Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on The Girl Next Door – by Jack Ketchum

The Girl Next Door – by Jack Ketchum

I did not enjoy this book. The monsters in it were too real.

I prefer stories where the monsters are imaginary creatures: Ogres, Dementors, Ring Wraths, Demons, and other non-existent beings that you wouldn’t have to worry about bumping into on the bus or working beside at your place of employment. There is some comfort in knowing that the things that happened in a scary book could not possibly happen in real life.

In The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum gives us a story about a sociopath that starts out appearing to be as safe and stable as anyone else. Ruth might even be described as “the cool mom”. She drives her sons and their friend to the carnival and frequently offers the boys beers. Readers watch her become less human as she gives in to her worst tendencies.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Twilight Eyes – by Dean Koontz

Twilight Eyes – by Dean Koontz

Slim MacKenzie (known by some as Carl Stanfeuss) has a gift that can also be viewed as a curse. His strangely colored “Twilight Eyes” are a sign of psychic ability. They allow him to see through the human disguises of hideous creates that he calls Goblins. He is in a self-imposed mission to kill them all. There are times when he wishes that he had a different gift – such as the gift of healing that his mother has.

Slim, who is only 17, has run away from home after killing an uncle (who was really a Goblin). His adventure leads him to join the Sombra Brothers carnival, which travels from place to place. Oddly enough, Slim notices that many Goblins are among the patrons.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Blaze – by Richard Bachman

Blaze – by Richard Bachman

Blaze is a book that holds more than one story. That is not to say it is a book of short stories (because it isn’t). Allow me to clarify: one story is the novel itself; another story is how the novel went from draft to published; and there is another, unrelated, story after the novel portion ends. This may sound confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. I’ll explain.

It is good to begin at the beginning. The cover of the book says that Blaze was written by Richard Bachman, and that it contains a Forward by Stephen King. Most, if not all, Stephen King fans know that Bachman and King are actually the same person. King was writing under the pen name Bachman for a while, and eventually got discovered.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Dawn of the Dreadfuls – by Steve Hockensmith

Dawn of the Dreadfuls – by Steve Hockensmith

The full title of this book is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. It is, of course, the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was written by Seth Grahame-Smith. This is an original story, using some of Jane Austen’s characters from Pride and Prejudice.

The Bennet sisters have not yet begun their training as warriors, and the reader gets to watch them transition from somewhat silly girls to extremely serious and deadly warrior women. Well, except for Lydia and Kitty, who manage to become adept warriors while still remaining quite silly and giggly.

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Book Reviews, horror 1 comment on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – by Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – by Seth Grahame-Smith

Did you read Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, and think: “That was good, but, it just needs something,”? If so, then you are in luck! Now, you can read Pride and Prejudice, the classic by Austen, with extra added zombies! What could be better than that?

Seth Grahame-Smith has taken the very same classic you know and love, and imagined what it would be like if the story was set in a “universe” where zombies existed. All the characters you know from Austen’s book are there, in the same relationships you would expect.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on The Haunting of Cambria – by Richard Taylor

The Haunting of Cambria – by Richard Taylor

Something is haunting Monroe House in Cambria, a quiet picturesque town in California. No matter what your guess might be about exactly what is doing the haunting, let me assure you that you are not only wrong, but way off. The Haunting of Cambria will surprise you!

Parker and Lily are newlyweds who get married and purchase Monroe House on the same day. They intend to open up a Bed and Breakfast. Before they can even get started, tragedy strikes, and Parker is left to pick up the pieces, unsure if he even wants to make an attempt.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Lisey’s Story – by Stephen King

Lisey’s Story – by Stephen King

Lisey’s Story is one weird fairy tale, from start to finish.

Lisey (which the reader learns right away rhymes with Ce Ce), is a widow.  Her husband, Scott, was a super popular writer of scary and strange fiction books. He had many of fans, and many of them were…. mentally unstable.

At the beginning of the book, Lisey is just starting to go through her husband’s things, deciding what to keep, what to send away, and who to send these important things to.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Heart Shaped Box – by Joe Hill

Heart Shaped Box – by Joe Hill

Ready for a ghost story? Not the cheesy kind that you make up to amuse your scout troop around a campfire. No, Heart Shaped Box is scary! It will keep you up nights, wondering about the ghost in the story.

Jude is a famous (but aging) rock star. He has a personal assistant to take care of things for him. He has a troubled girlfriend, who is about half his age. He has an big interest in strange and creepy things, which he has made a collection of.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales – by Stephen King

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales – by Stephen King

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, by Stephen King, is a collection of his short stories.  If you are a fan of King’s work, you will likely enjoy at least some, if not all, of the stories it contains.  A few of the stories reminded me of his Dark Tower series.

The cover of the book instantly sets the mood. It is a pencil drawing of a table at a restaurant.  The water glass has a red drop of liquid slowly falling down to the bottom of it.  Everything else on the cover looks normal, except for that red drop.  Could it be blood?

The artwork on the front cover extends to the back. (Or, it did on the hardcover copy that I read.)  The style is the same – a pencil drawing – and it shows a little more of the restaurant.  There is now no doubt at all; the red drop in the water glass is definitely blood.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on Vampyrrhic – by Simon Clark

Vampyrrhic – by Simon Clark

Vampyrrhic is scary, and creepy, and the type of book that would make a great movie. The story is about four people in the town of Leppington (which is in England). In the book, Leppington was founded by a family of the same name, who had a dark and mysterious history.

Once, the town was prosperous, and many people were employed at the local slaughterhouse that sits in the middle of town. But now, the town is past its prime, and no one is happy to be there.

The book focuses on four main characters. None of them know each other when the story starts. They soon find themselves drawn together and involved in a prophesy that gets revealed in bits and pieces as the story goes on. It all ties together really well!

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