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Review: The Thirteen Black Cats of Edith Penn by Sean McDonough

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I loved this book! Are these kitties evil or misunderstood? You be the judge. The Thirteen Black Cats of Edith Penn by Sean McDonough Released December 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop What potion can restore a young girl's invalid mother to full health? What spell would give a bullied teenager the power to strike back against her tormentors? Edith Penn knew. If you believed the stories whispered around town, there wasn't anything that the old witch couldn't do for the right price. But that's all over now. Edith Penn is dead. Buried. Forgotten. ...But something is alive in the small town of New Birmingham. Something that only grows stronger every day. The dying here has only just begun, and nobody can say when it's going to end. Nobody except for the thirteen black cats of Edith Penn. Come back under the spell as Sean McDonough returns with a new novel of witchcraft and terror! My 2 Cents For Free! Do you like c

2022 TBR Stacks

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Hi everyone! It's finally time to say good riddance to 2021! I had a terrific year of reading but really that's about all of the good I can say about it. I'm not doing a Top 10 or anything like that this year because I am worn out. I did do a silly tweet thread if you want to see some favorites:   https://twitter.com/BarksBooks/status/1476294896025702403?s=20 I'm not going to make any resolutions this year because life is too complicated and I always end up feeling like a failure when I don't keep any of them.  I'm looking forward to reading some of these and maybe a few from my tbr piles that have been waiting for years 😮 The only thing I hope to do is keep up a steady pace of reading, continue my work with Ladies of Horror Fiction and post to this blog more regularly - something I seem to consistently fail to do.  Stay safe, keep blogging and let me know if you've read any in this pile of mine 👇

Review: The Cockroach King by Andrew Cull

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Have you read the work of Andrew Cull yet?! The Cockroach King by Andrew Cull Released November 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon    “We’d been in the house two weeks when Tommy pulled the first bones from the garden.” When Cassie Baker buys the house on Cedar Street, it’s partly because it reminds her of the house she grew up in in the ‘80s. It reminds her of happier times, when her Mom was still alive, before the cancer had taken her. It seems like the perfect place to raise her baby boy, Sam. That is, until a friend unearths the remains of a dog, buried in a shallow grave in the backyard. After the bones come the cockroaches… The Cockroach King is a new novella written by Andrew Cull, the award-winning author of Remains and Bones. My 2 Cents For Free! A young mother and her toddler move into a new to them home and it should be a happy, exciting time but before long the gardener digs up some bones (ahhhh!) and then cockroaches start showing up

Review: Lovelorn by April-Jane Rowan

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This here is an author to watch! Lovelorn by April-Jane Rowan Released August 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon    In Victorian England, within the sprawling countryside, a small village borders Lovelorn, a crystal kingdom inhabited by the Fair Folk that masquerades as a dense wood. Two unsuspecting mortals stray into the depths of this hidden world. Harry, a disgraced jockey, stumbles upon a Kelpie and seeks to bind him, intending to use him to regain his former glory at horse racing. He is dancing a dangerous waltz however as Kelpies are a sly and deadly folk, his actions bringing him steadily closer to a grave at the bottom of a lake. Mabel, a grieving wife abandoned by her husband, searches for her young son, Peter, who was stolen by the Fair Folk, simply wanting to bring her family together again. She makes a bargain with a knight from Lovelorn, entrusting her quest to him, all the while fearful that his word cannot be trusted. Unbeknownst to them, their path

DNF Review: Brand New Cherry Flavor by Todd Grimson

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  Brand New Cherry Flavor by Todd Grimson Did you see this Netflix show? It's dark and gross and unique and all things strange. Lucky me had a copy of the book that I bought ages ago and apparently it was not reprinted alongside the series. Because it was in such hot demand I sold my ancient copy on Ebay for way too much money. I have zero regrets about it after attempting to listen to the copy I purchased with an Audible credit. Yikes was it ever a disappointment. Now I clearly understand why they did not reprint it! These are the thoughts I shared with Goodreads. People like yelling at me over there so that's the reason I write reviews the way I do now, lol. But little do they know, they've motivated me to write more DNF "reviews" because of their shittiness.  I quit this at 20%. That was already too much of my life. I'm not going to tiptoe around this shit anymore. I thought it was a big ol' mess and I'm struggling to find something p

Social Media & Its 3-star Hate

Dracarys Gameof Thrones GIF from Dracarys GIFs It's been ages since I've written a post like this but I think it's time before I burn the whole thing down.  Over the past 2 years or so I became a little too involved with Twitter which is a total time suck and can ruin your mood if you scroll the feeds too long. We all know this but some of us do it anyway (someone being me!). There is some good there though believe it or not! I've made some true friends and had a lot of laughs but the good is overshadowed by the negatives far too often. I have had days where the feed was full of stress-inducing tweets (wait, that's every day!), days when people take a shot at a reviewer or post a hot take for likes or post some toxic positivity "be nice, be constructive" bullshit and scream at readers for no reason whatsoever and others jump all over it making anyone with a different opinion feel like their opinion doesn't matter. I only hang out in the indie horror

Review: House of Lazarus by T.L. Bodine

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Life happened and I have fallen behind again! Why is this my theme song?! I hope you've all been reading some great books! A slew of reviews may be incoming if life cooperates for a minute.  House of Lazarus by T.L. Bodine Released September 21, 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon    Things were just starting to look up for Davin Montoya -- 23 years old and freshly deceased, he'd at least found something like a family among his fellow Undead. But life as a reanimated corpse has its downfalls. Unemployment, for one, and the threat of discovery by the government's anti-Undead Coalition, for another. As Davin tries his best to care for his teenage sister -- a YouTube journalist *this* close to cracking a major conspiracy, she's sure of it -- and navigate a new relationship with his zombie boyfriend, he stumbles upon a disturbing truth: There are many more Undead in Los Ojos than he realized, and they know some dark secrets. Now Davin's got a choice.

Review: Someone to Share My Nightmares: Stories by Sonora Taylor

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Would you look at this cover?! Someone to Share My Nightmares by Sonora Taylor Released October 19, 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon    A band of bloodthirsty sea creatures terrorize a scientist and a journalist trapped in a Carolina cove. The seduction of a plumber making a house call becomes a nightmarish haunting for both parties. A woman transformed for her lover has second thoughts about just how good “together forever” can be. And the one man a woman wants for Christmas is the holiday demon sent to punish the wicked. "Someone to Share My Nightmares" is a tapestry of horrors interwoven with sensuality. Can our deepest fears be vanquished when they’re shared with someone else? Or is the danger doubled when two people come together?  My 2 Cents For Free! I’ve always been a fan of horrorotica? Horrorromance? Monterporn?  I don’t know what it’s called on this particular day but I know I like to read it even though I probably shouldn

Review: Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn

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Go get yourself this book! It's out today. Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn Published October 19, 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler. We are a people who do not forget. Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp. Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine. Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek. My 2 Cents For Free! If you follow the bookish people on social media, I bet you’ve seen people praising this book here, there, and everywhere. There’s a reason for all of the praise. This book

Review: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

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I have three brand new release reviews this week (who am I, even?!) and they all release on Tuesday so I'll be spreading them out a little bit and then you probably won't see a post from me until next month because I'll revert back to my slovenly ways, haha. This one comes out tomorrow!  Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw Released October 19, 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists. A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company. It’s the perfect wedding venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends. But a night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart. And she get