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All the Darkness is Alive by Robert Scott-Norton​​

 
All the Darkness is AliveThe shadowmen are back, and this time they’ve brought a deadly friend

Falling to certain death should have deterred Seth from more paranormal investigations, but when his uncle gets in touch and makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Seth finds himself a target once again.

A disturbed artist has created a masterful painting and a dangerous cult is prepared to kill to acquire it.

Can Seth find the painting and stop the cult unleashing their hell on Earth before an old enemy shows him eternal darkness?

All the Darkness is Alive is the second book of the Dark Corners series-paranormal horror novels that will make you reach for the light.

Buy All the Darkness is Alive and join Seth on his mission to fight the shadows.

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My Review:

A creepy cover and a creepy story.

Although this is the second book of a series it worked well as a standalone book.

The main character, Seth Loomis is obviously traumatised by the events in the first book, which seem to have culminated in him somehow surviving a fall from the roof of Ravenmeols Mental Hospital.

In this book Seth is staying with Malc, a longtime friend, and his family. Malc’s wife, Georgia, wants himm to leave, so when his uncle is murdered and leaves him a house, with the condition that he looks after the collection of occult artefacts, it’s not a hard decision for Setrh to make.

One item in the collection, a painting, is what got his uncle killed and puts Seth and his friends in danger, as members of a formidable cult will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

I enjoyed this dark and thrilling tale, in which it seemed no character was safe from harm or death. I will be adding the first book to my to-read lead, and keeping a look out for further books in this series.

 

The Author:

Robert Scott-Norton

 
Robert Scott-Norton writes to thrill, entertain, and keep people reading until the last page. Raised in Southport, he’s lived there most of his life and has concluded that this ordinary seaside town is the perfect setting for all the horrors he can throw at it.

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4 Shots of Horror by John Hunt

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4 Shots of Horror

 

 

A boy who makes friends with spiders, a missing mother and drunken father, a convenience store robbery gone wrong, and a deadly game with the undead. Enjoy these twisted four tales of terror from noted horror author John Hunt.

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My Review:

As the title suggests, 4 Shots of Horror comprises of 4 short horror stories. I usually prefer a longer horror story that I can get my teeth into, but these tales were the perfect length to keep up the suspense and tell the story.

My two favourite stories, Itsy-Bitsy Betty and The Farmer and the Well, had young boys as the main characters, both underdogs and both being bullied. Even though I have a great fear of spiders I liked the ones in Itsy-Bitsy Betty.

House Flipping was a fun read. Both this story and Tweaker had a sense of well deserved comeuppance.

As a fan of horror, I will be looking for more books by John Hunt.

 

Author Bio:

John HuntA busy father of four with a dog and cat, John Hunt lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has had nine short stories published in various anthologies and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. He is the author of Doll House, The Tracker, the apocalyptic novella, Balance, and Off The Grid. He is also a co-host on the Movies of the Damned!! podcast.

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The Glade by Harmony Kent​

 
The GladeThis gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

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My Review:

A captivating and creepy story from Harmony Kent .

When Helen and Geoff Wenstrop find a peaceful plot of land while on holiday in the small village of Parkdean, they decide to buy it and build a house.  Helen is terminally ill and wants to die in their new home, once there she miraculously recovers, however, there is a price to pay.

The book begins with Helen being arrested for her husband’s murder. From there we switch between the past and present discovering the circumstances leading to the arrest, and beyond, until they merge at the end.

The characters were all well-written, although there was one character, Helen’s ex, who seemed superfluous to the story. I lost some of my empathy for Helen around the middle of the book as I couldn’t relate to some of her actions and decisions, although she redeemed herself towards the end.

The author kept me gripped with the great storyline, the vivid descriptions and the ominous presence of the forest surrounding the glade. The story kept up a good pace through most of the book, and the various twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the final pages.

 

The Author:

Harmony KentIndie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)
Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)
Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)
Backstage (Erotic Romance)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

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A Flash of Horror by Karina Kantas

A Flash of Horror

 

41lmpqn+5eLA Flash of Horror is a collection of short and flash fiction in the horror genre taken from Karina Kantas’s two collections, Heads & Tales & Undressed.

12 chilling and thought-provoking tales that will stay with you for nights to come.

Are you ready to delve into the dark side?

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Excerpt:

VIRUS

 

“Well, that’s it. Now we wait again,” Maria announced.

Phil watched her sit at a cluttered desk to scribble yet more failure notes. But his eyes did not linger. He scanned the laboratory. It might be the last time he’d see it. Beds lined the walls of the spacious room, all but hiding its sterile, white-tiled floor. “How long until we see results this time — if any?” he asked.

“Same as the others. Twelve hours.”

“That doesn’t give us much time to administer a vaccine.”

“No. And — yes, before you say it, you’re right — there’s no guarantee we’ll ever find an acceptable vaccine.”

On each bed lay a test subject. Even those that had succumbed remained, since the examination of their rotting bodies still offered the faint hope of a cure.

But Phil knew that the virus had won this war. There was no hope. Eight months of this, and nothing but 665. The committee was right.
Phil turned his face away from the rotting, deformed victims, and stared at his co-worker. It was time to tell her, although he knew how she’d react. Maria was obstinate — so certain she’d find a cure.

Phil walked to his colleague’s desk. Each step weighed heavily on him, like the weight they’d shouldered as a team these past few months. He rested his hand on her shoulder.

“Maria?” he whispered.

Her eyes shimmered. “Yes?”

Phil blinked and spoke. “The committee decided if this last trial is unsuccessful, they’ll go with 665. They’ve already begun to manufacture.”

“What? You’re joking?”

“They say there’s no more time to be choosey. It’s 665 or total annihilation.”

“Choosey! Don’t they realise what will happen? 665 has such awful side effects.”

“Sorry. Maybe choosey was the wrong word, and yes, they know the peril. I agree with them. What other choice do we have?”

“I’d rather die.”

Phil turned and looked at the bed beside him. Clear plastic sheeting did nothing to hide its demonic deformities. IT was the only way to describe this once-person. Its new facial appearance removed any identification of what sex, race or age test subject 665 once had.

More to come…

 

Author Bio:

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, Outlaw, and the loved romantic fantasy duology, Illusional Reality.

She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working overtime, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction.

Karina Kantas

When Karina isn’t busy working on her next bestseller, she’s a publicist, author manager and VA. She’s also the host of the popular radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network.

Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, MC romance, Young Adult. sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy, romance, PNR, dystopian and erotica.

Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band, Iron Maiden.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, where she loves hanging out with her readers.

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Why I wrote this book?

I never thought of myself a someone with a dark side. I always thought of my flash fictions as scifi, thriller maybe a little creepy. But then I was a guest on a podcast and the host made me realise that, a lot of what I do write does fall into the horror genre. And so I decided to take out some of the best horror flash from my two collections Heads & Tales and Undressed and make this small collection for those that don’t mind sleeping at night.
Enjoy.

 

Other Books by Karina Kantas:

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  • Toxic (Dystopian Erotica)

 
The OUTLAW series

  • In Times of Violence
  • Huntress
  • Lawless Justice
  • Road Rage

 
Collections

  • Heads & Tales
  • UNDRESSED

  • In Times of Violence Young Adult Edition (MC romance)
  • Stone Cold (YA supernatural thriller)

 
Illusional Reality duology

  • Illusional Reality (YA romantic fantasy)
  • The Quest (Fantasy paranormal romance)

 
Coming soon

  • Broken Chains (MI5/mafia romance)
  • Predator (Erotic horror)

 

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases that I’ve added to my to-read list!

 

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A Means to an End

Lissa Marie Redmond

September 8, 2019

A Means to an EndBuffalo police detective Lauren Riley risks her life to close the book for good on a killer who’s never paid for his crimes.

When cold case detective Lauren Riley returns to work months after being stabbed by a fellow police officer, it’s clear that her troubles are far from over. The body of a young woman has been found in the same woods as a murder victim from one of Lauren’s most horrifying cases. It doesn’t take long for Lauren to be back at square one confronting David Spencer, the quietly deranged man she could never prove was a killer. Lauren convinces the police chief to put together a task force to uncover the connections between the brutal slaying of both women and the murder of two cops. But things go south quickly, forcing Lauren into a deadly game that she can’t afford to lose.

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The Hag

Erik Henry Vick

September 6, 2019

The HagWar is hell and a war with hell even more so…

Broken by terror, separated by time and circumstance, drawn back together again by insufferable evil, friends stood against the maleficent horror and survived once. But the demons have a new leader, and Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott now face the collected might of the demons inhabiting Oneka Falls.

They hunted the Demon King in the forest around the town and sparked a war with an enemy they barely understood. Worse yet, by attacking Herlequin and disrupting his plans, they painted a bright target on their own backs for the rest of the demons in the town. Led by Chaz Welsh and Lee LaBouche, the demons strike back, forcing the demon hunters to run for their lives.

How can Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott hope to win a war against the demons entrenched in Oneka Falls? How can they even hope to survive?

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The Extinction Agenda

Michael Laurence

September 3, 2019

The Extinction AgendaAn FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller.

The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they’re coming…and it’s not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason’s team, including his partner and mentor.

Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can’t seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it’s merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who’s been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic…without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason’s investigation by murdering his wife.

With the help of his longtime friends—Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality—Mason’s hunt for his wife’s killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he’s to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that’s rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as…The Thirteen.

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Crossings

Ashley Capes

September 1, 2019

CrossingsDeep in the Australian bush, something dark is stirring.

When wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas finds a pile of animal entrails on her doorstep she immediately suspects her abusive ex, but the sudden spate of deaths that follow seem beyond even Ben’s vindictiveness.

Worse, her father’s health is deteriorating fast and when the harassment and deaths continue, it only fuels her feelings of powerlessness. To add confusion to growing fear, Lisa must also investigate reports of a giant white kangaroo, reports that suggest the creature is no mere hoax.

Yet the mysterious kangaroo is impossible to track down and the more Lisa searches the more she’s sure an even greater threat lurks in the wilderness…

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Shadows Among Us

Ellery A. Kane

August 31, 2019

Shadows Among UsEvil is closer than you think.

Psychologist, Mollie Roark, had it all. A hotshot husband, a beautiful daughter, a successful career, and a fancy house on the Napa hillside. She’d finally made it. Left her troubled past and her crazy father far behind her.

But two years ago, the unspeakable happened. Her daughter’s burned body turned up on the shores of Lake Berryessa just days after her fifteenth birthday. The police seem certain Dakota fell victim to the Shadow Man, the prolific serial killer who had terrorized the Napa Valley for two decades. Mollie’s normal life is now anything but. Childless, divorced, and unemployed, she’s barely staying afloat. She’s got one mission. To find the scumbag who killed her daughter and make him pay.

When a mysterious old man shows up at her door seeking absolution and promising answers, it’s impossible to resist. But the deeper she goes inside his mind, the shakier her sanity becomes. Everyone is a suspect. No one is innocent. Because Mollie knows evil may be as close as her own shadow.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Scouse Gothic
He should have a cloak and pointed teeth and be able to turn into a bat, but the reality was so much more mundane: he couldn’t fly or change into anything and had no superhuman powers, except much greater strength than someone of his age and build would normally be expected to have, plus, of course, an insatiable craving for fresh human blood and also, of course, he was immortal – but whether that was a good or bad thing depended very much on his frame of mind at any particular time. If someone had asked him last week he would probably have said it was a curse, but after last night he suddenly felt much more positive.

~Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life… and Death by Ian McKinney

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases that caught my eye!

 

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The Toll

Cherie Priest

July 9th, 2019

The TollFrom Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre.

The Verge—New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for July
Lit Reactor—Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2019

Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .

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The Chain

Adrian McKinty

July 9th, 2019

The ChainVictim.
Survivor.
Abductor.
Criminal.
You will become each one.

Your phone rings.

A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct someone else’s child.

Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child.

If any of these things don’t happen:
Your child will be killed.
You are now part of the chain

“You are not the first.
And you will certainly not be the last.”

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Dark Pact
The Mostly Open Paranormal Investigative Agency Book 1

Lisa Manifold

July 17th, 2019

Dark PactBeing cursed is a family affair.

I thought my aunts were the only ones plagued with supernatural doom and gloom. Turns out, it runs in the family. I thought I was doing the right thing by making a promise to my friend, and now, apparently, there’s hell to pay.

When my own personal demon blows my business up, he thinks he’s closed me down for good. But I inherited more than just a demon problem from my aunts – I also got their steadfast unwillingness to let a small setback dictate the terms of my life.

So now my investigative agency is “mostly open” after the hellspawn Madigan’s explosive tantrum, and that’s fine. It’s going to take a lot more than hellfire to make me break my promise.

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The Road From Death:
School of Rebirth and Reincarnation

Tobias Wade

July 15th, 2019

The Road From DeathYou can’t rest just because you’re dead.
Dead souls still have one job to do: they must learn to live again.

And there’s no better place to do that than ‘The Mortuary, the School of Rebirth and Reincarnation.’

There are many different ways to walk the road from death. You can study necromancy and learn to possess a living human, be reborn as a new child, or even animate yourself into the Undead.

Others prefer to connect with nature in their Transhumanism classes to discover their spirit animal which will guide them into a wild new life.

There are even those who favor Demonology, the foul practice of summoning from the Netherworld. Stranger still are those who don’t mind shedding the constraints of mortality to be born again amidst those monstrous ranks.

All who enter the Mortuary must search their past lives for meaning in order to guide who they will become.

The School of Rebirth and Reincarnation is a supernatural series about zombies, demons, vampires, ghosts, and all manner of unspeakably awful things.

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Rogue: Planet Athion
Survivor’s Heart Book 1

Debbie Cassidy

July 8th, 2019

RogueEach Victory is another day I get to continue breathing. Each Victory is a reprieve from Death.
Ever since I was betrayed and taken from my home planet, ever since they pumped me with poison and abandoned me on this asteroid to fight or die, I’ve been surviving.

But I’m not alone.

There are others with me, alien to me, just as I am to them. Separated into Houses we fight as a team on the blood-soaked sands while the elite watch.

Each day is about survival until him.

An outsider, he brings death, but he might also be our salvation.

There can be no us and them. There can be no prejudice. There can only be the team, because together we are stronger.

A Sci fi adventure with a Whychoose romance and part of the Planet Athion world.

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