A cautionary tale of being careful what you wish for. Austin sure learns this lesson the hard way in this witchy satantic novel.
I have to say it too me a while with this one, wasn’t gripping form the outset and the characters fell a bit flat for me. It’s not awful though.
It’s a decent enough story, a tale of a man who off-handily wishes his wife dead one night and well of course he gets what he asked for.
For me, the plot was a little thin and the characters just didn’t feel very rounded out. It felt a little like an effort for me which makes me sad as I really loved the authors last FTP novel. As always it’s subjective and fingers crossed the next one will hit the right notes. The Devils Equinox sadly just plodded along a little slow with no payoff.
One thing for sure, it won’t me off the author or Flame Tree Press.
This is the book to read if you want to be completely freaked out and lose some sleep. It is horrifying.
I don’t particularly care for spiders anyways, along with wood chippers they are my biggest fear, but the levels ‘Violet Eyes’ took my phobia too was way above and beyond.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads: “
Their bites are more than deadly… The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start. Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake. The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed. But the flies didn’t leave. And then the radios and TVs went silent. That’s when the spiders came. Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight. Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied. Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh…through Violet Eyes.”
Rachel and her son Eric have moved out to the Everglades for a fresh start. Rachel is moving on from Eric’s father, Anders, and trying to re-build her life, and a life for her son out in the small town of Passanattee. Rachel endures the usual difficulties involved with juggling work and parenthood. She then meets Terry, a man who she could happily bring into her sons life without worry.
It’s what has followed her neighbor Billy, a student whom she meets living across the street from her, home from his terrifying trip to Sheila Key. A swarm of deadly flies, and the spiders that will literally eat you alive.
This is truly terrifying read, I was incredibly itchy during and after with all the descriptive imagery of the murderous spiders and the swarms of flies. I really am not a fan of our eight-legged friends (sorry spiders, it’s me not you). The author has done a wonderful job, I feel, of making this story into two things. One being a great creature feature. It has it all, scary flies and spiders swarming, web covered houses, people being eaten alive, and even spiders popping out of eyeballs – as well as other places (let’s just say if I was male, I would be wincing). The second, it’s a story of family, of new beginnings, of love and of walking away from a bad situation. It really is a wonderful read.
“The best things in life were usually killed by ignorance, ambivalence, age, wisdom and sometimes, outright malevolence. Whatever the reasons, the things you loved most always seemed to die long before you were ready to let them go.”
Chapter 32 ‘Violet Eyes’ by John Everson
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Violet Eyes is a book worth your time. It’s terrifying, creepy, nightmare educing, all the things the horror fan could wish for.
My first year as an official book blogger has been a great one. I am forever grateful to those who have supported me and helped me on my journey. It has been amazing, I have read some wonderful horror stories (and a few dodgy ones), and I am very excited for all of the reading to come in 2019, including my initial seven books in seven days self challenge.
Anyway, enough of me, my top 5 have to be, in no particular order:
Bad Pennies by John F. Leonard
The first thing that really grabbed my attention with this
book was Chris Carlisle. A guy, just trying to make it through life, struggling
the same way we all do. Mundane job, living payday to payday, debating with
himself over the now regular winter ‘heating or eating’ dilemma. This is a
great story, a supernatural horror story encompassing not only the horrors of
the supernatural world, but also the horrors of our own everyday existence. I
felt his internal struggle, his guilt, and his overwhelming need. He needed the
money, he knew he was wrong, but it was going to help him more than the dead
guy wasn’t it? Or so he thought. I really loved the undertones about our general
money worries, and the depths we can be driven to in desperation. For me personally,
it felt like John F. Leonard was getting right into the nitty gritty of our
materialistic society. The rich get richer and the poor get squashed. Our ‘need’ as it were, for the things we
don’t really need, take over our senses and cause us to do things completely
out of character, ruining our lives and those of our loved ones. Those of us
who are desperate enough can be completely blinded by obsession and greed. To
me, this was a story examining just how far one is willing to go, and how much
is one prepared to turn a blind eye to, just to get on in this mundane
existence we have created for ourselves.
A particular quote I loved “I might have no time for
Fleecebook and Twitter-Tattle, Snapshat or Instawhatever, but it loves them
like naughty sons. The more noise the better as long it keeps a few real truths
I felt this partly summed it up, our materialistic
obsession. We love sharing so much with friends via social media. We lose
ourselves in the moment, rather than enjoying what is in front of us right now,
we sacrifice it for a few likes and retweets. We are missing so much. I am as
guilty as the rest for this. There is a pressure here too, the ‘keeping up with
the Jones’’, the need to acquire things just to show we have them. We don’t like
the idea of people knowing we are struggling, we don’t always ask for help when
we should. It’s like this ‘shame’ has been bred into us. There is no shame in
needing help. To me anyways, it felt like this was one of the points of the
books. Speak to people, ask for help if you need it. Don’t leave it so the
‘help’ seeks you out. Evil is attracted to the most vulnerable among us.
My favourite character has to be Ronald Hodge. My god that
guy is a creep. I felt like I needed a shower each time he was in a chapter. He
is one horrendously bad man, in every possible way. I absolutely loved the
development of his story. The way it just kept getting worse and worse (in a very
good way), he is awful. Reading about Steph in his house gave me chills. It was
so bad yet so good. I really don’t want to say too much on Ronald as I don’t
want to totally ruin it for people. This is must read, for this character if
Bad Pennies is brilliantly thought out and written, it flows
so easily from one chapter to the next. The switch up in characters is obvious
without being confusing. The fluidity of the story and realness of all the
characters made this a truly horrifying pleasure to read.
I am very much excited to delve deeper into The Scaeth
Mythos, it’s fascinating. The other realm, the manipulations of our reality and
the descriptions of the, do I call them familiars? I’m not sure. King Ratty was
a definite favourite. When he became spider-rat, oh god, I was itching all
over. I hate spiders! I really can’t wait to read the next instalment.
The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz
***REVIEW PENDING VIA GNOH***
The House by the Cemetery by John Everson
Some things should most definitely
remain buried. A murderous witch undoubtedly should. If there was ever a tale about a man being led
by his, ahem, ‘other’ brain, this is it. Mike, a carpenter is tasked with
making an already haunted house safe, to be opened as a haunted house
attraction. Seems like a great idea doesn’t it? The end result, the cattle are
taking themselves to the slaughter.
I got many American Horror Story
feels from this book; I could picture it in my mind, the different cast members
of AHS and which parts they would be perfect for. It really felt like a story that
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk had come up with during the creative process for
their next series. It’s a shame really that they have already done the haunted
house theme (series 1). I can live in hope though right?
Mike, divorced, living hand to
mouth and pay check to pay check, is struggling to pay the rent. He reluctantly
agrees to a job offer from his friend Perry, to work on reconstructing
Bachelor’s Grove, an infamous haunted house complete with a creepy cemetery. It
is to be opened in the run up to Halloween and a scary money making attraction.
He meets a girl, Katie, falls for girl and does everything she asks no matter
how twisted or bizarre it may seem. Love really is blind.
That was my one fault with this
book; Mike was a little too accepting of the situation. Even at the end, all
the murders, the bloodshed, and he just seemed to be very blasé about it. He
would complain, and say he didn’t agree et cetera et cetera, but Katie would
smile sweetly and bat her witchy eyelashes and he would be back to being her
good boy. That one thing was my only annoyance. I think we needed a man with a
bit more fight in him, not an absolute pushover. Katie really didn’t have to
work for it. Also, I have to admit, it was not a huge surprise to find out
Katie was a ghost, or even the witch for that matter. It was sadly pretty
obvious from early on in the book, although that didn’t curtail my enjoyment.
I felt the haunted house within a
haunted house concept worked really well, I loved all the different room ideas
and the overall layout and decoration of the house really did sound great. I
felt there was maybe a lack of any ‘actual’ haunting within the house when it
was open to the public, unlike the subtle incidents, of entrails, noises and
footsteps whilst Mike was working on it. That subtle approach was perfect for
building atmosphere in the earlier stages of this novel. I would have
appreciated a few unintended jump scares from resident ghostly inhabitants
during the open house, which would have been a treat alongside the actors
dishing out the scares. I think introducing some other spectral figures would
have given the house more of a back story, showing us that many people died
there over the years. While we were limited with ghostly visitors, despite
being told numerous times of the vast paranormal presence within the house, we
were not left totally disappointed. It
wasn’t until the very last night of business that the ghouls came out to play.
Those last few chapters were great, a very big finish, a huge kill count, it
was an absolute blood bath that wouldn’t have been lost on an eighties slasher
The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
As a horror
fan, and all round crazy fan-girl, it is always the stranger the better that I
love. I love randomness, oddities, crazy, the unusual and the downright
illogical. I relish the weird and the wonderful with a fiery passion, embracing
it and all its wondrous madness. This book, this wonderful book, The Mouth of
the Dark, is all of these things and more.
nothing I can say that could do this book or its author justice. Tim Waggoner,
you are a literary genius. This is an extraordinary tale, a frightening,
exciting, and thrilling ride from start to finish. The Mouth of the Dark has
opened up a whole new world of wonder for me, I feel inspired by it, and I feel
that it has cracked open a creative door within me that I don’t think can ever
We meet Jayce
Lewis, a regular guy, a desperate father who is searching for his daughter,
Emory. He knows something is wrong, he is deeply worried. He and Emory are not
the closest anymore, not since the divorce, something he regrets deeply, but
they keep in touch. She has gone missing from her home, in the Cannery. No one
seems to believe him, that she is in danger, missing, abducted maybe; even her
mother thinks everything is fine, and that she is just loved up and holed up
with her current boyfriend and will get in touch eventually. Jayce knows, he
can feel it, something isn’t right and he isn’t leaving until he finds her, he
will do anything to find her, his little girl.
has a questionable reputation; it is not the safest of places to live by any
means. It wasn’t what he would have wanted for his Emory, but she is an adult
now, she has to make her own way in the world, and he respects that. A lot of
strange things happen within the Cannery, it’s a place for the unknown, the
darkness, and the shadows. A different kind of life thrives here. While asking
around about Emory, he meets Nicola, a curious woman who saves his life after
he is attacked by some of the Cannery’s strangeness. She offers to help him
find his daughter, it’s just a matter of can they trust each other, and can
Jayce accept what he is about to find out. His whole life is about to change in
ways he could never have imagined possible.
a world of dark wonder where the impossible is real, everything you could
imagine, and the things you would rather not, it’s all real, and it’s here. A
world existing alongside our own, just out of sight for most people, ‘normal’
people. Jayce soon discovers he has ‘the eye’, he can see the things most
can’t, he is a part of the shadow, he just didn’t remember he was.
The Mouth of
the Dark is a truly fascinating read, it has everything. We have lunatic
killers, sex toys with a life of their own, dog eaters, clones, gladiator style
fighting, melting heads and even a pinch of romance. It has something for
everyone, and it is all wrapped up in a perfect twisted bow.
Haunted: Horror of Haverford West by G. L. Davies
This terrified me, I couldn’t put
it down. Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest is an interview with a married
couple, Dai and Anne (names changed so as to not be identified), recounting the
dreadful days spent in their marital home. They are haunted by a malevolent
paranormal being, tormented and almost driven apart by the entity. This book is
the prequel – which happens to be featured at the end of this one – to G. L.
Davies’ ‘A Most Haunted House’.
I really liked the style, the
transcript, it really pulled me in, and I was immediately engrossed, desperate
to find out what happened next. I was hooked from the get-go. It was really
interesting, as well as frightening, the idea that this could be going on in
the house next door and you wouldn’t know it. You might put banging and
clattering down to just noisy neighbours with no consideration, or maybe they
are having a clean out… you would never think that they were being haunted,
not in a million years. Or maybe we don’t want to think that? Is it better that
we live our day to day lives in the blissful ignorance that there is nothing
else out there, nothing lurking in the closet or under the bed? Are we happier
I honestly can’t say I’m 100% sure
this is based on truth or whether this is a story in a ‘true life’ format. I am
most definitely open minded, and I’m more to leaning that this is based on real
events. If so, oh my god, I can’t begin to imagine how horrendous and
terrifying this must have been.
I’m glad the original book was
included, I hadn’t read this previously and it was interesting to see the
similarities between both accounts, from different people in different eras. I
also found the possible explanations for paranormal occurrences an interesting
and insightful read.
For someone like me, a believer,
this is a great read. It’s had me on Google, looking up the area and the
paranormal goings on. It seems Pembrokeshire is a paranormal hotspot.
I’m quite interested in this I must
The story of the Hooded Monk of Union Hill in Haverfordwest is something that has grabbed my attention, the ghost hunter in me has decided to take a trip down later in the year, see some sights, and maybe spot a ghost or two. Of course we are already concerned this will end up the next big ‘found-footage’ film, my fiancé joking the sequel will involve his mother and uncle heading out looking for us.
Thank you guys for sticking with me this year, and I am looking forward to a very exciting horror filled 2019!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me, Lesley-Ann, The Housewife of Horror xxx