Review – A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

 

This one was a really fun read. A Head Full of Ghosts is a novel about the Barrett family and the tragedy that befell them. Their eldest daughter Marjorie begins displaying odd behavioural changes and after psychiatry doesn’t help, the father enlists the help of an exorcist. The Barrett family is also going through hard times so they reluctantly agree to be the subjects of a reality TV show called The Possession. Continue reading Review – A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

THE LOG HOUSE (Guest Review)

“I know that they are strong and fast. They don’t feel fear, don’t even know what it means. You can’t ward them off with charms and urban legends. They can climb and run and they never tire. Only the light can distract them, and once that has gone, you have nothing. They will see you, and once they have, they will never stop until they have you. If they knew we were here, we’d already be dead.”
-Penny, protagonist of The Log House

Imagine a forest that loses its serenity the longer you inspect every individual piece of its whole, evolving into a looming fear that can only be alleviated one of two ways.

Pull your focus back to ignorance and rejoin the lie of serenity, or keep looking closer to learn the truth, no matter how ugly it may be.

That’s where Baylea puts you, not only within the story, but with the characters as well.

Thanks to an event through Pigeonhole, I was fortunate enough to read Baylea Hart’s debut novel in advance.

And what a hell of a debut novel it is.

Though her first novel, Baylea is no newcomer to the horror scene. From writing and directing short films to having her work published in horror-writers.com’s very own anthology “Dreams of Desolation”, she’s had her toe dipped in the bloody waters for some time now.

The Last of Us meets The Village meets Children of Men, The Log House is a survival horror on a quaint scale. A whatnot of suspenseful dread lurking in tranquility that haunts you with lingering imagery.

After an unexpected attack, Penny finds herself on her own, separated from the safety of her village, unable to be rescued. Now she must journey through the cold wilderness alone and find a way back home to her son before her passage is closed off for the winter, sealing her fate as well. But is she truly alone?

Penny’s mission is one filled with questions, doubt, and unquestionable fear. And as each footstep she takes reveals more truths about her past and present, the more uncertain the future becomes.

Penny herself is flawed, but to what extent is the driving force. Her heart is cold and buried, but does it still beat? And what buried it so deeply?

Ultimately, it’s not about Penny’s goal to survive the living rot from a dying world and rescue her son, but rather or not if she deserves to be reunited with him. What does the darkness and the silence hold for Penny in addition to “them”?

To say more would rob the reader of the experience of learning the ugly truths, for it’s not what we see that frightens us, but what we don’t see. The unraveling of the unknown is the driving force. But all questions, all paths, all conflicts and resolutions, all begin and end at one place.

The Log House

You can find her book at:

Amazon US

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Story Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Dead Over Heels is the story of Veronica who can’t seem to catch a break in the love department. Tired of the grind, she turns to magic to help find that special someone.

It’s a pretty short read so I don’t want to spoil any more of it than that but it was a lot of fun. I think it clocks in at around 37 pages. Dead Over Heels doesn’t waste a single sentence in that time.

As I said, it’s relatively short but it feels perfectly paced out. The ending is satisfying and the characters are worth investing your time in. I recommend checking it out on amazon, which you can do here

 

Book Review: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

I didn’t release an official ranking for 2016 but if I had, Hammers on Bone would easily be in my top 2 for 2016. If it had been released in any other year it would have been the top book. This book is very, very, very good.

It’s a Lovecraftian noir tale about a Private Investigator who seemingly gets in over his head. The characters and mythology are perfectly fleshed out and the tone feels right out of the 1930s pulp horror novels that I love so much. Hammers on Bone takes a needle of nostalgia and injects it right into your heart. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, The old Hammer films or pulp detective novels you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

The biggest strength in Hammers on Bone are the characters. You form a bond with each of them immediately and by the time the book is done, will contemplate writing to Cassandra to do another novel in this world.

Highly recommended read.

Book Review: What Lies Within by Clare de Lune

The simple version: What Lies Within is a dark, gory family drama about serial killers. I mean this in the most loving way possible, this was fun to read and dissect. Those are words I never thought I’d write about a book but here we are and boy am I happy about it.

What Lies Within is the story of Sophia, proud owner of a cosmetics company that just happens to also be a serial killer. Her relationship with her accomplice is failing and she’s looking for a replacement. This realization sets us on our journey and it grows more and more twisted with each succeeding chapter.

At times it can feel a little disjointed and I wasn’t able to really grow fond of the characters until around halfway through but I recommend sticking it out. The payoff is worth it and even when I was more or less apathetic to the characters the story kept me entertained. It’s a solid novel and I recommend picking it up.