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The Bones of You
The Bones of You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as hell., 18 Aug. 2016
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A bleak look at the darkness of the human condition and a downward spiral into forces beyond our understanding. Highly recommended.


Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 23 Aug. 2015
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Sheer class.


The Howling (The Howling Trilogy Book 1)
The Howling (The Howling Trilogy Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this and devour it., 23 Aug. 2015
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Why did I wait so long before reading this? The Howling, simply put, is a fantastic, graphic and oh, so dark horror book written by a genuine master of the craft. As good as Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell or James Herbert. It opens with a brutal rape that is difficult to get through, but essential to set up the premise for the rest of the novel then favours the slow-burn of tension as things get steadily worse. Worse than rape? Gary Brandner crafts a story that slowly pulls everything away from Karyn, the protagonist, piece by piece and savours her suffering along the way.

If like me you watched the Howling as a kid you might have been left assuming that the flick (along with American Werewolf) were the definitive takes on werewolves. The novel a vague thought to be considered over the years but never actually acted upon. But here's the thing, as soon as I started reading, the creepy horror and fear of the dark , that little thrill which got me into horror in the first place, all came flooding back. I found I could easily visualize each scene, couldn't wait to see what happened next and walking to my car at night became a whole different experience. As soon as I finished, I rushed to buy the next in the series.

If you haven't already and consider yourself a horror fan, buy this and devour it.


Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
Dvd

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3.0 out of 5 stars I watched this to the end because my wife insisted ..., 22 Aug. 2015
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I watched this to the end because my wife insisted and I can say there are no zombies or explosions in it at all.


Unnatural History (Pax Britannia Book 1)
Unnatural History (Pax Britannia Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars So promising to begin with. A strictly by the ..., 22 Aug. 2015
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So promising to begin with. A strictly by the numbers adventure tale, just couldn't keep my attention and I put it down about half way through.


Monsters
Monsters
by Paul Kane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars and nicely encapsulates the strangeness of the collection, 22 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Monsters (Paperback)
A rare thing for a collection of short stories to all hit the mark. There's usually a dud or two lurking somewhere in the volume. Yet, Paul Kane's Monsters delivers on all counts with a macabre collection of horror shorts that kept me entertained for hours. That said, there's normally a few stories that stand out above the others and in this case a collection of three that follow the story of a young group of lads originally out on the pull - or is it a hunt? But of course, things aren't always what they seem. And that's the beauty of Monsters: there's always a twist to be had, something you don't quite see coming.
The cover art is by Clive Barker, by the way, and nicely encapsulates the strangeness of the collection. If you've read anything else by Paul Kane (I'd recommend Sleepers) then you'll be familiar with the ease in which he writes and the life that he breathes into his characters. Sign of a great writer.
But the general mark of a good book, especially a good horror, is the ability of the story to stay with you long after you've read it. Something of a cliché in this day and age, perhaps. But nevertheless true. After I put this book down and went about my day, I found myself often thinking about werewolves and vampires, cuddly demons and the rag and bone men of yesteryear. Which to this jaded horror fan is no easy feat.
In summery: buy this, read it and remember what it's like to be scared of monsters


Lovecraft Collection ® Volume 1
Lovecraft Collection ® Volume 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 10 Nov. 2014
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A great app, well worth the small change. A good introduction to Lovecraft but also a treat for the seasoned fan. Call of Cthulhu next please.


Drive
Drive
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty, 14 Oct. 2014
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Mark West has a powerful story here. Tense and gripping right from the start. I think we've all been alone at night when a lone car creeps past and it's that uncomfortable feeling that West taps into, then runs with throughout the novella. A talent not to be understated. I'd highly recommend this to just about anyone.


Old Man Scratch
Old Man Scratch
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5.0 out of 5 stars All shades of awesome., 10 July 2014
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Old Man Scratch is an excellent horror, disturbing, humouress and a genuine page turner. Rio has an unique voice that serves him well, the odd turn of phrase beautifully placed makes this story stand out and will have me thinking about it long after I've finished.


Echoes (Whisper Trilogy Book 2)
Echoes (Whisper Trilogy Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of fried gold., 6 Jun. 2014
A return to Hope house doesn’t disappoint in this year’s sequel to Whispers. Hope House is now little more than a ruin, but something dwells within the smouldering timber, voices still whisper amongst the trees and for Steve and Melody Samson the evil they fought so hard to escape has left deep physical and emotional scars. Steve is a pale shadow of a man, burnt horrifically in the fire from the first book and now a recluse. Melody struggles to raise their son, Isacc, whilst desperately trying to process her own encounter with the supernatural. It’s fair to say life hasn’t been easy for the couple.
Back in the troubled town of Oakwell, Dane Marshell, paranormal investigator, has plans for Hope House. He’s eager to film in the ruins and booster the ratings of his sagging paranormal show. In addition, Dane’s brother, Henri, sits on the town council and wants to open a hotel on the site, capitalising on the infamy of the ‘Hope House Haunting’.
What could possibly go wrong?
Henri is a ‘pull no punches’ type of guy and thinks nothing on squashing anyone who stands between him and his plans. Between the mounting horror and oncoming rise of evil, we’re treated to scenes of Henri being, to be blunt, a complete bastard.
Additional new characters include a group of teenagers intent on using a Ouija board out in the woods, which may make readers sigh, but Bray takes this tired old trope and turns it on its head. No easy task by anybody’s standard.
Since its release, Echoes has fast become a best seller. Michael’s Bray’s writing remains tight, his stories gripping and well-plotted, his characters cohesive and real. Bray does an exceptional job at building the tension, layering in the angst and the unfolding drama so when in the third act it all goes to hell in a hand basket, the reader is in for one unforgettable ride.


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