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review 2016-01-03 15:47
Gord Rollo's Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers
Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers - Gord Rollo

In a word, this short story is a masterpiece. I liked this one EVEN MORE than Timothy Meek. What a surprise Paper Flowers was. Read it!! 

Find this and more great writing on Gord Rollo's Amazon author page

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review 2016-01-03 15:36
A quick thought on Gord Rollo's Timothy Meek.
Timothy Meek - Gord Rollo

Gord Rollo is an amazing writer. I just discovered him in 2015. At 22 pages, this is short, but a real example of fiction done right. I invite you to spend a break time with this one. If you haven't experienced Gord Rollo, this is a good place to start. Solid 5 star effort here.


Find this and some other fine works at his Amazon author page.

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review 2016-01-02 02:00
Shivers by Jamie Page & Brandon Nichols (Review)
Shivers: A Horror Story - Brandon Nichols,Jamie Page

Summary - The calm of a suburban evening is shattered by a horrific murder. An average man and his beautiful wife are dead, killed in a horrific orgy of blood. A child is missing, and a disturbed man in a police interrogation room holds the key to everything. A detective is driven to arrive at the truth, but how can he possibly find truth in the mind of a man so deranged?

Warning: This ebook contains extremely disturbing and bloody imagery.  

Review - My first short of 2016 and damn what a great little slice of horror. Weighing in at 25 pages, it didn't look like much, but wow... CLEVER!! Shivers is a demented little clown and he has quite a story to tell. If you like your horror mixed with a little grease paint, here is a short to treasure.


Shivers -find it here. 

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review 2015-10-26 14:16
Blood and Rain by Glenn Rolfe - My Review
Blood and Rain - Glenn Rolfe

Synopsis:

 

The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

 

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen.

 

Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend?

 

One night can—and will—change everything.

 
 

My review:

 

The witching season is upon us. The ghosts and monsters are close and the veil is pretty thin this time of year. Werewolves howl and Glenn Rolfe has written a damn near lycanthropic masterpiece. 
I generally touch on three things in reviews. Character development, atmosphere, and my overall entertainment with a title.

 

If Glenn Rolfe never writes another book, he can consider his resume quite filled with this one.

 

The monster is scary and almost as threatening in human form as he is transformed. Let's face it!! In Blood and Rain, the werewolf is the star. But, Glenn did a fantastic job of creating a great supporting cast for his werewolf yarn. (Joe Fischer, the small town sheriff,  is particularly well crafted and very fleshed out. The reader can totally feel his regret about past actions.) The characters as a whole create the feel Glenn was obviously aiming for - small town life, where every one knows your business and life quietly goes unnoticed behind white picket fences. Characters who this reader actually felt pretty bad to witness as werewolf fodder. 
The atmosphere written into Blood and Rain is something you can cut with a knife. Maine is a big forest and genuinely creepy in this story and the deserted back roads, back roads just like every small town has, make for a most terrifying setting for the carnage that takes place throughout this story. I can actually hear the crickets and feel the warm breath on my neck from the furry death that creeps in the shadows, death that will rend your flesh and remove your appendages.

 

As far as entertainment, your could do far worse than THIS werewolf story as Halloween approaches. Just the perfect amount of blood and guts, mixed with fear. Add a dash of silver and the perfect Halloween creature feature for your spooky nights sits ready for your indulgence. Glenn Rolfe has created a monster. Two, if you count the werewolf. 

Make sure your doors are locked when you sit down to read Blood and Rain. As solid of a werewolf read as you will find. Happy Halloween from Reaper's Harvest Horror!!!


You can find this excellent title here.


You can follow Glenn or check out some of his other work by following this link to his Amazon author page here.

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review 2015-09-06 15:43
Immure Spirits by Mark Allan Gunnells (Review)
Immure Spirits - Mark Allan Gunnells

Synopsis:

 

A man who would do anything for his wife…

THE SPIRITS

A woman who would sacrifice anything to survive the apocalypse…

ARE COMING

A teen who would do anything to get back at his tormentors…

FOR YOU

All of these and more await you in IMMURE SPIRITS. 

Do you dare wake them?

Featuring seven never-before-collected stories, ALL profits from this collection will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation.


https://bornthiswayfoundation.org


My Review:

 

 

Mark Allan Gunnells' Immure Spirits is a great collection of short stories most of which share a centralized theme. That theme is changing perspective. I will say that this collection, as a whole, shows its readers the width of Mark's writing ability and I think I was pleasantly surprised by the stories within, each horrific in their own way and Mark gave me that Aha moment, as he flips the switch in each of them. If you are a fan of quality writing, or a horror reader, pick this up. There is something in this collection for everyone. My personal favorite was Caged. I'm a dog lover and loved the ending of this one. 
But, each of them is a nice experience in changing perspective and the collection is a welcome addition to every reader's bookshelf. 

This book actually was more than just a simple read for me. Its reopened my eyes to changed perceptions. That is a lesson that everyone can learn a little about.

I think that it is also important to note that proceeds from purchases of this book will go to charity. So, check it out. Even if you don't ever read the book, you will be helping others with your purchase. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and I think that there are far worse things you could spend a buck on.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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