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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Guest Post by Author Aidan Lucid + Review of THE SCAVENGER

 

Racism in Today’s World

 

Growing up in Ireland, the first time I heard the term, ‘racism’, was as a kid at 13 years of age. We learned about it in history class, reading stories of great men like Martin Luther King. Back then we thought all that disgusting name calling and judging people by their skin colour was a thing of the past, something that only happened in the ‘60s. Boy, was I wrong!

             In the past year, we’ve seen it raise its ugly head again with the killing of George Flyod. One has to wonder though, has it ever truly gone away? In Ireland there aren’t as many incidents of racism as in say, England or America, but it’s still here. I’ve heard some horrific stories from victims and one has to wonder, why is this still happening in 2021? Are we not supposed to be evolving as a human race instead of de-volving? Can’t people see that if we’re all equal in God’s eyes, then shouldn’t that be a strong precedence to follow?

             Last year during lockdown, this was an issue I decided to incorporate into my novella, The Scavenger. The main character, Jared Duval, a 17 year-old African American, is gay. Most of the people around Jared accept him for who he is. There are some, however, that mock him because of his sexual orientation with slight racial undertones. This is something I wanted to handle with care and make clear to readers that in 2021, abusing people because of their skin colour and being gay is not acceptable and needs to stop. Obviously, I’m not a black person but I do know what it’s like to experience some form of discrimination. As a person with a disability, people look at us differently, as if we’re not human. They seem to have a lower opinion on such individuals instead of treating us like equals, and recognising people for their talents, not for their physical deformities or slight mental deficiencies. I wanted to inject the emotion one feels when they experience such cruel abuse into my novella. Jared does have help in his friends and overcomes the taunting and racial discrimination.

             Yes, there have been improvements over the decades and racial equality has been made a priority in a lot of countries. Some people, however, didn’t get the memo, continuing to spew out such hateful bile. Maybe some day in the not-so-distant future, we will evolve as a species. Racism will be a thing of the past and man will treat his fellow man with the respect that they deserve. One can only dream that this will happen anyway.

 

-          Aidan Lucid

 

Authors Bio: Since 2004, Aidan Lucid’s work has been published in national and international magazines, as well as various poetry anthologies. For a period of nine months in 2007, he was a film reviewer for the award-winning Irish newspaper, The Kerryman. From 2009 to 2017, Aidan was an assistant editor for Bewildering Stories e-zine. Lucid began critiquing novels and short stories in 2018 and continues to do so. In October 2019, his debut YA fantasy novel, The Lost Son, was released. 



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Review: 5 STARS!!


Get your spooky on with a heart-wrenching tale of three fast friends, all of whom suffer tremendously in their personal lives, including domestic issues. Jared, Jessica, and Aidan at least have each other.  When they unintentionally are deceived into wishing on an abandoned rural well, the three awaken evil and are immediately plagued by the ghost of an evil racist, violent in life and in death. But the evil doesn't stop there!


            

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tour/Review: THE CHILDREN GOD FORGOT by Graham Masterson


 



Review: 5 Stars

I've been a fan of Graham Masterton for decades and am delighted at this continuation of the intriguing police partnership of London police officers Detective Sergeant Jamila Patel and the rougher-quality Detective Constable Jerry Pardoe, first paired in GHOST VIRUS [2018]. Although the two officers are assigned to different stations,  they share a reputation as capable of deciphering "the weird," and the current set of tragedies can't get much more weird. Say goodbye to practicality and logic. This is Weird,  this is Supernatural, this is seriously over-the-top. 

Strong Caution: The Horror contained here is Extreme,  including a substantial amount of Body Horror. Much of the violence is perpetrated on women and girls,  who are targeted due to the functions of the human reproductive system. Violence is also perpetrated against males, and there are references to prior episodes of violence against women and men, and to child fatalities.  Abortion is a significant issue here as are congenital birth defects, stillbirth and miscarriage,  and thalidomide.  So sensitive readers,  be aware.










 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Review: MISFITS by Hunter Shea

5 Spooky Stars

Release Date: September 8 2020

Maybe you don't generally believe in "urban legends," or myths, or fantasy. Try MISFITS: see if it doesn't make a believer out of you. From Chapter 1, MISFITS absolutely terrified me. I'm not reassured living surrounded by woods, either, but as demonstrated in this novel, "Monsters" come out to play in communities,  too--not only in dense forest.

MISFITS is really brutal; in fact, I'd label this extreme horror.  There's also sexual violence,  child/adolescent abuse, sociopathy, bullying, poetic justice, strong undiluted friendship,  "first love," xenophobia, and a gore level over the top. Nonetheless,  and despite the also-over-the-top fear factor [could I take any more?], I loved it.  I will reread it, after the shock wears off.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

FRIGHTFALL 2020!




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Follow My Progress At:FRIGHTFALL 2020 Shelf


BOOKS READ: 131
[September 67 + October 64]
Horror: September 30 + October 43 = 73

Books Read: 
SEPTEMBER
MISFITS Horror 
THE NIGHT THE MONSTERS CAME Children's,  Light Horror 
THE SENTIENT SF
FEARLESS SF
THE BUTCHER OF ANDERSON STATION SF
THE RAVEN Post-Apocalyptic,  Horror 
LEVIATHAN WAKES SF
MEXICAN GOTHIC Horror 
THE VELA SEASON ONE SF
LIZARDVILLE: THE GHOST STORY Horror 
LIZARDVILLE: JIMMY'S CURSE Horror 
THE HOUSE OF BROKEN BONES (SADISTIC SOULS BOOK TWO) Horror
THE JOURNEY OF ATLANTIS: LEAVING HOME SF
THE ISLAND HG own Mount TBR 
ONE-SHOT,  Virtual,  James Blish,  Library 5THE THING IN THE ATTIC, Virtual,  James Blish, 4, Library, SFF
 STANLEY AND THE MAGIC SPIDER Children's
 SISTERS OF THE VAST BLACK 5 SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER SF
HAWK: HELLFIRE HG 5 SF Space Opera September 
BLACK HELICOPTERS 4 SF Horror 
HELLHOUNDS OF THE COSMOS 5 SF Space Opera September SPACE OPERA BEFORE 1952
SCREAM RIDE HORROR AUSTRALIA
THE MANY HORROR
ANCESTRAL HORROR
THE EUROPEAN SCHOOL NG ARC 5 Horror SEQUEL
STRANGE SANCTUARY KU VIRTUAL 5 Horror 
GHOSTLY ASPIRATIONS HG 5 Horror 
NIGHT TERRORS VOL 3 Horror 
THE LAST RITUAL Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror 
SCARECROW ROAD by Lionel Ray Green  Halloween Horror 
SCARECROW by Matthew Pritchard 
.The Evergreen Motel[book:Sleepless|52809337]
THE EVERGREENMOTEL [book:Haunted|52809371]
THE EVERGREEN MOTEL [book:Chased|52809455]
THE EVERGREEN MOTEL [book:The Evergreen Motel: Hopeless|53539896]
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GHOSTS OF MILLER'S CROSSING Horror 
CHILDREN OF TIME SF
THE METAPONTUM HOARD Historical Mystery
GHOST PROBE SF 
PRIVILEGE by Bharat Krishnan Speculative 
THE LUNA MISSILE CRISIS SF
BLACK RIVER, Sara Clancy.  Horror 
THE WITCH, Shirley Jackson Horror 
THE POSSIBILITY OF EVIL,  Shirley Jackson Horror 
CLOUDS OF VENUS SF
GHOST SHIP VIRTUAL SCRIBD
CITY OF SCREAMS VIRTUAL SCRIBD
THE MIDNIGHT WATCH VIRTUAL SCRIBD
THE MECHANIC AUTHOR ARC
THE DEVIL'S BONES 
THE RESIDENT (SS)
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO 
THE ENCELADUS MISSION SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER 5
ALIEN PEOPLE..Review for Shut Up and Read GR 4
THE WITCH OF HALLOWEEN HOUSE. Own
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK 
MORE SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK VIRTUAL SCRIBD
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK VOL 3 VIRTUAL SCRIBD
THE TITAN PROBE VIRTUAL KU SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER
THE IO ENCOUNTER VIRTUAL KU SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER 
RETURN TO ENCELADUS VIRTUAL KU SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER 
ICE MOON COMPLETE BOXSET KU VIRTUAL SPACE OPERA SEPTEMBER 
NIGHT TERRORS VOL 4 HORROR 

OCTOBER 
LOOKING FOR LIFE SF
CHILLING EFFECT SF
THE BOOKING. HORROR [REREAD]
THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN Fantasy 
THE ARCHIVE OF THE FORGOTTEN Fantasy 
THE JUPITER CATASTROPHE VIRTUAL KU 5
YOU MAY NOW KILL THE BRIDE VIRTUAL SCRIBD
THE HOLLOW PLACES NG ARC
THORNE'S TOME.  ARC HORROR 
VENUS PLUS X. SF
MONSTER PROBLEMS: VAMPIRE MISFIRE. Horror YA
THE DEVIL'S CAVERNS. Horror 
THE TWISTED WINDOW. Mystery YA
SILENT SUN SF
MR. SPACESHIP SF
THE SKULL SF
BLOOD [PRETERNATURAL BOOK 2] Horror 
EINSTEIN'S RAVEN SF
THE HAUNTING OF BLOODMOON HOUSE Horror 
DADS VS. ZOMBIES [OMNIBUS]. Horror
WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES ON HALLOWEEN. Children. Reread. 5. Light Horror PUMPKIN. MOUNT TBR 
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE HOUSE. TWILIGHT. 5 OWNTOBER Horror 
THE TWISTED ONES. NG ARC. Horror MOUNT TBR. LEAVES. 
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL Horror 
THE TWISTED ONES. NG ARC. Horror MOUNT TBR. 
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL Horror 
THE HYDRAX GAMBLE SF Contemporary/Thriller 
THE LICTONWOOD Horror!
THE PORTAL Horror 
TERROR IN THE SHADOWS VOLUME 10 Horror 
GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY Horror 
OKTOBERFEAST Horror 
AFTER SUNDOWN.  Anthology.  Horror 
VOODOO HEART. Horror 
THE NIGHT WEAVER. Horror 
THE BONE CARVER. Horror 
SHADE TRILOGY. Horror. 
MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE.  Horror 
GHOSTHUNTER.
GHOSTSTALKER. 
GHOSTHOUSE.
GHOSTLORDS.
THE HAUNTING OF IRONWOOD.
NIGHT TERRORS VOL 5
666 GABLE WAY 
LAKEWOOD 
BOBBY ETHER AND THE JADE ACADEMY 
TEMPLE OF ETERNITY 
DILATION 
CALL THE CHILDREN 
MEDUSA'S COILS
VELOCITY WEAPON SF
INSTINCT SF
THE DARWIN ELEVATOR SF Reread 
BLACK VELVET Thriller 
DEATH FLEET Horror 
ENEMY ALLY SF
THE WITCHES OF HALLOWEEN HAVEN.  HORROR 
HAUNTED: PERRON MANOR.  HORROR. 
THE HAUNTING OF MYSTERY MANOR Horror
THE FINAL HAUNTING Horror 
THE DEAD BOYFRIEND Horror 
A HAUNTING AT HOLLOW'S COVE HORROR 










Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Review: THE PROCTOR HALL HORROR by Bill Thompson

Release October 1 2020

5 Spooky Stars

I've been enjoying the Bayou Hauntings Series since its inception,  admiring the author's flair for twisty plotting and backdrops, including Southern Louisiana history as background.  THE PROCTOR HALL HORROR  is Book 7. The gore level is high, and only a cold or jaded reader could fail to experience these events as heartwrenching.  There is so much deceit, so much evil--both human and supernatural.  Of particular interest to me were certain genetic connections,  and the riff on Jekyll vs. Hyde. This is really a "Who can you Trust?" adventure. Featured are our favorite series characters,  caught up in a vastly puzzling--and tremendously dangerous--paranormal investigation.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Review: SHORT HORROR STORIES VOLUME 27


5 Spooky and Terrifying Stars!
"New Digs" by Ron Ripley: Absolutely no empathy was elicited for this sorry protagonist. I might say: poetic justice. However,  I enjoyed the imagery, particularly the basement scenes,  and I respectfully request an alternate ending, involving a certain inexplicable object protagonist discovers near the furnace. <smile>

"The Trip" by Sara Clancy: Okay. News reports and Fiction persuaded me years ago never to go camping.  However: this tale is the stuff of Nightmares! Talk about Subterfuge! Talk about Monsters and Monstrosity! Will I ever sleep again??

"Monster of the Week" by David Longhorn: Echoes of "The Truman Show"! Mike's life is constantly in transit, an "episode" a week of battling some strange different monster, barely escaping with his life, mourning the loss of innocents. He has to use his clever wits to figure out the type of monster and how to stop it,  and of course,  no evidence remains. But now the serious question becomes: is he in the current episode, or will this be his "End"?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Review: FAITHFUL SHADOW by Kevin J. Howard



5 Spooky Stars

 Simply wow! I don't know why I hadn't read this before, as I adore Yellowstone horror (so many possibilities!). Author Kevin Howard definitely leaves behind the usual (boiling pools, supervolcano,  bear and buffalo) and goes for an unusual creature which, if encountered say in Great Britain or Europe,  would have been the locus of centuries-old Folk Horror.  Horrifying it is, because unavoidable,  inescapable,  and implacable.  Not satisfied to kill in its den, this creature roams, and it's unstoppable. I can totally imagine this novel as a horror film, suffused as it is with a failing hero [Ranger Joe], young people in lust, abundances of gore, a diligent female ranger and an aging helpless male ranger.....what's not to love? Love I did, throughout a one-sitting literally nonstop thrill ride keeping me breathless,  alarmed, horrified,  and enthralled.


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Review: SHORT HORROR STORIES VOLUME 26 (SCARE STREET)




5 Spooky Stars

"Porcelain Elephants" by Ron Ripley: One of Mr. Ripley's best in a long line of great tales, "Porcelain Elephants" is by turns heartwarming, terrifying,  and heartwrenching. For me, the human Evil proved far worse than the admittedly supernatural elements. I found this story very satisfying.


"The Cursed Necklace" by Anna Sinjin: Now that is scary. Kudos for the implacability of this particular horror,  and for the way that the author has interwoven simple, common,  human emotions to create a pathway to Horror.  Very good!

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Sara Clancy: I do enjoy my Christmas Horror...but this is TOO SCARY!! 
DO NOT read at night alone! I read it on a sunny, hot, front porch at noon
AND I'M TERRIFIED!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Cover Reveal: THE HOUSE OF A HUNDRED WHISPERS by Graham Masterton


The House of a Hundred Whispers by Graham Masterton
Publication date: 1st October 2020

About the book

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?

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 WiÄ™zieniu Pisane.” He is currently working on new horror and crime novels. 

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: THE HOUSE OF A HUNDRED WHISPERS by Graham Masterton


5 Spooky Stars

Enthralling,  as I expect from Master of Horror Graham Masterton,  terrifying, with implacable,  unavoidable,  horror, whose roots reach back centuries,  perhaps to prehistory,  and which gives no sign of ever stopping. In an antique (17th century) mansion on lonely Dartmoor, an evil old man dies during the Full Moon. His will specifies an unexpected heir, which only riles the offspring,  who are commanded to maintain the property, now in trust. 

But the house contains far more than valuable antiques and ugly memories.  Black magic has been done here, and for centuries.  A charmer, a gleaner, and a Catholic priest will all battle to stop the house's evil, with horrifying consequences. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Review: TERROR IN THE SHADOWS VOLUME 9


5 Spooky Stars!!

The newest electrifying,  hair-raising,  spine-chilling, mind-blowing,  collection from authors Ron Ripley,  David Longhorn,  Sara Clancy,  and Bronson Carey.  Stick your finger in an electric socket while fresh from your shower: you'll get shocks galore, but nowhere like reading these stories, in which the dead are implacable and have a sharp axis to grind.

Recommended for daytime reading on sunny days.  Do not read at night alone....unless of course you like sleeping with all the Lights on.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Review: SHORT HORROR STORIES VOLUME 25



5 Spooky Stars

 All Stories in this volume are by Ron Ripley.

"Ricky's Toys": Ron Ripley demonstrates many gifts as an author.  Prominent is his ability to subtly direct readers into suspension of disbelief.  I have no trouble whatsoever accepting appearances by the deceased. I also marvel at his taut use of characterization.  Verbosity isn't needed because a few words do just fine. Then there's Revenge...or maybe in this case, Vengeance.  I wonder if the character Alex will reappear in future stories.

"The Bassinette": wow! About as seriously disturbing as I can handle. Reading this, outdoors in sunshine. Still I had to capture my scream.

"The Girl In the Window": I really enjoy the entertwining of characters and settings from throughout Mr. Ripley's oeuvre, and this story pairs two of my favorites,  the young autistic but highly intelligent Jimmy Hsu, and the beleaguered, troubled,  but admirable Dan Tate, now appearing as Anger, New Hampshire,  Librarian, replacing Diane. These two guys may be disparate,  but they definitely rock!


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Review: THE LOVELIEST DEAD by Ray Garton


5 Stars

I read about half of this thrilling Supernatural novel in the sunny outdoors, the remainder alone-at-night. So.i was appropriately scared. Scary that such human Evil survives after death. Scary such exists at all. 

Ray Garton is an excellent author and THE LOVELIEST DEAD is going to be a favorite. 

I must caution that the subject matter is disturbing--very disturbing. Stomach-roiling in fact, but the characterizations, character evolution [and devolution], and the supernatural horror rivet the reader.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Review: TERROR IN THE SHADOWS VOLUME 8 [SCARE STREET]

5+ Spooky Stars

The Scare Street authors never disappoint and TERROR IN THE SHADOWS Volume 8 terrifyingly and terrifically continues that tradition.  Science Fiction and Horror reign supreme in this collection,  in which feckless fools, criminals,  and yes, innocents, all
discover there is a world or worlds beyond, much more horrifying than we could ever imagine. Get your Scares and Chills on; but first, check your doors and windows,  turn on all your lights, avoid Shadows,  and don't read at night alone. 



Friday, July 3, 2020

Review: SHORT HORROR STORIES VOLUME 24


5 Spooky Stars 

"When the Sun Shines" by Ron Ripley: This story awakened a lot of empathy in me, and the Denouement was unexpected and surprising...but it worked. 

"Riding the Bus" by Ron Ripley: I really liked this story, as it was tautly written,  full of surprises,  with deft characterization. Disbelief was easily suspended so that the story made perfect sense as it played out, even though it was supernatural. 

"Lost His Senses" by Bronson Carey: I think I shall never again go near a hospital.  This tale is so subtle about the horror,  and couched in terms of the patient experiencing possible hallucinations from side effects of his medications...or, on the other hand, maybe not hallucinations.  Serious scares here!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

14th Canadian Reading Challenge!


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After an enlightening participation in the 13th Canadian Challenge,  I'm eager and ready for the 14th:
July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Review: 324 ABERCORN by Mark Allan Gunnells

5+ Stars!!

  First off, this is my favorite title by Mark Allan Gunnells so far. I absolutely adore this novel; it's exquisite. From the "ghostly" presences to the beautiful iteration of the city of Savannah and its history; from the finely delineated characters of Brad, Bias, Neisha, Harold, but including secondary characters [the Detective is a gem]; the humor,  the love, the idealism, to character unfolding and evolution; it's all exciting. I read it in a sitting and could read it again,  right away.

Horror author Brad Storms visited Savannah and fell in love with the house at 324 Abercorn while in his twenties and still struggling.  Fortune smiles on him, and with several bestselling novels,  he purchases the property and sets out on a new life phase. But it seems "something" in the house isn't pleased with his presence.  Are the tales about the house fact after all? Has his residence in the long-empty home disturbed the occupants of the unmarked Slave Cemetery?

Read on and discover!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Review: THE NIGHTINGALE HOUSE by Steve Frech




5 Stars 

THE NIGHTINGALE HOUSE is the second novel bu y Steve Frech, a page-turner of Horror which riveted this reader, providing characters with whom I empathize, plus a horrendous villain who deserves comeuppance.  The author juggles a number of issues and does so seamlessly. 

Review: ANGER'S RUIN by Ron Ripley


5 Spooky Stars 

I've been reading this thrilling supernatural series since its inception,  yet each installment seems more compelling even than the proceeding. Now that we've discovered the identity of the "mastermind" plotting to destroy the populace of the tiny but evil-beset community of Anger, New Hampshire [in STREETS OF ANGER, Book 5], we watch as said mastermind's plot ratchets up and as feckless, vulnerable, hero Dan Tate throws up obstacles against the plot to destroy Anger. Fortunately Dan (capable but with the weakness of his children in danger) calls on ghost hunter Shane Ryan, an individual with terribly self-destructive impulses and a literally "stop at nothing " attitude.  Prepare for an uproarious roller coaster ride through unimaginable danger, as this literal battle of good vs. evil intensifies, introducing a  totally terrifying new character in the "collector."