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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

Tales from the Lake Vol4: The Horror Anthology

October 30, 2017 - 11:22 pm No Comments

Tales from the Lake Vol4: The Horror Anthology
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 27th October 2017
266 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


If you want something to read this Halloween, then you can’t go wrong with this anthology. 24 tales of horror, suspense and mystery that will feed your addiction of horror.
With so many stories to choose from, I found it hard to choose my favourites, but I will give it a go.
When the Dead Come Home by Jennifer Loring: Trevor and Kate needed a fresh start after losing their child. Whilst Trevor was trying to move on, Kate was suffering with severe depression. As the story progressed you could feel Kate’s guilt getting worse, and she felt that the whole world was against her. This was a harrowing story about grief and was written with so much compassion, even after I finished the story, it was still thinking about it.
Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale by Max Booth III: Tom and Michael were young lovers, it did not bother anyone except Michael’s dad, a bully when he had a drink. This story is about the fatal night that Michael’s grandma died. This story had me gripped from the start, Michael’s dad was dying to fight someone, and you knew something bad was going to happen. It was magical read and was beautifully written.
Grave Secrets by JG Faherty: Eric was chasing ghosts, 25 years ago his brother Wade went missing in Rocky Point. Now Eric and his son Arthur were going back there to find out what happened. This was full of mystery and suspense as whilst you knew something had happened to Wade. Following Eric’s footsteps, you find out what happened to Wade.
End of the Hall by Hunter Liguire: Davey was being visited by a lady in red, but her visits helped tell a story. I loved this traditional ghost story, Davey was a lovely boy, who became the hero.
The Story of Jessie and Me by Timothy Johnson: A post-apocalyptic story of a young lad and his friend Jessie. What I am still amazed at, was how much went into this short story. The story spanned over years and told of their survival against the military, dangerous men and nature. Action packed from the start.
Dust Devils by Mark Cassell: When a driving instructor went to pick up his last leaner, he did not expect to get involved in a mystical monster attack. Having read other work by this author I was not disappointed with the story. An ancient monster, a deranged man and bloody death scenes, all things that I love in a story.
With every anthology that I read from Crystal Lake, I still find more new authors to read. This is a must read for horror fans. Another great publication and looking forward to the book 5.