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review 2017-08-13 20:05
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran

Christina was visiting her mother's grave when a nearby headstone surrounded by weeds caught her eye. It saddened her that it wasn't taken care of and kept up like all the others. She decided to clear the weeds and tidy it up. It all seemed so innocent. A good deed, really. But there was more to that grave site than the surname of CHARLES SLICK overgrown by foliage. The Slick family isn't known in these parts by many anymore. Except Frank, the cemetary's custodian. He knows about the family and the dirty secrets they harbor, even after all these years. Poor Christina. All she was doing was a good deed for a family she didn't know. Too bad that good deed would unleash the Slick's family secret on her and her life would never be the same.

 

 

Corpse Rider is a fun, fast-paced tale that keeps the pages turning at a blinding speed. Curran weaves a bit of gothic horror mixed with 1980's B-horror movie fun. The obvious comparisons to the early 80's movie, Basket Case, permeate the story. However, it is not a soulless derivative. Curran constructs a great story mixed with some memorable characters that breathes new life into an old classic. Very much worth your time.

 

 


5 Belials out of 5

 

 


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review 2017-02-08 04:40
Among Prey - Alan Ryker
Among Prey - Alan Ryker

Character development, character development, character development. What Ryker is able to do in only 65 pages, most authors can't accomplish in 265 pages. Among Prey is told from multiple character's POV and you'd think that it would be distracting to the story. Au contraire, it adds richness and depth here, another testament to Ryker's storytelling prowess.

 

 

In Among Prey, we have Amber, a pill-popping worker at a build-a-doll store that meets Bobby, the 7-foot mentally handicapped behemoth that comes in one slow Wednesday morning. Where many people would be terrified at the silent hulking man, Amber takes a shine to him. That is until the day she realizes that the dolls Bobby has been building in her store look amazingly like the little girls that have been kidnapped in the area the past few months. The story wraps around itself nicely as we're introduced to Carol, Bobby's caregiving nurse and then Bobby's POV. This one is a pageturner, folks. The ending may be a bit abrupt for some, but it left me satisfied that I had read a well-crafted thriller. Loved it.

 

 

 

5 Bruised Doll Heads out of 5

 


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text 2017-01-25 22:36
Reading progress update: I've read 55% and I'm setting this aside.
Highwayman - Craig Saunders

After forcing myself to skim a bit today, I'm throwing in the towel on this book.

 

For whatever reason, it's just not working for me or holding my attention.

 

I may pick it up at another time. This is not a reflection on the author, but instead a reflection of my mindset right now. Your mileage may vary.

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review 2016-12-26 16:55
Fungoid by William Meikle
Fungoid - William Meikle

 

With a pace so rapid it's hard to catch your breath, William Meikle's Fungoid destroys society.

 

Starting with an oily rain and ending with spore-releasing creatures it's hard to describe, mankind is suddenly struggling to survive. Even though that sounds far-fetched here in my review, in this book it is all too real. That could partly be due to Meikle's history as a biologist. I'm not sure where to attribute the credit, but I can verify the science-y bits in Fungoid sounded plausible to me and they didn't bog down the pace with a bunch of big scientific words.

 

There were a lot of characters here for such a short novel, but I found myself invested in them and had no trouble following each one to their destiny. I think the changing points of view were a great way to show all the different aspects of the fungi as well as the experiences of different citizens across the country.

 

Fungoid was a lot of fun and had the fastest pace of anything I've read this year. It moved along and carried this reader right along with it. I may as well have been a spore released from a big fuzzball and blown into the wind for all the control I had putting this book down. Christmas? Who cares? The spores are spreading!

 

Recommended for fans of fast paced, plague spreading, biological menaces!

 

You can get your copy here:Fungoid

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and to Darkfuse for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2016-12-26 00:00
DarkFuse #5
DarkFuse #5 - Tim Curran,Renee Miller,Jennifer Loring,Mike Thorn,T. G. Arsenault,D. S. Ullery,Jeremy Thompson,Shane Staley As a subscriber to Darkfuse Magazine, I read all but one or two of these on-line prior to getting the collection. This was a very good mix of stories and a good introduction to some new-to-me authors. I think I may have dry heaved once or twice while reading these twisted tales. Thanks, Mike Thorn! (That was a compliment, btw.)

Darkfuse 5 is a worthy addition to the DF anthology series and I look forward to more from Darkfuse as always. With DF's help, slowly but surely, I am getting over my phobia of short stories even though they may be traumatizing me in the process. (That was another compliment, btw.)
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