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.
When brothers Gordon and John can not find their father for seven months, they unexpectedly seek him out, beyond the nether-regions. Through a VHS boardgame, they go on a journey, Beyond the Gates.
Written and directed by Jackson Stewart, this cheesy, movie, retrofitted for today's horror lover. From the jingly, Wes Craven music to a VHS rental store, I was drawn into what was "My Day". I found myself looking for a few titles I grew up with. Sadly, there were none on the shelves I recognized.
The movie is about a pair of brothers who discover their father's trapped in a demonic game. The only way to get him back is to complete the game. From the freaky game narrator, to the awesome death of a douche friend, I stopped the movie to get my husband to watch with me. I thought it was totally cool!
Though it took a while to really get going, and the ending was a bit on the hoaky side, it came together perfectly. Honestly, I couldn't find a thing I didn't enjoy- as long as I looked at it from an 80's perspective. By placing myself back into the mindset of the moves I'd watched back in the day, I couldn't be anything but entertained! If you Beyond the Gates, you'll see what I mean. It's a fun movie.
Beyond the Gates
Written & Directed by Jackson Stewart
Produced by Jackson Stewart, Barbara Crampton, Jon Kondelick, Ian Keiser and Amanda Mortimer
*An eBook Review
This is a very quick read. Mark Mulle is the creator of the Minecraft game guides has a series of books to match. The stories are geared towards youth and young adult, maybe even adult lovers of the game. This is book one of a book series, and there are many to the Over and Under Worlds! This review is on City of the End, book 1 of The World Above.
The Story is about a girl who's been sent through a portal, to the Over World, in search of help for her people who are under attack. If you've played the game, you may know these creatures, called Creepers. But what she doesn't know is, there's some sort of conspiracy, because she's #1 deposited in the wrong location after stepping from the portal and #2 is wanted by the king's men as a criminal! Two strangers, children themselves offer to help her but there's more to these two than meets the eye.
The story is short and sweet. It's very simple so kids can easily get through it in about 30-40 minutes. It's a fun story, but it will only get the reader into the tale. It's about 45 pages and ends with a huge cliffhanger. The problem is, I'm couldn't get in to the story. I didn't find myself caring because when it's all described, it's not blocky and dorky as it is in the game and book covers. It felt as though it was missing something. I guess what I'm saying is, it's good for the kids, but maybe not adults.
If your kids like the games, get this book and the series. I'm off to the next read!
*The Eighth Day is next.
City of the End, Book 1
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
July 13, 2016
Another quick read by Mark Mulle, The Friendly Creeper Diaries is book one to another series based the Minecraft Games. This one is from the perspective of one of the explosive characters in the games. Usually a villain, these Creepers just want to be left alone. No explosions, no enemies, but in this story, something is attacking them.
In The Friendly Creeper Diaries, Mike is on a journey with friends to find out why their village is constantly attacked, but while searching for answers, they only obtain more questions, by being attacked again! In a The story is only about 45-50 pages long, so if I share more, the SPOILERS will be a retelling of the story.
It's a fine middle grader and elementary read. If you're older and are in to the Minecraft games, this will be cool, but if you're not- you won't be bored easily, because it's very short. The book is based off the games, but there's more to this story. The ending has a huge cliffhanger that kids will enjoy.
My son blew through these. He is a lover of games that are expensive, but looks cheap- like back when I was playing Atari! Anyway, I'm to the next read. Check out the Minecraft franchise if you're kids are into that stuff. If you are too, enjoy!
*City of the End (Minecraft) is next.
The Friendly Creeper, Book 1
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
March 20, 2016
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld's book An Extra Seat is a book that honors Jewish pride and support for the community. The story tells of how children are informed of a political injustice and stand against them.
From 1977 to 1986, Anatoly Sharansky was imprisoned for attempting to flee the Soviet Union for Israel, a crime at that time. Rabbi Weiss tells the congregation they must pray for their brother and support him. They must go to stand in protest, shouting "Let my people go" as Moses had to Pharaoh.
The children take things further by placing an extra chair at dinner time and during holiday celebrations. They wanted to do their part and that's what I appreciated most about An Extra Seat. It showed that you can do more than just stand and yell. Sometimes, the smallest action can bring peace and joy to a situation. Avital Sharansky even states how her husband would be happy with their actions.
I believe the actions in this book are not solely for the Jewish, but for all people. The love and support and the act of standing in the gap should be shared by all. Lovely story.
*The Friendly Creeper (Minecraft) is next.
An Extra Seat
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
Illustrations by J. B. & C. B. Herzfeld
Gefen Publishing House
One of the cutest books for the wee-ones! Sadly, it's too young for my ewoks, but we enjoyed it. I read it a few times. Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Tad Carpenter, Bitty Bot is a story about a little robot who wants to go on adventures in outer space than go to sleep, like everyone else in his world.
First, the cover's totally cute! The gadgets and colors behind Bitty and his pet keep the eyes busy. The art style is unique and offers up a 60's vibe. I liked it! The story was written like an adorable nursery rhyme, explaining Bitty's bedtime process. But instead of going to sleep, Bitty builds a rocket ship and takes off. How many times have children imagined doing something like that?
I loved the tale and I think all children, 9 months to 6-years of age will adore it- if for the illustrations alone! I now one of my little ones did Check it out, while I move on to the next read.
*An Extra Seat is next.
Illustrated by Tad Carpenter
Simon & Schuster
Today is Family day, so I'm celebrating by reviewing children's books all week. Every day this week I'll be sharing children's and tween book. Today's book is The Stolen Kingdom by Ross Rosenfield and Sida Chen.
The story is about a boy who grew up in a loving family, with a Duke and his son as friends, and in love with a beautiful family friend. Life seemed sweet, but the boy, Taylor James wasn't who he thought he was. Taylor was actually the Prince of Belsdan.
With his identity hidden, he was safe from the Dark Duke, now king of Belsdan, Taylor's home. It's up to Taylor, his best friend Robert and their brothers in arms to rescue the town's people from a tyrant and properly tke his place on the throne.
The story is great but it's rather difficult to say what age group should be reading it. The Stolen Kingdom is full of humor, adventurous and extremely detailed. Almost too detailed! You nearly drown in details! But it's so cute and fun that you can easily look over the babble.
My son and I read through the novel in about twelve days and he didn't grow bored, so that's something right there! Maybe you or your middle grader will enjoy it too. Check it out while I move on to another book!
*Bitty Bot is next.
The Stolen Kingdom
Ross Rosenfield and Sida Chen
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
October 7, 2011
My name is Jenn dePaula and I’m the co-owner of Mixtus Media. We help authors find and connect with readers online so they can sell more books and be more effective with their efforts. We are passionate about helping authors use social media, their blog, website, newsletters and online resources to make a genuine and authentic connection with readers. It’s an approach that doesn’t feel like “marketing” and it actually produces incredible results. We love what we do and that we get to work with amazing authors every day - it’s the best!
Join our newsletter! Sign-up at www.mixtusmedia.com...
*An eBook Review
Infestation: A Small Town Nightmare, by Tanya R. Taylor is actually three ebooks telling one story. I received book one free, then discovered, by purchasing book 2, I got book 3 free as well! So .99¢ for three short stories; Not too shabby.
So Infestation is a story that put me in mind of Ted Dekker and Frank E. Peretti. Though Peretti is heavier with his Christian darkness, Tanya R. Taylor did a nice job. The horror of Infestation was a milder version of what the devil can do when the so-called Christians aren't practicing what they preach.
In the small town of Bringham, things are happening that just don't quite fit the sleepy, know your neighbors and their business persona. Suicides are on an all-time high and murderers are rampant and very violent, with confessions like "I don't know why I did it!" What could be happening?
*eBook short story review
This short story was fab. It was a different take on zombies and it was good. Simple, good yet a little sad. One for the Road: A family zombie story, by Chad Lutzke, is about a boy and his grandpa. His grandpa, who's a zombie.
An old guy was attacked, when the apocalypse was in its early stages I guess, and he gets home, just in time to die, then he came back. Now in a situation, such as this, you're supposed to report a family member once they've switched teams. The world is trying to segregate the living to dead, for extermination, but this family doesn't follow the rules. What happens next is a testament to families trying to stay together, and not heartless and uncaring. The story was totally cool and a bit gory.
I liked One for the Road because there was love and sympathy for the dead, but a strong sense of responsibility. Even though it came from a kid, he did what was necessary- something you don't always see in books of this genre.
Zombie friends, I think you'd like this one! Check out Lutzke's One for the Road: A family zombie story, and to learn more about Chad Lutzke, please click on the mobile phone to be directed to his Amazon page. I'm off to the next read.
*Infestation is next.
One For the Road
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
August 9, 2014
*An Audio Short Story Review
Mrs. Zant and the Ghost is not a scary story, but a sweet one. Narrated by Gillian Anderson, the short story by Wilkie Collins is brought to life. Just not a good life...
The story tells of a woman dealing with the spirit of her long, lost husband. She needs help because her brother-in-law is quietly taking advantage of her. Lucky for her, in comes a good samaritan...
I appreciate the story and Collins, but this tale was severly hurt by the narration. Anderson's monotoned voice and lack of inflection made it difficult for me to enjoy., thus I found myself totally uninterested. I may grab an ebook version to be fair about the story, but for now...
I wanted to like this story from the Victorian era, but sadly, I feel the narration developed a callous that prevented me. As for the story itself, I think I sorta liked it... I think. If I do purchase the ebook, I'll come back and revise my review, but for now, I'm off to the next read!
Mrs. Zant and the Ghost
Narrated by Gillian Anderson
December 23, 2015
Brom is an author of unimaginable skill. The stories he weaves, along with detailed illustrations, forge real life and nightmare into an amalgam of epic proportions. This is my second read and I am anxious to get my hands on more. Lost Gods is not a simple voyage, it is a soulful experience.
The Torment of Rachel Ames, by Jeff Gunhus is an enigma. Its mysterious ending left many readers wondering, but for me- it was perfect.
The story introduces you to Rachel, on her way to a writing retreat. She's literally a struggling author and looking to make something of herself. She became popular with the critics due to an odd situation with an instructor, but nothing she followed up with could maintain her success. That's not her real problem. She's seeing things in her rented cabin and a nearby local displays disturbing behavior, that causes Rachel to question her sanity and safety.
From a nosy neighbor to a huge, black man sweeping the forest, Rachel can't make head nor tail of what's happening around her. She can't remember things, she's struck with an immovable case of Writer's Block, and wolves along with monsterous birds are attacking. What can Rachel do for solitude and a peace of mind?
*An Audiobook Review
The Elementals, by Michael McDowell and narrated by R. C. Bray is a ghostly tale of family, family issues and family land. The author used odd situations, a haunted mansion and people with strange names share a story with dysfunctional, southern flare. I didn't expect to walk away from this book happy, but I did.
The Elementals is about the Savage and the McCray families after dealing with the death of their matriach. To recover from their loss (for some it was a good thing), they decided to visit their land, with three beach houses, in Beldame, along the Alabama Gulf Coast. When a grandchild decides to inspect one of the three houses on the property, strange occurrences begin. The third house is known for strange goings-on, but there's something angry in The Third House and it is hostile.
First off, let me say: This book is phenom! There are a few dry spots where they have to get into the lives of the characters, but the ghostly hauntings make the story unbelievably real, and very spooky! There's a lot going on, and most of it has to do with Marian Savage's children coping with their dysfunction, but the story in its entirity is written in a style that's both gothic and horrific. I found myself rooted in the story and looking for more- I wanted to peek inside The Third House!
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!