Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Damned by Tarn Richardson

The Damned is a hell of a read! The cover is badass! I love history, especially military history. The Damned is the Great War with werewolves. Tarn Richardson did a hell of a job researching the time period. It's interwoven with occult and supernatural horror. The book is written in the present (early 20th century) and has flashbacks from the late 19th century. The story spans most of Europe.

Poland 1889: Poldek Tacit's parents are brutally murdered, but he is spared. Father Adansoni takes the boy to Vatican City because he thinks Tacit was saved by a divine power.

Arras 1914: Lieutenant Henry Frost fights the Germans, but the Germans are attacked and massacred by an unknown enemy.

Father Andreas is murdered and Poldek Tacit is sent by the church to investigate.

The characters are vast and unique. The story felt real and the characters felt real. The story is very detailed, but it doesn't drag or lag. The Damned is filled with death, sex, werewolves, war, and religion. It is fast-paced and you can feel the dread oozing from the pages.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series! This is my first time reading Tarn Richardson's work, but it won't be my last.

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!

You can get a copy here.

5/5 vicious werewolves!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome To Dead House (Goosebumps #1) by R.L. Stine

Hey, guys! I hope all is well with you and yours! A while back I mentioned that I wanted to do a Goosebumps read through. I loved the Goosebumps books growing up and I felt like it was time for a re-read. Instead of picking my favorites and reading them first, I decided to start at one and read my way through in order of publication.

Welcome To Dead House is the perfect starter book for fans of R.L. Stine! It has all of the classic haunted horror tropes that you expect, but there is always a twist with R.L. Stine books. The Benson Family inherit an old free house from a distant relative that they never knew they had. Amanda (12 years old) and her brother Josh (11 years old) move with their parents to the old house. They bring their dog Petey along with them. The old house is located in Dark Falls, which can't be good. Things start happening around the house and neighborhood.

The ending is classic and creepy! Welcome to Dead House is filled with spooks and chills that I remember from my youth. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Until next time, horror fam!

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror and haunted houses!

4/5 stars!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

Well, paint me blue! Mayan Blue is a tour-de-force through blood and bodies. I love indigenous history, especially Mayan history. Don't believe the hype? Then, you should read this book to see what I'm talking about.

Professor Lipton discovers the Mayans had migrated north to Georgia. This is a once in a lifetime discovery. Professor Lipton goes missing. His associate and a group of students search for him. Mayan hell is unleashed on the small team of students. The Sisters of Slaughter let the bodies hit the floor. There is plenty of blood and gore to go around. The team of students must face the pissed off gods and their owl-headed servants as they travel deeper into the labyrinth that is the newly discovered Mayan temple.

The killing scenes are great. The scenes are stomach -wrenching and they will make you grimace. With that being said, I didn't get attached to these characters. I didn't get to learn much about them before they were slaughtered. These things did not take away from the great debut novel that is Mayan Blue.

This book is short, yet ferocious. Mayan Blue reads like an 80s horror movie. At times throughout this book, I was yelling at the characters for stupid decisions. The Sisters of Slaughter will have you reading late into the night, though!

This is my first time reading the Sisters of Slaughter, but it definitely won't be my last!

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!

You can get your copy here!

5/5 sacrificial stars!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

IT (2017)

WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers!

As I waited to enter the theater to watch IT (2017), people were walking out crying. I was pumped up for this movie. I've been waiting for IT to drop for some time, and I was not disappointed. However, I was not fully satisfied either. Was IT great? Hell yeah! I also think the 1990 TV movie was great, yet flawed. Is the book better than both versions? You bet!

Don't get me wrong, IT was badass. I just feel like some of the big scares were in the movie trailers. There were some cool parts that made me jump throughout the movie, though. I wanted the original monsters to return in this movie, but they didn't. There were several zombie-like scenes that weren't that scary.

The actor playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown did a fantastic job. He gives Tim Curry a run for his money. When he twists and contorts it is scary as hell. I didn't like the shark-like teeth very much. The CGI could have been better in some scenes, too.

It was hard to relate to the Losers' Club in this one, and I grew up in that era. The kid actors did a great job of portraying those iconic characters. It's just that I grew up with the original Losers' Club actors. I guess zombies scare all of the kids in this one. I wanted to see the werewolf and others, but it was just zombies. Don't get me wrong, there were nods to these creatures, but it wasn't the same to me. There's plenty of Easter eggs in this film too!

What's more, the book is better than both films. I say that with confidence. Both films have some great things in them. This movie has things that the 1990 TV movie didn't and vice versa. I will definitely buy it when it hits Blu-ray!

Pennywise is scary as hell, especially this version. The actor went above and beyond. The Losers' Club actors all did great jobs! I can't believe people actually think this movie is a rip-off of Stranger Things. Hell, we wouldn't even be talking about Stranger Things if it wasn't for Stephen King's IT. Stephen King is pop-culture. Most horror is inspired by Stephen King, like Stranger Things. Anyways, I loved the movie and I will probably go see it again in theaters.

I highly recommend this movie to fans of Stephen King and horror!

5/5 stars!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Slasher Sam by Simon Petersen

I have never read a book quite like Slasher Sam. Sam is a skilled killer who has learned from horror movies. Sam doesn't make mistakes. The body count rises as the blood and guts spill. 

Slasher Sam is written in blog posts, which I thought made the book even better. The book is filled with death, blood, and humor. One minute I was laughing, and then I would get grossed out. The kills are epic and the descriptions of the victims are funny. 

Slasher Sam is well written and a very entertaining read. The story progressed perfectly and the blog posts made it even more interesting. I was hooked from the first page. The top 5 lists are a thing of beauty! 

That ending blew my mind, too. I would definitely read another book about Sam.

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!

5/5 stars!