I've actually read this short story several times, and because I'm all about the spooky/creepy tales this month, I read it again this morning.
The trueI've actually read this short story several times, and because I'm all about the spooky/creepy tales this month, I read it again this morning.
The true horror of this story is how normal and slow it first appears, but doesn't take long to pepper the narrative with subtle clues. And when you get near the end and realise exactly what's about to happen, yikes. The horror!
I really enjoyed The Dead House, so of course I wanted to read this novella.
The story takes place after the mysterious Elmbridge High School 'incidentI really enjoyed The Dead House, so of course I wanted to read this novella.
The story takes place after the mysterious Elmbridge High School 'incident' that killed people and raised a lot of questions. This is what happened to Naida, following the events. After she cut her own tongue out! Yikes. But there's a very good (and creepy) reason why she did that. And via diary entries, found camera footage and notes, we get a little further insight into Naida's struggle. As well as what Kaitlyn really struggled with during her ordeal.
This is such a creepy little tale. It's dark and full of secrets. Secrets that are slowly revealed and lead the reader down a bunch of surreal corridors. Asides from the spooky factor, I also found Naida's fate to be quite sad. The sacrifice she's forced to make is so harsh. :(
It's no secret that the words demonic possession and/or exorcism are guaranteed to grab my attention. So, as soon as I fO.M.F.G. This book is amazing!
It's no secret that the words demonic possession and/or exorcism are guaranteed to grab my attention. So, as soon as I found out about this book, I wanted to read it. And I was lucky enough to get a copy from Hachette Australia!
Jack Sparks is a journalist and writer known for being erratic and taking the whole 'research' thing a bit too far. I mean, when he wrote Jack Sparks on a Pogo Stick he actually traveled less-used roads on an actual Pogo stick. Then he went underground while writing Jack Sparks on Gangs, and actually became a drug addict when he wrote Jack Sparks on Drugs. Plus he loves to talk about himself and is constantly updating his social media.
Did I mention that he's also an ego-maniac? Yep, he is.
After his stint in rehab, he decides to write a new book. This time he's going to tackle the occult by writing Jack Sparks on the Supernatural.
That's how he ends up inside a small, remote church in Italy. Where he's about to witness the exorcism of a thirteen-year-old girl. But being the skeptic that he is, during the exorcism he makes a stupid mistake that affects the rest of his life. Everyone knows you're not supposed to get the Devil's attention, but when you don't believe, why would you care? When someone posts a video on his YouTube channel, he's determined to figure out what the hell is going on.
What follows is an insane journey across the world. As Jack tries to outrun the problem he created, he puts a bunch of people in the direct line of danger. And doesn't give a crap...
Jesus! This book is something else. Yikes. What an adventure. The narrative is so addictive that I didn't want to put the book down. But, I took my time reading it, which is great because I enjoyed every single bleak moment.
Jack isn't a very nice person. Actually, the more I read, the less I liked him. He's totally self-absorbed, doesn't care about anyone, and is downright mean. He rides a roller-coaster of emotions and crazy, mean thoughts that inevitably become paranoia. Not to mention that he's totally unreliable and continually withholds important information. On purpose! And when he is honest, there are still lies woven in. But you know what? In spite of him being such a dick, when everything finally unravels, I felt bad for him. Especially when I read the completely opposite way other people's interactions with him were portrayed.
I guess that's the difference between most people and Jack--whether an asshole or not--we actually care about what happens to others.
Also, I have to mention how much I liked Sherilyn Chastain and Bex Lawson. They are two strong women with so much heart and attitude that I loved every time they were on the page. It's always awesome when a male author writes female characters who are actual people. And I have to mention the super creepy Maria Corvi, too. Because damn, was she super trippy and scary. Yikes!
The Last Days of Jack Sparks is one unstable, super freaky ride into darkness that kept me guessing all the way through. It's a thriller wrapped around a demented mystery, with some serious horror at its core. It's also creepy, intense, fun and filled with exciting aha! moments. And that ending was both, Wow and God no! If Jack's heinous story doesn't haunt you, the way everything comes together most certainly will.
No matter what I say, it just won't do this book justice. This is a story that needs to be experienced in order to truly understand the power of Mimi. So go, read it now!
As much as I complain about Rue Morgue magazine being the weakest item in my beloved Horror Block, I've bought several books because they were featureAs much as I complain about Rue Morgue magazine being the weakest item in my beloved Horror Block, I've bought several books because they were featured in this mag.
This was one of them.
Since the moment I found out about this book, I wanted to read it. I'm a sucker for demonic possession/exorcism stories. I'm also a sucker for anything 1980's. And this book combines both in the best way possible.
Not to mention that I loved Horrorstör!
Anyway, let's talk about the book...
Abby Rivers and Gretchen Lang met when they were kids. Gretchen was the only kid who attended Abby's rollerskating birthday party, and although things started out shaky, they soon became the best of friends. Being from opposite sides of the economic spectrum never affected their friendship, and they even welcomed two other girls into their group: Margaret and Glee.
One night, while the four are enjoying a lazy time in one of Margaret's family's many houses, they decide to try acid. And a simple experiment soon turns into a nightmare when Gretchen is missing all night. After that night, she's never the same and no matter what Abby does to try and help her struggling friend, she just makes everything worse.
Until the only thing left to do is an exorcism...
O.M.F.G! I loved this. Not just because of what I mentioned above, but because I liked Abby's voice and I was hooked. The tension is amazing. The gore is extreme. The demon is despicable. The possession totally insane. But mostly, I loved the true friendship. No matter how much Gretchen hurts Abby, or how much trouble she gets into while trying to help, Abby never gives up.
She's terrified, but doesn't give up. She's facing the wrong side of the law, but still doesn't give up. She pushes to the very end, and that was selfless and brave and awesome!
All the 1980's references were very well written into the story, and so very familiar. I especially got a kick out of the music, E.T. and My Sweet Audrina. Oh, and the demon mythology is definitely strong in this one. There's mention of a bunch of occult stuff I've researched myself.
And man, I can't write a review without focusing on that super creepy and perfect 80's-style cover. Or the special features added throughout the book. ...more
Last year I read THE DEAD HOUSE and really enjoyed it, so I thought this book would be a great way to start my Spooky Halloween Reading Month. :)
SillaLast year I read THE DEAD HOUSE and really enjoyed it, so I thought this book would be a great way to start my Spooky Halloween Reading Month. :)
Silla and Nori are sisters trying to escape their abusive home in London. The youngest, Nori, bears the physical scars of their abusive childhood, so all Silla wants is to offer her sister a better life. That's why she gets on a train and takes them to the countryside, to stay with their estranged aunt. Cath is more than happy to offer them a new home, and the three fall into a nice, quiet existence. For a while.
When Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends all day and night pacing, everything else seems to fall apart. The nearby town is abandoned. Nori starts seeing the Creeper Man who hides in the woods and watches from the shadows. A mysterious boy appears one day. And Silla struggles to supply enough food for their survival. With the trees slowly creeping closer, it seems like the end of the world is near...
Wow. Yep. This is how you tell a creepy story.
I loved the way this book was written. Most of the narrative is in the POV of Silla, as she takes us through the super freaky story of what happened when her sister and her came to stay at their aunt's manor. A huge place that might have once been a lovely, bright house but slowly becomes a hellish cage made out of tall trees and a scary man who watches from afar. It also includes handwritten notes, the brief POV of Cath and Nori, plus a slow descend into madness. There are even secret messages hidden within some of the passages, which is really cool!
Is Silla's ordeal real or imagined? Is she so crazy that she can't tell if she's hallucinating or not? Or maybe something much more sinister is going on... Maybe an old family curse is at the core of what's going on and why the Creeper Man is here for them.
To find that out, you'll just have to read this book. And I highly recommend that you do.
This story has so much depth. It's a touching account of sisterly love. It's about old family secrets. It's a half-remembered love story. But ultimately, it's a disturbing horror tale.
The Creeper Man is a surreal, atmospheric nightmare in the form of a book. It's dark and creepy and captivated me from the very first word. From that point on, all I wanted to do was read more because I just HAD TO KNOW WHERE IT WAS GOING! And the ending didn't disappoint.
This book is such a creepy delight. It's also an awesome way to start Spooky October. :)
My Creepy October Reading continues with this burning book. LOL.
Angela has been living in the Brunesfield Correctional Facility for several years now.My Creepy October Reading continues with this burning book. LOL.
Angela has been living in the Brunesfield Correctional Facility for several years now. Juvie's no party destination, but she knows the rules and how to stay out of trouble. Mostly. Plus she has two good friends: Issie and Cara. She also happens to share a dorm room with them and they have kitchen duties together. They might be hard girls, but they all get along and dream of escaping the restrictive walls around them.
The day a new girl arrives, everything changes. Jessica is really young and is in shackles and she's taken straight to segregation, so she has to be dangerous. With her arrival comes a mysterious doctor. Doctor Gruen appears nice enough, but it doesn't take long for her mask to slip and her true intentions to show.
Gruen says she wants to recruit SciGirls, but it soon becomes apparent that she's hiding something. And it doesn't take long for Brunesfield to start changing...
Yikes! This was quite the spooky book. I loved how the walls around Brunesfield seemed to close in around the characters. I also loved how the shadows seemed to hide things. And how sometimes, Angela caught movement out of the corner of her eye, but nothing was there. Plus that segregation floor... *shiver*
All of this certainly added to the creepy atmosphere about a place that keeps girls locked up.
Angela was also a very interesting character. She might have made some stupid mistakes and often feels like the world is against her, but she still knows right from wrong. She loves her brother above all else, and the way she takes the dangerous Jessica under her wing is really sweet. I also thought the strong friendship between Angela, Cara and Issie was a strength that gels throughout.
Burning turned out to be an addictive, sizzling surprise. It's a downright creepy story. The characters are engaging, the mystery intriguing, and the location claustrophobic. There's even a fascinating supernatural thread and a touch of romance. But at the core of this book is the story of forgotten girls trying to overcome the many challenges they face.
I really enjoyed it. And can't help but wonder: will there be a sequel?...more
I'm a huge Stephen King fan. Plus I loved the first two books in the Bill Hodges Trilogy--Mr Mercedes and Finders Keepers--so I couldn't wait to readI'm a huge Stephen King fan. Plus I loved the first two books in the Bill Hodges Trilogy--Mr Mercedes and Finders Keepers--so I couldn't wait to read the third and last book.
Bill Hodges is a retired cop and, along with Holly Gibney, runs a firm they call Finders Keepers. So when Bill gets a call from his ex-partner about what appears to be a murder-suicide, they find more than they bargained for. The quadriplegic victim allegedly killed by her mother was one of the many people mowed down by the disgusting Brady Hartsfield during the Job Fair at City Center six years earlier.
But something doesn't add up, and when Holly finds a strange game device in the home, they find themselves thrust into an impossible scenario. It appears that Brady, the heartless Suicide Prince, is somehow orchestrating something big from his bed in Room 217 at the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic. Which makes no sense, since Brady is technically a vegetable: a useless husk of a man who can't do anything for himself. That doesn't stop the ward from circulating stories about strange, unexplained things happening around him.
With the body count rising and the risk of a suicide epidemic to mark Brady's revenge and hunger for hurting others, Bill and Holly enlist Jerome to investigate what's going on. But Bill has other problems to worry about. His time might be running out, in more ways than one...
OMG. Stephen King is such an amazing storyteller! As soon as I started reading, I was sucked into this heart-stopping book. Every page pulled me deeper into this intricate story. So much that I didn't want to put the book down. King has an incredible way of tricking us readers into thinking we're reading a simple, straightforward story... then throws us into a tailspin. Every single time I turned the page, I was both nervous and excited to find out what was coming next.
Let's talk about the characters. I loved Bill, Holly and Jerome so much that I was dreading what might happen to them all the way through. I didn't want anything bad to happen to any of them. But Brady was on the opposite side of the spectrum. I hated him with the power of a thousand suns. I wanted him to die a horrible death, didn't want to share the page with him as his insane story unfolded. He's despicable. An awful excuse for a human being.
Yeah, King writes characters who become real people.
End of Watch was the perfect end to an intriguing, thrilling trilogy. Like the first two books, I was on the edge of my seat and enjoyed the ride all the way to The End. The last 50 pages are an amazing, fast-paced nightmare that leads to a very satisfying, yet sad ending. I saw it coming, but it didn't stop the tears from welling up in my eyes. I also enjoyed the messed up supernatural angle added to this story.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia--huge thanks to Jessica--and was keen to check it out. I mean, an urban fantI was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia--huge thanks to Jessica--and was keen to check it out. I mean, an urban fantasy story set in Brisbane? I'm totally in! Love reading urban fantasy books, and one that's set in Australia definitely grabbed my attention.
Verity Fassbinder walks between the very fine line of Normal and Weyrd. Her mother was human, but her father was a bit of a monster. After he was imprisoned, her maternal grandparents adopted her and raised her as human. But she was bound to find her way back to the Weyrd side, even if they don't look kindly on halflings.
The only power she inherited from her father was strength, so she can certainly kick butt. She's smart, stubborn and resourceful, which comes in handy in her sorta-PI job--especially since she works for her ex. Bela is old and definitely not human. He's also infuriating and omits a lot of pertinent details. After she was hurt by a 'serker, she was assigned an otherworldly driver called Ziggi and is never short of jobs.
Verity also consults with a feisty human inspector. So when word on the street is that someone is making wine from the tears of kids and sirens start turning up dead, she's on the case. But she seems to constantly be one step behind. As the truths start coming out and they get closer to home, she's not only racing against the clock to ensure ancient creatures don't destroy everything, but also has a very personal stake...
Yikes. What a wild ride into a very interesting and dangerous alternate Brisbane! The characters are memorable, the mystery intriguing, and the way everything fits together is perfect.
I can't go into too many details about the flesh and bones of this story because I don't want to give away the meaty goodness, but I will say that it's got heart. There are twists and turns, lots of dubious and shadowy 'people', plus a multitude of Weyrd resentful about the rules the rise of human civilisation has forced them to adopt. When you consider that, there's no doubt problems are bound to arise.
And it looks like Verity will keep finding herself in the middle of it.
Vigil is an intoxicating, dark urban fantasy story that first hooked me into a world where myth and monsters exist alongside humans. Then somewhere along the line, Verity's voice and plight was what kept me glued to the page. There's a bit of everything in this story, but the mysteries will suck you in, deep. I also enjoyed the casual and subtle way in which Verity meets a cute guy and before long, we're falling for him too. :)
I don't care what anyone says, urban fantasy stories totally rock! They combine some of the best stuff in stories: fantasy, myth, legend, monsters, mystery, horror, drama and awesomeness. And I'll always enjoy them.
OMG. This book is soooooo good, I can't wait to read the next one....more
I loved the first Dark House book, so when the library got this in for me, I couldn't wait to read it.
Two months have passed since Ivy survived the niI loved the first Dark House book, so when the library got this in for me, I couldn't wait to read it.
Two months have passed since Ivy survived the nightmarish events that the Nightmare Elf put her and a bunch of other essay winners through. Now she's in the hospital, still unable to forget about the other kids--especially Parker. She believes they're still alive and constantly hounds Detective Thomas because he won't take her seriously and keeps dismissing her theories.
So she decides to behave, and when she's released she gets a job doing something she loves. She takes her medication and pretends everything is okay. But things won't be okay until the killer is caught.
When she receives a weird video and gets in touch with the only other survivor, Ivy is determined to face the killer ruining her life. And that leads her to the abandoned August Preparatory School...
Man, I really enjoyed this book! It's nothing like the first one in terms of story, because it takes a whole new direction, but the spooky factor is still TOTALLY there.
It was so good to see how much Ivy had changed. Even though she couldn't let go of what happened, and was pretty much obsessed with the kids 'killed' at the Dark House, she was stronger. In this installment, Ivy is more convinced than ever that her paranoia about being watched is justified.
Getting some background into the killer's childhood was eerie. And I really liked Taylor. She was funny and interesting, and just as flawed as all the other characters.
Oh, and the last half of the book (especially everything that happens in that freaky school) is amazing. So creepy and fast-paced, the tension totally shredded my nerves. Love that. Awesome!
I'm glad a lot of answers were provided, but I really hope that there'll be another book to answer the rest.
After two failed attempts at reading what I hoped would be horrorish stories, this one didn't let me down. :)...more
I received an ARC of this book and was very excited about reading it because I love horror, and I'm always on the lookout for super scary stories.
TheI received an ARC of this book and was very excited about reading it because I love horror, and I'm always on the lookout for super scary stories.
The town of Black Spring appears to be a lovely place with beautiful views and a dark mythology that attracts visitors. Yet, it's very different to other towns. For starters, a 300-year-old witch randomly appears wherever/whenever she wants. And the residents don't mind. The creepy Black Rock Witch is dirty, chained and has her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She's a curse the town lives with every day. A team called HEX keep an eye on her via some very high-tech surveillance and always know where she is. Plus all the residents are sworn to secrecy and are severely punished if they break the strict rules.
Anyone who moves to Black Spring does so for life. There's no leaving after settling in, because as soon as they try to leave they have the compelling desire to kill themselves.
Yeah, this isn't the best place to raise children. And when some of the teenage kids decide they've had enough of the witch's curse and mess with tradition, bad things start to happen...
Like I said above, I love scary stories and according to the many glowing reviews that's exactly what this book offered. It started out pretty well. I was so intrigued at the beginning that I ignored the clunky writing and the weird phrases. I wanted to know more about this witch, and see where the story would lead. But the writing style just didn't grab me. I don't know if something was lost in translation, but I mostly struggled through the narrative.
As compelling and creepy as the witch appeared to be, I gradually lost interest. Found my initial intrigue slipping away with every new page I read, and really disliked every single character. Not to mention that the middle dragged on so much that by the time I reached the 'shock factor' portion of the story, I just didn't care.
Seriously, all the characters in this book were awful. I disliked everyone, so it made it really hard to care about anything that was going on. And don't get me started on just how politically incorrect some of the narrative--both in thought and speech--came across. Plus I didn't buy the total disconnection that parents seemed to have towards their kids. Or the very open and shameless favouring parents showed over their kids. And the dialogue? Oh man. Who actually speaks like any of these people? o_O
BUT for me, the most disappointing thing of all was that I wasn't scared. At all. Creepy atmosphere: check. Spooky location: check. Super ominous witch: check. But none of these things were coherently strung together to be effective.
It's a shame, really.
Hex started out well enough, and I honestly did get caught up in the building tension and the creepy imagery, but it failed to keep me interested. The way it was written constantly threw me off, the characters never felt real, and after a while I just didn't care about anything/anyone. I found this book very average, and absolutely hated that ending.
I think Katherine van Wyler, the mute, blind witch was the only character with anything real to offer to this story. Actually, maybe if her POV was added to the second half of the book, it would have added a lot more to the overall story....more
After yesterday's binge (and catch-up) of this series, I was looking forward to reading the latest issue.
I've had a lot of ups and downs with this neAfter yesterday's binge (and catch-up) of this series, I was looking forward to reading the latest issue.
I've had a lot of ups and downs with this new storyline about the Whisperers because it's taking forever to reach the point of no return. But I can finally see it in the horizon.
Rick and Michonne are frantically looking for Negan and realise he's really gone. So Rick sends Michonne and Aaron to track him down. The citizens of Alexandria are reaching the point of paranoia where they start randomly shooting people. Eugene is still chatting on the CB radio. And Negan? Well, he did what Rick should've done.
I can't help but wonder what the MF has planned. Is he going to destroy Alexandria? Or will he surprise everyone and actually be useful--or, gasp, helpful--for once?
Man, I was so close to giving up, but now I have to find out how this is going to turn out......more
Okay, I was just about ready to call it quits with this series... And it just dragged me back in!
Eugene has made contact with a mysterious person overOkay, I was just about ready to call it quits with this series... And it just dragged me back in!
Eugene has made contact with a mysterious person over the CB radio and has promised to keep it quiet. (You know that's gonna get him into some serious shit.) Michonne is going to become the Kingdom's leader. (Yay.) Father Gabriel can shoot zombies. (Yeah, but can he shoot Whisperers?) Rick got bashed by a kid. (He should've killed the little shit). And Negan is GONE! (See, told ya he should've killed the little shit!)