Posts Tagged ‘Psychological Horror’

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

 

The 8th by Matt Shaw

June 17, 2017 - 7:26 pm No Comments

The 8th by Matt Shaw

Published on 11th November 2017

102 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Going to school is hard enough for some teenagers, but if when you are there you are constantly bullied then it is unbearable. This is the case for this young teenager in this story.

Being the new boy is school, he is used to all the stares but when he stands up for David, a quiet lad who was constantly bullied by Piers and his cronies, he became the new target for the bullies.

Written from the main protagonist’s POV, it emphasises what damage the constant bullying has done to him. The story started at the point when he wants to teach the bullies a lesson. Alternating between the present and the past you learn what drove him to breaking point.

As a Mom who has had teenagers through school, my biggest fear was for them to get bullied. Whilst we tell our children to tell us if they are getting bullied you do worry that people will not believe them or the authorities will not act upon it. This story shows the worse in people, students and teachers alike and whilst I cannot condone what he did, I could understand why he did it. These children where regular kids, who had done nothing wrong but to the “IT” crowd they were different and easy targets. The build up to the final scene was intense and my heart was breaking at the end. I would love bullies to read this book and see what damage the name calling and the beatings do to people, but they are bullies so they would not get it.

A great story with some harrowing scenes, a must read for everyone

The Uninvited: Psychological Extreme Horror Book 1 by Mike Evans

September 26, 2016 - 6:50 pm No Comments

The Uninvited: Psychological Extreme Horror Book 1 by Mike Evans

Published 19th February 2016

214 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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I came across this author when I purchased The Orphans series, but like a lot of books on my kindle I have not got around to reading them. So this was the 1st one I have read by this author, and I wanted to read a good slasher story, with this book you have definitely got one

From the moment you start reading, you are met with a menacing man in a mask with a fetish for sharp items, be it a machete or a knife, no one is safe when he is out to kill.  Isaac and Traci are very much in love and to celebrate their engagement, they decide to go on a camping trip. Joined by 4 unexpected guests they set off oblivious to what horrors they will face. Not wanting to give any spoilers I will leave the synopsis there.

First off I cannot believe that the majority of the story happened over 2 days.   From the moment Traci and Isaac was in the forest I felt that I was there watching the horrific scenes. The action is none stop and I found myself shouting at them to keep running and try to escape. The killing scenes were graphic but if you have watched any slasher films then you know what to expect. Although I was not fussed about Brandi and Tony, I really warmed to Traci, Isaac, Katy and Jack and I think this was the way the characters were introduced to us. They were just like you or me, down to earth and went away to just have fun. I must admit I had tears in my eyes when I was reading the funeral scene, it was so beautifully written and not what I expected when reading a slasher book. With the police get involved, the action moved up a gear, and I am still trying to work out how the killer managed to do some of the murders. From that moment each chapter was alternating days Saturday describing how the group try to escape and Sunday the Police search, surprisingly this was not at all confusing and just added more suspense to the story. The twists keep you guessing throughout and even when you know when the killer is, the author puts one more twist into the story leading it nicely to book 2.

If you like your slasher movies or just want a great exciting story, then this book is a must read. I have never liked camping and after reading this, my reason for not going have just been proven. A brilliant action packed book        

Gemini by Stuart Keane and Matt Hickman

September 21, 2016 - 6:49 pm No Comments

Gemini by Stuart Keane and Matt Hickman

Published on 12th August 2016

193 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Odette is a quiet, happy girl, who finishes work early so decides to go home and surprise her boyfriend Gavin.

Shay has just been released from a 4 years stay in a mental hospital, after tricking her psychiatrist that she is cured of her psychopath tendencies. Shay has a sexual itch that needs to be scratched. Going to her ex-boyfriend’s Gavin’s house, she knew that he would satisfy her need.

From the moment that Odette walks in her home, and sees Shay and Gavin together something inside her snaps and surprisingly a sadistic friendship develops and Odette comes up with a “friendly” competition and they go their separate ways. What is scary is that Odette was a regular girl when it all started and how quickly she turned. The phrase hell has no fury as a woman scorned comes to mind.

As they go off to be individual killers the story gets interesting, going from one to the other, it goes on to explain how they kill and survive, especially as both of them were in a situation that they had not planned and they had to fight for their survival.  

If you are of a squeamish nature then this book is not for you, due to the graphic violence and sex in this story, but this just shows you how criminally insane both girls are. The only scene that made my stomach turn did not even involve the girls but was a scene with Trent a sadistic nightclub owner and Michelle.  I really enjoyed this book and I could not tell which author wrote which scene, the story flowed brilliant and with enough intensity that I could not put it down and read it quite quickly. I loved the idea of them having conversations with the voices in their heads and just when you think you know what is going to happen they throw a curve ball and the ending was quite a surprise.

This book is the first one I have read by these authors and I am glad that I have found two more authors for me to read.