Shypoke is yet another exquisitely unnerving tale from Dona Fox. The subtlety of the horrors, the breadcrumbs throughout the story adding layer after layer… it draws you in and hooks you before you even realise it’s happened.
If you want a short read with a serious WTF factor – this is it!
Especially the first story of ‘love’.
I never been so shocked when reading a horror story… Mr Carlyle you have earned 5⭐️ for my horror!
I have a story from the wonderfully talented John F. Leonard to read today.
The Bledbrooke Works
I’ve been looking forward to this. I always love John’s stories and I lm sure this will be no different.
Review to follow on GingerNuts of Horror.
I’ve had a decent April of reading so far with The Butchering Art and several short stories from Dona Fox.
I think it’s time for a novel now, and one I’ve had for a little while is Husker by Marc W. Johnson.
Keeping the momentum going this month, my next read, and my third from Dona Fox:
Looking forward to this if the last couple are anything to go by.
This is an intense short story. The psychological aspect, the dissociation of the girl from the horrific abuse she suffers at the hands of her kidnapper, is frightening. This poor girl has been abused, tortured, god knows what has happened to her. Her mode of survival is to put it on her doll, Red.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any more harrowing, it does. We find out that after the girl escapes her kidnapper, she is then abused further by the policeman who found her.
This is wonderfully written piece. It’s horrifying in the subject matter, yet handled with the upmost respect and delicacy.
Thank you to The Bold Mom for putting me onto Dona Fox. I hope to read more from her soon.
House of Skin
Flame Tree Press
Many thanks to Flame Tree Press for a copy of House of Skin by Jonathan Janz to read in exchange for an honest review.
Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key. Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fate–and Annabel–have in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere?
I’m quite annoyed at myself that I couldn’t get into ‘House of Skin’ as much as I would have like. I have become quite the fan of Janz’s work lately, but sadly this isn’t one of my favorites.
I like the premise: Nephew inherits estranged dead uncles creepy estate. Town tarnishes nephew with the same brush as his not so nice uncle. Murder and ghostly goings-on ensue.
It has a really good start to with the despicable Ted Brand getting his comeuppance after the cheating philanderer messes with the wrong women.
I think, well for me, I believe this it where it went wrong. I was loving the Ted Brand/Julia arc, but I was a lot more interested in that than in the Paul Carver arc, who of course is our main character. I couldn’t really attach myself to the character of Paul the way I like in a book. For me to really, and I mean REALLY enjoy a story, I need to be 100% behind the characters. Without this I have a habit of losing interest rather quickly.
This is by no means a shot at the story or the author himself. I firmly believe Janz is a wonderful story teller, and this story is not completely terrible. It just wasn’t for me is all.
I am looking forward to my next Janz read, ‘Nightmare Girl’.
You can pre-order ‘House of Skin’ here:
The Devil Crept In
This is an amazing read, thank you so much to Catherine (RedLaceReviews) for sending me this one.
I really enjoyed this. It’s one of those stories you just can’t put down. With every page I needed to see the next one to find out what happens next. It’s the true definition of a page turner. The mystery of what happened to Jude for the three days he is missing, the curious case of all the pets and then just what did happen to young Max Larson.
Deer Valley, Oregon, is a very dangerous place it would seem.
No one can seem to keep a pet, not of the uncaged variety anyway. They just keep running off into the night, cats and dogs, something keeps pulling them towards the woods and a creepy old abandoned house.
Jude Brighton, a young troubled boy, goes missing for three days. His cousin Stevie will stop at nothing to find him, Jude is his only real friend and ally. Stevie believes that something, not someone has taken Jude.
I really don’t want to say too much more about the story plot-wise as I feel I will give too much away. But what a ride it is.
It is a book of two stories, the intertwine very nicely all through and come together in a shocking conclusion. Everything about this book was perfect for me, the pacing, the characters, the plot with its twists and turns. The story is one which is very well thought out, you can tell the author has really sat down and planned all this out. There is a also a wonderful subtlety to it, the character of ‘Ras’ is underplayed on point. You come to know just who he is without hardly ever coming across him.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Seriously, check it out! Thank you Catherine for sharing this one with me, it really did strike a chord with me.
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