Death's Head Press
Anthologies are not always an easy read. Very often they are not exactly what you are expecting, or the selection of stories doesn't amaze you. Well, And Hell Followed doesn't have this problem at all. Let's break it down:
All the stories are good and enjoyable, they could all perfectly be standalone pieces preceding an entire novel.
Some of them are more serious and really mess with your mind, making you wonder and ask questions. You want more. Others are funny (in a very macabre way, of course) and some of them give you a very different vision of what a "hell on Earth" could become.
It's a book that, depending... Read More
Well, wow. I think this is the review that, so far, has taken me the longest to write. There are so many things to say about this book. I'll start making clear that I had never heard of TY Tracey until I purchased this book, well, this absolutely MUST change to future readers.
The complexity and layers conforming this book make very difficult for me to "summarise" why I loved it, several times. I think the best way for me to express is to describe, point by point, WHY it is different and to me, a must-read.
One, of course, the writing. Tracey develops several "description scenes" along the book, but they are... Read More
"Clock's Watch" is a very interesting horror collection. The idea of a guardian between two worlds, human and evil, perhaps has been used before, but not in this way. Our protagonist is one and only.
There are two things I especially liked in this book:
For starters, the great investigation and research about sorcery and demonology. Every story has those elements. The chants or spells Clock pours over the demons as well as the method to hunt them bring a dose of realism that keeps you interested, not only in the story, but in the occult content.
Also, I love so much the protagonist. Hero or antihero? I couldn't... Read More
This novel is a complex lattice with sub-stories traversed between them, creating a magnificent performance worth becoming a movie. Or two, I must say, because here we have material for weeks.
Let's start from the beginning. I like how the author introduces the several characters (Jasmine, her mother, her boyfriend, friends...) but without stopping to develop impossible descriptions which would make the book tedious and even more massive. No, Simmons knows what he is doing and keeps you awake, not abandoning a shuddering style of story-telling that doesn't allow you to put the book down. You just don't find the moment... Read More
"Desert Shadows" is a young-adult horror book.
Two boys explore their lives and surroundings in a way we all would have wanted to: creating stories in your mind, adventure, a treasure hunt! Slowly though, they see themselves locked in a horror spiral. A stranger enters their lives to change them forever.
I'd like to break this story down, because Dowidat provokes in you transforming emotions. In the beginning, it's a kid's tale. Two brothers, Caleb and Liam, who spend their free time in the desert, building their own world. Slowly, they enter a true, terrifying horror story. A character who seems to be the key is a... Read More
Allow me to talk a bit about my thoughts on Howard Carlyle. This book is not the first work I read by him since I follow his blogs "The Meyerstown Secret" and "Gloriously Gory". He is an emerging author, with an amazing basis of imagination and twisted influences in his writing, who is working full engine to bring his words to readers.
His ideas are intense. Quick stories, flash characters and little winks at the reader form a little collection of four stories, very different between them, all of them tied up with his black irony which has no mercy or compassion for the redeemed.
"Death, Infection, The Devil... and... Read More
The author that brought you "Jack" in Shopping list 2 and "Unholy Trinity" in the Big Book of Bootleg Horror Volume IV now brings you an assortment of four tales that will leave your spine tingling and soul looking for redemption.
Highway 666 - Read the newspaper account of the horrifying death of 3 teenagers who encountered a Demonic traveler
Til Death - A wife is taken on an anniversary treasure hunt following clues left by her husband. At the end of the path, she will be shown he has completely given his heart to her.
Demon Apocalypse – It is the end of days, but not how the Bible described it. Save your... Read More
Holton knows how to confuse your mind. He plays with a background of sadness that makes you lose perspective of what is right and what is wrong. A witness who, after all, hasn't chosen its fate can only observe. And in observing, it decides... and condemns.
Can you blame a cursed devil? Holton is a very intelligent mind, obviously, and it shines in his books (it's not the first one I read). Nothing is what it seems, he doesn't set you free without controversy in your thoughts. You read a terrible scene, smiling, and suddenly you think, "why am I even smiling at this?!"
The characters have no more option than to look... Read More
"Crawl Space" is a short story by Dona Fox. She is one of the most disturbing horror authors I have read and as such, she doesn't disappoint with this little piece. The word "disturbing", actually, is a very small one in this case. The madness locked in a woman's mind has no boundaries when it comes to discerning real from insanity.
A doll, which will bring you countless sleepless nights, takes the reins in this bloody, psychological, horrific tale. When you finish it, you won't be able to decide if what you feel is either sorrow... or panic.
Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crawl-Space-short-horror-story... Read More
This book is a disturbing quick read. What starts looking like a simple teenager story ends up being an obscure tale electrifying the reader's spine. I didn't expect what I found in this title. Mac is very easy to read, so pleasurable, I can see why he gets so many good reviews.
The entrails of the story are centred in that fine line separating power and danger. The way you would lose control of your darkest side without realising you're giving away the reigns.
The book is fresh, agile, you don't notice time flies as you're turning pages. All of it sewed with lots of sex, black humour and alcohol. Perfectly... Read More