Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Blog Tour for Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella by Michael Patrick Hicks

February 22, 2018 - 7:40 pm No Comments

Today it is my day to showcase Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks

Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella by Michael Patrick Hicks
Published by High Fever Books on 2nd February 2018
105 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Most people get junk mail in their post and sometimes you do get a scratchcard delivered. How many people think it is a con and just rip it up. Antoine DeWitt was going to rip his card up, but pressure from his girlfriend forced him to try and cash it in. What he got was more than he expected.
Antoine just wanted something to go his way. With a girlfriend and a baby money would not stretch and they were always behind in their payments. When he goes to get the cash you have the feeling that things are finally going his way.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and whilst there are just over 100 pages, he definitely has a knack of telling a complete story. From the moment Antoine collects his winnings it is none stop action and whilst I was reading it all I could think of was the film Species. The style of writing was really descriptive and you could imagine being trapped and those creatures chasing you. Throughout I was urging the Antoine on to become the hero he wanted to be.
This is a great horror story that I did not want to end, through out the gore there are some touching memories from Antoine and you can see how much he did love his family. If you are looking for a story that will make you flinch and keep you on the edge of your seat then pick up this book. I am off to get some more of his works.



A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon

February 18, 2018 - 11:56 am No Comments

A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon
Published by Grand Mal Press on 26th November 2013
147 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read some of this author’s short stories, I knew what to expect when I picked this to read.
After an accident killed his dreams Dave spent his days drinking and smoking weed whilst watching horror films. A waste of space who expected his mom to do everything. After people in his neighbourhood and family start going missing, and the only clue is blood, Dave surprises everyone.
A slow start whilst you learn all about Dave and the reasons behind his lifestyle, but as soon after the 1st incident the pace picked up making you want to carry on reading and with 147 pages you can read it in one sitting. The scenes in the warehouse were subtle and whilst horrific, left the reader to use their imagination to the destructive ways the killer worked. I will just say that his artwork was not for the faint hearted.
My only complaint was there was not much known about the killer, and if there is not already I would enjoy reading a book just on the killer as I would be interested to see how he ticked. A quick read that for a couple of hours will have you cringing with some of the scenes.

Beyond Night by Eric S Brown and Steven L Shrewsbury

February 4, 2018 - 10:31 pm No Comments

Beyond Night by Eric S Brown and Steven L Shrewsbury
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 26th January 2018
272 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

We all know that the Romans invaded Britain. Not without trying the Pictdom fight back. With Greyman and ancient magic, have the Romans got a chance.
With Armies of thousands, there were quite a few characters that had their story to tell. August in charge of a troop, a German born who had moved up the ranks of the Legion, Rufus, August’s slave who whilst admire August hated the situation. Porcius, a spartan that loved to fight, General Malitus, whilst he liked a good drink, he still knew how to wield a sword. Fighting against the Romans were Drust, an aging wizard that could control the Greyman and Gonar his apprentice, the Weaver another powerful wizard who resurrected Queen Tancorix back to help the Pict defeat the Romans.
Whilst I knew how violent the Romans were (yes, I did watch Gladiators), the way these authors told this story was dark and gruesome. The graphic vivid description of the battles will please any horror fan. I have not read any of these authors work before and I found that the story flowed seamlessly. The story was told from both perspectives, the Romans and the Picts and whilst I am British I did find a few of the Romans fascinating and one of my favourite characters was Porcius, a soldier who took no nonsence.
Looking at all the categories that this book falls into, I can honestly say it ticks all the boxes. Reading this has made me curious in reading more of the authors work. A gore filled read

What Hides Within blog tour

January 17, 2018 - 7:29 pm No Comments

I have been lucky to be involved on the blog tour of What Hides Within by Jason Parent. He is my review of  the book that is not just about a spider

What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Published by Bloodshot Books 15th December 2017
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Clive was a regular Joe, Mr average, he had a 9-5 job, a friend with benefits and a strange roommate. However, after a canoe trip and an encounter with a spiderweb, he picked up a hitchhiker, who changed the person he was.
Reading about the change to Clive, showed what a boring life he had led. He became more confident and readdressed his life. He was not now the guy who people ignored when they walked past, although that could be because he was talking to the voice in his head.
With only a handful of characters, it gives you the chance to know them in depth. Each character had their quirkiness, Kevin and his love of Hannah Montana, Felix and his love of forgotten porn, Morgan and her love of Clive and Judith just wanted friends.
The story had 3 stories running concurrent, Clive’s and his relationship with Chester, a murdered young girl and a mad bomber. Sound confusing but it wasn’t, all the stories interlinked to make a gripping read. Having read other books by Jason Parent, I knew to expect twist and turns, he always has a knack of letting you think you know what is going to happen and then takes you by surprise with the outcome. Some of the one liners especially from Chester had me laughing out loud as she had a dry sense of humour. The humour helped break up some of the tragic scenes, especially when it involved young Victoria.
Whilst this is horror, it had a mystery/thriller feel to it and unless you do not like spider, you will enjoy this read.

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill

January 16, 2018 - 11:23 pm No Comments

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill
Published by Creativia on 9th January 2018
293 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Since losing her parents to horrific circumstances all Clare Rosser an exceptional forensic analyst wanted to do was to find out who did it. Constantly being denied a detective job, Clare decides to take matters into her own hands and do her own investigation.
Clare was very independent, having to bring her brother up, she learnt to stand on her own two feet. When she was becoming seriously ill, her stubborn nature came through as she searched for the answers. Whether she was tackling bureaucratic male chauvinist detectives or the Viruñas she was always determined to make everything right
If you have read this author’s other books, then you know that he takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey and this story was no different. From the 1st tragic incident, had me reading into the night as I wanted to know who or what was behind the murders. With Clare only having a few close friends it gave you the chance to learn more about them and I really enjoyed knowing more about Sheriff Terrick Heckstall, a man of principles who upheld the law to protect his town. As soon as ARC stepped in and helped the story picks up pace and you sense something dramatic is going to happen. If you have read the ARC Chronicles you will know what ARC do for society, although you do not have read this series to enjoy this story.
Whilst this story is a fiction, it highlights how serious diabetes can be if left untreated and gives the readers the symptoms to look out for if they suspect that they or someone they know has the condition. However, this book also shows that with modern medicine it can be treated and suffers lead a regular life.
If you want a thriller with a horror feel to it than you will not go wrong reading this book. Another great read from this author