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Ursula K. Raphael "AstraDaemon of The Zombiephiles" (USA)
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3...2...1...: Scaring the Shit Out of You in 3 Sentences or Less
3...2...1...: Scaring the Shit Out of You in 3 Sentences or Less
Price: 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars This was actually pretty cool..., 29 Aug 2014
It is original, weird and surprisingly entertaining, but it did not scare me, hence four stars, instead of five. It was kind of like stand-up comedy, only with the topic of horror. I could picture a guy delivering these lines on a microphone, giving the audience shivers in place of laughs.

The three-sentence deliveries don't have titles, however, my favorites were "kiss goodnight," "walkie talkie," "call you by name," "ouij board," and "time to go to bed."


Undead Freaks
Undead Freaks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish There Had Been More, 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Undead Freaks (Kindle Edition)
This is a great story about the first day of an outbreak which left me wanting more. The zombies are a frightening combination of fast and thinking, and the survivors only have one small opportunity to escape their immediate area.

My only complaint is that Kelly is the only character with a developed background story, and yet most of the POV is told through a cop named Frank. As a result, I felt a disconnect with the survivors.

The ending is just open enough for a sequel, but it's still an entertaining zombie short.


Hissers II: Death March
Hissers II: Death March
Price: 1.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Sequel - Worth The Wait, 29 Aug 2014
I waited nearly FOUR YEARS for this sequel to Hissers. I think that's a new record for me, but it was totally worth the wait. I reread the first book, and I recommend doing the same, so you can appreciate just how much Connor and Am have grown as characters, while maintaining the personable traits that only 14 yr olds are capable of, such as Connor's gaming references and Am's penchant for f-bombs.

The addition of adults Doug and Olive was a wise move by Thomas, adding depth to their unusual relationships by comparison and contrast of the generational gaps between the characters. The difference in musical tastes is a clever touch as well, particularly when Doug and Am sing together during one of the most intense scenes in the novel.

Thomas managed to include quite the menagerie of monsters: mutant zombies, undead leviathons and a few others that I won't give away. Some action scenes explode on the pages, while others slowly creep up when you're not expecting anything major to happen. I felt the survivors' desperation to find some place to catch their breath during their insane quest to keep a promise to a friend.

I can't wait to find out how this trilogy ends!


Everyday Monsters
Everyday Monsters
Price: 1.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Horror With Happy Endings...Sort Of, 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Everyday Monsters (Kindle Edition)
I loved reading this collection. I was really impressed by the variety of stories (there's even a sci-fi horror story!), and yet Garlen wrote them with a common theme: everyday monsters. People, essentially. Nothing as scary as what people will do in a desperate situation.

I would categorize this as YA horror fiction, but I think readers of all ages would enjoy it.


Jake's Law
Jake's Law
by JE Gurley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Far Better Than Expected!, 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Jake's Law (Paperback)
I am a fan of Gurley's Judgment Day Trilogy, so I was looking forward to reading Jake's Law - the book description doesn't do it justice. It was non-stop action mixed with the right amount of drama. The focus is more on the personal war between Jake, former law enforcement officer, and Levi, an escaped convict, rather than the zombies, but the undead do have a few key scenes.

The story begins with Levi's POV, and rotates between the POVs of Jake and two other survivors, Reed and Jessica. Random events bring them together, but revenge motivates them all. Levi wants to rule over the other survivors, but Jake has already laid down the new law of the land, so, while the two men try to kill each other, Reed and Jessica find themselves unwilling pawns caught in the crossfire.

I think this is a stand-alone story, but Gurley left a small opening for a new series. In any case, this is a treat for any zombiephile.


Z-End (Z-Boat Book 3)
Z-End (Z-Boat Book 3)
Price: 3.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of The Three!!, 15 Aug 2014
Z-End begins a few months after Book 2 ends. Ally is severely underappreciated, she is surrounded by people going insane, and the new zombie mutation has made the undead nearly impossible to kill. Despite everything that happened in the first two books, Ally has found a few people to care about, and she is determined to find a safe place for them. She just needs to stay alive long enough to see her plan through.

More details are revealed about the source of the outbreak, but Ally is more concerned with uncovering the reason for the downfall of several other survivor groups, before she loses what little she has left. It's looking like the end of the human race, once and for all.

Robb does an excellent job of mixing mystery and suspense into the hoorror of her zombie series!


Sudden Death: A Zombie Novel
Sudden Death: A Zombie Novel
Price: 2.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Zombie Novels That I've Ever Read!, 13 Aug 2014
Fans of The Infection by Craig DiLouie will most likely enjoy the mutating undead in Sudden Death, although there is nothing sudden about it. You don't simply READ this book, you PHYSICALLY EXPERIENCE this story. I felt as exhausted as the survivors by the time I reached the end, but in a good "I won't be sleeping anytime soon" kind of way.

I can't believe the storyline spanned less than two weeks...Carlson put his characters through every imaginable hell and several that readers won't be expecting. The only problem that I had was trying to understand the heavy police jargon in the beginning, but it doesn't continue for very long, once the infection overwhelms the London law enforcement.

While the bond between the survivors leaves something to be desired, no two characters die the same way. Brilliant.

Zombiephiles should definitely make time for this new release from Severed Press.


Deadland's Harvest (Deadland Saga Book 2)
Deadland's Harvest (Deadland Saga Book 2)
Price: 2.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Sequel Is Quite Compelling, 13 Aug 2014
I thought 100 Days in Deadland was a stand-alone, so, not only was I surprised that a sequel was written, but I was impressed with the creative way Aukes continued the saga. She didn't use any over-the-top theatrics to include several characters from the first book.

Based on Dante's Inferno, but very original, Aukes describes the seven levels of hell through the experiences of a woman named Cash. The sequel begins right where the first book ended. Clutch managed to survive as well, but he has a severe spinal injury. As if the survivors of Camp Fox didn't have enough work recovering from the recent Dog attack, there are now several large herds merging into one, and headed for the camp. Cash and the others are forced to find a new home on the river, but once again they find themselves facing more than one threat to their survival.

I love the growth of the characters from the beginning of the outbreak to the current point in the storyline, but I am getting frustrated with the lack of development in Cash's relationship with Clutch. After everything they've faced, I can't believe they are still struggling to admit their feelings to one another...and to themselves.

It's been very entertaining to see how creative Aukes has been with her interpretation of Dante's work. Using classic literature to provide the backbone to this undead series has provided a depth not normally found within the horror genre.

I look forward to the next book in her series!


Torture Porn
Torture Porn

4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not What You Think..., 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Torture Porn (Kindle Edition)
Yes. There is an abundance of graphic violence and depraved characters. The author also includes a variety of torture: self-inflicted, involuntary, psychological, physical, mundane, supernatural...not for those with weak stomachs. As a matter of fact, if you are not a serious horror fan, stay the hell away from this book. However, the violence and depravity are just fragments of the nightmares within this collection.

A true horror fan will be able to see beyond the gore, into the more disturbing elements of the stories...the lack of empathy, morals and restraint. Many stories seem to have nothing to do with the title. THE SHUT-IN is a story about guilt manifesting into a phobia. In TRANSLUCENCE, the role of monster keeps changing. THE NEBRASKA MOLOCH even had a happy ending. This anthology is a sampler of all the sub-genres of horror.

Unfortunately, the variety of stories does not provide a solid theme for this book. THE ALABAMA GODS would have made a better title. There are a couple of issues with the formatting as well: one story appears twice, and the same three characters and morgue appear in two different stories. It's almost like the author couldn't decide how to kill them off.

Don't let the title mislead you - this is just a horror anthology...with no limits.


Childish Things
Childish Things
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Like I said before..., 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Childish Things (Kindle Edition)
This story originally appeared in Eye Witness: Zombie, where I wrote in my review, "Hilarious story about a guy stuck in an orca costume during a zombie outbreak." I noticed my review of this story was used as the product description without crediting me as the source. Not cool.

Basically, the author provides an unusual POV in the zombie genre, which makes for a great short story.


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