Posts Tagged ‘horror’

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Bentley Little’s strange (but impressive) imagination is unparalleled in its ability to find and deliver terror in the most complacent and comfortable places. He’s one of the few writers who can give me nightmares, and THE RESORT, in particular, emblazoned some very creepy-cool and eerily bizarre images onto my mind that, years later, are still terribly vivid.

I laughed, I shuddered, I kinda wished I’d read it in daylight hours. Five stars.

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I’m first and foremost a lover of ghost stories and Ash Wednesday is one of my all-time favorite books about ghosts and hauntings. I count it alongside The Shining, Ghost Story, Houses Hill and Hell, and a handful of others as truly satisfying.

Ash Wednesday is about a haunted town, Merridale. The dead begin to appear as translucent blue entities all over town. The reactions of the living range from terror to joy and everything in between. This is a quiet ghost story and it satisfies on every level with the care Williamson takes in making his characters – all of them – real. The novel is touching and terrifying and hits all the right notes.

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I loved this book as a kid, and even credit some of these creepy short stories for my early fascination with horror (which probably shaped my imagination and influenced my own gruesome writes!)

For nostalgic purposes, I re-read this book as an adult. I expected to be disappointed, the way we so often are when we try to re-experienced something we loved from childhood, but Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark held its intrigue for me. I love it when that happens.

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Witty, enthralling, and very, very spooky, UNDER THE LAKE was a much-needed breath of fresh air. It’s got ghosts, crime, action, drama, and lots of good twisted history. Highly recommended!

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The Manitou is one of my all-time favorite reads. I recently reread it and it was just as fresh and funny – and terrifying – as it was the first time I read it well over two decades ago. Written from the point of view of protagonist Harry Erskine, a man who makes his money as a sham tarot reader telling little old ladies what they want to hear, the novel works especially well because Harry knows he’s a fraud and because he holds a healthy skepticism for all things supernatural. When he is confronted by the real thing, the action – and the wit – is unrelenting. All of Masterton’s Harry Erskine books work- Harry is the perfect imperfect hero.

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Our thriller MOTHER is on sale in ebook for $0.99 today through July 31st!
Mother
“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”
Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil’s Advocate and the V.C. Andrews novels
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.
Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.
The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. Sometimes it’s Worse …
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”

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I won’t lie. I was a little intimidated by the size of this book and put off reading it for many years … but after finally working up my nerve, I took it off the shelf and got down to business. And as soon as I began, an amazing thing happened: I whizzed through the entire book in a matter of days. Not only that, I wanted more.

THE WITCHING HOUR kept me reading till all hours and reignited my interest in the work of Anne Rice – after finishing this one, I promptly moved onto another of her books and am looking forward to the next.

Highly recommended for lovers of historicals, ghosts, horror, Southern gothics, and good old-fashioned well-spun tales!

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