Over the River (Horror)

The horse knows the way

To carry the sleigh

Through the tear and bloodstained snow…

Joslyn Faust passed away in 1940, after losing all but one of her children to death. The Weatherby Mills history books paint her as a kind, generous woman, willing to lend a hand to any one of her neighbors. Weatherby Mills lore, however, blames her ghost for the deaths of at least four men.

That’s where Delilah Isles and Milly West come in.

Working for the New England Spirit Society, the women have seen many violent and cruel attacks by human spirits and non-human entities. After all, the most violent and disturbing cases come to them. They know the myths about Joslyn Faust, so when the case comes their way they are both anxious to start investigating and uncertain whether or not it’s a case for N.E.S.S. But the first time they set foot on the Faust property that uncertainty is vanquished, because Joslyn Faust turns out to be a whole lot darker than they anticipated.

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #10

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

03/04/2017 – 03/10/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

Each day I’ll be reading one story per day with a weekly wrap-up on Fridays. If you missed the first post you can find it here.

It’s dark, it’s cold…so cuddle close and we’ll find the light in the darkness together. Maybe, providing the flashlight batteries don’t die.

 

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At the Cemetery Gates (Horror Collection)

A young woman sees an approaching figure in her time-lapse photo project. A small town’s strange illness seems to stem from the local cemetery. Two boys make a grim discovery about death and decay when they sneak into a funeral parlor. AT THE CEMETERY GATES: YEAR ONE is an entertaining and eerie short story collection for fans of the strange, macabre, and supernatural.

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

Banner for My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

Shortly after Sci-Fi & Scary got off the ground, I reviewed a mystery/thriller from an indie author named Jaq Hazell. That book was called I Came to Find a Girl. It’s been quite a while since I read that book now, and I still remember how I felt after I was done reading it. It felt like I had a 10 lb weight on my chest. Jaq Hazell is an obviously talented author with the ability to make you feel and think things that aren’t always very comfortable. I was even impressed enough with her that I interviewed her for the site.

So, when she started talking about the new book she was working on, I said I’d be quite happy to help her promote it in some form. I knew whatever it was it was probably going to be good. That book, as it turns out, has a very interesting title. Now, I haven’t read this yet, and it looks to be a major change from I Came to Find a Girl, but with a title like My Life as a Bench, I don’t think I’m going to be able to resist it.


My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

Book cover for My Life as a Bench ‘There are so many benches lining the riverside, each and every one tragic in its own way.’

Ren Miller has died aged seventeen and yet her consciousness lives on, inhabiting her memorial bench by the River Thames in London.

Ren longs to be reunited with her boyfriend Gabe, but soon discovers why he has failed to visit. Devastated, she must learn to break through and talk to the living so she can reveal the truth about her tragic end.

Unique, haunting, and compelling, this is a story about love, friendship, a passion for music and what, if anything, remains after we’ve gone. – Goodreads

Expected Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

Pages: 234 (kindle)

ISBN13: 9780995726802

My Life as a Bench: Goodreads | Amazon 

Early reviews are rolling in on My Life as a Bench, and the consensus seems to be that it’s a nicely-paced story with an awesome premise and definitely has the ability to hit you in the feels.

Sneak Peak of My Life as a Bench:

“There’s a bench by the river with my name on it: Lauren Bethany Miller, it says. Only, no one calls me that. It’s Ren — that’s what it should say.

I knew it was wrong as soon as I arrived, having been unloaded from the back of a truck and positioned on some paving stones.

I’m not stopping here, I said.

The workmen – one old, one young and both dressed in yellow high-visibility vests – had placed me between a large beech tree and and old grey bench.

Excuse me, I said. Hello. Weird they couldn’t hear because they were right in front of me reading the plaque that had been fixed to the bench.” – Jaq Hazell

 

Find out more about Jaq Hazell at her website (jaqhazell.com) and join me in wishing her luck with her newest book: My Life as a Bench!

Human Again – Horror Review

Human Again Review

 


Book cover for Human AgainFamiliar faces are luring their loved ones to dark corners. Severed limbs flood the streets. And a tall figure in a dark suit and tie is preparing for one final, grand feast.

It all traces back to English Teacher Gabriel Torres, whose perfect life collapses after his wife, Zoe, is murdered in a random attack. When a mysterious elderly woman offers him a chance to see Zoe again through a process called “dream manifestation therapy”, Gabriel doesn’t hesitate. But shortly after he traverses back to reality, he learns something else has crossed over with him.

Navigating through a town engulfed in chaos, Gabriel’s only aid comes in the form of a troubled adolescent skateboarder, a tattooed gas station clerk on the run from her abusive husband, and the gun-toting blind ghost of Zoe’s favorite country singer, Connor Vaughn.

Time is slipping. The lives of Eden Springs’ remaining survivors are in jeopardy. Now Gabriel must conquer the dark force he helped summon, even if it means letting go of the only thing he’s ever loved.


S & S

  First off, I love the cover. It has a bit of a J-Horror/manga feel to it. I also like the selective use of color with the black and white.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Folk Songs

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Happy (Anti) Valentine’s Day!

As you can probably tell I’m not all that into Valentine’s Day. In my opinion if you’re in a happy and healthy relationship then neither partner should be forced to prove their love on a single day. If you’re happily single then it’s annoying to get those “You’re not doing anything tonight?” gasps of pity.

So I’ve created a list of folk songs that may be about love, but it’s love askew, awkward and perhaps a bit murderous and tragic at times. However, since I do realize that some people do like Valentine’s Day (and possibly because I’m a bit of a softy at times) I may have let one or two good ones slip by unnoticed.

We’ll just have to see.

This post is in relation to Broke and Bookish‘ Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme.

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Horrors! 365/7 – A Full Year of Horror #3


The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

 

 

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

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A Review of The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

Book Cover and Synopsis for The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kristen Weiss
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A Review of Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter by Tim Learn

What’s it about?

“Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang—a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds—the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason while a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim.”

-Goodreads Synopsis

My Review of Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter

Chewy Noh is, first and foremost, a middle-grade mystery dealing with a Korean ghost and a young boy who aces any test or competitions he has. Along the way he learns something unexpected about his cousin, and his family in general.

I won’t lie, this was a bit of a difficult book for me to kick back and enjoy as I do with most children’s books I read. I spent a portion of it being distracted by some of the cultural mentions and their possible significance , and a larger portion of it underlining passages and thinking “Wait, this is a middle-grade book?” Tim Learn does not shy away from dealing with deeper issues in his books, and that is a good thing, but at the same time, I hope that the kids reading these books have parents or peers that they can discuss some of the issues with.

Such issues are: Death, False Accusations, Racism.

There were several things I liked. Namely, the main character was not white, and the author does not make an attempt to white-wash the character. Even if I did feel like I wasn’t really understanding some of the cultural stuff (face size apparently matters?), I appreciated the diversity. That the ‘side-kick’ was a kid with braces on his legs was cool, too. Not only that, but the kid’s braces were never really talked about in a way that would put him as “different”. Instead, they were mentioned casually, exactly the way a child might do if he saw nothing that was a big deal about another kid wearing braces.

The mystery really was a mystery, too. For someone who understands Korean culture, they might have clued in a bit before I did, but as it was, I had to patiently wait for the characters to tell me everything, because I was clueless! To be honest, I still don’t get the “Phantasm of Winter” reference. Probably something I overlooked.

4 Star Rating

Click here to find Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter now on Amazon.com

Title: Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter | Series: Chewy Noh #2 |  Author: Tim Learn (site) | Publisher: CreateSpace | Publication Date: 2015-7-15 | Pages: 312 | ISBN: 1505851459 | Genre(s): Childrens & Mystery | Language: English | Triggers: Death, Racism | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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