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Review: Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder

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Halloween never ends around here! Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder Published October 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration  Halloween is the most wonderful part of the year for many of us. For dedicated fans, the season begins when the leaves start turning autumn colors and doesn't finish until Hallowtide ends in November. With it comes a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course trick or treat. But Halloween is also a deeply spiritual time for some; it's an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on. Master storyteller Lucy A. Snyder has filled her cauldron with everything that Halloween means to her and distilled it into a spell-binding volume of stories. Within these pages you'll find thrills and chills, hilarity and horrors, the sweet and the naughty. One of the best things about Halloween is you don

My Top 9 of 2020

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Happy New Year, everyone! I'm not making any resolutions this year because I have no idea what this new year may bring. The only plan I have is to read more for me, less for everyone else. That means no more ARC's, no more Netgalley, and no more review submissions. 2021 is going to be the year of reading selfishly! I hope you'll join me.  I had a slow year of reading, as most of us did, due to the constant upheaval and stress of 2020 and my usual difficulties concentrating but I did manage to finish 57 books so I'll take that as an accomplishment! Here are some of the books I enjoyed the most in no particular order. The V.C. Andrews was a reread from my childhood. Of course, it's not perfect but I loved it still! It's amazing when a book can hold up like that!  Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - link to my review Betty by Tiffany McDaniel -  link to my review The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones  -  link to my review True Crime by Samantha Kolesni

Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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I read this one a bit ago but the full review never made it here and now that Horror After Dark is no more I'll be moving what I saved over here.  My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Published July 2017 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defense and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to s

Review: Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

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I wrote this review two months ago. I swear someday I will catch up! Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor Published June 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class - or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker. No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much as Abby wants to be believed, what she wants more is to know why she can suddenly see the dead. Unfortunately, they won’t tell her. In fact, none of them will speak to her. At all. Abby leaves for her annual summer visit to her uncle’s house with tons of questions. The visit will give her answers the ghosts won’t - but she may not like what she finds out. My 2 Cents For Free! Seeing Things is a genuinely creepy tale about a young lady named Abby who

Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

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This was my first audio from Netgalley and I was so ridiculously excited to see audios up for grabs over there! Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power Published July 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself. Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she

Horror Film Friday:And We Have a 4 Star!

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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!).  Today I'm going to start out with the three star movie and work my way up to the four star. We Have Always Lived In the Castle (2018) In Shirleyville, Vermont, during the sixties, sisters Merricat and Constance, along with their ailing uncle Julian, confined to a wheelchair, live isolated in a big mansion located on the hill overlooking the town, tormented by the memories of a family tragedy occurred six years ago. The arrival of cousin Charles will threaten the fragile equilibrium of their minds, haunted by madness, fear and superstition. Streaming on Netflix My two cents for free! I

Retro Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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This is one of my all-time favorite reads. So much creeping dread. We Have Always Lived In The Caslte by Shirley Jackson Published September 1962 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.  My 2 Cents For Free! I listened to this classic Shirley Jackson story in its unabridged audiobook format and the narrator did a terrific job bringing the story of Merricat and the remaining members of her family to life,

Horror Film Friday - More Mini's

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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 Love Witch (2016) SHE LOVED MEN… TO DEATH Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. My two cents for free! A talented young witch desperately wants love and performs love spells on hapless and worthless and icky (if you ask me) men and discovers

Retro Review: Primal Heat by Donna Grant

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I am back to my archive project! Here's another golden oldie. Have you read anything by this author that I might like better than this one? Primal Heat by Donna Grant Published September 2011 Paranormal Romance  |  Goodreads   Source: Purchased Being an American in Britain isn't easy. For Krista, its downright hard especially when she's plagued by erotic dreams that increase as Halloween approaches. So when she's given a dare by her co-workers to pluck a rose from the most haunted house in Cardiff, she agrees never thinking it would be more than a scare tactic. As a Tracker, all Orrin wants to do is capture the Were's before they feed off the people of Cardiff, but when he lands on Earth and discovers the woman he's been sharing dreams with is there, he can't help but find her. All he plans to do is talk, but the lust that flares between them leaves no room for talking. But the Were's have come for more than food. They've come for Krista, t

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