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Grief For Heart: The Vincent Du Maurier Series, Book 4 by K. P. Ambroziak

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Grief for Heart

Paige

Author K.P. Ambroziak

 

Genre – Paranormal Fantasy
Pages – 210

I was given the honor of reading “Grief For Heart: The Vincent Du Maurier Series, Book 4 by K. P. Ambroziak before its release on July 14, 2017. Thank you Paige for that privilege. With very few exceptions (Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker among them) I read mostly Independent and Self Published Authors. I have quite a lovely library (digital and physical) of some of, in my opinion, the finest literature available in that category. K. P. Ambroziak is among one of the finest of those authors in my humble opinion. I have had the opportunity to read all of K. P. Ambroziak’s books and I believe “Grief For Heart” is the crown jewel among them. I am so glad that Vincent Du Maurier spoke to her and gave her more wonderful words to pen. If words were a painting or a piece of beautiful music, this would be a masterpiece. She etches every word and phrase in just the right cadence and with so much feeling and care. In a place and time unknown, but painted as Icelandic or Norse in this chapter of the series, she has brought to life some of the most beautiful characters in some of the most enchanting, chilling and exciting locations in her imagination. The prose in this chapter of the series is pure poetry, and her style of writing is magical. This is the reason I read. Very rarely will you find an author that fits the reader like a second skin, but in K. P. Ambroziak I have found that perfect fit. For anyone who has taken the time to read my little scribe I beg, implore, and hope that you will give authors like K. P. Ambroziak as much attention as you would your favorite mainstream authors. You will find that some of the best literature you will ever read it amongst those authors. Let the story continue…and it will in the next chapter “Sorrow For Soul”. Until then, I sit with the memories of these stories and in wonderment as to where we will go next in this series. Well done my literary friend, well done indeed.

(From back cove and beginning of this chapter):

Dearest Saba,

You cannot know how proud you make me, how fierce you’ve become in your transformation. You are the one to raise men, to create the world I have quit. This narrative is only a snippet, your beginning, the impetus that set you on this course. But you must see it for what it is, too, a testament to whom you have become since. I may have fallen away, but I’m not gone from our world. Our forefather has seen to that, and in my place he shall stand. Honor him as you have done me. Love him as you have loved me. Be the daughter to him you have been to me, one no father can deny.

Don’t be surprised at the knowledge I’ve acquired, the things I’ve uncovered here, words and deeds I’ve recounted. As a mortal, as the first descendant of man, I was not privy to omniscience, but now …

My change brings many insights, gifts from beyond. As my eyes were opened, so too were the paths to other worlds. Know this, my daughter, you are and always will be a goddess, a being knit from celestial thread, forged in the fires of other spheres, equipped with a grace too great for mortal material. So, too, are you as they said. You are His. You now belong to Vincent Du Maurier.

Dag

Eternal Darkness by Tom Deady

Eternal Darkness

Genre – Vampire Horror

Pages – 344

Publication Date – Bloodshot Books January 23, 2017

Format – Kindle

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I’d like to start by giving a shout out to Pete Kahle owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

In “Eternal Darkness” by Tom Deady, we are transported back to a place in time when we did not have at our disposal smart phones or electronic devices to help us out of a situation. When danger came we had to search out the nearest pay phone or depend on a neighbor’s or a stranger’s kindness to get us help. When the terror we felt came from not being able to contact a loved one fast enough to heed a warning and possibly save a life. Tom expresses this in a most masterful way in this old fashioned vampire horror set in a New England town at the end of summer in 1979 through the first months of fall and the start of school. This story is about many things, but at the heart of the story is friendship and family. Making sacrifices and being there for them no matter what. It’s about discovering who you are and who others are. I wish there were more stories like this one. Entertaining as hell, well written and a pleasure to read. I read a short story by Tom in “Hardened Hearts” a few weeks ago and was impressed and he continued to impress me with this tale. I look forward to many more reads by Tom Deady.

Tom Deady’s first novel, “Haven”, won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. “Eternal Darkness” is his second novel.  He is also the author of several short stories, as well as a non-fiction book on the Red Sox historic 2004 season.

Synopsis (from back cover): Someone has moved into the old Brewster place.

Ben Harris and his best friends Richie and Jack knew the stories about Old Man Brewster, what happened to his wife . . . and the flies. They had no idea why anybody would want to live there, but then they met Greg Lupescu, the new kid who had moved in. He looked strange, his father was never around, and he had this creepy butler named Karl. Soon, however, he became their close friend.

Something is killing people.

First, a young boy goes missing . . .

Soon after, the boy’s abusive deadbeat father is slaughtered . . .

And his grieving mother burns to death in an unnatural fire . . .

People are dying all over Bristol, Massachusetts and the boys are beginning to realize that it all started when the Lupescus moved to town.

Sometimes you can’t fight destiny.

Ben and little sister Eve can sense that a dark storm looms on the horizon threatening to engulf Bristol, and at its center stands his new friend. Can they all help Greg resist the sinister forces against him, or in the end will he choose to succumb and embrace an Eternal Darkness?

The Boulevard Monster by Jeremy Hepler

The Boulveard Monster

Genre – Horror/Mixed Genre Fiction

Pages – 302

Publication Date – April 7, 2017 Bloodshot Books

Format – Kindle

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First I would like to thank Pete Kahle, owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

Let me start by saying that I cannot believe that “The Boulevard Monster” by Jeremy Hepler is his first novel. I actually had to go back and double check his bio to make sure. He has authored some short stories but this is indeed his debut. This is one of those rare gems that does not box itself into just one genre, but blends multiple genres into the piece. There are elements of the occult, crime, suspense, psychological thriller and just damn good wordsmanship. I could have easily read this book in one sitting, but I made a conscious decision to take my time and savor the words and digest the story. Somewhere within all the  horror and suspense is a tale of greed and guilt. The monster in this story in my opinion,  is not Luther or the blue feathered fiends who aid and accompany Luther when he appears surrounded with a lavender scent, but what they represent and how they manipulate Seth. It’s about the choices he makes and the consequences of those decisions.

As for the writing, well it was excellent. Fast paced, flows like butter, first person narrative. This book almost had the ability of reading itself giving the reader the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy and take in the masterfully penned words. I am so looking forward to reading some of those short stories and am anxious to see what Jeremy will give us in his future works.

Jeremy Hepler is a Bram Stoker nominated author who is in my opinion an author to look out for.

From the back cover: 2017 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a First Novel!

I Know what you have heard about me

You say that I am a madman. You say that I am dangerous. You say that I am the one who has been abducting women, slaughtering them, and burying their corpses all around this city for years. You are wrong, because only part of that statement is true…

I am not a killer

I know that you probably won’t believe me. Not now. Not after all that has happened, but I need to tell my side of the story. You need to know how this all began. You need to hear about the birds, but most of all, you need to understand…

I  am not the Boulevard Monster

What Hides Within by Jason Parent

What Hides Within

Genre – Horror/Dark Humor

Publication – Re-released by Bloodshot Books – December 15, 2017

Pages – 352

Format – Kindle

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First I would like to thank Pete Kahle, owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

“What Hide Within” by Jason Parent will have you cringing, laughing and wondering what the hell did I just read. This was a deliciously creepy and fun read. Twists and turns abound that will give you whiplash if you’re not buckled in and ready for the curves that Jason throws at you throughout this dark humor horror romp. I found myself saying a few time “I was not expecting that” and “oh you didn’t just do that”. Most of the time however was spent being completely creeped out. Jason weaves and navigates between the horror and the dark humor seamlessly and with great skill. At times I had visions of the 1996 Horror/Comedy “Joe’s Apartment” (wonderfully bizarre movie). I enjoyed this read far more than I expected and probably far more than I should have, but there you have it. I had a great time reading this one and look forward to many more hours reading his other works.

Jason Parent is an author of horror, thrillers, mystery, science fiction, and dark humor. And as is apparent in this read, he tends to blur the lines of all these genres.

Synopsis (from back cover): 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.”

The Noctuary: Pandemonium by Greg Chapman

the Noctuary

Genre – Horror/Occult

Publication Date – December 2, 2017

Pages – 266

Format – Kindle

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First I would like to thank Pete Kahle, owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

In the beginning was the word, and the word was scribed in blood. Other readers who have reviewed “The Noctuary: Pandemonium” by Greg Chapman have compared it to a Clive Barker novel or as a homage to Clive Barker…well that’s a very high bar and I’m happy to say a bar that was met and at times surpassed. This is the sequel to “The Noctuary”, but don’t fret if you haven’t had the chance to read it as I had not because it is included in this edition. With a blend of the demonic and psychological horror this book is backed with gore, demons (Meknok and his eight dark muse disciples) and mind twisting situations. It’s hard hitting fast, paced and just a really great horror read. One of the best I’ve read to be sure. I look forward to many more reads by Greg.

Greg Chapman is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated® and Australian Shadows Award-nominated author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories.

From back cover (The Noctuary): Simon Ryan is Hell’s new scribe…the safety of our souls will depend on his every word.

Struggling writer Simon Ryan’s life has gone to Hell.

Shadows are pouring into his reality and his words are not his own anymore. He has been chosen to become a scribe for some of the worst creatures of the Underworld–the ones whose sole purpose is to torment human souls–The Dark Muses.

As Simon writes he falls deeper into the abyss and before long he has no sense of what is real. With the help of another scribe, old and mutilated, Simon comes to discover that his writing can mould people and places–that he can write things out of existence.

To become a scribe he has to pass a test and the Muses offer him a chance to rewrite his horrible past. All Simon has to decide is how the story ends.

From the back cover (The Noctuary: Pandemonium): Psychiatrist Dr. Desmond Carter had always believed that his former patient, author Simon Ryan, was dead.

But, when a bloodstained manuscript penned by Ryan arrives at his office, Desmond begins to doubt everything he thought he had known—not just about the troubled author’s past, but his own sanity. Desmond seeks the truth. Instead, he discovers the wellspring of madness.

In Pandemonium, the sequel to his acclaimed 2011 novella The Noctuary, Greg Chapman drags you deeper into the nightmarish reality of the Dark Muses—creatures forged from the very darkness in our own souls.

The words contained within will drive you mad… and damn you to Hell.

The Organ Donor: 15th Anniversary Edition by Matthew Warner

The Organ Donor

Genre – Horror/Thriller

Publication Date – November 25, 2017

Pages – 316

Format – Kindle

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First I would like to thank Pete Kahle, owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

Although “The Organ Donor” by Matthew Warner was originally published 15 years ago its content is still relevant today. First and foremost with the release of “The Organ Donor: 15th Anniversary Edition,  the writing was stellar and the character and story development was done with what appears to be a great deal of research and attention to detail allowing the reader to go on quite an amazing journey.

There is an international feel to this read dealing with organ harvesting/trafficking in Chinese Prisons, to a religious sect known as Falun Gong, to Taoism, Buddhism and a great deal of Chinese mythology and folklore. Matthew blends them all together quite well with a great deal of skill and literary craftsmanship. The pace is fast and filled to the brim with action and misadventure. There’s plenty of political intrigue and horror laced with some exciting chills and thrills. A little gory and maddening, as it should be.

The Afterword is filled with lots of interesting facts and tidbits and is an interesting read on its own that will leave you thinking. As a matter of fact this entire book will leave you in a state of shock and wonderment, running to see your therapist and taking a very hot and cleansing bath, as it will leave an aroma you want to get rid of as soon as possible.

Matthew Warner is the author of a number of novels and short stories as well as screenplays,  newspaper and magazine articles. I look forward to reading more of his work.

From back cover: They knew it was wrong to purchase a kidney off the Chinese black market. But what the Taylor brothers didn’t realize was that its unwilling donor was an executed prisoner—and an immortal being from Chinese mythology. Pursuing them to Washington, DC, this ancient king will stop at nothing to recover what was once his.

This special 15th anniversary edition of Matthew Warner’s acclaimed first horror novel includes nearly 7,000 words of new material, including the author’s riveting account of his true-life encounter with China’s illegal organ trade.

Odd Man Out by James Newman

Odd Man Out

Genre – Coming of Age

Publication Date – November 21, 2016

Pages – 152

Format – Kindle

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First I would like to thank Pete Kahle, owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this phenomenal book.

After reading the synopsis for “Odd Man Out” by James Newman I was expecting to sit down and read a male adolescent version of “Mean Girls”. Instead, what I got was one of the most remarkable and thought provoking books I’ve ever read. As I read the last sentence in this book I just closed my eyes and remained in quiet reflection of what I just experienced. James touches on some very raw and tumultuous  emotions. It is the hate and bigotry that are the horror elements in this book. I found myself at times wondering if I was going to be able to finish this book as it affected me so deeply and viscerally. As I shook with tears in my eyes at the hateful and degrading treatment being thrown at Wesley I felt I owed it to him and anyone else being treated this way to finish the story. As I type this I realize that my words alone will never do justice to this most amazing piece of fiction. I found myself unable to look away and put this book down until I finished it. In one sitting I experienced some of the most incredible emotions and feelings. These are experiences that need to be shared with and  felt by so many. I highly recommend this read to any gay boy or girl or anyone really who has been on the receiving end of bullying. I also recommend this read to anyone who thinks just because someone is different that that gives you the right to terrorize and destroy a human life. I beg you to consider taking a day or two to just sit and ingest these 152 pages about human emotion. It is a relevant, fearless and honest look into the human psyche.

There also was a very moving and in your face Afterword by Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss that was brilliant.

James Newman is the author of a diverse selection of horror and suspense tales, and dark fiction. This is my first time reading one of James Newmans novels. I read a forward he wrote in a book I finished a few days ago “Hardened Hearts” by Various Authors that I thought was brilliant. I am so glad to have had this opportunity and I look forward to many more hours spent getting lost in his words.

Synopsis (from back cover): Welcome to Black Mountain Camp for Boys…

The Black Mountain Camp for Boys. Summer of ’89. It is a time for splashing in the lake and exploring the wilderness, for nine teenagers to bond together and create friendships that could last the rest of their lives.

But among this group there is a young man with a secret — a secret that, in this time and place, is unthinkable to his peers.

When the others discover the truth, it will change each of them forever. They will all have blood on their hands.

“Odd Man Out” is a heart-wrenching tale of bullies and bigotry, a story that explores what happens when good people don’t stand up for what’s right. It is a tale of how far we have come … and how far we still have left to go.

It Sustains by Mark Morris

It Sustains

Genre – Coming of Age/Horror

Publication Date – December 30, 2017

Format – Kindle

Pages – 154

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I’d like to start by giving a shout out to Pete Kahle owner/publisher of Bloodshot Books and an author in his own right for gifting me a digital copy of this book.

“It Sustains” by Mark Morris is a suspenseful coming of age read with supernatural elements. There’s something or someone lurking and creeping about in the shadows and behind the trees in this very adventurous rollick in a rural English village. Fast paced with strong character descriptions;  the horror element or supernatural element is very subtle and somewhat systematic. I enjoyed the rhythm and flow of this book. It’s a very smooth read. It’s a quick read, however it is filled with many dimensions. My only negative is that I would have liked a more constructed ending. It seems to me at least to have ended rather abruptly. I think we could have taken another 20 or so pages to tidy up the ending and give us a clearer understanding. I was in no way confused, but I think there was room for more here. All in all it was a very enjoyable and believable read.

Mark Morris is the author of over 20 novels and I hope to read more of his work in the very near future.

Synopsis (from back cover): When Adam was 15, a terrible thing happened. So terrible that he and his father ran away in an attempt to put it behind them. But the past is not so easy to shake off. And a new start does not necessarily mean a better start. Who is the figure at the top of the stairs? Whose is the face in the mirror? What is the thing in the pond? And why does Adam often feel he is being followed, only for his pursuers to dissolve into shadow when he turns to confront them?

When Adam was 15, a terrible thing happened. So terrible that he believed it to be the worst thing of all. But he is about to find out that there are far worse things waiting out there….