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

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.

You can find it here on KU:

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: 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.

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.

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