfe

Published on 28th September 2018

339 pages

James has moved away with his mom and her new boyfriend. Missing his dad and his friends, he was overjoyed when he was told that he could stay at his dad’s for the remainder of the summer. Richie, James’ dad was battling depression and alcoholism, wanting to make James’ time with him as enjoyable as he could, he did not count on an unwanted visitor.

James was your typical teenager. A lover of horror and 80s rock music, he would spend time in his room chatting to his 2 best friends Eric and Kevin. So when there was trouble with his dad they were the 1st ones to call. The three together reminded me of the Goonies and were up for an adventure.

From the start, you’re introduced to Domineus a demon that was looking for 3 vessels, to house himself, his wife Sanikus and his son Kyrus. Playing on Richie’s weaknesses Domineus went to work on him. Like the majority of the demons, he liked to mess with their minds but had an unusual way of entering them and I cannot remember reading another book that a window was used for possession. Also, Eric’s research came from an unusual source and it is amazing what you can find online.

This book was addictive and it was one book that gave me a book hangover, as I read into the middle of the night, just to find out what happened. The story intensified right to the end and the action kept going on and on. The teenagers were believable and even when their hormones were going into overdrive, none of the scenes were cringy and as a mom, I can remember those talks. The demonic scenes were in parts quite graphic, but it wouldn’t be a horror without them. As other reviewers have said this is also a coming of age story and it I enjoyed see James mature into a caring young man, taking into consideration other’s feelings.

This is the first book that I have read by this author I will look out for more from him. If you like demonic possesions and horror than pick up this book.   

The Horror Collection: Gold Edition by Kevin J Kennedy, Amy Cross, Mike Duke, JC Michael. Lex H Jones and Matthew Brockmeyer

December 9, 2018 - 4:18 pm No Comments

The Horror Collection: Gold Edition by Kevin J Kennedy, Amy Cross, Mike Duke, JC Michael. Lex H Jones and Matthew Brockmeyer

Published by KJK Publishing on 28th September 2018

133 pages

As soon as I know there is a new anthology from KJK Publishing I will pre-order regardless of the theme.

The Paperboy by Amy Cross: As the paper is being delivered, one resident has an unhealthy obsessionwith his paperboy. Will seeing his eyes explain what’s going on?  The descriptivestyle has you wondering what exactly had happened to the resident and was is heobsessed with the paperboy’s eyes. It is not till the end do you find out whatexactly happened.

The Man who Lost Paradise by JC Michael: A drug addict is hunting for the ultimate fix, but what he has to do is worse than Hell. This story does not romanticise drug taking, it shows just how bad it can be. The main character had no qualms of doing what he wanted to, to get his next fix and due to his circumstances found it all too easy. However, halfway through the story, I actually started to feel sorry for him and I could understand what he wanted to achieve.

The September Laments of Annaleigh by Matthew Brockmeyer: A family trying to survive living in the wilderness. From the start this had a dystopian feel, a family living off the land and eating what they catch, but as the story continues you soon realise that there is something not right with them. Think of the families in all your favourite horror films, but it’s not just the family that you need to worry about but what is kept in the sty.

Flesh by Kevin J Kennedy: Two tribes have learnt to adapt by living underground. As I was reading this I was imagining the Morlock. Whilst you think this is a story about cannibalism, the dead have a unique way of fighting back. As the story is set underground it has a claustrophobic feel to it and that all is lost.    

At Peace Now? By Lex H Jones:  Ethan has important news for everyone. As you start this story this feels like a quest in an epic fantasy. Scattered throughout is the story behind him being there. Not much is known about the creature who is following him, but it all comes dangerously clear at the end.

Ghost Train by Mike Duke: A train crashing into a school bus killing many, triggered regular hauntings. Years on people are still talking about the ghostly train. Now four boys want to see if the stories are true. The bond between the four boys was as strong as brothers. When one of them was in danger whether it was from bullies or the train, they all fought together. This is a coming of age story with a great ending.

As this book has 6 stories, I read it pretty quickly and I need to congratulate KJK on another good author selection. Without a theme, there is a good mixture of horror and whilst I still had a favourite, I enjoyed reading them all.  I’m looking forward to what will come next from KJK publishing I

Too Close for Comfort (Knight and Culverhouse Book 1) by Adam Croft

December 6, 2018 - 9:14 pm No Comments

Too Close for Comfort (Knight and Culverhouse Book 1) by Adam Croft
Published 4th January 2011
183 pages

When a prostitute is found murdered, DS Wendy Knight has finally got her first murder case. As more women were murdered, Wendy not only had to capture the killer but prove to her boss that she was the woman for the job.
There were times I felt that Wendy was trying too hard to prove that she was good at her job. Being the only woman on the murder squad did add pressure to her work, but she also put pressure on herself. What didn’t help was her boss DCI Culverhouse, who came across quite chauvinistic and at the start did not respect Wendy.
I read this story in one sitting as I wanted to find out who was behind the murders. The working relationship between Knight and Culverhouse grew stronger as the case continued and I had my suspicion that Culverhouse started to respect her.
The author had a way of leading you down the wrong path by throwing in a number of red herrings. It is not often I get to the end of the book without guessing who was behind the murders, but on this occasion, I had not got a clue. This story was well plotted and everything was explained clearly and in detail.
I will continue with this series as I want to see how their relationship develops. A good thriller

Friends List by Rob Watson

December 5, 2018 - 10:39 pm No Comments

Friends List by Rob Watson
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on 2nd January 2018
224 pages

Lexa is raised by her aunt and uncle after becoming an orphan. Spending time with her twin Alex, they had a very unhealthy relationship with each other. Trying to be independent, Lexa with her college friends worked on a successful political campaign and now the Magnificent Seven are up for a celebration. However, the celebrations are put on hold when a serial killer turns up uninvited.
Lexa certainly had her problems, but whilst she was trying to adapt and socialise, you could see that she was still a loner. The only time she seemed happy and content was when she was with Alex. As the killings intensify she relies on a lot more support from her family, friends and Dr.
With Room-mates a social media site like Habbo playing an important role in the story shows just how big a part social media is in most people’s lives.
Whilst they were all supposed to be friends there was quite a lot of bitching and backstabbing. Each murder was different and if you like graphic and gore than you will love this book. There were scenes that will shock you, which you don’t see coming. One of my favourite scenes was set at the Thanksgiving celebration.
This was a quick read as I wanted to find out who was doing the killings. There were red-herrings throughout and whilst I had an idea who was behind it, I could not work out how and why. The unexpected ending tied up this story.
A good slasher read.