Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts (Collected Horror Shorts Book 1)

November 15, 2018 - 4:33 am No Comments

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts (Collected Horror Shorts Book 1)
Published by Kevin J Kennedy on 30th November 2016
260 pages

It’s still only November and TV is awash with Christmas ads so to get me in the mood than reading an anthology of Christmas Horror shorts. With a mixture of 24 stories and poems, this book will certainly bring some Christmas cheer to Horror lovers. With so many stories I will still be writing this review on Christmas Eve so for time purposes, I am going to pick the ones that stood out for me. This was a difficult choice as they were all good reads.
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith: The story of Robert whilst he was working one night at Kmart. You notice as soon as Halloween has passed the shops start to sell Christmas merch and the Kmart was no difference. The story has killers that are unexpected and whilst they start out quite comical, it isn’t long until you know they mean business.
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A Arnzen: What happens if Santa still spread his magic in a zombie world. This story had a sense of sorrow to it as you knew how despondent Santa was
Merry Fuckin’ Christmas by Kevin J Kennedy: What starts out with a regular guy preparing for Christmas soon changes into a tale of revenge. This story was heartbreaking and what one tragic accident can result in. The killings were described in detail and will have you thinking what would you do.
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger: A family gets a surprise from Santa. I enjoyed the Bad Santa and the real reason why Santa visits on Christmas Eve. The unique decoration above the fireplace completed the story
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon: We all know people like Jeff, in fact, I am like him. I get fed up how Christmas comes earlier every year and as soon as Halloween is over Christmas is rammed down our throats, but what happens to Jeff, does have you worried.
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christine Bergling: For Susan, preparing Christmas dinner is one of the busiest times of the year. This story builds up to a surprise ending and you are drawn into what you think is a happy Christmas celebration.
Whilst I have not mentioned the others, that doesn’t mean that I did not enjoy them. There are plenty of stories that will keep you busy over the festive season, and whether you like Christmas or not this book will please horror readers whatever your taste in horror is as this book cover most of the sub-genres. I have the all the collected short stories and I find it is a good way to read authors work that I have not come across.

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.

 

Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

November 6, 2018 - 6:59 pm No Comments

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali
Published 20th May 2016
145 pages

Michael had a great job, a loving wife and gorgeous son, but the world came crashing down when he walked in to his wife holding a gun. From that fatal moment you could find Michael at a bottom of a bottle. In steps Lucifer who makes a deal, capture my souls and free your family.
As a cop Michael was a good man, but after losing his family, he came resentful and bitter. Only finding solace in a bottle of whiskey, he didn’t want to live his life. The only time he became alive was when he was capturing the souls.
Throughout this story you find out all about Michael’s life, from the moment he met his wife to after her death. Whilst his story is not in chronological order, it is not confusing as each chapter is dated. This also helped break up Michael’s killing spree, so you were not hit by it all at once. The planning through the story made it flow seamless and you are drawn into Michael’s life.
Where there is the Devil, there is also God and his appearance was nothing like I imagined. There are some big reveals at the end and it will help you decide whether Michael had made the right decision to go into business with the Devil.
When you think the story stops, the author hits you with the epilogue, which takes the story in a different direction and will make you download the sequel Escape from Hell. At only 150 pages you will read this quickly. The warnings are on this book for a reason and there may be scenes that make shock some readers. But as a lover of dark fiction this was right up my street.

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw

November 3, 2018 - 3:51 pm No Comments

Mr Sucky by Duncan P Bradshaw
Published by EyeCue Production on 2nd November 2018
127 pages

The idea of a vacuum cleaner responsible for mayhem and murder is what drew me to this book. Clive Beauchamp had an unusual childhood which resulted in him becoming a serial killer. But when his latest victim became the killer, his consciousness ended up being transported to a Mr Sucky. a vacuum cleaner with bite.
From the start of the story Clive came across as a bit of a blundering fool. How he had got away with murder for so long was a mystery. If it was not for his inner voice, think of Jiminy Cricket on steroids, he would not have killed anyone. But when he died and was brought back to life in the body of a vacuum cleaner, he had a new purpose, to get revenge with the maximum amount of violence that a suction hose could make.
This was a quick read and a laugh a minute. The action was non-stop, and I was hooked from page one. Written from Clive’s POV made the story flow, his inner voice played a big part in the narrative, but there was no confusion as their words were written in italics. Whilst the inner voice had no identity, I was imagining that it was one of Clive’s siblings who met a tragic end, either by Clive’s or his father’s hands. As the killings started so did the gore and some of the killings were quite unique. I did wonder how much time the author looked at vacuum parts imagining what damaged to a human body each part could do. The killings were quite graphic and as I was reading these scenes, I was thinking was I wrong to laugh. The book had a lot of one-liners and play on words, usually between Clive and his inner voice which broke up the violence.
As the story continues you get to find out more about Mr Sucky’s victims and even their stories were detailed, and you soon find out the reason Angela was with Clive. One minor detail that I will mention is the naming of one of the victims. Whilst my name is not uncommon it is rare to see it in a story, even though they were dead.
This story was fun to read and if you like your horror filled with humour than this is the perfect read for you. One thing I did come away with, was that I will never look at my own vacuum cleaner in the same light again and got me thinking what other appliances could do the most damage to people. A great read which should not be read in public unless you want to be looked at when you start laughing aloud.

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan

October 30, 2018 - 10:26 pm No Comments

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan
Published 21st December 2013
167 pages

I download a lot of books and whilst searching through my kindle, I realised I had not read a zombie story in a while.
Pararescueman Sean Ryder is on a mission, dropped off with his colleague Jules Hoover, they and SEAL Team 8 are sent on a mission to Southern Nigeria. To rescue or recover 3rd Ranger Battalion, Bravo Company. But how did highly trained soldiers go missing.
Whilst Sean is not as highly trained as the SEALs he was a good at what he did and even when he did not know the full facts he went in without asking questions. Good friends with Turk, he was admired for his hard work and commitment.
From page 1 as Sean jumps out of the plan you are thrown into the action, following him as he goes on the mission. The action is non-stop and is a page turner as the situation goes from bad to worse. Whilst this is a zombie read, they are not your typical zombies. It was a pleasant change to read about zombies that did not just shuffle around moaning.
As usual with zombies there are not always survivors, it has an added twist which although finishes on a cliff hanger, will draw you into reading book 2