Creepy Crate Box #2


Well, this shipment wasn’t nearly as satisfying for me as the previous one was. It didn’t totally suck, the box contained some decent items, it just wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting. This box was inspired by “…bone chilling artwork: eerie photographs, serial killer paintings, and even macabre writing utensils.”



The “All my friends are Creepy” t-shirt was cool. It featured a picture of the black-eyed children of legend. Coincidentally enough, author Corey J. Popp released his new book “Curse of the Black Eyed Kids” within a week or so of my reading the review copy I received. It fits well and has yet to fade despite being washed numerous times already.

The only serial killer artwork featured is from John Wayne Gacy’s prison painting titled “Goodbye Pongo.” It is in the form of a travel mug, which I do like and have used quite a bit. So far, it seems to be holding up pretty well. I guess when the description said “serial killer paintings,” I expected there to be more than one serial killer featured.

This box also contained a set of female killer buttons. They are somewhat neat, but not overly exciting. There are old spirit photograph post cards with photos taken by William Hope. He was a photographer in the early 1900’s who claimed to be able to capture photos of spirits. Personally, I think he faked them. I think the people at The Line Up picked the cheesiest, most obviously faked pictures they could find. There was also a bone pen, coffee, and a 1-month subscription to Horror movie channel Screambox. I haven’t tried the coffee or Screambox yet.

In the last shipment, I discovered the “free download” of a featured book can only be read on my computer of phone. There is no way to download it to my e-reader. I feel this part of the offer is useless. It’s rather disappointing because I was looking forward to reading that first book, but I can’t read on my computer and my kids steal my phone all the time.


Overall, I’m not sure how I feel about this subscription box. The first shipment was so great but this one was more disappointing. I’m hoping the next one will be better. That will determine whether I renew my subscription or not. It’s supposed to be inspired by Horror movies, so we will see. Don’t forget to use discount code FFTREVIEWS if you decide to order your very own Creepy Crate.

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Curse of the Black Eyed Kids by Corey J. Popp

The Curse of the Black Eyed Kids

By: Corey J. Popp
Genres: Horror
Series: Mount Herod Legends #2
Curse of the Black Eyed Kids by Corey J. Popp

Fifteen-year-old Abby doesn’t believe in ghost stories, but even she has heard the infamous schoolyard legend of the black-eyed kids. Born from a sensational Mount Herod murder mystery, the legend says beware the ringing of the doorbell in the middle of the night and the sudden appearance of two school-aged children pleading to be let in.

Abby and her younger brother live an unconventional yet dull life with their grandmother, but when it’s their doorbell which rings next, their lives are turned upside down as the torment begins. Forced to come to grips with a new reality if she wants to save the lives of those she loves, Abby must enlist the aid of a mysterious young man known only as the cemetery boy to untangle a dark curse dating back 4,000 years.

Also by this author: Beneath Claire's House

I’m not going to lie, Curse of the Black Eyed Kids scared the crap out of me. I didn’t sleep for almost 2 days because I was waiting for these creepy bastards to knock on my door. I’ve previously heard the legends of “the black eyed kids,” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is nothing scarier than freaky ass kids.


This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Corey J. Popp. I reviewed Beneath Claire’s House a year or 2 ago. It was a great book, and when you get a second book from an author who did a great job in the first book, you never know if they will be able to uphold your expectations of them. He most definitely did.


This book has just the right amount of creep in all the right places. There wasn’t filler to make it longer, it got to the point and the story moved quickly. I actually finished it in one day because I couldn’t put it down. It’s not a short book, so my kids had cereal for dinner (I think) and my house went uncleaned, but at least I knew what happened before I went to bed. Fat lot of good it did since I couldn’t sleep when I got there.


Curse of the Black Eyed Kids kept me guessing until the very end. I had no idea what was going to happen, and that’s pretty unusual for me. I love it when that happens. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good scary story that will creep you out and keep your attention the whole time. I suggest taking care of any necessary responsibilities BEFORE you start reading because you aren’t going to want to put this one down until the end.



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About Corey J. Popp

Selected as one of the "Top 5 Authors Discovered in 2015" by Scifi and Scary Book Reviews, Corey J. Popp began his writing career as a freelance writer for Gannett Company. After discovering that writing human interest and technology articles was excruciatingly boring, he transitioned to fiction. He now has much more fun and makes much less money writing about a mysterious city called Mount Herod.

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Z Children 3: The Rising by Eli Constant

Z Children 3: The Rising

By: Eli Constant, B.V. Barr
Genres: Horror, Zombies, speculative fiction
Pages: 384
Series: Z Children #3
Published on: July 27, 2017
Z Children 3: The Rising by Eli Constant

Z Children #3: The Rising - Follow Juan's group as they traverse the dangerous and challenging landscape of the U.S., meeting monsters both dead and alive.

A quick stop at a gas station escalates into a bloody gang scene. An established fort hides horrendous, less-than-humane secrets. And the death of someone close leaves the group emotionally shattered.

Also by this author: Dead Trees 2, Dead Trees, Z Children


To be honest, I’m really not even sure what to say about Z Children 3: The Rising by Eli Constant and B.V. Barr. I love this series so much that each book has its own life. There are 2 main things that stood out to me the most for this book. The emotional intensity and the imagery.


Constant and Barr create some of the most brilliantly disgusting and disturbing imagery I’ve ever read. Their ability to paint that graphic illusion of horror is amazing. When I read, it’s like watching a movie in my head. When I read their books, it’s like watching a horror movie that makes me want to barf and smile at the same time.


Z Children 3 has seriously intense moments. One thing I have come to expect from these authors is their ability to create extremely emotional scenes without overdoing things. There were times while I was reading that I got odd looks from people around me because I was talking to the book. I guess that’s not really anything new for me but it can be entertaining to see the looks on their faces.


There isn’t a whole lot I can say about the storyline contents themselves because I don’t want to give away any of what happens. Each book focuses on a specific group while at the same time introducing us to new ideas. Book 3 focuses on Juan, Sherry, Marty, and Frank the dog. We are also briefly introduced to Bethany, and I am very interested in where her story goes next. AJ also joins their group, but I think she’s a bitch, so I don’t want to say more about her.


Overall, this was a great story, as usual. If you haven’t started this series, you most definitely should. It’s easy to become attached to the characters and relate to their situations to some degree.



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The scene was chaos. Blurry fucking chaos through busted-up eyes. Everyone that was left was hunkered down behind something, and there weren’t many left. The two border patrol agents were still alive, although the big man was sitting behind the ice freezer and peering around looking for a shot. The sun was in his eyes and he wasn’t moving much, not taking any risky shots. That made me think he’d been hit. Hit bad if he wasn’t moving to get to his partner who was on the other side of the entrance door, hunkered down between a soda and a candy vending machine.

The female seemed to be trying to say something to him—leaning forward and opening her mouth more than once to yell. I couldn’t hear her, not over the intermittent fire and the way my ears were beginning to ring. I watched her, my gaze sometimes going to find one of the still-alive truckers. Every time she tried to make a move forward to get to her partner, a round stopped her—glancing off one of the vending machines or slamming into the building behind her. The gunfire was coming from a single source and I traced it, finding a pair of hazy legs and a butt squatting behind a blue Peterbilt truck. The truck only moved a little as I blinked. And blinked again to clear my vision.

It wasn’t enough. I was on the edge of losing it, of collapsing. I hadn’t realized the extent of the damage, but it was rearing its ugly head now.

The man shooting at the female agent wasn’t far from me, no more than twenty feet. I laid down on the ground, supporting myself on my elbows and steadying the gun as best I could with the way my arms felt like limp noodles.

I began pulling the trigger. I couldn’t see clearly enough to fire a well-aimed bullet, so I let it rip. Sometime around the fourth round, I heard a yelp of pain as a round found the target. The person who’d found haven behind the truck stood and staggered out into the open. It was Bobby. He was using a pistol to continue fighting now, the shotgun nowhere to be seen. I fired again.

And again.

But I didn’t hit him this time.

My head felt swimmy, as if someone had filled it like a fish tank and was just waiting for a batch of guppies.

“You piece of shit wetback. You shot me in the ass,” Bobby spat as he began limping towards me. He lifted the black pistol in my direction.

I tried to shoot again, but the click of an empty chamber sent my pulse into my throat. It pounded there, as if reminding me that I was alive. For now.





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The Dead Series by TW Brown- Step into a world where the dead rule… but may not be the most terrifying thing facing humanity.

Melanie Karsak’s Harvesting Series- It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Let’s Scare Cancer to Death– a multi-author collaboration from MayDecember Publications. Eli Constant’s “Z Children” is the lead-off for brilliant short stories from talented authors. This book is a charity anthology and 100% of profit goes directly to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Purchase the book:

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About B.V. Barr

B.V. Barr has been teaching Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) continually since 1981 when he joined the USAF as a “Survival Instructor”. In that Thirty+ year period, he has taught all aspects of SERE, trained at both domestic and international schools, written SERE doctrine and instruction, researched  and developed cutting edge programs  for dealing with both the psychological and physical challenges of survival, tested new equipment, written numerous papers on equipment and SERE-related disorders, and taught thousands of classes. B.V.’s research and program development is the basis for many of the national and international survival schools in operation today. He is a USAF Master SERE Instructor.

Members of the Rangers, Green Berets, Para-rescue, Combat Control, Navy SEALs, Air Force Crew Members and MARSOC have all been his students. Outside the military, he has taught people from the DEA, Local Law Enforcement, Department of Natural Resources, the FBI, and other Federal Agencies. With over 12 years in the disaster mitigation and security fields, his advice on the development of advanced survival systems is irreplaceable and his knowledge of the physical and psychological aspects of both manmade and natural disasters is unparalleled in the survival world.

Z Children: Awakening, written with Eli Constant, is B.V.’s first official foray into fictional writing. His technical expertise has proven a valuable asset in the development of plausible situations, appropriate survival responses, and how the world would really operate at the ‘awakening’ of an apocalypse.



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About Eli Constant


Eli attended USC-L, Columbia College, Texas A&M, & George Mason University. She studied everything from Mariculture to Differential Equations. Settling on Biology, Eli participated in research fellowships in Texas and at NIH, worked a few random jobs, and finally settled into a Virginia lab where she focused on mastering diagnosis procedures and implementations of histology and pathology. Choosing to be a dedicated homemaker after the birth of her first child, Eli rediscovered her passion for writing. She's never regretted the decision; not only are her kids the most amazing creatures, but writing fulfills her soul in a way science never did.

Eli calls herself an author of speculative, mind-bending fiction. She adores all things quirky and nerdy and she once thought she’d marry Martin Short… until she discovered Alan Rickman. #Always. She also writes as Eli Grace & Eliza Grace. She is the author of The Dead Trees Series, The Shadow Forest Series, DRAG.N, The Tears of Chios, The Water is Sweeter and more. Her books are available in eBook, paperback, & audio formats.

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The Invasion of Thorne and Cross!!!!

Well, it’s not so much of an invasion as it is an invitation. They have appeared several times here on FFT, and I have reviewed several of their books, which never seem to disappoint. Their newest story, The Witches of Ravencrest just came out and I thought this would be a good time to have them back. Enjoy 🙂

Character Take Over

In our newest novel in the Ravencrest Saga, The Witches of Ravencrest, our characters often refused to do as we asked. Although most of them had already been established in the first novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and we thought we could predict their behavior, they turned out to be just as full of surprises as our new characters – and this delighted us.

First, let us tell you that Ravencrest is a labor of love, our ode to all things Gothic, from Rebecca to Dark Shadows. There are hot and cold running ghosts traveling the halls of Ravencrest Manor – a 16th century home imported stone by stone from England to California at the turn of the 19th century. There are curses, crazed harlequins, an evil scarecrow, and even a passel of zombies running loose in addition to all the restless spirits.

Governess Belinda Moorland has been thrust into life – and death – at Ravencrest. In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, she started out as a naive and innocent young woman who insisted on evolving more quickly than we intended. Every time we tried to slow down her growth she refused. In fact, she became downright belligerent in her refusal to be used, frightened, or tortured by other characters without fighting back. We ended up letting her have her way, and in Witches, she truly begins coming into her own – and it turns out that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

We couldn’t be happier.

Another character who’s been evolving is multi-millionaire Eric Manning. He was something of a cipher to us at first – rich, handsome, attractive to Belinda – the usual rich guy – but now that we’ve watched him lose his temper, admit to a familiarity with the spirit world, and show his true feelings for Belinda, we’ve learned that he, too, has a mind of his own.

We always knew that butler Grant Phister is so much more than seems. He took Belinda under his wing as we asked, and in that way, he’s remained fairly close to how we originally envisioned him. But his snarky sense of humor and need for speed surprised and tickled us. His husband, Riley Doring, a handsome tanned Aussie who oversees Ravencrest’s grounds, has now informed us that he may not be typically human. Or perhaps he just has the world’s fastest metabolism. We know he’s teasing us and will reveal more about himself as we go along.

And then there’s Mrs. Heller, the self-proclaimed “house administrator” who thinks she’s in charge of Ravencrest and has her sights set on Eric Manning. Cordelia Heller has a long and dark history with the Mannings, just as we imagined, but now we’re seeing more aspects of her personality than vindictive spellcasting and plotting. Her relationship with Belinda is evolving and we are as intrigued by that as we hope our readers are. Mrs. Heller is not exactly what we first thought she was – she is far more intriguing now that she’s shown us what she can do when she’s not disciplining maids and stable boys in her beloved dungeon of kink. Like the rest of us, she’s worried about gray hair, wrinkles, and arthritis, and her plan to prevent them is nefarious, indeed.

Another character, a cross-dressing detective whom we assumed was a one-time player in The Ghosts of Ravencrest, has returned in Witches. We were as pleased as Grant Phister was when Detective Sasha Flankenball showed up at the Witch Days Festival in Devilswood and became involved again. He’s not only a great cop, he has best legs in the Devilswood Police Department.

There’s so much more, from a New-Agey gaggle of whiny would-be witches to the wrath of the vengeful spirit, Rebecca Dane, who turned out to be a lot more than we – and Belinda – bargained for. We love it when our characters refuse to do what we expect of them.

As annoying as disobedient characters might sound, they’re a sign that our work is going well – that it has a life of its own. They mean that our characters are not authors’ puppets but living, breathing, independent people who just happen to inhabit the world we’re creating. Because they live in that world, they know better than we do how to behave in the situations we put them in.

We bow to them. Always.

The Witches of Ravencrest

By: Tamara Thorne, Alistair Cross
Genres: Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance
The Invasion of Thorne and Cross!!!!

Dark and Unnatural Powers

In a remote part of California just above the coastal town of Devilswood, Ravencrest Manor, imported stone-by-stone from England more than two centuries ago, looms tall and terrifying, gathering its dark and unnatural powers, and drawing those it wants as its own.

Murder Lurks in the Shadows

Governess Belinda Moorland has settled into life at Ravencrest and, as summer gives way to autumn, romance is in the air. She and multi-millionaire Eric Manning are falling in love … but powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart. And as the annual Harvest Ball is set to begin, evil abounds at Ravencrest. Murder lurks in the shadows, evil spirits freely roam the halls, a phantom baby cries, signaling a death in the mansion, and in the notoriously haunted east wing, three blood-soaked nuns, Sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity, tend to the demented needs of a maid gone mad.

Vengeful Spirits

Ravencrest has come to life. In the gardens below, granite statues dance by moonlight, and a scarecrow goes on a killing rampage, collecting a gruesome assortment of body parts from unwilling donors … But Belinda’s greatest danger is the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Dane. Once the mistress of Ravencrest, Rebecca Dane has a centuries-old ax to grind with the powerful witch, Cordelia Heller - and Belinda becomes her weapon of choice.

Also by this author: Eternity, Mother, The Crimson Corset

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Praise for The Ravencrest Saga


“The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”
-Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage.

“Ghostly secrets abound. Tortured spirits wander the hallways. Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time. Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future …Run, do not walk, to get The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest.”
– Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural


About Alistair Cross

About the Author

Alistair Cross' debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write - among other things - the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

About Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost towns, phantom-filled hotel rooms, and other spooky places. Tamara loves to hear from her readers. Whether you have questions or comments or would like to share your own ghostly experience,come visit her at her website

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Fangdemonium! by Lucienne Diver

I had planned to have my review for Fangdmonium ready for today’s post. Unfortunately, it has been longer than I realized since I first started this series. I’ve gone back and started from the beginning and re-read the series. What I have for you today is a review of the Vamped series up until this point, and then in a few days when I’ve finished the new book, I will post my review of it by itself.


By: Lucienne Diver
Genres: urban fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 250
Series: Vamped #5
Publisher: Lore Seekers Press
Published on: July 17, 2017
Fangdemonium! by Lucienne Diver

Fanged and fabulous…and hunted.
Gina Covella, fashionista of the fanged, and her entourage are primed to reveal the existence of vampires on the popular Ghouligans television show, when their former federal handlers swoop in to shut them down and imprison the vamps in one of their super secret testing facilities. Or not so secret, as the gang knows all about the horror hospitals and has sworn to take them down.
Their daring escape runs them right into the arms of “the resistance”—a group of humans and vampires who’ve joined together to stop the fighting that’s made Gina and her boy Bobby’s hometown a bloody battlefield. Going home brings them back to old nemeses as well, including the psycho psychic who declared Gina “chaos” and Bobby “the key”. They hope he’ll unlock the secret of stopping the Feds’s freakshow experiments for good, because they’re building up to something big. Huge. And they’re consolidating their power in the Big Easy, aka New Orleans, where what’s cooking is nothing less than the final showdown.

Also by this author: Vamped



The Vamped series by Lucienne Diver is currently 5 books long. I have 3 finished currently. Overall, so far this is a cute series. It’s not some profound work of amazing literature, but it is sufficient to keep the reader entertained and laughing throughout all 3 of the books I’ve read so far.


There is definitely an improvement in Diver’s writing from the first book, Vamped, up through the third, Fangtastic. In the first book, the man character, Gina is incredibly shallow and a bit unrealistic. Not many readers enjoyed her character at all. However, as the series has gone on, luckily Gina has definitely grown as a person and as a character. She is still fairly annoying, but she is a teenager, so that tends to be a trait among them.


The series mainly focuses on Gina, but there are several other characters that are interesting as well. Some of them are just plain ridiculous, but I know a lot of teenagers that are, so there’s that.


Each story does have its own issues with minor unrealistic situations etc, but overall the story itself is fun to read. Just don’t think too hard about what is going on. These books aren’t meant to change your life or give you a vampire life owner’s manual, just entertain you.


Keep in mind, I’ve only read 3 of the 5 and so far I’ve seen improvement with each new story, so if you don’t love the first book, keep trying, they do get much better. I’m greatly enjoying the series and look forward to reading the next 2 books as soon as possible!



Fangdemonium Excerpt:

I had no idea how much time we had before power was restored. My twisted ankle protested as I sprinted back for the wings, toward the exit there. Toward Bobby and Marcy and freedom. Even with vamp healing and prowess, running in stilettos would only slow me down and probably keep my ankle from healing. I dodged the downed prop cart, then stopped just long enough to toe the stilettos off and leave them behind, running barefoot for the side exit of the stage. Agent Sid, suited and scowling, stood right in my way. He couldn’t see in the dark, but he was smart enough to have planted himself in front of the door, gun out. Wooden bullets? Something else? I had no idea and didn’t want to find out. I went misty and slid right through him and the door. The creepy feeling was only psychological. I couldn’t feel him except as a denseness I passed through.

Once I felt the air lighten, I went solid again to get my bearings and look for Bobby and Marcy. I couldn’t see a thing in mist form, not having eyes and all. I only got impressions of density, currents, temperature, so I had no idea I’d be materializing into chaos.


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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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