The Houseplant Review

The Houseplant Review

Kindle Edition, 31 pages

Expected publication: December 14th 2020 by Infinite Ray Publishing


A 5 star read

So, before you guys read my review let me tell you that this is not a horror short story, but drama. I know it’s quite shocking that I can ,in fact, read other genres, but that’s what happened. Jeremy offered me an arc of his new short story, and I couldn’t say no! I didn’t expect all that much, but I was wrong. Let me tell you why:

The Houseplant is the story of a fern named George, who gets picked up at a gardening store by a woman named Brenda. At first, George is not happy about this, because he’s a plant and he doesn’t really like humans. Yet, over time he gets to know and appreciate her and they become friends. Then one day something terrible happens and George doesn’t know how he is supposed to live on.

The Houseplant is such a sweet and emotional story. I will never look at plants the same way, and I wonder how much of what Jeremy wrote about is true. Imagine they really do know what we say and do for them. In a matter of 31 pages, Jeremy made me care about a house plant and a woman I’ve never heard about before. That is some magic in itself. Overall, it’s a wholesome and thought provoking story. If this was a cartoon I would have cried. One hundred percent.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this Jeremy!

The Roots Have Dug Into My Heart Review

The Roots Have Dug Into My Heart Review

Kindle Edition, 103 pages

Published May 5th 2020


A 4 star read

My summary: 

The Roots Have Dug Into My Heart is a heartbreaking horror novella that shows just how far a mother will go to rescue her lost child. 

After a horrible relationship and drug problems, Jessie Milano moves back to her hometown in Northern California to live with her mother. Her mother does not agree with Jessie’s life choices and the way she takes care of her 3 year old daughter Maya. One morning, after a long night of drinking and cocaine, Jessie oversleeps. When she awakens she finds her daughter gone. After she finally finds her, she realizes something isn’t right with her precious little daughter. 


My review:

I’ve always taken a liking to supernatural horror that have elements of folklore in them. In that aspect, Peter Fugazzotto’s novella certainly does not disappoint. This being my first time reading his works, I can’t say for sure how his other works compare to this one. But what I have found is that he has a knack for writing a dark and compelling story with a heavy topic matter.

His protagonist, Jessie, was not a character you will take a liking to. She is too selfish and focused on herself to realize how much her young daughter really needs her. The entire atmosphere of the novella was dreary and high on emotions. Very fitting. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy! 

We Bleed Red & Green Review

We Bleed Red & Green Review

Kindle Edition, 65 pages

Expected publication: November 24th 2020 by Jeff C. Carter


A 3.5 star read

My summary: 

We Bleed Red & Green is a Christmas themed horror short collection by Jeff C. Carter. He brings us 12 tales all about the most wonderful time of the year. 


My review:

I love Christmas and I love horror. Together it makes for a pretty great recipe, and Jeff C. Carter was able to pull off the combination pretty well. As in all collections, I liked some story more than others. Some of my favorites were; Blessed Silence, Blacker than Coal, and Free Drinks. 

Overall, I think this collection is a good little read, if you’re trying to step out of the normal Christmas cheer. 

As an endnote I would like to point out the short titled “He Spoke Not a Word”. It is an excellent story. It’s also extremely sad and made me teary-eyed. Me and Jeff are gonna have to have a talk about sneaking that one in there. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy! 

The Ethereal Transit Society

The Ethereal Transit Society

Paperback, 136 pages

Expected publication: December 7th 2020 by Bad Dream Entertainment


A 3 star read

My summary: 

The last surviving members of a doomsday cult are on a quest to find their leader’s grave. They have the ability to trace his body with the help of a cosmic signal known as the Transit Frequency. Along the way they meet other people, who are gravely affected by this frequency. Together, they hope to outpace time as the end of time lurks closer than they wish. 


My review:

The Ethereal Transit Society is a relatively short novella with a lot of content covered during this time. We get dropped straight into the story with little background story. We meet the three protagonists, who are all desperate to find their leaders grave in rural Arkansas.

The story itself is well developed and we learn a lot about the society itself. It’s not a complicated notion either, as the author does a good job explaining everything. Let’s face it, doomsday cults can be confusing, but Vaughn obviously knows what he’s talking about and he brings it in layman’s terms. There is a good amount of horror and gore, which is always a treat (I know I’m weird).

I just wish there was more to the novella. It felt like there were parts missing, and not only because it was so short. I felt myself craving more. 

A big thanks to Bad Dream Entertainment for the review copy. 

The Underclass Review

The Underclass Review

Print Length: 216 pages

Publication date: November 13, 2020 by Demain Publishing


A 5 star read

My summary: 

Regular mortality rules don’t seem to apply any longer and the “Deadies” are walking the earth in The Underclass by Dan Weatherer.

This is how our protagonist, Lee Callows, finds himself not quite dead, but also no longer alive after an accident on his way to work. His wife no longer wants him in the house, and it seems the Dead have no rights in this new world. Lee finds company in his new friends; Meryl, a stripper who was shot by a jealous client, and Harry, who is just a head now. Yup, Harry “The Head” Buckley. 

Together they try to navigate this crazy new world and end up in all kinds of unimaginable situations. And they’re all having a really hard time coming to terms with their newfound status. 


My review:

Zombie novels are everywhere. I mean you can’t browse the horror section without finding at least a few books containing our favorite living dead. I personally am quite over it and have started to get bored with them. BUT, I’m definitely not bored of the living dead in Weatherer’s novel. He did such an excellent job breathing fresh air into the trope.

I simply love the characters in the story. Lee is such a likeable and relatable character, you truly cannot NOT love him! Meryl is the strong female character that too many stories are lacking and I was rooting for her the entire time. Harry, well he is a head. And he is also my new favorite zombie head. Not that I know that many of them personally. 

The story itself is written very well, and I appreciate the author’s wit. He knows when it’s appropriate to crack a joke, and when things need to be more serious.

A big thanks to the author and Demain Publishing for the review copy!

The Taxidermist’s Lover Review

The Taxidermist’s Lover Review

Hardcover, 272 pages

Expected publication: December 8th 2020 by CamCat Books


A 5 star read

My summary: 

One year ago, Scarlett met the love of her life; a taxidermist named Henry. After a whirlwind romance the two of them got married and are now living in Henry’s isolated house on the moors of England. Today, on Christmas Day, Scarlett retells the story of the past year and how deeply their life changed in such a short time. Always longing for her twin brother Rhett, Scarlett also awaits his arrival this year. If only she could make sense of her troubled childhood past, maybe the future could be a lot brighter for Scarlett. 


My review:

Gothic tales are my absolutely favorite genre, classic or modern. I love the eerie, dark and gloomy feeling of the stories. I have read a lot of books claiming to be modern Gothic, but they aren’t always true to their description. The Taxidermist’s Lover hits the genre head on in my opinion. Scarlett’s story has the perfect atmosphere of impending doom as she spirals into the madness of her obsession with Henry and his works.

The entire book is told by Scarlett and she addresses Henry the entire time. Dialogue is sparse, yet the writing flows like a beautiful work of art. The author has a way with words that will make you get lost in the pages of her book. In fact, I read through this book in two days, which is really fast for me personally. 

The ending was poetic and pure. I can’t say I knew how this story would end, even though I had an inkling. Yet, I didn’t foresee it to be this emotionally charged and dark. A perfect ending for a perfect modern Gothic novel. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. 

Thanks to Netgalley, the author and CamCat Books for the review copy.