Marked: An Irish Paranormal Thriller by B.E. Balfinny ~ the Kerry Horrors Book 1 #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads


 

Author: B.E. Balfinny

Published: November 2017 by Oakwood Press

Category: Supernatural, Thriller, Horror, Book Review

When freelance writer Kate Murray’s Great Aunt bequeaths her a cottage in remote south Kerry, she is overcome with the peace and beauty of the little stone house. Set high up a hillside overlooking the ocean, even David, her architect husband, falls in love with it. 

The short first chapter telling of an old woman gathering items together before leaving the house to complete a task she wasn’t looking forward to, but something that had to be done, is a great hook and gives the immediate sense that something untoward is in the offing.

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The Dead City by @dylanjmorgan #TuesdayBookBlog #PostApocalyptic Thriller reviewed for #RBRT

  • 2016-374 eBook Dylan J Morgan, The Dead CityAuthor: Dylan J Morgan
  • ARC Review
  • Category: Post Apocalyptic, Horror, Thriller
  • five-stars

Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. 

Several weeks after the first contingent of soldiers were despatched to Hemera on an ill-fated reconnaissance mission (The Dead Lands), another larger, elite force has travelled from Erebus to Hemera in order to rescue any survivors. Headed by Colonel Paden who couldn’t really care less about his soldiers, and has his sights firmly set on the treasure he believes is buried beneath the presidential palace. The Superior Armed Forces are aware from previous reports that Hemera’s capital, Magna, is overrun by mutants, but were unprepared for the magnitude of their task and the swarms of creatures which greeted their disembarkation.  Continue reading

Fury ~ A Supernatural #Horror by @JoanDeLaHaye #TuesdayBookBlog Reviewed for #RBRT

  • 29754336Author: Joan De La Haye
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Supernatural, Horror, Murder
  • four-stars

A young girl is brutally murdered.

Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city.

The prologue sets the scene as the mutilated corpse of a young woman rises and sets off on a dark quest for vengeance. While on a night out with friends, Angela meets Andre and is persuaded to go home with him. Only she isn’t going to Andre’s home. Andre is a junkie who will do anything for his next fix and that includes supplying girls for the worst kind of depravity. Angela is tortured viciously and murdered, what’s left of her wrapped in plastic bags and dumped. Angela finds herself in some sort of limbo, dead yet determined to make those responsible pay. Continue reading

Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics By Robert Marasco #Horror #BookReview @audbks

  • 24956722Audiobook Review
  • Author: Robert Marasco
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Category: Classic Horror
  • Released: March 2016 by Blue Heron Audio
  • four-stars

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it’s an offer that’s too good to refuse. There’s only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

Marian is desperate to spend the summer away from the city, with it’s oppressive heat, grime and noise. The advertisement in the paper for a ‘unique summer home. Restful, secluded. Perfect for large family. Pool, private beach, dock,’ sounds just what she’s looking for in a summer rental. Ben eventually gives in and agrees to view the property, but is very sceptical when he learns the price and sees the run down state of the place. But for Marian, it’s everything she ever wanted…and more.  Continue reading

Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #Horror in a small town #RBRT #SundayBlogShare

  • 20793203Author: Dylan J Morgan
  • Published January 2014 by DJM Entertainment
  • Category: Horror
  • four-half-stars

It feeds. It grows.

The small town of Vacant harbors a secret so terrifying that the local lawmen will do anything to keep it hidden-including murder. Something sinister stalks the surrounding woods, a horrifying creature thought to be only a mystical legend. It hunts at night, killing with ravenous voracity.

A graphically gruesome opening chapter sets the scene for the horror which surrounds the town of Vacant. The townsfolk are living in fear of the unknown entity after a couple were killed in their own home. In order to appease whatever lurked in the woods, visitors or people passing through were to be chosen as sacrifices, at the instigation of the fanatical Pastor Nielsen and corrupt Mayor Wyatt. Deputies Manning and Brady select the victims and Sheriff Andrew Keller and Deputy Matthew Nielsen dispose of the remains.  Continue reading

The Sickness

A husband confronted by his jealous wife . . . an old man abandoned so his grandson can claim his inheritance . . . a fifteen year-old boy disowned because of his handicap. All of them are dead. All of them have returned. And they have come for revenge. Nash is a small farming community in rural England: picturesque and serene, but it has secrets—violent, horrific, depraved secrets. Wanting to keep their business hidden, someone is not about to let James leave. But when an unexpected visitor arrives in the village searching for James, things take a horrific turn for the worst and he is forced to face the horrors of his past if he is to have any hope of survival.

In the small village of Nash Grahame Harris is woken by noises outside his farmhouse.  What he discovers as he goes to investigate is beyond comprehension and is the last thing he ever sees before dying horrifically. Continue reading

Memphis Hoodoo Murders by Kathryn Rogers ~ Synopsis & Excerpt

Hoodoo Cover 7-24 flinal copyMemphis Hoodoo Murders, by Kathryn Rogers, is an occult horror mystery novel. It was released on August 15, 2015, published by Sartoris Literary Group, and is available for sale on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Addie Jackson has witnessed people trying to kill her family her entire life, and now her grandparents’ attackers are hunting her. The Memphis police are never able to catch these crooks since the cops have been bewitched to stay away. Her grandparents, Pop and Grandma, habitually lie to Addie, but she is attentive enough to overhear the secrets they keep from her. In her predictive dreams, Addie regularly sees future events, which disturb her, but to her dismay, she has never been able to stop them from coming true. She often dreams of a dark character, who she is later shocked to discover is the Man, a devil from hoodoo legend.  Continue reading

Angels ~ A Short Story

  • IMG_0762Author: B A Spicer
  • Kindle edition
  • Published: September 2012 by B A Spicer
  • Category: Metaphysical Horror
  • four-half-stars

 ‘Angels’ is a story of loss and the human fascination with the metaphysical world. 

A powerful, psychological story. The structural form of the writing is very cleverly done. It takes place in the present and recent past and focuses on a mother’s tragic loss. Her daughter was the victim of bullying but kept it to herself until it was too late for anyone to help her. 

It was only afterwards that she found out. When it was too late. Flora had hidden the bruises and the damaged books. She said she had dropped her mobile phone and caught her bag on a barbed wire fence. Small things. Small things that added up and became big things. So big that it was impossible to talk about them to anyone…

The result of feeling such an intense sense grief causes the mother to take matters into her own hands and the chosen form of revenge relates to a historical event and a short video clip she and her daughter had watched on the internet. 

Even though this is a short story, a very artful and concise narrative engaged me immediately. The mother’s reaction to the situation she finds herself in is drastic and chilling, but conveys the emotional depth of her pain. I was drawn into her utter sadness and hopelessness and could feel her suffering. A story of terrible loss, feelings of guilt and a surprising ending.

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About the author

BevSpicerBev Spicer is the author of six ebooks and two paperbacks. She also writes under the pen name B. A. Spicer.

Bev was born in a small market town in the Midlands, daughter to an observer for the Royal Air Force and her mother, a local beauty queen.

She was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge and became a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 1997 moving to live in France with her husband and two of her children ten years later, where she writes full-time.

She is widely read and has travelled extensively, living in Crete, where she taught English and learned to speak Greek, and in the Seychelles, where she worked for the government and co-designed materials which were used to teach at secondary school level.

She has recently published ‘Stranded in the Seychelles’, a humorous memoir and sequel to her best-selling ‘Bunny on a Bike’.