blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Psychlogical thriller

Stranded by Stuart James – Book Review

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A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin…

What could be more innocent than going on holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…

MY REVIEW 

Stranded is a nightmare!

When Ben and Laura are stopped on their way to the airport the tension begins to soar. A man tells them the road ahead is blocked and tells them there is a diversion. So,with no reason not to believe him they set off, only to find this road blocked by a coach.

Inside they find passengers tied to seats…….and then a phone rings and the game begins.

What follows is an incredibly tense, creepy and nerve wracking horror of a story, with twists and turns to keep you thoroughly hooked.

Why would anyone feel they had the right to punish wrongdoers? 

A true page Turner as you just cannot put it down, you have to know what’s going to happen next. Just brilliant and a perfect read for Halloween.

Thank you to Book On a the Bright Side Publicity for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Stranded.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/37kLvRE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.

Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.

I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Supernatural

The House Of A Hundred Whispers by Graham Masterton – Book Review

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On a windswept moor, an old house guards its secrets… The new standalone horror novel from ‘a true master of horror.’

All Hallows Hall is a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the bleak and misty Dartmoor. It is not a place many would choose to live. Yet the former Governer of Dartmoor Prison did just that. Now he’s dead, and his children – long estranged – are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man’s family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house’s famous priest hole. And then, on the same morning the family decide to leave All Hallows Hall and never come back, their young son Timmy disappears – from inside the house.

Does evil linger in the walls? Or is evil only ever found inside the minds of men?

MY REVIEW

In All Hallows Hall on Dartmoor, the owner and ex governor of Dartmoor Prison is found murdered.

His family arrive at the Hall for the reading of his will. Then 5 year old Tommy goes missing. So, they end up staying at the Hall while the search for the young boy is underway.

But, at night the whispers start..

This is classic supernatural horror. A creepy house on the moors, demons, witches, exorcisms and evil it has it all. What’s not to love ? Well written, atmospheric and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Vicky at Head Of Zeus and for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The House Of A Hundred Whispers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Graham Masterton is mainly recognized for his horror novels but he has also been a prolific writer of thrillers, disaster novels and historical epics, as well as one of the world’s most influential series of sex instruction books. He became a newspaper reporter at the age of 17 and was appointed editor of Penthouse magazine at only 24. His first horror novel The Manitou was filmed with Tony Curtis playing the lead, and three of his short horror stories were filmed by Tony Scott for The Hunger TV series. Ten years ago Graham turned his hand to crime novels and White Bones, set in Ireland, was a Kindle phenomenon, selling over 100,000 copies in a month. This has been followed by ten more bestselling crime novels featuring Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire, the latest of which is The Last Drop of Blood. In 2019 Graham was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association. The Prix Graham Masterton for the best horror fiction in French has been awarded annually for the past ten years, and four years ago he established an annual award for short stories written by inmates in Polish prisons, Nagroda Grahama Mastertona “W Więzieniu Pisane.” He is currently working on new horror and crime novels. 

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DejwGk

iBooks: https://apple.co/2P3pcFX

Kobo: https://bit.ly/338461g

Google Play: https://bit.ly/332yzxP

Follow Graham Masterton:

Twitter: @GrahamMasterton

Wesbite: www.grahammasterton.co.uk.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp – Book Review

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.

FOUR of them are hiding secrets.

THREE years of history bind them.

TWO are doomed from the start.

ONE person wants to end this.

NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

MY REVIEW 

Even If We Break is a slow burn of a suspense filled thriller. Five friends have always spent their summers together in a family cabin (sound familiar? Well it’s not!)

They all love to play role playing games, but when events start to mirror their game their already tenuous friendships start to crumble….

This is told from the five perspectives, we learn of their background, their thoughts and the recent events that have caused such distrust and suspicion. 

So, the five friends are not that close anymore and so as events turn nasty, it’s each to their own…….

The isolated cabin adds a creepiness to the already tense atmosphere.

I found this to be a very clever, mystery and suspenseful thriller with great, diverse characters that has some dark and creepy moments. Not one to read at night! A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Even If We Break. This is my honest and unbiased review.

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Science fiction

The Apocalypse Strain by Jason Parent – Book Review

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A multi-national research team, led by a medical genomics expert suffering from MS, study an ancient pandoravirus at a remote Siberian research facility. Called “Molli” by the research team, the organic substance reveals some unique but troublesome characteristics, qualities that, in the wrong hands, could lead to human extinction.

The researchers soon learn that even in the right hands, Molli is a force too dangerous to escape their compound. But the virus has a mind of its own, and it wants out.

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MY REVIEW 

The Apocalypse Strain is an action packed horror story, set in the near future.

A training exercise to the frozen tundra of Siberia, to train astronauts for a planned mission to Mar, let’s loose a virus. Like all viruses, this one wants to spread and evolve. It has an intelligence that’s plain scary…….who will survive?

If you have seen the X-Files episode Ice, you’ll find some similarities, the cold landscape, the tension and paranoia affecting those involved, but that’s where any similarities end.

This is full of tension, action and some really gruesome moments too. A fast paced dark and creepy tale that any fan of horror and sci-fi will love. Thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Apocalypse Strain. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2DW3YYp

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, and science fiction, though his novels tend to blur the boundaries between genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has earned him praise from both critics and avid readers alike.

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Rhode Island.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge… as a civil litigator. When he wanted a change, he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field…sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, and travel to any place that will let him enter. And read and write, of course – he does that too sometimes.

Please visit the author on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonParent, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AuthorJasParent, or at his website, for information regarding upcoming events or releases, or if you have any questions or comments for him.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Supernatural

Mime by Chrissey Harrison – Book Review

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There’s a supernatural killer on the loose…

Elliot Cross didn t believe in monsters. At least, not until his brother died at the hands of something unnatural.

Four years later and a string of impossible deaths leave the police baffled. Consumed by a desire to shine a journalistic light on the supernatural world, Elliot sees a chance to make a difference. Enlisting the help of his (only) employee, Samantha, he quickly identifies the culprit, a demonic mime artist whose invisible creations are fatally real.

Way out of his depth, Elliot s only hope is renowned demon hunter Gabriel Cushing. But tracking down Gabriel is only the beginning. The search for a way to end the demon forever will take Elliot and Sam across the country, uncovering lost history, buried secrets, and a few new truths about themselves.

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MY REVIEW 

Elliot is a journalist, he runs Weird News and investigates the odd and unexplained with the help of his assistant, Sam.

Sam has a bit of a thing for Elliot, and so she keeps an eye on him, making sure he eats, sleeps and takes care of himself. Elliot is a damaged man, dealing with the grief and feelings of guilt after the death of his brother.

A recent spate of odd deaths, an invisible bullet, drowning on dry land and more, these come to Elliot and Sam’s attention and so they begin to investigate, but they end up in danger too, as the Mime knows who they are!

Mime is a supernatural horror that’s gripping from start to finish, with creepy gruesome deaths, demons and a portal to Hell, this really is a goosebumpy read. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves a dark, supernatural horror.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/31otpcR

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction.

What can you expect from my books? Monsters, magic, action and adventure, and fragile human characters trying to muddle through as best they can. They make mistakes and bad choices sometimes, and they have to learn to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and turn to their friends and loved ones for help and support.

My debut novel, “Mime”, released June 2020. Working on this book has been an epic 10 year journey learning how to be a writer. Although Mime was my first project, it has routinely been on the back burner while I worked on other projects. You can discover the published ones in the books section of my website, and novelette “The Star Coin Prophecy” is available as a free download for subscribers.

Subscribe to my newsletter for free bonus content: https://bit.ly/3d3ar0k

 

FIND ME:

Website: http://chrisseyharrison.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrisseywrites

Facebook: http://facebook.com/authorchrisseyharrison

 

I’m a science geek, gamer, fan of sci-fi and fantasy, and wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat. I also used to wear my film maker hat when producing movies with my amazing colleagues over at The Great Escape.

 

I live in Clevedon in a creaky old Victorian terrace with my partner and my 17 year-old goldfish Ambition. One day I will own a cat… one day.

Book reviews, Horror

Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe – Book Review

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When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November’s brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family’s secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky’s family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge.

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MY REVIEW 

Until Summer Comes Around is a classic vampire story, set in the summer of 1986 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

15 year old Rocky spends his summer wandering the beach and it’s arcades, but then he meets the beautiful November. A typical summer romance, except November is a vampire and her brother, Gabriel is hellbent on bleeding the local population to feed his addiction….and the bodies pile up.

These vampires are day walkers, the sun doesn’t bother them (no they don’t sparkle), but they prefer the night time. This reminded me of The Lost Boys due to its setting. It this is different as these vampires are on vacation.

When Rocky finds out what November is, his heart is broken…..but he needs to protect his family from Gabriel and needs her help.

This is a dark and violent coming of age drama, albeit a very bloody one. Great characters and a gripping, fast paced plot make this a must read for any fan of vampire fiction. I loved it in all its toothsome glory.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase link : https://www.flametreepublishing.com/until-summer-comes-around-isbn-9781787583948.html 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Glenn Rolfe is an author/singer/songwriter from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Ronald Malfi, Jack Ketchum, and many others. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is a Splatterpunk Award nominee and the author of The Window, Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Abram’s Bridge, Things We Fear, Boom Town, and the collections, Slush. and Land of Bones.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Horror

Boy In The Box by Marc E. Fitch – Book Review

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This is what true horror is meant to be, quiet and thoughtful, an eerie sense of something lurking just ahead in your path with no way of escape.” — Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and A World of Horror

Ten years ago a mysterious and tragic hunting accident deep in the Adirondack Mountains left a boy buried in a storied piece of land known as Coombs’ Gulch and four friends with a terrible secret.

Now, Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick must return to the place that changed their lives forever in order to keep their secret buried. What they don’t realize is that they are walking into a trap — one set decades earlier by a supernatural being who is not confined by time or place: a demon that demands a sacrifice.

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MY REVIEW 

Jonathan, Gene, Michael and Conner had a boys weekend away, with laughs, drinking and hunting. But, by accident a young boy is shot, panicking and not thinking straight they decide to bury the body in a box in the woods. Who was this boy and why was he alone in the woods?

For 10 years the guilt has eaten at them all, Gene couldn’t take it any more and took his own life. At the funeral, the other three talk as they’ve found out developers are about to start digging. So they return to the woods planning on digging up and re- burying the boy’s body.

But while they are in the woods, things start to get creepy, is something there with them? The tension builds as the men begin to unravel.

This is full of tension and atmosphere, in a dark psychological horror that’s gripping with some real goosebumpy moments. Not one to read at night……Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Marc E. Fitch is the author of the novels Old Boone Blood, Paradise Burns and Dirty Water, as well as the books Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot and Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year vol 10.

Marc received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University and has worked as a bartender, psychiatric technician for in- patient behavioral health hospitals, and most recently as an investigative reporter for a public-policy organization. He was the recipient of the 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship and the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize. He is the father of four children and lives and works in Connecticut.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Fantasy, Horror

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen – Book Review

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An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam—the Devil’s original choice for an heir. Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him. A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise. 

The Wrong Death is volume 3 of The Great Devil War series.

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MY REVIEW 

In The Wrongful Death, Philip is now settled with his role in Hell, but now is able to come and go.

But when Sam (who Philip had been mistaken for in Book 1 and is the reason he is now Satan’s right hand man) accidentally arrives in Hell the mayhem begins.

Satan is busy with Hell’s ‘issues’ and wants Philip to find Sam……

There’s mystery, intrigue, betrayal and even a visit to Heaven. With humour and great characters this is another great read from Kenneth B. Andersen and I’m already looking forward to Book 4.

Thank you to The Write Reads for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Horror, Science fiction, Short story

Crazy-Ass Stories for Crazy-Ass People by Andy Rausch – Book Review

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This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. 

His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. 

So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

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MY REVIEW 

This is a diverse collection of short stories, dark and certainly quirky.

Each of these tales are unique, set in different locations such as cities, in space and even the sea.

There is comedy, crime and horror with a dark wit and a certain warped skew to each story. Decidedly Crazy-Ass and such great fun.

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours for the opportunity to read Crazy-Ass Stories for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.

He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.

 Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score

 You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/ 

Book reviews, Horror, Short story

Disturbing Works Volume 2 by Jon Richter – Book Review

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 John Richter’s Disturbing Works Volume II

Another compendium of delightfully macabre stories by Jon Richter, author of Deadly Burial and Never Rest. Jon’s first short fiction collection was described as ‘Black Mirror meets Tales Of The Unexpected’, and here he brings you another chilling assortment of twisted tales encompassing killer creatures, terrifying technology, and scientific experiments gone horribly wrong… These dark fables are perfect for anyone who likes their reads short, shocking, and laced with a dash of black humour.

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MY REVIEW

This is a collection of 10 deliciously dark short stories.

There’s a mix of the grotesque, creepy and monstrous tales each with a marvellous twist and some really dark humour, which really appealed to me. That giggle of fear and the unexpected.

Dark, disturbing and thoroughly entertaining. Brilliant.

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Author bio:

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Jon Richter writes dark fiction, including his two gripping crime thrillers, Deadly Burial and Never Rest, and his two collections of short horror fiction, volumes one and two of Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works.

Jon lives in Elephant & Castle and is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story. He writes whenever he can, and hopes to bring you more macabre tales in the very near future, including his upcoming cyberpunk noir thriller, London 2039: Auxiliary. He also co-hosts the Dark Natter podcast, a fortnightly dissection of the greatest works of dark fiction, available wherever you get your podcast fix.

If you want to chat to him about any of this, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites or Instagram @jonrichterwrites.

His website haunts the internet at http://www.jon-richter.com, and you can find his books at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2OXXRVP.

 

 

Book reviews, Gothic horror, Horror, Supernatural

The Garden Of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish – Book Review

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From the author of The Haunting of Henderson Close praised by Booklist, The British Fantasy Society, Ladies of Horror Fiction and many more!

In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women.

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MY REVIEW 

Evelyn and Claire are twins, the death of their father left them wealthy women. Something frowned upon by society and the neighbours, as two unmarried women in their 30’s is scandalous in 1893.

So, they decide to move to a small cottage near Haworth, on the Yorkshire moors. Close to their beloved Brontë family home. Claire is particularly obsessed by Branwell Brontë as she feels him close to her and has conversations with him…he talks to her.

Soon after they’ve settled in, Evelyn meets Matthew, a visitor to the area and they soon become friends. He tells her a tale of a game he found as a child, The Garden Of Bewitchment. This board game had a miniature house, trees and items to make a perfect little garden, but something evil tried to escape, so Matthew ran away and left the game in an attic never to be seen again.

Claire, then finds the game mysteriously appear in her bedroom and things get dark…….

This is a gothic, supernatural tale with a really creepy feel. Just what is trying to trap people in its game world?  A game of Jumanji from the imagination of Poe or Lovecraft. A brilliantly written, atmospheric and goosebumpy read. You’ll never look at a doll’s house in the same way again! Creepy stuff.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here:  https://amzn.to/2UUE7q5

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Cat first started writing when someone thrust a pencil into her hand. Unfortunately as she could neither read nor write properly at the time, none of her stories actually made much sense. However as she grew up, they gradually began to take form and, at the tender age of nine or ten, she sold her dolls’ house, and various other toys to buy her first typewriter – an Empire Smith Corona. She hasn’t stopped bashing away at the keys ever since, although her keyboard of choice now belongs to her laptop.

The need to earn a living led to a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance but Cat is now the full-time author of a number of supernatural, ghostly, haunted house and Gothic horror novels and novellas, including The Haunting of Henderson Close, the Nemesis of the Gods trilogy –Wrath of the Ancients, Waking the Ancients, Damned by the Ancients – The Devil’s Serenade, Dark Avenging Angel, The Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine and Linden Manor.

She lives north of Liverpool with her longsuffering husband and black cat.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

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Book reviews, Horror

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk – Book Review

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Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

“A stark and frightening novel. Horror fans should definitely seek this one out.” – Booklist.

When a troubled psychiatrist loses funding to perform clinical trials on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, he begins testing it on his asylum’s criminally insane, triggering a series of side effects that opens the mind of his hospital’s most dangerous patient, setting his inner demons free.

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MY REVIEW

Set in Sugar Hill hospital, a facility for the treatment of various mental illnesses,

Dr Alex Drexler is working on a cure for schizophrenia, by injecting a drug into the pineal gland, it seems to be working and just needs refining…..but funding is a problem.

So, when his boss Eli is deemed responsible for an employee murdering Alex’s brother and his treatment of patients is questioned and certainly questionable, immersion tanks for one.. The powers that be give Alex the job and they want him to use his ‘cure’ on patients, against all protocols…..he agrees!

Now, one of the patients is Crosby Nelson, known as the Apocalypse Killer who sees demons and so Alex decides to test his drug on him….all seems to go well and Crosby reacts well. But then all hell breaks out.

“Not all the voices we hear are imaginary”

Crosby’s inner demons have been released and they have brought darkness with them.  Just what is real? And who are the ream monsters?

The back stories for each of the characters really helps build the picture, each of them have their own problems and a darkness in their lives…..a fine line of being a carer or a patient themselves….

A creepy supernatural horror with some truly menacing moments…..full of menace and crackles with atmospheric tension. 

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors, and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation.

During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

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Book reviews, Horror, Thriller

The Tear Collector by Shawn Burgess

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The misdeeds of our ancestors are debts passed from generation to generation. They lurk, hidden in the shadows, waiting for the right time to be collected. For the residents of Harper Pass—their debt is due.

 

* * *

 

MISSING PERSON:

Have you seen Margo Combs?

Contact Detective Holt (918) 555-0155

You may choose to remain anonymous.

 

* * *

 

When a young autistic girl goes missing from a small Appalachian community, the residents of Harper Pass descend into chaos. Brooks Raker and his friends stumble across the police investigation, and as they dig deeper into the mysterious events, the boys realize the fate of their missing classmate pales in comparison with the evil lurking in the shadows of the quiet little town.

With four boys who believe something sinister is at work, and an ambitious reporter breathing down his neck, Detective Holt of the Harper Pass Police Department must confront his doubts and follow the evidence. A chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths, leads Holt to the doorstep of the mysterious and reclusive Professor Wadlow who may know exactly what has come to collect in Harper Pass.

Can the detective and the boys work together to unravel the dark secrets of Harper Pass before those secrets devour them all?

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MY REVIEW 

Grief Hollow was the location of a terrible fire that resulted in the death of a young girl. 

Running away from bullies, Brooks meets Margo in the hollow….she says the collector is coming and when he turns around, Margo is gone. But, he hears voices and sees a snake like mist….terrified he runs and finally meets up with his friends, Tee and Robby.

They later find out Margo is missing and so Brooks tells the police he’d seen her in Grief Hollow and so a search begins.

As some creepy, spooky events occur, this story becomes darker.

I have to say this is quite reminiscent of Stephen King’s IT, as it’s set in a small town with a group of young friends and something creepy in the woods. But, that in no way detracts from this atmospheric thriller with some genuinely tension filled moments.

A well written horror-thriller with well developed characters and a fantastic sense of place and atmosphere. At 400 pages this is something to really get your teeth into.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Shawn Burgess has a BA in English from the University of Florida, and he focused on literature for his postgraduate studies at the University of North Florida. His travels have taken him to most parts of the country, where he often drew inspiration for his stories through meeting interesting people and experiencing unique places. Beware! If you find yourself behaving curiously within the crosshairs of his vision you might end up on one of his pages. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys travelling, attending concerts, reading, and playing golf. He typically makes year-round preparations for Halloween by building props and elaborate sets. Shawn claims Jacksonville, Florida as his home, but he has lived all over the southeastern United States. Many of his stories are set in those towns he once called home, or in fictional places inspired by them. He says, “I enjoy building upon the natural mysteries surrounding those areas I’ve personally experienced.” The Tear Collector is Shawn’s debut novel, but he’s currently working on a YA Fantasy novel, as well as The Tear Collector’s sequel. He is active on social media, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

Facebook: shawnburgessauthor

 

Twitter: ShawnBinJax

 

Instagram: ShawnBinJax

 

Goodreads Author Page: Shawn Burgess

 

Website: http://www.shawnburgessauthor.com

 

Buy link:

Linktr.ee/thetearcollector  

Book reviews, Fantasy, Horror

The Devils Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen – Book Review

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Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

The Devil’s Apprentice is volume 1 in The Great Devil War-series.

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MY REVIEW 

Philip is 13 years old, he’s a good young man, he’s also the victim of the school bully Sam. Hiding in the school basement, he is rescued from Sam by the janitor, but Sam says he’ll get him another time.

On his way home, he rescues a cat….who he is sure said Thankyou! 

The Sam pushes him into the road and Philip wakes up in Hell. It must be a mistake, a demon agrees, but Satan decides he needs an heir and Philip is it.

Can Philip learn to be bad? 

A clever fantasy tale of good and evil….it also makes you think what is Evil? From a while lie to murder, is it just degrees of evil? Do we need evil so that we can be the opposite? A fun, entertaining read.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Kenneth B. Andersen (1976) is an award-winning Danish writer. He has published more than forty books for children and young adults, including both fantasy, horror, and science fiction. 

His books have been translated into more than 15 languages and his hit-series about the superhero Antboy has been turned into three movies. A musical adaptation of The Devil’s Apprentice, the first book in The Great Devil War series, opened in the fall 2018 and film rights for the series have been optioned.

Kenneth lives in Copenhagen with his wife, two boys, a dog named Milo, and spiders in the basement.

Website http://www.kennethbandersen.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterKennethBAndersen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenneth_b_andersen/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_B_Andersen

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kenneth-b-andersen

Book reviews, Horror

Hearthstone Cottage by Frazer Lee – Book Review

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Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. When Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing presence in the cottage, the bonds of friendship are tested as he must uncover the terrifying truth dwelling within the walls of Hearthstone Cottage.

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MY REVIEW 

Mike, Helen, Alex and Kay have just graduated and so are off on a trip to Hearthstone Cottage in the Scottish Highlands, to relax.

Just as they are about to arrive, they hit a stag in the road, killing the poor animal, writing off the 4 x 4 and really shaking them all up. They arrive at the cottage finally and find Alex’ sister, Maggie is there already with her dog, Oscar.

They get settled but then things start to get weird…..Mike starts to hear a child laughing, he has horrific nightmares and hallucinations…then a crow hits the cottage window, Oscar goes missing and tragedy strikes….

Beware of past sins, they may just catch up with you one day……

This is a fantastically creepy tale, with a sense of gradually building menace. All set in beautiful surroundings which really added to the atmosphere. Gripping, spooky and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

 

https://www.flametreepublishing.com/Hearthstone-Cottage-ISBN-9781787583276.html

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Frazer Lee is a novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker. His screenplay credits include the acclaimed horror/thriller feature Panic Button, and multi-award winning short films On Edge, Red Lines, Simone and The Stay. Frazer’s screenwriting and story consultant engagements have included commissions for Movie Mogul, The Asylum, Mediente, eMotion, and Vanquish Alliance Entertainment.

His film and television directing credits include the multi award-winning shorts On Edge and Red Lines, and the promo campaign for the Discovery Channel series True Horror With Anthony Head. His new short film The Stay had its World Premiere at World Horror Con Atlanta USA 2015. Frazer was named one of the Top 12 UK directors in MySpace.com’s Movie Mash-up contest by a panel including representatives from 20th Century Fox, Vertigo Films and Film Four.

Frazer’s novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’.

Frazer is Head of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. His guest speaking engagements have included The London Screenwriters Festival and The Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass. Frazer Lee lives with his family in Buckinghamshire, England just across the cemetery from the actual Hammer House of Horror.

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Book reviews, Horror

Slash by Hunter Shea – Book Review @huntershea1 @FlameTreePress @annecater

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Five years after final girl Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. 

With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims.

The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected.
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MY REVIEW 

Ashley was the final girl, a survivor of the resort massacre, but she struggles to sleep and fears the Wraith may come back and get her. When tragedy strikes her fiancé, Todd wants revenge….

He follows the breadcrumbs left by Ash, but can he and his four friends find the clues and stop a killer? Just what is roaming the resort ?

This is a creepy, gruesome, fear-fest…..well written with a clever plot and a grown up ‘Blair Witch’ feel to it….great characters and some emotional moments too. Immensely entertaining…

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

 

https://www.flametreepublishing.com/Slash-ISBN-9781787581791.html

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. 

He’s the author of over 25 books, including The Jersey Devil (Pinnacle) and We Are Always Watching (Sinister Grin). Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum.

The Montauk Monster was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. He was selected to be part of the launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line in 2011 alongside legendary author Ramsey Campbell. He’s an avid podcaster and can be heard and seen on Monster Men and Final Guys every week. Living with his crazy and supportive family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to see the skyline without having to pay New York rent. You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Horror

Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff – Book Review

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An idyllic weekend camping trip is cut short when Reese Wallace’s friends are brutally murdered. As the group’s only survivor, Reese is the prime suspect, and his story doesn’t make much sense. A disembodied voice warning him to leave the campground the night before? A strange, blackened tree that gave him an electric shock when he cut it down for firewood?

Detective Greyeyes isn’t having any of it—until she hears the voice herself and finds an arrowhead at the crime scene—an arrowhead she can’t get rid of. Troubling visions of a doomed Native American tribe who once called the campground home, and rumors of cursed land and a mythical beast plague the strangest murder case she’s ever been a part of.

People are dying at Strong Lake, and the worst is yet to come.

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MY REVIEW 

Reese, his girlfriend Jessica and her friends Dan and Kira are off for a weekend camping trip. After a row, they all head off to sleep, but when Reese wakes he finds his friends all dead, literally ripped apart….he hadn’t heard a thing….

This all happened on land, part of a nearby American Indian reservation, so the local Detective Maria Greyeyes asks for help from the local Chief. Together they identify something else may be stalking the woods…a Wendigo

This is a camping trip horror story with some really gruesome and creepy moments to keep your heart pounding. (It reminded me of one of the Supernatural TV show’s episodes too). Great characters, atmospheric writing and a gripping, creepy plot make this a thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://www.flametreepublishing.com/Those-Who-Came-Before-ISBN-9781787582989.html

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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J.H. Moncrieff’s City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for best Horror/Suspense. Reviewers have described her work as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure. She won Harlequin’s search for “the next Gillian Flynn” in 2016.

Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.

When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

To get free ebooks and a new spooky story every week, go to http://bit.ly/MoncrieffLibrary.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

Book reviews, Horror

Rose by Rami Ungar – Book Review @BlackthornTours @RamiUngarWriter #Rose

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Rose Taggert awakens in a greenhouse with no clear memory of the past two years and, to her horror, finds her body transformed into an unrecognizable form.

Paris Kuyper has convinced Rose that they are lovers and as Paris could not bear for her to die, he has used an ancient and dark magic to save her from certain death.

But the dark magic Paris has used comes at a price. A price which a terrible demon is determined to extract from Rose.

As Rose struggles to understand what is happening to her, she must navigate Paris’s lies and secrets; secrets that Paris will do anything to protect.

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MY REVIEW 

Rose wakes up in a greenhouse, laying on a table surrounded by roses that die as she watches. She notices her skin is green, she has tentacles growing from her neck and rosebuds from her scalp……is this real?

Paris comforts her, tells her he saved her from dying….he’s her boyfriend after all…..isn’t he?

Will Rose save her sister? Will she ever be normal again?

This is a tale of dark, forest magic…..with some really dark moments. It also highlights abusive controlling and obsessive behaviour as well as the psychological damage caused by bullying. Part fantasy, part drama but all horror. 

Thank you to Blackthorn Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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Book reviews, Horror, Police procedural, Thriller

Sound by Catherine Fearns – Book Review. @metalmamawrites @rararesources #Sound

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Sound

Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

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MY REVIEW

This is #3 in the Reprobation series by Catherine Fearns. It can be read as a stand-alone. But I am a fan and have read the previous books, so may be a little biased.

This begins with a Professor, who has synesthesia, so sees sounds as colours and has found a new frequency being transmitted. He has been warned off and then he dies in an unusual way. He was troubled by something and had arranged to send information to the police.

DI Darren Swift is still grieving the death of his fiancé, Matt during events in the previous book, but is at work and needing something to investigate again. With his colleague, DC Colette Quinn they are looking into this case while awaiting the start of a big trial. Again they are joined by Helen Hope, the ex-nun and now partner to guitarist Mike to uncover the mystery.

They find the USB left for them by the professor and find the word Napier…is this relating to the Napier Estate. What is causing the illnesses on the estate? 

And so the story begins…..there are weapons of sound, death metal bands, the mysterious Adramelech and books with human skin bindings, religion, more murder and even a peacock!.

Just what is Shawn Forrest up to ? And are Justine and her baby in more danger?

Creepy, gripping and totally entertaining from start to the rather menacing end. Brilliant….I’m already waiting for Book #4.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/sound

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Author Bio –

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) 

are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band. 

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Website: https://www.catherine-fearns.com/

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Book reviews, Horror

Hellrider by JG Faherty – Book Review

 

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When Eddie Ryder is burned alive by fellow members of the Hell Riders motorcycle gang for ratting on them, he vows revenge with his dying breath. He returns as a ghost, with his custom motorcycle Diablo by his side and launches a campaign of vengeance that leaves plenty of bodies in its wake.

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MY REVIEW 

Eddie used to be a member of the biker gang, The Hell Riders, but threatened with a jail sentence, he grassed up other gang members. Now persona non grata, he runs his garage and struggles to care for his emphasema ridden mum, and his 16 year old brother, Carson.

One night, working out in his garage, the Hell Riders firebomb the building, not knowing or caring if Eddie was inside…..he dies!

BUT, so full of anger, he comes back to seek revenge……along with his beloved Diablo…

If you like Grindhouse, as in Death Proof etc you’ll love this….it has violence, blood, revenge, bikes, and even a little teen romance in this small town horror….can Carson and Kellie stop his brother before the town is destroyed? Fun, gory and brilliant…

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy from Flame Tree Press here:

https://www.flametreepublishing.com/Hellrider-ISBN-9781787582644.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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A life-long resident of New York’s haunted Hudson Valley, JG Faherty is the author of 6 novels, 9 novellas, and more than 60 short stories, and he’s been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time).

He writes adult and YA horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, and paranormal romance, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. As a child, his favorite playground was a 17th-century cemetery, which many people feel explains a lot.

You can follow him at http://www.twitter.com/jgfaherty, http://www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, http://www.jgfaherty.com, and http://jgfaherty- blog.blogspot.com/

 

AWARDS:

Finalist, Bram Stoker Award – Superior Achievement in a Novel (2015)

Finalist, Thriller Award, International Thriller Writers (2014)

Finalist, Bram Stoker Award; – Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel (2011)

Winner, Tales from the Moonlit Path Halloween Contest (2006) Winner, Hot Summer Something Contest, fromtheasylum.com (2006)

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.