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.

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.

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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Slash by Hunter Shea ⭐⭐⭐ review

Many thanks to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for a copy of Slash to read in exchange for an honest review.

The premise was a simple slasher with lots of killings and groups of unwitting (or witless) individuals who serve themselves up on a platter to get killed.

The Final Girl, Ashely, who several years earlier survived a resort massacre at the hands of a killer known as The Wraith, can no longer live with the pain and is found hanging by her finance Todd.

Greiving, Todd goes back to the resort in search of the truth about what happened that night and he and a group of friends get a lot more than they bargained for.

The story flows well and along with interesting and dynamic characters is a good read. For me though I felt it was lacking in originality and there was just that spark missing that drags me in to the story.

It’s a fun read, gore filled and totally lives up to the title.

Enjoy!!

Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Slash-Fiction-Without-Frontiers-Hunter/dp/1787581780

One By One – Book Review

One by One – D. W. Gillespie

Flame Tree Press, 2019

The Easton family has just moved into their new fixer-upper, a beautiful old house that they bought at a steal, and Alice, the youngest of the family, is excited to explore the strange, new place. Her excitement turns to growing dread as she discovers a picture hidden under the old wallpaper, a child’s drawing of a family just like hers. 

Soon after, members of the family begin to disappear, each victim marked on the child’s drawing with a dark black X. It’s up to her to unlock the grim mystery of the house before she becomes the next victim.

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I was hooked from the opening with this book, a very intricately woven family horror tale, narrated by the wise beyond her years Alice. At just 10 years old she is left to uncover the truth behind a sinister wall painting and find out just what is happening to her family.

The story begins with the family arriving at their new house, an absolute “steal” according to Frank, Alice’s father. Frank is prone to whimsical schemes and a bit of a dreamer, so when he buys this house it’s not surprising that the rest of the family isn’t exactly convinced.

Alice seems to connect on anther level with the house, she has her own narration of events in her head, from ‘Mary’, a girl who tragically died in the house. She know’s deep down that something is wrong and that something dark is t work, but she just can’t put her finger on it. When she finds the picture of the previous family under the wallpaper her suspicions seem to take on their own energy. A stick figure family, mother, father, son, daughter and the family pet – just the same as Alice’s family.

Their pet cat vanishes and at the same time a mysterious ‘X’ is drawn over the pet in the picture. The an ‘X’ is drawn over the boy, representing her brother Dean. Just what is happening to Alice’s family and what does ‘Mary’ have to do with it.

I love the mis-direct within the story – the reader is convinced it’s one thing happening when in fact it’s something even more sinister. The story of Mary and just what happened to her is an interesting and tragic tale. We get snippets throughout thanks to Mary’s diary after Alice comes across in and has to read it. It is a very well put together narrative, very clever yet simple at the same time, and for me, the characters, particularly Alice, really set this off.

One by One is my second read from D. W. Gillespie (thanks to Flame Tree Press for the eARC). I look forward to more.

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