Ginger Nuts of Horror
A house of severed heads on hooks…alliteration and imagery packed into one line, so what’s not to like?
Initially, the reader is introduced to Brennan Wade, an Adonis of a man seemingly caught in a web of mysterious confusion—reality is a bonafide illusion, and Brennan is being held captive and tested like a homicidal lab rat on steroids.
This review of The Nightmare Girl by Jonathan Janz is the result of a copy sent to Ginger Nuts of Horror in exchange for an honest review.
So all I see on peoples feeds at the minute is Jonathan Janz this Jonathan Janz that. All I could think is who is this guy and I must check him out. I was then delighted to get a copy of The Nightmare Girl to review for Ginger Nuts of Horror. Did I like it? Read on…….. (The fact I have since bought another 5 of his books might give it away though).
Blake Price is a famous author, in fact he is the most celebrated mystery writer since Agatha Christie. A horrific attack on his wife drives him and his family from the city to now live in a cottage in the countryside. He needs to get his priorities straight and is trying very hard to reconnect with his wife Liz and his son Ricky. When they find an old picture frame buried in the field next to their house, their horrors are really just beginning. Unbeknown to them, anyone who has their picture in the frame is cursed and the curse does not let go until everyone in the picture is dead. They wish they knew this before Liz put a beautiful family photograph in the frame.
The Final Winter audiobook review
I downloaded this audiobook after I’d seen adverts for it all over FaceBook. Overall, I felt this was a good book, but that it had a very slow build up. For me, it didn’t really kick off until about halfway through, when a Wright introduced us to a new viewpoint. Looking at the reviews on Amazon, it appears that I wasn’t alone and that many people found it a slow start building up to a satisfying climax.
This is the first in a brand new series of novelettes from Hersham Horror Books, and if the rest of the series is half as good as this one then we are all in for a treat. Taking its cue from the classic films of the Universal monsters The Curse of The Mummy is a wonderfully evocative tale of ancient curses and dames and damsels in distress.
Maynard Sims has crafted a tale which captures the essence of all those black and white mummy films to perfection. Set in a London which is recovering from the blitz, Sims has captured the sights, sounds and smells of this era perfectly, in an extremely gripping tale. The Mummy is a sadly underused monster in fiction. Something which has been rather splendidly addressed in this deeply satisfying tale. I for one am really looking forward the the rest of this series.
The Mountain Man series audiobook review
Keith C Blackmore’s Mountain Man series – the proof that giving away free stuff as a marketing tool really works. I downloaded The Hospital, a free short story which acts as a short prequel to the main series. I downloaded it. I listened to it. I was hooked and downloaded the other audiobooks.
A Hollow Dream of Summer’s End review
The second book in this series entitled “A Hollow Dream: Eternal Autumn” was sent to Ginger Nuts for review and has been reviewed by my excellent collaborator, Nev Murray. You can read his review of book two here
This review of The Terminals: Spark by Michael F. Stewart is the result of a copy sent to Ginger Nuts of Horror in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone who has a Kindle has books on it that they buy and don’t read for months or years. Right? I bought this book in July of last year and although I meant to read it never seemed to get around to it. When it came up for review at Ginger Nuts I thought I would finally give it a go. Why the hell did I leave it so long! Another lesson learnt.
To paraphrase some of the greats, here is your starter for ten, and I've started so now I'll finish. There are those of us out there who like to think that we know it all. Hell I'm one of those people. But when faced with the thousand questions held within this book I quickly realised that I might not know it all.
It's kind of hard to review a book like this, 1000 questions that cover almost every aspect of horror from the populist stuff like good old Freddy to some more obscure corners of the dark realm, this is a comprehensive and well researched book, that doesn't just limit itself to the great and good. I'm sure that no matter what your favourite style or genre of horror you will find something to please you in this book.
It's one of those tomes that not only entertains it also makes you go back and revisit some of those works that have slipped from your memory. This is the perfect book for any fans of the genre. i'm going to take my copy down to Fantasy Con this year and have a quiz off against some the greatest minds in horror. (Of course I'll cheat as I have all the answers, hey this is horror, who says you have to play by the rules.)
Ricardo Bare I hear you ask? Yeah me too. Never heard of the fella but on seeing this short story and reading the blurb I liked what I saw. Turns out I very much liked what I read as well.
Lizzy often plays by herself, having no one she can call real friends. Her mom and dad ask her to go outside to play with their dog Skeebo while they clean the house. This is nothing new. She went to the creek behind her house to play and let the dog roam around. When the dog starts barking and growling she goes to investigate and discovers the dismembered head of a man, floating face up in the water. Her initial thought is to get her parents to call the police. That is until the head starts to sing to her. This is the beginning of probably the most surreal period of Lizzy’s life.
And that’s as far as I can go without totally spoiling things. This is a short story that you could probably read in an hour and a half. It was totally not what I expected it to be but in a very good way.
Mr Bare has written a story that is incredibly dark, surreal and will leave you at times thinking “what am I reading here”. The difference between being a confusing tale that you read with your face scrunched up, and really losing yourself in the story and believing everything you read, is a fine line. I would urge anyone reading it to stay on the light side of that line and just enjoy.
What transpires is a story right out of The Twilight Zone or an old horror flick you might have watched in the 80’s or early 90’s. It has that certain “atmosphere” about it that transports you back to those times and if you enjoyed the films of those days then this is a story for you. You wonder what is happening and then think to yourself “I’ve got it” only to be proved wrong as another little confusing section comes along and gets you wondering once again where it is going.
It looks like this is going to be the first book in a series and I for one would definitely be interested to see how Ricardo Bare is going to expand on this. To me it has the makings of a very cool set of stories almost paying homage to the horror of old.
It has plenty of gore, plenty of “eh?” moments and more than its fair share of old school horror. Well worth the read if you want to kill a couple of hours without taxing the brain too much.
An enjoyable 3 stars from me.