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Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Charlie Harmer Takes A Ride

Charlie Harmer Takes A Ride Charlie Harmer Takes A Ride by Brendan Detzner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: CHARLIE HARMER TAKES A RIDE

Extraordinary! Surreal, encompassing, out of this world, and beyond this life, CHARLIE HARMER TAKES A RIDE is a freewheeling roller coaster journey through Death, Life, Hades, and the human heart, with a constant drumbeat of music and the music industry and aftermarket. It's breathtaking.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Review: The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow’s Journey

The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow’s Journey The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow’s Journey by Tommy B. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE MOURNER'S CRADLE by Tommy B. Smith

A strong heroine is always to be desired, and in THE MOURNER'S CRADLE author Tommy B. Smith offers us one of the strongest. Newly widowed Anne Sharpe, wife of an unfortunately discredited historical/archaeological researcher, is nearly indefatigable. Not a superman (in the Nietzschean meaning), but an individual who withstands far more than most in contemporary pampered culture could tolerate. I think she's become one of my idols. Like the Timex watch of the 1950's, she "takes a licking and keeps on ticking." And as long as she keeps her purpose in mind, she's unstoppable.

From the US to the Peruvian Andes, on the trail of what might be one of the most startling and powerful archaeological discoveries of our time, Anne Sharpe, heroine extraordinaire, keeps her purpose in her mind and perseveres, despite the odds arrayed against her. Anne Sharpe rocks.



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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Review: A Taste of Murder

A Taste of Murder A Taste of Murder by Jack Wear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: A TASTE OF MURDER by J. H. Wear

An endearing Canadian mystery with a multiplicity of plot twists, A TASTE OF MURDER keeps Edmonton detectives--and readers--pondering who is the killer, and even who was the intended victim--and why? Why this victim, and why at this particular time?

At a regional wine festival held at an Edmonton convention center, a partner in a sales agency dies during his booth's morning set-up. He did have some cardiac weakness, but the cause of death was more imminent. Did he anger someone sufficiently to inspire premeditation? Certainly this wasn't spur of the moment manslaughter. So who wanted him out of the way, and why?

Enjoyable homicide detectives, an unusual approach to investigation (quantum metaphysics as investigative tool), and an education in wine production and marketing keep suspense turned up and readers tuned in.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Review: Creature

Creature Creature by Hunter Shea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: CREATURE by Hunter Shea


CREATURE is difficult going, because the experience of living vicariously through a protagonist who suffers autoimmune diseases is not only terribly painful even to read, I can't even stretch my imagination to accommodate this level of suffering. That applies to the suffering protagonist and to her dedicated caregiving husband. I can't imagine suffering in such agony, for months, years, decades. I just longed for the characters' misery to end.

That aside, the Horror here is about as implacable as it gets. It's horror of a failing physique, horror of a mind wigging out, and external horror, which eventually proves to be very horrifying indeed.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

LABOR DAY READATHON 2018

August 31-September 3.

The 48-Hour Kickoff Readathon to start Something Wicked This Fall Comes (September 1-October 31) falls in the middle two days.  Here's my planned Reading List:.

THE CASE OF JENNIE BRICE by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
THE BAT by Mary Roberts Rinehart


(I read these in childhood, and any other mysteries by this exceptional author.)



DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury

(This is the first in the Greentown Series. We'll be reading the second, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, in October.)



ARKHAM DETECTIVE AGENCY Tribute Anthology. (Lovecraft Noir).

Additionally during the Labor Day Readathon, I plan to read:

CARNIVAL OF FEAR by J. G. Faherty

SCRAPS OF PAPER by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (Spookie Town Mystery #1)

ALL THINGS SLIP AWAY by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (Spookie Town Mystery #2)

I HAVE THE SIGHT by Rick Wood (Edward King #1)

HUMPTY DUMPTY by Willow Rose

Books Read_Labor Day Readathon:

CREATURE by Hunter Shea.  August 31
DEAL OR NO DEAL by William Meikle.
I HAVE THE SIGHT by Rick Wood.
THE CASE OF JENNIE BRICE by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
CAT FANCY by A. E. Hodge.
ARKHAM DETECTIVE AGENCY (Tribute Anthology)
THE BIRD by Willow Rose
TROLLNIGHT by Peter Tremayne



Review: Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach

Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Review: THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH by Ramsey Campbell

A wonderful new novel from a modern horror master, THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH is a masterpiece of characterization, and deeply emotional. The horror is subtly approached, filtered through the viewpoint of senior citizen Ray, a man who knows full well real-life horror is approaching all too soon. So he sets high hopes on this extended family vacation on the Greek Isles.

Ray, his wife Sandra, adult offspring Doug and Natalie, their partners, and three grandchildren gather on the should-be sun-drenched island of Vasilema, expecting the usual Greek vacation: sight-seeing, tourist-catering restaurants, guided tours, and so forth. Instead, they find cloudy skies, no mirrors, strange disturbing nightmares, and evasive, secretive, locals.

I loved the wry humour and the subtlety of the horror. Mr. Campbell can stage a story with several characters of importance plus a wide cast of background characters, and make them all vibrant. I found in myself much empathy for Ray, Sandra, their son Doug and his wife Pris, and the three grandchildren, ages16, 15, and 5. Not so much for prissy daughter Natalie and second husband Julian. Julian is really a prize (a booby prize). A controlling Narcissist stacked on a deeply unconscious inferiority complex, he finds his purpose in playing Emperor of the Universe, controlling every one's lives and snarking when others inevitably fail to match his impossible standards. Mr. Campbell plays out Julian against the perfect background of his father-in-law Ray and brother-in-law Doug, both men of sterling integrity, high intellect, and good sense. A substantial portion of my delight in this special novel stemmed from watching this combination play out.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: A Season in Hell

A Season in Hell A Season in Hell by Kenneth W. Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: A SEASON IN HELL by Kenneth W. Cain

I know zilch about baseball, but I know about racism, bigotry, sexism, abuse, and violence. I also know about the human tendencies to blame, to ignore, and to think violence is an appropriate tool. I am aware of all that, and so is author Kenneth W. Cain, who created a novella that made me cry, copiously. Then.his brilliant, incisive, Afterword made me weep all over again.

I don't know baseball, but I know wrong and right. I know standing strong for what's right. So does Mr. Cain. Don't let this novella pass you by unread.

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Review: The Mouth of the Dark

The Mouth of the Dark The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE MOUTH OF THE DARK by Tim Waggoner

I loved this scary horror novel! In Oakmont, the underworld isn't organized crime. Instead, it's an extensive "region" called Shadow, a sort of shifting portal to that (and those) which lie Beyond. Open, to an extent, to "normals," Shadow magnetizes humans who possess "the Eye," and continued exposure results in "changes." Jayce can't remember a frightening incident when he was thirteen, nor can he account for the subsequent missing time. But now that his adult daughter may be missing, he discovers he does have "the Eye," and apparently daughter Emory inherited it. So, determined to locate and rescue her, Jayce starts hunting throughout shadow. THE MOUTH OF THE DARK is an exquisitely terrifying story.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

48-Hour Readathon_SOMETHING WICKED THIS FALL COMES

September 1-2
48 Hour Readathon
I'll be reading Ray Bradbury' s classic, DANDELION WINE, and October will be the readalong of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
And a Tribute Anthology to C.J. Henderson, ARKHAM DETECTIVE AGENCY.

Here's my planned Reading List:.
THE CASE OF JENNIE BRICE by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
(I read this in childhood, and any other mysteries by this exceptional author.)

DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury
(This is the first in the Greentown Series. We'll be reading the second, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, in October.)

ARKHAM DETECTIVE AGENCY Tribute Anthology. (Lovecraft Noir).

Books Read:
THE CASE OF JENNIE BRICE by Mary Roberts Rinehart. (Classic Mystery.:
CAT FANCY: A SHORT HORROR STORY by A. E. Hodge.
ARKHAM DETECTIVE AGENCY (TRIBUTE ANTHOLOGY). (Lovecraftian-Noir).
THE BIRD by Willow Rose. (Florida Creature Horror. Novella.)
55%: TROLLNIGHT by Peter Tremayne. (Scandi-Horror. Think Nevill's Ritual)

Review: Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy Ghost Boy by Stafford Betty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: GHOST BOY by Stafford Betty

A lovely coming of age tale about a boy who is subtly "different": Growing up in Bakersfield, the son of a strict Alabama-raised father and a generous, open-minded Hispanic mother, Ben sees ghosts. A young girl who appears to alert him to potential danger he names Abby. She doesn't speak, but his late grandmother does. His father thinks he needs psychiatric help; his mother believes, and nourishes Ben's truth. Ben faces the decision every day to turn aside from his gift, or to fully embrace it.

This novel I recommend to all. It's heartwarming, encouraging, and inspiring. Ben is twelve and thirteen during the story, but readers of all ages can discover excitement and encouragement within these well-written pages.


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Monday, August 27, 2018

BOUT OF BOOKS 23_WRAP







MY COMPLETED :



TEN THOUSAND THUNDERS by Brian Trent



HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins



KILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer



NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Richard Parker



NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey



THE SWITCH HOUSE by Tim Meyer



THE CHANGELING by Molly Harper



PROVIDENCE by Caroline Kepnes



THE MURDERER'S WIFE by Daralyse Lyons



DADDY WON'T KILL YOU: HAUNTING IN THE WOODS by Caroline Clark



FLOWER POWER FATALITY by Sally Carpenter



DOORBELLS AT DUSK ANTHOLOGY.



THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER by Jonathan Janz.

I read 13 books: 12 novels, 1 Anthology. 12 Kindle, 1 print
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Review: The Siren and The Specter

The Siren and The Specter The Siren and The Specter by Jonathan Janz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER by Jonathan Janz

If you're desiring a Haunted House tale that will electrify, terrify, and provoke deeper levels of thinking, don't look away. THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER enthralls, intrigues, and frightens, even the most jaded or uninterested. While you're gleefully shaking and shivering along with the various characters, you'll also be appalled at certain other characters, pondering deeply on the nature of good and evil, and considering how it is that "good" citizens can ignore, overlook, or even collude with evil. (I give you Nazi Germany as one example, European witch hunts--including England and Scotland--as another. Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.") This novel contains so many ramifications I'm not likely to ever dislodge it from my mind.



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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories

Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories by Josh Malerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: DOORBELLS AT DUSK ANTHOLOGY
(Various Authors; edited by Evans Light, Gregor Xane)

A delightfully rich collection, suffused with horror of many flavors and degrees, some subtle, some "up front." Whether you choose to sample one at a time, like bonbons, or devour the entirety, here's a fine selection designed to keep you eager for (or fearful of) that special holiday, when leaves drop, woodsmoke scents the air, children quest for candy...and the Veil thins...

"A Plague of Monsters" by Charles Gramlich: In a peaceful, quiet, Louisiana community, a middle-aged man gaslights himself during an earlier-than-usual "trick or treat" event--or does he? Paranoia doesn't always ensure no one's after you. Sometimes what's disguised as "paranoia" is simply Instinct and Intuition. Yes, Virginia, Monsters do exist.

"The Rye-Mother" by Curtis M. Lawson: Halloween is the very most magically powerful night of the year-Celtic New Year--and surely on All Hallows Eve a misunderstood boy who "doesn't belong" in this mundane routine world can find a way--carve a bargain--to return to the real life he deserves--with a little helpful guidance--from the Rye-Mother.

"Day of the Dead" by Amber Fallon: As an old-fashioned anachronism, I always enjoy contemporary versions of medieval morality plays and "Be careful what you wish for" cautionary tales, such as the classic "The Monkey's Paw." In this story, the traditional holiday "Dia de muertos" gains an entirely new and vivid twist.

"Rusty Husk" by Evans Light:" Okay. I am now officially Halloween-terrified, afraid to open the door, afraid to look out the window, afraid to turn off the lights. From the first terrifying sentence to the last, this story's terror is unrelenting.

"Adam's Bed" by Josh Malerman: How scared am I? Terrified! The horror in this story is so subtle, as if creeping in on little cat feet, or tendrils of fog...But so frightening! Sometimes the Monstrous is in human form...but sometimes it's not!!

"Keeping Up Appearances" by Jason Parent: When I was a child, the popular phrase for social climbers and conspicuous consumers was "Keeping Up with the Joneses." Nowadays, it's "Keeping Up With the Kardashian." But nobody keeps up appearances like the family in this spooky tale--where the next "appearance" could be your own--countenance!

"Vigil" by Chad Lutzke: A tale both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, of an upper-class neighborhood with sturdy residents, bonded as neighbors and friends, apprised of each other's lives. A neighborhood where every resident participates in maintaining a long-abandoned property, preventing an eyesore. But ultimately, evidence of abandonment is not the problem: tragedy is.

"Mr. Impossible" by Gregor Xane: and sometimes the monsters are human. Greed, cupidity, hubris, make monsters out of "normal" folks...

"Between" by Ian Welke: A young woman at the crossroads of a life decision combines "weird mathematics" and hallucinogenic mushrooms with the thinning veil of Halloween and Dia de Muertos, and the magic of her native Los Angeles.

"The Friendly Man" by Thomas Vaughn. Out of the mouths of babes....Predators are not made but born...

"Many Carvings" by Sean Eads & Joshua Viola: Subtle and implacable horror, in a medieval type setting and framework. Pumpkins are not just for carving. Beware the one you trust the most.

"Trick 'em All" by Adam Light: gory Halloween horror, with masterful characterization. I reiterate: predators are not made but born.

"Offerings" by Joanna Koch: Terrifying! The implacability! There is no escape.

"Masks" by Lisa Lepovetsky: Subtly terrifying..There but for the grace...










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Bout of Books 23_Day 6

Sunday 8/26

Stretch Goal
I plan to finish 3 in-progress reads before midnight: a cozy mystery for Tuesday tour post; a Halloween Anthology ARC from Corpus Press for September 3 release; a wonderful horror novel ARC for September 6 release from a new publisher (Flame Tree Press).
{Update: Finished the historical Cozy Mystery.
Finished Halloween Horror Anthology.
Finished horror novel ARC.
Goals complete.)


MY COMPLETED :

TEN THOUSAND THUNDERS by Brian Trent

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

KILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer

NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Richard Parker

NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey

THE SWITCH HOUSE by Tim Meyer

THE CHANGELING by Molly Harper

PROVIDENCE by Caroline Kepnes

THE MURDERER'S WIFE by Daralyse Lyons

DADDY WON'T KILL YOU: HAUNTING IN THE WOODS by Caroline Clark

FLOWER POWER FATALITY by Sally Carpenter

DOORBELLS AT DUSK ANTHOLOGY.

THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER by Jonathan Janz.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Bout of Books 23_Day 1-5 Progress

MY COMPLETED :

TEN THOUSAND THUNDERS by Brian Trent

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

KILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer

NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Richard Parker

NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey

THE SWITCH HOUSE by Tim Meyer

THE CHANGELING by Molly Harper

PROVIDENCE by Caroline Kepnes

THE MURDERER'S WIFE by Daralyse Lyons

Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: Changeling

Changeling Changeling by Molly Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: CHANGELING by Molly Harper (Society and Sorcery #1)

A perfectly delightful YA Paranormal which easily maintained my interest throughout, CHANGELING is the story of Sarah Smith. A fourteen-year-old younger daughter of a servant family living in the slums. All "Snipes" (short for "guttersnipes") are indentured servants to Coven Guardian families. In this alternate Victorian England, ruled by Guardians (not Royal Family nor Parliament), the Restoration was not the return of King Charles II, but the ascension to rule of the magic-users--Covent Guardians.

But now the winds of change are blowing. Sarah, Snipe, was born with magic, but given suppression medicine by her parents. A random use of magic outs her to the Guardian family she serves, and soon she is reconfigured as a niece, and sent to magical boarding school.



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Bout of Books Day 1-4

MY COMPLETED :

TEN THOUSAND THUNDERS by Brian Trent

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

KILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer

NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Richard Parker

NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey

THE SWITCH HOUSE by Tim Meyer

Books I plan to complete:

THE CHANGELING by Molly Harper

PROVIDENCE by Caroline Kepnes

YOU by Caroline Kepnes

FLOWER POWER FATALITY by Sally Carpenter

Review: The Switch House: A Short Novel

The Switch House: A Short Novel The Switch House: A Short Novel by Tim Meyer
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Review: THE SWITCH HOUSE by Tim Meyer

Tim Meyer rocks! THE SWITCH HOUSE is fabulous! So many twists in this story! I never knew "what was up," because every time I got a grasp (or thought I did), Mr. Meyer yanked the rug out from under me. I don't like to compare fiction to cinema, but THE SWITCH HOUSE is, in flavor and in its twistiness, Twin Peaks-ish. You won't space out nor relax throughout this short novel: it's hard-driving, hard-charging, gory, scary (yes, extreme), and what the author does with his characters has to be read to be believed. Tim Meyer is a champion.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

RIP XIII at Readers Imbibe Peril_September 2018

RIP XIII



Beginning September 1!



I shall read for Peril the First (4 books),

Peril of the Short Story (audio and text),

Peril of the Review.



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

KIILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer_Review

#KillHillCarnage

Kill Hill Carnage, Synopsis

Publishing Date: July 15, 2018

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Page Length: 286 pages

These woods are dark and full of monsters…
In 1991, hell was unleashed upon Saint Christopher’s Summer Camp for Kids. The killers left behind piles of bodies and rivers of blood. Some say a family of inbred cannibals was responsible. A masked psychopath with a butcher's knife is another popular theory. Some still believe a camp counselor lost his mind and went crazy on everyone with an axe. But there’s also the mysterious, derelict factory that sits nearby, atop Kill Hill. A place where urban legends are manufactured, the grotesque and bizarre.

Twenty-five years later, the factory on Kill Hill is still said to be operational, but no one can get near it. It’s safely guarded along with the secrets within. But there are a few loose strings and hitman Frank Harmon has been sent to tie them up. His kill list is short, but the night is long and full of unspeakable horrors. With the help of a few college students on an impromptu camping adventure, Frank must contain the mess at Kill Hill before it spreads to the neighboring towns. Before it infects the entire country. Before it invades the entire world.

From the fantastical, high-octane mind of Tim Meyer, author of Sharkwater Beach and In the House of Mirrors, comes his most frightening tale yet! Summer camp this year is at your own risk.

Biography
Tim Meyer dwells in a dark cave near the Jersey Shore. He’s an author, husband, father, podcast host, blogger, coffee connoisseur, beer enthusiast, and explorer of worlds. He writes horror, mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres and let the stories fall where they may. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter as @timmeyer11, or his blog -
http://www.timmeyerwrites.com.

Praise for Tim Meyer

“IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS is a great book! The sky is the limit for Tim Meyer.” – Cedar Hollow Reviews
"Meyer kills it with his action scenes, his gore, and does a great job with a number of these characters." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Becoming
"Author Tim Meyer really knows how to delve deep into his characters..." - The Haunted Reading Room
"I highly recommend… to anyone wanting an engaging, bloody, fun story." - Jeremy Hepler, author of The Boulevard Monster

Purchase Link
Amazon

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The Haunted Reading Room's Review:

Kill Hill Carnage Kill Hill Carnage by Tim Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: KILL HILL CARNAGE by Tim Meyer

KILL HILL CARNAGE is straight out horror extreme, a homage to 80's-90's slasher splatterpunk, AND to the wonderful Grade-B horror films of the 1950's, which often featured "Science Gone Wrong." There's plenty of the latter in this novel, as human greed and cupidity reign, regardless of the environment or quality of human life. In a chemical plant in New England, owned by a foreign corporation and strongly suspected of dumping toxic waste in the adjacent river (think Love Canal), secret experiments have continued since the plant's official closure in 1991, following a brutal massacre at a nearby Christian youth camp. Security at the plant is akin to that in a Third-World dictatorship, but that doesn't halt the excursions of products of the covert experimentation occurring in the closed chemical plant (think Mengele).

Genetic mutations and lots of gore are not the only themes in this novel. Author Tim Meyer has a keen vision for character and a deep understanding of his people. If you love splatterpunk, you can't go wrong here.