There are few short movies that throw me completely off. Into the Mud, written, directed and produced by Pablo Pastor, is one of those shorts. Written in the fashion of classic horror, you are subject to raw fear in a Hunter-Prey styled tale that shows you, all is not as it appears to be.
You begin with a woman, filthy, injured and confused, and end with your victim's vicious death, but it's all in the how. You're made to sympathize and root for the victim, but just when you think you know the outcome- Bam! You know nothing!
I enjoyed the film and felt it held an appropriate amount of mystery and suspense. The movie is simple and doesn't give anything but what you want to see, until the enigma is revealed. The actress,Maria Forqué, is the daughter of famed actress of stage, tv and film Veronica Forqué, of Spain. The other actor of the movie, Ramon G. del Pomar is a veteran actor of drama and romance. Together, they make a thriller of a horror picture. I enjoyed the shocking ending and would love to watch more by the Pastor.
Below, I've left the trailer for you to enjoy. Take a watch while I move on to the next read!
The Official Trailer
*Blackburn next movie review.
**Into the Mud, movie trailer
Written, Produced & Directed by Pablo Pastor
Actors: Maria Faroqué and Ramon G. del Pomar
So here it is; my second read by author TNae Wilcox. This time, it was a freebie, the audiobook: The Gift.
In this short story, George is dealing with the aftermath of his wife, Leonore's accident. She's miserable with her condition and giving George grief. But Lenore has a plan to make things better. So does George...
Though the story is a wee over half an hour long, it's very good. So good, I found I wished for it to later receive a full-length follow up. The story drew me in and held me so tight, I wasn't surprised by the ending. I was almost happy for it- it was that good!
You have to read the story to know exactly what I mean, but when you do- you'll truly love it. This story is available on Audible- check it out. The Gift is $2.77 and worth the change for a really good story! I'm off to the next read!
*The Eighth Day is next.
Tnae Wilcox with Amazon Digital Services
February 29, 2016
*An eShort Review
One Way Ticket, by William Cook, offers up a synopsis at the beginning of the book:
Fast Train to Hell...
From the belly of the swamp issues forth a visit in the middle of the night from a force as dark and unimaginable as hell itself. Poor pig-farmer Abel Laroux, must battle the demons of his past as well as the nightmarish reality of the persent, as he confronts a dvilish visitor who has come to collect on an outstanding debt, inherited by Abel from his forefathers...
The summary left me with the promise of a good story; I was suckered into the read and, for a short story, it wasn't half bad. The blurb is perfect. The author lured me in with great detail, allowing me to see what I believe he saw while writing. The story is eerie but too darned short!
The idea of having a family cursed for years and years is tough. You have to keep the facts straight and that's what happened. When you make a deal with the devil, you have to keep it, or be visited, revisited and so on. A story like this has to have history, and had this been a bit longer, it would have been perfect. The premise was there, carried out, but way to fast, although the pace was nice. It's hard to say this was good or bad, because it was good, just bad that it ended the way it did. I'm torn!!! Right when I thought it was going to get real good- it ended. As a matter of fact, the book is 62-pages long, but the actual story was maybe 31 pages! Then it started in with about four other story exerpts from the author's other work. Not Cool.
All in all, One Way Ticket was mystifying and well written. I'm on to the next read now.
*The Gift is next.
One Way Ticket
King Billy Publications
December 20, 2014
Today's review is on Kasala: The Curse, by Akinsowom Ahubelen, is by an author who found me on Instagram. First, the cover is lovely. I love books that display emotion. The eyes of this cover showed me innocence and possibly a bit of fear, making me want to dive right into her story.
So here's the summary:
After a struggle with an elderly woman, a young girl becomes the victim of a curse that threatens to destroy her life and those of the ones she loves. Her only salvation lies in a statue.
She joins forces with an art thief who is on the run from guards of The Lodge. A secret society; whose members are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to retrieve this statue and protect their secret.
In a breathless race through the streets of Lagos, and a face-off with a deadly soldier, intent on a mission from which he cannot fail.
A soldier on a mission, but also locked in a desire to be with the woman he loves. He must not return without the statue, he cannot lose his woman.
Running time: 97 minutes
My daughter is my Mini-Me in various ways, but one that's impressive is our love for horror. @ScaryTaco on Instagram is the one who told me a out Before I Wake, a horror movie, produced by Sam Englebardt (known for Sin City, Machete Kills and Diary of the Dead). When I saw the preview, I knew it would be amazing.
I'm so glad I was right!
Before I wake is about little Cody Morgan, a repeat child of the system, but for serious reason. His caretakers keep disappearing or in one case, attempted to kill him! The child, who can project his dreams into reality can also, without intention, project his nightmares. He does his best to stay awake, fearing sleep, but you know us adults: We know what's best for a child. Uh, not in this case!
When Cody is placed with Jessica and Mark Hobson, who lost their only child years earlier, the story takes an emotional, yet horrific turn, placing all in danger. Cody does what he can, but he's only a child...
* An Audio & Physical Book Review
A story that brings the Queen of Hearts to life, Heartless is The Beginning in of the woman we've all known and loved for her infamous phrase, "Off with their heads!"
Marissa Meyer tells the story of how a young lady, entering into society, goes from being a loving, slightly defiant daughter, to a woman on true love's run. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, we find out how something as simple as a pumpkin can bring ruin to both land and life.
When you need a story that takes you through romance and complication, and an ending you know won't leave you hanging... for long, you grab a book like The Path Keeper, written by N. J. Simmonds. I found this book captivating, romantic in an unromantic sorta way and filled with enough love to actually become a part of the fandom possee!
Whenever I find horror books on monsters, I'm always game. There's something about monsters that takes me away. I like getaways, don't you? An escape from the norm, hustle & bustle and politics. Well, that's exactly what the characters of this story were looking for. Terror From the Deep, by Alex Laybourne, is about a cage fighter named Troy and a divorced woman with her daughter. They were looking for some fun in the sun on a brand new resort, to escape life's trivialities. Instead, they received... Dun Dun DUNNNN~ Terror, from the deep! (You like that?)
An ancient evil has resurfaced, literally. This story is entertaining because it was so fantastic! The creatures that rose from access created by underwater earthquakes that are so hungry, they fly from the ocean and attach to a victim, digging into a person's body in seconds. What's not phantasmagoric about that? Also, the creatures, who's teeth were so thin, long and sharp that formed a sort of shield, were strong good enough to batter a military destroy and breach the hulls! They flew through the air and could unhinge their jaws enough to bite into someone's belly, decapitate and so much more! It was a laugh and a half!
The action was described well and I loved every minute of it. What I did not enjoy were the constant errors. Even Troy's name was misspelled a time or two. The editing of this book was an atrocity, but I managed to finish the story and had a good laugh at the end, I'm off to the next read!
*Heartless is next.
Terror From The Deep
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
October 20, 2016
*WARNING: This book is NOT for everyone!
As my warning states, this book is not for everyone. It's of the horror genre, but I wouldn't quite call it horror. The Eighth Day, by M. M. Dos Santos is a book like no other. The story is really three in one, I guess. It focuses on a girl and her family's strict Jehovah's Witness practices. Lili's hearing voices and seeing things that no teenager should see, but she's not the only one. Other people about the area and things hear them too. They all play a particular part in the message that's being sent and all of it is vulgar, violent and disgusting. For example, one of the characters, Arnold is being lead by voices to play with his victims. But his idea of playing is torturing and brutally raping girls and women, then mutilating them.
All of this is supposedly taking place because Armageddon has come and gone with no appearance from God. Each occurrence is part of a plan taking root, by the demons who reside on earth.
This book, to me, could have been magnificent. The premise wasn't lost on me, but the way it was carried out and the things that took place, were monstrous! None of it made me squirm or fidget, it was purely disgusting. I won't say what he did, but when you think on all the cruelty in the world, then read what this guy does- it was too much for me. That's not scary. That's sickening. Very, very sickening.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!