Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Army of Skin by Morgan K.Tanner

After losing his mother to a brain tumour, Trevor King feels totally alone in the world. Someone needs to pay for her death and Dr Mellick, Trevor's work colleague and family GP, is the man he holds responsible. Trevor's yearning for vengeance leads him to concoct a vicious plot to frame the doctor for multiple murders. Trevor skins the corpses, turning them into elaborate art pieces after being inspired by a mysterious textbook. But as the skins of the flayed victims come to life and continue the killings for him, Trevor wonders whether he is in too deep.When Dr Mellick goes missing Trevor becomes convinced the doctor is planning a similar scheme to bring him down.But as Trevor discovers the truth of his mother's death and his own life, this murderous path becomes more of a calling.

Morgan K.Tanner first came on my radar after reading Tales From the Realm Vol 1 by Aphotic Realm which featured his amazing story, The Almost Cannibal.  That story really stuck out for me despite being in an anthology of really superb stories. His writing blended perfectly dark horror with comedy, I've read a few of his interviews and he's a really funny guy. So when I saw that he had released his debut novella, Army of Skin, I couldn't wait to take a look.

I think its worth mentioning the cover, designed by M.R. Tapia. It's amazing! It's really representative of the care and artistry that's gone into making this outstanding book.

This book is an example of why I love novellas! From the very first page I was hooked and knew I was in for a fun ride. I read this in one day and was completely enthralled throughout. There's no boring back story just action. The plot moves really quickly in ways you can't anticipate.

This is the tale of Trevor King who is seeking revenge against his late mother's doctor. He delves deeper and deeper into hell in his attempts to bring Dr Mellick to justice. The weird thing about Trevor King is that he comes off as a nice guy, but he does these terrible things which at times makes for uncomfortable reading. The characterisation is brilliant as you watch Trevor descend into utter madness.  In this book, no one is as they seem. Its hard to talk too much about the plot without giving away spoilers but it's exhilarating. 

The ending is truly amazing, everything really comes together in one almighty final chapter! Whilst reading this book I had many questions but they were all answered in the very brutal ending. Morgan K.Tanner shows that he can make people laugh with one hand and completely terrify them with the other.

This is an awesome debut and I can't wait to see what he writes next!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Bad Pennies by John.F.Leonard

I chose Bad Pennies after reading Call Drops also by John F.Leonard, a short horror story which was really creepy, imaginative and highly enjoyable. Bad Pennies is set in the same world and does not disappoint!

Seeing a stranger die is the worst thing that Chris has ever witnessed. Picking up the dead man’s wallet is a mistake, a moment of weakness.
That’s all it takes, one impulsive act, for reality to unravel.
Because pocketing the wallet is only the beginning.

Dark forces swim below the surface of the world...
They change their shape but never go away...
They find a way through... 

Chris Carlisle is just an ordinary guy, always suffering from too much month at the end of his money. He's flat broke, his job is a dead end and his boss hates him. He's one warning away from getting fired. The only thing that is goo din his life is his beautiful Becca and for her he would do anything.

He doesn't think his life can get any worse, but it can.

One morning, late for work he witnesses something extraordinary. He thinks his luck is finally changing when he finds a wallet full of cash. He almost doesn't pick it up but he's so poor he has little choice in taking it.

This book starts off a little slow but its worth it as once it gets going, events move quickly. There's a great foreboding atmosphere and a real treat for those who like their horror extra dark! I loved The Thin White Man, he was genuinely scary and if you don't have a great tolerance for creepy crawlies you may find this book a little extreme!

Beware of the Scaeth!

Monday, 21 January 2019

Just To Keep You Close

I'm so excited to kick off 2019 with my short story, Just to Keep You Close, appearing in the first issue of the resurrected horror fiction magazine Sanitarium. Like many horror fans I was devastated when it was forced to go on hiatus and now, fast forward a few years, it's back!

This is a magazine I quickly fell in love with and it introduced me to a lot of horror authors who have now gone on to make a big name for themselves. The first issue is available now on Amazon in e format and should be available in paperback in a few days.

5.0 out of 5 starsWell worth your time if dark fiction is your thing.
19 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

By Year's End: A Year 47 Anthology

Oooh my first book review of 2019! Here goes. By Year's End: A Year 47 Anthology is  a companion to Bo Chappell's Year 47 novel set in a post apocalyptic New West. I have to admit, I've yet to delve into that tale, but you can go straight ahead and read By Year's End without having any prior knowledge of that.

This anthology features nine tales that will take you through the horror of how the New West was created and what's left for the few remaining survivors.

I really enjoyed reading these and not having a clue about the events of Year 47 which added extra intrigue to my read. What really struck me was the quality of these stories and how they blend so well together.  I really wanted them to last longer as you get so caught up in the tales. There's a real eclectic mix of authors here, each with their own unique voice but they all flow so effortlessly to create an anthology that feels more like a novel. Usually with anthologies I mention my favourite tales but with this I actually can't pick favourites as they're all so good.

The stories all contain characters that you really care about which adds to the tension and each one packs a powerful emotional punch. And of course there's a palpable feeling of cold dread building up in each tale. Something really bad has happened here and no one knows what it is or why it's happened.

This is an anthology I would definitely recommend!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Itch by S.J.Budd

My most goriest creepiest tale to date is now available for just 99cents via Infinite Realms Bookstore. It's about a guy who messes with the wrong witch! It even comes with a warning and is called The Itch!

Also on this site you can purchase the incredible Sounds of the Night anthology,  published by Alban Lake. It features my first novelette, What the Eyes Cannot See.