December 16, 2014

The House In Cyrus Holler by @davidbainaa

The House In Cyrus Holler by David Bain

The House in Cyrus Holler: A Will Castleton Adventure

Author: David Bain
Publisher: a/a Productions
Length: 78 pages
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Will Castleton, the slightly psychic detective, is never far away from danger. On a back road in Kentucky, Will and Samantha are thrust into peril after a blowout, but a quick glimpse of a hulking shadow sends Will into the ghost world. Here in Cyrus Holler, he will have to survive his toughest battle yet.

"The House in Cyrus Holler" also appears in "PIERCING THE DARKNESS", a charity anthology from Necro Press benefiting The Children's Literacy Initiative and featuring authors such as Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson, Brian Keene, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeff Strand, Jonathan Maberry, Ronald Malfi and many more!

Author David Bain has penned several titles that I absolutely adore. The Will Castleton stories are some of those titles and with his newest entry to the series; he has provided a top notch and enthralling read.

With Will Castleton one expects a certain amount of danger to appear but the author tips the scales here and unleashes the true darkness onto the character. I never expected Castleton to go head to head with nasty beings like these. Sure, having him best psychos and serial killers I can expect but this just caught me off guard and blew me away.

I'm being vague on purpose as I think going into this story unaware of the opposition that awaits the hero adds to the overall enjoyment.

"A House in Cyrus Holler" is a hell of a read that everyone should read.

Five Skulls

November 28, 2014

Guest Review: Gone Girl(2014)

Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery Director/Writer: David Fincher Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neal Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry  Reviewed By: Alyssa Hale

Warning: spoilers ahead!

“Amy Dunne is a real criminal,” This chanted repeatedly in my head as I stepped out of the theater of Gone Girl. I haven’t read the bestseller by Gillian Flynn before watching the movie, but I’m so glad that I didn’t – the murderous and blood-spilling (yes, blood-spilling) maze won’t look so appealing otherwise.

It was a typical wedding anniversary day for Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck). But unlike the traits of normal couples, Amy presented her “gift” to Nick by disappearing, while the only trace she left was a crime scene at their home in Missouri. Nick called the police and filed a missing case, but his reluctant and hesitated display of grief in front of the public caught attention. It soon turned out that their marriage was actually falling apart, and Nick was having an affair – the number one deadly sin in a marriage – with a young student called Andie (Emily Ratajkowski). Amy, who had discovered her husband’s infidelity, decided to take a huge revenge by plotting everything against Nick. So Nick was trapped in a difficult PR crisis, while Amy was gone visiting her rich ex-boyfriend. But as soon as she found out that her new home was just another cage, Amy plotted another crime scene by cutting her ex’s throat in bed (yes, in bed) and ran back to Nick by pretending as the victim…

In fact, it’s not difficult to understand why Nick would fall for Andie. She was hot, sexy, and came along with an innocent look – just like those girls you would see on Bazoocam. In contrary, Amy was cold, aloof, and paranoid, with her only interest as writing in her diary and composing her book series, the “Amazing Amy”. But unfortunately in the world of marriage, things are never strictly 1+1, and infidelity can hardly be forgiven. And if your better half is a smart person with characteristics of a psychopath, you'd better beware before you take the faithless path – he or she would be ready to destroy your life completely.

So if you're looking for a mind-blowing psychological thriller that twists at the most unexpected moments, look no further than Gone Girl. While it’s not an action-packed blockbuster that makes you sit on the edge of your seat for the entire 149 minutes, you will surely be hooked by the understated but cunning glances of the “Amazing Amy”.

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

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