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review 2020-06-27 23:54
NIGHTBLOOD by T. Chris Martindale
Nightblood - T. Chris Martindale

3.5/5 stars!

 

This was total 80's, cheesy, horror fun. Uzis and vampires in a small town. There's so many horror tropes involved I don't know where to begin, so I think I'll just leave it at that.

 

My complaints mostly focus on the fact that the book is a bit too long. If you don't take things too seriously, and you enjoy that fun, silly Rambo-like type of horror, than this is for you!

 

 

Recommended!

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review 2020-06-18 23:00
LET'S GO PLAY AT THE ADAMS' by Mendal W. Johnson
Let's Go Play At The Adams' - Mendal W. Johnson

LET'S GO PLAY AT THE ADAM'S has quite the reputation, so I was excited to finally read it. In some ways, the book lived up to the hype, and in other ways, not so much.

 

I'm not going to run down the plot because it's pretty apparent even by just looking at the cover. This book was loosely based on a real case. The young woman's name was Sylvia Likens, and I know that I'll never forget her. I've read about her in another book: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum. A book that I forced myself to finish. It was brutal in its descriptions of what happened to her, and I felt like I somehow owed it to her to keep reading until the end. I expected this book to be a kind of rehash of that one, but it wasn't. I also expected it to be rather trashy, and it wasn't that either.

 

LET'S GO PLAY has a different set up but it gets to the meat of the story right off the bat. This was where I began to realize that there was going to be a lot of psychology in this book. Not only in the captive's head, but in the heads of the children as well. We have kids varying in age from 17 down to 10. We get to peek inside the heads of all of them. I'm no expert, but I read a lot of psychological horror, and the thoughts going through all of these different heads seemed spot on to me. Everyone here acted their ages, and their inner thoughts reflected their later actions.

 

I have to say LET'S GO PLAY AT THE ADAMS' surprised me. It was more well written than I thought it would be, and the psychology seemed spot on. The facts remain however, this denouement was the same as in Ketchum's book, and as in real life. It was a tragedy and these kids were monsters.

 

Recommended!

 

Trigger warnings:

Rape and Torture

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*Thank you to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.*

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review 2020-04-15 22:30
THE COMEBACK by Bernard Taylor, narrated by Virginia Ferguson
The Comeback by Bernard Taylor (2016-10-06) - Bernard Taylor

As a big fan of Bernard Taylor, I thought I'd give this one a go and I'm so glad I did!

 

THE COMEBACK is listed as a thriller, but it has some horrific aspects to it. I noted what I thought was a bit of similarity to All About Eve, but I'll admit I turned out to be wrong on that count.

 

On a few other things I was right though, so there were some predictable bits.

 

Overall, I enjoyed myself and now I have another Bernard Taylor book under my belt.

 

Recommended!

 

*I downloaded this audio from Audible with a free code from this site: https://freeaudiobookcodes.com/index.php I promised nothing in exchange.*

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review 2020-01-06 18:45
BLACK AMBROSIA by Elizabeth Engstrom
Black Ambrosia (Paperbacks from Hell) - Grady Hendrix,Elizabeth Engstrom

 

BLACK AMBROSIA is exactly what I hoped it would be, plus some! Here's the synopsis:

 

"Angelina is a killer. You'd never know it to look at her--until you look into her eyes. Angelina doesn't kill out of hatred or fear--she kills out of love, bringing solace to her victims, guided by the seductive Voice that speaks only to her. Angelina offers you eternal peace--at the cost of your soul!"

 

Quiet horror is more to my liking these days, and this book fits the bill. Don't get me wrong, violent and gory scenes appear throughout this book, but most of the picture comes from the reader's imagination rather than with blow-by-blow descriptions.

 

This review has to be rather general to avoid spoilers, but here I am going to wander into spoiler territory for just a moment. I'm a huge fan of a book called SOME OF YOUR BLOOD by Theodore Sturgeon. In a lot of ways this book reminded me of that one.

 

Specifically how the reader is left wondering if this is, indeed, a case of a vampire or is it a case of mental illness, instead?

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This book is horrific, no matter how you would answer that question.

 

Perhaps a little slow to get going, but once Angelina leaves home things start to pick up. The whole time leaving you wondering, is she or isn't she? I prefer to think she is, but you'll have to read this to find out!

 

Highly recommended!

 

Get your copy here: BLACK AMBROSIA

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-copy of BLACK AMBROSIA in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-12-11 19:15
ON DARK WINGS by Stephen Gregory
On Dark Wings: Stories - Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory knocked me off my feet with his novel,THE CORMORANT.  Since that time I've tried to read everything he's written. Valancourt Books has been the sole reason I discovered this author. For that, and many other reasons, I am grateful to them.

 

These stories have one thing in common and that is winged creatures. Be they cormorants, (the seed for that novel is a short story in this volume), moths, sparrows or crows, they're all here. Not all of these stories are horror or dark fiction either. Some of these tales are light hearted, some just quick literary vignettes and others, like THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T WAKE UP are beautifully written and almost brutally poignant, (it was my favorite story in this collection)

 

THE PROGRESS OF JOHN ARTHUR CRABBE, THE DREAMING PIG, THE DROWNING OF COLIN HENDERSON, and THE BLACKBIRD'S SONG were my other favorites, but to be honest, all of the stories were good.

 

ON DARK WINGS is an elegant, exquisitely written collection of tales. There is something about Gregory's descriptive talents that pulls me in, each and every time I read his work. A wide range of tales, not all horror, and some not dark at all, but all involving the wings of...something. Here it's Gregory's writing that soars.  At this point, I would read his grocery list.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Get your copy here: ON DARK WINGS

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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