Char's Horror Corner

 Welcome to my Corner! I specialize in Dark Fiction reviews including Horror, Dark Fantasy, Splatterpunk, Horror of the 70's & 80's, and Graphic Novels. I also read and review classics, true crime, thrillers and audio books of all genres except Romance.

 

 

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLES MANSON by Jeff Guinn, narrated by Jim Frangione

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn

This is a fascinating look inside the head of a monster.

 

I especially liked the observations regarding how Charlie used a little bit of knowledge from all sorts of different subjects and wove them together to manipulate specific people. During his many prison stints, he met and listened to Black Panthers, Scientologists and he even picked up some tips from Dale Carnegie's book, HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. He melded TOGETHER bits from of all them, depending on his audience. The result was often striking-as a professional actor he might have done well, but as a professional musician he did not. There lies much of the frustration that ended up helping to fuel his attempt at "Helter Skelter."

 

Jeff Guinn writes excellent, detailed biographies, (I especially enjoyed his Bonnie and Clyde and Jim Jones books), which work well as audios. I'm not sure if I would have liked them all as much in print, but audio works perfectly for me. (There is so much detail included that I feel like I may have become bored in actually reading these books.) The narrator here, Jim Frangione, did an excellent job and helped keep me interested, especially when detailing the actions of various family members.

 

A warning for sensitive people-the descriptions of these brutal murders is graphic and unflinching. It's uncomfortable to listen to. Even after reading hundreds of books, (both fictional and non), about murders and horrific happenings, it never fails to bother me and I never fail to try to imagine how someone could do such things. Guinn attempts to tell us in his excellent biographies, but somehow, the answer to the question "Why?" is never fully answered in any of them. But I can't keep myself from continuing to try to understand.

 

Finally, one thing I wouldn't want to forget to mention is the ridiculously random nature and brutality of these crimes. I think that often gets lost in the mysterious aura that surrounds Manson and his "family." It would be an extreme disservice to forget: the very pregnant Sharon Tate and her friends, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and poor Steven Parent, (who was just a young man trying to sell a clock radio), the LaBiancas, Shorty Shea and Gary Hinman. May they all rest in peace.

 

Highly recommended to fans of true crime and detailed biographies.

 

*This fits the "Slasher Stories" category for Halloween Bingo 2018 here at Booklikes.*

DRIVING TO GERONIMO'S GRAVE AND OTHER STORIES by Joe Lansdale

Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories - Joe R. Lansdale

 

DRIVING TO GERONIMO'S GRAVE: AND OTHER STORIES is a shining example of how skilled Joe Lansdale really is. Not one of these tales is like the others-they're all different, all unique and all showcasing why Mr. Lansdale has been called the Champion Mojo Storyteller.

 

The title story is the first here and it's set during the Great Depression. A young man and his sister are tasked with picking up the corpse of their dead uncle and bringing it back home so they can bury him with the proper respect. Being that this is a Lansdale story, things don't go quite as planned. I loved this tale, I loved the characters and I especially loved smart-mouthed Terri. 5*

 

IN THE MAD MOUNTAINS: Mr. Lansdale's homage to Lovecraft was better than most of the actual Lovecraft I've read. I don't even know what else to say because this story was so imaginative-I think each reader needs to have it unfold for them. It had a pulpy feel to it on top of the Lovecraftian base-a unique combination that worked well for me. 5*

 

WRESTLING JESUS: A bullied boy and a bullied man, (albeit a very different kind of bullying), both come together in this tale of wrestling, love gone wrong, and a relationship much like that of father and son. 4*

 

ROBO RAPID: This is a pulp adventure-type story set in the future with a delightful young woman, Sheann, as the protagonist. Years after an invasion here on earth, robots have killed her parents and stolen her siblings. She makes it her mission in life to get them back. Along the way, she makes a friend, sees a musical, and learns that she's braver than even she realized. 5*

 

THE PROJECTIONIST: I first read this story in Lawrence Block's collection IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW. At first this seems to be a tale about a young man lusting after a beautiful young woman. Then it turns into something else entirely. 5*

 

As an aside about THE PROJECTIONIST: it's fascinating to me that an author can gaze at a painting and come up with an entire backstory for it. In this case the painting was The Usherette by Edward Hopper and here it is:

 

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The last tale in this book EVERYTHING SPARKLES IN HELL brings us to visit Nat Love. A black cowboy featured in the novel PARADISE SKY and a few other novellas, Nat returns as a bounty hunter tracking down two no-good men. (Loosely based on the real man, yes there were black cowboys, despite their absence from most American history books.) Along the way he meets up with Chocktaw, (a tracker of some renown), and the biggest she-bear either of them has ever seen. I loved visiting with Nat again and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

What I especially loved about this collection are the tidbits from the author himself revealing how the stories came about. In the digital review copy I received, these came after the stories rather than before, and I liked that. (It seems that, in previewing the finished copy online, these are now forewords to the stories, rather than afterwords.) I enjoyed reading them after reading the tales themselves and seeing how the ideas germinated in the head of the author, sometimes sprouting out fully formed, according to him. Once again, I find myself fascinated by Mr. Lansdale's writing process and abilities.

 

I was pretty sure I was going to love this collection of stories even before I started reading it, and I was right. It's the skilled writing of Mr. Lansdale that gets to me every time. No matter what he writes about, it can be counted on to capture and hold your attention. It can be counted on to contain some humor and real life observations. It can be counted on to satisfy. Because his characters are so true to life- complicated and diverse, they make me feel connected not only to them, but to the world as well. It's a gift and Joe has it. That is all I can say.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

*Thank you to Subterranean Press and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival Book Haul

 

I think my favorite thing is the orange painting on the right. It's an original painting from Glenn Chadbourne and I'm totally psyched to say that it's mine! All mine!

 

The wooden pumpkin on the left was handmade by my friend and author Tony Tremblay and I think it's totally cute!

 

Lastly, I'm stoked to say that every book shown above is signed by the author! 

How cool is that?

4th Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival!

I had a great time with my friend Andi at the 4th Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival! #merrimackvalleybookfest

 

We both got to meet Bark from Bark's Book Nonsense here at Booklikes and that was a total blast! I got to catch up with a few old friends and meet a few new ones. 

Here are some highlights! I'll post my book haul separately. 

 

 

A poster featuring the cover of MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM:

 

 

 

Grady Hendrix signed my copy of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: 

 

And he signed my copy of WE SOLD OUR SOULS:

 

Myself with author Grady Hendrix:

 

#FridayReads 10.12.18

 

THE FUNGUS by Harry Adam Knight

The Fungus - Leroy Kettle, John Brosnan, Harry Adam Knight

Mushrooms: I'll probably never eat one again! THE FUNGUS is a fast paced, funny and disgusting 80's horror story that contains everything you'd ever want from a fungi-based creature feature. 

 

I recently read another book by this author, (two authors, really, using the pseudonym of Harry Adam Knight. Get it? HAK?), called SLIMER. I liked that one slightly more than this because there was no real science, just a fun, slimy, creature. In this narrative, we do have an attempt to be science-y, but not overly so, which I appreciated.

 

We follow several characters from the beginning, including the scientist who accidentally created this rapidly mutating fungi. Before we know what hit us, all of London is infected and not just people either. There are several types of fungi attacking concrete and other building materials eventually resulting in the literal crumbling of the city. Will any of the plucky characters survive? What about the doctor who created this mess? Will London itself make it through? You'll have to read THE FUNGUS to find out!

 

These two authors, John Brosnan and Leroy Kettle were actually very talented, (I say were, but one is still alive-Leroy Kettle,) and they knew how to write a creature feature without getting too bogged down in the fake science. Just enough to make it plausible to non-biologists is fine. Of course, using the old trope of science making a mistake and thereby destroying humanity is always rich with possibilities, maybe even more so these days than back in the 80's when this was written.

 

Being that this book was written back then, there are some sexist views, (a few racist ones too), and a few other things that don't fit in with today's culture and attitudes. There are also a few extraneous sex scenes thrown in there, because hey-in the 80's that's how the horror genre rolled. None of which bothered me much because this tale is just. that. much. fun.

 

Valancourt Books is dedicated to bringing back these out of print books, some of which have become nearly impossible to find. (If you are lucky enough to find one, you'd better be prepared to pay through the nose.) Over the years I've watched as they've become more and more popular and with their forthcoming PAPERBACKS FROM HELL series, I think they'll have reached the pinnacle as far as retro horror publishers are concerned. (They publish other lines as well, if you're interested, check out their website.)

 

THE FUNGUS isn't trying to masquerade as scientific or serious, it's just trying to provide imaginative, fast paced, creature feature fun. It has succeeded!

 

Highly recommended!

 

*Valancourt Books provided me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

Halloween Bingo 2018-10.10.18 BINGO! Woot!

 

Yay! If it weren't for the special Wild Card option this year, I'd still be waiting. 

I feel like some pressure is off now. :) 

 

 

 

 KEY

Black cat = Read, not called.

Devil Bamma=Called, not read

BatCat=Both read and called

 

Books Read, Square not called: 

Genre: Horror: Worms by James R. Montague

Deadlands: Out Behind the Barn by Chad Lutzke & John Boden

** 

Books Read & Called

Classic Horror: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Terrifying Women: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

 New Release: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 

   Modern Masters:The House by the Cemetery by John Everson  

                                 Diverse Voices: Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite 

Center Square: Cockblock by C.V. Hunt

Relics & Curiosities: (WILD CARD!) 1. Slimer by Harry Adam Knight

Cryptozoologist-The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea

Supernatural: The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz. 

Ghost Stories: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill 

13: 13 Days By Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

Doomsday: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream! 

Terror in a Small Town: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Creepy Carnivals: (WIld Card! #2) The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight

 

** 

Calls Made (Strikeouts = not on my card):

Classic Horror 9.1-DONE!

Cryptozoologist 9.3-DONE!

Cozy Mystery 9.5

New Release 9.7-DONE

Southern Gothic 9.9

Terrifying Women 9.11-DONE

A Grimm Tale 9.13 

Modern Masters of Horror 9.15-DONE!

Creepy Carnivals 9.17-DONE!

Relics & Curiosities 9.19-Done! (Wild Card #1)

Diverse Voices 9.21-DONE

Murder Most Foul-9.23

 Amateur Sleuth 9.25

Genre: Suspense 9.27

Supernatural 9.29-DONE!

Ghost Stories 10.1-DONE!

Doomsday 10.3-DONE!

Shifters 10.5

13 10.7-DONE

Terror in a Small Town-Done!

**

Currently reading:

 Bright Ruin by Vic James for Genre:Suspense 

Manson: The Life and Times by Jeff Guinn for-Slasher?

Halloween Bingo Update 10.9.18-How Close Can You Come Without a Bingo?

 

 

  KEY

Black cat = Read, not called.

Devil Bamma=Called, not read

BatCat=Both read and called

 

Books Read, Square not called: 

Genre: Horror: Worms by James R. Montague

Deadlands: Out Behind the Barn by Chad Lutzke & John Boden

 

Books Read & Called

Classic Horror: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Terrifying Women: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

 New Release: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 

   Modern Masters:The House by the Cemetery by John Everson  

                                 Diverse Voices: Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite 

Center Square: Cockblock by C.V. Hunt

Relics & Curiosities: (WILD CARD!) 1. Slimer by Harry Adam Knight

Cryptozoologist-The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea

Supernatural: The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz. 

Ghost Stories: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill 

13: 13 Days By Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

Doomsday: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream! 

Terror in a Small Town: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

 

Calls Made (Strikeouts = not on my card):

Classic Horror 9.1-DONE!

Cryptozoologist 9.3-DONE!

Cozy Mystery 9.5

New Release 9.7-DONE

Southern Gothic 9.9

Terrifying Women 9.11-DONE

A Grimm Tale 9.13 

Modern Masters of Horror 9.15-DONE!

Creepy Carnivals 9.17

Relics & Curiosities 9.19-Done! (Wild Card #1)

Diverse Voices 9.21-DONE

Murder Most Foul-9.23

 Amateur Sleuth 9.25

Genre: Suspense 9.27

Supernatural 9.29-DONE!

Ghost Stories 10.1-DONE!

Doomsday 10.3-DONE!

Shifters 10.5

13 10.7-DONE

Terror in a Small Town-Done!

 

Currently reading:

 

 The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight (WIld Card #2) for Creepy Carnivals

Manson: The Life and Times by Jeff Guinn for-Slasher?

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM edited by Christopher Golden

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden

Christmas! I really can't stand it, but this anthology appealed to me for the following reasons. 1. The killer cover! (For which I got to host the exclusive cover reveal on my blog, Char's Horror Corner, and it was very exciting!) 2. It was edited by Christopher Golden and I've had good luck with anthologies he's edited in the past. I'm happy to report this one was no exception!

 

This book was chock full of stories, nearly 400 pages worth, so I can't get into all of them here, but I will briefly talk about the tales that stood out for me:

 

YANKEE SWAP by John McIlveen. Wow! We go from a woman trying to avoid her sexually aggressive boss at a Christmas party, to her getting knocked over the head and waking up tied to a chair. This tale had it all-violence, surprises and plot twists along with a satisfying conclusion. Bravo! 5*

 

CHRISTMAS IN BARCELONA by Scott Smith. I loved Scott's A SIMPLE PLAN, but this tale was completely different from his usual stuff. I was able to guess the end just before the story got there, but that didn't spoil the fun at all. 4.5*

 

THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE CHRISTMAS HOTEL by Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe Lansdale. This was a perfect "ghost gets revenge" type story and I loved it, as I do most anything he writes.4.5*

 

 

LOVE ME by Thomas Sniegoski. This twisted little tale reminded me of the Tribble episode from Star Trek. What fun! 4*

 

GOOD DEEDS by Jeff Strand. I don't even know what to say about this one, but it's Jeff Strand. What else do I have to say, really? 4*

 

IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE BY Christopher Golden. I figured out the conclusion early on, but that didn't spoil the fun getting there. 3.5*

 

HOME by Tim Lebbon. This was a twisted little tale of the end of the world and Santa, albeit a Santa you would never recognize in a million years. 3.5*

 

Lastly, THE HANGMAN'S BRIDE by Sarah Pinborough. Sarah's books have quickly become some of my favorites in recent history, (and I'm glad I have a good-sized backlog to catch up with), but this tale really took the cake. My second favorite in this anthology, with a distinct Dickensian feel, young William and his soot-filled lungs stole my heart. 5*

 

Most anthologies are hit and miss with me-very rarely do all the stories hit their mark. In this case, though, it was pretty close to doing so, therefore I gave it a four star rating overall . Even if you hate Christmas, and you "Bah Humbug" with the best of them, this anthology has something for everyone-the variety is outstanding. So as the title suggests HARK people! Come and hear the angels scream!

 

Highly recommended!

 

*Thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this anthology in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

Halloween Bingo Update: 10.5.18-SO CLOSE!

  KEY

Black cat = Read, not called.

Devil Bamma=Called, not read

BatCat=Both read and called

 

Books Read, Square not called: 

13: 13 Days By Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

Terror in a Small Town: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Genre: Horror: Worms by James R. Montague

Deadlands: Out Behind the Barn by Chad Lutzke & John Boden

 

Books Read & Called

Classic Horror: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Terrifying Women: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

 New Release: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 

   Modern Masters:The House by the Cemetery by John Everson  

                                 Diverse Voices: Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite 

Center Square: Cockblock by C.V. Hunt

Relics & Curiosities: (WILD CARD!) 1. Slimer by Harry Adam Knight

Cryptozoologist-The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea

Supernatural: The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz. 

Ghost Stories: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill 

 

Calls Made (Strikeouts = not on my card):

Classic Horror 9.1-DONE!

Cryptozoologist 9.3-DONE!

Cozy Mystery 9.5

New Release 9.7-DONE

Southern Gothic 9.9

Terrifying Women 9.11-DONE

A Grimm Tale 9.13 

Modern Masters of Horror 9.15-DONE!

Creepy Carnivals 9.17

Relics & Curiosities 9.19-Done! (Wild Card #1)

Diverse Voices 9.21-DONE

Murder Most Foul-9.23

 Amateur Sleuth 9.25

Genre: Suspense 9.27

Supernatural 9.29-DONE!

Ghost Stories 10.1-DONE!

Doomsday 10.3

Shifters 10.5

 

  

Currently reading:

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream! for ?? square

 The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight (WIld Card #2) for Creepy Carnivals

Manson: The Life and Times by Jeff Guinn

HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill, Stephen Lang

It was fun taking this ride down the night road again, this time on audio.

 

I was not crazy about the narrator, nor the musical bits in between the chapters, but the story itself is still good, though maybe not quite as good as I remembered, resulting in the deduction of 1 star from my previous 5 star rating.

 

Still, Craddock and his creepy eyes remain scary AF. 

 

The moral of the story is: Never try to buy a ghost.

 

Recommended!

 

I read this book again for the Ghost Stories square in Halloween Bingo! 

 

OUT BEHIND THE BARN by Chad Lutzke and John Boden

Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke, John Boden

 

OUT BEHIND THE BARN is totally original, weird and creepy. I loved it!

 

That said, this is not the type of story I've come to expect from either of these authors. I've enjoyed the work of John Boden for years now and what I always expect from him is beautiful writing and poignancy. I expect the same from Chad Lutzke as well, just slightly less poetic, maybe? I'm not sure what I expected from this novella, but it was not this strange story of Maggie, her farm and her boys.

 

Davey and Ronny are watching when Maggie gets home and carefully unloads her burden into the barn. Then an arm drops down from her carefully wrapped package. This has happened before, so they are not surprised or alarmed. Will the package work this time? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I'm finding it very difficult to review this book without giving anything away. It was short, spellbinding, mysterious, creative and suspenseful. Once the mystery is revealed, the problem remains as to how the characters will deal with it, and that's where the poignancy I expect from both of these authors showed up-in a big way.

 

The only issue I had with this story is that I expected to see one more chapter regarding a certain character's reaction to those poignant events. Then again, maybe that would have spoiled how I imagined that reaction went down?

 

OUT BEHIND THE BARN is a powerful piece of work, in spite of, (or perhaps because of of?), its short length. Either way, it affected me, and I'll be thinking about the boys and Maggie's farm for a long time.

 

Highly recommended!

 

*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

#FridayReads 10.5.18

 

WORMS by James R. Montague

Worms - Christopher Wood, James R. Montague

 

WORMS! What can I say? This is not your normal B-movie creature feature. It is more well written than most and it contains elements of guilt and psychological horror as well. I enjoyed the heck out of it!

 

Mr. Hildebrand and his harridan of a wife take a badly needed vacation together, in a more quiet destination than his wife would have preferred. She is unhappy about that and never misses a chance to remind him of that fact. In the quiet town, Mr. Hildebrand feels at home, accepted even, while his wife just complains and complains. How will he deal with her? Will they be able to enjoy this vacation together or will this be the final straw in their marriage? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I said above that this is more well written than most creature features for a few reasons. Its pacing is much slower than the James Herbert or Guy N. Smith novels of the time, and it's definitely much slower than the pacing of today's novels by Hunter Shea and the like.

 

Another reason this differs from most other novels of its kind is because of the time we spend inside Mr. Hildebrand's head. Told in the first person, we're right there to see why he does certain things, (and I admit it, I actually agreed with some of them!), and because of that the reader feels a bond with him. We shouldn't, but we do, (or at least I did.) The psychological horror that results from his actions, as well as the guilt he feels over them, adds another layer to this tale not normally found in stories of this type. The first 2/3 of this book I would label as quiet horror and the last third as pure creature feature fun, along with a few real surprises that I didn't see coming. In addition, there were some truly gross-out moments that made me laugh out loud with glee! GLEE, I say!

 

Lastly, as the final portions of the story unfolded a few events occurred that made me look back at clues I had previously overlooked. I realized then how neatly this entire story fit together, like an intricate jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces were perfectly cut. The fact that James Montague is a pseudonym for Christopher Wood, (a writer of screenplays for James Bond movies such as Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me), may play a part in that. There are scenes in WORMS that play out just as a film would, (several of them in fact), and the novel feels like it's built around those scenes and grows outwardly from them.

 

WORMS was originally written back in 1979, the era when I first got into and began to love the horror genre. Somehow this book escaped my attentions back then, and to be honest? I might have been too young at that time to appreciate this intimate look into a man's head. However, I'm sure I would have appreciated the vivid writing style and film-like quality of it. Now I'm old enough to appreciate ALL the wonderful things about this novel and I'm glad that Valancourt Books has brought it back from sure death so it can be enjoyed once again.

 

Highly recommended!

 

*I received an e-ARC from Valancourt Books in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

September 2018-That's A Wrap!

Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories - Adam   Light, Gregor Xane, Josh Malerman, Jason  Parent, Evans Light Cross Her Heart - Sarah Pinborough Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Ramsey Campbell The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix The House by the Cemetery (Fiction Without Frontiers) - John Everson Cockblock - Ramona Master, Roderick Hunt, Roderick Hunt Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite, Matt Godfrey Hex - Thomas Olde Heuvelt The Devil's Fingers - Hunter Shea

I read 13 books in September! 

 

Graphic Novels

 

Lucifer Book 3 by Mike Carey 5*

 

Total: 1

 

Audiobooks

 

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter 4*

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunn 5* (HB)

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, narrated by Matt Godfrey 3* (HB)

Cockblock by C.V. Hunt, narrated by Ramona Master 4*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough 4* (HB) 

Doorbells At Dusk edited by Evans Light (Anthology) 4*

Thirteen Days at Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell 3* (HB)

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 5* (HB) 

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson 3.5* (HB)

Slimer by Harry Adam Knight 5* (HB)

The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea 4* (HB)

 

Total: 7

 

RANDOM READS

 

Hex by Thomas Heulvelt (Buddy read with Lillelara) 3* (HB)

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

Running Total: 122

 

Books read for Halloween Bingo: 9

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill, Stephen Lang

 

I'm rereading this one because it was on sale at Audible a while back and I don't remember much about the story. 

 

I'm planning to use it for this square:

 

 

 

Currently reading

Bright Ruin by Vic James
Progress: 5%
Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie M. Wytovich
Progress: 40%
The Freak Show Murders by Fredric Brown
Progress: 20/206pages
Detours by Dean Koontz, Michael Koryta, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, David Morrell, Michael Marshall Smith, Michael Marshall Smith, Owen King, William Peter Blatty, Mark Stewart, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Brian James Freeman, Peter Straub
Progress: 125/400pages

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