Review: Scared – Ten Tales of Horror


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.

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: Riding the Dog by Sybil Rosen



Read from April 15 to 17, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Riding the Dog is a collection of nine short stories, all of which take place on a Greyhound bus. Strangers collide in cramped spaces. Secrets are told to faceless seatmates in the dark of the bus in the middle of the night. Two travelers exchange trinkets, unaware of a past that connects them. A woman searches the country by bus, looking for her brother who disappeared in New York City on 9/11. A cowboy loses his most treasured possession on a deserted road in West Texas. If you want to learn about America, ride a Greyhound bus. If you can’t ride the bus, then read Riding the Dog. Continue reading

Review: The Donor by Nikki Rae


3 stars

Read on October 30, 2014

Synopsis: Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking. They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.

Fortunately for Casey, there’s an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.  All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.

Inside or out. Continue reading

Review: The Trunk by Tony Talbot



Read on October 08, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Holocaust short story about a young boy who hides in a trunk.

Bookish Things: 11 pages. This cover, although still quite generic, is much nicer than the green and black original.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.81.

My Review: Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 4-star-review, indie-authormade-me-think

The Trunk gives us a quick glimpse inside the world of a five year old boy who is hidden inside a trunk. His mother tells him to be like a mouse, quiet and hidden.
He’s a very good little boy. But it did make me imagine Moody’s Trunk…


The story leaves us at a point that gives us a little hope, but also a little dread. What will happen to him?

The short story does manage to elicit emotion in just a few pages. A testament to Tony’s great writing style.

Review: The Last Packet by Tony Talbot



Recommended for: anyone
Read on October 07, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Short story about the last man on earth who smokes.

Bookish Things: 10 pages. The cover is generic, but the story is intriguing. Don’t let the short synopsis and boring cover turn you off.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.81

My Review: Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 4-star-review, indie-authormade-me-think

When I read the title on this, my mind did not go in the direction the story did. Perhaps that is because I do not smoke, but I was surprised to realise that a short story about a grizzly old man could hold my interest.
In fact, Acres is an interesting character. Stubborn for sure, but he made me think of an old battler, the last of his kind. It leant this tale a sad tinge.

This will make you imagine a world like Acres’, one where the world is no longer polluted by cigarette smoke. Are we heading that way now? Who will be the last person to smoke cigarettes?


Interesting questions…

I’d have liked a little more about his first time, and the memories of his friends, but I still enjoyed this.

I got a great little quote from it:
Inside were twenty long paper cylinders, their mysterious dark brown innards loaded with death.

Considering this is under $1, you should go and pick it up today.

Coffee, Cigarettes and Murderous Thoughts

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Synopsis: Coffee, Cigarettes, and Murderous Thoughts, the first collection of short stories by Henry Martin, presents an eerie glimpse into the lives of over twenty diverse characters. Spanning many fiction genres—often dark and disturbing—this collection of 26 unrelated stories delves into the disquiet thoughts that lie deep within our consciousness.

Please note: Contains adult material. Continue reading