Robin’s Review of  The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

 by D E McCluskey

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale
by D E McCluskey

The Grinkle Nonk is a myth, an urban legend, folklore made up to get children in on time, to get them to go to sleep at night, or to eat up all their greens. The legend tells of a ferocious beast that lives in the forest. It eats naughty children, and picks off unsuspecting, or lost hikers. It is a wild, dangerous animal… but it is JUST a legend, isn’t it? Harper is new in town. She hasn’t made any friends yet, and fears that she will always be an outside in this strange new world. Until she meets a surprising new friend, one who is a loner, and an outcast, just like her. However, there are eyes watching this new friendship, envious eyes… 
Robin's Review: What a quirky little tale this story is but wait for the last pages. Omg! D E McCluskey you got me!

In this tale of urban legend McCluskey’s writing style is fantastic, in the sense that you can “feel” the story like you are there. The plot travels well, the characters are bright and imaginative. There are mind bending descriptive passages, sweet and fanciful, yet horrific sad twisty turns abound.

The Grinkle Nonk is a morality tale from the dark mind of   D E McCluskey, author of Z: A Love Story, and Mutant Superhero Zombie Killing Disco Cheerleaders from Outer Space (with Uzis)
#horror #comedy #teen #youngadult #shortreads

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Robin’s Review of We Who Sleep: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book 3

Those who sleep have awakened, and Dearborn is the only thing standing in the way of the rest they desire.

We Who Sleep: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book 3

by G. Allen Willbanks

Rating: 5 out of 5.
We Who Sleep: 
Three Ghosts in the Machine 
Book Three
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

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Robin’s Review of Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy”, said William Shakespeare.

Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories

by Kate DeJonge

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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 Artist.
Mind Games
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.

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Robin’s Review of Nora by Holly Hill Mangin

Humanity has a hidden name…

Nora

by Holly Hill Mangin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nora
by Holly Hill Mangin

After a virus practically decimated the human population, those who survived must deal with the aftermath left in its wake. Finding one's place is only one of the obstacles. Newly found Abilities and facing those the virus has left insane are others. Nora reels from an encounter with a Crazy and the loss of her fiance at the woman's hands, but can she come to terms with everything that has happened, or will revelations drive her over the edge? Inspired by Midnight Sun, book two of the Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue, Nora takes a peek at a character in the shadows, one determined to find happiness no matter what.

We see a dystopian world formed from an outbreak where survivors gain an exceptional “Ability.” This is seen through the viewpoint of the fractured mind of Nora.

This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue
Robin's Review: This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue

To read more about the other characters in this story you can read Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue.

THE DARKEST WINTER
THE LONGEST NIGHT, prequel novella
MIDNIGHT SUN
FADING SHADOWS
UNTAMED
UNBROKEN

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Dystopian
Post-Apocalyptic
Thriller
Short Story





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Robin’s Review of Magnified and Sanctified

Humanity has a hidden name…

Magnified and Sanctified

by J. David Core

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Magnified and Sanctified
by J. David Core

Humanity has a hidden name, a “secret cord” known and feared in our unconscious minds for millennia. Uttered for the first time in human history, it has the power to control our very essence, altering us at the cellular level and changing us into mindless reapers intent on sharing the irresistible name; transforming all who hear and calling them to join the danse.
Robin's Review: This is an interesting take on a zombie apocalypse story. It is full of plausible science and freakish fiction, but it is up to you to figure out what parts are what. I liked that it was a clean and different way of spreading the “infection” resulting in zombies. The plot was strong, but it did leave you hanging in a few places which adds to the creepiness. The characters were well written and easily relatable. All in all, it was a good book. On a side note, it had some good tips for edible plants and such.

This title will be released on December 31, 2021.

Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

Zombie
Horror
Post-Apocalyptic
Thriller
Science Fiction
Fantasy




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Robin’s Review of Piece by Piece

Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things.

Piece by Piece

by Daemon Manx

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Piece by Piece
by Daemon Manx

How would you live your life if you knew the year you were going to die. Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things, or a little extra concern for the frailty of the present moment to fully understand what makes life worth living. And sometimes, all it takes is a little shove in the right direction. When Bobby Canfield was eleven years old, he received a message from a mysterious presence called Mac. The delivery of this message was through a Ouija board, and it would forever change Bobby's life. After all, it's not every day you find out when you are going to die.
Robin's Review: Another great read from Daemon Manx.
His writing just sucks you in with how fluid he writes. His stories are so fantastically imaginative with rich descriptions that you feel yourself pulled into the story.

Piece by Piece

“I have discovered that life is a journey that we each must take, and the only way to find the answers is to ask the questions ourselves. No one can do it for us. It is a puzzle we must solve on our own, piece by piece.”

This was an exciting read for me. I loved how Mr. Manx made in such a short time such a vibrant and entertaining story with supernatural undertones that seem so undeniable plausible and real.

The Widower

“The noises that escaped from David’s lips were not exactly the cries of a man in pain, and they weren’t precisely the anguished wails of sorrow. The sound that David expressed as the beast drained him was much closer to that of relief.”

This story has an interesting and emotional tone to it that I found fascinating. I loved how it had a bit of an edge to it in how it was written.

I never want to pass up a book by Daemon Manx and neither should you. Always a five-star rating.

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Robin’s Review of Grimm & Dread A Crow’s Twist on Classic Tales

Is it possible to make Grimms’ Fairy Tales, the gruesome collection that shaped our storytelling, even more dreadful?

Grimm & Dread A Crow’s Twist on Classic Tales

Cassandra L. Thompson, Lucas Mann, Ryan Brinson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Grimm & Dread
A Crow's Twist on Classic Tales
by Cassandra L. Thompson
Lucas Mann
Ryan Brinson

Is it possible to make Grimms' Fairy Tales, the gruesome collection that shaped our storytelling, even more dreadful? Leave it to Quill & Crow Publishing House to try. Included in this anthology are twelve deconstructed tales with "A Crow's Twist." Some are dark and some are meaningful, but all of them will make you reconsider the classic stories in new ways. Featuring authors Lucas Mann, Victoria Audley, Brad Acevedo, Stephen Black, Ryan Brinson, Elou Carroll, Adam Faderewski, Beatrice Hadwin, Sabrina Howard, J.S. Larmore, Zeena Mubarak, and Mary Rajotte.
Robin's Review: I enjoyed these short retelling of fairy tales. I really like them better than the original/classic ones. They were creepy and compelling but also had a lesson hidden in it. I think I will get a hard copy for when my grandchildren are older.

Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
The stories included are:

What the Earth Bore by Mary Rajotte

Black as Snow by Zeena Mubarak

Where Shadows Fall by Stephen Black

The Devils Deal by Ryan Brinson

Become a Flute, Become a Spy Glass, Become a Knife by Elou Carroll

Godmother Death by Adam M. Faderewski

That Which You Have Promised by Sabrina Howard

The Three Wounds by Beatrice Hadwin

A Tainted Rose by Brad Acevedo

What's in a Name by J.S. Larmore

The Wind So Mild by Victoria Audley

The Crow Princess by Lucas Mann

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Robin’s Review of Witch’s Bargain

Somehow, it all changed with her.

Witch’s Bargain The Wailing Echoes Series

 by Bella Dean Joyner

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Witch's Bargain 
The Wailing Echoes Series
by Bella Dean Joyner

Somehow, it all changed with her.
The ravages of human depravity have made Earth a welcoming host to creatures that feed on the darkest of fears.

Those who succumb to the madness find themselves at the will and mercy of unquenchable, demonic monstrosities and the hordes of inconceivable terrors under their command.

Only she knows what they are.

Only she knows what they do.

Only she knows that they are here.

Hungry, they linger in the shadows…and wait.
To save humanity she must use her powers to stop them...no matter the costs.
Robin's Review:

A creepy and engaging short read with a promise of more to come with this series. It was fast paced with a well written plot and great world building. I highly recommend this author and all her books.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Dark Nature

Generation after generation, humans have ripped apart the world.

Dark Nature: A Horror Anthology

 by Macabre Ladies

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dark Nature: A Horror Anthology
by Macabre Ladies

Generation after generation, humans have ripped apart the world, leaving garbage and desolation in our wake. Burning, destroying, and stealing from the earth. We see it happening day by day and do nothing about it. Our air is toxic with pollution along with our waters and the earth cries as it watches the destruction.

Until now.

From the depths of the darkest minds of horror comes mother nature’s final retribution. It’s time for Gaia to fight back, and karma really is a b*tch.

Dark Nature is an anthology of thirteen dark tales of nature.

She Weeps Vermillion (O, Harbinger)
by Hayden Waller
In the Wych Elm
by Emma Kathryn
Invasive Species
by Mark Wheaton
Pt. Reyes
by B.F. Vega
Polarion by
Shea Herlihy-Abba
Natural Predators
by Rami Ungar
Gator March
by Robert H. Cherny
The Cicada’s Song
by M. Betterelli
Things are Pretty Much the Same Everywhere
by Robert DeLeskie
Things We Throw Away
by Leanne Olson
Prey
by Mike Marcus
The Uncut Hair of Graves
by Daniel R. Robichaud
A Walk in the Woods
by Marc Sorondo

Warning: These are dark/horror stories and do contain violence, gore, and other disturbing content. Proceed with care.


Robin's Review:
These are short stories so I can’t really tell you what they are about, but I will describe them. Creepy, chilling, scary, gross, frightening, hair-raising, unnerving, and just plain horrifying not necessarily in that order.

This is a magnificent collection of stories written exceptionally well by the authors and might be considered a “wake up call”.

I dare you to find a story in here that doesn’t frighten you and make you sit up straight. 

Well done.



Warning: These are dark/horror stories and do contain violence, gore, and other disturbing content. Proceed with care.

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