When I read the unique summary for this story, I just had to read it. I am a horror movie buff which I'm sure does not surprise anyone who reads my reWhen I read the unique summary for this story, I just had to read it. I am a horror movie buff which I'm sure does not surprise anyone who reads my reviews. Not only was this story promising the horror i love, it also combined the two mediums I use to get my horror fix; books and movies. What could possibly go wrong?
Well not much did go really wrong, the story read well and was fast paced; it did indeed provide a unique plot that had me wondering what the hell was going on and had copious amounts of gore. Gore!
Before I go further, here is the summary from the book; Terror in the Trees, the latest uber-low budget slasher flick is slaying people... literally. But is it all hype or is there an evil force behind the supposed deaths? Special Agent Bolder had best find out before the President attends the Hollywood premiere...
We start the story in line to see Terror in the Trees. The line is long and the first group of movie-goers are already down in the theater watching. Three friends waiting for their turn are listening to the screams from the audience and bouncing with excitement while exchanging horror movie tidbits and trivia when suddenly hell breaks loose in the theater. People are busting out the windows, bleeding and screaming. Chaos erupts as police and medics arrive and try to help. A great beginning as far as I'm concerned. It speaks to the creepy side of my personality that enjoys unexpected chaos and doom in my entertainment.
Enter our main characters. The FBI agent who chose white collar crime after a horrific experience as an undercover agent. The woman who left him at the alter years ago who is now the chief PR agent with the movie studio that bought the rights to Terror in the Trees and a college student working on his Masters in cinema who has a theory as to why this movie has caused so much bloodshed.
They become unlikely allies as the try and stop the movie from premiering with and audience of celebs and even the President.
As I hinted earlier, I did enjoy much of the read but found I only connected/liked one character, I also found the underlying 'cause' of the violence to be way over the top and a few scenes were just ridiculous. Even for horror.
All in all I will recommend this to horror buffs. It is bloody fun. I also really like Elena Gray and other works from her. This was a bit different from her usual but i appreciated it....more
The Boat by Christine Dougherty is definitely not your average zombie story, although it has zombies. It isn't your average Post-Apocalyptic story, yeThe Boat by Christine Dougherty is definitely not your average zombie story, although it has zombies. It isn't your average Post-Apocalyptic story, yet there is a plague that causes death and zombies, creating a Post-Apocalyptic environment. Which also makes a great setting for a Survivalist story, though not your......wait for it....average Survivalist story. See, Christine just doesn't do average, ever, and decided to write a fast-moving, horrific, nail-biting, zombie plague story of survival set two months after the aforementioned apocalyptic event. With a twist. A really bad twist. I am not surprised. I met Christine last year when she asked if I would review her novel The Devil Stood Up. As most of you know, I love me some good Horror and was thrilled to accept a copy for review. I eat Horror and Suspense for breakfast, one awesome reviewer on GoodReads, Stephen, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..., asked me in a round about way, what kind of book would actually scare me. I really didn't have an answer, until Christine Dougherty. Turns out I couldn't finish The Devil Stood Up. It disturbed the hell out of me and I had to put it down. For the first time ever I had to write an author and humbly apologize for being a wimp and not finishing their book. The writing was excellent but you couldn't make me pick it up again. Instead of throwing rocks and laughing at me, Christine apologized and even asked for another review on her Urban Fantasy novel Born Lucky (The JD Chronicles). I loved it. I love the versatility Christine brings to the table. The Boat isn't overwhelmingly scary but it is very good and original and I urge lovers of Horror, Suspense and Urban Fantasy to check out this exciting author!
Book Summary:At the end of the world, the undead aren't the greatest threat to those who have survived.
A deadly plague brought on by an experimental AIDS drug called Lazarus sweeps the country. Lazarus, named so because it brings patients back from the brink of death, has the unfortunate side effect of bringing the dead back to life. A handful of survivors have made their way to water where the walking dead–called 'sinkers'–are less of a threat. These battered and traumatized survivors have colonized a super yacht (Flyboy), a tugboat (Big Daddy), and a weekender yacht (Barbra's Bay Breeze). As they wait for more survivors and organize a voyage south to a warm climate, they unintentionally bring aboard a monster who might be the end to them all....more
Prophet Shorn took me by surprise. When I started reading it, all I knew was it was a Horror novel. I didn't have access to the book summary at the tiProphet Shorn took me by surprise. When I started reading it, all I knew was it was a Horror novel. I didn't have access to the book summary at the time I began and decided to skip reading it. I looked back on the summary when I had finished Prophet Shorn and I still would have been shocked by the actual story.
Let me start by saying that the book is well written. I was pulled into the story from the start and had to finish it. I have to be honest, I didn't want to finish it. I saw where it was going and really wanted to put it down, but I could not.
Here is the book summary: Straddling the line between horror and paranormal thriller, Prophet Shorn details the last few days for a town started by a powerful and charismatic mayor and leader of his people. But the town has dark secrets and Edgar Shorn has even darker ones.
Jo Rondel and her daughter Candy arrive in town in a car that will go no farther. Jo is convinced this is where her hope of a better life has been leading her, but things which at first seem slightly strange quickly escalate into a terrifying trap that no one gets out of alive. Jo falls under the hypnotic spell of the mayor and Prophet, and Candy finds that her only hope lies in Elijah, the mild-mannered and seemingly Alzheimer's-bound librarian.
As the people fall victim, one by one, to their leader's depravities, Jo realizes she will never see the larger world again. Edgar Shorn's evil secrets force her into accepting her fate, but though her forgotten past finally catches up with her, she never stops trying to save her daughter. Candy is learning in just a few days what it means to grow up hard and fast.
The final showdown between Shorn and Elijah, protecting Candy, proves that good is stronger in this world, but there is a price to be paid. Candy's life is changed forever, and the future doesn't look bright for a four-year-old who didn't ask for any of this.
When Jo and her 4 year old daughter end up in Terra’s Hope you realize right away that something isn't right with the place. The mechanics checking out Jo's car seem nervous and clueless. The waitress at the empty diner can't make change and the cook doesn't know how to make a hamburger. It doesn't help that there aren't any hamburger patties, or any other food in the kitchen to begin with. Jo and Candy remain unaware of the problems the townspeople are having with ordinary tasks and Jo is becoming increasingly frustrated and angry, until Mayor Shorn shows up to welcome the towns visitors. Mayor Shorn is handsome and compelling. He radiates good will and competence as the towns protector. He expounds the virtues of an eco-friendly town to Jo and hints that this is the place she has been looking for to raise Candy. While resistant at first, Jo falls under the spell of Shorn in record time and when he invites her and Candy to the 'town meeting' later that evening, she accepts. The town meeting turns out to be a sort of worship service geared toward protecting the planet, at least that is what Prophet Shorn leads the town to believe. Maybe persuades is a better word because Shorn has powers and one of those powers allow him to see into the minds of people and to control them.
Candy doesn't like Prophet/Mayor Shorn. She can see his lips move but cannot hear anything he is saying and she is scared of him. Prophet Shorn doesn't like Candy either, he can’t see her mind but he dismisses her just like he dismisses the crazy librarian. The librarian isn’t who he seem either.
Things progress quickly. The town meets every night and eats dinner from the bounty Prophet Shorn provides. A lot of people seem to be getting sick but nothing is said. Shorn gains control of Jo's mind, convincing her she is in love with him and married to him. Then he eventually brutalizes her in every way possible.
The town librarian takes Candy under his wing and tells her she is very important and God will use her to fight the evil Shorn has brought in to the world. He teaches her the Bible and about God and how she must be strong.
My thoughts on the story are this; Candy is only four and it was very hard for me to swallow her role in the story. The scenes of brutality and evil are intense most especially compared to the scenes where the librarian talks about God’s love and deliverance. I have read Christian Fiction and even though I see no evidence that Prophet Shorn is a Christian Fiction novel, it was disturbingly close enough to make me feel uncomfortable when I read the dark scenes. These feelings are, of course, entirely my opinion only and I cannot discredit the book in any way but felt it important enough to put in a word of caution to those who may feel the way I do about the Christian faith portrayed in horror. Having said that, I must say that Thomas Kier exercised the upmost respect for the Christian faith and it’s basic beliefs.
All in all this Horror novel was entirely diabolical. It creeped me out and that is saying a lot. Horror fans will not be disappointed and may be a bit surprised to see exactly how far Prophet Shorn will go to torture mankind. ...more
Not only has Philip Tucker created an atmosphere of fear in this novel, he also highlights the weakness of human self interest and the damage it can dNot only has Philip Tucker created an atmosphere of fear in this novel, he also highlights the weakness of human self interest and the damage it can do to the people around you.
Here is the book summary: Down in the depths below Buffalo's abandoned State Insane Asylum the shadows writhe and wait, hungry for a new cycle of revenge and despair.
Into their web of madness disappears Henry, forcing his older brother to begin a search that will lead Thomas into the darkest corners of his soul.
For the dangers that lurk in the interstices of Buffalo's haunted heart care not for flesh but for the substance of the spirit, the resilience of the mind and the strength of one's will to survive.
And Thomas, fleeing as he is his own troubled life, soon finds his very sense of self under attack.
Accompanied by Julia, his younger brother's tormented ex-girlfriend, Thomas forces himself to walk the same downward spiral that claimed Henry.
But the hunger that Henry awoke has broken stronger men than Thomas, shattered their minds and consumed them whole in the darkness. What hope does Thomas have in the face of such ravening despair?
CRUDE SUNLIGHT is a tale of modern psychological horror that will appeal to fans of SILENT HILL, THE RING and Shirley Jackson. Complete at 85,000 words (about 350 pages), CRUDE SUNLIGHT will haunt you long after the final page has been turned.
Crude Sunlight appears, at first, a story of a haunted insane asylum and I expected people to get killed off one by one until the hero finds his brother and they ride off into the proverbial sunset. By the way, that would have been fine with me because I love scary, gory horror but Philip Tucker went deeper. The building with the creepy sounds and sights is NOT the focus of the story. Thomas is. His lack of prior involvement in his younger brothers life causes him to wait months before making an effort to find Henry. Assuming Henry is off partying it up or what have you, Thomas is in for a surprise when he stumbles onto the knowledge of what Henry was doing in the days preceding his disappearance. Julia, Henry's ex-girlfriend seems indifferent to Thomas and his belated quest to find his brother but Mr. Tucker gives us a glimpse of Julia's soul which suggests differently. It is also disturbing. The antipathy in Thomas's life has put his marriage in jeopardy and the search for Henry starts out as an excuse to get outta town and avoid his own problems. He ropes his best friend into helping him, when he knows things could tun out bad, but is not overly worried at involving him. When things do get wildly out of hand, Thomas has to re-think his true purpose and decide exactly how much he cares for friends and family and what he is willing to do for them.
Do not mistake the character work I am describing as a complete picture of Crude Sunlight. It is a real and clever part of the story Philip Tucker has crafted but beware, this story is gonna scare the crap out of you. Philip Tucker doesn't create monsters you can kill or control or reason with. The evil that Thomas has to face will make the hair on your arms stand up. This story has all the makings of a great Horror read with a dash of Speculative Fiction and human psychology thrown in to make things a little more real. I loved it and I am positive fans of this genre will too!...more
Book Summary: In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one elseBook Summary: In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.
But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.
And then she begins to change.
Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.
But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.
Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.
And it’s hungrier than ever.
A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.
This is the type of story that sends electric shocks of foreboding into the hearts of parents. The kind of story that creates a sense of impending doom in all readers. There is a type of evil that seems more powerful than monsters or serial killers. It's the evil that many try to explain through religion or magic. This evil is called Demon, Alien, or a product of dark magic, it has been deemed unknown or a psychologically caused phenomena. Whatever your background is, whatever your beliefs, the evil Ania Ahlborn unleashes in Seed is insidious.
As an adult, Jack has your average family life. Free from the nightmare of his youth he has two daughters, a wife and a home. Although the family struggles financially, they seem to be close. At first. Charlie, his six year old, is his unspoken favorite because they are so similar. A happy, funny, witty banter exists between them. Until Charlie sees the thing that haunted Jacks past. At first becoming strangely ill, Charlie begins to act differently causing her sister to avoid her. Jack fears he knows the answer to her sudden change but seems to not know how to help her. Charlies mother begins to fear for her daughters mental health as weird and frightening things occur in the house. As the reader, you find yourself urging Jack to do something. Urging him to confide his secret past with his wife. You want him to protect his family, to save Charlie, but his reasons for not revealing what he knows is happening are his own and you are left helpless as you watch the impending destruction of this family. In the same vein of The Other and even The Omen, Seed evokes our darkest fears. You can't put it down no matter how frightened you get. I have officially put Ania Ahlhorn on my list of Best New Authors. I recommend this read to anyone who loves horror and suspense!...more
Wow! I had the amazing luck of Alan Ryker contacting me on Twitter. He offered to send me one of his stories and I was thrilled. I love horror and I haWow! I had the amazing luck of Alan Ryker contacting me on Twitter. He offered to send me one of his stories and I was thrilled. I love horror and I haven't read much lately. Mr. Ryker graciously sent me a copy of his novella Burden Kansas. I'm not one for novellas because I like a long and detailed story but this book packs a punch. What Alan Ryker can do in 132 pages puts to shame most of the 400 plus horror books I have read. I am forever a fan. Here is the book summary: Vampires are not sexy or sensitive.
Hungry, bloody and stinking of the grave, they hunt the dry Kansas plains, taking what they want until they cross rancher Keith Harris. Keith is a damaged man who's always made the hard decisions others couldn't. As the two forces battle for survival, the lines between man and monster begin to blur. How much of a community's burden of sin can one man take on before becoming a monster himself?
With Burden Kansas, Alan Ryker provides a contemporary novella of vampire horror written in the minimal voice of the western. Burden Kansas is more entertaining, disturbing and thought-provoking than you thought a vampire western could be.
The main character, Keith Harris, is complex. An anti-hero you really are not supposed to like. He is not some over-the-top tough guy bent on saving the world. Instead, he drinks to forget his wife, pisses the Sheriff off by being a complete jerk and antagonizes the locals. He bullies his younger brother but loves his niece Jessica. Jessica is the only one left, after his wife, keeping Keith from becoming an all-out sociopath. I still liked him. He was real. I like the characters in my book real. Does Keith redeem himself? Sure, but it ain't pretty. Shit, I loved this book.
The description of Vampire Western fits and as I read, I felt I was watching a movie. Alan Ryker doesn't waste a word or a scene. There was a point in the story where I questioned my interpretation of who the guy in the white hat was. There is still some grey area but I will say a definite hero walks into the sunset.
I truly hope Mr. Ryker considers making this into a series. ...more
I am not even gonna try and write this review at any length. My friend here at Goodreads wrote an awesome review in which spurred me to immediately puI am not even gonna try and write this review at any length. My friend here at Goodreads wrote an awesome review in which spurred me to immediately purchase this eBook from Amazon and read. Now that I have I completely concurred with his review, I am not gonna try and write a better one. Just can't and won't. I will say that I am relieved to see that monsters can still be monsters and we haven't become too soft to shun out and out gore of the most horrific kind. So I echo my own thanks to the four writers of this story. Please read Stephen's review below! You won't be sorry. Thanks for the book recommendation Stephen. Tammy
Book Summary: Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any compan2.5
Book Summary: Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world's record, three-mile-deep mine shaft. EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed. This started so great. The anticipation and mystery.
I love this stuff but I fear that Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child have completely spoiled me.
The protagonist,(Connell), experiences a heart-breaking loss at the beginning of the story. Unfortunately, this turns him into a complete anti-social jerk that only lives for his career. I understand him but I don't like him. Luckily I don't need to like him, just be interested in him. Through the process of horror and survival in the caves where he had hoped to make his company billions, he tries to redeem himself. The change in his actions seemed trite and unbelievable to me. This cast of characters include; a psychopathic ex-NSA agent, a narcissistic genius, a naive archeologist as well as two ex-military security personnel. Quite frankly the 'token' ex-military personnel were the only two characters I liked.
They get trapped miles below the surface and have to make their way even further down in order to eventually find a path to safety. With the use of 'Kool Suits' they are able to tolerate the high temperatures, but the suits are not armor and a tear can compromise the suits integrity. On top of that, there are some very bad things waiting for them
Like I said before, this is usually a plot that grips me but instead of the terror ramping up, it fizzled for me. The characters seemed to be modeled on some action/horror archetype someone wrote in the 80's. The female lead was an idealogical airhead of the 'save the artifacts, not yourself' variety. All the makings for a fantastic horror/action-adventure were there but it felt rushed and skeletal. ...more
Two, ( That really is her name.), is a hooker addicted to heroin. She has a mean pimp. A vampire sees her and decides to turn her for himself. He loveTwo, ( That really is her name.), is a hooker addicted to heroin. She has a mean pimp. A vampire sees her and decides to turn her for himself. He loves her for no apparent reason. His master/father doesn't like this. and so on....
The books reads about as smoothly as my review so far. The author may as well called me up on the phone to droll on about his book. I felt like I was waiting for the actual story to start while being introduced to two dimensional characters.
Even her transformation to vampire, where we all know is like a body lift and plastic surgery gone epic, is anti-climatic. She has better skin and her eyes glow but she still is an addict with no personality.
I skimmed big time.
Finally near the end I saw a glimpse of potential to this story. I have to say that book two in this series could possibly be a lot better. I am currently trying to convince myself to put in on my TBR shelf. I'm sure if I drink a couple Gin and Juices I will....more
Lauren Westlake is an F.B.I. agent who becomes enthralled by a cold case she discovers. Dating back a century there have been several violent murdersLauren Westlake is an F.B.I. agent who becomes enthralled by a cold case she discovers. Dating back a century there have been several violent murders in different places of the country. What ties them together with an impossible timeline is the fact that all the victims are torn and shredded in the same manner by, seemingly, the same weapon. It had been speculated that these were some sort of animal attack but as Lauren reviews the cases she is intrigued by the hints of a supernatural cause. Using a vacation as an excuse to investigate on her own she travels to Locke, Minnesota where the latest victim has been found.
Here is the book summary:A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.
This did not turn out to be your typical werewolf story. Elements of horror, police procedural and Urban Fantasy give Bitten a wide appeal. I enjoyed the relationship Lauren strikes up with the small-town Sheriff and his officers. As the story progressed I was unsure of how things were going to turn out and, indeed, I was surprised by the turn of events.
I had a hard time reconciling the smart and savvy F.B.I. agent Lauren with the scattered Lauren that meets Dominic, a mysterious new-comer to Locke. Though it is most likely meant to portray an attraction between Lauren and Dominic and her feeling that there was something off about him, it was unclear and stood out for me. I also wanted a bit more character development. More meat on the secondary characters as well. (No pun intended.) Other than that I did enjoy the story and I see a huge potential for future Lauren Westlake novels.
I am looking forward to more from Dan O'Brien in this series....more
Well.... I want to start out by saying that when it comes to horror, whether in book form or movie, I give a lot of leeway. I can't help myself. It harkWell.... I want to start out by saying that when it comes to horror, whether in book form or movie, I give a lot of leeway. I can't help myself. It harkens back to when I was 9 and used to sneak out to the t.v. at midnight to watch the creature feature. Of course I always stayed up after that to get Benny Hill in as well. I guess what i'm trying to say is that this book kept me interested without too much skimming but I did have some problems with it. The story seemed a little schizophrenic to me. Somewhere around the beginning a narrator jumped in. I've no idea who this was but it felt like a first person account of what was going on. Then the narrator was gone. Its seems as if "Now here's the science" was implied because a how and what is this infection thing began in the form of hard science. Or the fascimile thereof... Near the middle it all seems to straighten out and we now have main characters working together on this infection which is like no other and has horrid symptoms and so on. I don't want to spoil it for you. So I get to know the main characters and what they do and what they're all about.... but they too developed Multiple Personality Disorder. These people at some point actually change thier behaviors. It bugged me throughout the rest of the book. I did like how the author used one character to fully disclose the course this infection was to take. You got to know and like this guy. Then you get to see his struggle with what is happening to him and how he chooses to deal. All in all this book entertained me but if you are at all anal about flow.....well, maybe stay away....more
The beginning of this book spooked me BIGTIME. I continued to read this to about pg 100, went to sleep, had the worst f'en nightmare ever. Woke the neThe beginning of this book spooked me BIGTIME. I continued to read this to about pg 100, went to sleep, had the worst f'en nightmare ever. Woke the next day and promptly threw it away. Of course I was only 25yrs old and rather narrow-minded. At the ripe old age of 43 I still aint gonna read it but I had to give it 3.5 stars if only for the fact that not much creeps me out. On a personal note: I have issues with Ms. Rice but I cannot deny her excellent writing skills....more