*eBook with Whisper Sync
I found this book on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited list. I chose this book for a couple of reasons. The first is because of Whisper Sync. Do you know Whisper Sync? It's an awesome feature with Amazon, where you can have an ebook and an audiobook in one! With The Eaton by John K. Addis, it was as close to an audio drama as it could get!
Secondly, the cover was weird enough to strike my fancy Thankfully, the story was a good choice. It wasn't scary, but offered situations and deaths that were as close to a horror movie as it could get. It entertained me and kept me listening, even when I thought I was getting bored with it. That's hard to do! read.
Okay, so when I first heard of this game, Five Nights at Freddy's, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard of! I watched people on YouTube play it and even my son- Ugh... The thing that sucked the most was that I thought the storyline was INCREDIBLE! I loved the idea of animatronic animals going on a murderous rampage! I grew up with Showbiz Pizza for a short while so if I could get rid of Chuck E. Cheese- wouldn't that be amazing... but in this story, the robotics carried something more. Something sinister and vengeful...
Whenever I think of fairy tales and horror, I think blasé and recycled. Thankfully that was not the case with Alice In Deadland by Mainak Dhar. The story took a turn that was totally original and moved at a pretty fast pace. I was immensely grateful, but did I like the story trilogy?
My latest Indie movie review is here! Solitude, written by Livingston Oden, Taylor Scott Olson and Jana K. Lensing, is a horror film that spans seventy-five years! A family secret, rooted on a piece of forested land, holds a Native American mystery that's fueled by blood and the need to be free.
James Erikson's grandmother passed away, leaving everything to him and not his estranged mother. When he checks on a storage locker that's supposed to hold an inheritance, he's disappointed to find there's nothing but a box. The box holds history, leading back to the 1930's and through a series of audio recordings, journal entries and sketches, James finds out he's the owner of cursed, riverfront property. Can he investigate and find an explanation for the occurances of the past, as well as the future?
Solitude is a movie that struck my fancy by invoking memories of horror classics, B-movies and slashers! From styles mirroring Dracula, to jump-scares like Friday the 13th, ending with camera tellings of REC and Blair Witch, this movie carried tributes for horror while passing on a tale of its own. From lips moving out of sync to Dick's ignorance and death, I admired the nostalgia. The movie made me laugh, jump a few times and shake my head with adult disgust (the teen-foolery).
The only issue I found with the movie pertains to the creature. I have an idea on what the creature was, but it was never stated. I understood who created it and how, but as far as what it was is never told. I believe that information would have enhanced the story, but it didn’t cause any harm. Other than that, the Solitude is very entertaining and brings honor to the indie film industry.
Solitude has great special effects, an interesting storyline and an ending that lets you know all is not well. Check it out on dvd, as well as Youtube.com and Vimeo. It's a pretty cool vid!
Written by Livingston Oden, Taylor Scott Olson and Jana K. Lensing
Actors: Armin Habibovitch and Victoria Lachelle
Diving into book three of the Luptator series and very happy to see what's going on in Wesley's world! I was able to enjoy this series from the start, and witnessed Wesley's growth and maturity as a likable character. I watched as he dealt with being part of a supernatural order, develop his power and lose his true love. He's come a long way, and this book takes him one step further! The demons below are hungry and want their way on earth again. Wesley has to deal with a deep loss and deal with a group of demons, more powerful than any Roce he's come against. This is book three, Ascension, by Tyler Watkins.
*Movie Review, courtesy of Shudder.com
For years, Japan has been the master of horror and the paranormal. When Ju-On
(呪怨), and the American version titled: The Grudge hit movie screens, tickets flew! I know I went to see it. The same thing happened with Ringu (リング), The Ring. There is something about the style of Japanese horror, and a never ending ending. So what did these two movies have to do with one another? A cure for a curse.
I have to first say, this book has an amazing cover! The depiction of the aliens is near exact to what the author described. It's covers like this draw me in. It's eye-candy.
Sadly, this story was all over the place and very hard to understand. Ruth starts off speaking as though she's a Queen. I'm thinking the girl (I couldn't quite tell what age she was) was enjoying dreams of grandeur when the floating ink creatures attacked. But it was never stated. Then things take a turn, where I can't quite say I understand what happened. And why did the Xenophan's have to obtain our planetary money to start up corporate businesses? Especially when they ran the world anyway- I was just confused.
I originally purchased the audiobook, but it was so bad I returned it and purchased the ebook, thinking I must have missed something. I walked away from this book terribly confused.
I don't know what to really say about Floating Ink. It's definitely a different sort of tale, but not one that held my interest. You may enjoy it though, so check it out from either Audible.com or Amazon.com.
I"m off to the next read!📚
*Ascension, Book 3 is next.
Floating Ink: Echo On the Water, Book 1
September 6, 2016
I met author, J. Rae Moore on Twitter and when she offered up a short story, I had to get in on it. Especially since it's fantasy! The short is called Troll Hunting and it's cute. If Moore's up-coming novel, Youngspell, is anything like Troll Hunting, it will do very well.
The story is about Juliana, a witch. She needs a particular ingredient for a portion, but it must come from... a troll! They're nasty buggars and won't give what she needs in any kindly sorta way. So she has to be clever about it, but her method causes more trouble than she'd anticipated. Especially for her!
The story was creative and easily described in a way that allowed me to see the adventure taking place. Because Moore's audience is middle grade, it will also be a fun read for my son and I. As soon as her novel, Youngspell is released, I'll have it in my homeschool library, no doubt.
That's all for today and I'm off to the next read!📚
*Floating Ink is next.
J. Rae Moore
Kellie's Diary, by Thomas Jenner and Angeline Perkins, is a journal into the apocalypse, from a kid's perspective. One day, Kellie and her journal Barbie are trapped in the school's bathroom. While she's hiding, everyone inside and on the playground are not very sick and/or biting one another.
Kellie's Diary is different, since the story comes from an elementary school child. She doesn't understand the concept of apocalypse or zombies, so when she shares, via journal entries in the diary she named Barbie, in wording that is supposed to be childish..
Unfortunately, this didn't work for me, for two reasons. One, you can easily see below. My examples are blown up, but imagine them on the screen of your iPad, Kindle, etc. After the introduction, the pages all ended up small like the pic on the lower, right. The book's not formatted well, thus a frustration for me, the reader!
The second loss for me was due to the simplicity of the story. It didn't really feel as if it was from a little girl.
Okay, I am a Boricio fan - I am on Team Boricio! This guy went from serial killer to an emotional Terminator and I loved every minute of him. Even his horrible name calling (his perversion knows no bounds) but he was "fixed", making him a good guy and I loved it!
So there's so much going on here, but everyone is now rushing to Black Island in New York. Luca is the key but he's now what Boricio calls a Man-Boy since he's aged so much, he's a senior citizen! Charley's gone Dark and Ryan's barely human. So much happens in this season, and guess what?
I'm going crazy because season's four through six aren't on audio! I am so bummed out because now I have to purchase the books. My ebook and physical book TBR is so backed up- I won't be able to return to that world for quite some time.
Season One of Yesterday's Gone, by Sean Platt and David Wright was amazing and kept me hooked the entire time. Season Two just blew me out of the water. And that cliffhanger!
So in Season Two, everything's based on fate. Will has seen everything and knows the information he's received is to be taken for truth, and nothing can change it. The visions he has are going to come to fruition, and sadly, there are no loopholes... even though he'd created one before. But as the voices warned, they found a loophole within his loophole.
The bulk of the story lies within a compound, with a man called The Prophet as leader, but he's being used and every follower, and our heroes are trapped within the sanctuary walls. Surprisingly, the monsters never near...
When I found this series, I was ecstatic! I love stories like this- end of the world and no zombies! It provided the right amount of innocence, patience, anxiety and vile acts of humanity, in just the right portions for me to love it all!
Season one of Yesterday's Gone, by Sean Platt and David Wright, is about a few groups, survivors of the world's dematerialization. Gone, everyone's gone, even the cars in some cases. It's like there was a rapture, but not of the heavenly kind. Some of the worst people are gone... but a few of the worst have remained.
There are also some folks who knew the vanishing would take place. They had dreams, heard voices- a premonition within a dream that let them know they had a job to do- but what do they do with said information? And who can survive the dark things that are after them? The things that offer up an infection of your worst nightmares? There's something wrong with the world or something could just be wrong with them...
Well first of all, I love writing. I love the whole aspect of telling a good story. I started writing The Bad Seed about three years ago. The moment I first wrote actual story content I was so excited, so fulfilled. As the writing process continued, more and more words flooded my pages and I thought "I can do this, I can write a book!"
The day came for me to click that button and unleash The Bad Seed into the world. I was a nervous wreck. I had amazon down to a one click process. Then reality set in. No one knows who I am or that I wrote a book! How was I going to change this? Social media madness! I took to Twitter, Instagram and even Tumblr flooding my followers with a blast of my book in their face. Did it work? Yes, to some extent. I have met a lot of very nice people on social media, many willing to give me their hard earned money to read my story, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I called every bookstore in my area, most saying they didn't know me and since I was self published they really couldn't help me. Some understood. The Barnes and Noble stores in Chattanooga, TN, Tuscaloosa, AL and Boaz, AL said yes. THEY SAID YES!!! I couldn't believe my book was going on the shelves of a national bookstore. But still, just because they are on the shelf that doesn't mean they will sell. The world of being a writer is hard. Being a self published writer with no money to promote and get the word out is even harder. I believe that dreams are worth hard work. I believe you have to get dirty and sweaty putting in the man hours and foot work to push your dreams where they need to go. I will not stop. I will not give up. Why? Because I want this. I have seen my name on the cover of a book and I love it. So if you're on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook and see an Indie author pouring his or her heart out, listen to them. If you have the extra coin, stop by Amazon and purchase an ebook, most are under $4 we can all spare that! So until next time, let the Light shine through you. You may be the reason someone's day is a little brighter.
*A Physical Book & Audiobook Review
I wanted this book because of the cover. I saw it and knew it belonged in my library- LOOK AT IT! Doesn't it look cool? Oh, I also purchased the audiobook, so I could listen while I walked, then read the book when I was home (in between working NaNoWriMo and book reviewing). Did Shutter have me shuddering in my boots or demanding the narrator to simply "SHUT UP"...?
*An Audiobook Review
I found this book purely by accident! There's an account I follow on Twitter (@ScaryMoviesClip) that shows horror movie trailers. I happened to see a thumbnail for this one and there you have it. I viewed the trailer and knew it was a Must See! Now there are a few things in the movie that you'll immediately notice aren't the same in the book, but does it really matter? Does it...?
First, let me say I loved the narrator's voice. The Grieving Stones, by Gary McMahon is read by Chris Barnes- making this 2-hour listen nostalgic. His voice was mellow and set the tone and location. It was perfect for me, a lover of accents and haunts.
In this tale, Alice is doing her best to get through the grief of the loss of her abusive husband. She decides to get away from the melancholy of her quiet home, with its ghost, and sets out with a small therapy group. They go to a place called Grief House, but their grief is deflected for something worse. Something that doesn't want them there.
The story plays out like an old Vincent Price movie. Spirits that belong to the land and the house call to Alice and lure her in. I love tales like that. This story is a classic in form and anyone who loves haunted houses, and vengeful spirits. It's very entertaining. There are times the narrator's accent is a bit thick, but he's not difficult to listen to. Check it out; I'm sure you'll eat it up!
On to the next read!📚
*The Girl With All the Gifts is next.
The Grieving Stones
Horrific Tales Publishing
July 29, 2016
When I received this book, I just knew it had to be one of those books I read with my son. He's not in to horror, but spooky stories are a thing for him too. Heck, he read and played the Five Nights of Freddy thing before I knew of it!
So we decided to write this review together. We began Wednesday, Sept. 8 and finished it a few days later! It was such a fun ride, we couldn't stop reading! For the first time, since fifth grade, he was more eager to read a book than I was! He said it was more than funny, excitable and so interesting, WE finished it in four days! The only reason we didn't finish it sooner is because it's a book we're reading for school.
When my boy is happy and excited to read, I feel I've accomplished a great deal. Last year, we read some pretty cool books, but this one is number one so far! Check out this cool read. I don't know when the second book will be released, but the epilogue already has us hungry for more!
I love to be scared. This book wasn't scary per se, but it was, from beginning to end, a sickening ride of wonder and grossness! I don't remember how I came across the title- maybe Goodreads, but when I received the book mail, I knew right away that I could not have a giant spider on my page! LOL They're totally gross to look at. BUT, I then decided to still have it, just with it's hideous face covered up. For any entomologists out there, I apologize for hurting your feelings...
Thrill Shot Series
Reaper Harvester is a short story series written by Warren Brown. I have to say, I really admire authors who create worlds. J. R. R. Tolkien created The Shire and lands of Mordor but they were very similar to the real world. In Reaper Harvester, everything is different. Nothing is the same, from trees and animals to water.
The story is about an alien who's job resembles the Silver Surfer. He goes to distant planets and studies the inhabitants and ecology for his masters, the evil Guzon. They are galactic terraformists. They destroy everything, but kindly send in Seeders to plant everything that belongs on their planets. They are the ultimate genocide squad. But one decides to not follow the rules. He is assigned to a planet, Frosho. where he infiltrates and falls in love. That's when all the rules change...
Monsters are terrifying because they're things we can't control. They're vicious and vile things that creep from beneath our beds and slither from our closets. But what about the ones formed from faith? When they come from the very Word we seek comfort from... The Bible, or worse?
Book 2 in The Paladin Sequence, Hell Freezes Over, is where the monsters aren't just from the dark recesses of our imaginations, but from the fiery pits we're told could be our eternal fate! Lance Tuck takes the creatures God put into being and says: There's so much more! Well, actually Abandon said it, but WOW! This book took it all to another level, featuring an epic battle of demons, Demon Lords and more, fighting against priests and exorcists!
It's hard to tell the good from the bad, and that's what makes this novel such an adventure. The story comes in with Paladin racing to the hospital; Ironblood is in mortal distress and something is using the situation to lure Paladin into a brand new war.
Insects is the story of the guy who wanted to become famous. Duncan is an entomologist looking to not become rich (though as the gravy, that's primo!) but for fame. He wanted his name published in papers, books and lead lectures= a form of immortality. He wanted the notoriety in discovering what no one else had ever been able to touch, witness and study first-hand. The reptilus blaberus was his thing, his bug and his ticket to fame, but at what cost?
If you're looking for horror on a classic scale, this is the movie to watch. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is written with one mission in mind: to give you a goreless and classic scare. This is usually not my cup of tea, but it's what I grew up with, so it didn't take long before I was caught up.
The story is about a young man and his father, working the family business: Death. The father is a pathologist, with his son assisting him- training, so to speak. (There's a story behind that) When the Sheriff brings in the body of a young woman, an enigma, the men get to work, hoping to find the cause of death by morning. What they find is confusing, baffling, and eventually horrific.
Carried out in a style that kept me glued to the front of my tv, even standing before the screen at times, I was sucked right in. The movie had its way, manipulating my security, leaving me unable to guess anything that happened next. I watched in wonder as these men, accustomed to death, attempt to comprehend the nefarious question that was Jane Doe. It also managed to distract me, encapsulating me in the WHY of the story, allowing me to not even miss the clichéd horrors of most horror movies for something so much better. THAT's why I loved the movie so much!
Unpredictable and conundrum-ish, I think you should check out The Autopsy of Jane Doe. You can find it in theaters, but for a short time, iTunes is renting it for $6.99. It's a good movie and very different- I've no doubt you'll enjoy it too! I'm on to the next pic!
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Written by Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing
Directed by André Øvredal
December 21, 2016
NOS4A2 pays tribute to a King of horror, by mentioning the True Knot crew, from Doctor Sleep. Very cool, Joe Hill. Very cool! I enjoyed this novel very much- but to say that this one was a truly horrific and scary tale isn't true.
The story is a scare of a different breed. Instead of something coming to snatch away children for a stew or to extend life or even to sacrifice to some blood-thirsty diety, Charlie Manx (the beast of the story) comes to rescue children from a certain future. It knows what may or may not happen, so it seems... but for Vic, now the only one who's escaped the Christmasland horrors, Charlie is finding himself in a bit of a holiday nightmare himself. Vic is a formidable foe.
It's so funny; when I found the first book in this series, I'd not heard of Justin Cronin nor The Passage Trilogy. I actually got the book from Dollar Tree (everybody knows Dollar Tree!) So with my book that cost me one buck, I happened to see, about three weeks later, that there was a third book being released. I was panicked- I had a book that belonged in a series and I didn't know the title of book two! So I set out and purchased book two (Cost me $20!) and signed up to possibly win book three. Well guess what...
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