Tag Archive | Horror

The 6th Horseman (The Extremist Edge Series: Part 1) by Anderson Atlas

It leaves you wanting more…

Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Length: 388 pages

Note: I am not your normal reader of zombie books, so realize my rating could be lower than what other reviewers would give this book.

Synopsis: What would you do if you were dissatisfied with your life? How far would you go? What if you were given the opportunity of a lifetime or the opportunity for revenge? Would you take the opportunity or say no because it sounded too good to be true?

The characters in this book must deal with the consequences of the choices they made regarding those opportunities. Ian, Ben, Isabella, Tanis, Hana, Markus. Each made the decision to say yes. Each was as much victim as instigator. The book follows them through New York City and beyond as they deal with death (and zombies) all around them and as they search for survivors of the virus. Follow them as they discover who Zilla really is (I didn’t figure it out until the characters did!) and work their way to the new ‘Eden’.

Cover Art: I’m not so keen on this cover, but that is MY personal taste and has nothing to do with the actual drawing. It makes me think more horror than what is really in the book or, at least, more graphic violence. It makes me shiver to look at it. The cover also makes me think ‘sick and twisted.’ And I just realized, that’s a pretty apt description of Zilla. LOL. With that said, I am a fan of Anderson’s art. You should take a look at some of the other drawings he has done!

My Thoughts: I typically do not read books with zombies (or zombie-like creatures) in them. In fact, one of the first zombie books I read was by accident. Yes, by accident. This time, it was intentional. But, I must say, it was so much more than a ‘zombie’ book. It was almost as if the zombies were an afterthought. Yes, there were zombies everywhere, and there was interaction with the zombies. But, the main characters fascinated me. I wanted to know what made them tick. Why did they do the things they did? I suppose that if you are a zombie person, the zombies would fascinate you more than the main characters.

I did find it intriguing how the zombies evolved over the course of the novel. At first, they were pretty mindless and did what zombies do. Then, you see that they do have intelligence and can learn and set traps. This makes for an interesting spin in the book and has you wondering how much these zombies will learn over time.

While I was reading the book, I decided to look up Swindler Cove and some of the other places that are mentioned in the book. I wasn’t sure whether they really existed or not. Well, they do exist. To me, it just made the story that much more real knowing the places really are in New York City and not just in someone’s imagination.

P.S. Swindler Cove is definitely worth a look (Sherman Creek Park). And, I am looking forward to reading the sequel!

Rating: 3.5 stars

disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Gingerbread by Victor Davis

Genre: Definitely not a bedtime story
Length: 32 pages

Synopsis: Do you take the dare or not? That’s what Arainy had to decide. Did she want to stay the good girl who followed all the rules? Or did she want to go with Eddie and break in to the candy factory?

Arainy chooses to take the dare, and after dinner, she and Eddie sneak in to the candy factory. All those sweets and temptations! They find candy canes and taffy and gingerbread and so much more! So much they can indulge in! The gingerbread brings back happy memories for Arainy as she digs in and stuffs herself.

After a little bit, the Candy Man makes an appearance and tries to catch them. The two try to escape, but Eddie gets caught. Here is where the story gets interesting and a little freaky. Arainy offers to take Eddie’s place and the punishment.

Cover Art: My first impression of the cover was what is it? Is it the scent of gingerbread wafting up and forming a face? Does one of the characters look like that? Was the smiley face intentional or unintentional (do you see it?)? I’ll let you know after I’ve read this short story. Be right back!

Hmmm… Think I might need the author’s take on the cover. This is part of what I emailed:  I figure [the cover’s] probably not the scent of gingerbread wafting into the air making designs and smiley faces. This is how he responded:

“Haha. I’m a terrible artist. I went through a period years ago where I tried to get better. That’s a charcoal sketch (one of the better ones) I found in one of my journals. After writing the story and looking around for cover art, it jumped out at me. So, yes, I guess it is intended to be a representation of the Candy Man, but the picture has existed long before the story.”

I’m glad he has a sense of humor. 🙂

My Thoughts:  I read this story before bed. I’m thinking that might not have been such a good idea; I didn’t sleep very well. Someone, please remind me not to do that again!

The story is well written and leaves room for interpretation- especially about how Arainy is punished. It was kind of freaky not knowing for sure what happened to her.

Notes: This is a dark retelling of Peter Rabbit.

Rating: 3.5 stars

disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

The Death Mask by Tom Raimbault

Length: 183 pages
Genre: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Supernatural

Synopsis: The official blurb is:
“Young and beautiful Amber had a simple wish; she only wanted to meet her soul mate, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Lucky for Amber, she has a special gift which makes everything she wishes for come true.

But having this dream come true was tagged with a price. Her husband, Michael, had a death mask made of his late wife, Linsey. It was developed into a statue head, painted to replicate Linsey’s coloring and included her long, beautiful hair. Now a mystical relic that grants Michael and his disabled daughter, Paulette, the power of clairvoyance, the thing torments Amber throughout the years of her marriage.

But maybe Linsey has good reason. Maybe her family needs to be warned of the dangerous newcomer, Amber.” Continue reading