Violent Vixens Review

Violent Vixens Review

Paperback, 256 pages

Published August 2nd 2021 by Dark Peninsula Press


A 3 star read

Enough is enough is what I imagine most of the women protagonists in this collection would say, and their stories surely echo that sentiment. 

Filled with violent tales of revenge and full out rage, Violent Vixens brings you good old horror tales from all sorts of talented authors. 

This being a short story collection, there is something for everyone in it. I didn’t care for some of the stories, but others made up for that. You just can’t please everyone, but PLEASE don’t mention that to the vixens within this book. 

Some of my favorites include:

Sister Glitter by Gwendolyn Kiste

The Parts that Hurt me the Most by Matt Neil Hill

Bloody Bon Secour by Sarah Read 

Rose Pink and Roadhouse Blue by S.R. Miller

This was my first ever group read, and it was fun discussing all the stories. 

 

The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales Review

The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales Review

Kindle Edition, 115 pages

Expected publication: September 1st 2021 by Off Limits Press


A 4 star read

Eric LaRocca doesn’t merely write horror stories, but stories that will get under your skin and stick with you for a long time. He utilizes beautiful and poetic prose in even the grittiest scenarios. 

This short story collection is packed with topics that will make you cringe and unsettle you. Yet, somehow it also makes you feel melancholic. 

One thing I really admire about Eric’s writing is that he takes themes that other writers might never touch out of fear of being too shocking. But he takes those topics, and transforms them into something so beautifully messed up. 

Thank you Eric for the review copy!

Nana Review

Nana Review

Kindle Edition, 120 pages

Published March 26th 2021 by D&T Publishing (first published March 25th 2021)


A 4 star read

You know how your grandma is supposed to be the person that always has your back and stuffs you with cookies and candy? Well, Mark Towse’s Nana surely isn’t that kind of granny. Her own grandson is afraid to spend the night with her, and he has good reasons. 

Nana lives in Newhaven Crescent along with a bunch of other weird old people, and they get together once in a while to play Bingo or whatever it is that old people do. That’s at least what Olly and his mom think and boy, are they wrong.

This book is funny, dark and really gross. Some of the descriptions make me wish I found a youth potion. Maybe Amazon  will sell them in the near future. If not, I’ll just have to hope we get a paperboy some time soon around here. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy.

 

The Rules of the Road Review

The Rules of the Road Review

Paperback, 336 pages

Expected publication: August 24th 2021 by Ionosphere Press


A 5 star read

Howdy Folks, Buck Hensley here with a friendly review of The Rules of the Road. 

OK, no I’m not really Buck Hensley, but you will definitely get to know the man soon enough. 

This book, authored by C.B. Jones is packed with stories of people who have listened to Buck’s broadcast, and were told to abide by  some pretty odd rules during their time on the road. 

I have to say some of these rules are pretty weird, but I just happen to like weird stories!

I believe Jones has the imagination, and the way with words to assure that his debut novel will not only be successful, but also followed by many more. 

And now, here is your rule after reading this review: On August 24th, 2021 you shall go and buy your own copy of The Rules of the Road. If you don’t, well you will just have to deal with never having read this cool book. 

Thanks to the author for the arc!

 

The Burning Boy & Other Stories Review

The Burning Boy & Other Stories Review

Paperback, 168 pages

Expected publication: August 27th 2021 by Beware The Moon Publishing


A 4 star read

When I first opened up my copy of The Burning Boy & Other Stories by Denver Grenell, I was already in love with the cover itself. What a fitting image for this collection of stories. The stories range in topic matter, and I found myself enjoying almost all of them. 

My favorites included Lilith, a story about a man falling for a woman at a party and following her into the unknown.

The Grave, which introduces us to a lonely man in a graveyard, whose intention there might not be what we might think.

And In Comes the Tide, my absolute favorite story in the entire book. It tells the story of a woman, who realizes that death might not mean simply ceasing to exist. 

Denver’s writing is beautiful, and the way he describes the surroundings in a story makes it feel as if you were really there. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy. 

 

 


 

 


 

River of Souls Review

River of Souls Review

Kindle Edition

Published October 25th 2019 by JournalStone – Trepidatio Publishing


A 5 star read

Usually, zombie books bore me to death (no pun intended). I used to love watching and reading all the Resident Evil movies/novelizations, but at some point the whole trope was overdone. Zombies just popped up here and there, and it wasn’t anything new anymore. This isn’t the case with River of Souls, in fact, it might be the best dang zombie novel I’ve ever read.

Here, we get the story from the zombies’ perspective, and they really have it rough. Being treated like second class citizens, they have to register themselves and give up their entire life – all while still being conscious like any other human. The government also makes them take drugs and forces them to be supervised by someone at all times. It sucks for them.

That’s when we meet Davin, and his sister Zoe. The two of them have to take care of their dead father, and it isn’t long until Davin also becomes a living dead citizen. He realizes he can no longer trust the government, and remains unregistered. Along the way he meets more unregistered Undead and might just make a friend or two.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book!

Thanks to the author for the review copy.