Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: UNDER THE BED (Anthology)

5 authors, 5 chilling tales.

What could be “under the bed?” Socks, shoes, and dust bunnies?  No, something much darker lies beneath, according to these stories. In “House of the Unholy Dead,” two burglars attempt to rob a family of pale, gangly beings—beings with much more sinister intentions than they bargained for.

“Daniel’s Game” is all about a grieving mother who tries to communicate with her dead son, but the reply she gets from the other side is not what she had hoped for.  

Most of these were pretty good, but there were some that weren’t. For instance, “Shout at the Devil” had “spooky” written all over it, but, unfortunately, what was actually written was slow and daunting. I liked the concept of the creepy, haunted house, but I just felt like I was waiting around for the devil to make his appearance.

Well-written for the most part, these stories are a quick, easy fix for the horror fans.

My rating: 3.5 stars


An old woman uses a pair of glasses to see people as equals and bestows compassion and understanding to a young girl with horns; a couple make up stories about people on a Friday afternoon; and a father and daughter unintentionally meet for a chess date—these are all the stories you’ll find in this collection. The common theme: they all take place in the park.

Quick, easy, and relatable. A sure fix that can be enjoyed in 5 minutes.

My rating: 4 stars


I’m not sure what a bacchanal is, but I can definitely see the horrific part in these tales. We have a child medium that can talk to the dead, a terminal patient on a mission for revenge, and a group of friends that get lost in the woods, never to be heard from again.  

“Thank you for calling Quickie Caskets, the caskets our customers are just dying to get into.” (67)

In “The Encouragement Specialists,” an aspiring writer learns the mysterious workings of a talent agency with the unwavering credo of “write good or else.”

A babysitting job suddenly becomes eerily sinister with a strange child in “No Experience Necessary.”

In “Art Imitates Death,” an artist re-creates his finest masterpiece of his career: his dead bride.

Stories were witty, well-written, and enjoyable. Readers will get a kick out of most of them.

A must-read for any horror lover!

My rating: 4 stars

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: THE HEX BROKER’S EYES by S.D. Tennant

A glowing girl? That’s not something you see everyday.

Mindee is seriously questioning her sanity, especially when seeing a glowing left foot predicted a girl would slip and fall. Was she psychic? For a high school girl, that would be a lot to handle. Turns out that she could see the hexed and the glowing girl was hexed. A hex is a connection between a witch and a victim. Find the witch, find the hex object, break the hex. These kids work together to solve the mystery of the hexer.

That they made it all about student elections made it kind of boring. It turns out that there are two hexes in the story, giving readers two stories in one.

Interesting supernatural YA mystery, but the ending was ironic and confusing.

My rating: 3 stars

Review: DEATH COMES E-CALLING by Leslie O’Kane

Molly’s teacher and old mentor was voted “Most Likely to be killed by a student.” Now she’s dead. Was it a heart attack or did a student make good on that promise?

This all started out fine and dandy, but my biggest beef was that these old school mates all live in the same neighborhood, where their kids go to the same school they attended. So there were entirely too many forgettable characters that it was damn near impossible to keep track of the suspect list and the mystery.

My rating: 2.5 stars 


Meg Walton wasn’t going to rest until she put an end to the string of murders and catch the killer. It’s a good thing she has her witch powers to help her out.

Murder + Mystery + Witches = Interesting tale

Like Bewitched, Meg’s powers allow her to complete the most menial tasks, like feeding the cat and opening a gate. Now, her friend, a famous author, was dead. Could it have anything to do with the upcoming book she was about to publish, one that would shed an unflattering light on a rich and powerful family?

You would think a witch would be able to bring back the dead or at least be able to talk to their spirit or something. But I guess she’d just have to solve this the old-fashioned way—sort of.

This is a quick, cozy mystery that kept me going until the end. My only beef was that the ending felt a little too convenient. The mystery was wrapped up so quickly that it didn’t allow us to form a guess to who the killer might be.

But, all in all, this was an okay read.

My rating: 3.5 stars


Mara is your everyday witch that knows Wicca but doesn’t really practice it. And, just like everybody else, she has bills to pay, she can’t find work, and she’s being evicted. Bummer.

Then the ghost of her dad warns her of her mother’s curse. Great! Gus is right though. What’s the point of being a witch if you can’t use it to get what you need? So Mara starts using a little of her magic. Then strange occurrences start to happen. Possibly warnings?

“A good witch must be born with the gift and trained in the art.” I agree!

Things get even more interesting when Mara inherits Aunt Tille’s house and the real mystery horror begins.

Mara and Gus (a gay male witch) make a great duo! Both are funny and witty characters.

This story was a great induction into the Wonderful World of Witchy!

My rating: 4 stars