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Review of Booster & Reeves: Night of the Revenants, by Troy Blackford

Booster & Reeves: The Night of the RevenantsBooster & Reeves: The Night of the Revenants by Troy Blackford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful pastiche, as the author himself says.
Anyone who has read P.G. Wodehouse, or even watched Jeeves & Wooster on the TV and has a thirst for zombies too is in for a royal treat, as Troy Blackford combines the two elements with superlative ease in a tale that one can read in a single afternoon.
Follow Brodie Booster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Reeves as they set about putting the world to rights and rid the city of marauding zombies that have been created through the inappropriate use of spells from a book that was stolen from Brodie’s deceased Aunt Gertrude.
Another surefire winner from Troy Blackford, and absolutely deserving of a 5-star rating!

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Review of Blackbrooke II: The Guardian, by Emma Silver

Blackbrooke II: The GuardianBlackbrooke II: The Guardian by Emma Silver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I just had to purchase this second volume in Emma Silver’s marvellous trilogy to find out what happens next.
I really don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but I will say that the reader will not be disappointed, as Emma Silver builds on the action and the suspense created in the first volume of Blackbrooke.
There are reunions to be had, dark secrets to be revealed, well-sprung surprises, and lots more to learn about not only the Crits, but of all the major characters that we all thought we knew.
A wonderful companion volume that sets up the reader for the final thrilling book in the Blackbrooke trilogy, and I for one can’t wait for Emma Silver to announce that it is available to buy!

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Review of The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although being rather disappointed that the illustrations in the printed book do not show at all in the e-book version that I have, it takes nothing away from a remarkable book that gives the reader an insight into the world of Christopher Boone, who is autistic and also someone who has Asperger’s Syndrome, in my humble opinion.
Written in the style of Christopher himself compiling his own book, it tells the tale of how Christopher leads his everyday life, coming to terms with the death of his mother, and of how he takes it upon himself to try and find the killer of Wellington, his next door neighbour’s dog.
A portion of the book deals with the fact that Christopher has an uncanny affinity for numbers and mathematical equations, and in the sections where equations are shown, I found myself skipping over those passages. I want to be entertained when reading, not have my brain dragged over a mental assault course.
Apart from that issue, I would wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone who wishes to have their eyes opened and be given a glimpse of the world as Christopher views it.
A wonderful read, and highly recommended!

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Review of “Devil Inside” by William Cook

Devil InsideDevil Inside by William Cook

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Devil Inside is the tale of a young, underachieving boy who suffers abuse at the hands of his drunken father and a lack of attention from his mother, who is also a heavy drinker. Taunts from his teacher compound the issue, and on top of all this, he is having nightmares about a terrible, dark creature as black as night, with red piercing eyes. Is this creature only a dream, or is it a demonic protector sent to watch over the boy and punish those who do him harm?
A wonderful tale, told with William Cook’s usual attention to gory detail. There are 4 bonus poems and an excerpt from his novel, “Blood Related” too, so I urge any potential reader to take a look into the dark world of William Cook’s imagination. You won’t be disappointed in what you read!

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Review of “The Bell Witch” by John F.D. Taff

The Bell WitchThe Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John F.D. Taff once again weaves a delicate, complex tapestry of words that unfolds into a glorious work of art, in a style that is uniquely and unmistakably his own brand of storytelling.
The original legend of The Bell Witch is a true American horror story, and rather than tell you about it here, I advise the reader to source other books if they wish to research the historical documented case, something which John Taff himself did before fictionalising the event in this remarkable book.
The story that John Taff regales us with here is not actually a ghost story, as the entity, the Witch herself, states that she has never lived or died, and therefore can not be considered to be a ghost.
Although the Witch exhibits behavioural patterns akin to those of a poltergeist, it soon becomes clear that there is a much deeper purpose behind her violence towards Jack Bell and his daughter, Betsy, though other members of the Bell family suffer to a much lesser extent at the hands of the sometimes vengeful, sometimes playful entity.
Rather than the book just being about the Bell family and the effects that the Witch has on the Bells, the Witch is brought into the heart of the book as a major character that interacts with members of the local community, holding conversations with them and singing in church, and such. The dialogue throughout is masterfully written, and totally believable.
I offer no spoilers here at all. The Bell Witch is a story with a very dark theme indeed; it is a mystery that is unfolded to great satisfaction as the story progresses, it is sprinkled with well-timed elements of humour, and the consequences of the Witch’s insertion into the life of the Bell family changes the lives of all who come into contact with her.
Once again, John F.D. Taff shows us that he is a true master of his craft, and I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Review of “Sociopaths in Love” by Andersen Prunty

Sociopaths In LoveSociopaths In Love by Andersen Prunty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic, disturbing, brutal and, at times, taboo-breaking book that will leave the reader enthralled and yet disgusted, thoroughly entertained (if that’s the correct word to use; maybe I’m just as sick as Walt Haha, the male half of this unusual pairing) and yet wondering just how to carry on “turning the page” to find out what happens next.
Erica and Walt’s “relationship” is a strange beast, and as soon as you begin to read, you just know it’s going to end badly, and it really does end badly, though I won’t say how.
Recommended reading, if only just to see what the human animal is capable of.
This book is a real eye-opener, and I’m surprised that I’ve not read other works by Andersen Prunty before now. It seems like I’ve been missing out on so much; it’s a mistake I’ll be remedying asap!

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Review: Badass Zombie Road Trip, by Tonia Brown

BadAss Zombie Road TripBadAss Zombie Road Trip by Tonia Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is a mirror of the review i left on Amazon.co.uk

Jonah and Dale are long-time buddies, but are complete polar opposites: Dale is good looking, a real ladies’ man, and really rather rude and obnoxious, whereas Jonah is introverted, the thinker of the two, and lacking in experience with the ladies. Our unlikely duo are on their way to play a gig in Reno, but while Dale is asleep in their red Ford Focus, Jonah decides to help Dale to be re-united with his estranged father and instead drives to California.
Upon waking, we learn why Dale was so insistent that he should never return to California.
Enter: Satan, and the beginning of a rip-roaring, riotous road trip to return Dale’s soul to his body while traveling the breadth of America from West coast California to North Carolina! And all before Dale’s re-animated corpse begins to rot and stink!
We follow Dale and Jonah on their adventure, discovering what it’s really like to be a zombie, and what the pitfalls are to travel with the undead by your side.
Picking up the ravishing Candy along the way adds another layer of difficulty to their already seemingly impossible task, and throw in a run-in with Californian Mafia wannabes, Dale’s father and multiple revisits by the hilarious and deeply devious Lucifer, and you have a truly satisfying and side-splittingly funny read ahead of you.
As to how it all ends up–you’ll just have to read the book!
Tonia Brown has written one Hell of a zombie tale, and I highly recommend that you read it!

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My 3rd accepted submission for JWK!

The cover for forthcoming book, "Bones", edited and published by James Ward Kirk

The cover for forthcoming book, “Bones”, edited and published by James Ward Kirk

Sleepless night are often the most productive times for an author. They are for me, most certainly!

I wrote a 1,000 word story entitled A Canine Conundrum a couple of nights ago, in the hope of submitting it to Bones, a new anthology to be published shortly by James Ward Kirk. I emailed the story and only a day later I had an email from James saying that he’d get back to me as soon as possible.

Another day has passed since then, and tonight I got the acceptance and attached contract for me to sign, which has now been signed and returned, along with a short up-to-date biography.

I look forward to seeing all of the amazing writers, poets and artists in print when it is published, and I know that you will all love the book. Submissions are still being accepted at time of writing, so if you have something you think is worthy of being included, click on the cover image and read the submission guidelines before submitting. And good luck!

I won’t give anything away with regard to my story, because it has my usual shock ending, and this one just may make you puke! At least that’s the reaction I’m hoping to see!

“Serial Killers Tres Tria” is out!

Front cover of Serial Killers Tres Tria

Front cover of Serial Killers Tres Tria

It’s been quite a wait, but Serial Killers Tres Tria is finally out in paperback, and my short story, Eyes is in there!

In total, there are 21 authors and artists featured, with a lot of the great names in horror fiction being represented. The book is volume 3 in the Serial Killers stable, brought to you by author, Editor and publisher James Ward Kirk, who has the ability, experience and the charm to attract all of the very best names to his books.

My good friend, author M.C. O’Neill picked up an Editor’s Award for his contribution Conduct Disorder, and I can’t wait for the mail to come and deliver it, so I can hold my very own copy in my hands!

If you’ve not read any of JWK’s anthologies, you simply must remedy that immediately! All of the books that James publishes are widely available, and he is open for submissions to a whole range of future titles, so head on over to his website at JWKfiction.com and grab yourself some fantastic reading matter, and if you’re up to the challenge, submit something of your own! And while you’re browsing James’s site, take a look and drool over the fantastic covers, designed by such names as William Cook and Sydney Leigh.

Buy your very own copy of Serial Killers Tres Tria from Amazon, now!