The Letter By Sean-Paul Thomas

 

The Letter (1)

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Romance/Dark Humor/Short Story

Pages – 57

Publication Information – Paul Thomas Publishing, July 29, 2019

Format – Digital

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

Now, I’m not usually a romance novel kinda guy, but when the author has a bent/twisted sense of humor, and is able to tell a story that’s unique and interesting, well I’m in!  “The Letter” by Sean-Paul Thomas is yet another example of how, with just the right amount of dark humor, you can turn a story about falling in love into something worth reading for just about anyone.  As with his other stories, he is masterfully capable of transporting the reader into just about any situation, and lead them down a certain path, only to have them end up in a completely different destination.  That is something that I’ve come to expect when reading one of Sean-Paul Thomas’ tales, be it a short story, novella or full length novel.

This was a quirky and somewhat charming tale of an introverted young lady who is attracted to a jogger she meets along the way who just happens to live in her apartment complex.  Sean-Paul Thomas is able to connect the reader to the deep emotions of the protagonist with such skill and care. Along the way he introduces a curiously odd character or two. At first glance you may think them just passing participants.  But if you’re familiar with his writing style you know that somehow they are going to play a pivotal part in the conclusion of his prose. Once again, well play Sean-Paul Thomas.

From the back cover:  Every day when Sarah gets up to go to her work in the mornings, she tries her utmost best to avoid her neighbors at all costs. Hiding in the shadows of corridors and behind closed doors until the coast is clear for her to move onwards. She even avoids the main building elevator like the plague, choosing to take the old and dark, hidden back stairwell instead to come and go from the block – a stairwell that nobody else seems to know about or even use, until one day, she stumbles across a little girl who appears to be using the place to hideaway from the world also.

The two unlikely friends then begin to form a strange relationship where they meet in the stairwell to have little chats about their lives. But when the little girl catches Sarah spying on the new handsome neighbor who has just moved into the building, the little girl decides to take it upon herself to play matchmaker in this black humorous, quirky tale

About the Author:  Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the move with his Scottish and Irish Parents (No, they weren’t bank robbers lol ) growing up in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing, he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema and Scottish football (Supporting the mighty Hibernian FC for his sins) are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health, and fitness.

Other Book by Sean-Paul Thomas:  “The Comedian”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: A Darker Shade on Peter Pan (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 1)”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: A Mesmerizing Treat for the Imagination (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 2)”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: Meet The New Peter Pan for the Harry Potter Generation (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 3)”, “My Sister and I”, “The Old Man and the Princess”, “Lust for Life”, “Once Upon a Time in Edinburgh”, “3 in 1 Horror: A Collection of Three Short Tales of Horror”, “Cafe Independence:  Satire or Saltire”, “Ugly Beautiful”, “The Desolation of Solitude”, “Sarah Smiles”, and “The Wrath of David”.

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The Comedian By Sean-Paul Thomas

The Comedian (2)

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Novella/Dark Humor/Romance

Pages – 79

Publication Information – Paul Thomas Publishing; 1 edition (June 3, 2019)

Format – Digital

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

If you’re looking for something a little outside the parameters of the “normal” romance tale – look no further than “The Comedian: A Dark and Humorous Novelette” by Sean-Paul Thomas.  I’ve read a few of his other pieces, and in keeping with his usual/unusual quirky writing style, this one is right there with some of his best.  He takes his reader on uncharted journeys, and will leave you stranded on roads most people would rather not travel. With enough plot twists and turns that one will be reaching for your preferred brand of motion sickness remedy. By the end of this story you will most assuredly come to the conclusion that this is not even close to where I thought this story was headed.  Buckle up, and stay fastened in because this is a truly emotional and bumpy ride. Well played Sean-Paul Thomas!

From the back cover:  Bill, an aging world-famous comedian, and his PA daughter, Jenny, arrive in Edinburgh during the International Comedy Fringe Festival to receive his lifetime achievement award. Bill hasn’t been in the city for well over 40 years though and is soon haunted by memories of his wild and adventurous past there – including ghostly visions from a beautiful, but fiery and feisty, young Scottish lass from his youth. His first real love.

As Bill takes a timeout to walk around the gorgeous gothic city before the ceremony begins, his old girlfriend appears to him again, joining him for a drink then a walk through an old graveyard together. Soon they are discussing their past, wild and adventurous ways – the drink, drugs and sex, the good times and the bad – all when Bill was just an up and coming young nobody starting out on the Fringe circuit.

When they reach Calton Hill – a beautiful, scenic romantic spot right in the beating heart of Edinburgh with stunning panoramic views over the castle, gardens and old town centre, and a frequent landmark from their dating lives – the old man finally confronts his raging demons and brings up the extremely difficult and tragic circumstances to why they are no longer together and what actually happened to his first real love all those years ago.

About the Author:  Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the move with his Scottish and Irish Parents (No, they weren’t bank robbers lol ) growing up in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing, he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema and Scottish football (Supporting the mighty Hibernian FC for his sins) are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health, and fitness.
Other Book by Sean-Paul Thomas:  “The Letter”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: A Darker Shade on Peter Pan (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 1)”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: A Mesmerizing Treat for the Imagination (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 2)”, “The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill: Meet The New Peter Pan for the Harry Potter Generation (The Fairy Boy Chronicles, Book 3)”, “My Sister and I”, “The Old Man and the Princess”, “Lust for Life”, “Once Upon a Time in Edinburgh”, “3 in 1 Horror: A Collection of Three Short Tales of Horror”, “Cafe Independence:  Satire or Saltire”, “Ugly Beautiful”, “The Desolation of Solitude”, “Sarah Smiles”, and “The Wrath of David”.

The Payment (The Legacy Series, Book 6) By Michelle E. Lowe

The Payment

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Steampunk/Fantasy/Adventure/Series

Pages – 322

Publication Information – Independently Published (June 10, 2019)

Format – Print

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

“Books are a traveling machine!  They take you to the past or the future or somewhere in between.  They take you to places no passport can take you, and areas no one knows about.” Olivia S. Bassily

My journey with Michelle E. Lowe began with “Legacy (The Legacy Series, Book 1)” on June 16, 2017.  The first book in this series was published on August 28, 2016, so I actually missed the takeoff.  I was however, lucky enough to get aboard on a later date to take this wonderful journey to her imagined worlds, and be introduced to the most amazing array of characters which she so skillfully and masterfully envisioned for her readers.  Along with amazing plots and great narratives there is a sense of being a part of the journey. The books in this series are the definition of “descriptive prose”.  As you read you feel movement and emotion, you feel the excitement building and when you get to one of the many explosive plot lines you wonder where the hell did that come from?

In this, the final book of the series “The Payment (The Legacy Series, Book 6)” Michelle puts it all on the line, allowing her characters to take their final bow and fulfill their “thread” accordingly.  Although bittersweet and sad to see the end of this series, I was left feeling emotionally satisfied and complete. While these characters have lived their lives, I know for sure that Michelle will give us many more stories and characters in her future writings.

“Life is bittersweet for those who live it.  When it ends, we can revisit. Another story awaits, another adventure to take.  Our journeys are marked by the footprints of our past. They stretch onwards, forever to last.”  And so it ends…

From the back cover:  After being wrongly accused of treason, Pierce Landcross has become England’s top fugitive. To escape, he must first travel to London, but Freya Bates has other plans for Pierce that involve his most dangerous enemy, Volker Jäger, and even the assassination of Queen Victoria! When Pierce finds himself facing the hangman’s noose, he realizes it will take more than luck, and maybe a touch of magic, to get out of this one.

About the Author:  I’m a Georgia born native who has spent most my life near the Atlanta area before pulling up stakes and moving clear across the country with husband, Ben, and our two daughters. History piques my interests, especially European history. I’m a big nerd at heart. I read science-fiction and fantasy stories, and I love old B horror films. I also get a kick out of playing classic Atari video games, and I do oil painting as a hobby.

I’m a daydreamer and animal lover. I have two kitties, Nico and Max, and one very demanding guinea pig. I took up writing as a serious career choice twenty years ago, learning a lot and sharpening my skills along the way.

Other Books by Michelle E. Lowe:  Legacy (Legacy Series – Book 1), The Reunion (Legacy Series – Book 2), The Underground (Legacy Series – Book 3), Bounty Hunter (Legacy Series – Book 4), The Forgotten Story (Legacy Series – Book 5), Spine Shivering Stories, Cherished Thief, Atlantic Pyramid, The Warning, The Hex Hunt, The Hex Hunt – Surviving the Sea, The Hex Hunt – The Island of the Sleeping Volcano,  and Poe’s Haunted House Tour. Boom Time release date is August 24, 2019.

Alfie & The Dead Girls By Jamie Stewart

Alfie & The Dead Girls

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Short Story/Horror/Speculative/Supernatural

Pages – 39

Publication Information – Independently Published, July 24, 2019

Format – Digital

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

“Alfie & The Dead Girls” by Jamie Stewart, was rather clever and quirky.  A very eccentric and sometimes freakish array of characters.  All seems quite normal and happy-go-lucky from the onset, but things get muddled in darkness and gloom very quickly.  A cautionary tale that is haunting, and get high marks for its creep factor. An interesting and compelling read that has enough substance that it could easily have been ripped from the headlines (that’s a sad commentary on the world we live in).  A quick exciting read. I’ve read a few of Jamie’s short stories and find them unique and well crafted pieces of prose.

From the back cover:  The car continued to keep pace, trailing her.

It was unlike any other car she had ever seen. It was old and well maintained, its coat a brilliant aquamarine that gleamed in the sun’s rays.

‘Do you like my car?’ asked Fred, catching her admiring gaze.

Emma’s cheeks burned.

‘Most people do,’ he said, chuckling, ‘it’s a great ride’.

Emma Woods, a quiet, bookish, eleven-year-old is about to start her first day at secondary, which means new classes, new teachers and new classmates.

Emma is terrified and in her terror-stricken state she reaches out to her new school’s social media page to make friends. That’s where she meets Alfie.

Alfie is joining Radcliff Secondary School as well. Alfie likes the books she likes and most importantly he wants to be Emma’s friend. However, now there’s a strange car driven by a strange man trailing Emma with a promise to take her to Alfie.

What follows next is a story that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Alfie & The Dead Girls is perfect for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, John Grisham, Shirley Jackson, and Harlan Coben.

About the Author:  Jamie Stewart is the author of Amazon Best Seller’s Insular and Trick or Treat. Jamie Stewart started writing stories at the age of nine inspired by R.L Stein’s Goosebumps series and old horror movies that he was far too young to watch in hindsight. His novel Mr. Jones is set for re-release late summer 2019.

His favourite authors include Stephen King, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joe Hill, J.K Rowling, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett to name a few.

Other Book by Jamie Stewart:  “Insular”, “Trick or Treat”, and “Mr. Jones”.

The Quest for the Key (Kosmogonia, Book IV) By Matthew John Benecke

The Quest for the Key

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Supernatural/Speculative/Fantasy/Series

Pages – 425

Publication Information – Independently Published, September 1, 2019

Format – Print (ARC Paperback)

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

Let me just start out by saying that I finished reading “The Quest for the Key (Kosmogonia, Book IV)” by Matthew John Benecke about six days ago and it’s still having fun traversing through the byways of my memories on a daily basis (I got a summer cold and had to take a break before I wrote my review).   There’s always a question I ask myself when finishing a book in a series, is it possible to go any further with these characters and the story, and at the same time keep the reader’s interest and attention.  The short answer for this particular series is hell yeah. Hands down, for me at least, this was by far the best so far in the “Kosmogonia Series”.  There is a seamless continuation from one book to the other allowing the reader to get right back into the story where the last one left off.  I’ve been lucky enough to read each book within a short amount of time between books so it was always pretty clear in my mind what was happening.  But I think if someone picked up this book without reading any of the previous books you would have no problem putting things together. I think also that if you did read this book out of sequence you would find yourself looking for the previous three books and catching yourself up before the next one comes out.  This installment was very character driven and had multiple dimensions and levels. I love when a book seem to read itself to me. This book came alive with vigor, excitement, fun, and adventure leaping from the pages. You could picture things taking form before your very eyes with each new word you read. And that is what makes Matthew’s writing so enjoyable and fun to read.  The flow is like a quick flowing brook with a soundscape of wildlife in the background. So, yes, I absolutely loved this read and think that what’s to come in the next installment will be even more exciting. If you like action, adventure and fantasy, you really must take a peek at one of Matthew John Benecke’s masterfully crafted and worded adventures. Look for this installment due out around September 1, 2019.

From the back cover:  In order to defeat the Creature and to defend Avalon, Tim must unlock the chest that rests deep within the Cave of the Dawn Star. To open it, however, requires a unique key—one whose pieces are scattered throughout the realm. The only way to obtain them—and to secure the support of the Tribes of Avalon—is to prove himself worthy.

Tim must convince the leaders of the Tribes not only to part with their piece of the key but also to pledge their ranks to him for the upcoming Battle of the Beast. His incredible journey will take him and his companions to every corner of the planet—from the flaming pit of Darvaza to the haunted woods of the Phantom Forest—from the depths of the Ziggurat to the barren bone desert in the Land of the Dead. They will be tested and tormented—pushed to their absolute limits in pursuit of the pieces.

Open the chest and unlock the key to the future; fail and face the elimination of existence.

And so begins the Quest for the Key…

About the Author:  Matthew John Benecke is a writer of speculative fiction with supernatural and horror leanings and a craft beer blogger. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College where he graduated as a member of the inaugural class of Macaulay Honors Scholars. He also holds a Master’s in Adolescent English Education from Brooklyn College. While working at Baruch College, he was selected to develop, implement, and instruct a summer-long creative writing seminar for high school students in the College Now program serving as an adjunct lecturer.

Since 2011, he has written and maintained The Beer Whisperers craft beer blog. The Beer Whisperers is followed by more than 50 breweries from around the world, including nearly a dozen of the Top 50 Breweries as listed by the Brewers Association. He has visited more than 100 breweries, many of which have been reviewed on the blog. He has also sampled more than 3,500 different beers.

His literary influences extend well beyond the borders of popular fiction and include 19th century Gothic writers like Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, the Brontë sisters, and Henry James as well as early 20th century modernists like James Joyce, Thomas Mann and many of the great Irish poets. He draws creative motivation from the musical realm including the works of Loreena McKennitt, Nobuo Uematsu, Trent Reznor, David Draiman as well as visual media. Television shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, LOST, Fringe, Jericho, and The Walking Dead have all provided moments of inspiration as have video games like Final Fantasy, the Legend of Zelda, and the Dragon Quest series.

For more information about Matthew John Benecke and his works follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and check out his Author Central page on Amazon.com

Other Book by Matthew John Benecke:  “The Lion in the Desert (Kosmogonia Book I)”, “The Walking Ghosts (Kosmogonia Book II)”, “The Metamorphosis (Kosmogonia Book III)”, “Beer & Fitness: The Practical Guide to Exploring Craft Beer and Improving Physical and Mental Fitness”, and “FOMO”.

The doG House of Cards By Darrel Frank Loyd

The doG House of Cards

Genre – Non-Fiction

Sub Genre – Memoir/Gay/Religion/Testimonial

Pages – 448

Publication Information – Darrel Loyd – November 24, 2017

Format – Digital

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙

Well, alright then!  Is what I proclaimed after completing “The doG House of Cards” by Darrel Frank Loyd.  I tried to keep an open mind as an agnostic while reading this memoir, which is laden heavily with religious elements.  From the very beginning it felt as though I was being looked down on and preached to. As a gay, HIV+ man a few year older than the author, I thought for sure there were going to be instances that paralled my own life.  I couldn’t have been more wrong. We traveled in a completely different group of people. He puts the worth of a person on the amount of money they make, the number of expensive things they own, the labels they wear and the number of “circuit gay parties” they attend.  The first three quarters of this book are a list of things he owns, the cost of each and every item he owns, how he came about those items and what it took for him to “obtain” these items. Very little was about his challenges with his HIV status and what it took to get through those trials and tribulations.  There were times that I felt he was looking for the reader to feel sorry for his poor circumstances in his bad financial and partner decisions. We are all of us responsible for those things in our own lives and should take full responsibility for them. He seems to hide behind his new found love and relationship with his “goD”.  It is only in the last third of this book that he comes close to anything that I, or anyone else that I know has or is going through. He talks about losing everything, and tells us exactly how much he has lost in dollar amounts! I just wanted to throw my Kindle in the air and give up on this tripe, but as I said, I tried to keep an open mind, and trodded forward. I long ago made a promise to myself that if I was going to obligate myself to review a book I owe it to the author to at least finish the book.  And finish it I did…I’m done, overdone and ready to get back to my reality. I wish only the very best for this man in his life journey, we have very different ideas about what spirituality or religion is, but as a member of the human race I do have empathy, kindness and love for my fellow man and all the creatures, plants and animals on this wondrous earth. His idea of religion is what I’ve come to know as a “religious cult” and I want nothing to do with it. In fairness, I should say that I’ve read the Amazon reviews of this book, and they are all five star reviews.  I personally did not find it that compelling or interesting. It was well written, and if he ever writes a book of fiction I may take a look at it, but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. Skill, care, peace and love!

From the back cover:  The doG House of Cards is a creative memoir of self-discovery with a spiritual edge—a story about overcoming adversity and having the grit to persevere in the midst of hopelessness. Once it became clear to me that I was not born to be just another person in the world, I began to take a closer look at my life…and I’ve come to believe that I was created with a purpose and a destiny.

This story is about the coincidental occurrences in my life that have enlightened me to my purpose—and ultimately brought me to a place where I didn’t even know I belonged. Unfolding over decades and through a twisted chain of events I’m led to discover my place of belonging.

When I reach a point in my life – and find myself isolated in a desert – I become terrified and begin to believe I may never survive the perils that I encounter in that valley. Due to a constant stream of wrong choices that I kept making throughout my life, I’m brought to my knees. In my darkest hour, I unexpectedly come face-to-face with what I believe to be my guarding angel. She delivers a message of hope, which gives me courage to overcome a hopeless situation. My faith is founded, and I begin to believe that there’s more to life than what I could see before I found myself in my hour of despair. Within the cracks and crevices of my life, I start to look for and find a spiritual presence. I begin to build a relationship with this spirit that would eventually change my life forever.

When I finally began to look closer at my circumstances in a way that I had not considered before encountering the presence of this spirit, the more I could see, the happier I became, the more I felt like I belonged—and the less afraid I was—until I finally ended up here…sharing my love story with all of you.

Whether you believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jesus of the Holy Bible, or Allah of the Holy Quran, all roads seem to lead to the same place. I, Darrel Loyd, believe a very similar path is true for those who simply may not believe in anything greater than mankind. Whatever your beliefs, I hope my story provokes you to become aware of all things around you, while at the same time, allowing you to embrace the similarities in each of us and, more importantly, the differences in one another. I believe the real power here on earth lies within us, in a world that’s so complex that it defies all logic, although it can be explained in one simple word…love.

About the Author:  Born in 1960, in the county of Los Angeles, California, my parents moved my older brother and me to Chicago, Illinois when I was still a baby. The Midwest region of the U.S. is where I grew up to become a shy gay man and where I would spend the next four decades before moving back to California.

Over the next thirty years, I would devote my time and energies to advance my professional career. During this time, I entered the visual merchandising field where I worked for several large retail companies, most notably at Bloomingdales. When my career ended at Bloomies as director of visual merchandising, I utilized my experience to secure another visual merchandising director position at Bigsby & Kruthers, a high-end men’s and women’s clothing chain in Chicago. During the six years I was employed at Bigsby, the company grew exponentially and I was promoted to vice president of store development and visual merchandising for their three retail divisions consisting of fifty-three stores and a retail shop in the Michael Jordan restaurant. My department was recognized by the retail industry for our projects and my work was published in many trade magazines. My team also won numerous design awards for our creative store and shop concepts. I went on to become vice president of operations for a lighting distributor in Chicago, creative director for a store fixture manufacturer in New York City, president of business development for a logistics company in Arizona, and eventually established my own company in California, where I reside today.

While I realized that I was gay early on in my teenage years, it was something that I hid from most everyone until I was twenty-five years old. At that time, the AIDS epidemic ravaged the gay community, which made me withdraw from those who would have judged me for my sexual preference. This caused me to revel in hedonism and reckless behavior, self-medicating to subdue my fears of dying a painful and horrible death. During my years of recreational drug use and eventual isolation, I lost my way. My dream of finding a loving man and eventually having a family of my own became a living nightmare, until one day when I had an epiphany—I came to realize that my life without “something” to give me hope, understanding, and love, was a life that made very little sense. At last, I was finally able to embrace the world and all its possibilities.

Dark Ride By Iain Rob Wright

Dark Ride

Genre – Fiction

Sub Genre – Horror/Suspense/Paranormal/British

Pages – 228

Publication Information – Independently published, May 17, 2019

Format – Print

Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙

If your are familiar with Iain’s earlier work, such as The Housemates, ASBO, The Picture Frame, or Sam then you are going to fall in love with “Dark Ride”.  Iain is very good at taking his readers on some very interesting and horror filled journeys, and this one, although a bit more subtle in it’s horror elements was a journey you won’t soon forget. Not being a big fan of the show business sport of wrestling, I wasn’t sure how I could comfortably digest that part of this tale.  But alas, Iain found a way to make even that bit interesting for this reader. There really isn’t a whole lot of narrative regarding the sport itself, rather it’s more about one particular wrestler, A.J. Starr is a professional wrestler on the rise, but he’s keeping a secret from his friends. And it is this secret that has him gather his closest friends to explore a night of what he hopes will be fun and excitement on the grounds of a dilapidated and some say haunted theme park.  From the very start things become somewhat ominous, with a greeting from a large broken antlered deer on the roadway leading to the theme park (I had a similar experience with a moose on a dark road, late at night, leading to the Bed and Breakfast myself and a friend were staying at on the cape in the state of Maine many years ago) . A few of the friends want to turn around and call it a day, but A.J. convinces them to go forward. What awaits them is not what any of them were expecting.  The narrative is very descriptive and moody and at times the semblance to reality is riding on a very thin line. It’s exciting and fun for the reader, but not so much for the characters in this invigorating, exhilarating, and thrilling new novel from one of the best in the genre of horror. Iain Rob Wright is one of a kind, and you will soon become a fan of his work. As always, I look forward to the next mindturbated tale from the deepest and darkest crevices of this very skillful and talented word-master.

From the back cover:  ‘Bright Lights’ AJ Starr is a pro wrestler on the rise, and his life is about to change forever. Knowing this, he plans one last party with all of his best friends. The venue? Saxon Hills theme park, abandoned ten years ago after its flagship ride burned down and killed nine innocent people. Some people say the place is haunted, but AJ knows from his time inside the squared circle that fantasy and reality are totally separate things.

Or so he thought.

AJ has no idea how nightmarish things are about to get, and eventually he’ll be left wondering whether he brought his friends to Saxon Hills theme park to have fun. Or to die.

About the Author:  Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK’s most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, The Final Winter; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, The Housemates.

The three most important things in his life are his wife, his children, and his fans.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He’s an active member of the Horror Writers Association and a massive animal lover.

Other books by Iain Rob Wright:  Animal Kingdom, A to Z of Horror, 2389, Holes in the Ground (with J.A. Konrath), Sam, ASBO, The Final Winter, The Housemates, Sea Sick, Ravage, Savage, The Picture Frame, Wings of Sorrow, The Gates (Hell on Earth, Book 1), Legion (Hell on Earth, Book 2), Extinction (Hell on Earth, Book 3), TAR, House Beneath the Bridge, Escape!, The Peeling, Blood on the Bar, Soft Target, Hot Zone, End Play and Defiance (Hell on Earth, Book 4).