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review 2020-03-12 22:30
THE ROO by Alan Baxter
The Roo - Alan Baxter

Romping, chomping, creature-feature FUN!


I was on the outskirts of the Twitter community that spawned the idea for this story. It was fun to see most of those Tweeters turned into characters and killed in the book.


Perhaps a bit heavy on the anti-domestic violence message, but that didn't spoil the overall fun.


Recommended for fans of creature-features!


*I purchased this novella with my hard earned cash.*

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text 2020-02-03 15:47
Faithful Traitor Group Read

The Tudor History Lovers group on Goodreads is reading and discussing my novel, Faithful Traitor: The Story of Margaret Pole this month! Join them for fun Tudor history chats.


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review 2020-01-06 23:00
THE TWISTED ONES by T. Kingfisher, narrated by Hillary Huber
The Twisted Ones - T. Kingfisher

THE TWISTED ONES was a nice take on folklore and an homage, (or is it a sequel?) to Arthur Machen's THE WHITE PEOPLE.


I loved the narrators of the story, (both the protagonist and the narrator of the audiobook), which went a long way towards my enjoyment. I think if I had read this, instead of listening, the repetition of certain phrases and certain behaviors regarding the protagonist and her dog would have gotten on my nerves a lot more.


I enjoyed THE TWISTED ONES mostly for the characters, I think, especially Foxy. She cracked me the hell up-maybe because I know people just like her? Full of surprises, sometimes vulgar, but always down to earth and willing to help.


Overall, I'm glad I joined the group read with the LADIES OF HORROR FICTION group over on Goodreads. I enjoyed chatting with them while we were reading.




*I bought this audiobook with my hard earned cash and this is my honest review.*

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review 2019-11-25 18:45
MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD edited by Kenneth Cain
Midnight in the Graveyard - Jeremy Hepler,Chad Lutzke,Kenneth W. Cain,Jonathan Janz,Kealan Patrick Burke,John Everson,Elizabeth Massie,William Meikle,Thomas F. Monteleone,Robert R. McCammon

MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD is an above average anthology, comprised of ghost stories-all kinds and varieties. I had a blast seeing what each author came up with.


For me, some of the standouts were:


DEVIL'S DIP by Shannon Felton. What a great tale to start off this collection! I've never read anything by this author before, but now I'll be following her career closely. (Love when this happens.)


TUG O WAR by Chad Lutzke. A terribly sad tale that morphed into....something else entirely, (and even sadder!)


DOG DAYS by Kenneth Cain. LOVED LOVED LOVED this! Dogs are involved.


COOL FOR CATS by William Meikle. I loved this one too! (Cats are involved. Surprise!)


THE GLIMMER GIRLS by Ken McKinley. Terribly, terribly, sad. I think the fact that we all knew how it was going to end only added to the poignancy of it.


THE CEMETERY MAN by John Everson. Everson's unique style of mixing the erotic with the horrific is on display here.


HAUNTED WORLD by Robert McCammon. It's McCammon. 'Nuff said.


GHOST BLOOD by Kelli Owen. Imagine if you could see blood anywhere it has ever been spilled. From shaving cuts to mass murders-you see it all. How ghastly!


LAST CALL AT THE SUDDEN DEATH SALOON by Allan Leverone. An abandoned sanitarium in a haunted town-who wouldn't want a drink before going there?


THE PUTPOCKET by Alan M. Clark. This might have been my favorite tale. (I know, it surprised me too!) I felt an almost...Dickensian vibe with this and I really got down with the story and its narrator.


PORTRAIT by Kealan Patrick Burke. Another poignant story from a master.


SWAMP VENGEANCE by Brian Moreland. Unexpected, but fun just the same.


I'm going to leave it off here because I liked just about every story in here, but I can't mention them all. My only nitpicking complaint is that perhaps this anthology was a bit too long.


I consider myself lucky to have had the pleasure of interacting with all of the authors in a group read in the Horror Aficionados group. The book and the experience were both a heck of a good time!


Highly recommended!




*I received an e-ARC of this anthology from the publisher in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it! Further, I am one of the moderators of the HA group mentioned above. The fact that this was a group read did not affect my opinion of the contents of the book.*

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review 2019-10-07 09:39
It takes a village
Beloved - Toni Morrison

to raise a child or banish a ghost.


The end of the novel, the sense of strength, hope, community and forgiveness, repays the reader for the trauma endured and a story powerful enough to make tears flow like rivers.


There are some truly incredible lines. The language Morrison uses is evocative and uncovers the buried knowledge beneath this story of one woman and her family. Morrison says in the introduction that the story of a woman killing her child to avoid slavery is a true one while the motivations and terrible guilt at the author's projections. 


I was delighted to read this as a group read and while there were many squares it might have fit into I took a liberty because this is a wild card and used it for classic horror. It was written too recently to truly fit into the category, but it has all other requisites for a true classic. 


Who else has read this? We can chat about it in the comments. I will also write a post on my blog at www.carmillavoiez.com about my thoughts on this text and why women and in particular women of colour write such soul-wrenching horror.

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