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Review: Resisting Madness by Wesley Southard

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So many of these dark stories made me laugh and for that this book gets SO many points! Resisting Madness by Wesley Southard Published November 2019 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration What drives a man mad? Maybe it’s the death of a loved one...or the petrifying fear of hands around your throat…the dread of rejection…or maybe it’s the black, soulless eyes of a child that shatters your sanity… Within these pages, delirium reigns supreme. You’ll discover how far a prisoner will go to be with his dying wife, and what lurks between the walls of that Louisiana jailhouse to keep him there. You’ll find out how deep a man can cut himself to dig out the past. You’ll meet a college professor whose fear of flying might be the least of his worries. And you’ll learn how a sister’s love for sweet treats can reunite a broken family…whether they want it or not. Aliens and lot lizards…disembodied lips…the voice of God Himself… Thirteen stori

Horror Film Friday: Nothing But 3's To See Here

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   I have sadly neglected this little feature, as I have done with many things in my life, but I have NOT stopped watching horror films. If anything, I have been watching more than ever now that I've discovered party watches via Netflix and Prime. Here are some mini reviews of my recent watches. If you're on  Twitter  or  Letterboxd  you might've seen these already (sorry about that!).  The Hunt (2020) THE ULTIMATE HUMAN HUNTING EXPERIENCE Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are—or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is about to be derailed when one of the hunted turns the tables on her pursuers. Rental available on Amazon. My two cents for free! I liked it okay but the satire bits fell flat for me. The action and gore and Betty Gilpin - no complaints. ⭐⭐⭐ American Murder The Family Next Door (2020) Using raw, first

Review: Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

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Here's a brutal little horror gem to darken up your day! 👿 Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke Published January 2012 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Purchase with my own $ On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in. A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood. In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun. And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance... a dream which will be realized as grief and

Retro Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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I am back to my archive project! Look for some golden oldies. Hopefully you'll find something new to you to help topple your tbr pile! My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland Published July 2011 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow Angel Crawford is a loser. Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken. That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse. Before sh

Review: Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe

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I'm going to play catch up here and also start moving some older things from Booklikes which appears to be in its final death throes so there'll be extra reviews around here as I dive back into the way back archives. For now, here's a great little collection of haunting stories that you should read if you like creepy things!   Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe Published February 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration Mythical creatures, inner demons, and fear are a few forms in which monsters present themselves. When confronted by such savage beasts, the vulnerability of humanity is often exposed. Will we rise above, or will we succumb to our inevitable demise? These sixteen horror stories by Red Lagoe explore the supernatural as well as human horror associated with grief, guilt, severed relationships, and severed limbs. My 2 Cents For Free! Would you please take a moment to

Check Out Dead Head's Rebrand!

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Hi everyone! I'm still here but a bit overwhelmed as usual. I wanted to share some news with you about a rebrand that I think might interest many of you who have varied reading tastes, like myself! You might recognize some of these people if you're on the Twitters. Either way, I hope you'll check them out. There are some great people behind the site working their butts off! Dead Head Reviews is Changing Founded in summer 2019 by Garrett Witt, Dead Head Reviews is a growing platform within the Horror Community. But due to changes that took place over summer and autumn 2020, the website’s current admins, Ellen Avigliano and Elle Turpitt, have made the decision to revamp the website under a new name. Although the core focus will remain on Horror , the website will also branch out to cover horror-adjacent genres such as Sci-Fi, Dark and Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and more . The revamp will reflect this, as well as the website’s dedication to uplifting diverse and mar

Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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A ghostly thriller with secrets? There isn't much more I need than those things! The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James Published February 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls. Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary. Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnare

Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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If you like gothic horror you need this book in your life! Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Published June 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find - her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not

My Life Story In Books

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I wrote this piece for Dead Head Reviews earlier this year and I'm gonna park it here as well, with their permission. Give them a visit. They recently did a complete site overhaul and it looks gorgeous. They're doing great things in the horror community. Hi there, my name is Laurie but I’m also known as Bark around social media. I can’t even remember how that happened but it probably had something to do with my big mouth and my tendency to bark back at trollish behavior. Dead Head Reviews invited me here to talk about my reading life today. Thank you Dead Head Reviews, I hope you don't regret it! I've been reading scary books my entire life and reviewing them since I first discovered the internet. I've strayed from the genre on occasion but never for very long and I have heard all of the insulting statements and questions that people tend to throw at horror fans. Especially female horror fans. You’re likely familiar with a few of them too. "Why do you read tha