Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Hell Cat Blog Tour

July 14, 2017 - 5:32 am No Comments

Yesterday we found out about the author behind the book. Today here is our review of Hell Cat.

Hell Cat of the Holt (a novella): supernatural horror in the Shadow Fabric mythos by Mark Cassell

Published by Herbs House on 1st June 2017

148 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living in Mabley Holt, Anne’s only concerns was to make her accountancy deadlines and to find her missing cat. Hearing rumours of a black cat roaming the village Anne starts to investigate, but finds herself embroiled in an ancient legend

Although Anne had only heard of the black cat from her grandad, she still decided to walk for miles looking for her missing cat. Whilst most of her walks were uneventful, on one occasion she meets a new neighbour Leo, who was knowledgeable of the local legend. Using him to learn more about the mysterious happenings in the village and the black cat.

This story starts with Anne’s grandad and grandma and the end of chapter 1 sets you up for a turbulent journey. As well as the black cat, there is a black fungus appearing all over the village and with the appearance of ghosts makes this a chilling read. As soon as Anne met Leo, the pace of the story changed. The illustrative way the author wrote made this story intense and once I started this story I had to finish it in one sitting. Whilst reading this you can imagine the fungus growing at a pace suffocating the light and the black cat creeping in the shadows.  An added story at the end The Artist and The Crone tells the story of Leo a year before Anne arrived in the village and ties up this novella perfectly.

This was the first story I have read from this author and looking on my kindle it won’t be the last. A great chilling read and a good companion to The Shadow Fabric Mythos

Song of the Death God by William Holloway

July 13, 2017 - 6:51 pm No Comments

Song of the Death God by William Holloway

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 11th July 2017

378 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Carsten was the youngest born of a well to do German family. Whilst the rest fritted away their money on alcohol, parties and their bohemian lifestyle.  Carsten was studious and began his study medicine, wanting to learn new things he was a complete opposite to his siblings. Coming across a plan that his sister was using a psychic to steal the family fortunes, Carsten realised he had to find out what was going on. From the moment, he saw the psychic’s powers, he knew that he had to learn about the strange phenomenon. After this 1st meeting it takes Carsten on a dark journey to get the information he thrives.

At the start of the story Carsten was a quiet academic type, being the brunt of the jokes in the family, he kept to himself, only having Ava as support. Once he began his studies into the dark arts, he became more confident with himself and his whole persona changed.  People began to treat him with more respect and after having Karl as his henchman made him feel invincible.  The things he did to his family and Ava were horrific and it came across as he had no conscience He did not care who he hurt when he released the dark power and was fixated in his learnings. Whilst Karl did have morals he turned to opium to quash them.

Although this is the 2nd book in the Singularity Cycle series, you do not have to read the first book.  The detail in the story showed how well the author did his research and while you are reading this you can imagine the sights and smells of the 1800s. Whilst the depraved lifestyle of Carsten’s siblings is described in detail, this helps you understand what sort of family he lived with and emphasised his need for knowledge. Whilst story started of slowly you had that sense of dread and as soon as Carsten began to do his research, the story became more intensified, with the pace quicken. With nightmarish deaths and demonic beings this takes you on a gruesome journey of a young man’s journey. A great read for horror lovers.

Grin: A Dani Scott Novel #1 by Stuart Keane

July 2, 2017 - 8:35 am No Comments

Grin: A Dani Scott Novel #1 by Stuart Keane

Published on 30th October 2015

191 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dani had a great life, doing well at college, doting parents and an annoying little brother, nothing could be better in her life. This was until the night her dad’s boss decided to tie up some lose ends. Killing her family and leaving her for dead, disfigured with Chelsea grin, Dani was alone in the world and the only thing that kept her going was revenge.

Dani is the same age as my daughter and throughout this book I kept imagining what she would be like if it happened to her and I had such admiration for Dani. Going through this life changing event would bring most teenage girls to their knees, where self-image is all the rage, Dani would be looked on as a freak but this just kept her focused and driven. Being alone in the world, she had to learn to be independent.

From the opening scene, you know you know you are in for a thrilling adventure, what starts off being a regular hit for Dani’s dad soon escalates into violence and pandemonium. As Dani was a teenager this helped the story grow as due to her age she was constantly being dismissed as a non-threat. It made the story intense as her actions were calculated and well planned and throughout I was willing her to survive. As this is a book about gangs then expect some violence, as this was necessary to the story. It was a perfect ending and I want to read more. Prior to Grin I have only read this author work in a collaboration and whilst I sort of knew what I was getting into, I did not expect such a great read. A fast pace page turner that will keep you gripped to the end

Part 2 in the Angel Fallen Publicity Tour

June 27, 2017 - 6:33 pm No Comments

So yesterday we found out the man behind the book and the blurb to An Angel Fallen. Today here is my review on the book

An Angel Fallen by Andy Graham

Published on 13th June 2017

79 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

There is not a lot to do where Michael lives, and he would rather not spend it at home. So, him and his best friend Raph make up their own entertainment. One night when they were both out, something falls from the sky, triggering a chain of events that got more catastrophic.

Michael was always the follower, everything Raph wanted to do he went along with it even when he didn’t agree with it. Although spending time with Raph was far better than spending it at home. The only one who looked after him was Ariel the housekeeper. However, after the eventful night, he did grow a conscience and started to stand up to Raph and show compassion.

Although this is a short story, there is a lot going on which makes it a quick read. Whilst reading this story, it reminded me of an old testament story that was told to me at Sunday school. This is a well written horror with some twists that will keep you gripped from the start.

 

13 Déjà Vu (Thirteen Series book 2) by Bradon Nave, Elizabeth Roderick, Carissa Ann Lynch, Sara Schoen, Marissa Farrar, Thomas S. Flowers, S. Valentine, Erin Lee, Jackie Sonnenberg, Samie Sands, Luke Swanson, D.A. Roach, Taylor Henderson.

June 20, 2017 - 9:45 pm 1 Comment

13 Déjà Vu (Thirteen Series book 2) by Bradon Nave, Elizabeth Roderick, Carissa Ann Lynch, Sara Schoen, Marissa Farrar, Thomas S. Flowers, S. Valentine, Erin Lee, Jackie Sonnenberg, Samie Sands, Luke Swanson, D.A. Roach, Taylor Henderson.

Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on 20th June 2017

410 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read 13 I knew that I had to get this and pre-ordered it so it arrived on my kindle today. Knowing all the authors I knew that I would be in for a great read and I was not disappointed.

Caved in by Jackie Sonnenberg: When Fay wanted to protect her unborn baby, she knew that she needed to talk to the witch that lived in the cave. As I began this story I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was completely wrong. How the author came up with this idea of saving the baby is beyond me and I loved the graphic bloody ending.

Grave Beginnings by Sara Schoen: Three friends, an abandoned prison and a Ouija board, what could go wrong. It was a pleasant change to read a story that was not set in an asylum. Set in a prison added to the suspense and you are aware that the people who had dies there had all been convicted of evil crimes, so when a Ouija board was added you knew that something evil would emerge. This story was full of suspense and kept you guessing to the end.

Myopia by Samie Sands: Mia was blind, due to her disability, she did not make friends easy. Whilst her mom was called into work due to a medical emergency, Mia has to fend for herself and tries to learn what has happened. Only hearing what was going on in the town made it hard for Mia to grasp how serious the situation was. Whilst it would be worrying be left alone, losing one of your senses makes it even more scary and you can understand all of Mia’s emotions. The ending made me want to know more about her survival and I felt really sorry for her as yet again she was classed as a burden. The only good thing was she could not see the devastation happening, although I am sure her imagination made it worse.

Room 249 by Thomas S Flower: The story follows Andy as he goes on a crime and killing spree and ends up in a motel in room 249. Andy is the type of criminal that blames everyone else for his mistakes, and even when he was killing he always justified his actions. When he gets to the motel he does not suspect anything is wrong with the place and the author has a talent of concealing the horror that is soon to happen. When it happened; I was in shock as never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the creature that was lurking in room 249.

Sacrifice by Luke Swanson: Detective Flynn is renowned for investigating the evil of cases. Roger has retired to LA, but when a murdered child is found their meeting is not what was expected. The start of the story is an introduction to Roger, but after the child is found the story changes to Flynn’s investigation and you had the sense that Flynn as at breaking point. The author tied up the investigation neatly and I would enjoy to read more about Detective Flynn.

See you on the Flip Side by Carissa Ann Lynch: If you have read 13 then you will recognise the place where this story is set. Going back to Adventure Town we follow Donna as she goes on a camping trip with her boyfriend and family. The author has a way of playing on your fears and if you have a phobia of bugs then this story will definitely make you skin crawl. I loved the twist at the end when you think Donna has lost her mind and I could see a series about Adventure town.

Sinister by Taylor Henderson:  This story is a build up to a killer’s first murder. The story is about Karen, her neighbours Nate and Natalie and her best friend Marty. There are hints in this story that there is a potential serial killer when animals go missing and whilst Karen has her suspicions it is not till the end that we get to know who the murderer is.

Six Lie Broken by Brandon Nave: A group of men abducting a teenager, Savannah rescuing a young boy and with her best friend Vanessa throwing a party called the Harvest. This story had graphic scenes throughout and when you find the identity of the victims you do not have any sympathy for them. A unique story and I have learnt a new use for a hot spoon.

The Bad Man by Marissa Farrar: Sophie lived in a tunnel with 4 other children after being captured by the bad man. Why are they down there and who is scratching in the dark? Whilst reading this story you don’t know if the bad man is actually bad or if he saved the children. However; these children were living in squalor and would the outside world be better for them. The further you read the scratching noises are explained and the ending left me wanting to know more.

The Inheritance by DA Roach: Niki has just inherited a factory from her dad, believing it to be a curse, he did not want anything to do with it. This story follows Niki and her friends whilst they investigate the building. The story is full of suspense and has the feel that you are following the group as they go around the factory. The twist in the story involving Rya a demon who collects souls adds to this.

Under Mama’s Roof by Elizabeth Roderick: Tara had always had a mother ruling her life, but when she died she thought it was over. When things start happening around her home Tara suspected it was the ghost of her mother, but she did not expect it to get so out of control. A good ghost story with added twist.

Wicked Intentions by Sophia Valentine: April is due to give birth and without a job and a home, she turns to the father of her baby to help. But is he after her baby? Whilst I was reading this story I was on April’s side as the author wants you to believe that she is in danger. The story builds to a dramatic climax and you are left wandering who the real victim was.

Widow’s Prey by Erin Lee: There has always been something wrong with Tendra. She has never cried and has never showed emotion. Whilst you have an idea of what type of child she is, it is not until she is in college and gets her claws into Colby that you find out exactly what she is like. Tendra is one evil girl, only thinks of herself and what she wants she gets. This story reminds of a cat playing with its prey wearing them down until the killer blow, and the ending of the story is one of the most evil scenes that I have read in a while.

Another great anthology from Limitless.