The Lights by Carrie Pack

The Lights

By: Carrie Pack
Pages: 143
Published on: December 11, 2018
The Lights by Carrie Pack

It's winter break and Molly Monroe is content to enjoy her town's annual Festival of Lights with her girlfriend Chelsea at her side. But almost immediately after the lights go up, the town's children begin to act strangely, especially Molly's own brother, Roger.


When their next-door neighbors are killed in a grisly double homicide, Molly begins to suspect the incidents are linked. Now she must convince her parents and the rest of the town to take down the Christmas lights before everyone gets killed.



Releasing just in time for the holidays, The Lights by Carrie Pack is the perfect amount of creepy to make you question whether those new LED Christmas lights are truly worth it. If the idea of murderous kids obsessed with Christmas lights doesn’t make you nervous, I don’t know what will.


When the younger kids in town start acting freaky after the annual Christmas light display in this small town, Molly, her girlfriend Chelsea and their newish friend Brandon must figure out how to keep themselves and loved ones alive. For some reason, none of the adults in town have noticed there’s a problem, but then again why would they expect kids to be murderers?


There is something to be said about innocent looking children murdering the adults in town. That is one of the few ideas that scares the hell out of me. Despite my fear of brutal kids, I really loved this book. The Lights is the first book I’ve read by Carrie Pack but I’m confident I will read more of her books very soon. Her storytelling is top notch and her characters are unique and interesting. They are normal and easy to relate to.


The Lights kept me anxiously awaiting the next bit of horror with each page. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a good scare right before Christmas (or anytime really). Thanks to this book, I can say I plan to talk my husband out of buying the lights he planned to get for the house this year!



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About Carrie Pack

Carrie Pack is an author of books in multiple genres, including Designs on You (2014), In the Present Tense (2016), and Grrrls on the Side (2017). She is a recipient of two Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Bronze awards: in 2016 for In the Present Tense (science fiction) and in 2017 for Grrrls on the Side (young adult). Grrrls on the Side was also a finalist in the Bi Book Awards.

Her novels focus on characters finding themselves in their own time—something she experienced for herself when she came out as bisexual in her thirties. She also hosts the BiSciFi podcast and is creator of the #BiSciFi Twitter chat. She's passionate about science fiction, feminism, and red lipstick. Carrie lives in Florida, or as she likes to call it, “America’s Wang.”

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Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessey

Murderous Little Darlings

By: John Hennessey
Genres: Horror, YA, Vampires
Pages: 66
Series: A Tale of Vampires #1
Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessey

Three siblings. An endless list of victims. A whole lot of time to kill.

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With two specimens of the undead on either side of her, Juliana knew there was no escape. Kill the one they had selected for her, or be killed, and become one of them. What had the neighbours in the road called them, back when their childhood pranks were just that?

Oh yes, she remembered now. Murderous Little Darlings. They had the faces of angels, but possessed the very soul of the Devil.

Marcus had fully embraced his vampire side from the moment he was born. Rocco was the second eldest, and had fought the temptation all of his life. Then Marcus finally broke him.

That just left Juliana. Will she resist them, or join in the hunt?


I had high hopes going into this book. Who doesn’t love murderous little kids? They’re terrifying AND adorable. I can’t say I was satisfied. I liked it to some degree, but I didn’t love it as I had hoped.


It felt like it took forever to get to the point. It was confusing at times and just left me wanting more. Not in the “this is so awesome, I want to know more” kind of way but more of the, “well that wasn’t enough” way.


There was a GREAT plot twist at the end though that I never saw coming. That was the best part of the book, and not just because it was the end. I doubt I will read the next book in the series, but it’s not completely out of the question if I find it on sale.



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About John Hennessey

John Hennessy is an award winning (Reader's Favourite Silver Award - YA Horror for 2016) and best-selling author of paranormal horror, psychological thrillers and fantasy fiction. John is a massive fan of haunted houses, ancient graveyards, abandoned buildings, unexplained mysteries, urban legends and suspense - and his books reflect all of these passions.

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Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 by Kevin J. Kennedy

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2

By: Kevin J. Kennedy
Genres: Horror
Pages: 336
Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 by Kevin J. Kennedy

Some people love Christmas for religious reasons, others prefer it for the food, drink and parties, but for some other people, it’s just another time of year to get up to mischief. This anthology is filled with tales of not-so-happy Christmases, tales that they don’t want to tell you about in the movies or songs.

It’s time to break out your new Christmas slippers, rip open a box of chocolates and pour yourself a drink. Lock your doors and get comfy. You’re in for one helluva ride.

Merry Christmas from all of us!

Contains stories by:
Amy Cross, Michael A. Arnzen, Christina Bergling, Andrew Lennon, J.C. Michael, Lisa Morton, Mike Duke, C.S. Anderson, Mark Cassell, Peter Oliver Wonder, Suzanne Fox, Matthew Brockmeyer, James Matthew Buyers, Weston Kincade, Matt Hickman, P. Mattern, Mark Fleming, Veronica Smith, Steven Stacy, Chris Motz & Sara Tantlinger.

Also by this author: Collected Easter Horror Shorts, You Only Get One Shot



Anthologies can be difficult to review. I’m noticing that more and more of my anthology reviews sound strikingly alike and that’s a bit frustrating as a reviewer. There is really only so much one can say about a collection of stories where they can find little to no complaints with. That’s the problem I’m having today.


I’ve come to love the anthologies put together by Kevin J. Kennedy. I have yet to be disappointed by any of his work. With any anthology, there are some stories that resonate more with some people than others. Some stories I absolutely adored, and others that while good, just wasn’t my bag. That being said, there is something for everyone.


There’s something disturbing about Horror stories based on Christmas, but it’s that fun part of disturbing that reminds the reader that not everything is sugarplums and Santa Claus. Overall, this is another great anthology by an author I have come to trust to deliver the best of the best.



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About Kevin J. Kennedy

Kevin J Kennedy is the co-author of You Only Get One Shot, and the man behind the best-selling Collected Christmas Horror Shorts & Collected Easter Horror Shorts anthologies. His short stories have featured in many other notable anthologies in the horror genre.

Kevin lives in a small town in Scotland with his wife, step daughter and two strange little cats.

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