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.

 

 

Cuts You Up Review

Cuts You Up Review

Paperback, 218 pages

Published August 4th 2021 by Ghost Forest Press


Veteran horror authors beware: There’s a new author in town and his debut novel might just Cut(s) You Up!

Wow, I just finished reading last night and I had to jump on this morning to give my thoughts. I’m having a hard time believing this is Blackwood’s first novel, as I was completely sucked into the story from the beginning.

The book is told in two different timelines, the first is told through a third person view, following famous author Cassandra through her complicated life after being the only survivor of a notorious killer. The second timeline is Cassandra telling her readers what actually happened on that fateful night in 1990. 

Mixed in with the story are a lot of music references and I loved every minute of it. I mean, whose youth didn’t involve music to some extent at least? 

A solid debut by a promising author. Thanks David for the review copy.

 

Helminth Review

Helminth Review

Paperback, First, 275 pages

Published January 16th 2021 by Omnium Gatherum Media




         4 star read

Helminth is one of those books that lures its readers in with its mystery, and then smacks them in the face with a creepy gore fest.

When I first started reading Helminth I thought I was in for a good old mystery book. Rei, the main character, is very concerned for her friend Abby, who just lost her husband in a brutal mugging. Trying to take her mind off of things for a few days, she takes Abby and two other friends to her late parents’ lake house.

At first, everything seems fine and even though Abby acts a bit off, the girls don’t put much stock into it. They know of her trauma, so they mostly try to give her space. But soon things turn way more sinister, and Rei finds herself battling supernatural forces beyond her wildest nightmares.

There are a lot of heartfelt emotions to be found within this book. I could feel Abby’s friends’ concern and love for her pouring out of the pages. The author did a great job to remind us that trauma is permanent, and doesn’t dissolve within a few weeks.

But since this is a horror book, it’s also combined with lots of creepiness and gore. Oh, so much gore. Some of it made me quite queasy, as the author surely knows how to describe every gut wrenching detail.

Thank you to the author for the review copy.

 

The October Society Review

The October Society Review

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: October 1st 2021


   
A 5 skull read

A group of five kids sit around a glowing campfire in the deep, dark woods. They meet there every night in the days leading up to Halloween to share their best and creepiest stories. Every night another person takes a turn and the readers get to see their stories unfold. 

When I say Christopher Robertson has a way with words, I mean he can quite literally pull you into a story and make you see what he does. 

The October Society was different from books I’ve read in the past, as this one described the surroundings and scenes in such detail, that I sometimes felt I was watching a show instead of reading a book. 

We have a phrase for this in Germany, called “Kopfkino”, which translates to “head cinema” and that’s exactly what I felt while reading. The writing is as clear and descriptive as seeing the scenes unfold in front of you on a TV screen. 

The characters are all lovely, and I had a hard time picking my favorite. Well, you guys know me by now, so the dachshund is a big contender. 

What I also found very interesting was the written commercials interrupting the stories from time to time, making it seem even more like a TV show. 

The biggest of thank-you to the author for the advanced copy. 

 

 

 

Human Tenderloins Review

Human Tenderloins Review

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: September 15th 2021 by Underbelly Books


A 5 star read

My first and most important question after reading Human Tenderloin is, if Craig Wallwork is a professional boxer, because he has punched me straight in the gut so many times with his masterfully crafted collection of stories that I might be down for the count. 

I don’t know how he did it, but I truly enjoyed every single tale within this book. There was not a single one that I even slightly disliked. 

If a producer would get on board with turning his stories into an anthology TV show, I would be its biggest fan. Honestly, this might have been the oddest, creepiest and best short story collection I’ve ever read. 

There is so much raw human emotion within these pages and the biggest one of them is grief. I’m not even ashamed to say that I teared up a few times. 

I can’t name a personal favorite, because they are all my favorites. I’m gonna say it right now: If Human Tenderloin was the last book on earth, I would gladly take a slice of it.  

Craig, thank you so much for letting me read it early

 

Intercepts Review

Intercepts Review

Kindle Edition, 327 pages

Published April 23rd 2019 by Tunnel Falls


A 5 star read

Once in a while, my Kindle will recommend a book to me that is actually amazing and I wonder why I don’t trust the recommendations more. Of course, I’ve had my fair share of duds with them as well, but Intercepts certainly isn’t one of them. 

Not only is the book written extremely well, but I found myself devouring it quickly. The notion of human experiments might not be new, but the story certainly is. 

I don’t want to spoil the details, but using humans as equipment usually ends up in disaster. I’ve read enough horror books to know that.

Intercepts is dark, creepy and really unsettling.

A solid 5 stars.