The road to publishing is incredibly long, full of twists and turns and pot-holes. It’s like driving along a strange road in the middle of nowhere in a mysterious thick fog. That sounds horrible doesn’t it? However, if you believe in your work and you’re determined then it’s also an interesting and wonderful journey. Continue reading “For Reasons Unknown, by Michael Wood”→
Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.
When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world’s press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.Continue reading “DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz”→
He’s Just Not That Into You-based on a popular episode of Sex and the City-is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.
The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.Continue reading “A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay”→
Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.
Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.Continue reading “THE NIGHT SISTER by Jennifer McMahon”→
Mike has all his hopes at saving his marriage and his family on this one little camping trip. Take the wife and son to a remote location, where they can all bond and maybe rekindle a romance that years of neglect have eroded. When their tent blows away in a storm, forcing them into the dark and wet wildness to find refuge, Mike finds out what his wife really thinks of him. As their fight escalates, neither seems to notice when their son goes missing in the dense underbrush.
Frantic they plunge deeper into the forest and only stop when they encounter a strange tent glowing in the darkness. Hoping against hope that their son is inside, they move to open it. But their son is nowhere to be found. Something else awaits them.
The Tent is a tight and fast paced short that leaves you breathless and truly disgusted. Which is exactly what you expect from Burke. His depth of character for such a short story had me quite impressed and taking notes. If you’re looking for a truly good old-fashion creature feature, The Tent is the one for you. And you might want to leave the lights on when heading to bed. Continue reading “THE TENT by Kealan Patrick Burke”→
When archaeologist Alyssa Moore’s father dies in the dark recesses of a mysterious structure he believed contained the cradle of life, the evidence to prove that the garden of Eden did indeed exist, she is determined to complete his quest and bring the truth the the world. Taken hostage by a billionaire with sinister motives, she is forced to share her findings and take a team of volatile soldiers into the depths of the Turkish desert.
There they not only encounter the most beautiful structures,statues and ancient carvings explaining the beginning of time, but something that stalks them. Something that has lived beneath the desert for thousands of years undisturbed, and very hungry. Continue reading “THE CRYPTS OF EDEN by Rick Jones”→
The Cydonia Objective picks up exactly at the end of The Mongol Objective, where Caleb Crowe and his son must escape the depths of the Egyptian desert and make their way to The Statue of Liberty to attain The Spear of Destiny. The Spear is said to be the only ancient artifact that can stop the power of The Emerald Tablet, which once put into play would destroy all life on earth. It’s the tablet that Nina Osseni has in her possession and has every intention of using.
Meanwhile the other members of the Morpheous Initiative, Phoebe and Orlando are half a world away in Afghanistan, where they are asked to use their psychic skills to find The Hummingbird, a fellow remote viewer with something that the enemy needs to complete its mission of humanity’s total annihilation. Continue reading “THE CYDONIA OBJECTIVE by David Sakmyster”→
One bad apple spoils the bunch, describes perfectly why I usually shy away from reviewing anthologies, no matter the genre. I find them incredibly difficult to judge. Do you see every story for its own merit, or how they’re blended together to create a feeling that reflects the title of the book?
With Tales of the Undead: Hell Whore I was pleasantly surprised that the collection of stories were very well put together, mostly all with the same rich undertones and scare factor. They moved and flowed and brought me to the end of the book, without having to drudge through any bad apples. The poetry that was mixed in was a nice palate cleanser as well.
There were a few stories, however, that punched through and made me appreciate the true art of writing horror. Let the Laughter Begin by Niels Hanson, Where the Clouds are Far Behind You by Rees Neilson and The Last Devil of Men, by Nathan JDL Rowark. All three made me stop and reflect on their true meaning, especially The Last Devil of Men ( I read this one twice). Continue reading “TALES OF THE UNDEAD by Nathan JDL Rowark”→