Posts Tagged ‘Psychological Horror’

Famously Ordinary (Newdon Killers Series) by Simon Farrant

June 19, 2018 - 8:24 pm No Comments

Famously Ordinary (Newdon Killers Series) by Simon Farrant
Published by Farrant Fiction on 12th March 2018
60 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

James Dean, not the famous actor but the son of Dean and Denise. A regular guy that grew up with a bit of a complex about his name.
James Dean was a character that I disliked instantly, arrogant and a bit of a dick. However reading about his family, he did not have many role models to follow and you could understand what was causing his mental state. When his mind began to wander and the killings started, you did not know if it was real or fantasy.
This story was a really quick read and my only complaint was it was too short. I was drawn into James’ life and had to keep on reading with a macabre fascination. The killings were graphic and it makes you wander if he was clever or lucky to get away with them. The ending comes at you sudden and unexpected and would love to know what happened next
This was a good introduction to this author’s work and although this is the 2nd in the series, I felt that I did not miss out on anything for not reading The Crucifix. I will rectify this as I have already purchased this book. If you want a quick psychological read than get this book.

Crack by DE McCluskey

June 14, 2018 - 5:49 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I was excited and intrigued to read this book.

Crack by DE McCluskey
Published by Dammaged Productions on 1st June 2018
374 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction.
As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way of revolving his issues.
This is a dark read, and there is tension throughout. As you are reading this story, you feel that you are there, watching Joe getting his fix and it had a similar feel to when you drive past an accident and instinctively you have to look what happened. “Crack”, that was your warning and you knew what was coming. There are not many books that make me grimace when I am reading it but this is one of them.
The involvement of Detective Paula Ashton and her fiancé Officer Ian Locke makes this story more feel real, as you follow them whilst they are preparing to get married. There were times where I had to stop and compose myself as I could not believe where this story was going. This book has its own addiction as you want to see if Joe is linked to the events.
I have read Twelve by this author and this is nothing like it. This is savage, it will shock you and you will be gripped. A psychological horror that when you hear the noise “Crack”, you will think of this book.

A Better Life by Kyle M Scott

May 15, 2018 - 9:21 pm No Comments

A Better Life by Kyle M Scott
Published on 16th April 2018
186 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jess and Curt are a couple in love, burdened with debt and mounting medical bills. Ex-brother in law and con Peter comes up with an idea. Kidnap a little girl, demand money and become debt free. Easy
With only a handful of characters, you get to know each one in depth. Jess is a sweet natured woman who had a hard life. Let down by everyone around and with a deadly illness, she finally find happiness with Curt. Curt is a mechanic, who always tries to do the best for everyone, so when Peter came up with plan, he knew that this could be the end of their problems. Peter is an ex-con out for number one, he doesn’t care who he wrongs. Lisa, Curt’s sister and Peter’s ex wife, is the motherly figure, and the star of the show young Emily, the child they are going to kidnap, quiet and serene who let nothing faze her.
The author has a way of letting your imagination go into overdrive. When Emily’s secret is revealed the descriptive scenes makes the terror real. This story start off at a slow pace and you are introduced to the characters and how they have come about their actions, but as soon as they get to the abandoned house, the pace quickens as all hell breaks loose. As a mom, there were times that I felt sorry for Emily as she just wanted someone to love her for what she was and in times of fear to give her a cuddle. As I finished this book I could not decide who had wrong who and even whilst I write this review I am still thinking about what sweet Emily is doing. Carrying on after the story is the authors notes on why he wrote this story, and I found it interesting reading about his ideas and why he ended it as he did.
This will please horror lovers whether they like graphic or psychological

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