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.

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: 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.

Dear Laura by Gemma Amor – 5 Star Book Review ***Spoilers***

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SPOILERS

I was recommended this book by a fellow book blogger on Twitter, and my God it’s a good one. It very fast paced, vile and disturbing with some sensitive content, yet treated with a great amount of dignity and tactfulness making it powerful and evocative rather than stomach turning.

Laura’s best friend and childhood sweetheart Bobby disappeared one morning with a ‘man in a van’ and was never never seen or heard from again. The kidnapper.. a truly horrendous individual called ‘X’, plays a lifelong birthday game with Laura, teasing Bobby’s whereabouts in exchange for personal items. The story plays out with Laura going through life struggling to adapt and never quite dealing with what has happened to her and Bobby.

“Dear Laura,
You don’t know me yet, but I know you…”

I loved that we were with Laura through childhood into adulthood, we got a real sense of her heartbreak and her struggle to accept what had happened. It was gut wrenching every time she received a letter from ‘X’. His requests so sinister, ruining the innocence of a child without ever laying a hand on her.. until later.

The story culminated in the only way it really could, the ending was fitting I felt for ‘X’ and I was pleased to see Laura getting the closure she had deserved for so long.

This is an amazing story, handled so delicately with the content and written with such love for the character of Laura.

This book was a five-star review from the get go.

Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll – 🌟🌟🌟Book Review

Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll, another book in ‘The Haunted States of America’ series, was a fun read. Robert the doll, over 100 years old and on display at the local Civil War museum, doesn’t like to be disrespected and you MUST ask his permission before taking pictures. Of course Al, a boisterous teenager who doesn’t believe in curses, takes Roberts picture and insults him just to add insult. What ensues is a tale of bad luck for poor Al as his days go from bad to worse, between bugs in his dinner, lightning strikes and flat tires – ROBERT DID IT all.
This is a fun short read, I like haunted dolls and all that business so it was definitely one for me. The book itself isn’t particularly frightening or anything but it is entertaining.
I’m rather enjoying this series of tales.

Hearthstone Cottage by Frazer Lee – Flame Tree Press

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My Rating: 4.5/5

I would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series (are you listening to this Netflix?). The imagery and scope of the landscape, the nightmare sequences, down to the descriptions of the characters (especially Meggie) is work of flawless art. This book is a real testament to the ability of the author.

The scene is set from the beginning; creepy yet beautiful Scottish Loch, an old stone circle, a house in the middle of no-where (a glorious old building), Meggie the mysterious sister and not to mention the majestic stag. An accident on the way to the house for the groups post-graduation holiday results in a wrecked hire car and a dead stag. No one was seriously hurt… but the accidental killing of the stag sets of a chain reaction of supernatural events centered around Mike Carter (our main protagonist). Mike’s friends Alex and Kay, and girlfriend Helen are dragged through the ringer by his deteriorating state.

The mental collapse of Mike throughout the story is handled vividly yet with delicate ease. First the accident, then finding out his girlfriend is pregnant, as well as his drinking and weed habit, he steadily circles the pits of despair, not knowing what is real or what is a dream.

Hearthstone Cottage is a wonderfully written supernatural horror story that captures the Scottish charm and beauty effortlessly.

Released October 24th 2019 by Flame Tree Press

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1787583252/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

A Suburban Haunting by Matt Shaw -⭐⭐⭐⭐ Book Review

This was one I decided to read on our travels to Paris and managed to finish it while my adorable husband sleeps.

This was going to be a 3⭐ book originally but the last few chapters really ramp the horror up and the unfathomable turmoil of the family and the diabolical history of the house.

So our protagonist Craig is left a house by his recently deceased uncle Bill. Bill’s estranged wife Mavis warns Craig that the house isn’t right and that he shouldn’t move himself and his family into it.

This would seem to be your typical haunt. It’s not.

Things go from bad to worse very quickly for Craig and his wife Melissa, with one extreme twist that I actually didn’t see coming.

This is a really great read and it’s not too long a one either.

Be warned – extreme sexual content that some may be uncomfortable with.

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