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review 2020-04-15 22:30
THE COMEBACK by Bernard Taylor, narrated by Virginia Ferguson
The Comeback by Bernard Taylor (2016-10-06) - Bernard Taylor

As a big fan of Bernard Taylor, I thought I'd give this one a go and I'm so glad I did!

 

THE COMEBACK is listed as a thriller, but it has some horrific aspects to it. I noted what I thought was a bit of similarity to All About Eve, but I'll admit I turned out to be wrong on that count.

 

On a few other things I was right though, so there were some predictable bits.

 

Overall, I enjoyed myself and now I have another Bernard Taylor book under my belt.

 

Recommended!

 

*I downloaded this audio from Audible with a free code from this site: https://freeaudiobookcodes.com/index.php I promised nothing in exchange.*

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review 2020-01-06 18:45
BLACK AMBROSIA by Elizabeth Engstrom
Black Ambrosia (Paperbacks from Hell) - Grady Hendrix,Elizabeth Engstrom

 

BLACK AMBROSIA is exactly what I hoped it would be, plus some! Here's the synopsis:

 

"Angelina is a killer. You'd never know it to look at her--until you look into her eyes. Angelina doesn't kill out of hatred or fear--she kills out of love, bringing solace to her victims, guided by the seductive Voice that speaks only to her. Angelina offers you eternal peace--at the cost of your soul!"

 

Quiet horror is more to my liking these days, and this book fits the bill. Don't get me wrong, violent and gory scenes appear throughout this book, but most of the picture comes from the reader's imagination rather than with blow-by-blow descriptions.

 

This review has to be rather general to avoid spoilers, but here I am going to wander into spoiler territory for just a moment. I'm a huge fan of a book called SOME OF YOUR BLOOD by Theodore Sturgeon. In a lot of ways this book reminded me of that one.

 

Specifically how the reader is left wondering if this is, indeed, a case of a vampire or is it a case of mental illness, instead?

(spoiler show)

This book is horrific, no matter how you would answer that question.

 

Perhaps a little slow to get going, but once Angelina leaves home things start to pick up. The whole time leaving you wondering, is she or isn't she? I prefer to think she is, but you'll have to read this to find out!

 

Highly recommended!

 

Get your copy here: BLACK AMBROSIA

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-copy of BLACK AMBROSIA in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-12-11 19:15
ON DARK WINGS by Stephen Gregory
On Dark Wings: Stories - Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory knocked me off my feet with his novel,THE CORMORANT.  Since that time I've tried to read everything he's written. Valancourt Books has been the sole reason I discovered this author. For that, and many other reasons, I am grateful to them.

 

These stories have one thing in common and that is winged creatures. Be they cormorants, (the seed for that novel is a short story in this volume), moths, sparrows or crows, they're all here. Not all of these stories are horror or dark fiction either. Some of these tales are light hearted, some just quick literary vignettes and others, like THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T WAKE UP are beautifully written and almost brutally poignant, (it was my favorite story in this collection)

 

THE PROGRESS OF JOHN ARTHUR CRABBE, THE DREAMING PIG, THE DROWNING OF COLIN HENDERSON, and THE BLACKBIRD'S SONG were my other favorites, but to be honest, all of the stories were good.

 

ON DARK WINGS is an elegant, exquisitely written collection of tales. There is something about Gregory's descriptive talents that pulls me in, each and every time I read his work. A wide range of tales, not all horror, and some not dark at all, but all involving the wings of...something. Here it's Gregory's writing that soars.  At this point, I would read his grocery list.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Get your copy here: ON DARK WINGS

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2019-12-09 23:00
GHOST TRAIN by Stephen Laws, narrated by Hannibal Hills
Ghost Train - Hannibal Hills,Valancourt Books,Stephen Laws

GHOST TRAIN was a blast from the past!

 

Originally written in the 80's, when I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to have it. It appeared on offer from the folks at AUDIOBOOK BOOM in exchange for my honest feedback and here it is:

 

I loved the story-it had all the excitement, that awesome over the top 80's cheese, gory deaths, and excellent characters. (That last one is something that a lot of horror from that time period lacked.) I loved almost everything about it, except for that weird, kind of out of place exorcism, but that was easily overlooked amidst all the action.

 

I must admit that this narrator didn't quite do it for me. The book was fast paced and fun, but at those exciting moments, a few of the character voices grated on my nerves. Other than that though, this novel was a heck of a lot of 80's horror fun and I recommend it!

 

Recommended-especially to fans of bloody, fast-paced 80's horror!

 

 

Get your copy here: GHOST TRAIN

 

*Thanks to Audiobook Boom and the narrator for the Audible code, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-22 01:31
Devil in the Darkness by Archie Roy
Devil In The Darkness - Archie Roy

A sudden snowstorm in the Scottish Highlands strands a newly married couple in a crumbling Victorian mansion known as Ardvreck House, along with a team of paranormal investigators and demolition experts already there, seeking proof that the mansion is haunted before the old pile is reduced to rubble.
Archie Roy, a noted astronomer and physical researcher, brings a sane, scientific approach to the haunted house genre, without losing an ounce of atmosphere or dread. And avoiding the cocksure, self serving/self promoting nonsense that oozes from such 'paranormal investigators' as the Warrens. The suspense steadily mounts without being bogged down by the dry tone scientific writing has been known to be plagued with.

Originally published in 1978 and brought to America for the first time by Valancourt Books (Where do they find these wonderful lost gems?)

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