The House of Dust Review

The House of Dust Review

Paperback, 300 pages

Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Inkshares


A 4 star read

If I had to summarize The House of Dust in one word, I would tell you it’s confusing. During the first quarter of the book I almost gave up and put it away. Now having finished it, I have to say I’m extremely glad I did not do that.

You may ask why I say it’s confusing, but I still soldiered on. Well, it’s a good kind of confusing. Not often do I find a book where I honestly can’t figure out exactly what’s going on, but it still draws me in so deeply that I can’t look away. The mystery of this book truly compelled me. 

The novel is basically about a true crime writer by the name of Brad, a former prostitute named Missy, and a really weird town with an even weirder house. Already sounds like the perfect set up and it should’ve been a pretty forward story, right? Well, it’s not. There is also a cult and a bunch of odd side characters. 

What really drew me in with this book was the dreamlike, surreal setting and the melancholic tone the author set throughout it. Also, the vivid and creepy scenes within the story. It’s hard to believe this is his first published book (from what I have seen on Goodreads at least). 

A big thanks to Netgalley and Inkshares for the advanced copy.

 

Dial M for…Mutants! Review

Dial M for…Mutants! Review

Paperback, 1st, 236 pages


Published February 21st 2021 by Terlion Books




A 4 star read


★★★★



Dial M for…Mutants! is the story of Buck Vincent, who is a reporter for a tabloid called The Midnight Extra. After twenty-nine years of reporting, he’s told it all; the weirdest and most unbelievable stories, including Bigfoot and the Crocodile Boy. But sometimes you run out of things to dream up, and Buck’s boss is nagging him for a better story.


Cue his new photographer team mate Becky. Buck has no desire to work with the new rookie, but his boss leaves him no choice. Together they chase a completely unbelievable story, that might not be so imaginary after all…


Oh boy, was this an entertaining read! Once in a while, I love to read some horror books that are mixed with humor. The author did an excellent job telling a high quality story, that was both funny, gory and creepy. All I can say is Mat has one heck on an imagination!


His two main characters, Betty and Buck, could’ve not been a more mismatched pair. Yet, that is exactly what made it work so well. I couldn’t get enough of the pair and hope to see them again in the future. 


A big thanks to the author for the review copy.

 

Summerland Review

Summerland Review

Paperback

Published September 29th 2020

 


 

 

                                                                                  A 5 star read

★★★★★

A few weeks ago, Tony Sosa approached me on Instagram asking if I wanted to read his novel Summerland: The Gospel of Noah. The synopsis sounded great and the cover looked even better. I agreed and he sent me a review copy. What I found was this…

 

My review:

When you hold Summerland in your hands, you get more than just a book about an old influential and powerful family, and a wanna-be magician who  never really fit in. No, within these pages you find a journey of self discovery laced with folklore and mysticism.

Tony Sosa is an extremely talented writer, and I believe this book should be a staple in any bookstore. If you enjoy reading about witches, the dark arts, and family secrets then I urge you to pick up a copy. You won’t regret it. 

A big thanks to the author for the review copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midnight Shadows Review

Midnight Shadows Review

Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Published February 5th 2021 by Eerie River Publishing


A 3.5 star read

Midnight Shadows published by Eerie River Publishing is a collection of original and creepy horror short stories. Even though I don’t think I knew any of these authors prior to reading, I have to say there is a lot of talent hidden among these pages. 


My review:

I was really excited when I was offered to review this collection. The cover is haunting and really sets the tone for this book. I have to be honest and say I didn’t love every single story, but most of them were rather amazing. Some of them just weren’t for me, but that is to be expected in a book with a large number of different authors.

Here is some I really enjoyed:

Tasty Treats by Tim Mendees, which is the story of a mysterious traveling clown circus coming to town. It also has the best candy floss in Europe, so get ready!

The Unconsumables by Joel R. Hunt, which might be the coolest take on the old zombie trope I’ve read in a while. Such a good one!

And last we have The Mirror That Tells Truth and Lies by McKenzie Richardson.  Now, this might actually be my favorite out of the bunch. It is such a deliciously gory story, even I found myself cringing. And that means a lot coming from me.

A big thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

 

Howls From Hell Review

Howls From Hell Review

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by HOWL Society Press


A 5 Star Read

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Howls from Hell includes 16 stories from emerging horror writers. All the authors are part of the HOWL Society, also known as the “Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society”.

My review:

Usually anthologies are a hit and miss sort of thing. I don’t think I have ever read a horror anthology and not disliked at least one story. Well, today is a first apparently. Every single story in this book is enjoyable. Of course, I liked some more than others, but there were no duds. And that is a rare feat in my opinion.

I’m gonna point out a few stories that were exceptionally amazing. So here we go:

She’s Taken Away by Shane Hawk
Gooseberry Bramble by Solomon Forse
Red Punch Buggy by B.O.B. Jenkins

And my absolutely favorite:

Suspended in Light by Alex Wolfgang

A big thanks to Soloman Forse for the review copy! And I’m extremely excited to have found the HOWL Society on Discord.

Walk Among Us Review

Walk Among Us Review

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: May 4th 2021


A 3 star read

Walk Among Us is a book containing three different stories from three different authors all taking place in the world of Vampire: The Masquerade. Not all of you will be familiar with this, but it is a widely popular role playing game. As there are three stories here, I will give them each a rating. 

My review:

A Sheep Among Wolves 1/5

I didn’t care for this story at all. In fact, it felt like I was reading a badly written YA novella. I simply disliked all the characters, and it all felt too forced.

Fine Print 5/5 

This was my favorite out of all three. It is an excellent story about making deals with the wrong people. I loved how dark and gruesome this story was. Cassandra Shaw did an amazing job bringing the World of Darkness into this collection. 

The Land of Milk and Honey 4/5

Caitlin Starling’s entry in this book is also very solid. It’s a very unique story, and I enjoyed the double meanings surrounding the ethical issues in it.

A big thanks to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for the advanced copy.