Curse of Crater House Review

Curse of Crater House Review

ebook, 217 pages

Published October 4th 2021


 
3 Skull Read

Haunted houses make for an excellent backdrop for any horror story. It’s one of my favorite tropes in both movies and books. 

Curse of Crater House gives that trope another breath of fresh air, by giving the main character special powers. Her work as a realtor, combined with her ability to “sense” houses’ personalities, was great. Bringing in a team of ghost hunters made the whole thing even better. 

There were a lot of extremely creepy moments throughout this book, and I don’t get scared easily. The author surely knows how to set the tone for spine tingling creepiness. 

What I didn’t like was that the characters seemed rather hollow, and were missing personalities. Also, the ending (and I don’t want to spoil it) was an extreme letdown. 

Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Maiden Review

Maiden Review

Kindle Edition, 200 pages

Published 2021 by Hold My Beer Publishing


 

4 Skull Read

I freaking adore mermaids. Really anything with mermaids/sirens in it: the scarier, the better. I am a full grown adult that wants there to be merpeople living in the depths of our oceans, ready to strike at any moment. Gruesome killing machines; half-human, half-fish. I don’t know when this obsession started. So, when I heard about Maiden, I immediately jumped over to Netgalley and requested an advanced copy. Here is what I thought:

The mermaids themselves are a-mazing! They are everything I want in them, if not better. In fact, I need more of them. I want this to be a whole series, because these are not your fairytale mermaids, and I’m all here for it. 

I also enjoyed the characters to an extent. The captain and his three new crew members were all flawed human beings, just like the rest of us. I like being able to sympathize with characters that are down on their luck. Makes the book feel more organic, more real. 

The villain, on the other hand, was more vile and disgusting than I expected. I’m not generally a person that gets offended easily, but this villain did nothing but just that. Since I can only assume this was on purpose, I won’t deduct any points for his gross presence in the novel. Just some parts were a bit too much, but then again trigger warnings were included in the book, so it’s nothing I didn’t know going on. 

A very solid, gruesome and outright bloodbath by the two authors working together! 

Thanks to the authors for the review copy!

 

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.