The Boy in the Box – Flame Tree Press

I loved the premise of this story. Hunting accident goes wrong and returning to the scene of the crime as it were with plenty of supernatural terror mixed in. The Boy in the Box was a generally creepy read for me. I enjoyed this one from start to finish.

A slow burner in parts, but worth the wait. The character development and plot furthering all make this a riveting read. It’s got such a ‘real’ feeling to it. You really feel for the characters. The ‘event’ and then dealing with the aftermath. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the pages to life in an epic tale of tragedy.

Another fine outing for Flame Tree Press.

We all Hear Stories in the Dark by Robert Shearman – PS Publishing

I had the pleasure of being part of the Gingernuts of Horror review team for ‘We all Hear Stories in the Dark’.

This is a cracking set of books. It’s.a new read more every time if you want it to be!

Many thanks to Jim over at GNOH for the opportunity! Check out the epic four part review below over at https://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/index.html

https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-by-robert-shearman-book-review-part-four

https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-by-robert-shearman-book-review-part-three

https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-by-robert-shearman-book-review-part-two

https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-an-introduction

https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/we-all-hear-stories-in-the-dark-limited-hardcover-set-by-robert-shearman-sold-out-5065-p.asp

The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell (Flame Tree Press)

Many thanks to the author, Flame Tree Press and Netgalley for a copy of ‘The Wise Friend’.

“I could never have believed I would wish my son would love books less, let alone dread the consequences.”

This was a very deep and interesting read. I still feel to relatively new to Ramsey Campbell – first being introduced to the author by my husband almost 3 years ago – I find him a brilliant author. A master of words and of horror.

This is a wonderfully descriptive novel, set in Liverpool (very close to myself) and reads mostly in the first person which I really liked. Patrick has brought his son Roy to visit the place where Patrick’s Aunt Thelma tragically lost her life. An artist, Thelma has a great deal of history to her name.

This was a mystery horror novel, slow to get moving in some respects but with that, the pace does fit the story. It’s a descriptive wonderland, fanning the flames of one’s imagination and leading the reader down a dark path.

Highly recommended!!

Quarantine – Mental Health Edition

White and Brown Wooden Tiles

It sucks… well it does and it doesn’t. We are doing the right thing -#stayhomesavelifes – but the struggle is real for those with mental health issues (and those without). I know, I know… could be worse. Those of us lucky enough to be at home in self isolation should be thankful that we don’t have the Covid-19.

I feel the need to just ramble a bit…

Working from home has been tough. I feel like I live at work now. I’m finding that separation hard. When I found out that I am being furloughed, I was over the moon. Two more days then no work for however long. That’s one big stress off me anyway.

Now I can just sit and catastrophize the end of the world, everyone I love dying etc etc. The joys of a mental health crisis.

The good news, plenty of time to catch up on all my books to read and review *EPIC*. So many books an so little time. I can also try and figure this out, y’know, what do I want to do, like really. It’s a terrible time. I want to take the positives from it, and some days I do. Other days I spend in anguish, taking it out on others and then have to do the rounds apologizing the next day. I don’t blame people for not wanting anything to do with me sometimes, I’m a neurotic mess.

The upside… well there isn’t really one in a global pandemic, apart from Mother Earth seems to be repairing herself a little.

I wish more people could understand what it’s like to be trapped inside your own nightmare. It’s not attention seeking, or being dramatic, it’s a genuine crisis of self.

#bekind

The Forever House by Tim Waggoner ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A crazy tale from Tim Waggoner, I’m totally not surprised of course as he has a wonderful way with the crazy!!
The Eldred, feeding off our fears, creating nightmares. The Eldred are amazingly crazy characters, reminded me in a way of a sinister version of The Munsters.
The story is far to complex to go into – you need to read it to see. It’s a mad mad tale that doesn’t disappoint.
As always Tim Waggoner delivers!

Infested by Carol Gore ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Casey Vs the giant bugs. I rather enjoyed this novella. No matter how big or how small, bugs are a phobia of the many. I for one am terrified of spiders and roaches.  The sheer scale of the bugs within the pages was making my skin crawl. It’s a fun story, reminds me of those SyFy originals, the old B-movie types that they show now like Sharknado.

Giant bugs everywhere, biting hikers and eating alligators alive. This is a fun tale of Girl Vs Beast. The story itself is nothing new really, it’s very samey in that way with the family drama and girl like boy business. This is not a criticism really as the story is more about the giant bugs and Casey’s battle against them than the everyday dramas of life.

Overall I really enjoyed this. It’s an entertaining read.

3.5/5

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.

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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!!

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