Dead Til Dawn by Gerald Dean Rice


Dead Til Dawn

By: Gerald Dean Rice
Genres: Horror, Zombies
Pages: 341
Published on: May 23, 2017
Dead Til Dawn by Gerald Dean Rice

Two friends who have drifted apart go on an unintended journey when they take a drug that technically turns them into zombies for 72 hours. But near immortal cultists intent on journeying to the other side will stop at nothing to get the 'Bloom' back, even if it means taking it from their undead bodies. As the two men run for their unlives they test the bonds of friendship and learn the whole universe is depending on them. So we're probably screwed.

 
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I have mixed feelings about Dead Til Dawn by Gerald Dean Rice. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I thought it was ok enough to read the entire thing. There were several times where I almost had to add it to my DNF list. I’m sure there are some out there who will probably enjoy it more than I did. I wanted it to be better than it actually was.

 

It started out really strong I thought. I liked the ideas Rice was developing I thought it was unique but believable. The characters were fairly easy to relate to and had interesting personalities. They were funny and entertaining. They did keep me laughing for the most part.

 

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somewhere near the middle, I got bored. Almost as if there were unnecessary details going into the story. That’s just my opinion though, I’m sure the author has a reason for including the things I didn’t think were needed. There were too many scenes where I found myself thinking, “Would you just get to the point already.”

 

The ending picks up a bit, but by then I was just ready for it to be over, so I think some of the excitement may have been missed on my part due to lack of interest at that point.

 

Overall, it’s not a bad book, just a bit too wordy for my taste and couldn’t hold my attention. That being said, if you are looking for a different kind of zombie book, you should definitely check it out for yourself. You may have a much different opinion.

 

 

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About Gerald Dean Rice

Gerald Dean Rice is hard at work on something right now. Whether it's vampires, zombies, or something you've never seen before, he's always dedicated to writing something unique. He's the author of numerous short stories, including the Halloween eBook "The Best Night of the Year", "30 Minute Plan" which is free on Amazon, the YA book "Vamp-Hire" and the upcoming anthology "Anything but Zombies"

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Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock Re-animator/ Holes by Chad Lutzke


Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock Re-animator/ Holes

By: Chad Lutzke
Genres: Horror
Pages: 21
Series: Double Barrel Horror
Published on: June 22, 2017
Double Barrel Horror: Punk Rock       Re-animator/ Holes by Chad Lutzke

 

A Double Dose of Twisted Tales from author Chad Lutzke

 
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Punk Rock Re-Animator and Holes by Chad Lutzke are 2 super short stories contained in one book in the Double Barrel Horror series. That being said, they are both very quick reads. You really don’t have time to lose interest it goes by so fast.

 

Punk Rock Re-Animator took me a minute to get into but as soon as I did, I was hooked. I’d actually like to know what happens next. It was somewhat gory. There used to be a rumor years ago about someone going around in clubs with a needle, sticking people, and infecting them with HIV. Now, I have no idea if any of it was true, but that’s what this story reminded me of.

 

Holes was most definitely different. There’s a guy in his apartment with a telescope. He sees across the way the neighborhood bully who has been tormenting everyone for years. He is strapped to the table and appears to be being tortured. It’s kind of disgusting, but interesting to see if the narrator is going to do anything about what he is seeing.

 

I recommend this book to anyone with a strong stomach who is looking for a super quick read.

 

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About Chad Lutzke

Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife, children, and far too many dogs. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue and Scream magazine. He is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Halloween Forevermore and Heavy Planet. His fictional work can be found in several magazines and anthologies including his own 18-story anthology, NIGHT AS A CATALYST. He has written a collaborative effort with horror author Terry M. West, THE HIM DEEP DOWN. In the summer of 2016, Lutzke released his dark coming-of-age novella OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES which has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, James Newman, John Boden, and many others. Later in 2016, Lutzke released his contribution to bestselling author J. Thorn's AMERICAN DEMON HUNTER series with AMERICAN DEMON HUNTERS: BATTLE CREEK, MI. Winter 2017 will see the release of WALLFLOWER, a story about addiction, delusions, and flowers.

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Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss’ Cut


Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss' Cut

By: Mitch Hyman
Pages: 384
Published on: May 29th 2017
Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss’ Cut

Sunshine, ocean breezes, umbrella drinks...and voodoo, zombies, vampires and Hitmen. What more could you want?

Vinnie and Testeroni and Morris "Mook" Chichinski were two of the most respected- and feared- Hit men around. Vinnie: the proud Sicilanu (Sicilian). Call him and "Italian" and it was your only - and last- mistake. No questions asked. Mook: the son of a Jewish Miami hooker and a mob wiseguy. Call him a "bastard" and it would be your only - and last - mistake. One he had his long and painful "fun" with you.

Like ham on a bagel, they broke the rules - but that's what made them the only hope for a frantic New York mobster.

"Fat Shelly" Wasserman, a racketeer, whose daughter was gone and feared kidnapped. His last message from her was all he had to go on: a photo. One minute, she was a university student in the Big Apple. The next, she was being photographed deep in the West Indies-- a most unusual photograph. It was a new style Polaroid photo of the sun drenched girl looking like the hadn't a care in the world and of two men next to her. That was the unusual part -- either the sun was too bright or the camera was too old, because the men looked so ghostly, that they were almost blurs.

But the truth was far older - and worse- than just a photo taken with a camera of all things. Had Fat Shelly known it, he would have called his worst enemies, the authorities, instead of his biggest enemies, Vinnie and Mook.

From their aptly named shop they retired to as Key West fishing outfitters, 'Too Tough to Tackle', to a centuries-old New World horror, they would soon learn that not everything alive you kill stays dead- or was never alive in the first place.

And in this edition you also get the original popular "Vinnie and Mook" Novella, "Swallowed Hook, Line and..." which sets the stage and introduces the boys and some very unusual new friends for the full length Novel also contained herein.

 
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Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror by Mitch Hyman is actually 2 books in one. It contains both Hitmen in Paradise and the novella Hook, Line, and Sinker.

 

Vinnie and Mook are totally different characters from what I’m used to reading. It seems like no matter what they do or where they go, they always run into something supernatural. They are just trying to do their “job.”

 

I really like Vinnie and Mook as characters. They are stereotypical hitmen who kill people, but they still have standards. They are easy to relate to and I became quite attached to them both. They are also quite funny. Their banter is very entertaining.

 

This is the first book I’ve read by Mitch  Hyman and it certainly won’t be the last. He is a great storyteller and writes in a way where the reader can see and follow everything in that world. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little different from your typical monster books.

 

 

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About Mitch Hyman

Mitch Hyman is best known as the creator and writer of "Bubba the Redneck Werewolf". He is well known in the Indie comic industry for his other comic book concepts and characters as well. Hyman is also a widely published novelist and short story fiction writer.
The characters from his “Hit Men” novels, Vinnie and Mook (two hit men dealing in supernatural threats), first appear in the Prequel novella “Hook, Line and Sinker” and then in the follow up full length adventure, “Hitmen in Paradise”. This concept is an on-going series and more novels are currently in the works.
Hyman’s short story endeavors include publishers Words Take Flight’s "Dr. Sarcophagus and his Carnival of Dark Desires” and Red Stylo Media's "Shakespeare Shaken" graphic anthology. He is also noted for his firing of Donald Trump in a parody of "The Apprentice" during his tenure as a freelance writer for the original CRACKED magazine. He is also the Executive producer of the recently completed motion picture comedy based on an adaptation of his Werewolf character “Bubba”.The film was done through his production company TWO RUBBING NICKELS LLC. The trailer for the film can be seen on-line at various web and review sites or at You Tube.
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Vamped by Lucienne Diver


Vamped

By: Lucienne Diver
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 157
Series: Vamped #1
Published on: May 8, 2009
Vamped by Lucienne Diver

Gina Covello's Perks and Pitfalls of Vamp Life
1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!
2. Free. Designer. Clothes.

3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.

4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.

5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone's going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.

I guess I'll just have to save everyone from fashion disasters and other fates worse than death.

Also by this author: Fangdemonium
 
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Vamped by Lucienne Diver is an easy and quick read. Her main female character, Gina, is a popular high school student turned vampire who is fairly annoying and immature. She is funny at times but is childish more times than not.

Despite Gina’s immaturity, I did enjoy this story. It moved along at a quick pace so I never had time to get bored. I can see Vamped appealing to teenagers. There isn’t any sex, but there is some making out etc.

Gina does seem to adapt to her new life very quickly. Her relationship with former nerd turned hot vampire, Bobby, is strange to me because it just seems wrong that she didn’t want anything to do with him before he turned into a vampire, but after, she spent time making out with him, which is how she ended up as a vampire.

This is a very fun book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I gave it 3 stars because while I enjoyed it, Gina was just so damn annoying I wanted to stake her myself.

 

 

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About Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is the author of Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews called “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins).
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Feast by Thomas S. Flowers


Feast

Genres: Extreme Horror
Pages: 126
Published on: April 18, 2017
Feast by Thomas S. Flowers

What would you do for family?

Between the rural Texas towns of Bass and Sat is one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in America. Big Butts Bar-B-Que has been the seat of power for the Fleming family since the Great Depression, but when tragedy and scandal beset Titus and his surviving transgender son Lavinia, deals are made to keep control of the restaurant. An arrangement that will put a father at odds with his legacy. As the table is set, is it just the keys to the barbecue kingdom some are after, or something else entirely?

An extreme horror story inspired by Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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Feast by Thomas S. Flowers is a disturbing story centering around 2 families in Texas. It’s violent from beginning to end and I enjoyed it immensely. At just a smidge over 100 pages, it’s a quick and easy read, and it is the type of story that is difficult to put down because it moves so quickly.

 

This story is crazy. The son of one family wronged the daughter of another family. Her family is determined to ruin his family business, Big Butts Bar-B-Que despite the fact they had nothing to do with it and were trying to work with them.  Her mother is a horrible person and her brothers are just as bad if not worse. They are all seriously screwed up in the head.

 

The violence in Feast is quite gruesome. An extremely violent rape scene made me sick to my stomach but was, unfortunately, necessary for the story. This book is also quite gory. I hate that Titus’s family has been through so much but I really like how he handled things.

 

Feast is the first book by Thomas S. Flowers I have read and I look forward to reading more from him. I can see why this book is considered “extreme horror.” I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read and has a strong stomach. Be prepared for violence galore but if you are easily triggered you should probably skip this one.

 

 

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About Thomas S. Flowers

Often called The Hemingway of Horror, Thomas S. Flowers secludes away to create character-driven stories of dark fiction ranging from Shakespearean gore feasts to paranormal thrillers. Residing in the swamps of Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter, his debut novel, Reinheit, was soon published with Shadow Work Publishing, along with The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein, Apocalypse Meow, Lanmò, The Hobbsburg Horror, and FEAST.

His military/paranormal thriller series, The Subdue Series, including Dwelling, Emerging, Conceiving, and Converging, are published with Limitless Publishing, LLC. In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelors in History. He blogs at machinemean[dot]org, where he reviews movies and books and hosts a gambit of guest writers who discuss a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics.

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