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review 2017-07-17 16:30
The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman, narrated by Todd Haberkorn
The Necromancer's House - Christopher Buehlman,Todd Haberkorn

 

This book is totally INSANE!!

 

I thought Between Two Fires was crazy, but The Necromancer's House has that one beat. By a mile!

 

Magic is inherent but also can be taught. There are all kinds of spells that may be weaved. There are all kinds of creatures of myth and folklore. There's a meteor! There's a crazy-ass dog... creation. There is the dead founder of AA having conversations through the television. There's a house, filled with many booby traps and spells, and what dark fiction reader doesn't love that? There's also much, much more.

 

I can't even begin to explain this book, nor would I want to try. But what I can say is that I love and respect an imagination that can come up with something this maniacal and satisfying! It was entertaining, but also had parts where the pain was visceral. The characters were well drawn even if many of them were just downright nasty. I have to admit that a few of the characters that I disliked at first became my favorites by the end. I love when that happens.

 

I started with Those Across the River , then read Between Two Fires, and now this one. I'm not sure which of Christopher Buehlman's books I'll read next, but I am definitely going to be reading all of them!

 

I highly recommend this one to lovers of dark fiction, with some magic and myths woven into the narrative fabric. I guarantee you haven't read anything like it! 

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review 2017-07-04 16:19
Dark Screams: Volume Seven
Dark Screams: Volume Seven - Brian Hodge,Bill Schweigart,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman,Robert R. McCammon

The Dark Screams series comes along with this, Volume Seven, and continues to be one of the most solid anthology series' out there. 

 

Going into this, I fully expected the Robert McCammon story to be my favorite, as he's one of my favorite authors and never fails to satisfy my story urge. However, I have to hand it to James Renner because his story A MONSTER COMES TO ASHDOWN FOREST (IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN SAYS GOODBYE) not only knocked the ball out of the park, it knocked it out of town! To see the Pooh stories turned into dark fiction pleased me to no end! Five FAT stars!

 

That said, I did love McCammon's Lizardman. In a way this story reminded me of that TV show I've seen previews of-The Swamp People? But then the tale took a strange twist and landed somewhere totally different. 4 stars!

 

 

WEST OF MATAMOROS, NORTH OF HELL by Brian Hodge was a strange tale where mythology and real life blended into a torture chamber of sorts. Never pray to the skeleton saint. 4*

 

I enjoyed the rest of the stories as well, just as not as much as these 3-and these 3 alone are well worth the price of admission! Highly recommended!

 

You can pre-order your copy here: Dark Screams: Volume Seven

 

 

*Thanks to Hydra and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-07-03 15:06
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough,Bea Holland,Josie Dunn,Huw Parmenter,Anna Bentinck

What more can be said about this book without ruining it for the next reader? Not much. I'm sticking with I really liked it, but I understand why it wouldn't work for everyone.

 

I thought the audiobook was a lot of fun, especially with the two main narrators alternating chapters.

 

I highly recommend this audio and I'd love to hear your thoughts when you're done!

 

Thanks to my awesome public library for the audio loan.

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review 2017-06-30 14:41
Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock Re-Animator/Holes by Chad Lutzke
Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock Reanimator/Holes - Chad Lutzke

 

Double Barrel Horror is back with the latest entry in the series, this time by Chad Lutzke.

 

I'm already a fan of Chad's, (since reading "Of Foster Homes and Flies"), so when he contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reading these 2 super-short stories, I jumped on the chance.

 

Punk Ruck Re-Animator: A young man checks out his first punk rock show. His friend promises that it will be an experience that will change his life forever. Little did he know how true that would be!

 

Holes: This story reminded me a little of Hitchcock's "Rear Window", but as far as endings are concerned? I think I like Holes better. I'm a sucker for revenge stories and this one kicks all kinds of ass.

 

Once again, Chad Lutzke charms and impresses with his writing. Even in extra short stories like this, he is able to infuse them with heart, humor and most importantly HORROR!

 

My highest recommendation!

 

You can get your copy here for less than a buck:

Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock Re-animator / Holes

 

 

*Thanks to Chad for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-06-30 14:10
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
The Changeling - Victor LaValle

 Apollo Kagwa grew up without a dad and now that he's a brand new father himself, he is determined to be there for every second of his son's life. Every second, that is, until his wife suddenly, crazily, gets it into her head that their baby is not their baby at all, but something else entirely. Apollo thinks she's out of her mind with lack of sleep and overwhelming responsibility, but is she really? If so, who keeps sending her pictures of their baby on her cell phone? Then again, the pictures keep "disappearing" from her phone after she sees them, so maybe she's out of her mind after all? You'll have to read The Changeling to find out!

 

Victor LaValle is able to weave together myths and legends, make them believable, (for the most part), and then sets them down in the middle of New York City. It turns out the Big Apple does have some mystery and wilderness left in it, and Victor treats it all like his own personal playground. I felt like the city was a character in this story-with all of its history, hopes, dreams and death-the layers are all there. By the time the end of the story came around, I wished I could reach out and hug it-it had seen so much.

 

One other thing about the writing that I wanted to mention was the author's ability to reach over and squeeze the life out of the reader's heart. Apollo's grief was so palpable at times, that I had to set aside the book because my chest hurt-my heart hurt. I generally consider my horror loving heart to be quite cold, but The Changeling proved me wrong.

 

I'm sure at this point, just over halfway through 2017,  that this book will be on my "BEST OF" list at the end of the year. If you find yourself looking for a satisfying story that combines myth and legend with the grit of real life in the modern world, I say pick up this book and let yourself fall under Victor LaValle's spell. You won't regret it!

 

Highly recommended!

 

You can get your copy here: The Changeling: A Novel

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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