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review 2017-07-10 15:46
Garden of Fiends
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum

 * The reality of addiction is darker than any fiction. *

"Drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience.

It's the promise of heaven on earth,

but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness."

 Before I read even one story in this 'reality horror' anthology - Mark Matthews had me crying so hard that I could barely see. He presents an addiction anthology with compassion, casting no aspersions on anyone. I wan't to meet Mark Matthews, and give him the tightest hug ever.


"Imagine yourself drowning and being told not to swim to the surface for air. Obsessions should be so mild."



I'll have the full review posted soon - I was going over my notes for this review, and I'm bawling again. 


shortlink: https://goo.gl/HGRbsX


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text 2016-09-06 15:56
New Release! Bad Apples 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror

This should be good for at least a few squares on your Halloween Bingo cards.


Available now in Kindle and paperback editions.


I've got a story in this called "The Uncle Taffy's Girl." I hope you like it.


Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

Paperback Editions also available at: Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million

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review 2016-04-23 00:00
All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux
All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux - Mark Matthews,Kealan Patrick Burke The perfect sequel to Mark Matthews urban horror tale of drug addiction and extreme dysfunction, “Milk-Blood”.

I didn’t think it could get much bleaker than MB. I was wrong. Lilly is back. So is the heartbreak, tragedy and shear brutality. There are no rainbows and unicorns in this one and there shouldn’t be. It’s not that kind of tale. There is redemption here, but don’t expect to go tiptoeing thru the tulips after reading this one. Under the desk, curled up in a ball, sucking your thumb, is more like it.

It’s easy to get terrified by the urban inner city horror fiction that Mark brings to life with All Smoke Rises while I sit on my couch in a middle class neighborhood with my 2.5 kids and company car in the driveway. It’s easy to ignore the mental illnesses and addictions, the dilapidated living conditions and brutal realities kids born of addiction face every day. It’s easy to be desensitized and look away from the horrific living conditions and circumstance 40 minutes down the road from my little American dream. Mark shatters all that shit. Shatters it. That’s what Milk-Blood and All Smoke Rises do. That’s their job and they do it very well.

A Solid 4.5 Stars and Highly Recommended!

*I was given a review copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review and this was it.

P.S. I failed to mention the excellent quality of the audiobook of this one. Lori Faiella killed it. I sometimes struggle with women narrators and I don’t know why, but Lori was absolutely fantastic.
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review 2016-03-19 08:03
Review of On the Lips of Children by Mark Matthews
On the Lips of Children - Mark Matthews

This being the third book I've read by Mark Matthews, I can only venture to say that his head must be a very, very frightening place. It is obviously a place where people live in caves, want to you eat you, and have incredibly creepy children. It's a place where your greatest fears become reality and everything you love can be taken from you.


In movies and real life, joggers are always getting attacked and/or killed on running trails, which is disconcerting enough. I have never wanted to be a runner but if I had ever so much as entertained that idea, Mark just guaranteed that I wouldn't ever be able to do it without looking over my shoulder, constantly, and suspiciously at anyone who looked even remotely homeless. Mark Matthews has a special talent of making even the most mundane of things, absolutely terrifying.


If you haven't read Mark's other books, Milk-Blood (my favorite) and All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux, his brilliant sequel, you should rectify that immediately. His latter receiving praise from Kealan Patrick Burke, for which there isn't much better of a seal of approval you can ask for in the horror genre. Urban horror has met its master in Mark Matthews and I can't wait to read what he comes up with next.


I received a copy of this book directly from the author without any obligation to review it but I'm putting my two cents in anyway.



© 2016 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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review 2016-02-22 09:51
All Smoke Rises review
ALL SMOKE RISES: MILK-BLOOD REDUX - Elderlemon Design,Julie Hutchings,Mark Matthews

The sequel to Milk-Blood: A Tale of Urban Horror picks up pretty much exactly where the original left off. Lilly is not dead, but rather occupies some kind of nether space between worlds. She is brought back by the "loving" administrations of the undead(?) Jervis who injects her with heroin (often of the milk-blood variety) to get her to briefly come back to life - a state in which she is no longer tormented by the words of her long dead mother. Other characters become involved - all of whom are equally lost and doomed - as the book races toward it's elliptical conclusion, where the POV author dumps Lilly's body on you, the reader. Yes, that's right, the wraparound sections are bravely written in the second-person perspective ...

There is a great deal going on Matthew's sequel, and most of it is human spirit-quenchingly dark. Honestly, if you thought Milk-Blood: A Tale of Urban Horror was bleak and nasty, Matthews takes such themes to a whole new level with All Smoke Rises. That said there is a ray of hope toward the end of the narrative, which Matthews himself notes in his Acknowledgements section as being a reaction to how fatalistic his writing was being construed as his fan-base.

Regardless of whether you appreciate this ray of hope or find it tonally inconsistent with the rest of the story, Matthews has a way with words that puts you in the thick of the action. His knowledge of addiction permeates through every page, and for this alone, I would have enjoyed the work. The fact it is also a compelling piece which mixes supernatural themes with the "everyday" horror of heroin addiction is its virtual icing on the cake.

That said, it's not an easy read for these very reasons, and as such, I hesitate to call it an enjoyable one. But dark themes in my entertainment is what I tend to crave, and for that reason, the film version of Matthews' world cannot come quickly enough.

3.5 Clearly Visible Track Marks for All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1478811103?book_show_action=false
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