#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.

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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.

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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.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight #Giveaway Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #Promo

Today I’m delighted to spotlight Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson with a giveaway (bottom of page) thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.

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Title: Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson

Date Published: 15th April 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

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Author Bio –

Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call Cutting Heads - fav1centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”
– Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

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Bedtime Book Review: The Chalk Man by CL Tudor #Review

Title: The Chalk Man by CL Tudor

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 11th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Review:

You can read my previous Bedtime Book Review, Black Eyed Susans, here.

So I saw this book last year on NetGalley but I was turned down by the publisher to get an advanced copy (I’m not bitter…honest) so I just had to buy a copy for myself. This was before all the furore when Stephen King said if you like my stuff then you’ll like this. As I saw all the praise and the hype surrounding it, I know this will sound a bit weird, but it put me off reading it a little. I’ve been disappointed in the past by books that have had a lot of hype but I’m happy to say this was not the case, this book actually surpassed my expectations.

The story is split between 1986 and 2016, revolving around Ed and his friends, Nicki, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey and Hoppo. After a fairground accident Ed meets a new teacher to the area, Mr Halloran otherwise known as the chalk man due to his pale skin and white blonde hair. He gives the group the idea of drawing a secret code with chalk but chalk men keep popping up when bad things happen, until they lead them to a body.

I got completely lost within this book, so much so that I forgot to write notes, (sounds a bit anal but I have the memory of a sieve!), so if this review is brief then you’ll know why.

I’m not going to give this amazing and complex novel it’s due in this little review. It’s creepy, yet haunting, I stayed up way too long after finishing just thinking about the ending (a downside I’ve found about reading before bed).

Having just watched the movie IT, I can understand where a lot of Stephen King comparisons come from,.i.e. a group of young(ish) kids coming of age against a backdrop of violence but thankfully this novel doesn’t have the evil clown.

I know some people may not be a fan of the jumping from 1986 to 2016 but it to me it added real depth to the story, adding to the mystery. I enjoyed finding out about older Ed, a slightly disillusioned adult, haunted by the past with a drinking problem compared to the more carefree younger Eddie.

I will warn you there are some upsetting scenes, especially one between young Eddie and his bully Metal Mickey’s older brother Sean. Then there was the nightmares, no I’d say they were more night terrors, as in they were super scary!

Overall a really memorable and haunting story that I can’t do just justice to with this review, you’ll just have to read it and see for yourself!

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

C. J. Tudor lives in Nottingham, England with her partner and three-year-old daughter.

Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voiceover and dog-walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

THE CHALK MAN is her first novel.

Up Next on Bedtime Book Reviews: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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#BlogTour #Review Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven @jayravenauthor @Books_n_all #horror

Title: Crimson Siege: Blood Riders – Book One by Jay Raven

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 21st April 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…


When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choicehand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Review:

Anton Yoska survived the savage vampire wars and now is Lord Marshal of a small town called Brejnei. He leads a quiet life until his old army comrade Milosh Drubrick, with his ragtag band of bounty hunters, drag a vampire into the sleepy village. The vampire is none other than aristocrat, Stephan Modjeski and his family especially his ‘mother’ Kristina will stop at nothing to get him back. Who will survive?

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Personally I wouldn’t class it as horror, just mainly because I think horror should have me terrified and shivering under a cover, but I did think it was more of a good fast paced action story.

I loved the character of Anton, he’s devoted to his wife even though she is dying from fever, and determined to uphold the law even if it costs him his life. Apart from Pavel, his young deputy, Anton seemed to be surrounded by horrible people. Twisted Count Kravnik, who had been sent to over see the execution of two poachers, Nickru his other deputy who wanted his job and finally the bounty hunters who frankly seemed worse than the vampires!

I wouldn’t say this book is overly gory but I will warn you there are some really brutal themes in the book, rape is one of them, though thankfully it’s not actually shown within the pages, just referred to.

If I had one issue it would be the language was a little too modern (the use of the word ‘hot’ when describing a woman springs to mind), I kept having to remind myself it was meant to be set in the 19th century.

Overall a good start to the series and I’m interested to see what the author does next!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past isJAY RAVEN AUTHOR PHOTO a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

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#BlogTour #Review Medium Wave by Rose Zolock @RoseZolock @rararesources @caffeinenights

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Title: Medium Wave by Rose Zolock

Publisher: Caffeine Nights

Date Published: 6th April 2018

Genre: Horror, Paranormal.

Description:

Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show ‘Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.

This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’

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Review:

Becky Moran has been a medium for a number of years, she has her own radio show, now a TV show is in the offing too. Only problem; Becky is a fake. During a live radio show, Becky touches an ancient crystal and suddenly her ability to see ghosts becomes real!

So I am a huge fan of all things ghostly so this book was right up my alley. It’s a fairly short yet creepy book with plenty of spooky goings on, that I suggest you read during the day in bright sunshine with a good duvet to hide under just in case.

The cast of characters is an interesting one as well. You’ve got Hugh Jolly, Becky’s greedy and slightly selfish manager, her assistant Stacey who loves to wear mothball scented vintage clothing and her producer Olly the complete and utter sceptic. I have to be honest it took me a little time to warm to Becky, because of her being essentially a con artist at the outset of the book, but as the story goes on you see her struggling with her new gift and you can’t help feeling for her.

My favourite part of the book was when Becky came into contact with a haunted mirror that chooses its owner and never lets them go! Safe to say I had the shivers when I went near any mirror in my house afterwards!

I have to be honest though, there was a tiny bit of repetition and the story didn’t quite flow as well as it should have and I found the ending a little over contrived but of course that is just my opinion.

This is a great start to a series and I’m interested to see what the writer does with Becky and her friends next.

Rating: 3/5

About Rose Zolock
Her Irish grandmother first told Rose about the Banshee when she was just a small child. HowMedium Wave - Author Headshot Embedded the wailing sound of the spirit of the dead and dying could be heard when someone was about to pass.

It was family folklore that the women in the family had ‘the touch’, the ability to see spirits and other dimensions. Rose listened and grew up fascinated by those who claimed to have supernatural or psychic abilities.

Rose does not claim to have those powers. Take her to Venice in February when the mist swirls over the canals, walk by her side along the darkened streets of Greenwich Village in New York City in high summer, listening to a ghost walk tour guide tell the stories of death, murder and the unexplained – Rose would say those stories and our belief in them gives her a power to see into the shadows within our imagination.

As a journalist, Rose takes every opportunity to explore and investigate strange stories, myth and folklore. Living in rural Yorkshire, with a rich library of ghost stories and literary tradition, Rose also has a sceptical and forensic insight into those who peddle the stories which feed our imagination but of which we have yet found no proof. She has listened to the debunkers who argue against those believers who are convinced that sand the dark side exist.

Rose’s mind is open. Is yours?

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#BlogTour #Review with #Giveaway Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler @shanannigans81

Title: Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler

Publication Date: October 14, 2017

Genre: Horror/ Thriller

Blurb:

During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.

Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.

Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.

How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves? How much blood is she willing to spill?

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If you love 80’s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th or Sleepaway Camp, this book’s for you!

Warning: This book contains extreme gore and violence. Not for the faint of heart!

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Review:

Bobbi, Jesse and Sam all have something in common, they all survived. Back in the 80’s slashers terrorised America, no matter how many times you killed them they kept coming back again and again. Now thirty years later the slashers are coming back, even more terrifying than ever.

As the blurb says this book is not for the faint of heart! There is plenty of violence and gore but I liked the fact that it wasn’t too graphic, which is problem I’ve encountered with the horror genre before. I mean I don’t want to read a book and feel like throwing up afterwards!

It has a subtle nod to films like Halloween, Friday 13th, Chucky etc and I would recommend it if you are a fan of any of those movies. There was also an element of the supernatural in the story as it sort of explains why the killers keep coming back even though they’ve been killed a million times.

I loved the characters. Jesse is hiding from his slasher refusing to go near any reflective surface. Bobbi has turned to pills and alcohol, waiting for another fight with her slasher. And Sam who seems to have moved on the best, with a secure job, is hiding a terrible secret about his. Then there’s Cris, a misfit kid who’s been used and abused for pretty much her whole life and adopted into Bobbi, Jesse and Sam’s little family but hides a nasty secret that is going to be a shock to everyone.

I would love to read more about each character and their slasher. I would love it if they each had their own prequel story about how they survived each of their slashers in the 80’s (they are touched upon in the book but I just wanted more!).

My only issue was the fact that was a few too many different points of view. There were the main characters but there were also some of the victims and I felt like it got a bit too much at one point.

Overall a fast paced, gore laden, slasher epic that builds to an absolutely terrifying ending.

Rating: 4/5

You can buy it here:

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mask-Beneath-Face-Rafael-Chandler-ebook/dp/B076GT2XXC/ref=asap_bc

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About the Author:

Rafael Chandler writes novels (Hexcommunicated, The Astounding Antagonists), video games Rafael-Chandler-photo(SOCOM 4, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae). He’s a metalhead, a kaijuphile, and a gorehound.

Author site: http://www.rafaelchandler.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rafaelchandler

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