Review: Human Flesh

They never caught it

During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.

Human Flesh was originally published in Danish to great reviews, and is now available in English. This dark winter horror story will also satisfy crime lovers, as the plot is told through written evidence in a fictitious murder case. For fans of Hannibal Lecter and Pet Sematary.

REVIEW

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow!! This book grabbed me from the beginning and refused to let go. I love how it’s told through texts, emails, phone calls, ect… I think having it told that way gives it a more real and creepy feeling to the storyline. I love the backstory of the Wendigo, I don’t recall ever hearing it so it was a great element in the story. This is definitely an author you should check out if you’re a horror lover. Can’t wait to dive into more from Nick Clausen!

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Review: Awakened

Written by: James S. Merry with Darren Wearmouth
Published by: Harper Voyager
Pages: 304

After years of waiting the Z Train subway, connecting New York city with communities across the Hudson River, is finally up and ready for passengers. The inaugural run is a big event, even the President of the United States and Mayor are there. But when the shiny new train slowly comes out of the tunnel the party goes from excitement to chaos quickly. The train that was full moments before is now empty and blood covers everything inside of the train cars. Deadly and flammable methane fills the tunnels and water starts rising; the people who do not drown, suffocate, or spark a fire are in grave danger. Something has been living beneath the streets of New York, it’s not happy it’s been awoken, and it’s coming for them.
This book started out slowly for me but quickly picked up the pace to the point that I was on the edge of my seat a lot while reading. It had great character development and the scenes were described so vividly I felt I was right there, at a few points my claustrophobia kicked in and I like books that give me an uncomfortable feeling like that. Many of the scenes are intense, and right when you thought you had figured it all out the author threw in a twist and flipped your thoughts upsidedown, I thought I had it figured out at least three times and was wrong each time.
I really love how they added in a conspiracy theory, I totally wasn’t expecting it at all. People aren’t always what they seem in this book so trust no one, but you will end up rooting for the characters without knowing if they are trustworthy or not. With multiple characters from beginning to end giving their view points of what was going on you would think that it could get confusing but it doesn’t, it creates some amazing layers to the story. The ending was left open so there will probably be a sequel and if so I really want to read it to find out what happens.
Overall this is a great book with both science fiction and horror elements, along with some mystery. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes reading those three genres and conspiracy theory buffs. You won’t be disappointed with getting this book and you most likely will not want to put it down once the action starts.

Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of The Brink, the sequel to Awakened.

Review: We Are Where the Nightmares Go

Written by: C. Robert Cargill
Published by: Harper Voyager
Pages: 304

This is a collection of short stories that illuminates the strange, humorous, fantastical, and downright diabolical that tantalize and terrorize us: demons, monsters, zombie dinosaurs, and Death itself.
First off I want to say when I got this book and read the back of it I laughed at the thought of a dinosaur zombie apocalypse, never thought of those three words together let alone as a story. I have always been a fan of short stories, I think it’s the best way to see if I’ll like a author. OK so here we go, I will give you my impression of each story. Let’s dive in and see what we find.
THE TOWN THAT WASN’T ANYMORE is an interesting possession story. The whole town is barely surviving and the dead keep stealing souls. Be interested to see if this could be turned into a full length novel.
WE ARE WHERE THE NIGHTMARES GO is an awesome horror take on Alice in Wonderland, I really liked this story. I use to dream of a door under my bed as a child and after reading this I’m glad I never went through it.
AS THEY CONTINUE TO FALL was a quick read. I wish there had of been more to it, it was to quick for me.
HELL CREEK was the story I was really looking forward to getting to. This was definitely an interesting take on a zombie apocalypse, I’ve never read anything like it. This is my favorite story in the whole book.
JAKE AND WILLY AT THE END OF THE WORLD this was a funny story about two friends arguing at the end of the world.
THE LAST JOB IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST is an ok story about talking to death before you die.
HELL THEY CALL HIM, THE SCREAMERS is an awesome and graphic story. Very descriptive on how people get skinned alive.
I AM THE NIGHT YOU SPEAK OF is another good story in this collection. Perfectly dark and twisted account of what a hungry demon does.
A CLEAN WHITE ROOM is an interesting story about a superintendent in a building on the edge of hell.
THE SOUL THIEF’S SON didn’t really hold my interest, but it is a sequel to a novel that I haven’t read; that’s probably why I couldn’t get into it.
Overall this collection was funny, scary, and stomach churning. I really love the cover art too, it gives off a Lovecraft feel. I’m planning on reading Queen of the Dark Things as soon as I can get it so The Soul Thief’s Son makes more sense to me.

Review: Weirdbook Annual 2 Cthulhu

Edited by: Doug Darr
Published by: Wildside Press
Pages: 148

The Weirdbook Annual returns featuring a Cthulhu theme. This book is full of great fantasy and horror tales. I have really enjoyed the Weirdbook’s that I have read and was excited to get the chance to read this one, I love seeing other authors honoring other authors who have been an influence on them. Now it’s time to dive in and give my review.
THE SHINING TRAPEZOHEDRON is the first story in this collection and is the first appearance of Robert M. Price. It’s a very interesting and vivid story and it left me wanting more, I think this story could turn into a great novella.
A NOBLE ENDEAVOR is a very good read. I really liked how the author mixed in history with the storyline, this is one of my favorites in the collection.
ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS is another of my favorites. I loved how it showed a sacrifice ritual and explained what it was actually for, and the storyline that went along with the ritual was great.
THE THING IN THE POND is definitely a story I would have liked to see more of. I liked how it was a first-hand account of what had happened and also that it was something in a notebook for someone to find. I’d love to see more stories about the pond.
TRICKS NO TREATS is a creepy little story. If the things the author described where coming after me I’d probably freeze on the spot. This story got my pulse pounding.
YELLOW LABELED VHS TAPE is a very strange story. I really wish there was more to it because i have a lot of questions that were not answered. It was a little confusing so I read it twice but I was still left a little confused and with more questions.
THE HUTCHISON BOY is a story about a young boy and his friend, but his friend isn’t what he seems. This was a vividly told story with a sad ending that fits this collection perfectly.
This is another great collection of stories and poems from Weirdbook, and there are some wonderful little illustrations throughout the pages. I love the Cthulhu mythos theme! Each story is unique and makes me want to dig out my Lovecraft books and get lost, it’s been awhile since I’ve read Lovecraft so i was a little unfamiliar with some of the mythos. But even if you have never read anything about the Cthulhu mythos you will be pulled into this anthology.

Review: 2054

Deep Ocean Blues- Started out slow for me but picked up pretty quickly. I really liked how Parul formed a friendship with one of the octopods. The sense of isolation by Parul can be felt as you read. Very well written novella.

The Memory Hacker- This is my favorite out of all of them. It shows no matter what you do to a mother’s brain she will never forget her children. The message of true love no matter what happens is a very strong message here.

Melting Shlemiel- This was a very interesting novella. Imagine being stuck in a permanent bubble, protecting you from everything harmful. Change is always hard at first but most times it makes things better.

The Camille- This is an interesting concept, to have tiny robots in your body that not only heal you but can change your looks. Hopefully I get to read more about The Camille in the future.

Overall this is a great box set with very interesting ideas. I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.

Review: Terror is Our Business

Written by: Joe R. Lansdale & Kasey Lansdale
Published by: Cutting Block Books
Pages: 248Dana Roberts is a paranormal, or as she likes to call it supernormal, investigator. She is invited to be a guest speaker to a club, where she tells them about different investigations she has done. Some stories are not told in the club.
The stories are both creepy and interesting, I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading. Even though each story had it’s own setting and feel to it, it turned into a cohesive book. I really liked how most of the stories had a title starting with “The Case of the” it really made it like you were reading about things that actually happened.
The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler is the first short story, it is where we are introduced to the club and Dana. I really enjoyed how this wasn’t your typical haunted lighthouse story, the descriptions put me right next to Dana as the investigation unfolded.
The Case of the Stalking Shadow might keep you out of the woods for awhile or at least away from oddly shaped trees, literally gave me goosebumps while reading because I love walking in the woods… probably won’t be doing that for awhile because this story really stuck with me.
The Case of the Four Acre Haunt is definitely not a story to read while you’re alone in your house at night you will jump at every noise you hear, I know I did. Humans can be the most evil things, even after their death.
The Case of the Angry Traveler has to be my favorite story in the whole book. If you think alligators in the sewer is scary read this story and it will change your mind. I like the city under a city idea it gave a claustrophobic feeling to the setting and made me wonder what is really under the places we walk through everyday.
Blind Love is an unexpected story in this book. Dana wasn’t looking for an investigation in this, the supernormal found her. It was interesting how the paranormal aspect played out in this, and even though it involved speed dating I found myself enjoying it.
The Case of the Bleeding Wall drew me in from the beginning. Investigating a haunted house is very exciting and humorous.
The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish, this novella was one of those edge of your seat stories.
Overall this is a great collection of stories and novellas. They all have solid characters, interesting story lines, and the perfect amount of suspense.

Review: Weirdbook 40

Edited by: Douglas Draa
Published by: Wildside Press
Pages: 258

Another instalment of Weirdbook has made it’s way into my hands. I have always liked reading anthologies because it gives you stories from different authors, it’s a great way to find new authors to read. I do want to say that the artwork on the cover really grabbed me the minute I saw it. Now because there are so many stories I can’t review each, so here is a selection of random stories you can find inside.
ICONOCLASM is a very interesting story. I really like how the author mixed Christianity with a paranormal elements. I still want to know more about the man in the white van.
EARLY SNOW is a great short story. With Halloween cancelled because of cold weather, two children are determined to go trick or treating. This story may be short but it’s full of emotion.
BRINGING THE BODIES HOME left me wanting more, I think it would be the beginning of a great book.
RESTORED is an interesting story about a woman trapped in a painting, sometimes things are not as they seem though. Very solid story with great descriptions.
PLAYING A STARRING ROLE didn’t end the way I was thinking, I was expecting a ghost not an immortal. This is another story that could be turned into a good book.
SANCTUARY this story went a different way than i expected. It really pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more.
THE THIRTEENTH STEP is a very creepy, descriptive story. I really felt pulled into the story, and it gave me a claustrophobic feeling. This story had to be my favorite out of the whole collection.
THE TREADMILL was definitely an interesting story. When the gym gets a new treadmill one man notices there is something wrong with it. This is definitely a story that would keep your from going on a treadmill.
GILA KING is the first poem you come to in the book. It is filled with great imagery.
THE OLD WHITE CRONE sounds like an old spoken folklore that you might hear around the campfire. I really liked how it was told in poem form, definitely added to the atmosphere of the story.
Each story in this volume is well written and entertaining, definitely a must read. The details in each story makes them really come alive. I’m definitely looking up some of these authors to see if they have other works out there, they have a writing style I liked and want more of.

Review: Extremes


What lengths would you go to in order to achieve what you want in life? To fit in and be accepted, to escape a dangerous situation, to attain success, or to attain freedom?
When faced with extraordinary circumstances of horrifying proportions what actions are you going to take?
When it comes to all of the above, and more, there are no limits to what people will do. Desperate individuals will resort to desperate measures.
Assembled together for the very first time are several of Jim Goforth’s most extreme horror stories to date, though not merely extreme in terms of content and themes. These tales delve into the great pains taken when souls are confronted with situations that require a severe response, plumbing the depths of depravity, perversion, brutality, horror, and fear.
Horrific events can unfold when people are prepared, or forced, to go to extremes.

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Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is not for those with weak stomachs, the stories are filled with blood and violence.

It was a hard choice, all the stories are great, but my Top 3 Stories are…. There Goes The Neighborhood, When Bunny Snaps, and Mental Elf.

If you like extreme horror you should definitely check this book out.

Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of More Extremes, the next collection of short stories in the Extremes trilogy.

New shelves

I finally got some new bookshelves! It was a process trying to get the big one in, it’s 7ft tall so posed some problems. But I have it up and filled with books, need to rearrange the books because I just put the books where they fit. I will have all the YA series’s in one area, horror together, and so on.

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