The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton

November 5, 2018 - 6:26 pm No Comments

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton
Published by Hilltop Press on 24th March 2018
176 pages

Tronhafen is a logger’s village, everyone who lived there worked for Grassen, an unethical employer who was only out to make a profit. Children have been going missing for as long as the villagers can remember. Every child had been warned not to go into Green Woods, but in any close community, there is always that one child who ignores the warnings.
Sylvie Hummel was 12-year-old girl, with a bit of a rebellious streak. Looking for adventure, she ignored the warning about going into the woods. When she entered the woods, what she saw would change her life for ever. Ancient trees covered the land each with their own stories to tell. Although she was young, she had an old head on her, and when the troubles started at the mill, she understood the danger that was coming to the village. Going into the wood she soon found out the secret of the Green wood and was quick enough to share it with her cousin Erik
The use of ancient trees to tell the story gave it a unique storyline that I have not come across before. The author’s descriptive style had you feeling that you were walking the paths with Sylvie. As the story spanned over 18 years, you follow the families as they age and grow. This story shows how humans can ruin the environment with their profit-making mentality and with more forest been destroyed does make you think. With its fantasy style to the story, you will have more respect for the gnarled oak that you see in the woods and will wonder what story they have to tell.
This is a gentle read and a good introduction to this new to me author

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw

November 3, 2018 - 3:51 pm No Comments

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw
Published by EyeCue Production on 2nd November 2018
127 pages

The idea of a vacuum cleaner responsible for mayhem and murder is what drew me to this book. Clive Beauchamp had an unusual childhood which resulted in him becoming a serial killer. But when his latest victim became the killer, his consciousness ended up being transported to a Mr Sucky. a vacuum cleaner with bite.
From the start of the story Clive came across as a bit of a blundering fool. How he had got away with murder for so long was a mystery. If it was not for his inner voice, think of Jiminy Cricket on steroids, he would not have killed anyone. But when he died and was brought back to life in the body of a vacuum cleaner, he had a new purpose, to get revenge with the maximum amount of violence that a suction hose could make.
This was a quick read and a laugh a minute. The action was non-stop, and I was hooked from page one. Written from Clive’s POV made the story flow, his inner voice played a big part in the narrative, but there was no confusion as their words were written in italics. Whilst the inner voice had no identity, I was imagining that it was one of Clive’s siblings who met a tragic end, either by Clive’s or his father’s hands. As the killings started so did the gore and some of the killings were quite unique. I did wonder how much time the author looked at vacuum parts imagining what damaged to a human body each part could do. The killings were quite graphic and as I was reading these scenes, I was thinking was I wrong to laugh. The book had a lot of one-liners and play on words, usually between Clive and his inner voice which broke up the violence.
As the story continues you get to find out more about Mr Sucky’s victims and even their stories were detailed, and you soon find out the reason Angela was with Clive. One minor detail that I will mention is the naming of one of the victims. Whilst my name is not uncommon it is rare to see it in a story, even though they were dead.
This story was fun to read and if you like your horror filled with humour than this is the perfect read for you. One thing I did come away with, was that I will never look at my own vacuum cleaner in the same light again and got me thinking what other appliances could do the most damage to people. A great read which should not be read in public unless you want to be looked at when you start laughing aloud.

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan

October 30, 2018 - 10:26 pm No Comments

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan
Published 21st December 2013
167 pages

I download a lot of books and whilst searching through my kindle, I realised I had not read a zombie story in a while.
Pararescueman Sean Ryder is on a mission, dropped off with his colleague Jules Hoover, they and SEAL Team 8 are sent on a mission to Southern Nigeria. To rescue or recover 3rd Ranger Battalion, Bravo Company. But how did highly trained soldiers go missing.
Whilst Sean is not as highly trained as the SEALs he was a good at what he did and even when he did not know the full facts he went in without asking questions. Good friends with Turk, he was admired for his hard work and commitment.
From page 1 as Sean jumps out of the plan you are thrown into the action, following him as he goes on the mission. The action is non-stop and is a page turner as the situation goes from bad to worse. Whilst this is a zombie read, they are not your typical zombies. It was a pleasant change to read about zombies that did not just shuffle around moaning.
As usual with zombies there are not always survivors, it has an added twist which although finishes on a cliff hanger, will draw you into reading book 2

Family Reunion (Charon Family Adventure Book 1) by Rod Pennington

October 29, 2018 - 9:19 pm No Comments

Family Reunion (Charon Family Adventure Book 1) by Rod Pennington
Published by ePulpPress.com on 8th February 2014
169 pages

What does an ex-CIA agent do when he gets sacked, he opens an exclusive security company. Hired by governments to do their dirty work, he was respected by everyone, well that was until he met his children.
Michael Charon was good at what he did, although like most spies came across as cocky. He met his match with Olivia, who had bottled all her resentment for him and let him have it with both barrels. Following them as they go on their 1st mission, was just like a family outing. A dad with their stroppy teens. Whilst Olivia and Seth were twins they were completely opposites, but due to their background were very close.
Whilst Michael and family are the main characters, some of my favourite scenes involved some of the minor characters. Master Rōshi reminded me of a stoned-out Mister Miyagi and some of the comments towards Michael were hysterical.
As you follow them from the start of the investigation, you get drawn into much more than who killed the love of his life. There are twists through out and you could imagine this been made into a TV series. Whilst this is tagged Dark Comedy, I don’t think it is that dark, however the comedy moments will have you laughing. Thanks usually to Olivia’s smart mouth. This was a fast-paced thriller and with only 169 pages a quick read. Further books are out in the series, so you carry on with the happy family.

Hark the Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

October 27, 2018 - 3:52 pm No Comments

Hark the Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden
Published by Pisces Books on 30th Oct. 2018
384 pages

Before we know it, the Christmas season will be upon us, and what would be nicer than sitting curled up with a book showcasing 18 stories spreading the Christmas cheer or should that be fear
If I reviewed every story, my review would go out on for ever, so here are a some of stories that I really liked.
Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith: Travelling is a stressful situation. Having a new born baby in tow is double the stress. This story follows a couple as they take their baby on a Christmas getaway to Barcelona. As you read the story you could feel the cracks beginning to show with their happy family. There is a feel of tension in the story as you expect something to happen at any time. The addition of the presents takes the situation from bad to worse. A good twist at the end.
The Second Floor of the Christmas Hotel by Joe R Lansdale. Strange goings on in a hotel, gives a chance for the MC to find out more about the mystery girl who kissed him at a Christmas party many years before. Even though you know that something bad happened at the hotel, the investigation of the owner and the haunting of the room gave it a whodunnit feel to the story. Swapping timelines was smooth and made this story a quick read.
Yankee Swap by John M McIlveen. First off, I had not got a clue what Yankee Swap was so had to google it. This story had a fatal twist to the game and a Saw feel to it. Non-stop drama with an ending that I never saw coming.
The Hangman’s Bride by Sarah Pinborough. Life was hard being a chimney sweep boy, its harder when the house you are working at is haunted by a ghost. The descriptive writing made you feel that you were watching a movie. This had everything you need in a ghost story. Love, revenge and haunting ending.
Whilst I had heard of some of the authors, this was a good introduction to the others and I will be sure to look out for other work by them. As Horror comes in different shapes and form, do not expect every story to scare you, but buy this book and pick your own favourite story.