Horrors! A Full Year of Horror – #18

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/29/2017 – 5/12/2017

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.

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

This week’s post will be a little longer as I’m covering two weeks since last week was Lilyn’s awesome post for Cinco de Mayo.

So settle in, buckle up and hang on for the ride!

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #17

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/22/2017 – 4/28/2017

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.

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

So snuggle deep in your beds while I tell you a bedtime story.  Don’t worry, you won’t have nightmares. I promise.

 

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #14

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
04/01/2017 – 04/07/2017

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.

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

Here we are at the fourteenth week. I can’t begin to tell you guys that I’m so happy you’re following along with me! I would say it’s been a pleasure but hopefully it’s been more creepy than pleasurable. I can honestly say that I’ve had a lot of fun hanging out and interacting with you guys!

Now that the fun part is over it’s now time to walk once again the corridors of horror. The hallways and tunnels are labyrinthine. I hope we don’t get lost…


Early RetirementEdward E. Kramer

Synopsis:
Two friends – one extremely lucky, one not so much, go on a fishing trip together after learning the ‘lucky’ friend has won the million dollar lottery. What could possibly go wrong?

Review:
A very good ‘frenemies’ story. Although the ‘good’ lucky one seems like a bit of a jerk.


The Earwig SongM. Christian

Synopsis:
When you can’t get a song out of your head it’s called an ‘earwig’. Personally, I think that’s a disgusting term for it. Earwigs are disgusting all on their own. Now imagine if that musical earwig were real?

Review:
It puts me in mind of an old story or TV show I’ve seen. I’ll be danged if I can remember which show (or book). It certainly gives a nasty “What if?” to the musical earwig.


Easy MoneyMark Hannah

Synopsis:
Little Timmy is very curious about the Tooth Fairy. He waits with a freshly plucked tooth and his head under the covers to get a god look. But is it really the Tooth Fairy come to claim the tooth? If not, what is it and what has it come for?

Review:
Kind of cute, kind of creepy and kind of icky.


Ebony EyesFrancis Amery

Synopsis:
A queen of an enlightened kingdom reigns alone after the death of the king. Eventually she takes a lover, much younger than herself with beautiful ebony eyes. But the queen is aging and the younger ladies-in-waiting prove to be too much temptation.

Review:
Pretty much the moral of the story is: Don’t piss off a jealous queen. A really good story that reminds me a bit of Westley’s “To the pain!” speech from The Princess bride. It also puts me in mind of another movie quote, paraphrased a bit: “It’s good to be the queen!”


Edwina TalbotBenjamin Adams

Synopsis:
Edwina Talbot is the last person left on Earth after it dies. Strange visions lead her to her rightful place between myth and reality.

Review:
A little bit of a sci-fi flavor made this an interesting story. It was a little easy to tell what Edwina was by the name.


Empathy’s Bed at MidnightMartin R. Soderstrom

Synopsis:
A doctor working at a hospital on the rough side of town. After years of working there she wants to know why. Why do they kill each other. Her actions lead her to the answer but not quite the one she expected.

Review:
I honestly can’t say enough good about this story. It’s awesome with a great ending.


EncoreHugh B. Cave

Synopsis:
Alton Hayes and his middle aged wife buy a house together but Alton doesn’t plan on living there with her for long. He got it for a steal because of it’s haunted reputation.The resident ghost tries to warn Grace of her new husband.

Review:
Very good story, if a little over-used.


Favorite of the Week:
Empathy’s Bed at Midnight was excellent. It actually was a good week for stories but Empathy’s Bed at Midnight by Martin R. Soderstrom was the real stand-out.


Join me again next Friday for another week of horror stories

Devil’s Glen (Horror Novel)

“Seek the gates and save the boy.”

Welcome to Bettendorf. At first glance, it seems like a typical Midwestern town, but take a closer look and you might be surprised.

High schooler Jack Davies sees the darkness coming; he lives with it. Cold voices call out from the closet door; dead hands reach up from under his bed. Although he doesn’t know it, Jack wields a great power.

Now, a smooth-talking preacher has come to town promising freedom and redemption for all who follow his words. But like Jack, this preacher has a secret. Those who heed his call find themselves pawns in his plan to awaken an ancient evil, long ago imprisoned in the dank caves of Devils Glen Park.

With the help of a widowed police officer, a babysitter, and a mysterious spirit called Ava, Jack must find the truth about his hidden power in time to battle the dark forces that have descended upon his town. If he fails, our world will be cast into darkness forever.

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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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