Showing posts from April, 2018

#SpringHorror Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

A solid 3.5 star for me.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor, Narrated by‎ Euan Morton  
AudiobookHorror Fiction
Released January 2018, Unabridged 
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out his other friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank... until one of them turns up dead. That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Between Naps, April 2018 (2)

Between naps is a little recap of what we been up to recently on and outside of the blog.

Last Week (and the week before) on the Blog:

The Reviews:
♥  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
♥  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
♥  Afterage by Yvonne Navarro
♥  The Strain (grosses me out)
♥  Cat Call by Steve Vernon

The Other Stuff:
♥  Books from the Backlog: Perfume by Patrick Suskind
♥  Books from the Backlog: Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes

What We've Been Up To 

We've been doing yard work (ugh) and cleaning the basement/garage in preparation for our next phase of home improvements (maybe a library, eventually!) so there's been no searching for fun old horror novels lately.  Maybe I can talk him into it this weekend . . .
So, zero books found :(

But I did manage to sneak into Goodwill on my way home from work the other day and found this little gem for a buck! It has an ugly corner bend but hey, it was a buck and it's one of the Bentley Little books that I do not own.
As a …

#SpringHorror Review: Cat Call: A Tale of Ghosts and Darker Things by Steve Vernon

Evil kitties and naughty little boys = 5 stars!

Cat Call by Steve Vernon
Narrated by Tom Zainea 
AudiobookHorror Fiction
Released August 2017, Unabridged 28 mins.
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
Nobody really knew how long the old Funnel mansion had stood empty, waiting up there high on Carpenter’s Hill like a child’s forgotten lunch box, any more than anybody knew just how long that old cat had squatted in behind the screen of the front porch window. Three young boys are about to find out just exactly what the dark and horrifying secret is behind that cat. 

Only two of them will survive. 

This is a creepy and haunting story of the supernatural. 

My Thoughts:

If you think your cat might really be a demon in disguise you need to read this.

This is mine. His name is Patrick and his purpose on this planet is to slowly drive me insane.

This story had my name all over it. There’s a cat, a creepy-ass house and the promise of a haunting good time and it delivered on all points plus a few more!

I seriously loved t…

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Books from the Backlog: Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes

Carole @ Carole's Random Life In Books has created a fun new feature called Books from the Backlog to spotlight neglected and unloved books that have been sitting on your bookshelf for too long.

If you would like to join in, click the pic above to find out more.

My Neglected Book of the Week is Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes.

The Goodreads Blurbage:
"In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story. Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France—and that has already been traced to food animals in the United States. In a new afterword for the paperback, Rhodes reports the latest US and worldwide developments of a burgeoning global threat. ."
Why did I add this book to my tbr pile? I bought this book at my Friends of the Library Booksale back in 2005 (ohmygawds how the time flies) when I was in my mad cow apoc…

#SpringHorror Review: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

This was nearly too gross for me.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Narrated by Ron Perlman
AudiobookHorror Fiction
Released May 2009, Unabridged
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
At New York’s JFK Airport, an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane—–and what he finds makes his blood run cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like all-consuming wildfire—–lethal, merciless, hungry . . . vampiric. And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.

My Thoughts:

I have not seen the show created from this material. I DVR’d it but th…

#SpringHorror Review: Afterage by Yvonne Navarro

This is an oldie worth reading.

Afterage by Yvonne Navarro
Horror Fiction
Released 1993
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
In the bestselling tradition of Salem's Lot, here is an impressive debut novel by an acclaimed author of short horror fiction. A vampire eons old has spread her touch throughout the human population, leaving the streets full of the undead. The survivors band together to fight back in this riveting tale.


My Thoughts:

This is a book I had kicking around since the 90’s but just got around to reading when my horror loving friend Char created a buddy read at Goodreads.

A vampire apocalypse has occurred. Navarro starts things off after it has happened. The few remaining humans must struggle to survive in a wasteland ravaged by monsters both vampiric and human. And, as usual, the human monsters are always the worst! Only the suicidal dare venture out after dark because the vampires are fast, ravenous and deadly.

The book follows a rather large cast of survivors, most of them eking …