Fiends of the Hub by J.S. Carter Gilson

Fiends of the Hub

By: J.S. Carter Gilson
Genres: Horror, Vampires
Pages: 230
Publisher: Cavia Porcellus
Published on: January 20th 2018
Fiends of the Hub by J.S. Carter Gilson

Detective Brooke Scanlon may be one of the best detectives in the Boston Police Major Crimes division, but nothing prepared her for the horror in East Boston. Dozens of mutilated bodies and just a single, dead suspect, facts which don’t jibe with nearly identical attacks happening across the country.

Vampires are the farthest thing from Scott Reid’s mind. He just wants to marry his fiancée Margie and settle down for a nice, normal, quiet life. Life has other plans in mind.

As more bodies pile up, circumstance draws them into a dangerous web where the supernatural is suddenly all too real.

Vampires are attacking, hungry, vicious, and wild. Soon, Scott and Brooke are fighting to save Boston from its greatest threat ever.

I received this book for free from Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Like any other red-blooded human I like vampire stories.  What? not everyone does? Okay then.  So I like vampire stories, and this story is one, but it isn’t, at least not initially.  In fact initially we have no idea what is going on TBH.


Meet Scott and his Fiancee Margie.  Two ordinary Bostonians who get up, get ready for work, pass some homeless people, get to work, see attacks on the news, pass some more homeless people… wait? Attacks?  What kinda of attacks?  oh you know your run of the mill gruesome, bloody, animal type attacks in the middle of Boston.  When Scott arrives home, he finds out that his future, his past, and his present all ran together in one blacked out minute.


Brooke Scanlon is a detective that just so happens to land Scott’s case, and because of that fateful call, she is now knee-deep in blood and dead people.  When all looks like it is going to fail, her best friend Ginny, Marcus the morgue tech who listens to way too much music and does way to much dancing around in the morgue, and Kate.  Oh and a FBI Agent, Ofer, who helps but doesn’t like people. By that I mean when he thinks he likes it dark and alone.  I don’t blame him, I like it that way too.


So what do you do when you take all of these people and throw them into what could be the end of the world?  Some snazzy thinking, and some pretty tough police officers.  I mean if you are going to die, why not die while you save the planet from something?


Overall, I really liked this book, the beginning was like meh okay, kinda good, and then it was OMG good.  Then it went from that to I can’t put it down, must read it all tonight good.  I just finished it and that is why I am writing about it now. I really really hope the author sees this and writes another in the series.



About J.S. Carter Gilson

JS Carter Gilson lives in Nashua, NH with his wife, two cats and two guinea pigs. Fiends of the Hub is his first novel. You can find him on social media where he would love to know if you liked this novel.

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The Amnesia Girl! By Gerri R. Gray

The Amnesia Girl!

By: Gerri R. Gray
Genres: Dark Humor
Pages: 271
Published on: October 27, 2017
The Amnesia Girl! By Gerri R. Gray

Filled with copious amounts of black humor, Gerri R. Gray's first published novel is an offbeat adventure story that could be described as One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Thelma and Louise. Flashback to 1974. Farika is a lovely young woman who wakes up one day to find herself a patient in a bizarre New York City psychiatric asylum. She has no idea who she is, and possesses no memories of where she came from nor how she got there. Fearing for her life after being attacked by a berserk girl with over one hundred personalities and a vicious nurse with sadistic intentions, the frightened amnesiac teams up with an audacious lesbian with a comically unbalanced mind, and together they attempt a daring escape. But little do they know that a long strange journey into an even more insane world filled with a multitude of perilous predicaments and off-kilter individuals are waiting for them on the outside. Farika's weird reality crumbles when she finally discovers who, and what, she really is!



The Amnesia Girl! is absolutely hilarious. I came across this author by accident in one of my groups and I’m so glad I did. This book is considered of the Bizarro genre and is filled with Dark Humor.


I don’t think this book is necessarily for everyone, as different people have different senses of humor. Some people just won’t get it. I got it. I thought it was well written and I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book. I was highlighting passages left and right and finally just gave up because I was highlighting practically everything. I appreciate Dark Humor quite a bit thanks to an extremely twisted sense of humor.


Throughout the story, we follow Farika, a girl suffering from amnesia who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no memories at all. The way she interacts with the other characters is hilarious. Each character in this book has its own quirks and I couldn’t wait to see who would come along next.


The Amnesia Girl! is crazy imaginative. It’s probably one of the most creative books I’ve ever read. The whole book is an adventure that keeps you guessing along the way. I wasn’t able to figure out the ending until the end, so that’s really good!


I highly recommend The Amnesia Girl! to anyone looking for a creative and laugh out loud read that will have people looking at you like you belong in the hospital with Farika if you read it around anyone.


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About Gerri R. Gray

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Gerri R. Gray is a novelist, a poet with a dark soul, a cemetery photographer, and a lifelong aficionado of horror, dark humor, and camp. She blames her twisted sense of humor on a wayward adolescence influenced by the likes of Monty Python, Charles Addams, Frank Zappa, and John Waters.

Her interest in writing started early on in life, and she began writing poetry, music, short stories, and plays while a teenager in the 1970s. Her first notable publication occurred in October of 1976 and was an interview the she and her cousin conducted with Ides of March singer/songwriter, Jim Peterik (who went on to find even greater success with the rock group, Survivor.) Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including The Poet, Xenomorph, The Kindred Spirit, and Poetry Quarterly.

In 1980 she founded a small publishing company called, Golden Isis Press, and did double duty as editor and publisher of Golden Isis Magazine until its discontinuation in the early 1990s. Writing under a pen name inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft novel, she began a successful career as an occult author in the late 1980s and, over the course of two decades, had over two-dozen books on various New Age subjects published by Citadel Press, Penguin, New Page Books and Adams Media.

Gerri's non-fiction article, "The House of Many Shadows", appeared in Lynda Lee Macken's book, Ghost Hunting the Mohawk Valley (Black Cat Press, 2012). It chronicled the paranormal activity and investigations which took place at the historic 19th century mansion in Upstate New York that the Grays currently live in, and out of which they operated a bed and breakfast themed after the 1960's supernatural daytime drama, Dark Shadows. She has also contributed to Beautiful Tragedies (by Xtina Marie) and Demons, Devils & Denizens of Hell 2 (by P. Mattern). Both anthologies are published by HellBound Books Publishing.

Gerri's love of writing and her warped imagination fornicated and spawned a bizarre love child, which turned out to be her first novel: The Amnesia Girl (HellBound Books, 2017). Her collection of dark poetry and short horror stories, Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2018. She is currently compiling and editing short stories for an all-women’s horror anthology, The Graveyard Girls, which will also be published in 2018. A second novel (even more bizarre than the first) is currently in the works!

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A Vampire Calls by Kora Shrum

A Vampire Calls

By: Kory Shrum
Genres: Horror


In the anthology Venom & Vampires, A Vampire calls delves into asking for things.  There is an old saying that you get what you ask for.  Well sometimes you get more than you want, and in this case, it is much more than she wants.


Lettie Cole is a sad individual.  Probably in her 40s, she lives at home with her sick and horrible mother.  She also lives with her drugged out brother.  No one expects to be smoking on your mother’s broken down porch, kinda wishing she would die.  In this case Lettie wants out, she wants more.  She doesn’t know what that more is, but she wants it, she wants to live.


What she doesn’t know is that someone else has noticed her desire.  Not everyone has your best interests in mind, and this creature is looking out for itself.  In fact this creature wants nothing more than to take Lettie away from it all.  She may get what she wants, but at what cost?  When you feel like you have nothing to live for, what are you willing to give up?  Life itself?


This is a good story, but I felt that it was a little too long.  I mean after the first couple of pages you just want the story to hurry up and at least get somewhere.  There is only so many bed changes and trying to hide money from her brother before you start skimming.  I believe that if it was slightly shorter then it would have progressed faster.



About Kory Shrum

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Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her wife, Kim, and their ferocious guard pug, Josephine. Kory naps like an adult and chugs caffeine like one too.

She's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers of America and the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, where she's known as Conquest.

She's the author of the Dying for a Living fantasy series and the Shadows in the Water supernatural crime thriller series.

When not reading, writing, or battling her pug for the covers, she teaches writing to college students.

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