Thursday, February 15, 2018

DAYS OF NIGHT by Jonathan Stone_Review

Days of Night Days of Night by Jonathan Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: DAYS OF NIGHT by Jonathan Stone

DAYS OF NIGHT is a Hemingway-esque thriller set on the planet's final frontier, Antarctica. Joseph Heller, detective of long experience, is appointed by the US Marshals' office to investigate an unsolved (possibly unsolvable) cold case murder at McMurdo Station. Heller, for quite serious reasons of his own, welcomes the opportunity. However, the case is really difficult and clearly the killer is highly cunning. His progress is nearly nonexistent-and then the unthinkable happens: McMurdo Station loses all contact--with anywhere. Apparently the worst has come to pass, and the end of the world has manifested. Even other Antarctic stations are unreachable...and it's "winter-over," the season of unending night, when travel is impassable. It's just 157 lonely scientists, technicians, administrators, and maintenance personnel, isolated, in the way below freezing pitch dark Antarctic night, likely the last humans on Earth. 157..156...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant_Review

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Mira Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

,Review: FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant

FINAL GIRLS is an absolutely amazing novella, extraordinarily conceived and tautly and intricately plotted. A tapestry of near future science, virtual reality, psychology, mind control, aversion therapy, friendship, intellectual genius, Victor Frankenstein, bullying, crowd behavior, supernatural experiences, industrial espionage, and so much more. The ending left me speechless. The first Mira Grant title I ever read was INTO THE DARKEST DEEP, just days ago, and (pun intentional) blew me out of the water. FINAL GIRLS rocketed me out of reality. Mira Grant is a genius.

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WAVE OF TERROR by Jon Jefferson_Review

Wave of TerrorWave of Terror by Jon Jefferson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: WAVE OF TERROR by Jon Jefferson

Scientific thriller WAVE OF TERROR takes as its premise a very real possibility, with a terrifying series of consequences. Since reading a few years ago of Antarctic ice melting and subsequent sea level rise, I've taken it upon myself to read thrillers and science fiction and horror focusing on a drowning planet. In this novel, author/journalist/filmmaker Jon Jefferson, co-author of the Body Farm series, postulates a concerted terrorist attack on the fault line of La Palma, a volcanic island in the Canary Islands off Spain. A sufficient earthquake, or series, at its fault line would collapse the mountain into the Atlantic. The resulting tsunami could easily destroy Northwest Africa, Britain, and America's Eastern Seaboard. If that isn't enough to keep you wide-awake and terrified, read WAVE OF TERROR, a missile-paced heart-in-mouth suspenseful thriller, leavened with character, humour, and growing romance.

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CREATURE FROM THE CREVASSE_Review

Creature From The CrevasseCreature From The Crevasse by Michael Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: CREATURE FROM THE CREVASSE

A rip-roaring roller coaster horror thriller, CREATURE FROM THE CREVASSE will also wring your heart and water your tear ducts, leaving you wondering how humans can be so blinded by greed and perceived fact. A peaceful lake community in Michigan, a new chief of police, a new hospital doctor...and a terrifyingly vicious new predator, unstoppable and implacable. Humanity fancies itself the apex of the food chain and the species in control of the planet. Sometimes Nature likes to ironically prove us wrong.

Something that "could not" exists is now hunting prey in Ridgeway Lake, and due to its enormity, it gets hungry very fast. Fish won't keep this predator satisfied.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jason Parent_Guest Post_Tour

It’s a good time to be a short story writer. As in right now, this very moment. Though I don’t subscribe to the theory some writers put forward that it is harder to write short stories than novels, short stories certainly have unique difficulties. With little time for character development or plot set up, the writer needs to invest his or her readers in the story from the first sentence on.

Another issue is finding a market. Several sites assist with this, such as Dark Markets, Ralan, and Submission Grinder, as well as several Facebook groups and writing communities. And at this very moment (or soon to come), a number of fantastic markets have opened for submission.

Though I’m probably missing a few, here are some of the markets I’m excited about (though I lack the material to submit, unfortunately):

1. The Twisted Book of Shadows (Haverhill Press) – Edited by Christopher Golden and James Moore with a diverse editorial committee consisting of a virtual who’s who in horror, this anthology pays pro rates and offers a royalty share. Even better, it’s blind submissions, putting everyone on a level playing field. Stories should be a minimum of 3,000 words (the max seems negotiable), and the theme is open. However, you need to act fast – this one closes February 28th. Full submission guidelines can be found here: http://www.twistedbos.com/submission-guidelines/

2. Monsters of Any Kind (Independent Legions Publishing) – Edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, this anthology is looking for “horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated.” Stories should be between 3,500 and 5,000 words, and you have until July 10th to submit. The submission guidelines )and kickass cover) can be found here: https://www.independentlegions.com/news/open-submissions-monsters-of-any-kind-anthology

3. Blood Bound Books “Best of” Anthology – I know what you’re thinking: wouldn’t you have to have been previously published by BBB to be accepted in its best of anthology. Nope. The publisher is including additional stories in a hardcover volume, and the types of stories are broad-ranging. The story length can range from 500 to 6,000 words. Full guidelines can be found here: http://bloodboundbooks.net/bloodboundbooks/submissions/

4. Sugar & Teeth: Halloween Nightmares (Corpus Press) – So full disclosure, I’m a Contributing Editor on this one, along with Evans Light, Adam Light, and Gregor Xane. I can tell you we already have some exciting stories lined up. First and for most, we’re definitely looking for a theme, that being Halloween stories – not stories that just happen to take place on Halloween but stories intertwining with the holiday. Stories can be from 4,500 to 8,500 words and submissions will be open through March 30th. Full guidelines can be found here: https://www.corpuspress.com/call-for-submissions/

I know there are lots others. Please feel free to let me know of them, and I will be sure to share. Happy writing!

Monday, February 12, 2018

FURY OF THE ORCAS by Hunter Shea_Review

Fury of the Orcas, Synopsis
File Size: 2713 KB
Print Length: 150 pages
Publisher: Severed Press
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
They call them the wolves of the sea.

From marine parks to the deepest oceans, the world’s killer whale population has turned against man and beast alike. Orca show trainers are ripped to pieces before stunned audiences. Ships are capsized. Oil rigs are bashed without mercy. What has driven the apex predators stark raving mad?

Chet Clarke has dedicated his life to preserving the health and dignity of orcas in captivity. Along with orca trainer Rosario Benitez, he embarks on a whirlwind journey across the globe to witness unconscionable carnage and uncover the mystery for the sudden outbreak of mania. Is this the start of a catastrophic pandemic? Or do the clues lead to an enigmatic experiment in the wilds of Alaska and shadow operations in a Russian ghost town? Time is running out faster than the lives of those in the path of the orcas.

Hunter Shea, Biography

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at http://www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Praise for Hunter Shea

“Loch Ness Revenge is not only monsterific, but it's also comedic.” – Tim Meyer, author of Worlds Between My Teeth

“Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace.”– Publishers Weekly

“Bloody good read! This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: FURY OF THE ORCAS by Hunter Shea

Noted cryptid author Hunter Shea rocks marine horror yet again in this super-fast horror thriller. "Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water" you discover the new biggest threat is not sharks, but Orcas. Yes, those adorable killer whales whose species is actually not whale, but dolphin. Here they are suddenly killing, attacking trainers and visitors to marine parks. Is it years of confinement in captivity? Or is the real cause something far more dangerous, and far more sinister?

Mr. Shea trots out one of my most favoured conspiracy topics; and he makes the connection really plausible. I had some unexpected moments in this book: tears more than once, and at one point, my stomach literally dropped, like an elevator rush. The endings saddened me, though as a conspiracy theorist those events made perfect sense, in context.

All in all, I had a fine time with this novella and raced through it in one sitting. One wonders--where will Mr. Shea travel next?

WHAT HIDES WITHIN by Jason Parent_Tour & Review

Clive Menard is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life.

But when a talking spider crawls inside his head, things get a lot less ordinary…and people start dying.

Could an itsy-bitsy arachnid be behind the killing spree terrorizing Clive’s community?

To evade a sharp detective and find a murderer among friends, Clive must shake the cobwebs loose and piece together the puzzle of his life, all without falling prey to a dark force beyond his comprehension.

A genre-twisting dark comedy, What Hides Within is an EPIC Finalist and Independent eBook Award Runner-Up for Best Horror.

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror. It will make you cringe. It will make you shudder. It will make you want to take a shower. But you won't be able to put it down.” - Thomas W. Everson, author of The Rain Experience Trilogy

What Hides WithinWhat Hides Within by Jason Parent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: WHAT HIDES BENEATH by Jason Parent

Know that I enjoy feckless protagonists--I really do. But there's a gulf between ordinary individuals who are dogged by inexplicable bad luck and constraining circumstances, and those who are just not worth the paper they're printed on. {Sigh.}
Starting out, I was really prepared to give feckless Clive the benefit of the doubt. Here's a guy abused by a surgeon, who operated on his frontal lobe for no reason, messed up the operation, and plans to buy the patient off with tickets to a baseball game? Please! This is flying in big-time megabucks personal injury lawsuit land here!

I do feel sympathetic for that....but Clive is a malingerer, absent drive, motivation, or ambition; and early on, he dives headlong (quite literally) into REALLY SERIOUS DANGER, out of a dearth of good common sense. Head plant territory. I wouldn't wish Clive' s tragic difficulty on anyone {except maybe serial killers or tinpot dictators}, but still, I often found myself wishing I could drum up more sympathy for this character and a little less HO-hum doldrums, will this guy get a clue?

Meanwhile, while protagonist Clive {anti-protagonist?} suffers through his may-or-may-not-be life-threatening situation, an egotistic, narcissistic, amateur bomb-maker decides to show the world his stuff (or at least his corner of Massachusetts), and someone has killed a child and abandoned the corpse, traumatizing her family and the young boy who found her. That kind of puts feckless Clive' s biological/mental predicament into perspective, or does it? Seemingly, Clive has a biological parasite which medical attention should readily cure. But when you're Clive, good fortune comes your way about as often as the boy with the permanent cloud over his head in the 1960's comic strip--never.

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it's harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he's back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that's another story.

When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

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