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Righteous Maleficia by Emir Skalonja

December 8, 2017 - 10:30 pm No Comments

Righteous Maleficia by Emir Skalonja
Published 30th November 2017
167 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you know your history, then you would know that in Medieval times, parts of Europe were hit by the black death. A fatal disease that killed thousands, the majority being the poor villagers. The villagers in Blythe’s Hollow, not only had the plague to contend with but a treacherous land owner. As the plague hit the village, the downtrodden villagers, turned to Magdalene, a local witch, who could heal where others failed. However, any villager who was found guilty of witchcraft, faced the wrath of the Church. Using barbaric medieval torture devices, the priests did not care who they brought to judgement. The villagers needed a hero who would stand up and fight.
The Villagers: Living in such squalor, they relied on each other for help. Edgar and Farah were very much in love, living with Cederic Edgar’s disabled father. Bradyn was Edgar’s best friend and throughout you sense how close they were. Working on Lord Kenway’s lane Bradyn always tried to cheer up Edgar with his dry wit. Over time even he was feeling down trodden.
The Church: Father Lawrence overseas the church and is judge and jury when it came to the villagers. Father John and Brother Samuel, both got pleasure punishing the victims. The only monk that had some sort of conscious was the meek Father William.
From the start you are introduced to the horror of the medieval times, with graphic torture scenes, it shows that not all horrors are demon made. Magdalene was seen as hope for the village, although I sensed she had a hidden agenda to protect herself and when Edgar and Farah came her way she used their love for each other to get what he wanted. The villagers story was harrowing and the illustrative way the author wrote their story, made you feel that they were all going to perish. The story was a fast pace and you could tell that the author had done his research. Whilst I have read some short stories written by this author, this was the 1st novel I have read and I am looking forward to reading his other works.

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.