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 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 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 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.

 

 

This story is an adaption of a Shakespeare tragedy about what happens when families fight.  Humans have historically been fearful of death, and when there I something of value to be split it gets nasty.

 

Families fight when there is money on the line.  I don’t know why, but they do. Some families even break up over it.  I know this personally as my extended family is going through this right now.  It saddens me at times, but other times I sit back and just shake my head.

 

One family lost their son, one has a daughter who made her own bed but her family refuses to believe it have began to fight over something of value.  The conclusion is just what everyone deserves because when politics and hatred are intertwined in a father’s love, then all hell can break loose.

 

I am almost giddy about this story, yes, it is horror, and you know what is going to happen soon after the story starts, but oh is it right.  Well I guess technically one would say that what happens is wrong, gore-filled, stomach-turning wrong, but oh so right. I am a person who believes that sometimes you get what you deserve.  Karma is real, and when you mess with her, expect to reap the benefits of your decision. Combine that with small town politics that piss me off for a variety of reasons and them getting their comeuppances and I am giddy.   Okay maybe giddy isn’t the right term…no it is, I am the one at the end of this story with a glimmer in my eye and clapping the tips of my fingers together at what happened.

 

You may not be that person, or you may be. If you like stories that sad but also vindictive, revenge filled, and overall standing for what is yours above all, then give this story a chance.  You may find it as good as I. Let me know what you think about it in the comments, like it or hate it.

 

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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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Sadie Hawkins (Addiction Series Book 1) by Juli Valenti


Sadie Hawkins

By: Juli Valenti
Pages: 190
Series: The Addiction Series #1
Sadie Hawkins (Addiction Series Book 1) by Juli Valenti

My story isn’t a fairy tale.

It isn’t filled with princes and castles and happily ever afters.

My story is real — the truth as I know it. It’s fueled by drugs and debauchery and bad decisions. In my world, there are no happy endings, only darkness and rabbit holes.

My name is Sadie Hawkins... will you come dance with me?

Also by this author: Poet
 
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God, where to start with this book? This isn’t my usual type of read but I’ve got to say, it’s one hell of a ride. As the parent of a college student, Sadie Hawkins is somewhat terrifying. It gets dark, and it gets dark quickly. When the blurb says, “there’s no happy endings, only darkness and rabbit holes,” it’s not exaggerating.

 

Sadie is a drug addict. She didn’t start out that way. She was once a struggling student attending law school. What started out as a means to complete an abundance of school work turned into a train wreck. She’s now a stripper and her dreams of graduating law school are dust in the wind.

 

I’m not entirely sure what genre this would be classified as other than fiction, but it’s a believable fiction. In this day and age with so many people struggling with addiction, many of us can see someone we know in Sadie. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. I wanted to slap the shit out of her and tell her to get it together, but I know that has little to no effect on the truly dependent.

 

This book had me in knots worrying about what was going to happen next. I highly recommend Sadie Hawkins to anyone looking to read something that’s a bit different and can give you some insight as to what can, and often does, go through the mind of an addict.

 

Purchase Link

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About Juli Valenti

Juli Valenti grew up in a small town in Arkansas, known for Wal-mart, which is no longer small but is still known for the grocery store. Lucky for her, she didn’t retain an accent, despite her overuse of ya’ll when talking. She currently resides in sunny Florida with her husband and two young boys. If her world wasn’t crazy enough, she also works a full time day job, as well as owns her own editing company (Juli’s Elite Editing).

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Exposed by J. Nichole Parkins


Exposed

By: J. Nichole Parkins
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 269
Series: Burned #3
Exposed by J. Nichole Parkins

Fiona Jennings sees things that should stay hidden.
The powerful clairvoyant—terrified of her unstable powers—hasn’t left her home in years. She believes her self-imposed cage is safe.
Until danger knocks on her front door.
Forced to flee, Fiona finds refuge in the least likely place, surrounded by strangers with powers of their own. A grounder with a southern drawl that melts more than just her resolve to stay distant, a ghost with a perverted sense of humor, and a tempestuous shifter that connects them all.
But the sanctuary hides more than its share of secrets.
Nightmarish visions strip away her sanity, and danger comes from more directions than even the best seer can predict.
Under constant pressure, will she weather the danger that’s coming?
Or perish in the storm?

Also by this author: Deceived
 
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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this book! As the third book in the series, I have been going crazy to find out what else was going to happen in our crazy world of people with special powers, vampires and god knows what other surprises Parkins has up her sleeve.

 

Exposed picks up where Deceived left off and we are introduced to Fiona. Fiona is a woman who absorbs memories from items she touches. God forbid she touches another person. She can pick up whatever memories decide to pop up and it’s not always pleasant. It honestly sounds like a terrible thing to have to live with.

 

One of my favorite things about this book is the appearance of a character I thought we had heard the last of after the first book. I was so excited when I found out this character was back I refused to stop reading that evening until I fell asleep and smacked myself in the face with my kindle when I dropped it. THAT’S how happy I was they were back.

 

I can only say so much without giving away too much of the story, but I’m confident in my continuing love for this series. My only disappointment is that the next book isn’t written yet and I will have to wait to find out what happens next. Exposed does a great job of building up for the next story in the book and I can’t wait!

 

 

Purchase Link

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About J. Nichole Parkins

J. Nichole Parkins writes New Adult, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. She is currently working on Deceived, the second book in the Burned series. Wife, mother of three, and constant daydreamer, she is never without a story floating around in her head or a book or two in her purse. A Florida transplant, she can often be found writing poolside with a cup of Chai tea or reading her Kindle way after bedtime.

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