Review: The Nameless One


TheNamelessOne

3 stars

Read on February 3rd, 2017.

Synopsis: An erotic horror short story…
Sometimes revenge can only be achieved with magic.
Laura and Julian Bennet were husband and wife Egyptologists who were looking for an ancient tomb of a lost pharaoh’s lesser wife…one who’d been so evil and destructive her grave has no name; she has no name. Legend and rumors said she’d been a stunningly beautiful and sensual sorceress who’d once had her lover, Rameses II, under her evil spell until the more powerful Priests of Amun captured and locked her into a magical sarcophagus for eternity–or so they’d believed. But when Laura and Julian found her tomb, the price it cost them was far more than they’d been prepared to pay. Julian’s life. Then Laura, heartbroken, had to delve into the most dangerous of black magics to defeat The Nameless One, extract revenge, and put the demon back where she belongs.

Bookish Things: 31 pages. The cover is adequate, not the most stunning, but not the worst I’ve seen. Apt for the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.33.

My Review: 

The Nameless One is a short horror story set in Egypt. It follows husband and wife, Laura and Julian Bennet, who are Egyptologists looking for an elusive tomb.

The book blurb leaves little left to explore when you actually read the book, but given its length, that’s not entirely unexpected.

The pace felt a little fast, some of the richness of Egypt missing because of this and the writing style. There wasn’t a lot of time given to building up the world around Laura and Julian, which I felt was quite a shame.

If given a bit more sensory information, this story could have been very creepy and horrific.

This is marketed as an erotic horror, but the erotic content is very light on and no great detail was given. The opportunity for exploring the erotic nature of the idea in this book was missed almost entirely, which was a shame.

Overall, this read well, if a little clipped, had a reasonable plot and had the beginnings of a good story with likeable characters. I only wish we were given more.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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Review: His Devil by Erik Lynd


His Devil by Erik Lynd

2 stars

Synopsis: HIS DEVIL is a supernatural horror story by Erik Lynd, author of the novels ASYLUM and THE COLLECTION. Sample chapters of these two novels are included in this ebook.

HIS DEVIL is about a boy whose family is shaken up the night his father mysteriously abandons him and his sisters.  They make a life without a father and husband until the night he returns home with a creature after him.  A creature far more evil than his father ever had been.  The boy learns he must grow up quick if he is going to save his family.

This story, among others, is also collected in THE LONG FALL INTO MIDNIGHT VOL. 1

This eddition [sic] also includes the bonus story BEING IT.  It is about Ian, a businessman on the fast track to a successful career and a rewarding social life.  But all that changes when he gets caught in an unusual game of tag.

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Review: Scared – Ten Tales of Horror


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3 stars

Read from December 12 to 19, 2016

Synopsis: Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall:

1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard
What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts?

2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler
The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch’s familiar.

3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner
This weapon has a mind of its own.

4. RING OF STONES by Donna Johnson
Jake Barnes seeks revenge on the cursed creature living in the abandoned well.

5. DEATH COMES TO MAGGIE MCDANIEL by Grayson Bray Morris
A bully’s cruel hand grants Maggie’s dearest wish.

6. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by William Meikle
What if intense fantasies create a different reality?

7. DRUID STONES by Rayne Hall
Modern druids enact an ancient ritual, and a woman watches in secret.

8. THE LOFT by Liv Rancourt
Three women from the church choir learn that evil is everywhere.

9. LIFE IN MINIATURE by Tracie McBride
Street kid Michael thinks it’s his lucky day when a do-gooder picks him up off the street.

10. YOU HAVE ONE MESSAGE by Jonathan Broughton
Press * for connection.

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Review: Rape Van by Tim Miller


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ReviewStars-4

Read on November 20, 2016

Synopsis: Andy and Bridget like to travel. Their windowless van is their home. Speeding across the Texas countryside they pick up hitchhikers and weary travelers who see the pair as a nice couple showing southern hospitality. However, Andy and Bridget are not what they seem. In their plain looking van, there is no telling which town they will pass through or who will they pick up next.

Bookish Things: 200 pages. The cover is simplistic but very apt. This story is most certainly not for the faint hearted folk.

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Review: Fat Off Sex and Violence


fatoffsexandviolence

3 stars

Read on November 13, 2016

Synopsis: Improve your life through nonstop sex and violence!

Gary is a fucking loser. He spends his days jerking off to hentai and fantasizing about his ideal life. ne day while sitting in his hidden spot in the woods, he encounters the perfect girl. She is his ultimate fantasy. The only problem – she isn’t human. She’s an otherworldly creature who feeds on acts of sex and violence. Lots and lots of violence…and she is a complete glutton for it.

Fat Off Sex and Violence is the most extreme work yet by one of the most exciting new voices in horror. Don’t try to resist, give in to your worst instincts. Welcome to Shane McKenzie’s world.

Bookish Things: 130 pages. The cover is delightfully sinful and fits nicely with the WTF feel of the whole story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.06 or paperback for $10.95.

My Review: 

My first Shane McKenzie book and while not as disturbing as I was expecting, still enough gore and violence to keep me reading.

I didn’t love nor hate this, but I can’t really fault it either because it is what it is. Graphic horrific content. I felt a little removed from the action in this, almost as if I were a spectator behind glass. It might have been the character and my inability to relate to him, more than any writing style or technique.

Certainly not for those with weak stomachs or sympathetic vomiters, Fat off sex and violence should intrigue as much as it disturbs with its graphic content and explosive conclusion.

I’m keen to see what else Shane has on offer, this will not be the last of his I read.

Join me in a June reading challenge!


As part of the Aussie Readers group on Goodreads, I’m participating in the June Challenge – Chilly Cozy Crime Winter! Why don’t you check out the rest of the post to find out how you too can participate!

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