The Possession of Natalie Glasgow Review

The Possession of Natalie Glasgow Review

Paperback, 108 pages

Published September 2nd 2019 by Independently Published 


A 5 star read

My summary: 

Natalie is an 11 year old girl, who has been exhibiting really strange behavior, especially at night. She roams the house and makes frequent trips to the fridge- for raw meat. Her mother, Heather, seeks the help of Margaret Willow, an expert in the supernatural, and together they try to figure out what is wrong with the little girl. 

Natalie keeps getting weaker, and remains comatose during the daytime. Heather has an awful suspicion that her late father might be to blame for the condition. 


My review:

Next to haunted houses, possession stories might be one of my favorite tropes in horror literature. I’ve read a lot of them, but never one quite like Hailey Piper’s novella The Possession of Natalie Glasgow. I was blown away at the originality. I’m not sure if it has ever been done this way. 

The writing was excellent, and the author wrote a solid story in 99 short pages. It left no questions in the end, which is something I really appreciate. I don’t want to give any of the story away, but I have to say the ending left me a bit teary eyed. It was downright beautiful. Great novella all around. 




Starving Ghosts in Every Thread Review

Starving Ghosts in Every Thread Review

Paperback, 91 pages

Published April 27th 2020


A 5 star read

 

My summary: 


Teddy has a condition, which forces her to feed off other people’s emotions. Only the people she’s fed off are able to see her odd ailment. She lives with her mother, who believes only scorpion poison is able to make her own skin condition any better.

Teddy gets the scorpions from their peculiar neighbor, who collects exotic pets.  It is at his house that she meets Kiiara, who Teddy immediately feels drawn to. But Kiiara seems to have a secret that is just waiting to be unraveled.  


My review:

If I ever had to compare a book to a hauntingly abstract painting, it would be Starving Ghosts in Every Thread. Even though it was a very short read, at just 89 pages, Eric LaRocca built a solid story that felt like a mix between horror and the downright absurd. 

His protagonist’s condition was written about  in an eloquent way, even though it was a bit gross at points. You will know what I’m talking about when you read it. I felt drawn to Teddy from the beginning. Her grief and emotions were easy to understand, and I was really rooting for her happy ending.

Hard to believe this is the author’s debut novella. He surely has a knack for writing intriguing and odd (in a good way) stories. 

Thank you Eric for the opportunity to read this beautiful novella.




Alessa’s Melody Review

Alessa’s Melody Review

Coming October 6th, 2020


A 4 star read

★★★★

Louis Delacroix is an old man haunted by his past. He lost his little sister some 50 years prior and has never gotten over her death. Now, he works as a butler for a steel tycoon, who also happens to be one of his best friends. As they prepare for his boss’ families arrival to the estate, Louis knows his friend will soon be leaving this world. Soon, Louis finds himself faced with a young girl, who seems way too familiar and he finds himself spiraling out of control. 

Louis himself is one heartbreaking character, and I truly felt for him. His retelling of his childhood was dreadful and sad. His mental breakdown and spiraling was quick and effective, I just wish it would have been a bit slower. It was hard reading about him going from so caring and thoughtful, to so violent in such a short time frame. But, I know this was most likely done on purpose, to make it seem more drastic. I just wish it would have been fleshed out a bit more. 

Jayson Robert Ducharme has every right to label his novella Alessa’s Melody as Gothic horror. I’ve noticed in the past, that some books labeled as such don’t fit into the genre at all. But after reading Ducharme’s work, I fully endorse this description. It has the perfect gothic atmosphere and his writing style is dark and dramatic.

Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book for review! Also, thanks so much for including me in the acknowledgments for the launch team. 


The House on Abigail Lane Review

The House on Abigail Lane Review

Kindle Edition, 68 pages

Published June 17th 2020 by Elderlemon Press


A 5 star read


The House on Abigail Lane by Kealan Patrick Burke

The House on Abigail Lane by Kealan Patrick Burke is the story of a mysterious house that spans over 60 years. If you know me, you know by now that I am a sucker for creepy houses, and this novella did not let me down. 

The story itself is presented as a non-fiction documentary of sorts, all written by an unknown author. It goes into detail of the various disappearances connected to the house, and the people that lived there. It is in fact, so convincing, that I googled if this really happened. I did not, or did it? Burke was able to blur the lines between fact and fiction so well, that I still have no clue. 

I have to point out that there was one  little scene in the text, which scared the bejesus out of me especially. All I’m gonna say is mailman and windows. Phew! 

I also admire the fact that in 68 pages, the author brought up not only racial injustice, but also PTSD pertaining to soldiers. He handled both topics informed and tactfully.

So, read this novella and ALL HAIL THE SUNFLOWER GOD! 

Little note: I just saw this novella and Sour Candy are optioned for films. That is freaking amazing. 




Along the Path of Torment Review

Along the Path of Torment Review


A 5 star read

My summary: 

Ty Seward works for his uncle, who is a business and media mogul, and also runs a child prostitution ring for the rich and famous of Hollywood. He hates working for him, but also knows what’s best for him in the long run. Ty is in remission from cancer that almost claimed his life, he’s also anorexic and trying to avoid the demon that’s haunting him from his own closet. 

When his uncle finds his new star actress, Beatrice, Ty realizes she might be the only one who can see through his act and understand him. This leaves him with only one option; confronting the demons and trauma from his past. 


My review:

I have to start my review with a disclaimer. I just have to. If you are in any way squeamish, easily offended or just don’t like gross things, then this book is definitely not for you. If you choose to still read it, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

That being said, if you do choose to read it, you will find a well written story that left me extremely impressed. I know, I know, I just said it’s gross and depraved, but honestly that didn’t make the book any less good for me. I knew what I was getting into. Chandler Morrison likes to “season” his stories with filthy and depraved elements. I think that’s what makes him special. He doesn’t care if he offends or grosses out his readers. These elements are what makes his work stand out. He really gets into the essence of how messed up human beings are and what they will do in life to try to achieve happiness and power.

The scariest part about this book is, that I can truly believe some of this stuff really does happen in the world. It’s not hard to believe that the rich and famous, and their secret societies, are really up to no good.

So, buy it or don’t. It’s up to you.  I think it’s an awesome book, but you can’t offend me. It’s just not happening. Is some of it shocking? Well, yes. But in the end everything in this world is kinda effed, and we’re all just swimming along. So keep on being you, Mr. Morrison, and tell it how it is.




Hunger Pangs Review

Hunger Pangs Review

Kindle Edition, 172 pages

Expected publication: October 2nd 2020


A 4 star read

My review:

I’m not sure if I would categorize Hunger Pangs by Scott J. Moses as “just” a horror collection. While it is horror, it seems to fit in the subcategory of grief horror. It’s hard to believe this is his debut, as the stories are written so well and realistic, that some of them were hard for me to read. The stories have a great variety, and most feel quite personal to not just the author but also the reader.

My favorites were; Nowhere Louisiana, Blues Exorcist, and The Scent of Souls. I think all the stories were great, but these three stood out to me. A special shout-out for Waning Plumes of Frostbitten Air. That story really hit home for me. You will know what I mean when you read it. I won’t give anything away.

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the review copy.