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url 2019-12-05 17:23
Podcast #165 is up
Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England - Eleanor Parker

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Eleanor Parker (briefly) about her book on the cultural representation of Vikings in medieval English literature. Enjoy!

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review 2019-11-15 17:30
WATER FOR DROWNING by Ray Cluley, narrated by RJ Bayley
Water for Drowning - Ray Cluley,John Bayley

Who doesn't love a good mermaid story?

 

Josh is the lead singer in a band, so attracting women is usually not a problem for him. One night a beautiful young woman named Genna makes a request of the band, and before you know it, Josh and Genna are a couple. Genna has some strange habits, (namely an obsession with mermaids), but despite that Josh begins to fall for her. What happens next? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I won this on audio from This Is Horror by entering a Twitter giveaway. I actually bought this book back on Halloween day in 2014, (*hanging my head in shame*), I just haven't had the time to read it. Now, I'm actually glad though, because I really dug the voicing and the accent of the narrator RJ Bayley.

 

Not gonna lie, the main character is pretty much a jerk throughout most of this tale, but the fact that he actually fell for Genna turned me around. The denouement was haunting and left the reader to deal with their own feelings about the outcome. I will be wondering about Genna and the mermaids for some time to come, I think. 

 

A second story was included, SHARK, SHARK which was twisty and funny,  but I think WATER FOR DROWNING stole the show. 

 

I highly recommend this novella length book, especially the audio version!

 

Get your copy here: WATER FOR DROWNING

 

*Thanks to This is Horror for the free audio download with no strings attached! I voluntarily chose to honestly review it. *

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review 2019-10-18 18:45
SLASH by Hunter Shea
Slash (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea

SLASH is the literary equivalent of a B-movie, and I thought it was a blast!

 

5 years after being the sole survivor in a real life urban-exploration trip gone wrong, Ashley is still trying to get over the murders of her friends and her survivor's guilt. The murderer, tagged "The Wraith" by the press, was never caught. Being celebrated as a "final girl" by groups of twisted followers doesn't help her to forget about it. Hearing the news that the site of the murders, the abandoned Hayden Resort, is about to be torn down, brings things even closer to the brink. Her fiancee, Todd, does his best to make sure Ashley feels loved, but even he cannot help her live with what happened. After she hangs herself, Todd discovers clues she left behind, and he, with a few of their very best friends, return to the resort to try to solve the mystery of the massacre, before the Hayden is torn down for good. Will Todd and his friends solve the mystery? Will they survive their visit? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I felt like SLASH was a lot shorter than it actually was, because it was very hard to put down. After a little time meeting the characters and getting to know them, the pace picks up and I actually felt breathless at a couple of points because everything was progressing so fast.

 

What better place than an abandoned resort to set a horror story? Imagine the Stanley Hotel from The Shining, 70 years after it was abandoned. How scary would that be? The isolation and the detritus built up over years of break-ins, kids partying, urban explorers, etc.. both contributed to how real the setting felt and also to an increasing sense of paranoia as our brave group searched for clues. What was that noise? Debris settling, or the Wraith?

 

I can't say anymore without spoiling anything, (the bit about Ash hanging herself is right there in the synopsis). Following along with the B movie spirit of SLASH was a big bunch of fun for me. It was exciting, fast paced, thrilling and, at times, heart breaking. If this sounds like your cuppa, pre-order your copy of SLASH here: SLASH

 

Highly recommended, especially to fans of B-movies! *Thanks to Flame Tree Press for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-15 18:45
CARMILLA by Sheridan LeFanu, Narrated By A Full Cast
Carmilla - Hannah Genesius,Audible Studios,Leslie S. Rose,Susan Wooldridge,Phoebe Conn,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,David Tennant,David Horovitch,James Wilby

Listening to this on audio was somehow a tad better than my last two reads of it.

 

The leanings toward a lesbian relationship comes through much more clearly on audio what with the heavy breathing and little noises of contentment and all.

 

Thanks to Audible Audio Originals for the free download.

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review 2019-10-14 18:45
IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT edited by Evans Light & Andrew Lennon
In Darkness, Delight: Creatures of the Night - Chad Lutzke,Tim Curran,Jeff Strand,Josh Malerman,Andrew Lennon,Glenn Rolfe,Evans Light,Mary SanGiovanni,Richard Chizmar,Ray Garton

Just like the first volume, (IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: MASTERS OF MIDNIGHT), IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT is an impressive collection of tales!

 

Creature features are one of my very favorite sub-genres of horror and in this volume, nearly every single story worked for me. There were creatures of all kinds, both great and small, both real and imaginary, (though figuring out which was sometimes difficult!). I can't get into every story within, but the ones that stood out the most were:

 

WHITE RABBIT by Tim Curran.

 

SCALES by Christopher Motz.

 

THE PEOPLE IN THE TOILET BY Mason Morgan. (What a way to kick of this anthology!)

 

SNAP by Kevin Harrison. 

 

INFESTATION by Mikal Trimm. (Roaches! UGH!)

 

RIVER OF NINE TAILS by Mark Cassell. (I got a BAD case of the heebie jeebies from this one.)

 

SURVIVOR by Ray Garton. (Most surprising tale award!)

 

 

HINKLES by Kristopher Rufty.

 

THE UGLY TREE by Gregor Xane (It's been a year since I read a story from this author. This one reminded me of how good he really is.)

 

THE GREEN MAN OF FREETOWN (It becomes clear at the end what the "creature" in this story was. When that happened, I wanted to cry. This was my favorite story in the book.)

 

THE WORMS TURN by Frank Oreto (This didn't turn out at all like I thought it would! Love when that happens.)

 

THE GIANT'S TABLE by Mary SanGiovanni. (The table doesn't belong to giants, but who it does belong to is scary as heck.)

 

I really wanted to write a little bit about each story, but time restraints are in play here. Even though I haven't listed every tale, (this isn't a table of contents, after all), that doesn't mean the ones that aren't listed weren't good. It's just that each of the those I've listed here were OUTSTANDING. I don't know how much more I can say except:

 

Highly recommended!

 

 

Get your copy here: IN DARKNESS, DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

 

*Thanks to Corpus Press for the fine paperback copy they sent to me, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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