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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
Read any gruesome Horror books lately? Or some that didn't live up to your expectations? Post your reviews here for fellow Horror Fans.

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Carmilla - The Wolves of Styria by David Brian - 4 Stars

'Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled. Her soft cheek was glowing against mine, and I felt again that strangest of aches in the pit of my stomach, for something of which I knew not.'

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David Brian (davidbrian) | 44 comments I recently finished LAIR, by James Herbert. 5 Stars.

LAIR follows on from James Herbert's early bestseller THE RATS, and in some ways it is just more of the same. That being said, personally I thought this was an even better book than THE RATS.

A few years after the earlier outbreak, a new plague of rats begins to run amok, this time in the Epping Forest. It falls to a rodent control expert named Pender, to try and incite 'the powers that be' into taking an early and proactive action against the marauding animals.

The carnage doesn't start immediately, and Herbert deliberately, and expertly allows an atmosphere of dark foreboding to build, until it explodes in a frenetic release of bloody violence!
Read Lair and enjoy it, but I don't suggest reading it if you are planning to go camping in the woods, anytime soon!

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith - 5 Stars

'I shall save this Union because it merits saving. I shall save it to honor the men who built it with their blood and genius, and the future generations who deserve it's liberty. I shall give every miserable hour to the cause of victory and peace-but I shall be damned if I lay eyes on another Vampire'.

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Raevyn "Lucia" [I'm in it for the books] (raevynstar) | 62 comments

A YA horror with a lame ending.

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
Dark Albion by David Brian - 3 stars

'She was alive, and although if anyone were to find out the truth, they would seek to brand her a monster. They would be wrong; she was now so much more than Juliet Carlson.'

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Travis Luedke (twluedke) | 1 comments I recently read Council of Peacocks by M Joseph Murphy. Council of Peacocks (Activation #1) by M. Joseph Murphy 5 Stars

While its not precisely horror, it has enough horrific elements to slide into the horror genre.

And here's my review:

Paranormal Thriller Baddassary!!

I read this book twice over, as a beta ~ critique reader. The thriller intensity sucked me in, hook, line and sinker. My inner scifi/paranormal/horror geek was thoroughly satisfied.

This is precisely the kind of book I enjoy reading. It hits all the buttons: Epic battles, epic moments of self-discovery, epic tales of heroes and villains, and of course there's loads of angst ridden teenagers with badass paranormal/psychokinesis abilities, trying to find their way through horrific scenes of violence and callous disregard for human life.

Can I get HELL YEAH?

Its X-MEN meets CLASH OF THE TITANS directed by Quentin Tarantino. *cue the cheesy surfer music*

We begin the story with this enigmatic character named Wisdom. He’s just been through a vicious brawl, but he won. Wisdom isn’t exactly human, he’s something else: a demi-god, so powerful he can move through space-time to restart the battle in an attempt to balk fate. This isn’t the first time he’s fought this battle.

But something has changed. Some other party is mucking about in the timeline, the outcome is no longer certain.

As the tale unfolds, we meet a series of gifted people Wisdom has collected over the years, the Anomalies. They are being trained for the showdown.

A secret society of sorcerers known as The Council of Peacocks is plotting their return to power. Once a thriving religious group, they are now led by one of Wisdom’s mistakes, Propates, a man transformed into an immortal. The Council intends to use humanity as a bartering chip in their deals with demonic entities from other dimensions who want a piece of Earth.

With his army of ragtag teenager Anomalies, Wisdom intends to stop the Council, at all costs. But these kids are freaks of nature who don’t even know how they came to be, let alone how to harness their wicked powers.

And how can a band of kids who have more in common with demons than angels become heroes when they barely understand what the hell Wisdom is asking them to do?

In the end, we are securely lined up for the next installment of a very promising series.

M. Joseph Murphy raises concepts of faith, religion, an insightful view of human history, and a couple of philosophical questions.

Is there really such a thing as fate? And if we could move through time, could we change it?

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
4/5 stars to My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton

'At 2am, a veil lifts. But what happens when you don't know the time? What happens when the light never goes off? That's what it's like, in the white room. It's limbo. It's neither real nor fantasy. It's not life and it's not death. Time doesn't matter here. I'm not sure what does, really.'

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
4/5 stars to The People Next Door by Christopher Ransom

'Mick woke up with a start,body trembling. He was staring at the floor, head hanging over the cot. He twisted over and sat up, rubbing his face,blinking to bring the room back into focus. Tears in his eyes, a fading scream sinking back into his throat.'

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Andy Otto | 1 comments Caught on Film An American Nightmare by Andy Otto

This isn't a review but...

In honor of Halloween, Andy Otto’s “Caught on Film: An American Nightmare” will be available as a free Kindle download October 19-20 on Amazon.

Otto’s twisted haunted house book tells the story of promising young filmmaker Jack Festerone.

Still reeling from the loss of his fiancée, Festerone convinces his childhood friend Shawn Dalton to invest in an old mansion with a gruesome past, hoping to distract himself with a new project: Jack aspires to compose the best haunted house script of all time. Ever-ready to ride his talented friend's coattails, trust fund baby Dalton also sees an opportunity for some great partying and an 'epic' reality show.

But after they make the cross-country trip to the Ross Estate, and see its strange effects on all who reside there, the ambitious duo begin to question everything, including each other. Will they realize their Hollywood dream - or will they find themselves blinded by the glare of the camera's lens?

“Caught On Film” is written in the tradition of the American haunted house novel, like Shirley Jackson’s “Haunting of Hill House,” Richard Matheson's “Hell House,” and of course Steven King's “The Shining.”

As a debut author, Otto does not claim to rival these giants; he humbly offers a modern take on the genre.

It is available on Amazon at Paperback will be available at the end of October.

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
4/5 stars to Carrie by Stephen King

'She sat quite still, letting the noise wash over her like surf. They were still all beautiful and there was still enchantment and wonder, but she had crossed a line and now the fairy tale was green with corruption and evil.'

Michelle {Book Hangovers} (bookhangovers) The Hellbound Heart The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Take two people, Frank and Julia:

Now imagine a box that you think if opened you'll find a sexual experience that will blow your mind, kindof like a Genie's lamp and your wishing for pure pleasure. Instead you open the box and get an eternity of torture. That's what Frank did...

Now imagine being so in love it become obsessive. That you'll do anything to bring a loved one back to you, even if that someone is disfigured, mangled and mutilated beyond belief causing a group of extra dimensional beings to appear, determined to bring back what belongs to them no matter what it takes. Well that's what Julia did for Frank....

Personally, I'm going to stay away from any kind of puzzle boxes. The crazy obsessed lovers is up in the air....

I read this book back in March of 2012 and I figured I'd read it again in the spirit of Halloween! I actually had a better time reading this time around :)

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
5/5 stars to The Shining (The Shining, #1) by Stephen King

'Jack Torrance looked back over his shoulder once into the impenetrable,musty-smelling darkness and thought that if there was ever a place that should have ghosts, this was it.'

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Rebecca (rebeccas_books) | 340 comments Mod
Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

'Before the outbreak, there was never enough time. Now, the days dragged on, and I felt more and more alone, wondering if I was the only person left alive.'

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Loren Molloy (loren_molloy) | 8 comments Hello There!

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Nancy | 180 comments The Hoard by Alan Ryker
The Hoard by Alan Ryker ★★★★★

My Review

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Bernadette Donnelly | 37 comments I braved another Stephen King book for my ongoing King Hater Reads King series. This month I read The Shining.

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T.A. Sorsby (ta_sorsby) | 4 comments Haven't read any horror lately, but I wrote one:
Left Behind
Zombie action/horror, I'm told it's quite gripping. The reviews are excellent - and I'm willing to dish out free copies for honest reviews :)

Preview Link:

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Russell Fellows (russellfellows) | 6 comments A Review of The Box Under The Bed: A Horror Anthology from Dan Alatorre.

You can read my review here:

Let me know if the link works or not. Thanks!

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Bernadette Donnelly | 37 comments I mostly review horror novels.

My latest review: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

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