Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NIGHTBIRD by David Busboom

This is my first time delving into a story by David Bosboom. I didn't know what to expect from the cover, but the blurb intrigued me. I started reading this book and the next thing you know I was turning the last page. 

Isaac is a 16-year-old who meets the girl of his dreams at the local cinema. Lilith is different. She doesn't have the usual things a modern person. She doesn't have a phone, vehicle, a job, or a computer. Lilith makes up for it with intelligence and beauty. Isaac can't seem to get enough. Things are odd around Lilith's isolated farmhouse, but Isaac could care less as long as he gets to "Netflix and chill" with her. Isaac can't seem to get enough. 

Isaac moves on with his life and attends college. He falls in love with another girl, but he still thinks about Lilith. I'm going to stop there because I don't want to give anything away. 

NIGHTBIRD is a tale of love, lust, and infatuation. It keeps you turning the page. It's a quick read, too. If you want an escape for an hour or so, then you should read this book. The one thing I didn't like about the story is the fact that the chapter transitions felt too choppy if that makes sense. The writing is solid. The author gives the characters enough depth to make them believable. I didn't relate to the characters, though. The ending is a bit predictable as well. Overall, NIGHTBIRD is a solid read. 

Recommend!

4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE BELL WITCH by John F.D. Taff

The Bell Witch is a slow-burning and atmospheric horror novel. I love history and horror. John F.D. Taff does a great job of combining the two. The Bell Witch reads like a movie. 

The setting is Adams County, Tennessee in 1817. The story revolves around the Bell family. The communities are close and the secrets are buried deep. 

Jack and Lucy Bell are successful farmers. They live in relative peace with their children. Long buried secrets will be unearthed, terrifying their small community. What is cool about this book is the fact that it is based on actual events. 

Personally, The Bell Witch steals the show for me. The other characters are solid, but I was rooting for The Bell Witch. The characters come to life after the witch appears. The books gets off to a slow start, but it quickly picks up steam and doesn't let up. 

I have to admit the cover intrigued me. (Gray Matter Press always puts out great books with great covers, though.) The story kept my interest, but the witch kept me wanting to read late into the night. The witch's conversations are everything! John F.D. Taff slowly rips away the bandaid that is keeping the Bell family together. The reveal is shocking and caught me by surprise. 

The witch is clever. She appears out of nowhere wanting revenge. Innocence will be lost. A family will be torn asunder. The witch will have her day. 

There is several things to love about this story. I think the church scene with the witch is the best. The exchange between the preacher and the witch put a smile on my face. The reveal will hit you like a ton of bricks. The ending is satisfying as well. If you like a good haunting, then you should read this one. 

Highly Recommend!

5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Chat With Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

If you missed my chat with Erin, then you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/r101tfEZqfQ! Thanks for visiting my blog, guys!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Sound of Broken Ribs by Edward Lorn

The Sound Of Broken Ribs has everything! I didn't think E. could top Bay's End, but he certainly did with this one. The cover is awesome, too! 

E. kicks things off with a dilemma. Belinda Walsh has lost everything that she holds dear. She loses her husband and house. She also loses her mind. Her entire life has been a lie. She's pissed off at the world, but mainly at her husband. She wants to hurt something or someone. Lei Duncan has a loving husband and a great career. Basically, she seems to have a perfect life. 

Belinda and Lei's worlds collide, upending their lives. The Sound Of Broken Ribs is full of revenge, brutality, and madness. This book contains ample amounts of mayhem and violence–pretty much everything you could want in a book. 

The Sound of Broken Ribs is great! Edward Lorn hooks you straightway and keeps your attention until the very end. Lorn gives the characters just enough depth while moving the story along at a smooth pace. This book is a must read! I can't say enough about it. You should give this book a read. 

Highly Recommend!

5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks

Broken ShellsMichael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn't think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. Michael Patrick Hicks set the bar high with Mass Hysteria. This time around the author nails it with a tale of utter archaic savagery. 

Antoine DeWitt is a hapless mechanic who is trying to make ends meet. He's struggling to pay the bills. He gets a car dealership scratch-off in the mail. His wife scratches the numbers, and they win $5,000. Antoine is skeptical, but his wife is overjoyed with the prospect of $5,000 extra dollars in their bank account. He travels to the remote dealership to claim his prize. Jon Dangle (the car dealer) sees Antoine (a sucker) coming a mile away. Both Jon and Antoine are desperate men. Jon is the gatekeeper of hungry subterranean monstrosities. Jon must keep them at bay. 

Antoine is thrown into a hellish abyss. Things skitter about in the darkness around him. Antoine must escape the dark chasm. He will stop at nothing to reach the surface. He will have to face the archaic evil head-on. 

Michael Patrick Hicks delivers a great novella with ample amounts of blood and gore. He does a great job of peeling back layers of the story, revealing just enough background for the characters. He also does an excellent job of disclosing the history of the car dealership. Michael Patrick Hicks does a great job of making you feel for each of the characters. The story is wholly enjoyable. The ending is awesome! From start to finish, you will get your money's worth. That cover is dope AF, too!

Michael Patrick Hicks, people! Remember the name because he's here to stay!

Highly Recommend!

5/5 archaic stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sunday, January 21, 2018

We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi

We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is  a solid read. If I'm being honest, I enjoy his books more than I do this collection. There are 20 short stories in this collection. The stories vary in terms of genre. Some of the stories can't be defined by one genre. These are a few of my favorite stories.

The Dinner Party is startling. It is about a paranoid wife who is being followed by mysterious men in black. The ending hits you like a ton of bricks.

Learned Children is creepy. Reads like a Stephen King story. Tick tock goes the clock. Students and a scarecrow. A new teacher is in over his head.

Knocking scares the hell out of me. I will keep the closet door shut from now on.

The Jumping Sharks of Dyer Island is sinister. A young couple vacation at the beach. This story is filled with jealousy and savagery.

Under The Tutelage Of Mr. Trueheart is unsettling. A boy talks with Mr. Trueheart often. Warren learns that people are not who they seem.

The House On Cottage Lane wasn't that scary. Three boys betray a friend. It's a pretty good ghost story.

I will let you read the rest of the stories. All the stories are good. Some are decent, but overall this collection is very good. This is Ronald Malfi's first short story collection. I hope to see others in the future. 

Highly Recommend!

4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐




·       File Size: 543 KB
·       Print Length: 379 pages
·       Publisher: JournalStone (November 2, 2017)
·       Publication Date: November 2, 2017

Synopsis:
A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert...
In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.
Ronald Malfi, Biography
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Bone White, this summer’s release from Kensington.
In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.
Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at http://www.ronmalfi.com.
Praise for Ronald Malfi
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade
“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It's everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade
“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”—FearNet
“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books
“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon
“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”Suspense Magazine

In The Dead of Summer by Joe Zito

I had never heard of Joe Zito before reading this book. In The Dead Of Summer is a solid read. 

In August 1977, Ben and his little sister Emily kill their father. Their father became a drunk abuser after their mother passed away a few years prior. Ben and Emily are on the run from the authorities. They cross paths with a guy at a diner. He has an unusual ability. Ben also has an unusual ability. That's when the past is peeled back, exposing the true identity of the stranger. The ending is good, too.

I connected with the characters. The storyline is smooth. The dialogue is good. Overall, In The Dead Of Summer is good.

I recommend it!

4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blood Rage

I don't recall ever watching this before today. I seriously don't know how this slasher got passed me at my local video store. To be honest, I don't think I missed very much. The story is intriguing, but the execution is horrible. I didn't care for the lead character. I didn't care about him or why he did those terrible things. 

I like the idea of one twin doing something horrendous and blaming it on their twin. The acting is very one dimensional, though. I guess it's because the year was 1983 and the budget was abysmal. There is some gore, but not nearly enough for my liking. The original VHS artwork is not accurate. The guy uses a machete and a hammer/ax to do his bidding, not a field knife. The new artwork from Arrow is more accurate. This overlooked slasher film is currently on Shudder. Get busy watching! 


Recommended!

3/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis: 

Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to the face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along?

Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, Blood Rage is a gloriously gruesome slice of '80s slasher heaven now restored from the original negative for its world Blu-ray debut.


The Thin Veil by Tim Meyer

This is my second time reading Tim Meyer. The first being Sharkwater Beach. This story is different than that one. Both are equally enjoyable, though. Tim Meyer has a lot of range in the horror genre.

The Thin Veil is a great novella. Tim Meyer has a bright future in horror. I typically give a book 20 pages to intrigue me. This book caught my interest from the beginning and it kept me intrigued throughout. 

Strange things start happening in Pleasantville, New Jersey. People start getting sick. Weird noises are heard in homes across Pleasantville. People start talking in unknown languages. People are acting weird. There are black butterflies and a green pulsating light shining through the cracks in the walls. The people of Pleasantville have developed a most unquenchable hunger and they only have an appetite for children. The children seem to taste better when they scream. 


I enjoyed this novella. The Thin Veil grossed me out. I retched more than once while reading this book. The Thin Veil is a quick read with a solid storyline. The characters are believable, too. If you dig Invasion of the Body Snatchers, then you will dig The Thin Veil. 

I also enjoyed Purple Cheese and No Makeup

Highly Recommend!

4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Chat With Tim Meyer

ICYMI: I got to chat with Tim Meyer about writing, publishing, Goosebumps, and much more.

You can find the video here: https://youtu.be/Tg4oxCzSQy0

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Chat With Edward Lorn

ICYMI: Check out my chat with E. Lorn. We talk Joe Hill,  Stephen King, and much more!

Here's the link to the chat: https://youtu.be/aE6YLgkGo4c

Thanks, guys!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz

Jonathan Janz delivers a great story with copious amounts of horror. There is layer upon layer of great storytelling. Children of the Dark has an abundance of monsters, violence, teen angst, murder, blood, and gore. It even has a serial killer within these pages. I can't say enough about this book! It is so good!

There's always a book that catches you by surprise, even if you've been told that it's top notch. You know the old reader saying, "I'll believe it when I read it." This book has made my favorites list. It has made my all-time favorites list. 

Will Burgess is having a tough go of late, but things are starting to look up for once. He may start over some of the guys on the varsity baseball team. His childhood is a different story, though. Will was abandoned by his father, and his mother is addicted to pills. Will takes care of his kid sister. His first crush, Mia, is dating his archnemesis, too. 

The Moonlight Killer has escaped prison and he's on the lam. He's heading towards Will's hometown of Shadeland. The Moonlight Killer isn't the only one threatening the small town of Shadeland. Something far more ancient and menacing is skulking in Savage Hollow–the forest surrounding Will's house. To top it all off, there is a massive storm hammering down on the small town. Will and his friends must face the enigmatic horrors. And very few of them will escape with their lives. 

The characters have depth, and they are very relatable. Children of the Dark is a great coming of age story! Jonathan Janz isn't afraid to kill off his darlings. He builds the dread with the impending arrival of The Moonlight Killer. Jonathan Janz sets the book's tone with the imminent storm brewing. There's just enough tension between the characters. 

Children of the Dark is thoroughly engrossing. It is unputdownable! Jonathan Janz grabs your interest, and before you know it the clock reads 3 a.m. This book makes you feel something. If you haven't read this book yet, then I suggest you remedy this immediately. I am a fan of Jonathan Janz! I'm definitely going to read his other work! 

Highly recommend!

5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐





Synopsis:
·   Print Length: 293 pages
·   Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
·   Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning.
Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals—the Moonlight Killer—has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves—his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends—will be threatened.
And very few of them will escape with their lives.
Biography of Jonathan Janz
Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a
way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”
2013 saw the publication of his novel of vampirism and demonic possession The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel Savage Species. Of Savage Species, Publishers Weekly said, “Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror–Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows–will find much to relish.” Jonathan’s Kindle Worlds novel Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre.
Jack Ketchum called his vampire western Dust Devils a “Rousing-good weird western,” and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) was selected one of 2014’s top three novels by Pod of Horror. 2015 saw the release of The Nightmare Girl, which prompted Pod of Horror to call Jonathan “Horror’s Next Big Thing.” 2015 also saw the release of Wolf Land, which Publishers Weekly called “gruesome yet entertaining gorefest” with “an impressive and bloody climax.” He has also written four novellas (Exorcist Road, The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.
His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.
Praise for Children of the Dark
Jonathan Janz brings us a vicious tale of terror with the innocence of youth in a coming of age tale that should surely make Stephen King smile.” – Dave, Beneath the Underground
“Jonathan Janz has written the next definitive coming-of-age horror novel that is sure to be mentioned alongside those that came before it. Be on the right side of history and read it now, before it becomes a classic.” –Patrick Lacey, author of A Debt to be Paid
Praise for Jonathan Janz
“Janz is the literary love child of Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum (with a little Joe Lansdale DNA in the mix), with all the terror that implies. Try him out. You won’t be disappointed.”
-Pod of Horror
“One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites.” –Brian Keene, best-selling author
“It’s the best of its kind I’ve read in years, such that I’d call it 'The Quintessential Haunted House Novel.' You’ve taken the old school traditions of the form which readers want and then have injected modern style, characters, and macabre, hard-edged mayhem into the guts of the story. THAT’S the way to do it, my friend!”
-Author Edward Lee on House of Skin
“Jonathan Janz is one of the rare horror novelists who can touch your heart while chilling your spine. His work offers incisive characters, sharp dialogue, and more scares than a deserted graveyard after midnight. If you haven’t read his fiction, you’re missing out on one the best new voices in the genre.” –Tim Waggoner, multi-published author

"Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror--Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows--will find much to relish." - Publishers Weekly on Savage Species

Monday, January 15, 2018

Interview With Kevin Holton



Kevin Holton
Member of the ISA and HWA


CHHR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

KH: Oh, wow, I must’ve been… Eight? Nine? I was reading a Stephen King book in the back of my Dad’s car. That much is for sure. I started actually writing five years later, and sought publication five years after that. Been going at it ever since.

CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like? 

KH: 2k every day, minimum, usually first thing in the morning, unless I’m doing poetry. So, the King routine. Free time throughout my day gets dedicated to extra projects (i.e. screenplays) or editing. Routine keeps my brain on track.

CHHR: Do you have any interesting writing quirks? If so, what are they?

KH: I shut my eyes. My ergonomic keyboard keeps my fingers from hitting the wrong keys, so all I have to do is tell the page what’s going on in my head, no extra sensory input to distract. Since this is right after I wake up, it’s very immersive and hypnogogic. The only time I use music is for sci-fi stuff, and even then, I use ambient soundscapes like Solar Fields—nothing with lyrics. Lastly, I infuse almost everything with puns. I just finished a novella titled Crimson, Inc., about a company that makes books from flesh and blood. As in, crimson ink.

CHHR: Do you like writing short stories or novels?

KH: Both! Depends on the concept, really. Crimson, Inc., started as a short story until I realized there was no way I could contain it to a few thousand words. On the other hand, I’ve written pieces that absolutely couldn’t have included another hundred without dragging down the plot and pacing.

CHHR: How is the horror scene where you live?

KH: I live in a coastal New Jersey town, just a little too far to commute easily to NYC, so a lot of the scene around here is made of professors, beat era writers, and slam poets. I could complain that it leaves me without community, but then again, I get to occupy a nice little niche.

CHHR: Do you use outlines or do you go with the flow?

KH: Once in a while, I’ll use an outline, but I usually just go with the flow. You probably guessed that I’d say that based on the whole “I write with my eyes shut” thing. However, I do outline if I hit a block, or reverse outline when editing to make sure everything makes sense.

CHHR: How did publishing your first book or short story change your writing process?

KH: My first short story, “Heartbreaker,” was a huge validation, but I realized the importance of research. I’d sent a few things around to random markets before that, but this time, I really focused in on what people wanted, so I penned the aforementioned piece for Siren’s Call Publications, not long after the company was founded. My first novel contract, fittingly offered by the same company, was for The Nightmare King, and that marked a dream come true. I wrote another novel, At the Hands of Madness, in about a month, and had that picked up by Severed Press shortly thereafter. Those two, and These Walls Don’t Talk, They Scream (HellBound Books) should all be out this year.

CHHR: What do you think makes a good horror story?

KH: Empathy. You have to care about the characters, even if you hate them. Even if you want them to die, there has to be some element where you understand what’s happening—even for the Big Bad. Great stories have antagonists you care about, and protagonists you have to learn to forgive. No one’s ever pure good or pure evil, and a good story says, “Here’s are the worst people you’ll ever meet. You’re going to love them anyway, and sometimes, you’ll hate the heroes.” I try to make sure there’s a reason to both love and hate all of my characters.

CHHR: What are you currently working on?

KH: Well, I’m revising Crimson, Inc., and finishing a book of poems, Mechanize Me, which examine a post-organic future where humankind has replaced flesh with cybernetics, android, and synthetic bodies. I’m also waiting to hear back on a few things, so until the queue dies down, short stories. I’ll also be drafting a screenplay for These Walls Don’t Talk, They Scream. Beyond that, I’m sure something will come to me soon.

CHHR: What is in your TBR pile?

KH: Good thing I have it next to me. Sarah Killian by Mark Sheldon, Experimental Film by Gemma Files, Sheet Music to my Acoustic Nightmare and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich, and Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon. Also, the DMC tie-in comics, because I <3 my inner nerd.

CHHR: What is the last book that scared you?

KH: Honestly, writing These Walls Don’t Talk, They Scream really freaked me out at times. Aside from my own stuff, though… Poetry: The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water, by Cameron Barnett (it’s not horror, though); Non-fiction: Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos (also not horror); and for fiction, I’ll skip some of the obvious, easy, Bram Stoker winning answers like Bird Box and say Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach. Really creeping, realistic tension there.

CHHR: What is your spirit animal?

KH: The Spider. Creative, artistic, able to plan well for long-term rewards, chill if left alone. Also, much like my arachnid friends, I spend a lot of time on the web.

CHHR: What is your favorite beer?

KH: Ah, you got me! I don’t drink. Not for lack of trying. I have diabetes and celiac disease, so I can’t drink most alcohol, and when I do, it’s a little… let’s say unpredictable. It’s easier if I avoid the act, even though I occasionally feel like I’m a traitor to the swarthy boozehound writers who came before me.

CHHR: If you could have a beer with one author, who would it be?


KH: Well, I know Stephen King doesn’t drink anymore, or at least I’m reasonably sure of it, so that’d actually work out well. Neither of us would want a beer. Dean Koontz would be another pick. From the newer writer crowd, maybe Tiffany Scandal, Christofer Nigro, or Stephanie Wytovich. I’ve spoken with all three of them, in various degrees and for various reasons, so meeting up with them would be far more likely—as long as any of the above are cool with, say, tea, instead of beer. That being said, if I had a chance to grab a glass of Lagavulin with Nick Offerman, I’d definitely say yes. I’ve watched Parks and Rec way too many times not to go for a drink with the inimitable Ron Swanson.


Author Bio:

Kevin Holton is a cyborg and coffee addict living in coastal New Jersey, usually found writing sci-fi and horror.

His upcoming novels, The Nightmare King (Siren's Call Publications); At the Hands of Madness (Severed Press); and These Walls Don't Talk, They Scream (HellBound Books) are all aimed for a 2018 release. He also cowrote the short film Human Report 85616 alongside Kevin North Ruiz.

When not reading and writing, he can be found talking about Batman, narrating audiobooks, or recharging in a dark room somewhere.

You Only Get One Shot by Kevin J. Kennedy and J.C. Michael

You Only Get One Shot is an intriguing story. It draws you in from the start. It keeps your interest throughout. 

What would you do if someone demanded you write the best story of your life, to be judged online? That your life depended on it. 

Four authors are sent an email saying they must write a story. Not just any old story, the best story you can possibly write. The four authors must write or die. A fifth author is already dead, and the anonymous sender is taking credit for their untimely demise. The authors are all responsible for a suicide. They have to write and post their stories on the Internet that evening. The authors are off to the races and the deadline is drawing near. It's a contest and the winner gets to live. 

I liked each of the four stories in this book. It is four stories within a larger story, which is pretty cool. The setup is very clever and the execution is solid. The ending is satisfying. To me, the tension is the best part. 

Highly recommend!

4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Zero Lives Remaining by Adam Cesare

I stepped out of my comfort zone with this review. Adam Cesare is a well known indie horror author and YouTube vlogger. I wanted to do a little something that Adam would appreciate. I made a YouTube channel and recorded a review video of Zero Lives Remaining. If you guys like it please subscribe and like the video. Also, you really should read Zero Lives Remaining if you like nostalgia with your horror. Thanks for viewing the video. It is my first one, so there's room for improvement. As always, thank you!






Synopsis: 

Robby Asaro is dead. 

And alive. 

He’s a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can’t be stopped. Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth…and the ghost of Robby Asaro. From the author of Tribesmen, Video Night, and The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining is a masterful mix of horror and suspense, dread and wonder, a timeless ghost story that solidifies Adam Cesare’s reputation as one of the best up-and-coming storytellers around. This is Adam Cesare firing on all cylinders—and he’s just getting started.