Wallflower by Chad Lutzke – Book Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reading this was akin to reading my life story. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of fake bliss. The slow descent of Chris from rebellious teen to full time addict was a difficult read. His interest to ‘try it’ with his cockiness that it would just be a one time thing was heartbreaking. His denial and constant excuse making for his ‘just one more’ was all too familiar.

His growing bond with Dave, his ‘teacher’, was sincere deep emotional turmoil. He grew so close to him only to become him.

Wallflower is a wonderful heart wrenching read. It comes from a place of knowing. It feels so personal and I’m sure it feel that way to more than myself.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. It’s a short read yet filled with tragic intensity.

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In Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Book Review

It’s took me a little longer than I would have liked to get to this one. I’ve been so behind lately with reading and reviews. Worth the wait… YES!!

In Dreams We Rot is a distinctive and disturbing look into ones psyche. The stories are way beyond creepy. They are deeply unsettling in some cases.

We all have some strange dreams, I had a really unnerving one a few nights ago.

The author has a real talent for creating the scene. You are dragged in to this twisted dream like state. The imagery and descriptiveness really bring forth the horror of each story. The characters are full.of live and depth, their feelings and fear are clear.

The cat story is perfect for any cat owners out there with questions about what their cat gets up to during the day. I’ll never look at a kitty the same way.

The voyeur story is one that resonates. Not so much with the sex. What I mean is that we spend so much time ‘watching’ other people through various platforms. We forget that those people are also watching us. It’s a tad nauseating.

I loved this collection. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves reading character centric horror.

Review Policy

I AM OPEN!!!!!!! Send me your horror books, short stories and novellas. I’m on a catch up but aiming to be back on track over the Xmas period.

Looking forward to reading many wonderful and horrible things!!

The Fearing: Air and Dust. Book Three

Book Three in The Fearing series was more of a ‘scene setter’ for book four. That’s what I took from it anyways. I felt it lacked some of the excitement of books one and two, but nevertheless it’s a great read.

You can feel all the strands coming together now. That culmination is working grasp. The author keeps the crumbs coming, teasing the big finale, the showdown.

Book Three seems to settle on the Reverend Mark. We get a glimpse of our other survivors, but this chapter is definitely his. I wonder if he is the key, the one to this.

My favourite part of this book was the very end, one line, “fear, he’s just another fear” really jammed itself into my mind. This played withy brain a bit, wondering just how many people are actual fears… ***SPOILER*** Are Adam and mother just someone’s fear??

The Fearing is one hell of a series. It really digs deep within you. Making you question everything. I love it.

The Fearing: Water and Wind (Book Two)

The Fearing: Book Two - Water and Wind (The Fearing Series 2) by [Taff, John F.D.]

So ‘The Fearing’, book two, Water and Wind. It’s becoming very clear to me why John. F. D. Taff is such a highly regarded author. Book two is another whirlwind ride of intensity, pain and fear… and damn… that ending!!

We pick up from where book one left off, with the ‘survivors’ trying to piece together just what has happened. Charles seems to know. My question here is does he know because he is smart? Or does he know because, well he knows more than he is letting on? I am, of course, probably letting my imagination run away with me. Would be a hell of a twist though, especially as the tour bus group have become my favorites.

We delve deeper into the lives of of our post-apocalyptic friends. We learn more small details, and become a little bit more familiar. I like this, I find myself to be quite character driven, I always appreciate some details, no matter how small that personalize the character more. I want to sad when one dies… I want to miss that character.

The Fearing is a wonderful concept. Manifesting our fears into reality. Is it based loosely on the current state of the world, the way (my own opinions) that we are destroying ourselves? Maybe, maybe not.

It’s a great idea though, fears going from earthquakes, meteors and (my favorite) the flying monkeys. A terrifying though for those of us harboring a fear or two. What if?

Anyways, onto book three later and I bloody can’t wait. Thank you to Grey Matter Press and of course the author for The Fearing Books, I love them.

Poetry

Lunar Eclipse

Black Reiki

Darkness can hide in the lightest of places.

Death creeps in the shadows, teasing his wares with a kind smile.

Love and light are lies, redirected to distract from the deepest deception.

Truth is control, a harbinger of relentless misdirection.

Fathoming distrust, a shallow grave dug by one’s own hand.

The tragedy of all, blind eyes.

Belief begrudging, fools follow.

The demon, the jester, the trickster uncontrolled.

Once was is now with heartfelt regret.

Saddened with fury, awakened with the knife.

Choices made and rituals avoided.

I am free.

(c) Lesley Ann Campbell

The Fearing: Book One – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fire and Rain, John F. D. Taff’s The Fearing series starts as it means to go on. It’s terrifying from the outset, it strums at our fear chords with no remorse or reason.

The frightening part of this book is that it is all our own fears. Earthquakes, snakes, even butterflies play a part. The most horrifying though is a man. Just a man, one who turns our fears against us. Forces us to act out the thing that we hide from most. He does it with a deep joy, a hatred that runs deeper than the core of our planet.

The Fearing: Fire and Rain is an apocalyptic masterpiece. It’s the terrifying gift that just keeps giving. What’s best, there are three more of these to come. I both excited and scared at what is to come.

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