Friday Reads!

#FridayReads I'm starting one of my most favorite rereads in the world on audio, Poppy Z. Brite's DRAWING BLOOD narrated by Matt Godfrey @GodfreyTweets & am 1/4 through Mitch Ridgewell's THE NIGHTCRAWLER @alien_pub. What are you people reading?! — barksbknonsense 👻 (@barksbknonsense) August 17, 2018 Have a great weekend reading friends!

Audiobook Review: Unidentified by Michael McBride

This is a creepy little package of atmospheric chills.

Unidentified by Michael McBride, Narrated by Joe Hempel
Released July 2018, 2 hrs 28 mins.
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Four teenagers awaken in a scorched cornfield with no memory of how they got there. All they know is that there were five of them when they found the carcass of the mutilated cow.

Forty years later, Eric Devlin sends a cryptic email to the other three survivors: I remember everything.

Karl Doering has spent the majority of his life trying to understand what happened that night and learn the fate of his missing friend. He responds to the mysterious message and finds that Eric has killed himself in a decrepit barn, behind which is a cornfield filled with mutilated cattle.

When a local girl goes missing, Karl realizes that he and the other two survivors are her only hope. To find her they must confront repressed memories so traumatic they’d driven Eric to take his own life…and creatures straight out of their worst nig…

Spotlight on Lee Murray's Into the Sounds

Spotlight on Lee Murray

It's been a bit since I've done one of these spotlights but since I'm doing the#LadiesofHorrorFiction Challenge I figured now is a good time to feature a brand new book by Lee Murray. Her newest book, released today, is a sequel to "Into The Mist" which my trusted friend over at Sci-fi & Scary enjoyed. If you like monster chomping fun go get yourself a copy for the weekend :)

Into the Mist (Book #1)

When NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna and his squad are tasked with escorting a bunch of civilian contractors into Te Urewera National Park, it seems a strange job for the army.
Militant Tūhoe separatists are active in the area, and with its cloying mist and steep ravines, the forest is a treacherous place in winter. Yet nothing has prepared Taine for the true danger that awaits them. Death incarnate. They backtrack toward civilization, stalked by a prehistoric creature intent on picking them off one by one. With their weapons ineffective, the ba…

Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

This book was so deliciously dark.

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Released June 2018
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When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong--one of the most popular girls in school--disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser--now a detective with Seattle PD--finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right u…

Review: The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R. Thomas

A hungry werewolf is on the loose and he is not cuddly!

The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R. Thomas
Horror Fiction
Released June 2018
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Some legends never die....

The White Wolf, the Beast of Brenton Woods, a legendary creature said to walk like a man. When the full moon rises, it will feast. 

Unseen for years, truth has turned to rumor, mere folklore. Until something lures the monster from exile, calling it home.

For Tyler and Ben, a firsthand encounter leads to an exploration of the forbidden depths of Brenton woods, and for Ben, the discovery of a family secret.

When Wendy and her friends hangout in the abandoned cabin is compromised, the hunt begins. The target of a creature's desire, Wendy is hearing whispers in the night, finding footprints outside her window, and can't shake the dreadful feeling that something is waiting for her.

Deputy Kathy Wilcox understands the disturbances, the shredded carcasses, and the growing list of missing persons in town are conne…

Ladies Of Horror Fiction: Day 3, 4 & 5

Hi everyone. Here I am already falling behind in my new daily posting ritual. So surprising, haha.
I'm combining days 3, 4 and 5 in this post so you can see what I'm showcasing in case you're not on Twitter or Instagram and want a peek. You can look up the #LadiesOfHorrorFiction hashtag at either place to find everyone's posts and grab some recommendations. 
Click on any picture to visit the book at Goodreads.
Day 3: Jewelry

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry because I have a bad habit of spending my money on books and bookish things instead. I m sure some of you can relate. If you look closely you can spy some rings on her fingers . . .
I bought this book sooo long ago and didn’t realize it was book #4 of the Sonja Blue series. I read book #1 a million years ago and remember nothing. Have you read this series? And, if so, do I need to go back and read books 1-3 to make sense of this one? Please tell me no! Blech. This is why I dislike series!! What are your thoughts on the…

Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Wayward girls & ghosts.You can't go wrong here!

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Dark Fiction
Released March 2018
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Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . . 

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restor…

LOHF Day 2: Haunted

Hi everyone. Can you believe I am posting three days in a row? I can hardly believe it myself. Maybe next I'll even write the three reviews that are looming over my head!
It's day #2 of our Ladies of Horror Fiction challenge and I hope you can join us to showcase horror fiction written by the ladies. Today's prompt is "Haunted". If you're looking to add to your haunted horror pile you'll want to see the rest of the posts by using the #LadiesOfHorrorFiction hashtag at Twitter & Instagram.
Here's my picture of the day:

My picture for haunting features The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff. I haven't read it but I peeked over at Goodreads and noticed my friends have given it 1, 3, 4 & 5 stars. Maybe I’m strange but I love it when a book’s ratings are all over the place! Do you? It makes me wonder where I’ll fall on the scale. All fives and all ones make me so nervous. But the ones with ratings all over the place? They intrigue me. Have you rea…

LOHF Day 1: Show me your "Lady Stack"

It's day #1 of our Ladies of Horror Fiction challenge and I hope you can join us to showcase horror fiction written by the ladies. See the rest of the posts by using the #LadiesOfHorrorFiction hashtag at Twitter & Instagram.
Here's my picture of the day:

My stack features some tbr scary tales that I discovered lurking in my basement when I went looking for Angela Carter's THE BLOODY CHAMBER. I didn't find it but I know it's down there somewhere. . . 
In this pile resides: (all links lead to Goodreads)
Candle Bay by Tamara Thorne - vampires

Blood Ties by Karen Taylor - more vampires

The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni - some sort of paranormal monster

A House Divided by Deborah LeBlanc - haunted house

The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli - deal with the devil

The Between by Tananarive Due - madness or ghosts?

See the rest of the pretty pictures by clicking on this Instagram picture:
& over on Twitter by clicking the lovely picture below:

Look at all those books and it's …

Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

Not surprising to all of you, I'm sure, but I got nothing accomplished on the blog while on vacation. I had fun though and actually read a few books! This was one of them:

The Sea Was A Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
Horror Flash Fiction
Released June 2018
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The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

My Thoughts:

This is a collection of little short stories or as they’re better known “flash fiction”. The…