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review 2018-08-06 17:28
CAT TALES by FAITH HUNTER
Cat Tales - Faith Hunter

Anthology. 4.125 is the average star.

The Early Years - This is the first time Jane changes when she leaves the orphanage. Short but sweet. 3-1/2 stars.

Cat Tats. This story explains how and why Rick got his cat tattoos. Really sad story. 4 stars

Kits. A story about how Jane and Molly became friends. 4 stars.

Blood, Fangs, and Going Furry. This story happens right after Mercy Blade and is about Jane tries to help Rick. 5 stars.

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review 2018-08-06 03:14
Brief Cases (Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher

I think my issues with this might be similar to the issues I had with a certain romance author doing the same thing - rerelease them as a collection if you want, but don't do that in place of an actual book. (and don't expect me to pay $28 for the damned thing).

 

Thank God for libraries.

 

Most of them, I had read. It was nice to do a refresher. I think there are more that weren't in here though. I recall a wedding being crashed or something in one. I don't recall much more than that but it was the first time I'd heard of Harry Dresden and prompted me to start hunting down the books. It wasn't in here.

 

Of interest was the trip to the zoo with Maggie and Mouse. Seems one of Mouse's brothers wasn't rescued...and apparently ran off and went rogue.

 

There is one thing...one tiny detail...that I keep getting hung up on. The White Court, as I recall, if they found The One by a certain age, were apparently...humanized or something. So if Son Of Bigfoot fell for one...and we aren't told how old she was, but she was in college...would she be too old yet or what? Along that line, if they fell in love after a certain age, they couldn't touch. Thomas was unable to touch Justine... And yet the indicators are that he could - at least, in the short that took place sometime after Ghost Story.

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review 2018-07-30 19:03
Giveaway – The 12 Terrors of Christmas by Claudette Melanson @Bella623 @SDSXXTours
The 12 Terrors of Christmas: A Christmas Horror Anthology - Claudette Melanson,Lynn Lamb,Rachel Montreuil
 

 

Christmas in July? Why not? I know here in Florida, some cool thoughts will be a good thing…unless The 12 Terrors of Christmas by Claudette Melanson is too hot to handle!

Let’s find out.

 
The 12 Terrors of Christmas
by Claudette Melanson
Genre: Horror Short Stories
 
MY REVIEW
 
Claudette Melanson has been on my radar for some time now, but this will be my first reading of her work. And what a fabulous way to start. Overall, I give this short story anthology a rating of 4. Plenty of thrills and chills to whet your appetite and maybe think twice about what you want for Christmas. Do you believe in Santa?
 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 
Terror #1 – No one really believed in Santa, but Willa knew he was real. This look at how Santa came to be, how Christmas came to be, how he found his love and who he really is may shock you, yet explain his magic and immortality. Loved it and the fabulous twist on….  4 Stars
 

Terror #2 – Ya know that saying, no good deed goes unpunished? It applies here in a tragic tale of a boy taken and the young boy who steps up to save his life. 4 Stars

 

Terror #3 – As I read of Amy’s ability to see into the future and talk to ghosts, I wonder if I would want to know, especially if all I could do is wait for it to happen… waiting with no hope. 4 Stars

 

Terror #4 – Love Krampus, who is not what he appears to  be, as is Lamia, a four year old girl that works her Christmas magic, as Vaughn can attest to. 4 Stars

 

Terror #5 – Will…vampires and were of the Christmas kind abound in this sometimes vicious tale of the paranormal and magical world of Santa, reindeer and elves. 4 Stars

 

Terror #6 – A vampire is a vampire and a cookie could be his downfall, if he tries to make a bargain best left undone. 4 Stars

 

Terror #7 – This Christmas poem is filled with zombies, weres, demons, and  Santa unlike the Santa you know. 4 Stars

 

Terror #8 – Would the sea witch bring down Santa and the North pole? She fooled me good! 4 Stars

 

Terror #9 – She may work for Scrooge, but her boyfriend wants to give her the ultimate gift. I saw the grisly coming. 3 Stars

 

Terror #10 – Elves, dwarfs, zombies, even a zombie shark. LOVE IT. 4 Stars

 

Terror #11 – I have not read Riptide YET, but I enjoyed this look into the family’s holiday celebration. 3 Stars

 

Terror #12 – Lynn Lamb’s contribution. Want to know how Santa can make it around the world in one night? What would happen if he lost his mind? Can Cinnamon Styx and the children save Christmas? Loved it. 4 Stars

 

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review 2018-07-23 00:49
Welcome To The Show
Welcome To The Show - Matt Hayward

You've probably read anthologies in the past that have mixed horror and music but this one is a little different. Welcome To The Show includes 17 horror stories that are all set in a fictional San Francisco night club called The Shantyman. Edited by Matt Hayward and Doug Murano this book takes you from The Shantyman's disturbing origins right up to it's apocalyptic future. Demons, vampires, other dimensions and the end of the world, its all here under one roof.

 

One story I liked here was Parody by Jeff Strand. Showing that this anthology has it all this was a funny story about a Weird Al wannabe. Zany Chester was hoping to make it big by singing his own 80's song parodies and hopefully open mic night at The Shantyman will be his big break. Things don't go according to plan though but at the least everyone will remember Chester's performance. This is a simple fun story but what I really liked was the attention to detail in Chester's character. It's obvious that Chester is delusional but the fun part is trying to tell the difference between Chester's reality and the real world. Jeff Strand really show's he's a great writer with this one. 

 

Another good one was Running Free by Brian Keene. This one is about a man who is dying of cancer who takes up running in hopes of dying of a heart attack instead of cancer because if the cancer kills him his family can't collect on his life insurance policy. The problem is he is starting to have visions of dark clouds hanging over people and try as he might he can't seem to bring on his demise. You have to give this story points for originality, there is a lot going on here and I found myself loving the main character even though he's a real bad person. Most of all I like how this story blends real life horror with fictional style horror.

 

My favorite story in the book was We Sang In Darkness by Mary SanGiovanni. This one is different from the others in the book. It's set in a dark future world where music is banned and aliens are part of society. This was beautifully written a lot of meaning in this one that is left to interpretation. What I liked most about it though was how music gets used as a form of communication between aliens and humans who can't understand the other's language. There is also a great jaw dropping shock ending here that fit the mood of the story perfectly.

 

The stories in Welcome To The Show were kind of hit and miss. There were plenty of gems but a few of them left me rolling my eyes. That being said I loved how this anthology creates it's own mythology with each story adding something original to it. The mood seems to change throughout the book as well with some stories being funny while others were dark, The Shantyman is a place where anything goes. The editor's had a nice concept in mind and the way the stories were connected it almost felt like a novel. Crystal Lake publishing puts out some great horror anthologies and this is no exception.

 

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review 2018-07-17 21:49
One Sentence Review – The Sea Was A Fair Master – Calvin Demmer @CalvinDemmer
The Sea Was a Fair Master - Calvin Demmer

 

I love anything to do with water, so when I saw the title, The Sea Was A Fair Master, I had to see what these 23 short stories by Calvin Demmer were about. I look forward to some thrills and chills and invite you to join me.

 

The Sea Was a Fair Master

 

Goodreads

 

Amazon: US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | Italy | Spain | France | Japan | Brazil | Mexico | India | The Netherlands

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MY REVIEW

 

Nowhere is safe in these 23 flash fiction pieces where the sea rules and it won’t let you forget it, but there is so much more – zombies, The Peeper is a fave, love that Krampus made an appearance, proves that clowns are creepy, your not so run of the mill murders – from Heaven to Hell and back again there is something for everyone in these quick yet chilling snippets of life in the world of horror that are written with humor, wit and a bit of the macabre and I found myself smiling at these stories that prove a few well written words can scare your pants off.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Sea Is A Fair Master by Calvin Demmer.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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MY CALVIN DEMMER REVIEWS

 

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