Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

The Lost Souls of Brunswick(VooDoo Lily Series) byEmery LeeAnn

July 10, 2018 - 7:30 pm No Comments

The Lost Souls of Brunswick (VooDoo Lily Series) by Emery LeeAnn
Published 5th August 2017
55 pages

Once a year lead psychologist Alexis Dhavern has to audit the books. No great task unless you are in charge of Brunswick State Mental Hospital. To make sure the staff have dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. She reads through 6 patients records. How bad can it be.
Patient One: Sabin Theobold: Found not guilty of murder by reason of mental defect or disease.
Patient Two: Paully Finster: All of Paully’s care was paid by the Univeristy.
Patient Three: Myrtle Brown: Found guilty of murdering her entire platoon.
Patient Four: Toby Theon: Institutionalised due to his fascination of his meat grinder.
Patient Five: Mirabella Brack: Charged with cutting out the tongues of young women.
Patient Six: Lyssa Simpson: Admitted twice, both times resulting in a murder.
Whilst each case file had graphic scenes , all the cases show the dark side of humans, whether it was the behaviour of the patients or the actions caused by others. Yes the stories revolve around mental health, however it is written with a level of sensitivity and in most cases you feel sorry for the patient, the physical and mental abuse suffered, have you wandering how they have survived
Because each case file is short this is a quick read. The story carries on after the case files have been read and whilst I have not read Lyssa’s Destruction, this has given me a good introduction to this authors work. If you have a spare hour and want to read a quick graphic read than pick up this read.

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe

June 17, 2018 - 3:17 pm No Comments

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe
Published by J Ellington Ashton Press on 23rd March 2017
133 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

In all zombie reads or films, you always have that one person, a hero ready to fight or die, save as many people as they can and have a warm beer in the evening. But what about the people who just want to keep their heads down and survive. Matt Chapman is one of those people. Written as a journal from his POV, you follow Matt as he comes to terms with the decisions he made.
Matt had no family and it was easy for him to hole up and wait it out. The thing is he was not ashamed of it. Whilst he was used to his own company, it was not long until he missed the simple things in life and slowly you watch him start to crumble. Staying under the radar whilst he went out pillaging he soon realised that drink and drugs helped his moods. Stuck in a rut, he is just surviving, but a meeting with a feisty woman soon helps him live again.
This book showcases the author’s skills, with the majority of the story just about Matt, we watch as the character develops as he journeys out of his home. The story is descriptive, the sights and smells that Matt encounters makes you feel that you are following him on his journey. With the addition of the other characters show just how much Matt had developed as a person, although at times his hard nosed sarcastic self does still make an appearance.
You can feel the tension when Matt went out and even though you knew he was alone, you still expected something to jump out at him. There were times that I had a giggle, one scene was when a drunk was singing down the road swinging on the lamp posts, with not a care in the world. As it is a zombie story expect some violence, and some of it comes from an unlikely source.
If you want a zombie story with a differences then pick up this book, and because you will be drawn into Matt’s story you will find it a quick read.

Crack by DE McCluskey

June 14, 2018 - 5:49 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I was excited and intrigued to read this book.

Crack by DE McCluskey
Published by Dammaged Productions on 1st June 2018
374 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction.
As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way of revolving his issues.
This is a dark read, and there is tension throughout. As you are reading this story, you feel that you are there, watching Joe getting his fix and it had a similar feel to when you drive past an accident and instinctively you have to look what happened. “Crack”, that was your warning and you knew what was coming. There are not many books that make me grimace when I am reading it but this is one of them.
The involvement of Detective Paula Ashton and her fiancé Officer Ian Locke makes this story more feel real, as you follow them whilst they are preparing to get married. There were times where I had to stop and compose myself as I could not believe where this story was going. This book has its own addiction as you want to see if Joe is linked to the events.
I have read Twelve by this author and this is nothing like it. This is savage, it will shock you and you will be gripped. A psychological horror that when you hear the noise “Crack”, you will think of this book.

Cribbins by RH Dixon

June 12, 2018 - 5:50 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I loved the creepy read. Here is my review of Cribbins.

Cribbins by RH Dixon
Published by Corvus Corone Press on 1st June 2018
264 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Trying to balance life as a single parent and working full time is hard enough. Throw in an undiagnosed illness and a haunting and Sophie’s life has just got worse.
I connected with Sophie straight away, understanding some of her pressures. Whilst she was strong and determined to try and live a normal life for her daughter, the cracks began to show when the hauntings began. Used to being independent she found it hard to ask for help, and it must have been difficult to involve her mom’s next door neighbour Piotr. Piotr lived in Cribbin’s house and wanted a simple life with no complications. However when he saw how distressed Sophie was, he offered to help even though he was sceptical.
Through the visitation of young ghost and her dreams you learn how evil her ex neighbour Cribbins was. The story built up slowly, helping you understand how serious the situation was. It was full of tension and suspense which enabled me to read it in one sitting. There was times that I was holding my breath wandering what would happen to Sophie when Cribbins visited her. The story had one final twist which completed the story perfectly.
Throughout the book you learn more about Sophie and Piotr’s lives and you realise that they are two regular people trying to live their lives. Set in the North east is was nice to read a story that had local dialect and this made the story feel more real.
This was my first read by this author and I would recommend her to my friends who love a good ghost story.

Broken on the Inside by Phil Sloman

June 5, 2018 - 8:17 pm No Comments

Broken on the Inside by Phil Sloman
Published by Black Shuck Books on 3rd June 2018
166 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read the novella Becoming David and some other short stories in various anthologies written by this author. I was pleased that he had now got his own collection in the Black Shuck Books Shadows series. The book features 5 short stories where the mental state of the main protagonists play an important part to the stories
Broken on the Inside: The title of the book is a story about Kira a young woman who over time became histrionic. Living with her mom who had the same condition, Kira wanted a cure. So when she came across Dr Secombe who professed to a miracle cure. Kira knew that she had to give it a go. As you are following Kira’s story, there is a sense of happiness as she gets her old life. However as the story takes a turn for the worse, you can sense the tension between Kira and her mom’s relationship. The story builds to a shocking reveal, which I did not see coming.
Discomfort Food: Rebecca works in a fast food restaurant and has a secret that only the meals know about. This reminded me of a modern version of the Tell Tale Heart. This was very descriptive and I loved the ending.
The Man Who Fed the Foxes: Paul is suffering from depression. Drinking heavily, he finds some peace when a family of foxes take up residents in his garden. After he began to feed them, they had an unusual way of showing their satisfaction. The majority of the story revolved around Paul’s grief. As I learnt more about why he is so upset, the actions of the foxes made it just right. An unexpected ending.
There Was an Old Man: I think most people know the nursery rhyme, There was a Old lady that swallowed a fly. Well this story is about John Hinklow and the aftermath of this event. As the story progress you can sense John’s anguish and do wander if a lot is in his head. The story is a page turner as I wanted to find out what happened at the end.
Virtually Famous: Having read this story in Imposter Syndrome, I was happy to see it in this collection. This is what a wrote the 1st time I read it and I still agree now. From the start this story got me hooked. The opening line “He died a thousand times today and would die a thousand more”. Chet Tyler was fixated on his own game and whilst some gamers wanted to be him others wanted to kill him. The fascination Chet had with the game was unnatural. The author has the knack of making you unsure whether you are reading the gaming or Chet’s experience. The lines of fact and fiction is blurred. You know Chet had a substance abuse but was he imagining it. All this made me want to read more.
Each story was completely different and whilst there were not monster’s and demons in this book, it shows how frightening human nature and conditions can be. Each story built up to unexpected endings. I love this author’s short stories and I hope they are more to come. If you have not read any of this authors work before than this is a great collection to get you started.