Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Companions in Ruin by Mark Allan Gunnells

May 18, 2018 - 8:41 pm No Comments

Companions in Ruin by Mark Allan Gunnells
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 10th February 2016
215 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read some other works from this author, one thing I like is his short stories. So when I picked up this book I knew that I would have a good read. With 25 short stories of various lengths. You will find plenty of stories to love.
For this review I am going to mention my favourites, I found this quite difficult as whilst writing this review I kept changing my mind as they were all good. So here is my choice at this present time.
By the Light of Dawn: A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses, but what if they make a mistake. This happened to Dawn and trying to make amends she offers to help a couple who’s daughter had gone missing, for a small fee.
The End of Her Rope: A mother is finding it hard to cope after giving birth.
Anniversary: Randall is celebrating his anniversary with a special girl.
Pick Your Path: When I was a young girl, I loved reading books that you had a role in deciding the fate of the characters. Mattie was a bookworm and when she came across a book called Wish Fulfillment she had some decisions to make.
Rebecca Weston Speaks the Truth: A regular afternoon changed Rebecca’s life. As she spoke more of the truth was revealed.
Homebody: A moving story about Brian and his wife.
Before and Aftermath: A heartbreaking story about Ned Terp and his time at school.
Work in Progress: There is a saying that there is a book in every one, and whilst that is the case is does not prove they are a writer. This is a story about the lengths that Jeremy goes to keep his work in progress a secret.
Depravation: If like me you have teenagers you know what a big part technology plays in their lives. This story shows just what happens when a mom bans her daughter from technology.
Whilst reading this book, it will bring out many emotions, whether you are laughing at some of the antics or one liners, or reading with tears in your eyes. Whilst this is horror, there are no evil slobbering monsters out for revenge. Some of these stories show the horror inflicted by humans or of everyday items and if like me you dislike Elf on a Shelf than there is a story to prove your point. These are one of the best short stories collection that I have read.

A Better Life by Kyle M Scott

May 15, 2018 - 9:21 pm No Comments

A Better Life by Kyle M Scott
Published on 16th April 2018
186 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jess and Curt are a couple in love, burdened with debt and mounting medical bills. Ex-brother in law and con Peter comes up with an idea. Kidnap a little girl, demand money and become debt free. Easy
With only a handful of characters, you get to know each one in depth. Jess is a sweet natured woman who had a hard life. Let down by everyone around and with a deadly illness, she finally find happiness with Curt. Curt is a mechanic, who always tries to do the best for everyone, so when Peter came up with plan, he knew that this could be the end of their problems. Peter is an ex-con out for number one, he doesn’t care who he wrongs. Lisa, Curt’s sister and Peter’s ex wife, is the motherly figure, and the star of the show young Emily, the child they are going to kidnap, quiet and serene who let nothing faze her.
The author has a way of letting your imagination go into overdrive. When Emily’s secret is revealed the descriptive scenes makes the terror real. This story start off at a slow pace and you are introduced to the characters and how they have come about their actions, but as soon as they get to the abandoned house, the pace quickens as all hell breaks loose. As a mom, there were times that I felt sorry for Emily as she just wanted someone to love her for what she was and in times of fear to give her a cuddle. As I finished this book I could not decide who had wrong who and even whilst I write this review I am still thinking about what sweet Emily is doing. Carrying on after the story is the authors notes on why he wrote this story, and I found it interesting reading about his ideas and why he ended it as he did.
This will please horror lovers whether they like graphic or psychological

They Feed by Jason Parent

May 6, 2018 - 8:56 am No Comments

They Feed by Jason Parent
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 15th April 2018
256 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tyler is an ex-con released after 6 years after “killing” a man. Dakota is the sister he wronged. Both wanting to draw a line under the past, they unbeknown to each other, go to the spot of that fatal day.
Jason Parent has a way of making you route for the underdog. Throughout the story, Tyler’s past is revealed and you find yourself drawn to him. Not much is known about Dakota at the start, she is just a figure that haunts Tyler, the girl with the piercing blue eyes, but as the story continues you find out that she is a very determined young woman who is fixated in getting her revenge.
The story starts with the original incident that puts Tyler in prison, jump forward 6 years and you find out what is in the park. As the story continues, you are introduced to a handful of characters, Charlie is Tyler’s parole officer, Karl and Abigail, a coupe who are hiking to save their marriage, Merwin the park ranger, Mark, Bo and Luc, 3 obnoxious frat boys and the poor boy they are hazing Frosh. Each character has their own tale to tell about the eventful day, but their stories are intertwined to make a story that you want to read to the end. The description of the creatures leave nothing to your imagination and some of the kills will make you cringe. Their attacks are non stop and you are willing the characters to survive, but like most stories that is not always the case.
From the start you are drawn into a story that is a blend of horror and a thriller and just like this author’s other work, the story is not clear cut so expect a few surprises. This story had a feel of a Shaun Hutson novel to it and I for one loved it.

C.H.U.D. Lives!: A Tribute Anthology

May 2, 2018 - 8:02 pm No Comments

C.H.U.D. LIVES!: A Tribute Anthology by Jonathan Maberry,‎ Tim Waggoner,‎ Michael H. Hanson ,‎ JG Faherty,‎ Mort Castle,‎ Eugene Johnson, Nick Cato,‎ David Robbins,‎ Martin Powell ,‎ Mitchell Greg ,‎ Eric S. Brown,‎ David Drake ,‎ Robert E. Waters,‎ Ryan C. Thomas,‎ Christopher Fulbright,‎ Angeline Hawkes,‎ Ben Fisher, Jason White, David Bernstein,‎ Chad Lutzke,‎ Philip C. Perron, and Ross Baxter.
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 27th April 2018
396 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I must be one of the only people that had not watched C.H.U.D, so why did I buy this book. Having purchased the majority of Crystal Lakes Anthologies, I knew that I would be in for a good read.
So for people who are thinking what is C.H.U.D well it was a horror film released in 1984. C.H.U.D stands for or Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, so you can imagine what sort of creatures they are. This anthology opens with an interview with the late Andrew Bonime, producer of the film and finishes with another interview with Parnell Hall, the screenplay writer. Sandwiched between are 19 short stories, each with a different tale to tell of the creatures that walk beneath the ground.
So as a newbie to C.H.U.D I loved each story as it was introduction to this cult film and as I am typing this review I am watching the film. Some of the authors use scenes from the film to tell their story. The Dog Walker by Robert E Waters, The Way to a Man’s Heart by Tim Waggoner to name a few. Whilst others put their C.H.U.D imagination to tell a new tale. That’s Entertainment by Mort Castle made me laugh as I could imagine some entrepreneur profiting on people’s terror to make a theme park and Date Night by Dave Robbins have you wandering what sort of teacher Angela Swinton was.
Every story had me wanting more and I devoured the book as the CHUD devoured a human. Each story had different levels of gore, which will keep all horror fans happy, and like all horror films not everyone survives. Whether you know C.H.U.D or not this is yet another great anthology to read.

Anatomy by Yolanda Olson

April 28, 2018 - 1:09 pm No Comments

Anatomy by Yolanda Olson
Published on 10th February 2018
162 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


If you have read any of the author’s work before than you know that there will be some graphic scenes and this book was no different.
The story is written from the two main characters POV. Each chapter alternated between them, letting you know how each one was acting and feeling. The “monster” had a gentlemanlike quality to him and whilst he was inflicting pain on the victim, he had a caring nature and was proud of his work. The “victim” even through all the pain had a strong nature to her but I felt that she was hiding something .
This story is so descriptively written that you can imagine just what pain was inflicted. The story flows seamlessly and you are drawn in, wishing her to survive. This story is beautifully written and the true meaning of this story is revealed at the end. Yes it is a horror but it also so much more.