Posts Tagged ‘Novella’

Becoming David by Phil Sloman

January 7, 2018 - 11:05 am No Comments

Becoming David by Phil Sloman
Published by Hersham Horror Books on 24th September 2016
86 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Richard a self-employed accountant, house-proud and someone you would take home to meet your mother, a man who if you met in a pub you would be happy to have a drink with him. But what if I told you he had unusual taste, a taste for meat that was not animal. Oh yes to get his favourite food, he had to kill, unsuspected men he picked up in bars. He had a great life, until he killed the wrong person and David made sure he knew it.
This is a fast paced read and before I knew I had finished it. Having only a few characters, helps you learn all about Richard. When David started to haunt Richard, you get to see Richard’s world fall apart. At the start David was more like Jiminy Cricket, Richard’s conscious but as the story progressed he became as dark as Richard. Although there were times that I suspected that Richard had a split personality and David was a figment of his imagination. Whilst this is a story of a cannibal serial killer, the author does not concentrate on the blood and gore which enables you to use your imagination. The cannibalism was discussed at meal times and I always had a smile on my face when I read how he prepared the food. Obtaining the meat was just how you would get meat from an animal. The planning of each killing was more important than the kill and you can understand how Richard had got away for it for so long. There are not many books that at the end of the story, you start to feel sorry for the killer, but this was one of them.
I have read this author work in a few anthologies and always love his ideas of a story. I am eagerly looking forward to more stories from him. If you like your horror psychological then pick up this book.

Quiet Places: A Novella of Cosmic Folk Horror by Jasper Bark

September 29, 2017 - 4:41 pm No Comments

Quiet Places: A Novella of Cosmic Folk Horror by Jasper Bark
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 29th September 2017
123 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


We first come across Sally caring for the folk of Dunballan, who are in a comatosed state. Following the past events, you get to find out what happened in the little town. David is the last of the McCavendish line, suffers from an ancient curse. Stalked by a beast and suffering dark depressive incidents. With only a creepy voice in the hedgerow to help Sally, can she break the curse and get her David back.
Whilst Sally is researching the beast, you get to learn more about David’s heritage and the aftermath of his ancestor’s dabbling with ancient folklore. Told through Matthew’s journals, the scenes with Matthew meeting had a mystical feel to it and you have a sense that something will go wrong.
Usually when I read any of Jasper Bark’s books, I am reading it with a grimace on my face, but this book was so different. This played more with my mind. The repetitive voice sounded sinister and for me Hettie was more horrific than the beast as it certainly knew how to play Sally. Whilst reading the scenes in the forest I had goosebumps and you could sense that it was leading up to a final showdown. The suspense carried throughout the story, but even I could not predict the outcome. You could feel the desperation in Sally and the need to help David and his dark moods.
I read a shortened version in the Green and Pleasant land anthology, and this new revised version had more depth. It felt more intense and as it is a novella a quick read. Another great story from Jasper Bark

 

You Only Get One Shot: A Horror Novella by Kevin J Kennedy and JC Michael

August 30, 2017 - 8:24 pm No Comments

You Only Get One Shot: A Horror Novella by Kevin J Kennedy and JC Michael

Published 17th July 2017

134 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

When 4 Indie authors receive an email, write the best story of your life and I will decide which one will live. Is it serious or is it a prank? Not wanting to risk it they all write what they think is their best story.

The sender of the email, was very sure that the authors would write their story and that just showed how confident she was with herself. At the start of the story I did feel that she was getting revenge for her loss. As the main story progressed you could sense how sadistic she was.  

What was different about this book was that we had the 4 authors stories interwoven into the main story. Each of the authors stories were completely different, although they all had a horror feel to them. Prior to each of their stories, we learnt about the author behind the creation, their writing style and more about their lifestyle.

This is the first book that I have read by these two authors and I am now trawling Amazon to purchase more. The story was fast paced and as it is a novella I read this pretty quick. Each story had its own twist and the ending of the main story was unexpected. If you want five stories for the price of one, then this is a great book to read.  

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.