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text 2019-08-02 18:29
Halloween Pre-Party: Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies or Other?
The Wolf's Hour - Robert R. McCammon
Everything Under the Moon: A Novel - Jeff Johnson
The Delicate Dependency - Michael Talbot
Hotel Transylvania - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Dead of Night - Jonathan Maberry
Jurassic, Florida - Hunter Shea

 

This one is pretty tough for me, since I love a well written story about any of them. 

I thought I'd mention a few of my favorites that aren't as popular as others in the genre. 

 

The Wolf's Hour - Robert R. McCammon 

 

A hot, dark haired, green-eyed werewolf spy during WWII. Nuff said. 

 

Everything Under the Moon: A Novel - Jeff Johnson 

 

A werewolf that only kills...killers. 

(Like a Dexter of werewolves.) 

Oh, and the werewolf cooks! 

 

The Delicate Dependency - Michael Talbot 

 

One of the major benefits of living forever-think of all the books you could read!

This novel involves vampires seeking knowledge. Knowledge about everything. 

Literary and unique, I loved this book. 

 

Hotel Transylvania - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro 

 

This series is about a vampire, but they're not horror, they're historical fiction.

Extremely well researched and sometimes horrifying, (not because of vampire violence, but because of the customs in various countries over time, especially those regarding the treatment of women.) This may be one of the longest running series' ever.

 

Dead of Night - Jonathan Maberry 

 

This series is cool because it features a zombie who is actually aware of what he is doing, due to a medical experiment gone wrong. Imagine yourself being a zombie and doing zombie-like things while being fully aware of it, and unable to stop it from happening.

 

Jurassic, Florida - Hunter Shea 

 

I love me a good creature feature and Hunter Shea writes some of the best ones out there. Who doesn't like to read about giant mutant lizards running amok? ;)

 

In short, I guess my answer is all of the above, plus some! 

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text 2017-12-04 22:33
November 2017 Round up!
The Devoured - Jason Sprenger,Curtis M. Lawson,Curtis M. Lawson
Ash Wednesday - Chet Williamson
Deadbomb Bingo Ray - Jeff Johnson
The Travelling Grave and Other Stories - L.P. Hartley,John Howard Reid
Room - Emma Donoghue
Sweet Aswang - Anthony Hains
Childgrave - Ken Greenhall
The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror - Eric C. Higgs
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

I read 12 books during the month of November!

 

Audio books:

 

The Devoured by Curtis Lawson

Room by Emma Donohue

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Deadbomb Bingo Ray by Jeff Johnson

The Traveling Grave and Other Stories  by L.P. Hartley

Childgrave by Ken Greenhall

The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror by Eric Higgs

The Listener by Robert McCammon

 

Total: 5

 

Reads for Review:

 

Sweet Aswang by Anthony Hains

Red Room Magazine Issue One

 

Total: 2

 

Random Reads:

 

Ash Wednesday by Chet Williamson

 

Total: 1

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

September: 1  Carter & Lovecraft

October: 0 (But had LOTS of fun with Halloween Bingo!)

November: 0

Running Count: 7

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

September: 1

October: 1

November: 0

 

Running Count: 35!

Challenge Met!

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review 2017-11-07 19:00
Deadbomb Bingo Ray by Jeff Johnson
Deadbomb Bingo Ray - Jeff Johnson

Mark my words readers, Jeff Johnson is an author to watch! I haven't yet read anything from him that I haven't enjoyed, and as such he's one of my go-to authors.

 

In DEADBOMB BINGO RAY, we have a tall, handsome "fixer" who earned his nickname during an unfortunate incident at a casino. He earned his reputation the hard way and everyone knows who he is and stays clear.

 

That is, until he finds himself on the radar of one Tim Cantwell, a man he's already taken down once. Unfortunately, Cantwell did not learn his lesson the first time around and now he's looking for revenge. Throw in the beautiful Mary Chapman, a black man named Skuggy, DBR's secretary Agnes, her son Cody, and the new love of his life, Abigail, and you have a memorable cast of characters. Will Cantwell be successful in his bid for revenge? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I need to get one thing straight with you-DEADBOMB BINGO RAY is NOT a hero. He is not a good guy. What he is is a thinker-capable of masterminding schemes and plans that make Lex Luthor look like a drooling idiot recently escaped from the asylum. Oh, and he sometimes kills people.

 

What makes this story so entertaining is the characters. Even though DBR isn't a good guy, you cannot help but admire the style with which he goes about his nefarious deeds. His home sounds beautiful, he rescued a Pomeranian, and, (like most of Johnson's main characters), he cooks. His secretary Agnes hates Woody Allen so much,(because of the situation with his step-daughter), she tells everyone she meets that she's going to kill him. She also loves dogs. Ray's friend and sometime assistant, Skuggy, is an hilarious mystery of a man with long fingernails and colorful language, who likes Newports. All of these characters are so vividly drawn and real, they seem to come to life with little to no effort on the part of Johnson. He makes it look easy.

 

There is plenty of material here that will offend people; as previously stated DBR is not a good guy. People die. Some animals die. That's part of the gritty reality of this neo-noir world and that's who these people are. At least when they are committing crimes, they do it stylishly.

 

One more thing I want to mention is the inclusion of song titles/bands throughout the novel, many of which I weren't familiar with. I did not listen to all of them, but when I had the opportunity and the means to do so, I did. I felt like these songs helped to set the mood of what was coming next and I also thought it helped to achieve an almost movie-like experience while reading.

 

These are all the reasons I said at the start that Jeff Johnson is an author to watch. Every book I've read from him so far is totally different from the rest, but they all have one thing in common and that is STYLE. I like it and hopefully you will too!

 

Highly recommended!

 

You can get a copy here: Deadbomb Bingo Ray

 

*I received an e-ARC of this book via Edelweiss and Turner Publications in exchange for my honest review. This is it. *

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text 2017-09-30 10:27
Halloween Bingo Update #4
Succubi - Edward Lee
It - Stephen King
Everything Under the Moon: A Novel - Jeff Johnson

 

 

 

 

One month down and only 5 books read to show for it. Out of the 5, I've had 2 five star reads so I can't complain.

 

 

 

Book Read 5/25

 

Called Squares

 

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Horror

Locked Room Mystery

Murder Most Foul

Witches

Werewolves

Modern Masters of Horror

Terrifying Women

Diverse Voices

Haunted Houses

Serial Spree Killer 

Terror in a Small Town

Aliens 

 

The Dead Will Walk

 

 

  5*

 

Aliens

 

Dreamcatcher - Stephen King  Stinger - Robert R. McCammon  The Void - Brett J. Talley  Alien Aberrations - Ryan C. Thomas,David Dunwoody,Randy Chandler,Stephen R. Pastore  

 

Supernatural

 

       Succubi - Edward Lee  12%

 

Werewolves

 

        5%

 

Chilling Children

 

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness  Katie (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael McDowell  The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey  The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  

 

Haunted Houses

 

       3*

 

Vampires

 

Let the Right One In: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist  The Strain - Guillermo del Toro,Chuck Hogan  They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon  Enter, Night - Michael Rowe  

 

Magical Realism

 

American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King  The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  

 

Monsters

 

    The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth  3*

 

 

Diverse Voices

 

Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia  The Resurrectionist - Wrath James White  Addicted to the Dead - Shane McKenzie  Clickers - J.F. Gonzalez,Mark Williams  

 

Witches

 

Stardust - Neil Gaiman  The Bell Witch - John F.D. Taff  Witch Water - Edward Lee  The Witching House - Brian Moreland  

 

Ghost

 

    First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones  4*

 

Free Square

 

   5*

 

80's Horror

 

   5%

 

Terrifying Women

 

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson  Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman  Brother - Ania Ahlborn  Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop  

 

American Horror Story

 

Dark Hollow - John Connolly  The Bottoms - Joe R. Lansdale  Exponential - Adam Cesare  Cannibal Corpse, M/C - Tim Curran  

 

Genre: Horror

 

Meat - Joseph D'Lacey  Bottled Abyss - Benjamin Kane Ethridge  Nightwhere - John Everson  Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz  

 

Country House Mystery

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane  The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins  

 

Darkest London

 

 

The Yard - Alex Grecian  Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell  The Enemy - Charlie Higson  The Treatment - Mo Hayder  

 

Modern Masters of Horror

 

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King  Ghost Road Blues - Jonathan Maberry  Voices of the Damned - Barbie Wilde  White Knuckle - Eric Red  

 

Classic Noir

 

A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn  Heaven's Prisoners - James Lee Burke  The Midnight Room - Ed Gorman 

 

Demons

 

 

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin  Baal - Robert McCammon  Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore  Kill the Dead - Richard Kadrey  

 

Romantic Suspense

 

One for the Money - Janet Evanovich  Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning  Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews  Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

The Hunter from the Woods - Robert McCammon  The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland  The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand,James A. Moore  Dark Hollow - Brian Keene  

 

Serial/Spree Killer

 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson  Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga  Cherry Bomb - J.A. Konrath 

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text 2017-03-31 18:15
March 2017 Round Up!
Knottspeed: A Love Story - Jeff Johnson
The Secret of Ventriloquism - Jon Padgett
All Souls' Night - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Sir Hugh Walpole
Wallflower - Chad Lutzke
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Walking Dead Compendium Tp) - Charlie Adlard,Charlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman
The Dark Tower, Volume 1: The Gunslinger Born - Richard Isanove,Jae Lee,Robin Furth,Peter David,Stephen King
Man & Monster (The Savage Land: Book 2) - Michael Jensen
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton
20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill,Christopher Golden
Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes - Jeff Johnson

 

I've read a bunch 'o books this month in all kinds of genres!

 

Graphic Novels

The Walking Dead Compendium 3

The Dark Tower Volume 1: The Gunslinger Born

The Dark Tower Volume 2:The Long Road Home

Batman (Rebirth) Volume 2: I am Suicide

The Dark Tower Volume 3: Treachery

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books

All Souls' Night by Hugh Walpole

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

 

Total: 2

 

E-Arcs

Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall

Knottspeed by Jeff Johnson

Wallflower by Chad Lutzke

Lucky Supreme by Jeff Johnson

 

Total: 4

 

Random Books

The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett

Man & Monster by Michael Jensen

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Donald Allen Kirch

 

Total Books Read in March: 15

 

Reading Challenges:

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on GR)

Goal: Read 40 books that I already own during 2017

 

January count: 1-Dominoes by John Boden

February count: 2 Hometown by Luke Walker, Disembodied by Anthony Hains

March count: 0

Running count: 3

 

Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge: 

Goal: Read Horror Books!

 

January Books: 5

February Books Read for Challenge: 3

March Books Read for Challenge: 4

Running Count: 12

 

Graphic Novel Challenge: 

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017  

 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

Running count: 12

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

 

 

 

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