The Splintering Place

Ghosts have a story to tell so the dead stick around to tell their story.

by Venessa Kimball

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Splintering Place
by Venessa Kimball

Ghosts have a story to tell so the dead stick around to tell their story.

Welcome to House. A quintessential Victorian masterpiece, with a presence bold enough to bolster a deeply rooted family dynasty, draw in the curiosities of its legacy, and sustain the darkest secrets brimming within its exquisitely aged walls.

Isabel Prado has been offered a job too good to refuse. All expenses paid and an extremely generous salary to care for the elderly Mrs. Joan Gideon - a renowned author and award-winning screenwriter of mysteries and the macabre, now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

As Isabel moves into Gideon House to care for the matriarch of the estate, she’s hopeful this opportunity will give her the security she’s been seeking all her life. But both Gideon House and its inhabitants are hiding sinister secrets … secrets that are slowly unleashing a trail of terrifying supernatural manifestations before Isabel’s eyes.

As Mrs. Gideon’s mind deteriorates under Isabel’s care, Isabel must determine if the ailing widow is conjuring the menagerie of horrific hallucinations through her broken mind to unveil the mysteries kept hidden within Gideon House, or if it’s Isabel’s own sanity splintering, bringing forth her haunting past she thought she left buried years ago.

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Venessa Kimball has built a complex story of a family dynasty, plagued with a terrifying secret. She drew me in with the descriptive, rich story building. It had some twisty turns and surprises. The slow burn of suspense and mystery was thrilling me throughout the book.

A chilling and haunting tale that has placed Kimball as one of my favorite authors, that being said I will buy all her books in the future. This story does not disappoint. I very highly recommend this book to everyone no matter the genre they love.

I love introducing the characters, and Kimball’s characters are great. Learning the stories and backgrounds is one of my favorite things as I read through a book. 

Joan Gideon, 83-year-old author and screenwriter suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, matriarch of Gideon House.

Oscar Gideon, Joan’s son takes care of her estate.

Isabel Prado, Joan’s 24/7 caregiver.
Quincy Bell, aka Coco, housekeeper and cook.

Sam Ripley, gardener/handyman. 

I am throwing in the Gideon House as it’s as much a character as any person. It was established in 1865 as the Thornberry Estate and commissioned by Mary Elizabeth and Wallace Thornberry. It has twenty-one rooms, ten bathrooms with approximately 13,734 square feet. It has been passed down through the family to Joan Gideon.


My favorite lines from the story.

“The rich have messy houses and messy secrets, honey. The dearly departed sometimes linger, spillin’ tea about their past.”

“It’s an old house from a long line of rich folks. A ghost or two is expected. If that’s all there is, then Coco thinks we winnin,’ honey.”

“Child, Coco’ll be your fairy godmother, but that’s about all you gonna get.”


#Folklore #Horror #Supernatural #Paranormal #Ghost #Witchcraft #Curse


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HELLROSE-A Book Review

 by Emma King

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Hellrose
by Emma M. King



Over the past 150 years, HELLROSE psychiatric hospital has become one of America's most feared establishments.
After being plagued by flashbacks to a terrifying past, a psychiatrist, Dr. Lisa Williams, tries to repair her life by helping a new outlandish patient who has his own horrifying history.


Hellrose is a psychiatric hospital in Nevada where criminally insane convicted patients live out their sentences. It is also a place to evaluate patients to see if they are criminally insane or just lying criminals.

It is up to the main character, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Williams to do these evaluations.
 After a horrific accident, Lisa is plagued with flashbacks. Going back to work she is assigned a new patient, Harvey Power that needs to be evaluated for the crime of murdering his family.

I will not give spoilers to the rest of the story.

This story had a chilling atmosphere with great character development and a twisted plot. Aside from the proofreading errors, this story is filled with tension, suspense, anxiety, and terror.



Thriller
Suspense
Psychological
Horror
Murder
Mystery

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So this is what love feels like…

The Raged – A Review

by Daemon Manx

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Abigail
by Daemon Manx

So this is what love feels like…

Strange things come in small packages. Adrian Billard believes he knows what it's like to be different, and has nearly given up hope of ever finding happiness. But, a strange package left on his doorstep is about to turn his entire world upside down. Everything Adrian thinks he knows is about to change. He is about to meet...Abigail.

It was the most remarkable and unforgettable story I have ever read. A quick short fast read. It is easy and straightforward. Well imagined and descriptive. New and fresh with a twist.

A gay man has a life changing experience with a 1 in a billion baby. Throughout his life he has felt like “less than” or “othered” until he meets Abigail. She is one of God’s most special creation and Adrian Billard falls in love with her.


Demon genealogy
Succubus
Nephilim
Paranormal
Mystery
Horror
Science Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ+

Dead Road – A Review

by Alex Apostol

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dead Road: A Zombie Series
(Dead Soil Book 2) 
by Alex Apostol


The group of wanderers in the wilderness of Northwest Indiana and the group of survivors at the Dune Ridge apartment complex have come together in this thrilling tale of zombie apocalypse survival. With the scientist, Liam, gone only his journal is left to give hope for a cure to the zombie plague. Christine, Zack, and the others band together to deliver the journal to the disease research center in the heart of downtown Chicago, but it is not an easy road ahead of them.


Ok. I’m calling it. Cozy zombie apocalypse story. Once again the same people left over from the first book that are on a mission. I just can’t get enough of Alex Apostol’s writing.

The next book in her series Dead World will be out in October 2021. I so can’t wait.


Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Horror
Zombie


Everything’s fresh on Lilith’s Farm. Especially the bodies.


A Review of Mungwort

by James Noll

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mungwort
by James Noll

Everything’s fresh on Lilith’s Farm. Especially the bodies.

Welcome to Spotsylvania, Virginia, a perfect place to raise a family. Unless you’re Cece Stone. Cece ran away from Spotsy a long time ago, choosing the life of the road dog overstaying anywhere close to home. Tough and independent, she makes her living all over the country, picking strawberries in Salinas, pipefitting in Prudhoe, hauling lumber in Longview. But a mysterious postcard from home brings her back to Spotsy, specifically to Lilith's Farm. The work is hard, and her bosses are jerks, but at least the food is good.

Then strange things start to happen. The fence that borders the farm seems like it's under attack from the forest. Toxic fungus balls keep popping up on the tree trunks. And one by one, her fellow workers go missing.

Anybody else would try to escape, but escape isn't possible. Besides, Cece's on a mission to find her missing father, and nothing, not the forest, not the fungus balls, and certainly not her creepy bosses, will stop her.

An interesting story. Descriptive and entertaining. Easy to read and kind of gross visions of farm life.


Horror
Suspense
Thriller

Realm of Lost Souls – A Review

by J. M. Hart

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Realm of Lost Souls:
Chronicles of The Supernatural
Book Two
by JM Hart

She helped save the world. But to keep her father alive, she’ll have to bring down a demon all on her own…

Jade is bone-tired from battling a shape-shifting plague. While the 16-year-old knows she was chosen to protect the world, she wonders if she’s the weakest of all her heroic friends. But when she receives nightmarish visions of her demon-possessed father, she is convinced that only she can save his soul.

Enlisting the help of her portal-master friend Kevin, she’s terrified to discover her dark hallucinations are all too real. Now her only hope of banishing the life-draining demon is to unlock her native ancestors’ secrets and enter the treacherous Realm of Lost Souls. If she cannot conjure the full force of her abilities in time, she’ll lose her life, her father and unleash a new host of horrors upon the world.
Can Jade trust her spirit to outwit a demon before she loses everything she loves?

Realm of Lost Souls is the second book in the Chronicles of the Supernatural fantasy series, a paranormal post-apocalyptic adventure. If you like steadfast heroines, dystopian settings, and a dash of blood-curdling horror, then you’ll love JM Hart’s riveting tale.

This is the second book in this series. The first book The Emerald Tablet: Chronicles of The Supernatural Book One is well explained so that you are up to speed. The story building is beautifully detailed. The plot is frightening and surreal. The characters are young adults but with special powers and are easily relatable. Everything clicks into place between the world, story, and characters. It’s the age old good versus evil with demons thrown into the mix.

Action
Adventure
Science Fiction
Paranormal
Fantasy
Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Horror

Gates of Eden: Starter Library

by Theophilus Monroe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gates of Eden: Starter Library
by Theophilus Monroe


Druid's Dance (The Druid Legacy, Book 1)
When Elijah Wadsworth manifests strange abilities that he neither understands nor can control he discovers that he's at the center of a legend that has been unfolding for centuries.

Wyrmrider Ascending (The Fomorian Wyrmriders, Book 1)
Joni Campbell returned to the merkingdom of her ancestors hoping to find peace. But when the bokors open a portal to the void, and the wyrms break through into the world, she must learn to harness the power of these beasts if she hopes to save her home, and the world, from an even greater threat.

Voodoo Academy (The Voodoo Legacy, Book 1)
Annabelle Mulledy and her soul-bound familiar didn't always get along. But their connection gave her unique abilities. When an insidious Loa discovers her power he seeks to claim her for himself. Her only hope? Join the Voodoo Academy and learn to master her powers. But are the Loa who brought her to the Academy really allies, or are they also trying to use her for their own nefarious purposes?

Bloody Hell (The Legacy of a Vampire Witch, Book 1)
Mercy Brown has avoided the Order of the Morning Dawn for centuries. But the quasi-religious organization, dedicated to the elimination of all vampires and witches, has found her. The only way to defeat them. She'll have to go to "bloody hell."

Scared Shiftless (The Legend of Nyx, Book 1)
After being bitten by a vampire, Nicky--a shapeshifting water elemental--lost her powers. Now, she's stuck in a male body. After hunting vampires for years, she finally has a lead on the one who attacked her. Will she be able to face her nemesis and regain her powers, or will she lose what's left of herself in the process?

Rise of the Morrigan (pre-quel to the Gates of Eden universe)
When the Dagda takes three sisters and combines them into what he thinks will make his ideal wife the Morrigan rises to defy him.


What is the Gates of Eden Universe?
A lot of religions and traditions had some kind of “other” world, a primeval world, unmarred and unstained by human corruption. In the Judeo-Christian tradition it was the Garden of Eden. For the Druids and Celts, it is Annwn. For Louisiana vodouisants it is Guinee.

All the Gates of Eden books are based on a particular mythological or spiritual tradition. While the magical systems are fictional, they are based on rites, lore, and mythologies unique to these traditions. There is a lot of overlap between traditions in these books–what the Druids call one thing, the Voodoo Mambos call something else. In the end, however, we see in these books a magical system that transcends the differences in religion and myth and unifies us all under a common force, a power, something uniquely human but nonetheless absent from our magic-less world. There may be many “Gates,” but ultimately there is one Eden, one Annwn, one Guinee. One humanity.

I couldn’t have explained it better. If you can’t find something in this starter library that you like then I don’t think it can be found. It is such a teaser for all things mythical.

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Mythological
Legends
Magic
Vampire
Shapeshifters
Witch
Portal
Voodoo




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The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever…

It Waits on the Top Floor

Horror Lurks Beneath – Book 1

by Ben Farthing

It Waits on the Top Floor
by Ben Farthing

The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever.

Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. What the heck!

Chris, is an unemployed architect. His wife Sherri leaves him and their newly adopted son, Eddie.

Eddie, a curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside the out of the blue mysterious skyscraper that appears like magic and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind.

But Chris and Eddie are not the only people curious about the mysterious skyscraper either; others are also feeling called toward the monstrosity intent on solving its mysteries. What they find is beyond terrifying. Like a maze they are being pushed up towards the top floor.

And something is waiting on the top floor.

This was an intriguing idea for a story. It was well thought out and written with twists and turns literally that made it an edge of your seat read. I’m hooked. I have already bought the next book in the series. They Cling to the Hull (Horror Lurks Beneath Book 2)

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If at any point in your journey…

The Rules of the Road

By C.B.Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Rules of the Road
By CB Jones


If at any point in your journey…
 
The Rules of the Road, takes you on a writer's journey, connecting stories about strange encounters with a mysterious radio program that only some will hear. Buck Hensley and his radio show called “The Rules of the Road”.

When an amateur journalist encounters a mysterious radio program while driving alone one late night, he is presented with a set of instructions with potentially fatal consequences. After escaping with his life, obsession takes hold and he is determined to find out who is behind the broadcast and who else it has affected.

His investigation leads him to speak with all sorts of travelers each with their own haunting encounter with the phantom program. The “Rules” seemed to only affect those that heard corresponding and specific broadcast. If you haven’t heard the broadcast then you were in the clear or are you?

This book has every freaky scary thing you could think up. It’s beyond creepy.
 
I like how it has undertones of lessons with dark choices and scary outcomes. Mostly it was just plain exciting, so buckle up buttercup and prepare yourself for a thrilling read. So creepy, fun, and exhilarating that I don’t want to get in the car ever again. Fair enough.


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What do you do when a demon follows you?

Ultimate Cause: A Zack Bolder Supernatural Suspense Thriller

By Janice Tremayne

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bolder Ultimate Cause: A Zack Bolder Supernatural Suspense Thriller 
By Janice Tremayne

What do you do when a demon follows you?

On Maria Island in Tasmania, Australia, there’s an old penal colony that has been plagued with a murderous curse, caused by a demon that likes mind games. He’s always looking for a way to elevate his demon status.
 
Zack Bolder a spirit hunter, parapsychologist and former priest, with partner Detective Wellock team up with Detective Kayla from the State Police to investigate a murder/suicide case. They make a formidable tag team of supernatural crime investigators, working for the police branch for unexplained crimes. But his mere presence awakens a vengeful demon intent on swallowing his soul.

Bolder and Wellock work together like a well-oiled machine, knowing each other’s expertise, but now there is a new team member, Kayla who is sent to learn the ropes. However, has spirit hunter, Zack Bolder met his match? Can a parapsychologist trained by the Church withstand the guilt-edged torments of the demon? This poltergeist dangles psychology as its weapon by tempting that frail part of the mind to those that get in its way. 

Bolder is determined to resist the powerful pull of evil and not cave to temptation in order to save a woman.

Ultimate Cause is the fourth standalone book in the suspenseful Zack Bolder Supernatural Suspense Thriller Series.

Tremayne’s characters jump up to join the fight in this terrifying thriller. If you like intense intrigue, harrowing horror, and edge-of-your-seat tension, then you’ll love Janice Tremayne’s Ultimate Cause.

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