Okay… prepare yourself! This is the post-pandemic book I’ve been waiting for. Thrilling. Covering many topics that I shared worry over, but making my trip through 2020 look like an all year spa vacation in comparison. But, importantly, highlighting where that year took many Americans and others mentally but with a horror/supernatural twist.
Grace has just bought a house when the pandemic begins. She is frustrated with work and even more so when her mom kind of forces her way into her home. Her mom seems to go between a manic overwhelming kindness, helping vibe, to being more sullen and hateful. Grace experiences some horrifying dreams during this time, all while once again facing her childhood past with her dead twin.
So, yeah, it’s a hard read but it also kept my eyes glued to the pages with this need to figure out the puzzle of what is happening. Grace seems to be an unreliable narrator leaving me confused at times but riveted to the story.
Definitely recommend this as a dark thriller/horror!
Thank you, Netgalley and Publisher, for this Arc!!!
This is a sweet, gruesome, disgusting, caring, horrific and brilliant book! And, that’s as much as a warning as a recommendation. This book may make your bile rise, but it will also become a welcomed obsession when your flying on the wings of a reader high! (Don’t ask, idk)
The characters in each section are all somehow connected which was a satisfying plus. This takes place years after covid with the beginning of a new pandemic. However, some lucky patients seem to turn into Vampire and zombie-esque types of new people, maybe even a new species.
This story and the author’s powerful, no spare on the gore style had me from the beginning to the end. It’s not a long book and it’s a very quick read.
This was a thrilling read but, unfortunately, the characters (the main character, Lex, especially) just got on my nerves! A high level of arrogance is not my thing, ya’ll!
However, the story was so creepy and cool. A reality TV show putting five strangers together in a spooky spot for a night to see who lasts till morning. Except, in this case, things got way too real.
The Umber Gorges is a cave system that’s been locked up for years now because people who go in sometimes never come out. The local story is that the ghost named the puckered maiden steals their hearts and is even an object of some very strange town rituals.
I’m a fan of C.J. Tudor and, of course, a big fan of horror. I was so excited when I found out this author was releasing a book of short horror stories. There is something so eloquent about good horror in small bites like this. This is a perfect genre for short stories.
One of my favorite things about this collection is the introductions to each story that let me peek into Tudor’s life and see how the author finds inspiration.
These were bone-chilling, unnerving and unsettling so of course I loved it! I definitely recommend picking this one up and enjoying on a dark night!
I had a feeling that this would be incredible and it was even better than I expected! This book brings direct attention to racism, class differences and hatred, and takes place in the author’s hometown but it’s the story that connects all these characters that makes this book so thrilling.
Liz grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and has returned for her best friend’s, Mel’s, wedding. When Mel’s daughter goes missing, Liz is determined to find her. However, she doesn’t expect what she will come to learn of this town and it’s history of missing girl’s.
I really enjoyed this horror. It has a very dark storyline and is a fast-paced read. I also feel like this tale is important.
Out October 4, 2022!
Content warnings for violence, gore, animal violence, death, racism.
I absolutely loved this horror novel for a multitude of reasons, but essentially, because it relates how through writing and art characters and stories can be brought to life… literally, in this case.
Haven is an illustrator and has just made a recent move into her deceased father’s house named Malice. Her father was very well known for his writing, even winning some amazing awards. So, when Haven finds an unpublished manuscript of his and spends time illustrating the multitude of characters from this collection of short scary stories, she soon realizes there are things happening around her and in this town that she cannot control.
This book has so many great aspects. Bone chilling horror characters from a witch that eerily distorts reality to a hellhound among all varieties of other types of creepiness.
This thrilling horror became darker and darker the more I read, and I was more than happy to devour this whole!
Marion lives in the southern part of this world in an area named Prane. This is one of those places where the exceedingly rich live in one part of town and the devastatingly poor in another, but both are neighbors. Marion breaks her back at work everyday as a maid, but the worst part is that she comes home to her violent brother. When she sees the blood red advert in the paper calling for possible new bloodmaids, she finally finds a way to escape from her current situation.
Bloodmaids are all beautiful women, but most importantly, their blood is used for the enjoyment of the elite Houses in the far North. Marion’s blood seems to taste divine to the taster and she soon becomes a member of the House of Hunger. However, what at first appears alluring and desirous begins to show a different side, a wretchedness. And, this is where the true horror lies.
This book has given me a way to touch on every emotion. I am so shocked by the ending and it’s so desperately sad and also profound. It’s amazing to think that this incredible journey through this book began with a new doctor at a chateau in the far North. She was looking at how the doctor she is replacing died… and it’s gruesome and the beginning of a parasite horror. This mixes old gothic feels with a new angle on scifi and also *content warning* a very strong and long look at trauma and sexual assault. But it’s done in such a sincere way that I really was right there feeling those same emotions.
This book is incredible! Remember the content warnings but I have to recommend this to fans of parasite horror and scifi!
This is a great new look on the haunted hospital up for renovations idea that is found in some other ghost stories. I really love the haunted hospital vibe because it offers so much for gruesome and intense horror which this book certainly has. Also, this story has a very unique take with these ghosts, how they affect their victims and where exactly they are from. All of this together gave me a very satisfying spooky read!
If you enjoy books by this author and intense ghost stories then this may be the perfect read for you!
Out October 1, 2022!
Content Warning for gruesome details and depictions.
After finishing this book, I read in the acknowledgements Malerman expressing that Daphne is a love letter to horror, to basketball, and also to anxiety. This made me really see how powerful this horror story is. It’s anxiety that the main character, Kit, deals with and it’s the ghost story of Daphne that really burrows in the girls basketball team’s minds which creates the reality of the horror itself. It’s the constant unwanted thoughts of this scary ghost, Daphne, that brings her to life to actually murder her victims.
This is brilliant horror. I felt like the writing is similar to Stephen King 80’s-90’s era which I love. I definitely recommend this to horror fans!