This book is a collection of short stories. It's the first piece I have read by this author and it has greatly surprised me. The stories are short but very disturbing, those spine-chilling kind of... each one in a very different way.
Broken minds, impossible nightmares, surrealist situations and, what I liked best, fair and not so fair fates for the characters. Novis happily dances on top of the grave of "The goody wins, the baddy is defeated" typical stamp, carving out his signature: "Do you think you know how this is ending? Hold my beer."
The author owns such a marvelous imagination, every plot is... Read More
Michael S. Walker
"The Vampire Henry" is, indeed, as all readers say, a different vampire story. Perfectly narrated, easy to read. I could say a lot of things many people have said before but, personally, I would want to focus on the realistic point of view of the author.
You can feel many things reading this book. You feel sadness, because of the background feeling of doom the protagonist drags along his (eternal) path. You feel... anxious, every time his heart races with a new victim. You feel... anger, when he feels stuck in his death and he seems to never get to his horizon.
I think, what makes readers love Walker's writing is... Read More
"The Boneyard Chronicles" by Cyprian Wyrmwood is one the most impressive books I have read. In a good way, a very good way.
**Warning** This book contains very sensitive and strong adult content.
And how amazing is that...
When I took the book, I didn't expect what I found. The beginning is amazing, a flash introduction to what you're going to be drowned by, followed by a horror tale you won't be able to put down. The story grows in suspense and "nightmare" as Wyrmwood whispers the events in the bottom of your mind. The author tricks you, makes you think you're diving in one dimension but it's... Read More
Alan L Perkins
I must admit I don't know where to start from. Well yes, I will start saying:
THIS BOOK IS GOLD.
I do love demonic tales so, of course, I'm prone to extra-enjoy this book. That said, this is a complex title. Many different stories crossing over each other sewing a perfect web of different lives who crush into the same grave.
Every character, every single little plot has an amazing, intricate, elaborate background which would make you believe all of them are perfectly real.
Perkins shows a terrific intellect, managing and turning the point of view, the narrator, inner thoughts and dialogues - jumping from one... Read More
Joanne Van Leerdam
I'm very happy I came across this book. I had never read anything from Van Leerdam and I'm greatly surprised. This book is a sweet read, a horror little tale you'd love having next to your bed.
I love these short stories, it kind of reminds me of "Tales from the Crypt", which I was a total fan when I was a kid. Short, sharp, right to the point, with a lesson, a horrific lesson. The reviews for this title are great, and it completely deserves it.
The author introduces all the essential elements to make a horror thread interesting and catching: suspense from the very first page, a little romance (without turning it... Read More
"Thing of Nightmares" is a book any steampunk/fantasy reader will absolutely adore. A crime investigation, chasing the "Clockwork Killer" opens the door to a spiral of conspiracies, murders and lots of blood.
Rivett's writing is very clear, very easy to read. You turn the pages without realizing. With all the introductions and descriptions he needs to expose to guide the reader, it never gets slow or boring.
Characters are realistic, you can relate to what they feel, which sticks you to the book. I especially liked the crime thread. People enraged because they are just, scared. The law failing in their conclusions... Read More
Joe and Marisha Cautilli
This book is a different one. A very special sci-fi/cyberpunk story. This is the fourth of the series "Zombies Vs. Robots", so the thread is already complex and with lots of information for the reader.
A great effort on robotics research (or knowledge) is obvious and it turns the plot into a web of controversial characters, emotions, technical concepts and delicate situations. Survival, danger and panic move our characters, making the tension latent all along the book.
The Cautillis know how to make you smile very often, though. Humorous scenes are alternated with bloody, sharp ones, sewed with a fast, spine-... Read More
This is a beautiful book. Bloody, visceral, gore... beautiful.
"Revenge" is the centre of the plot. An intelligent, organized and furious wolfkind plans their vengeance, after the outrages they have been suffering from, of course, humans.
Our hurt, betrayed and aching protagonist narrates the whole story from the filter of her pain for her recent loss.
"One by one, my claws penetrate the chest and then slowly, I drag down, opening the body up from neck to groin. It screams. Its final vision is of my gaping maw, descending to tear away its head from the struggling body."
From the entrails of the wolf... Read More
Anthology edited by Dawn Cano
This book is a special piece. It consists of a competition between US and UK writers, round by round one writer becomes the winner with their short story.
You can find different kinds of subjects, from gore extreme sex to bloody revenge and dark conspiracies. Big names show up in this book, competing against each other.
Most stories focus on fury and revenge, taking the author to the limit. Others are lighter, like a dark thriller.
I enjoyed very much the rounds seven, twelve and thirteen.
The book opens with a quite light round, but if you keep on reading you get to the extreme ones. In my case, what I was looking... Read More
"Yeti Yearning" by Essel Pratt is a very, very special book. I don't even dare to review it as any other regular title.
What can you expect when you have this book in your hands? We are not used to the concept of "yeti", and belonging to Project 26 (which is an amazing terror book collection project from J. Ellington Ashton Press), you ask yourself "what is this?".
I need to start from the point that Pratt's writing is very pleasurable to read, which makes his books sincerely gratifying to hold. He brings a sugary tone to threads, in a way that he exposes a bloody scene giving you the sensation of watching ballet.... Read More