Posts Tagged ‘Psychological Horror’

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

 

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