#Review Pet Sematary by Stephen King #ClassicHorror

Title: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

First Published: 1983

Genre: Horror

Description:

SOMETIMES…DEAD IS BETTER’

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.

But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.

Review:

I have finally finished Pet Sematary, woohoo! It’s taken me three attempts over two years and I want to say a huge thank you to Janel @ Keeper of Pages and all the lovely people who took part in the read-along over on Instagram.

The story follows Dr Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children, five year old Ellie and two year old Gage, as they move to a new house in Ludlow. They settle nicely into their new lives, even making friends with their neighbour Jud and Norma Crandall, but that’s until the discover the Pet Sematary behind their house.

It’s innocent enough at first but when Church, Ellie’s beloved cat dies in a freak accident on the road outside their house, Jud shows Louis what the sematary is really capable of.

Stephen King fans are probably not going to love this review, so just a warning to you, you may not want to carry on reading this!

So initially I stopped reading this book because I had nightmares about evil cats but thankfully the third time around I was a little more immune to the creepiness of Church the cat.

I have to be honest, while Stephen King is an amazing writer, with a great imagination, he has this tendency to waffle on a bit. The first half of the book is so slow, not a whole heap happens, I feel that it could have been at least half the length.

Then we have the ending which was the complete opposite, full of suspense and action. It just really annoyed me as I was hoping for that the whole way through. I also would like to have a word with whoever divided up the chapters, some were five pages or so, others twenty or more, I feel this dragged the pace down too.

The best thing about the book was the realistic characters. I loved Ellie the tenacious five year old and Jud with all of his stories. I have to be honest though, I didn’t much like Louis. I found him a little condescending at times, talking about death being a natural part of life but completely freaking out about it when it came down to it. Also this is just the mother in me, but he encourages his kids to swear which I found irritating.

Pet Sematary, while yes it was creepy, was slightly disappointing for me in the end. I know a remake of the movie is coming out this year, which I want to watch, just to see if they improve on the book.

About the Author: (taken from Amazon)

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERCEDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both MR MERCEDES and END OF WATCH received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King’s books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald’s Game and It.

King was the recipient of America’s prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.

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#BlogTour #Review A Heart In The Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant @HeideGoody @IainMGrant @rararesources

Today I have review of A Heart In The Right Place and a giveaway to win a Moleskine Passion Traveller’s Journal (see bottom of post) but first a bit about the book:

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Title: A Heart In The Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Publisher: Pigeon Park Press

Date Published: 30th November 2018

Genre: Horror/Black Comedy

Description:

All Nick wants to do is take his dying father for a perfect father-son weekend in the Scottish Highlands. It’s not much to ask, is it? A log cabin, a roaring fire, a bottle of fine whisky and two days to paper over the cracks in their relationship.

However, Nick didn’t plan on making the trip with a dead neighbour in the back of his car. Or the neighbour’s dog. He really didn’t plan on being pursued by a psychotic female assassin intent on collecting body parts. And he really, really didn’t plan on encountering a platoon of heavily armed mercenaries, or some very hungry boars, or a werewolf.

A Heart in the Right Place – a horror comedy about setting out with the very best intentions and then messing everything up.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K4CCR74

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Review:

This is one of the most unusual books I’ve read for a long time!

Nick wants his weekend in Scotland with his father to be perfect, after all it could be his last but a missed parcel leads to a case of mistaken identity and a crazy killer on his tail.

Nick is a lovable and slightly dopey character, who trying to do the right thing always ends up messing up. There is some good back and forth between him and his dad Tony, a solid and straight laced person, almost the opposite of his son.

On the other hand we have Finn. A psychopathic assassin who’s enjoys torture a little too much and is a bit offensive. She may not be all that likeable but I couldn’t help being fascinated by her.

Now the storyline is a little out there but personally I didn’t mind that. What I did mind was the use of Liverpudlian stereotypes which I haven’t heard since I was a child,.i.e. leaving your car for too long and it’ll end up on bricks *rolls eyes*

I will also warn you there’s a few gruesome and uncomfortable scenes that may not be suitable if you have a bit of a sensitive stomach.

Heart In The Right Place is a quirky read full of black humour and off-the-wall characters.

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Author Bio:

Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of over a dozen books.a heart -iain and heide by pete c b+w

The Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company.

Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clovenhoof-Books-285544508177333/

Website: http://www.pigeonparkpress.com/

Twitter: @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant

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#BlogTour #Review The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz @JonathanJanz @flametreepress #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Publication Date: 30th November 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

The Sorrows, an island off the coast of northern California, and its castle have been uninhabited since a series of gruesome murders in 1925. But its owner needs money, so he allows film composers Ben and Eddie and a couple of their female friends to stay a month in Castle Blackwood. Eddie is certain a haunted castle is just the setting Ben needs to find inspiration for a horror film.

But what they find is more horrific than any movie. Something is waiting for them in the castle. A malevolent being has been trapped for nearly a century. And he’s ready to feed.

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sorrows-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539263036&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sorrows+jonathan+janz

Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame tree press for providing me with a copy of the book.

CONTAINS SEXUAL SCENES, SCENES OF ABUSE AND VIOLENCE.

(Sorry for the shouty capitals again!)

Ben is suffering from writers block, trying to come up with a new musical score for a horror film by famous director Lee Stanley. In desperation to get him into the zone his friend Eddie arranges for them to travel to an island called The Sorrows which has been uninhabited for a long time after a series of murders. They bring a young intern called Claire and Eva, Lee Stanley’s assistant.

From the moment they step onto the island, they feel something is wrong with the place, each of them have their sanity pushed to the limits. Will they get off the island alive?

So I really enjoyed Jonathan Janz’s previous book The Siren and the Specter (you can read my review here) so I jumped at the chance to read The Sorrows.

While this is still the horror genre, the previous book was a ghost story, whereas I would class this as more Gothic horror. In places it reminded me of the classics like Frankenstein and Dracula.

This is definitely a more slow burn novel, that creeps up on you, giving you that uneasy feeling and putting you on edge.

The characters are each realistically flawed and interesting but I have to be honest I did particularly warm to them which is fine, not every character has to be likeable.

There are some quite uncomfortable scenes and watching the characters worst fears and insecurities was a little hard to read at times. I also have to say, this is just me being picky, is I felt there was too much sex or sexual references for my taste.

Overall The Sorrows is a creepy Gothic horror, I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys classic horror but is looking for something a bit more modern and edgy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories.Jonathan Janz

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year.

Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children.

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#BlogTour #Review #Giveaway #FountainDead by Theresa Braun @TBraun_Author @rrbooktours1

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Title: Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun

Expected Publication Date: 20th November 2018

Genre: Mature YA, Horror/Paranormal

Description:

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

Available on Amazon

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Fountain-Dead-Theresa-Braun-ebook/dp/B07H9KBK2P/ref=sr_1_1ie=UTF8&qid=1541513423&sr=81&keywords=fountain+dead+by+theresa+braun

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Review:

Forced to move by his parents to a new town, to a new house is probably every teenagers nightmare but that’s just the beginning for Mark. He knows there’s something not right with the house, especially the basement and the neglected fountain outside but his parents ignore his pleas.

As ghostly visions and strange things start happening in the house, Mark must delve into the past and uncover the house’s secrets.

I want to reiterate the fact this is definitely the more mature end of the YA spectrum with plenty of mature themes and gruesome scenes that are not suitable for younger readers.

There are two timelines in the story, the first is Mark back in the eighties and the other is Emma eighteen sixties. While both timelines seem really well researched, I have to be honest I preferred the eighties timeline mainly because I actually got some of the reference, yay!

Both Emma and Mark well really well drawn characters, in a way I felt they were coming of age within the story. Emma wants nothing more than to become a teacher and get away from her horrible father and brother. She also quite a feisty character, gambling when it was frowned upon for women and she’s crack shot with a pistol. Mark is a little more sensitive, a bit angry, and is trying to figure out who he really is.

The problem I did have was keeping each timeline straight in my head, because of the back and forth between the two eras but that’s probably more to do with my terrible memory than the actual book!

Fountain Dead is that combines the supernatural with teenage angst to create a spooky, if not slightly gruesome, read.

About The Author:

Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.theresa-braun

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)

She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.

She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she get’s a load a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.

Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.

Website: https://www.theresabraun.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbraun_author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresa.braun.9

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#BlogTour #Review And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark @EAClarkAuthor @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

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Title: And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 3rd September 2018

Genre: Horror/Ghost Story

Description:

Not all spirits rest in peace…

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.

Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

Purchase Links

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https://www.crookedcatbooks.com/product/and-no-birds-shall-sing/

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Review:

Grace, her husband Sam and their daughter Cassie need a fresh start after Grace suffers another tragic miscarriage. They think doing up the old Partlowe cottage will be the fresh start that they need.

The cottage’s tragic past comes to light and they receive warnings from the villagers to move out, especially when Grace finds herself pregnant again but they ignore the strange going on in the house. Will they change their mind before it’s too late?

I read E.A Clark’s debut last year, so I jumped at the chance to read And No Birds Shall Sing, as I really enjoyed the ghostly aspect of her first novel.

I’m probably a little biased when it comes to this sort of story because I love a good ghost story (which probably comes from the fact I grew up across the road from a cemetery). This is fabulously spooky novel using historical details (obviously well researched) and personal tragedy to added depth to the usual haunted house story.

I liked Grace, she’s is a little neurotic but with her history of miscarriages and losing her biological mother at a very young age, so it is completely understandable. Also I loved Cassie, their ten year old daughter, who even though she’s blind doesn’t let her that stop her from doing what she wants.

There were a few standard ghost story tropes like seeing things when no one is around and nobody believing in what Grace saw but I like the fact that E.A. Clark made them feel credible and realistic. Also I can safely say I did not see that shocking ending coming at all!

I will warn anyone before they read this book, it does contain the very upsetting subject of miscarriages, depression and suicide that may difficult for some to read.

And No Bird Shall Sing is a fantastic ghost story that managed to take me on an emotional and spooky journey that I just didn’t want to end. I cannot wait for E.A Clark’s next book!

About The Author:

Elizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her Crooked Cat Photohusband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.

She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.

And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.

Social Media Links – Twitter handle – @EAClarkAuthor ;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.clark.779857

Goodreads – E.A. Clark – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17100457.E_A_Clark

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-a-clark

 

#BlogTour #Review The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz @JonathanJanz #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 6th September 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

When David Caine, a celebrated sceptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different.

Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow.

And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

You can pick up your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Siren-Specter-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580059/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533818999&sr=8-1&keywords=the+siren+and+the+specter

Review:

When famous writer and sceptic David Caine is invited by his old Chris and his wife Katherine to stay in America’s most haunted house, the Alexander House, he leaps at the chance and the opportunity to write his next book on it. His idol John Weir was last seen at the house, a man also famous for debunking ghosts and demons and he’s desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to him.

When David arrives he soon meets the neighbours Honey and Michael Shelby and their foul mouthed son Mike Jr and sweet daughter Ivy. Something is not quite right about them, in fact there something not quite right about the whole place.

Eerie things start to happen, voice singing in the night time, the temperature dropping for no apparent reason, the feeling of someone or something watching him which makes him even more determined to prove there is no ghosts within the house.

But David has his own ghosts to battle with in the form of his ex girlfriend Anna who committed suicide twenty years earlier. As he starts to explore the surrounding area he finds it’s very familiar, in fact he used to visit there with Anna years ago. Is it just a coincidence or is there something more? Will he get to the bottom of the mystery or will he lose his life in the process?

If like me you’re a bit of a wuss when it comes to anything scary, do not read this book at night time! I made the mistake of doing just that and spent half the night trembling under my covers.

I can honestly say there was never a dull moment in the story. The Siren and The Specter is packed with murder, mystery and the macabre and I found myself, even though I was terrified, wanting to read on. Jonathan Janz has a fantastic writing style that gripped me from the very beginning with it’s fantastically flawed characters and unnerving setting.

At first I didn’t like David that much. He’s a bit of a womaniser who always thinks he’s right and frankly a little bit pompous but as the story goes on you find out more his history which made me understand him a little bit more. Also the fact that he goes ghost hunting when he seems to be terrified of actually meeting a real ghost amused me no end.

The only warning I will is there are scenes of child neglect and talk of abuse which people may find a little upsetting (I know I did).

The Siren And The Specter is a twisted and creepy that I recommend to fans of haunted house mysteries and ghostly tales.

I’m actually looking forward to reading more of Jonathan Janz’s books even though this one scared the living daylights out of me!

Rating: 4/5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories.Jonathan Janz

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year.

Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children.

You can sign up for his newsletter (http://jonathanjanz.us12.list-manage….), and you can follow him on

Twitter @JonathanJanz

Instagram @jonathan.janz

Bedtime Book #Review My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Welcome to another Bedtime Book Review in which I put down my kindle and pick up a good old paperback/hardback in a bid to get my tbr pile under control. You can read my last bedtime book review of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell here.

Title:My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Publisher:Quirk Books

Date Published:11th July 2017

Genre: Horror

Description:

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act different. She s moody. She s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she s nearby. Abby s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of 80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

Review:

The story starts with Abby finding out the exorcist is dead, which takes her back to the terrible events in the summer of 1988 when her best friend Gretchen was possessed by a demon.

Now I kept seeing this novel on Instagram and what attracted me to it was the absolutely gorgeous cover! It’s so eye catching and also it has that air of nostalgia as it looks like an old VHS tape (if you’re reading this and don’t know what a VHS tape is, please google it and stop making me feel so old!!!)

This book is pure eighties teenage nostalgia. I have to be honest there were quite a lot of slang that I didn’t quite get because I’m not a) American and b) old enough to remember 1988 properly but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel.

The main theme of the story is about friendship. We see Abby and Gretchen’s friendship from the very beginning, when she was the only one to turn up to Abby’s tenth birthday. The friendship continues into high school until the fateful night they decide to try drugs. Gretchen tries to skinny dip but it all goes wrong ending up with her getting lost. They find her the next day but there is something wrong with her. She stops looking after herself, self harming. Nobody stands by her except Abby even though Gretchen is utterly horrible to her.

There’s quite a few unlikable characters in the book but I did really like Abby. She’s sweet loyal yet a little naive and I did feel like shaking her and saying ‘no don’t do that!’ while I was reading.

While I didn’t find the book that scary, it takes a lot to scare me these days, but there were some pretty stomach churning moments. I’m just going to say worms and bugs and leave it there.

My only disappointment was it wasn’t really explained how Gretchen became possessed, that was something I felt could have been expanded upon a little more.

Overall My Best Friend’s Exorcism is not for the faint of heart but I think will appeal to anyone who enjoys those old eighties teen movies.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Grady Hendrix is an American author, journalist, public speaker, and screenwriter known for his best-selling 2014 novel Horrorstör. Hendrix lives in Manhattan and was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival.

Next up on Bedtime Book Reviews: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon.