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Maximus Shock: Collected Tales of Madness and Terror

December 2, 2017 - 1:17 pm No Comments

Maximus Shock: Collected Tales of Madness and Terror
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 10th February 2017
342 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read quite a few books published by Optimus Maximus Publishing, I knew what to expect from some of the authors. However, this anthology gave me the chance to read stories from some of their other authors. Having 16 short stories, with various degrees of horror, helped me spend a pleasant couple of hours reading. Here are a few to entice you.
Starting off this review is Monkeys in the Palace by Chris Garson: Having enjoyed his novel Perk Noir, I was looking forward to reading this short story. The main protagonist narrates his story whilst a prison riot is occurring. The bloodshed and graphic death scenes are constant throughout and the narrator reminds me of Hannibal. A big shock is the reveal of the narrator.
After School Special by Maura Atkinson Butler: Sunshine or Sunny to her peers, was your typical high school student. Her daily mission was to avoid the “Stepford Girls” and their cronies. An easy target for their bullying, her sadistic imagination got her through the day. However, when she was drawn into a plan of revenge, it all goes terrible wrong. The author’s storytelling had me feeling sorry for Sunny, and I did will her to stop the bullying anyway she could. Although the ending was a surprise.
Bites by Leon Brown: Set after the zombie apocalypse, this is the story about a small community and their encounter with the zombies. The story revolves around Sam and how he played his part. I enjoyed that this story told it how the zombie apocalypse would probably be like, a lot of sitting around. Sam as a character was genuine and like most young men had the eye for the pretty ladies. When the zombies attacked it was quick and this story just shows you to be careful who you trust.
In Death the Spirit Calls by Emir Skalonja: Set in World War II Russia, the German and Russians are battling in the trenches, but they are not alone. This story is well descriptive of the evils of war whether it be demon or human intervention.
Mannequin by Matt Hay: Christmas Eve and Brian is cashing up at MacDougall’s Department Store. As shop manager is was under a lot of pressure with his home and work life. What happens this fatal night would change his life for ever. The story had was filled with suspense and blend the horror with an everyday item gave this a creepy feel. This has given me a taste for Matt’s up and coming novel.
Scouts Honour by Ricky Fleet: A scout camp is not a camp with the scary campfire story and this camp was no different. Toby a scout leader tells his troop the story about Lavina and her terror over Helston. Reading this story, you could imagine sitting there being creeped out. Knowing this author from his Zombie Series Hellspawn, I know that he can tell a story. However, this story was so different to his usual work, it had a chilling feel to it from the start, with a mixture of the scouts’ reaction and the story itself, the author leads you to a shocking ending.
I could write about every story in this anthology as I loved each and everyone, but my review would go onto well over 1000 words. If you are looking for your next horror anthology, then look no further.

The Sandrian Chronicles: Written in Blood by Keith Montgomery

September 25, 2017 - 8:32 pm No Comments

The Sandrian Chronicles: Written in Blood by Keith Montgomery
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 12th July 2016
425 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


Sandrian’s are vampires with a heartbeat and Adalius was one of the finest of their clan. Troy Thomas was a slayer, trained by one of the best slayers, his father. Both were on missions to rid the world of rogue vampires, both after the same prey, Anna the evillest of all, the vampire that killed their loved ones. With Lycans, other slayers and even the odd regular vampire baying for Anna’s blood, it is going to get bloody.
Although different breeds, Adalius and Troy were very much alike. They were both loners, dedicated to their cause, and had few people who they trusted with their lives. Working on their own they were dangerous but as a team they were a deadly force. Throughout this story you find out more about their past and you understand what makes them tick.
Anna on the other hand was a complete and utter bitch. Killing anything thing that got in her way, she went around thinking she ruled the world. She had no conscious and always tried to get what she wanted. Having her followers, she was one dangerous vampire, and she got off knowing that others were after her blood.
There are quite a few characters in this book and I hope that some get developed as the series continues. It will be interested to see what happens to New Carrollton’s finest. One of favourite minor characters was Kyle, a vampire whose nature was very liken to Spike, my favourite type of vamp and I would love to know more about his story.
The illustrative way the author wrote helped you imagine what was going on, and with each new character, I had a perfect imagine of what they looked like. The story immediately was full of action and you knew what you were getting yourself in for. The fight scenes were fierce and I needed to carry on reading as I wanted to know who was going to live or die. To calm down the intensity of this book, there were some great comedy moments. Some of my favourite one liners came from Taine the Lycan doorman from Club Détente, and he came across as a gentle giant. The banter between Troy and Adalius increased when another Sandrian came into the picture.
I was so engrossed in this story that I did not want it to end, and whilst it did finish on a slight cliffhanger, I am left wanting book 2. This is a great story if you like your paranormal creatures to be strong, dangerous and deadly, then this is the book for you. This is the first story I have read by this author and whilst I have heard nothing but praise for this story, I was still surprised just how good it was