I have to start this review with the statement that this book was nowhere near what I expected. It was sent to me to review as a horror novel but, it’s much than that. I was aware it would possibly have some erotica in it and though I’m not a fan of erotica, I gave it a shot. Although I didn’t care for the actual content really, I thought the book as very well written. It was a quick read. And if I were into reading erotica mixed with horror this would probably be something I would rave over. But, I will warn you, one has to have an open mind when approaching something like this.
Here’s the blurb on the back cover:
The book is set in city of Boston that is infected with zombies, roaming the streets and seeking human flesh—not to eat but to use as sexual servants.
Mattie, one of the tribe, wants out. She’ll do anything—manipulate, cheat, lie—to get what she needs to break free from the sex cult. Hayden Thomas, a tabloid reporter, and wonderkid, knows firsthand how cruel and consuming Mattie can be. Book smart, a good writer, and willing to do anything to get the story that will take his career to the next level, he’s made some depraved enemies.
“This is contemporary pulp horror that harkens back to the over-the-top Tales from the Crypt stories with a knowing wink to the present. I love that it’s set in the world of exploitive tabloid journalism!”
In a city that thrives on scandal and conspiracy, nothing is a coincidence. Beware: once you’re in, you’re in.
For example: In the book there are zombies that turn humans into sex slave zombies, like toys or playthings, to service the master when beckoned and become invisible when the master has finished with them. This applies to all of the slaves. The master is a male but still takes female AND male sex slaves.
Now, the sexual encounters described in this novel are not overdone, over exploited and fit the story in a fantastic manner. It’s not like the detail is SO specific that it takes over the book but, it IS specific enough that it definitely has an impact.
If you are not a modern, forward thinker, don’t even bother with this book.
But, if you don’t mind the erotica and you like zombie stories, this one will be a nice fresh read for you. The zombies have a more mystical and almost vampire-like essence, in the way they gather, the behaviors, the ownership of others below them…others they’ve turned.
I enjoyed the magical and mystical aspect. The zombies in charge are fantastic manipulators and eerily display an ability to use every bit of their sexuality and sensuality to get whatever they want.
But, more importantly, the rest of the story was really good. So, THAT part I DID enjoy. AND Drake is a great writer, I can’t dispute that. I thought the story itself was very thrilling and entertaining. A good horror story. Like I said though, it just wasn’t my thing. I’m also not going to hold my my disinterest in erotic novels cloud the fact that this was a good book. Even if it wasn’t my taste. I try to be as objective as possible. However, since I am a little conflicted, I’m not going to give a general target recommendation on this one. You’ve read the review. I’ve included the blurb. You can decide for yourselves.
About the author:
Isabelle Drake got her start writing confession stories for pulp magazines like True Confessions and True Love. Since publishing those first few stories she has written in multiple genres, earned and MFA in Creative Writing and became an English & Writing Professor.
When away from her keyboard, she watches films, especially classic noir, horror and romance, and reads (of course). An avid traveler, she'll go just about anywhere--at least once--to meet people and get ideas.
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This is a short novella from Poage rather than a collection of short stories. This was longer, more detailed and had a lot of suspenseful and intense moments. Poage really hit the ball out of the park with this one. I do hope he continues to write some more in this novella format.
Bradley Poage is a fantastic horror story writer. It reads as if it were his passion. He is so creative and inventive with his stories that not one is the same as another.
This particular story is about a young woman named Danica. Danica has recently developed a debilitating bout of insomnia. Sleep deprivation can cause horrible reactions. People hallucinate, they can hear things that aren’t there, they can develop paranoia and sometimes even become violent.
See, sleep is nature’s way of resetting the brain. The brain is basically the CPU for the whole body. Sleeping is like shutting down the CPU so it can cool down and rest its inner working parts. It’s also a way for the brain to “reboot”. If it doesn’t get a chance to do this there can be dire consequences. Some people finally just pass out, some lose touch with reality completely and go crazy and some…well, some die.
Danica has had sleep problems before but, she thought she had gotten it under control. Soon, we find out that things become very complicated as mysterious voicemails full of horrible sounds keep getting sent to Danica’s phone. She has no idea who they are from or how they got to her but, it scares her something fierce.
Soon, Danica starts getting pieces of flashbacks and her gut keeps telling her something is wrong.
Will Danica determine the source of these menacing voicemails? Will she find out what they mean? Is there any hope for her to find help again?
You’ll have to get your own copy and find out. But I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed. This story could go right up there with a Twilight Zone kind of feel, it’s that good. I really hope you guys will check it out. It’s only about fifty pages or so. You should breeze right through it.
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Here we have a fantastic crime novel. The writer puts all of her years of experience and expertise into play for the completion of her first novel…and it’s a doozy. The story is about a pathologist who works at a hospital. Dr. Antoinette Day is known as Toni. Toni runs into a hard wall of ethics when another doctor, Dr. Sally Shore comes on board the staff as a temporary surgeon while the regular surgeon recovers from a quadruple bypass.
From the moment Dr. Shore arrives, Toni experiences problems with her. Dr. Sally Shore is a real piece of work. She thinks she’s the best the medical profession has to offer yet her capabilities and training seem to be from closer to the stone age of medicine. She is way behind on the use of up-to-date practices. She is absolutely and inexplicably condescending and rude to anyone and everyone she comes into contact with. She causes the dismissal of the hysto-tech in the lab, leaving Toni shorthanded. After many disagreements and heated discussions, Toni goes to the medical staffing board and puts her foot down. They are going to have to choose between Dr. Evil Witch and Toni. Meanwhile, a “too good to be true” replacement hysto-tech shows up. And there are some strange things about this gal. Toni starts uncovering secrets that had long since been buried.
That’s when things take a very dramatic and deadly turn for the worse. Dr. Day finds Sally Shore dead in Day’s office. This comes in the wake of an attack on the original hysto-tech, putting her in the hospital. Once Shore turns up dead in Toni’s office, given all the trouble they’ve had with each other, Toni is immediately the prime suspect. Now, she must race the police in a search for the truth to uncover the deadly deeds of a masterful criminal adversary.
Because I have long had a passion for forensic science, I found this novel exceptionally interesting. The author perfectly constructs a dynamic mystery, thrilling and captivating the reader with every turn of the page. The medical terms and situations are as accurate as a professional of thirty-three years can relate them. Therefore, the story has a very authentic feel. But, make no mistake, the book is not full of technical medical jargon that makes no sense. Although real terms and diagnoses are used, they are either briefly explained or used in a context where you can figure it out.
The story is also smoothly written and flows with magnificent ease. It was easy to get through this book once I finally got the chance to pick it up. I was shocked that this was Bennett’s first novel as it seemed to just pour out of her so effortlessly. With seamless transitions from chapter to chapter and gripping components, everything about this novel comes together like a perfect meal, from the mouthwatering starters to the decadent dessert.
I tore through this novel and found it a fantastic murder/crime thriller. I’ve been getting more used to reading fiction but this one was particularly fascinating and entertaining. I think those who love forensic science will be drawn to this novel. I also think those of you that like crime stories or murder mysteries will really dig this too. It’s sure to be a fast read for anyone who picks it up.
In my opinion, this is as close to “inside the mind of Manson” as you’re gonna get. This book is written by Nuel Emmons. It was basically dictated to him over time spent with Manson at the prison. The things told in this book go way beyond the Tate-LaBianca murders. It even goes beyond the murders of Gary Hinman and Shorty Shea.
There was a lot of information in this book. Do keep in mind that this is all coming from Manson himself. So, take it with a grain of salt. I say that NOT because he was a convicted criminal OR because he was in prison. To me, the decisions that land a person in prison or jail (two different things people, I promise you) do NOT always define them as human beings. Everybody makes mistakes, everybody makes bad choices. Some worse than others. And none of us wants to be judged solely on a bad decision we made thirty or more years ago (if you are old enough to have thirty plus years of past and screw ups, that is). Personally, if I were judged solely on any one bad decision I made in my younger years…I’d be screwed. So, ya know, stuff happens.
However, it is well known that Manson had a tendency to over exaggerate, bolster, embellish or flat out lie about things he either was or was not involved in, things he did or said, didn’t or do or say, that he put on a “crazy” act to intimidate or scare…or fascinate. The truth is, Manson probably didn’t think much of himself as a man or even a human being.
We learn so much in this book about his thought processes and get some real insight to this little man’s methodology. We learn about how he pinpointed the lost and lonely because he himself was lost and lonely. He searched for belonging and friendship only to find that he didn’t belong anywhere. So, he created a world for himself where he WOULD belong…and be important.
I decided that because there was so much information in this book that I would do the review and then write a separate article about the actual detail of the content of the book.
This was an interesting and fairly fast read. There are many times you can catch the contradictions and hypocrisy of Manson if you pay attention. He was very chameleon-like in the way he would change little parts of his persona to fit the circumstances he was in or trying to achieve. There aren’t a whole lot of parts that will give you chills or make you want to vomit or anything but, there are definitely many claims made by Manson that might shock you or make you feel uneasy. I do think that anyone who has done a lot of research on Manson, as I have, will actually be a little annoyed at his repeated claims of being a victim and the refusal to take responsibility for almost anything. If you EVER wanted to know what Manson was like when the cameras weren’t on and his name wasn’t on the front page of every newspaper, then read this.
This is the novel version of the premiere issue of The Toking Dead. This was such a fun read. I got the comic book when it first came out and I loved it. The story was great. But, as with all comic books, you can’t put every little thing in such a limited amount of space, so you consolidate. By publishing the first issue in the form of a novel/novella you get a better sense of what lead up to and actually happened in the story up to the end of the first issue.
This version has only a few sketch art drawing in it but, the art isn’t the point in this book. Here it is definitely the writing. These two guys who got together to make this dream a reality have such great humor, such creative and vivid imaginations and a talent to put it all down on paper for us to enjoy.
It is obvious after talking with these gentlemen and seeing and reading their work that they truly love making comic books and actually take pride in and enjoy their craft. Sometimes the jokes are things we all think and don’t say but, these guys say it through their characters. And they say it perfectly! I also thought their bios in the “about the authors” on the inside of the back cover were an honest, down to earth introduction of who these two men really are. Great guys!
This was a fun read even though I already knew the story. It allowed me a chance to imagine things along with the authors. This was also a fast read. It’s about forty-five pages. A quick little horror edible for you to munch on. In addition to all that, this is a fantastic was to introduce yourself or a friend to the series, especially if they aren’t comic lovers like us. It’s a nice transition from all print book to comic books. Give it a shot. Everyone loves zombies, right?
I hope you get a chance to pick this up. You won’t be disappointed.
This is the first volume of (hopefully) many to come. I have been a big fan of Ciofki’s on Instagram for a while now. He is a very talented writer who specializes in “bite size stories” to entertain and disturb his readers. The title alone, Goth-Ick tales should tell you that these are going to be fantastically gory stories of fear, revenge and death.
This collection of 101 short stories has something for everyone. There’s death, blood, murder, gore, revenge, dark comedy, hauntings and paranormal activity, thrillers, suspense, myths and urban legends and more. Anything you could want in a short horror story, this book has it. The fact that each story is basically a paragraph makes for a very fast read but, leaving enough that it is truly entertaining. Each story touches on something, sparks something that makes you want to keep turning pages. And at just at one hundred pages (give or take) these pages with fly through your fingertips.
Even though these tales are quick and short, they are NOT short on horror in any way. I personally think it takes a certain skill and talent to write a five sentence story that actually makes sense and has a point. The addition of the horror and chilling lack of too many details leaves a lot open for interpretation and that can always make horror fun. The human mind has a way of filling in the blanks with the worst possible scenarios available.
This first volume is titled “101 Damnations” and I think that is the perfect title for this book. But, the stories are just really good old fashioned horror brought to the modern age in a very unique and talented way. It reminded me a lot of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” from my childhood. I loved that series. Those stories were perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers, story time around campfires. I can totally see these stories being the perfect stories for campfire tales and Halloween frights.
I really think any horror fan would like this. Again, the stories are so short it’s not like it’s going to take a long time to get through one story. Hell, you could still read one a day and be perfectly satisfied.
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This was a book that truly horrified me. The things revealed in this detailed account of Gosnell’s "work" over the years are some of the most horrific stories I have ever heard. Sincerely. There were definitely moments while reading this book that I had to stop, put the book down and step away for a few minutes. It’s truly maniacal and abhorrent what this man has gotten away with.
I’ll give you a little rundown but, I am not going to tell you too much because I want you to read the book. There’s also a movie made about this guy so I am going to be trying to find that soon as well.
Basically, what we have here is a man who is a sworn doctor and is trusted to perform medical and abortion services to the best of his ability and while observing every law regarding such matters. Needless to say, this is NOT what happened.
This is a man who has perverted the field of medicine. Preying on the already poor, the already weak and the already victimized to make his money. He turned his practice into a revolving door of back alley abortions, illegal medications, drug trafficking and murder.
The biggest crime this man committed is a crime against humanity. These women, his patients, came to him needing help, needing an expert, needing medical care and treatments. What they got was something far below standards of care and treatment so careless and inhumane that I would classify it as a form of torture.
What I read about in this book details the crimes of a man who only sees himself and the bottom line. He has no concern for human beings, especially for women, their struggles with womanhood and motherhood, the dangers of practicing improper medicine and the letter of the law.
He had unqualified people in the nurse role, doling out narcotic medication and sedatives without any knowledge of dosages, what can’t be mixed with what, no training on health codes and sanitation and disinfection. He had flea-infested cats roaming his practice, the operating rooms, the recovery areas, reception, everywhere. There was cat urine and feces all over the facility. There was dried blood, fresh blood and all kinds of other things contaminating the facility.
Woman were lied to about the gestational age of their fetuses. Babies were born alive and then killed, instead of performing the correct procedure or refusing to do the procedure altogether. He routinely performed procedures on women who were carrying fetuses BEYOND the legal gestational age for termination. These women would be told they were just under the wire when in reality, they were way over it.
The things that stick out in my mind and made me have an OMG moment were these:
Gosnell delivered fully developed, healthy babies time and time again and murdered them after delivery.
Gosnell had a collection of severed baby feet in his office. Many different baby’s feet.
He stored the removed fetuses in cut off milk jugs and left them in his facility.
He had women “recovering” from these procedures in hard wooden chairs with no medication or antibiotics.
His facility was beyond filthy.
No government or state agency EVER fully did their job.
Gosnell’s facility was called on by a number of officials numerous times. They almost always seemed to either overlook the obvious nastiness or they didn’t follow through with calling him out on it. None of his staff was ever checked out and in fact, staff at other clinics and facilities were directing patients to Gosnell. Medical and nursing schools were directing would-be professionals to go intern at Gosnell’s office! Seems everyone was either clueless or in denial about the tragedies that were occurring at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.
There’s much, much more detail to this story. I’ve only brushed the surface of the horrors this man and his personnel put these woman and infants to. And his personnel were almost just as bad as he was.
Still, the actual number of deaths that occurred at his clinic will never be known. But, at least we know what we know…now.
The most gruesome and horrifying things you can read for yourself. You must get this if you love true crime. This is a serial killer of a different order than what we are used to. I highly recommend this book. Just be ready for some shock factor.
I got this book yesterday and after lunch I decided to read a chapter or two to get a feel for the story. By the end of the night, I had read the whole book. It’s rare that I can sit and read a book cover to cover in just one sitting. With a few regular life interruptions halting me every once in a while, I still got the whole thing read in just a few hours’ time.
In an incredible first-hand account, we read of a horribly disturbed and vicious man who preyed on the vulnerable, the weak and the frail, the disenfranchised. Most of these victims were female. Unsuspecting at the start and slowing driven to the terror of knowing their demise was looming over them.
Robert Durst is currently being held in prison during his trial for the murder of Susan Berman, who happened to be his best friend at one time and for many years.
William Steel is NOT the author’s real name. It is a pseudonym that he is using for his protection. Protection from whom? From what? Robert Durst. And the law. He is currently at an undisclosed location and will be until the Durst matter is fully resolved.
The experiences and memories told by Steel are, at the very least, disturbing and at most, bone chilling and blood curdling. Some of it is so incredible that it would be hard to believe if you didn’t know the history of the man in this book and also, the man telling the story.
William Steel is a former jewel and art thief. He has found his redemption and reformation in religion. He describes in as much detail as he can the horrific experiences he encountered as a close personal friend of Robert Durst.
There are many interesting things about this book. The first, and most obvious, is the personal and ongoing friendship with Durst. Steel felt from the very moment he met Durst (due to the circumstances) that Durst had killed his wife. This suspicion was bolstered as time went on until Durst practically confessed to Steel decades later.
William Steel was a thief. That’s an admitted fact. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have a moral compass. He talks about his ill mother and the effects growing up with her had on him. He became a front line protector of his mother and other people he saw bullied, especially women. He may have done a lot of morally questionable things during his years of thievery but, he drew the line at violence. If he witnessed a woman getting mistreated, he became the “knight in shining armor” and at the same time maintained his distance as best he could from the horrors he was so often faced with.
Durst is a multimillionaire. A man on trial for murder with millions of dollars at his disposal for his dream team legal defense squad. But there are some serious hurdles the defense will have to overcome if they are going to get a Not Guilty verdict on the trial over Susan Berman’s untimely demise. The biggest one being that Durst seems to talk about his crimes…a lot…to almost anyone. I have never heard of another serial murderer talking about his crimes so often to so many people.
There is a mountain of inside information from Steel about Durst. Not only his crimes but also just the kind of person and man that he was. Steel gives the exact kind of insight we always look for when talking about serial killers. Who was this person? How did he behave on a day to day basis? What did his eccentricities include and how did ALL of this relate to his crimes???
Another interesting thing is that, even with all his morals about human beings and women, Steel was still (AT THAT TIME) very much a criminal. His inaction in not reporting Durst to the police on many occasions stemmed from not having enough evidence, trying to set him up for blackmail or arrest AND keeping himself, and others, safe from Durst.
The ability to not only put up with someone like Robert Durst but to also be able to stomach the things he did is an incredible feat. There are MANY instances described in detail where Steel, like any normal human being, would want to kill Durst. But, his ability to read Durst and manipulate him saved his own life and at least two others.
Throughout reading this whole book it was never forgotten that the narrator was a convicted criminal. HOWEVER, not all criminals are violent and bad people and NOT ALL CRIMINALS lie. While it is true that we do see a lot of criminals lie a vast majority of the time, do NOT let that cloud your ability to accept information from a first-hand source.
Steel repeats various things many times throughout the book and although I know that books go through many drafts and editing processes, his core statements never change. He accepts what he was and is honest about what happened. Even with things, as he tells us a few times, that are incredibly embarrassing to him.
That’s not always easy for a man to do.
Plus, after reading this, you have to know that their chance meeting outside a restaurant would have been just that, a chance meeting between two strangers and nothing more. BUT, because of Robert’s big boastful mouth and that of his partner and friend at the time, Susan Berman, William Steel was immediately curious about this “millionaire” and was hoping to get a scam going to swindle some money away from the rich man. Instead, what he got was first class, front row seat to the tragic psychopathy that makes up Robert Durst.
This book will creep anyone out. But it’s ridiculous to think that people like this don’t exist. The fact that he is currently on trial does give me some relief, although, these days, the justice system doesn’t seem to be working as well as it could be. I, after reading this book, will be very curious to see how that trial progresses because I DO think Robert Durst killed his wife and others. The things in this book, some of them are just too far out to be made up. I mean, crime drama TV shows haven’t even been able to come up with this kind of stuff.
Any true crime fan will love this book. Horror fans might be partial to it as well. Anyone with a weak stomach or is easily offended, this book isn’t for you. You can wait for the Lifetime Channel made-for-TV movie.
Update: Since this is such a fast read and so fascinating, it would be ridiculous for you not to have your own copy. Visit the link below to purchase and shudder with horror and disbelief.
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Written by Stephanie Harris
A Psychological Thriller Set in the Woods
Stephanie Harris’ new book marks beginning of series
When Rebecca Paige decides to vacation alone at an isolated resort in the woods, it is a welcome break from her position as the administrator of a psychiatric hospital. Little does she know, the poet is also visiting this peaceful hideaway, and his motivation is far more sinister in nature. “The Poet” by Stephanie Harris is a psychological thriller that does not shy away from the darkness of humanity.
On the last day of her trip, Rebecca has an unusual encounter with Jack Shelley, the man in the cabin next door. After he leaves, men with guns suddenly descend on the resort and take Rebecca and the other guests hostage.
“My goal was to create a morality tale hiding underneath an edge of your seat thriller, that doesn't pull any punches.” said Harris.
“Stephanie Harris’s sexy and suspenseful ‘The Poet’ is a genre triumph, with unrelenting action, intriguing characters, and memorable sensuality,” stated a Foreword Clarion Review
Slightly twisted with a literary flair, “The Poet” is the first installment in the new and captivating “The Poet Series” that will have readers thinking about the dark and wondering if love, redemption, and forgiveness really do apply to everyone.
About the Author
Stephanie Harris is the author of psychological thrillers, and she has a special affection for all things disturbing and uncomfortable. A life-long Midwesterner and a licensed professional counselor, Harris spends her free time writing, day dreaming, and pursuing atypical conversation.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, captivating and gripping at every turn of the page and is a very fast read. This is a true psychological thriller. The characters are awesomely described and the writer creates some of the most violent and graphic images in the mind of the reader. We go back and forth between a couple of time frames. One is the current happenings at the end of Rebecca’s vacation. The other are flashbacks to a childhood. I happen to believe the child to be “The Assassin” character who is nicknamed “The Poet”. But, that remains to be confirmed for sure.
This is the first book in a new series that I just have to have. By the end of this first book, you will be so hooked and involved in the story you’ll want to continue into book two right away. I do but, I don’t have book two…yet.
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers and like series books, then you will definitely want to pick this up.
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I finally had the chance to read book two of Bedtime Tales of Horror. I so enjoyed it! I think it was a level up from the first. It’s almost as if the first book was an intro to horror and then in book two we get a good solid dose of blood, death, gore and all the things we expect from a great tale of terror. There were tons of spooks and scares, disgusting descriptions and gory goodies to keep you turning pages.
I loved each and every one of these stories.
We have a vengeful band of birds who impose their own form of justice on a pair of misguided boys. A beautiful date with a sweet guy goes very sideways. Then, there’s a scorned woman that develops a unique taste for revenge and murder. We read of a brokenhearted woman who is charmed and seduced by a unique man with unique interests. A group of friends go camping and have a refreshing experience involving an unusual spring in the woods. Then there’s a suspicious group of tenants that take up residence in a house and cause the landlord problems. A poor and hopeless couple turn to desperate measures when looking for a solution to a sleep issue. While vacationing in a cabin, a group of friends deals with a surprise guest. A caring co-worker attempts to help a friend with his ailments. Like a lot of people, we read about a lonely woman that turns to a dating website in search for love. A man attempts his own solutions to a pest problem and gets more than he bargained for. Finally, two female friends at odds over a guy put the past behind them while sharing their favorite beauty secrets.
I really feel like Poage stepped it up for this book. The tales were more intense and more graphic. The imagery was better. I got through this one a lot faster. It held my attention a lot easier which is saying something because the first book was a pretty easy read and held my attention well too. But, I just breezed right through this one. I can’t wait to get into book three. I hope it’s just as good as what I’ve read so far.
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