Posts Tagged ‘Novella’

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

The Rage of Cthulhu by Gary Fry

March 23, 2017 - 7:13 pm No Comments

The Rage of Cthulhu by Gary Fry

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 23rd March 2017

98 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After being medically retired George and his wife decide to spend some of what time he has left travelling round the world. Starting off in the picturesque town of Whitby, George stumbles across a derelict foghorn station and whilst he investigates the damage to the building gets embroiled into a mystery of an ancient being which will follow him around the world.

Not having read HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, I had no idea what this creature was or the history behind it, but after reading this story, I am curious to find out more. From the start of this story you are drawn into a secret that has not been talked about in 50 years, from listening to the two old men’s tales or reading an ancient Norwegian manuscript, you are taken on a journey around the world only stopping when George gets to his final destination. Whether it was in George’s dreams, visiting different places and seeing new cultures all this added to the mystery of the Cthulhu. The use of George’s illness makes you doubt yourself whilst you are reading it, as I kept wavering between thinking it was all in his head and thinking that he was chasing the monster down. Even finishing this book did not solve my dilemma. I had sympathy for Christine, George’s wife as I felt she was struggling between letting him investigate the mystery and believing him and worrying about his illness.

As it is a novella it is a quick read and it is a book you can finish in one sitting. The suspense builds up slowly and I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Whilst reading it I was expecting something dramatic to happen, but when it did, the descriptive way the author wrote those scenes I was imagining being with George and watching him face his demon.

A well written tale of an ancient monster, this will have you gripped to the end a good horror read.

Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston

February 16, 2017 - 9:13 pm No Comments

Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 10th February 2017

199 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Even today the Amazon Rain forest still has its mysteries, with exotic plants and creatures that lay undiscovered. This collection of stories and poems take you on an adventure of the strange happening that go on in the forest.

The poems were scattered throughout this book breaking up the stories. Whilst I am not a big fan of poetry, I really enjoyed reading them as I felt they took you deeper into the forest with the descriptive writing you feel that you are there, exploring the area. Luminous Decay to me was a poem about a tribe living in the forest. Another poem I enjoyed was A Gourmand of the Mutant Rain Forest, A poem about gluttony and the consequences.

The stories were of various lengths and in each story the characters had a different experience in the forest. Whilst I enjoyed all of the stories, my favourites were

Cruising Through Blueland, the story of Jeri Cristobel rescuing his brother Eric whilst being a pawn in a revolution. With psychic powers, enormous creatures and space technology, this story is a great introduction to what wonders the forest homes.

Holos at an Exhibition of the Mutant Rain Forest. Holographer Genna Opall and guide Jorge are hired by Mingus to find his missing wife. With them going deeper into the forest, they come across mother nature’s creations turning this into more than a missing person case.

If you want a different type of sci-fi book, then this is the one for you. With the mixture of poems and stories that keep you Interested from the moment you start to read. As it is set in the rain forest, then expect South American terms, I did use my dictionary a lot on my kindle but this was not a bad thing as I felt as I learnt more about South America. This is a complete change to what I usually read but I am glad I took the time to read it.

The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D’Lacey

January 10, 2017 - 7:29 pm No Comments

The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D’Lacey

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 26th November 2016

144 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I bought a hardback copy of this book at the launch party, but for convenience I also downloaded it on kindle unlimited.

Set in a world where everything mechanical stops. Cars don’t run, mobiles are silent The Veil is split into 2 parts or testaments, each one telling the story of a survivors set in 2 countries trying to escape the Stricken/Commuters

Testament I: A group of survivors are trying to stay alive. In a block in America these survivors are up against The Commuters. What was different about this disaster was it only changed white collar workers, the working class were left alone.  We follow Sherri, a hairdresser in her former life but now an integral part of the Kill Crew, she spent her days looking after Trixie a young orphan and her evenings killing The Commuters. This story was full of suspense which only built when Sherrie and her 2 fellow member left their sanctuary.

Testament II: Set in the Cotswolds UK, Rob and his family try escape the unrest, they find themselves in an isolated farmhouse. The longer they stay together, cracks start to appear in their relationship. On one of his many travels to get food, Rob makes a fatal escape, which will change all their lives for ever.  I read Rob’s captivity with unease thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote these scenes.

Both stories had one thing in common, the main characters had the need to survive and to protect their family.

This book is completely different to anything I have read before. I enjoyed reading both experiences of the same horror and although I had no idea what attacked the planet and what the creatures were, this did not spoil my enjoyment and my imaginative went into overdrive trying to work out what they were.

A great post-apocalyptic story that has it all.

Once upon a Death: Tales of Love and Madness: A Novella Anthology by JL Clayton, KL Cottrell Jessica Ozment.

December 30, 2016 - 1:52 pm No Comments

Once upon a Death: Tales of Love and Madness: A Novella Anthology by JL Clayton, KL Cottrell Jessica Ozment.

Published 30th December 2016

161 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Having read books by these authors before, I knew I wanted this book so as soon as it was available I pre-ordered this book . As there are only three novellas I will do a short review on each story.

Death Undid Me by JL Clayton: Revona, a necromancer, works for the Bureau of Supernatural, her job was to bring back the murder victims for a short time to find out who killed them. Her job was pretty mundane until a case involved her to revive Officer Cassidy Dwight who was murdered on an undercover assignment .

Although young, Revona acted very mature whilst doing her job and this showed when she had to escape trouble to rescue Cassidy. The twist in the plot when MeShelly was introduced was brilliant and it was something I did not see coming. The twist went onto be well explained so was not confusing. Another great story that can lead to many more books about Revona or MeShelly

Pretty Guilty by KL Cottrell: Coralie had a problem, she was being haunted by Aaron, who she happened to be on a date with him just before he was knocked over and died. Will is the brother of the girl who killed Aaron. They met when Will went to apologise to Coralie for his sister killing her boyfriend.

Coralie always put on a brave face even when the hauntings got unbearable and you could feel Will’s heart breaking whilst she was falling apart. I did feel like giving Coralie a shake and get her to tell Will everything. Will was the loveable chappy always feeling that he had to do the right thing.

This is not just a ghost story but a story about guilt, love and acceptance.

Rift: An Inter-dimensional Love Story by Jessica Ozment and Brett Tahbonemah: Dr Victor Pines was a theoretical physicist who came across a portal whilst working on his latest experiment. Being a true scientist he knows that he has to go and explore and this is where the adventure begins and he meets Zaia, a princess.

Victor was your stereotypical scientist, confident with his job but not with meeting other people especially beautiful alien women. He did not care about his own safety to get results. So excited to find this portal he went without making preparations and was lucky that he met Zaia as he would not have lasted a day without her. However whilst going further on the journey with her, he changed from a blundering scientist to quite a confident man who realised that he was falling in love with the alien princess.

Zaia was how you would imagine an alien princess, curious but aloof. A strong independent woman, she knew that she had to protect Victor.

The ending of this story had left this open for more of Victor and Zaia. Reading this, you could not tell that it was a collaboration and the writing was so descriptive, you felt that you were actually following them on their journey. A great Sci-fi story with cannibals, magic and battles.

If you have not read anything from these authors then this is a great book to start with. With completely different stories that will take you on a unique journey.