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review 2017-10-01 21:04
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
The Grip of It - Dancing Bear Michael Axtell;David Castleman Deborah Byrne;Michael Estabrook Daniel R. Cuddy;Bobbie Kilzer Gogain Mark Featherstone;Billy Dean Hester George Held;Jerry H. Jenkins Ken Holland;Duane Locke,Jac Jemc,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Amy McFadden

I loved the premise of this book and borrowed the audio from library because it sounded so good. The Grip of it delivered!

 

This audio follows Julie and James as they buy a new home to begin their fresh start. Almost immediately, creepy things begin to occur. Their new neighbor only adds to the uncomfortable atmosphere, not to mention the stories of the townspeople. When mysterious bruises begin to appear on Julie's body, they both have to admit there is some kind of problem, but how are they going to deal with it? You'll have to read this book to find out.

 

I loved how the chapters alternated between the viewpoints of James and Julie. This worked very well on audio with two narrators. I also enjoyed the slow burn of the stories and how the characters reacted to each occurrence, though at one point, I will admit to just yelling at my phone, "it's time for you to move out!!" Surprisingly, I liked the ending too, which is where almost all haunted house stories fall apart for me. I thought it believable and reasonable. What more could I ask? Oh, I know! More Jac Jemc, please!

 

Highly recommended, but beware, this is quiet, creeping, chilling horror. Not in your face, blood everywhere type of horror and to that I say, Bravo!

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text 2014-12-09 10:37
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 432 pages.
You - Caroline Kepnes

Patrick Bateman and Amy Dunne, you guys ain't got shit on Joe Goldberg. This book is fucking disturbing.

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review 2014-07-28 18:00
The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot

This book was fantastic!

 

Set in the Victorian era, this story quietly kicks the crap out of the vampire novels of today.  Beautifully written with an intriguing plot  and unique characters, I can't say enough about how enjoyable this book was.

 

 

Doctor Gladstone, a scientist in London during the Victorian era, accidentally ran over a man who walked in front of his carriage. Due to this man's, (Niccolo's), resemblance to someone Doctor Gladstone once saw in a painting, (and due to his vague suspicions as to Niccolo's true nature),  this stranger is invited into Gladstone's home. Before you know it, one of Dr. Gladstone's daughters, Camille, has been kidnapped and the adventure begins.

 

This is a vampire story, but these are not vampires you've read about before. Unlike Rice's or King's, these vamps have been around for millennia. What are their true motives, why have they kidnapped Camille, and what do they plan to do with her? You will have to read this to find out.

 

With pacing that at times is slow and at other times at breakneck speeds, this story captures the reader and drags them along. Even the slow paced periods were interesting, because the reader is constantly learning new facts, but is unsure as to where they fit into the big picture. Like a jigsaw puzzle with unusually shaped pieces. With fun train and carriage chases, crazy plot twists and flat out "Oh My God" moments, this novel was a real treat.

 

This is a book of quiet horror. If you are looking for lots of blood and gore, this tome is not for you. However, if you're looking for a literary piece with depth and meaning...look no further.(I would equate this work to the excellent literary horror of the 80's-such as Peter Straub's "Ghost Story", for example.) Well written, (with a vocabulary that forced me to use my Kindle dictionary quite a bit), this book delivers not only a quiet horror story, but also fodder for the mind. I found the concepts that were introduced fascinating and fun to think about. To what would you devote your life if you were immortal?

 

Lastly, I would avoid reading the introduction until you're finished with the book. I read it after I was finished and was very glad that I did so, because almost  the entire plot is laid out there and I think it would have ruined my enjoyment of this tale.

 

Because I did find the pacing just a tad slow at a couple of points, I deducted half of one star. That is the only negative thing I have to say about this novel. Other than that, it comes with my highest recommendation to fans of dark fiction, gothic horror stories and quiet horror.

 

 

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review 2014-03-05 18:01
Psychros by Paul Roberts
Psychros - Paul Roberts

The other day I was over at Goodreads taking part in a discussion about horror story collections, in the Literary Horror Group.  It was a very interesting conversation and with names like Laird Barron and Tom Ligotti being tossed about, I was immediately interested. One of the people taking part in the discussion was Paul Roberts. I clicked on his profile, discovered he had written a couple of short stories and I decided, (on the strength of our group conversation), that I would pick one up and check it out. After all, someone who enjoys Laird Barron and Tom Ligotti would have to write something good, right? Granted, I have been wrong about these types of things before, but I am pleased to report that this one was actually good.

 

A family friend and two brothers travel up to their father's old hunting cabin after his death. It's time to set things straight and to also finally gain entrance to their father's forbidden study. Their vehicle gets stuck and they have to hoof it through the snow to even get there, and that's the best thing that happens to them the entire time.

 

From there the story veers into cosmic/man-made horror territory and I enjoyed the hell out of it. The only criticism I have about this tale is that, at times, it got a little bit too wordy with the descriptions. Other than that, I liked this novelette and would heartily recommend it to fans of literary and/or cosmic horror!

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