Rewind or Die: Hairspray and Switchblades by V. Castro

Were-Jaguars, strip clubs and hot detectives. This little novella from the Rewind or Die series has it all.
A fast and furious ride from the get go, Maya experiencing her first change and having to grow up too fast to be a parent to her little sister who she knows has all this to come.
Hairspray and Switchblades moves through various stages including romance, coming of age, death of family, animal transformation and even a serial killer. It squeezes a lot in to a novella, but does this in style without losing any pace or plot.

This is one I can image being a TV series at some point. Fits into the True Blood narrative somewhere with the shifters. Definitely worth a read of you are a fan of the True Blood books and the likes.

Rewind or Die: The Catcreeper by Kevin A. Lewis

Another hit from the Rewind or Die series. The Catcreeper is a very interesting tale really, I felt it was a deep look inside the mind of an unhappy child. No one really understood him and his only friend being Green the cat.

Total Pet Sematary vibes with the story, I loved it. The Catcreeper is a terrifying look inside what obsession, heartbreak and sadness can create if left unchecked.

Part of it felt like a dream. That was something I really liked, the subjective nature of the story. Whose POV are we really getting it from. The whole cat centred mansion was amazing too, I can really imagine myself like this when I’m older (except with rats and not cats).

Taylor Crane was so aloof throughout I think it made him my favourite character. Totally dissociated from reality till the end.

This is a very fun/scary/creepy/sad/lonely story. A novella worthy of a read by horror fans and may I thank the author for sending me an ARC to read. I loved it. I believe many others will too.

Greyfriars Reformatory by Frazer Lee

This was a great read, one that keeps you interested from page one and never lets go. The characters are all.wonderfully intricate, each getting their time to shine as it were. Principal Quick is a fascinating character, and the lead protagonist Emily, a troubled girl sent to Greyfriars Reformatory, is so well written and filled out you feel like you know her. All the characters as are.
This is the second book I’ve read from Frazer Lee. He really knows how to drag you into a story. The plot is in depth. So many twists and turns, keeping you guessing and never allowing you to get bored.
This is a brilliant ghost/horror story. One that’s made it to my ‘Ineed to read this again soon’ pile.

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!!

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