Showing posts from August, 2018

Ladies of Horror Fiction Challenge: Monster, Folklore & Vampires!

The Instagram/Twitter Ladies of Horror Fiction Challenge has been a fantastic success! As of right now our tag has 1,270 posts and that is so much more than any of us anticipated. My co-hosts and I have found so many new books to add to our lists and I hope you guys have found something to add to your lists as well. Thank you to everyone who has been following, commenting and participating through both Instagram & Twitter. We hope to keep the momentum going and spreading the Ladies of Horror Fiction love in the future with more fun events where everyone can participate. Look for more info on that on September 1st! Big love to my co-hosts whose expertise has made this such a terrific event for everyone.  Jen from Book Den , Lilyn G from Sci-Fi & Scary , Toni from The Misadventures of a Reader ,  Alex -   Instagram , Emily  -   Instagram , GracieKat -   blogging @ Scif&Scary , Tracy -   Instagram   Here are my shots & recommendations from monster, vampire &am

Audiobook Review: Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite

Sorry friends, I am so behind on everything here at the blog. Here's a review to make up for it. Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, Narrated by Matt Godfrey  Horror on Audio   Listening Length: 14 hours and 3 minutes Released August 2018 Amazon  ♦  Goodreads   ♦  Crossroad Press Sex, blood and a haunted house - presented here from the master of gothic horror. At a house in Missing Mile, just outside New Orleans, little Trevor McGee found the bodies of his brother, his mother, and the man who killed them both - his father. Twenty years later, the house lies abandoned. Trevor returns, with his lover Zach, a fugitive computer hacker, determined to uncover what drove his father to madness and murder. But in confronting the demonic forces that destroyed the McGee family, Trevor unleashes a new terror. And risks his life all over again ...From the author of the original cult novel of vampire chic, "Lost Souls", comes a graphic, gothic tale of love, lust and a haunted

Mystery Review: Darktown by Thomas Mullen

This is a gritty mystery that'll leave you feeling glum. Darktown by Thomas Mullen  Thriller/Mystery   Released September 2016 Amazon  ♦  Goodreads   ♦  BetterWorldBooks Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neig

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 Horror   Audiobook   Released July 2018, 2 hrs 28 mins. Amazon  ♦  Goodreads 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

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

Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

This book was so deliciously dark. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Mystery/Thriller   Released June 2018 Amazon  ♦  Goodreads 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 th

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 Amazon  ♦  Goodreads 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

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

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 Amazon  ♦  Goodreads 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 Idle

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