November 27, 2014

The Giving of Things Cold and Cursed by @TerryMWest

The Giving of Things Cold & Cursed

Author: Terry M. West
Publisher: Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc.
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The Giving of Things Cold and Cursed
In 1925 Baker Johnson inherits his uncle's home and with it the mysterious 'Black Room'. A room where Richard Johnson, a physical research, kept haunted items. Baker has a problem; the room has been emptied of it's items.
Period pieces and myself usually do not get along well. It's not the writing's fault. Really it's mine. as I find it hard to grasp the language and nuances of the time. Coming into "The Giving of Things Cold and Cursed" I knew it would be good because the author hasn't let me down with his previous offerings. But I was afraid I would let the story down by not giving it my all; blocked by my usual barriers with period pieces.

My fears were unfounded as the author's subject matter eased me into the story. I was hooked. As the sharp barbs of prose tore through my skin, I was pulled deeper into life of Baker Johnson and the 'Black Room' that my barrier collapsed. I was enthralled with the tale; told with such a stylish and authentic tint that I was briefly transported back to nineteen-fifty two.

what really excites me about this story, is that there will be more to come giving readers like myself another opportunity to step into the shoes of Baker Johnson.

Without a doubt, the author has created a story well worth 'Five Skulls'

Five Skulls

November 26, 2014

What Goes Bump in The Night by @WesJThomas

What Goes Bump in the Night?

Author: Wesley Thomas
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What Goes Bump in The Night?
From vampires, malicious spirits, horrifying witches, frightful ghouls, sinister voices, strange artifacts and irrational fears, this collection of short horror stories and flash fiction has everything for the avid horror reader.
Included Stories:
  • Scary Lady – Two kids retrieve a skateboard from a haunted house, what should possibly go wrong?
  • The Kill – A man making the ultimate kill.
  • Baby Talk – A strange voice coming from a baby monitor?
  • Cave Terrors – Sex in a cave, the perfect idea, right?
  • The Auction Hoarder – A girl brings home an odd painting, but it's the boyfriend that is afraid.
  • A Jogger's Nightmare – Jogging is good for you, unless....
  • Man In The Top Hat – A young girl can see something that adults cannot.
  • Underground Hell Club – An illegal rave that ends in terror.
  • Don't Look Down – Wake up atop a skyscraper with no way down, what would you do?
  • Julie's Bridal Boutique – Julie has a visitor, but it isn't a wedding dress she wants.
  • The Lighthouse – The perfect place to hide from the rain, until they have to hide from other things.
  • Nestled – A man wakes up in a very sticky situation.
  • The Hotel – Maids get their revenge.
  • The Weird Warehouse – Curiosity killed the child.
  • The Gaming Addict – Video games are bad for your health, no really.
  • Clown Karma – A thief gets more than he bargained for.
I've reviewed this author's previous works before and with each new release his talent surpasses the last. "What Goes Bump In The Night?" continues his rise as this collection includes a whopping sixteen stories for readers to enjoy.

I've said it before but I love collections like this because it gives the readers an assortment of different styles, plots, and characters to read. All these tales were good and kept me entertained but three really stood out as my favorites.

In 'A Jogger's Nightmare' the author unleashes his most disturbing and disgusting story that had my inner gore-hound screaming for more.
In 'Clown Karma' a thief's midnight caper goes wrong in show many ways. It also showcases the author's ability to weave different genres together.
'The Gaming Addict' really left me nerve wracked and skittish. Being a gamer, this story really sucked me in.

Sixteen stories and sneak peek of the upcoming "Frightful Tales: Book Two- He's Watching You" are included and well worth the price. I'm sure every reader will find a story they love.

"What Goes Bump In The Night?" is a literary snack pack with a great collection of stories that are sure to please every horror reader's appetite.

Five Skulls

November 19, 2014

Guest Review: Only Lovers Left Alive(2013)


Genre: Romance/Horror Producer: Jeremy Thomas & Reinhard Brundig Director/Writer: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Tom Hiddleston Tilda Swinton Tom Hurt Reviewed By: Alyssa Hale



Warning: this is no ordinary “vampire” film. So there’s not much blood-and-gore, and no violence at all (unless you think neck biting is violence). In fact, you won’t even know whether Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston) are real vamps or not if they don’t show their fangs. But the film does try to depict the ordinary lives of the immortal creatures – if they truly exist in reality, and instead of the wonderful illusion that we humans often dream of, the unending life can be lengthy, dull and simply uninteresting to the vampires.

The film opens with a vortex-like scene in which everything slowly spins and descends, just like what time appears in the vampires’ eyes. There we see Adam, a super-talented musician who dwelled in an old house in the deserted Detroit. Lamenting the naivety of humans and the irreversible tide of the modern society, Adam is often depressed and suicidal. On the other hand, his wife Eve was a bibliophile who lived (quite happily) in Tangier. One day, Eve decided to visit Adam, and so the couple reunited and enjoyed some quality time together. But their secret lair was soon discovered by Ava (Mia Wasikowska), the crazy little sister of Eve. Refused to keep a low profile and felt dissatisfied with the preserved blood in Eve’s fridge, Ava targeted Ian, a human friend of Adam. Thus started the disaster and the once-peaceful life of the vampire lovers was disrupted…

Across the entire film, the acting was low profile but mesmerizing. Tilda Swinton successfully portrayed an otherworldly graceful immortal that makes you think of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings, while Adam was a cool and melancholic Bloodline Keeper being stranded into the modern days. And the entire film is full of things so Jim Jarmusch: vintage instruments, swirling music, and the often unbearable strangeness that exists in the hearts of the-end-of-era souls. So if you want to experience different emotions than what you had in Twilight or commercial vampire films, you should give it a try. You have been warned though – the blood ain’t traditional tasting.

Alyssa Hale Bio
A strange girl who wants to live in the Middle Ages. She loves vampires, Game of Thrones, and the black color. 

October 7, 2014

The Anatomy Of Fear @Passion2Publish

THE ANATOMY OF FEAR:

Conversations with Cult Horror and Science Fiction Film Creators

Authors: Christopher Vander Kaay | Kathleen Fernandez - Vander Kaay
Publisher: NorLightsPress
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During in-depth conversations with 21 horror and science-fiction film writers and directors, filmmakers Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay uncover a surprisingly honest appraisal of the human psyche, along with the inside story on the inspiration, creation, and behind-the-scenes experiences of box office blockbusters.

Horror movies have a shady reputation because of their flaws and eccentricities. Horror wants us to laugh when we’re uncomfortable, keep looking when we want to turn away, and live with a total lack of happy endings. Perhaps that’s why we respect these films as a subculture. And because no one expects horror films to toe the line, they get to flirt with madness and imperfection while making the most interesting, controversial observations.

"The Anatomy of Fear" is a collection of interviews with writers and directors of horror and science fiction films. As a horror fan, I love to read about the inner workings of the writers/directors minds and their process for certain scenes and messages in the movies. This collection of interviews does just that. It pulls back the curtains and gives the readers a glimpse inside the mind of such greats as Tom Holland, Larry Fessenden, and many more.

While "The Anatomy of Fear" is a great and interesting read, I feel only movie buffs or hardcore horror/science fiction fans would enjoy this read. For the fellow nerds like myself, I recommend giving this a read.

Four Skulls