Oh my. This is a peculiar story, one I decided to read on a whim and that left me with a satisfied feeling. As I already said once or twice in previous reviews, sometimes a good horror is just what the doctor ordered. First of all, I’m so pleased to see an elderly woman as 1. the MC 2. the villain and 3. the narrating voice. I know I’m not wild about first POVs; I’m also able to praise them when they’re done well. Plus, Raquel gives Joyce a powerful voice and an impressive personality.
I had high, high hopes for this book. The blurb was intriguing, the cover promising, and the first chapters were so captivating I was looking forward to seeing how things would pan out. Then, something happened and left me with more questions than answers.
Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow. The Ghost of Thorwald Place is a fantastic book, one that had me at hello.
Mestiza Blood is a collection of short stories centered on horror and erotica, with a dash of sci-fi. Given the theme, I was really looking forward to reading it.
Behind the Veil is a slow book, centered around Letitia Hawking and her gift: she’s a psychic, able to experience the final moments of a person before they die. Her peculiar ability renders her both dangerous and vulnerable.
I’m very picky when it comes to horror—I’m very picky when it comes to anything, but that’s neither here nor there—for one reason: horror doesn’t just mean blood and gore thrown around, at least on paper. It needs a subtler element too in order to creep readers out. Followers has that element.
The protagonist, a detective named John Ashton, has to solve his first case. It sounds like a clear-cut job, something to be wrapped up after dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s—a straightforward task, according to Captain Knowles. Besides, the case itself is cold enough to be almost frozen. What could go wrong?
We’re in Cornwall, the Seventies are in full swing, and bored teens do what bored teens are bound to do on a horror novel: play stupid games.
This is how you write a good book. You take a character—Sadie, in our case—and plop her there, front and center. Backstory? Sure, when and if it becomes relevant, it can be sprinkled throughout the story. Infodump of any kind at the beginning? No. There’s the MC, there’s the (relevant again) setting, and there’s trouble brewing on the horizon. Nothing more is needed.
The Mummy of Monte Cristo is a retelling of the old classic, but with a twist: zombies. Gargoyles. Revenants. Vampires.