Posts Tagged ‘Simon Bestwick’

The Hyde Hotel: An Anthology of short stories

September 17, 2016 - 10:42 am No Comments

The Hyde Hotel:  Authors: James Everington, Alison Littlewood, Iain Rowan, Dan Howarth, Amelia Mangan, S P Miskowski, Ray Cluley, Alex Davis, Cate Gardner, Simon Bestwick

Published by Black Shuck Books on 5th January 2016

168 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

28483441An anthology of short stories all set at the Hyde Hotel. A hotel that attracts guests at their worst point in their lives, be it a guest who is fleeing domestic violence to a hitman on another job. Each guest has their own story to tell and they all have different experiences when they stay at the Hyde Hotel.

I enjoyed every story, and each one had something different to offer. If you are a lover of Horror, Paranormal, mystery, suspense then you will find a story to read.

My favourites were Wrath of the Deep, I liked the fact that modern met the past, a dirty cop had to retrieve an ancient relic to escape capture, but some decisions are not easy to make. Tick box mainly due to the unexpected ending and Something like Blood, the way the story is told you can really imagine what is going on in the hotel room. To wrap the book up Checking out finalizes your stay at the hotel.

This a great read and the stories let my imagination go wild. Definitely a 5-star rating on the book, but if I had to rate the hotel on trip adviser, would it be a place that I would like to visit, I don’t think so

 

 

Review – The Faceless

February 7, 2012 - 8:11 pm No Comments

The Faceless

Author: Simon Bestwick

Publisher: Solaris Books

Page count: 412pp

Release date: 2 Feb 2012

Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Jobless and depressed, Martyn just can’t seem to motivate himself and this is wearing hard on his wife Eva. Things become even worse when a fire strikes a local school and Eva dies, leaving Martyn to care for his young daughter Mary, with the help of his sister Anna. Widowed and distraught, Martyn and Mary move into Anna’s as a support mechanism as he tries to recover from the loss of his wife.

As more people are killed or go missing, DCI Renwick and Sergeant Stakowski reluctantly accept help in their various cases from TV psychic Allen Cowell, who is drawn inexplicably into the events occurring in Kempforth, events that include the horrific local legends; The Spindly Men.

Creepy and atmospheric, this supernatural novel is proof positive that Bestwick is a strong new voice in British horror. The characters are well constructed, the narrative is imbued with atmosphere, the story is unsettling and the excerpts from WWI diaries that are weaved throughout the book are authentic and disturbing. It is clear Bestwick has researched the historical aspects of the novel fully and I predict a solid literary career for him, given the extent to which this book alarms the reader.

The Faceless is a genuinely creepy, classic book.