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Naomi's Room
Naomi's Room
by Jonathan Aycliffe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the scariest book to date?, 8 Jun. 2012
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This book will chill you to the bone, especially if you have small children. What starts out as a heart-rending exploration of a father's love for his daughter and the hopelessness he feels when she goes missing,then suddenly turns into a haunting ghost story with a twist. The last third of the book turns into something that is truly horrific and not for the faint hearted or weak stomached. I read this many years ago and it's still strong in my mind, so much is its impact on the reader. Shame there hasn't been another print run of this story as it so demands it. This is a thin book and can be easily read in one sitting. Just don't read before retiring to a dark, silent bedroom, because that fleeting shadow on the wall could well be...


Meat
Meat
by Joseph D'Lacey
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One meaty horror story to get your teeth into, 13 April 2012
This review is from: Meat (Paperback)
Meat is a brilliantly written and structured story. The dystopian setting, although not quite as extreme as Orwell's 1984, where meat is the new currency and social standing is a real thought-provoking premise. The story could almost turn you vegan as you go through the whole slaughterhouse production line. I particularly loved the main protagonist who is also the factory's main slaughter man who despises his day job but understands that he and his family are nothing in society without it. The scene where he sees pity and futile acceptance in the cows' eyes just before he delivers the final death bolt is heart rending reading. This put D'Lacey on the horror map for me and i'll be hunting down the rest of his books with relish.


Destinations Unknown
Destinations Unknown
by Gary A. Braunbeck
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Destinations never forgotten, 13 April 2012
This review is from: Destinations Unknown (Hardcover)
This was the first Braunbeck book I read and what an introduction. The three short stories are amazingly written and well deserved of a Bram Stoker award. The tales stay with you long after you finish the book and even now years later I still reflect on them. Want thought provoking and evocative stories that will chill you to the bone? Yes? Then here's a good place to start. Enjoy!


Earthbound
Earthbound
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the U.K.'s greatest singer?, 16 May 2011
This review is from: Earthbound (Audio CD)
I bought this album I think roughly in 1997 and I haven't stopped listening to it since which is testament to how brilliant it is. Connor Reeves' voice is so smooth and soulfull that it takes you to another place. I agree with other reviewers that there isn't a weak song on the album. Although his hits Earthbound and Father's Son are amazing tracks the one I play continually is Ordinary People for the sheer vocal range Reeves offers. What's scary and still mind-boggling to me is how there was never a follow up album. Not only is Reeves an amazing singer but he's clearly a gifted songwriter and has written tunes for for various famous artists/groups like Westlife (but don't hold that against him lol)If you are thinking about buying this album , I'll just tell you that it will be the most rewarding and greatest investment for your ears, mind and soul. I've almost worn mine out so looks like I need a back up copy. Now that second album? Come on music execs I've waited patiently long enough!


Paranormal Activity [DVD]
Paranormal Activity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katie Featherston
Price: £3.25

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Blair Witch should have been, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Paranormal Activity [DVD] (DVD)
Here it seems is another 'marmite' movie, you either love it or hate it, much like Blair witch Project (which I hate - see review)This is an example on how to scare you without using CGI and dodgy props. The scares are subtle and in doing so keeps the watcher in suspense. A lot of reviewers hate this film, stating how it's not scary at all (these are probably fans of Blair witch..yikes!) It all depends on how you watch this film. I watched alone, sat with the lights off after midnight. If you watch this with the lights on with friends (which I've done as well)then it's just not the same. I guarantee if you watch it like I first did you will have a different take on it. It freaked me out. The fact that you stare intently at the screen waiting for something to move, and often enough nothing happens, but when it does, BAM! goes the old heart rate. A lot of people have only seen the dodgy police shooting ending which is a shame because the cinema ending with boyfriend propelled at screen is much more unnerving. At the end of the day this film was made to a budget of a reported $8000. So hat off to the film makers for this little gem and am now looking forward to the upcoming sequel.
Ps -I have been wetting myself laughing at all the dodgy rip-offs of this film. Check out Paranormal Ascendancy..ha..makes Paranormal activity look like it has the same budget as Avatar....real bad!
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Let's Go Play at the Adams'
Let's Go Play at the Adams'
by Mendal W. Johnson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's go play at Adams' disturbing read, 4 July 2010
This book, although not particularly original, about the trauma inflicted and the endurance of a teenager (babysitter of Adams' kids)who is being held hostage, raped and tortured by minors she was supposed to take care of, it's disturbing to read nonetheless. What makes this truly terrifying is that it's based on the true case of Sylvia Marie Likem in the 60s which was described at the time as 'one of the worst crimes of this century' (I won't mention case as it will act as a spoiler)Jack Ketchum also based his novel 'The Girl next door' on the same case which is equally a disturbing read and film. This book took me a considerable time to read because I kept on putting it down, sometimes for days on end and going back to it. It's quite exausting to read although it's not a particular lengthy novel.The problem with the writing is it's full of purple-prose and where one sentence will do to describe something, Mendal Johnson will take up the whole page.I usually read a book in several sittings, depending on how exciting they are. Although this book is quite a feat of endurance itself, you just can't put in down and forget about it completely until you find out this poor girl's fate. Basically it's a book about the physical, mental and emotional effects of long-term confinement. Once you finish the book I guarantee it will haunt you like no other. I read this about 2 years ago and still think about it, and believe me not many books do this, so it must gain points in that respect. This book has become something of a cult classic and is quite hard to find. Sadly Mendal Johnson never got to see or read the controversy surrounding his book as he died several months after its publication aged 48. Johnson suffered with alcoholism and died of Cirrhosis of the liver. This will explain to other reviewers why he hasn't written anything since. This was his debut novel and curtain call so it's a shame it has not been reprinted to the masses. So although an exhausting read, it still comes highly recommended, because anything that haunts your dreams and waking hours has got to have done its job.


The Conqueror Worms
The Conqueror Worms
by Brian Keene
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars All conquering read....with worms!, 16 Dec. 2009
I absolutely loved this book. Although not as good as his zombie books Keene has delivered a rollercoaster read with this horror gem. I agree with one of the reviewers that the cheesy cover can put people off, but don't be deceived as it's an awesome read. For Keene's die hard fans like myself, he continues to delve deeper into his mysterious labrinth mythos.
Well paced and action packed. This comes highly recommended and I hope there is a sequel in the pipeline.


The Midnight Man
The Midnight Man
by Simon Clark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Magic Classic read, 24 Feb. 2009
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Simon Clark has surpassed himself with this one. In "The Midnight Man" we are given the account of Vincent Van Gogh and his mysterious friend, Pastor Hux. Van Gogh is living in Arles, France, and Hux in London, England. The tale is told from the perspective of two women - Ty and Nidabi - who are each living as companions who were saved by these two men. While we get a nicely defined picture of Van Gogh at the cusp of his creative height we are also shown the spiral into darkness of Pastor Hux that has caused him to slaughter many prostitutes and other unfortunates around the Whitechapel section of London.

The two pairs eventually meet and the build-up to the stunning conclusion is well paced. In addition to a fine thriller/horror novel we are also given a perspective that may explain Van Gogh's madness, self-mutilation and fear of poison. The writing prose has that 19th Century feel and you can tell Clark is a fan of Bram Stoker's work. The words run off the page smooth as velvet and as silky as chocolate. You actually feel like you are in 1888. You can almost smell the atmosphere of that dark period it is so well written. Clark states that this was a labour of love and you can tell he enjoyed writing every page. This rubs off on the reader and it becomes unputdownable.
Really enjoyed this book and it comes highly recommended to all. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
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Dead Sea
Dead Sea
by Brian Keene
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEENE'S BEST HORROR YET, 12 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Dead Sea (Mass Market Paperback)
Just when i thought he couldn't improve on his previous zombie books The Rising & City of the Dead, Keene brings out Dead Sea. Action packed with wonderful characters. This has a very claustraphobic feel about it, which just adds to the tension and sheer horror of the story. Basically this is a spin-off story from his other zombie books about people escaping the zombie-infested dry land to seek sanctuary elsewhere. They soon find out that their pitiful boat isn't the safe haven they first thought it was. As you'd expect their situation becomes dire as the world collapses around them. I don't like giving the story away in reviews but the ending is so heartbreakingly tragic. I have read about six books by Keene and this is my favourite up to now. Just can't get enough of his wonderful sick stuff.Zombie/apocalyptic fans buy this now.


Blood Crazy
Blood Crazy
by Simon Clark
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY ONE OF THE GREATEST HORROR BOOKS TODAY, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Blood Crazy (Paperback)
To give this book anything else but 5 stars is a disgrace to horror readers everywhere. This book has everything. This was the first Clark book i read and what an introduction. Sadly he's never bettered it, although King Blood comes close. My favourite themes are the apocalyptic and zombies, so in this i had both. Ok they're not zombies but the adults have a sort of rage infected plague.(Am i the only one to think that 28 days Later's Danny Boyle possibly read this book in 1995..hmmm) The writing style is quite simplistic but very effective. I won't drone on about the story because other reviewers already have, i'll just say this book has everything: action, gore, drama. It is utterly unputdownable and your fingers will burn in your haste to turn the pages. The only thing that lets this book down is the bloody title. BLOOD CRAZY! How naff does that sound. It almost put me off buying it if it wasn't for the picture of hundreds of corpses on the front jacket. Yes i had the original 1st edition hardback then sold it on a carboot for £1. It sells for over £100 now. Sick isn't the word. Us Brits haven't quite picked up on Clark's work yet, although the Yanks love him. Shame on us!
Buy this and you're in for a real treat. I have since bought the American signed edition hardback. This one's for keeps and should be in every horror fan's collection.


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