Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle Review

Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle Review

Paperback

Published September 24th 2019


 

5 Skull Read

Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle is the first book or episode in a series titled “The Count at Play and Slaughter Series”. It follows a young baker’s daughter by the name of Amalina through her peculiar journey to stay in an old castle. The owner of this castle is a count, who is feared throughout the land. She finds herself there scared and frightened, but finds a friend in the count’s servant. 

As this is a vampire story, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires in movies/books have become very odd throughout the last few years, but this book takes us back to old fashioned vamps in stuffy old castles and I loved every minute of it.

It did take me a good minute to finish the book, as it is pretty long, but I never found myself bored or tired of it. The author does an excellent job writing the book in a narrative style. And the entire book is written exceptionally well. 

Amalina is a likeable character, and I even found a soft spot for the “mean” count. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy!

 

Diabolica Americana Review

Diabolica Americana Review

 

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: October 31st 2021 by Keith Anthony Baird


 

 

4 Skull Read

An anthology packed with talent and spooky horror stories taking place right here in the U.S. of A? Sign me up! Diabolica Americana has something for everyone. I found some authors that I already loved within these pages, but also some I’ve never encountered before. 

As always, let me tell you about some of my favorite stories.

“Regrets Never Die” by Rhonda J. Joseph, is the story of a woman who is literally haunted by her past. I could sense the heartbreak and pain in this story, and the end left me shocked and teary-eyed.

“The Iron Coffin” by Laurel Hightower. A short story that shows us that some things are better left buried. 

“Down the Hill fell Jack and Jill” by Vivian R. Kasley. You think being stuck in the house with your loved ones every day during the pandemic is hard? Well, trust me, Jack and Jill had it worse. I loved this one. 

Lastly, I’d like to mention “East” by Nick Moorefox. This story had such a dream-like quality to it, that I almost felt myself floating through the pages. Very well written. 

Thank you to the editor for the early review copy. Make sure to pick up your copies on Halloween night! 

 

 

 

The Waiting Review

The Waiting Review

Paperback

Published September 12th 2021 (first published April 1st 2014)


 

A 3 Skull Read

 Part medical mystery, part haunted house; Hunter Shea’s The Waiting scares readers with its fear of the unknown. 

The beginning of The Waiting introduces us to Cassandra, who collapses during her and Brian’s wedding. After she undergoes life saving surgery and not waking up from a coma, Brian decides to take her home into their new house. What he thought would be the safest thing to do for his new bride, soon turns into a race against the supernatural as a small boy haunts Cassandra. 

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced short book, even though sometimes the dialogue felt forced and unnatural. Seeing as this story is based on true events, I can’t say if the author’s relationship with his mother in law truly is this great, but it sometimes felt fake. 

Other than that, the atmosphere was excellent, and the ending was the best part of the entire book. I loved that twist so much! 

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

 

When We Entered That House Review

When We Entered That House Review

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: October 15th 2021



A 3.5 skull read

“When we Entered that House” by Claire L. Smith is a spooky tale of two best friends who try to escape the pain of their everyday life, but end up in the wrong place. Both the protagonist Zoe and her friend Elle live a difficult life and try to find freedom within the forest near their houses. When they stumble upon an old Victorian mansion, curiosity grabs them by their hands and they enter a dangerous and creepy maze they might not escape from.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere and setting of this book. I felt for both the main characters, and the premise was extremely interesting. It’s a story filled with heartache, betrayal and friendship. I never turn away a good haunted house story, and this one certainly satisfied my dark heart.

The only downside is that I was very confused about the dialogue at times. The lines either didn’t exactly match at times, or it was hard to tell who was speaking. Also I would like to point out that the author did use the word “gawk” a few too many times, which is not a deal breaker for me, but I know some people get tired of repetition quickly.

Thank you Claire for letting me read it early.

 

Partum Review

Partum Review

Paperback, 124 pages

Expected publication: October 18th 2021 by Sinister Smile Press


 

5 Stars

I had the honor of reading Partum early thanks to the author, Ev Knight. I didn’t really know what to expect getting into this short novella, as I’ve never read anything by this author. I’m also not too big on alien horror in general, but something really intrigued me about the synopsis. 

I’m so glad I did give it a chance, because it’s such an amazingly creepy and messed up story! Not only is it filled with emotion and grief, but also with lots of gore and spine tingling horror. 

What starts out as a pretty mellow, yet really interesting story, escalates into full blown insanity pretty quickly. I highly recommend reading this novella once it releases, and just diving right into it. It’s a fast, yet excellent read.

Thanks to the author for the arc.

 

Elmwood Review

Elmwood Review

ebook, 265 pages

Expected publication: October 4th 2021

Elmwood is a creepy and atmospheric novel, focusing on the story of a man plagued by nightmares. Aidan has been having the same nightmare every single night, ever since finding a body on the side of the road. In an attempt to give her husband a change of scenery, Laura suggests the two take a long vacation in Elmwood. 

Of course once they get there, the place is anything but idyllic and their rented Lake House is becoming just as creepy as the townsfolk.

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced story by N.T. Morris. He is able to set the  stage to scare his readers, and leave them holding their breath in fear of what’s around the next corner. 

The book also contained quite a few twists and turns, some of which were a bit too predictable for me. That isn’t to say that they weren’t good, I was just able to figure it out fairly quickly. 

In the end I found Elmwood an entertaining horror reader, but I wanted just a bit more. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy.

3 Stars.