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Maximus Shock: Collected Tales of Madness and Terror

December 2, 2017 - 1:17 pm No Comments

Maximus Shock: Collected Tales of Madness and Terror
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 10th February 2017
342 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read quite a few books published by Optimus Maximus Publishing, I knew what to expect from some of the authors. However, this anthology gave me the chance to read stories from some of their other authors. Having 16 short stories, with various degrees of horror, helped me spend a pleasant couple of hours reading. Here are a few to entice you.
Starting off this review is Monkeys in the Palace by Chris Garson: Having enjoyed his novel Perk Noir, I was looking forward to reading this short story. The main protagonist narrates his story whilst a prison riot is occurring. The bloodshed and graphic death scenes are constant throughout and the narrator reminds me of Hannibal. A big shock is the reveal of the narrator.
After School Special by Maura Atkinson Butler: Sunshine or Sunny to her peers, was your typical high school student. Her daily mission was to avoid the “Stepford Girls” and their cronies. An easy target for their bullying, her sadistic imagination got her through the day. However, when she was drawn into a plan of revenge, it all goes terrible wrong. The author’s storytelling had me feeling sorry for Sunny, and I did will her to stop the bullying anyway she could. Although the ending was a surprise.
Bites by Leon Brown: Set after the zombie apocalypse, this is the story about a small community and their encounter with the zombies. The story revolves around Sam and how he played his part. I enjoyed that this story told it how the zombie apocalypse would probably be like, a lot of sitting around. Sam as a character was genuine and like most young men had the eye for the pretty ladies. When the zombies attacked it was quick and this story just shows you to be careful who you trust.
In Death the Spirit Calls by Emir Skalonja: Set in World War II Russia, the German and Russians are battling in the trenches, but they are not alone. This story is well descriptive of the evils of war whether it be demon or human intervention.
Mannequin by Matt Hay: Christmas Eve and Brian is cashing up at MacDougall’s Department Store. As shop manager is was under a lot of pressure with his home and work life. What happens this fatal night would change his life for ever. The story had was filled with suspense and blend the horror with an everyday item gave this a creepy feel. This has given me a taste for Matt’s up and coming novel.
Scouts Honour by Ricky Fleet: A scout camp is not a camp with the scary campfire story and this camp was no different. Toby a scout leader tells his troop the story about Lavina and her terror over Helston. Reading this story, you could imagine sitting there being creeped out. Knowing this author from his Zombie Series Hellspawn, I know that he can tell a story. However, this story was so different to his usual work, it had a chilling feel to it from the start, with a mixture of the scouts’ reaction and the story itself, the author leads you to a shocking ending.
I could write about every story in this anthology as I loved each and everyone, but my review would go onto well over 1000 words. If you are looking for your next horror anthology, then look no further.

Perk Noir by Chris Garson

March 26, 2017 - 10:38 am No Comments

Perk Noir by Chris Garson

Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 6th July 2016

375 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After getting injured on the field, former American Football player Mason Barnes became an author. He has a created a series about a ninja spy Mia Killjoy who can kill any assailant with her lady parts, loved by a niche audience all Mason wants to do is to win a Pulitzer. Mason does his writing at Perk Noir, a coffee shop dedicated to Earl “Lightening” Perkins, original owner and little known Jazz player. Being a big fan of Lightening, Mason knew there was more to his life and if he wanted to win that prestigious award, then he would have to investigate and write Lightening’s story. Helping with this story was Shelly a big Mason, Cosplay and Mia fan, who’s family heirloom kicked started the Lightening investigation, but he knew that he had to get to the story before his nemesis, Bancroft.

The way the author described Mason you have a definite picture in your mind whilst reading this story. I found him to be a loveable character, a gentle giant who had a fascination for people’s head size. When he joined up with Shelly their partnership was solid and I felt that she bought out the best in Mason and was always worrying about his wellbeing, especially when Mason suffers a health scare.  Although young in age, she was very mature and was full of confidence and I liked the way that she did not care what people thought about her. The detail that the author put into each character even the minor ones, added more depth to the story. I was instantly drawn to Brett Barlow, the café owner and Professor Harrison Coopers-Clarke Mason’s mentor and I would like to know more about them

Weaving from past to present, helped tell the story of Mason’s investigation, without it being confusing. Lightening’s story was so convincing that I had believed that he was an actual Jazz player. This is a well written book, with a great plot full of twists and turns. I did not want the story to finish but I could not put it down. It had me laughing at Mia’s antics and the constant comparison of head sizes and the final twist I am sure I just sat there with my mouth agape as I definitely did not see that coming.

This is a great story and not just for mystery lovers. I want to read more of Mason and I want to know if Snippy ever loses weight.