Review: Everything I’ve ever wanted


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Read on December 24, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: A lonely and bored housewife reflects on a change of fortune that could transform her life…

Bookish Things: 6 pages. One of a number of Tony’s books that don’t have a designed cover. This one would be a fun one to come up with a cover for.

Where to buy:  Amazon on kindle for $0.74.

My Review: 

Everything I’ve ever wanted is a short story about a stay-at-home mum who locks away her secret life from the family and kids. But once she gets a letter, she can’t hide it any longer.

This would be an epic dream come true for most people who share the infliction the protagonist does.

I didn’t twig what the secret was until the mention of the purchased devices after her first attempt.

Great little tale Tony.

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.

Some of these stories have been previously published in other books, magazines or e-zines. Continue reading

Review: Nica of Los Angeles


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3 stars

Read from August 05 to December 08, 2016

Synopsis: When rookie private eye Nica takes on a mysterious case, she enters a world of multiple dimensions called Frames, where buildings and lawn chairs can be sentient, a stray cat has great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. At home, Nica tackles missing person cases, while in the larger reality of the Frames she is swept into an escalating battle with stakes that could not be higher.

Bookish Things: 313 pages. The cover is a bit amateur, but does sort of work well with the story in an abstract sort of way. This is the first book from the Frames series. The second book was published mid-December 2016.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.93 or paperback for $11.50  Continue reading

Review: Rape Van by Tim Miller


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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.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.89 or paperback for $9.99  Continue reading

Review: Fat Off Sex and Violence


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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.