Ginger Nuts of Horror
RICOCHET is Tim Dry's first published novella and is my first taste of the author's work. Before embarking upon a read of the book, I did a little research into the man (also as a precursor to my interview with Tim, which can be found here); I discovered that Tim has pretty much done it all, often twice. He is the quintessential 'Renaissance Man', a Jack-Of-All-Trades, but master of many. He has acted in films, played in numerous music ventures and taken professional photographs of some very famous people. And now, following some short stories published in a few very well received anthologies and two autobiographies/memoirs of his time in the film industry, Tim has turned his hand to this longer work of fiction...
DEATH’S REALM Editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson Grey Matter Press 279 Pages Published January 6, 2015
This is a brilliant anthology; one of the best I have read in a very long time, akin to the Zippered Flesh series in its intelligent writing, well-crafted stories and taut editing.
Whenever I dive into one of Matt Shaw’s black cover books, I mentally prepare myself, and actually look forward to the disturbing, unsettling, and foreboding contents I will no doubt find within its covers. When Matt began talking about writing his most disgusting book to date, in all honestly, I had my doubts. All of his black cover books are cringe-worthy, nightmare-inducing tales, so how could it possibly get any worse? Don’t Read demonstrated just how much worse it could get.
Sometimes, it just happens; wham! Visceral, ineffable; that shock of engagement when we shake someone's hand, say hello for the first time; at the opening credits of a film or when we read the first page of a book.
For those of us immersed in one media or another, that phenomena comes rarer and rarer the more exposed to material we become. Stories become tried and tested; patterns more familiar; tropes and traditions more overt. When it happens, it is something to treasure; something to effuse about and obsess over.
Either during or after reading this review of C. Jones’s Ascendance, you may be tempted to go to the Amazon link and avail yourself of the “Look Inside” feature.
This is a horrible book. There is literally nothing good about it. Every single aspect of Ascendance, from the cover to the formatting to the writing is awful beyond belief. It’s not worth your time, even as a curiosity piece.
On its surface, Russell James’s Dreamwalker has it all: voodoo magic, dreamworlds aplenty, a nightmare version of Atlantic City, a horribly evil drug lord, and a love story. The novel follows the adventures of Pete Holm, who is lured from his uncomfortable life of a college student into a world of nightmares fueled by the power of the evil voodoo god Cauquemere. With all those elements, it should’ve worked.
Abram’s Bridge is not your typical ghost story. It’s a story that is so well written, it doesn’t have to rely on gore and heaps of bad language to get its point across. From the minute the story begins, readers feel invested in the characters and want to get to the bottom of the story. Lil Ron wants to escape his horrible home life, Sweet Kate is a ghost who needs answers to be able to move on from this life to the next, and personally, I couldn’t wait to find out how the story played out.
It amazed me to realize how many elements the author managed to put into one 85-page story. Abram’s Bridge is a combination love story and ghost story, and it reminds us just how evil humans can be. There’s a little thriller, a little suspense, and a little horror on each page and each element is intertwined seamlessly.
Overall, this story was the perfect length, had realistic characters you can’t help but care about, and immediately drew me with its beautiful scenery and multiple settings. I see great things in Glenn Rolfe’s future and I’m happy to have had the chance to check out Abram’s Bridge.
This is without doubt one of the greatest short stories I have ever read.
James A Moore has written something
so beautifully atmospheric that it is mesmerising.
This is another sent into Ginger Nuts of Horror in exchange for an honest review of the book. This is an anthology of 4 military horror short stories.
I decided to grab this one because it features four different authors, two of which, Joseph Nassise and James A. Moore, I have read before and two others I have wanted to read, Jonathan Maberry and Weston Ochse. Military horror is a favourite of mine, if it’s done right. I have seen good reports about previous SNAFU anthologies so was looking forward to this one.
All the proceeds from At Hell’s Gate 2 go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund so why not pick up a copy, make a cuppa, turn off the lights and see which one is your favourite.
What do you get when you put together a horror anthology that contains stories from some of the world’s best authors? You get a great value that is a hell of a lot of fun to read. Mark Tufo, Kit Power, Paul Mannering, Ian McClellan and more come together to raise money for charity and this is one collection you should not miss.
Here’s what you get in in At Hell’s Gate 2:
I automatically cried out "Aw leave 'im alone!" as the Star of the book was chased by us puny humans
This story so far has influenced my imagination no end. I have always been inspired and fascinated in the sea and the possibilities and terrors it could contain. After reading just under a fifth of the book I had a vivid dream about studying a global map of all the water areas on the planet with a detailed list where on land would be place names were detailed lists of the largest dwelling creatures in that area. I had to check that the first fifth of the book hadn't come with any maps or diagrams it was so vivid. And I found myself Googling images of giant squids, whales and other sea dwelling creatures.
Any book that can infiltrate my sleep and make me have memorable dreams is worthy of my praise.
I loved the story, and as most stories involving freaks of nature I automatically cried out "Aw leave im alone!" as the Star of the book was chased by us puny humans. I always have a bit of sympathy for the monsters, ever since Frankenstein.
Upon reading through to the epic finale, I immediately purchased the sequel and have promised myself it's going to the top of my TBR pile.