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My Journey: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer by Lavinia Urban

October 7, 2018 - 9:24 pm No Comments

My Journey: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer by Lavinia Urban
Published 28th February 2018
123 pages

I finished this book 2 days ago and I am still thinking about it whilst I am writing this review. Lavinia Urban is a fantasy writer who has attended the last 2 Darker events. When she appeared in 2017 she was still going through treatment and whilst I knew she had Cancer, this is her story from day one and what she has been through.
As I was reading this, I was reminded how strong a woman Lavinia is and what a great family she has surrounding her. Going in to detail you realise just how harsh the treatment was and Lavinia does not hold any punches explaining things. We probably all know someone who has been hit with the big C and this explains such a lot that only someone who has been through it will know.
As you are reading this book you are laughing and crying as you follow her journey. One instance was when she talked about learning to do her eyebrows and she said that she was a sharpie expert. Added to this book are plenty of photos and it was good to see some taken at Darker 2107.
This is a must book for everyone who is going through or about to start treatment. If there is one thing you learn is to remain positive.
I know that this review does not give this book the justice its deserve. I for one am glad that I read it.

Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre (The Dream Weaver series Book 1) edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

April 22, 2018 - 2:37 pm No Comments

Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre (The Dream Weaver series Book 1) edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 17th November 2017
368 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

As an avid reader of all things horror, I have always had an interest in where authors get their ideas, how do they just sit at a keyboard and write. These and many more questions are answered. With interviews and articles each chapter has an authors insight on where nightmare come from.
In every chapter I learnt something new and in something cases even found some new authors to read or films to watch.
One chapter I was really interested in was Urban Lore and the Rise of the Creepypasta by Michael Paul Gonzalez. Learning about the origins of Creepypasta had me intrigued and when I have some spare time I will google some just to take a read. Throughout this chapter I was waiting for the one character that my kids would not shut up about and that was Slenderman . Reading about him showed what an big impact his stories had on people.
Reading how Ramsey Campbell edited his story made the words come to life and it was a fine example on how a change of word here or there really made the story. It felt you were leaning over his shoulder reading and watching the words as he wrote.
Each author’s chapter had a friendly tone to them and not once was there an element of talking down. Each and everyone wanted to share their knowledge which in some cases spanned years. I attend many book events where I sit in on interviews and panels and this book felt like I was at one of these event but it was a lot cheaper.
Whether you have that burning desire to write a story or have been writing for years this book will suit a vast amount of people. But it does not stop with novels, there is a lot of media where horror plays a big part and if you fancy yourself as a screen writer or an author of graphic novels than you will also find some useful tips.

The Frighteners:Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore by Peter Laws

March 22, 2018 - 6:40 pm No Comments

The Frighteners: Why we Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore by Peter Laws
Published by Icon Books Ltd on 22nd March 2018
320 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you have followed my reviews you know that I have not reviewed any non-fiction. The reason is that I like to take myself off to a fictional world. However when I was asked to read The Frighteners written by ordained Baptist Minister Peter Law, it piqued my interest to see what he wrote.
Every chapter was dedicated to a different horror topic and chapter one is a bio of the author. Whilst reading it I was so pleased that I had found someone else who had the same interests and even had the same type of friends and colleagues. Whilst I do not have a large Hammer House of Horror poster in my office, I collect creepy dolls and have macabre pictures in my lounge and yes my work colleagues think I am weird. Other chapters are Theatre of Blood, Wired for Fright, Hiding the Bodies, Zombies Everywhere, Killer Culture, The Beast Within, Deadtime Stories, The Haunted and Sister.
With each chapter you read, you get to learn more about the author as he always had a personal story to tell. Whether it was meeting George A Romano (so jealous) or touring a funeral parlour, he has done so much for his love of horror. Every chapter was packed with plenty of research, making this book an absorbing read and whilst I read it I learnt a lot about the history of the macabre. Included in the research were interviews with people who are experts in their field. Having all the research enabled him to argue both sides eloquently and he showed how his love of horror strengthen his faith.
Throughout this book I was googling facts as there were so many topics that I wanted to know more about. Living not far from Hull, I was extremely interested in the goings on there and unfortunately I made the mistake of mention the werewolf sightings to my teenagers and now my son wants to go on a werewolf hunt.
Whilst there was a lot of serious discussion, there was also some laugh out loud moments and I can just picture two grown men walking round Hull dragging two peppered steaks, hoping to lure a werewolf.
Finishing this book is a HP Lovecraft quote That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons even death may die, which I think sums up this book
This was a great read and whilst I do not read non fiction, I am glad that I have got the chance to read it. Now I’m off to read Purged, his horror novel.