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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Coming Soon: My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

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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!

Twilight Zone Tuesday – Walking Distance

Twilight Zone Tuesday – Walking Distance




Martin Sloane – Gig Young
Robert Sloan – Frank Overton
Mrs. Sloan – Irene Tedrow
Young Marty – Michael Montgomery
Wilcox Boy – Ron Howard
Charlie – Byron Folger
Mr. Wilson – Pat O’Malley
Wilcox – Bill Erwin
Soda Jerk – Joe Corey

A sporty little coupe comes hauling ass into a gas station so fast he overshoots the pump and throws up a bunch of dust. He’s obviously in a hurry because he’s honking his horn like crazy at the attendant who’s two feet away. I think he noticed you, dude. If it were my gas station I’d let him have it for pulling in so fast.

Crazy Driver is still honking, even though he can see the guy walking toward him. When the attendant arrives Crazy Driver tosses him some money and tells him to fill it up. As a side note, I wonder whatever happened to full-service stations? Too many robberies?

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A Review of He Who Shall Remain Shameless


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Devoted in Death Review (Sci-Fi Police Procedural)

Devoted in DeathDevoted in Death synopsis: When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . . – Goodreads

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Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter Review (Kids Mystery)

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.

Reblogged BOOK REVIEW – The Three by Sarah Lotz

gave a wonderful review of a book that is definitely on my TBR list at this point. The Three just looks like one of those truly creepy books that’ll leave unsettled and not wanting to put it down until you’re done. (Click on either picture to be taken to the author’s original review.)

From Goodreads: Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?

Help Me! I need something different to read!

So, as the title of my blog so clearly states, I love scifi and scary stuff. I tend to not branch out much except for the occasional romance or funny piece.

However, sometimes you just need something different.

So here’s my no-nos:

No novels featuring a character dying.

No high-school level kiss-kiss drama novels.

No non-fiction (this obviously includes biographies. Ewww.)

So… anyone have any suggestions?


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Reblogged Awesomeness: Book Review: The Turn of The Screw

Another good book review I thought I’d pass on. Even though the author did not rate it very highly, it sounds like it would be an interesting book, and as she makes a note, it is one that is open to interpretation.  Plus, I just thought it was awesome to see someone reviewing something that had been published before 1900 that I’d never heard of.



Source: Book Review: The Turn of The Screw

Reblogged: Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

So I keep seeing this book popping up everywhere, and I’ve had a feeling I might actually like it, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to bother reading it. With that being said, click below for a simple, but well-done review on “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. (Even if the book isn’t my style, I love passing on a good review!)


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