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review 2020-05-21 19:30
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT INDIAN by Stephen Graham Jones
Attack of the 50 Foot Indian - Stephen Graham Jones

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT INDIAN. What can I say? Surely, with that cover, this must be a pulp adventure story?

 

In a way it is. But it's a lot more than that. It slyly works in social commentary on a number of different levels. It's done deftly, tongue in cheek, and I loved it.

 

My only complaint is it was too short!

 

At this point, I'll read whatever Stephen Graham Jones writes, and you should too!

 

*I bought this Kindle short story with my hard earned .99.*

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review 2020-05-15 17:00
DOUBLE BARREL HORROR: VOLUME 3 edited by Matt Weber
Double Barrel Horror Volume 3 - Matthew Weber

 

The Double Barrel series features two stories by each author, and these collected volumes put them all together in one handy paperback. Volume 3 features 6 authors, most of whom I've read before.

 

From Christine Morgan, (whose novel WHITE DEATH I've previously read and enjoyed), we have EYE SEE YOU, and it knocked my socks off. What a great way to kick off a collection!

 

From Robert Essig, (an author I have not had the pleasure of reading prior to this), we have FROM UNCLEAN SPELLS. I always have enjoyed tales about calling up ancient beings and/or casting spells and this one is a doozy.

 

Mark Matthews is an author I've followed for years now and his two stories were very different from each other, but GOODWIN wrecked me. It seems like it's easy for Mark to rip my heart out and it happened yet again with this tale of guilt, motherhood and death.

 

Theresa Braun is an author I've followed on social media for a while, but I believe this is my first exposure to her work. Both of her tales were AH-MAZING, but STILLBORN-wow. Just... WOW.

 

Calvin Demmer's short stories are nearly works of art. He's wonderful at toying with the feelings of the reader. Both of his tales here were great, but HIGHWAY HUNGER is one that's going to stay with me for a long, long time.

 

I'm familiar with and have even read some of Glenn Rolfe's work in the past, but it seems to me that he has grown as a writer since that time. THE HOUSE ON MAYFLOWER STREET was fun and creepy and makes me want to read some of Glenn's more recent work, and soon!

 

I liked the About the Author sections after their stories, and I liked that the covers from the previous individual issues were featured before each author's tales. The artwork on them is kind of cool and has something to do with the tales within.

 

Overall I had great fun with DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOLUME 3 and I recommend it, especially to those readers looking for new authors. Collections such as these let you discover new voices in the genre without spending an arm and a leg, or investing lots of time buying and/or reading novels only to discover that a certain author isn't right for you. I know that I'll be adding novels, (if they've written them) from a couple of these authors, (Robert Essig & Theresa Braun, I'm looking at you!!), to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I look forward to reading more from all of these writers!

 

Get your copy here: DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOLUME 3

 

*Thanks to Calvin Demmer and Pint Bottle Press for the paperback copy with no strings attached. I freely chose to review it and I'm glad I did!*

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text 2020-05-15 14:30
#FridayReads 5.15.2020
A Book of Bones: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 17. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS - John Connolly
A Collection of Dreamscapes - Christina Sng
The Taint and Other Novellas - Brian Lumley,Joshua Saxon

 

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review 2020-05-13 19:00
NIGHT SERVICE by John Leonard
Night Service - John F Leonard

 

Luke and Jessica are heading home to Jessica's house, after a fun and romantic night out on the town. Both are rather young and neither has much money, so they decided to take the night service bus instead of calling a taxi. Let's just call that a fatal mistake, for at least one of them. Who survives? What happened on that late night bus ride? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I am a fan of John Leonard's work and it's nearly criminal that he's not more well known. He is building his own legends and stories surrounding his creation: The Scaeth. He has a way of making his characters real to the reader, just enough so that the reader can relate and start to like them... and then he drops them down into some seriously dangerous and scary situations and lets them fight for themselves.

 

At novella length, NIGHT SERVICE flies by. There's excitement, chases, tension and bloody gore galore! I had a great time reading it and I look forward to more in The Scaeth Mythos.

 

Recommended!

 

Get your copy here: NIGHT SERVICE

 

*Thanks to John Leonard for the e-copy of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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text 2020-05-11 19:44
Pretty psyched!

 

When I first opened OF MICE AND MINESTRONE I went through the front matter as I usually do. I was so excited when I saw this:

 

 

 There I am, quoted directly after the quote from Rambo's creator, David Morrell!!

 

How psyched was I?  Pretty. Damn. Psyched!

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