The Curse of Cain: A Werewolf Urban Fantasy
Part of: The Vilokan Asylum of the Magically and Mentally Deranged (4 books)
by Theophilus Monroe
The Curse of Cain:
When a necromancer is admitted to Vilokan Asylum against her will, and she evokes the ghost of Cain's murdered brother, Abel, he'll have to do more than treat the patient... he'll have to confront the ghosts of his past, literally.
After agreeing with the new Vampire Council to take on their newest batch of younglings, and help them tame their blood cravings, things quickly get out of hand at Vilokan Asylum. Dr. Cain will need more than a "blood suckers" support group to get a handle on the issue. He'll require the aid of Baron Samedi... of course, when the Baron is involved, his help almost always comes at a cost.
Cain and Angel:
A fallen angel has a change of heart. Samyaza, aka "Sam," just can't stomach the big guy "downstairs" and his propensity for torture, fire, and all that devilish crap. But he's burned her bridges with the celestials, too. When Sam comes to Vilokan Asylum, he hopes Cain's experience with the guy "upstairs" can help him find his own path on the narrow road between the warring leagues of angels. But when the Archangel Michael is sent to arrest the "unfallen" angel, Cain must approach the Divine for the first time in several millennia to advocate for his patient.
Robin's Review: As always, a great read. This story is based at the Vilokan Asylum of the Magically and Mentally Deranged with psychiatrist, Doctor Cain helping these magical patients. Doctor Cain himself is a werewolf with an attitude and I can’t help but love him. These stories are full of paranormal creatures in a fantastic world built in modern times and to me seem to be completely natural. It is well written, thought out and quite entertaining. The characters are complex but relatable in a supernatural sense. I really enjoy reading anything that Theophilus Monroe writes.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the author, but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of these entertaining stories.
#youngadult #teen #ghost #horror #fantasy #urbanfantasy #werewolves
We Who Sleep:
Three Ghosts in the Machine
by G. Allen Willbanks
The year is 1762 and the rough seas are threatening and treacherous—but they have nothing on Captain William Dearborn. Dearborn, captain of the Deadly Vagabond, is master of both his ship and his men—who know to turn a blind eye to his nefarious activities. But when a faulty compass guides them from their chosen course, his past comes back to haunt him. Those who sleep have awakened, and Dearborn is the only thing standing in the way of the rest they desire.
Robin's Review: This is a well written fast paced story. It was rich with cool pirate nostalgic feels. It is a short story, so I won’t go into detail. But it is about a Captain and his dark secret. An interesting and entertaining story from start to finish. Well done.
They: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book One
Spiritus ex Machina: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book Two
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#shortstory #mystery #thriller #suspense #ghost #seastories #horror
Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories
by Kate DeJonge
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy", said William Shakespeare. "But, what about those things from Hell", I ask, "that haunt our many Universes as nightmares? "Explore the underbelly of our world through the eyes of someone who has seen more shades of reality than any person should. Kate will take you on a tour of the darkest corners of her mind, daring you to imagine a fate worse than those inflicted upon her characters while you peek through your fingers to finish her short stories. There are more than ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves to be afraid of out there. Come along, little pretties, and find out what else is lurking in the dark. This is an anthology of short stories and novellas written by Kate DeJonge during the summer of 2021, a period of time that most will remember as the "Just Before".
The Muck Olla
The Warlock of Stoney Creek
Small Town Secrets Ghoul
The Mortician’s Son
The Devil’s Acre
The Cemetery That Never Was
The House in Thunder Bay (a true story).
On a Dark, Dark Night
The Ghosts of Fort George (a true story) Remembering Camille (a novella)
Helen’s Story (a novella)
Robin's Review: Because they were short stories, I will not tell you about them that way you can appreciate them on your own.
I must say all of them were deliciously creepy and oddly satisfying. I don’t know if I could pick a favorite because I enjoyed them all, but the ones based on a true story were beyond frightening. Kate DeJonge has a twisty and creative way of writing, and I can’t wait for more from her.
Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
The Infant Spirits: A Blood Curdling, Wicked Haunting and Chilling Supernatural Suspense Horror (Haunting Clarisse)
by Janice Tremayne
When a poltergeist takes root in a hospital, can a determined ghost chaser undo a devilish long-lasting curse?
Clarisse Garcia has always fought evil. A driven spirit hunter, she demolishes demonic threats before they can corrupt the innocent. But even this hardened woman is stunned when she enters an eerie Tasmanian maternity ward filled with the anguished cries of babies’ souls.
Undeterred, Clarisse dives headfirst into helping release the spirits bound to a sinister demon. But when the foul entity targets the unborn life in her womb, she faces her toughest battle yet to save her offspring’s future.
Can this spiritual warrior protect her child and free the tormented young ghosts?
The Infant Spirits is the fourth standalone book in the blood-curdling Haunting Clarisse supernatural horror series. If you like chilling apparitions, wicked demons, and a mother fighting for her child’s very existence, then you’ll love Janice Tremayne’s bedtime nightmare.
Setting: The Willow's Court Asylum for the insane at New Norfolk, Tasmania in 1878.
Wow just wow! This story was such a freakishly scary story about paranormal investigators exploring a long since abandoned mental asylum for any activity or presence of spirits.
This story was well written and thoroughly researched with descriptive storytelling and twisty turns with an “oh my” shocking ending that you might lose sleep over.
I highly recommend this author to readers that like the supernatural.
Other books in The Haunting Clarisse Series:
Book One: The Girl in the Scarlet Chair
Book Two: Haunting in Hartley
Book Three: Haunting in Old Tailem