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Stronger Than Hate by Robert Essig

Francine watches, and she listens to them from below. TRAPPED. She is hurt, and imprisoned at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened up in her precious garden while they torment her.

Familiar faces look down upon her—the worst students she ever had the displeasure of teaching before she retired from the local high school. They snicker as money changes hands. They spit on her. Throw things at her.

And there’s no way in hell they’re going to get help.

But someone else knows about Francine’s predicament. Her neighbor Greg, another former student. The one whose peers called him Lazy Eye. The one who always looked to be accepted even at the expense of Francine’s safety. Does he have it in his heart to do the right thing, to come to his senses and call the police?

At the mercy of deviants, Francine Mosely must harness her inner strength to survive their torments, but how much can she take? Through guidance from the memory of her late husband she banishes herself from what is happening, retreating to her most precious memories, but what happens when the horrors around her infiltrate her mind? How much can she take before breaking down? Is Francine Mosely STRONGER THAN HATE?

Angel on my right shoulder… “Ahh, revenge, but at what cost?” Devil on my left shoulder leans over and whispers in my ear… “Forty bucks, and ¼ bag of weed. Me… “I’M THINKING!”

SG in STRONGER THAN HATE, by Robert Essig

It’s been a while since I’ve read human depravity at this level!
The story worked – the bully and the bullied, the mentality that allowed this to go on for so long, the drugs, (it had to have the drugs), and how so many kept a secret – it’s all there, working together, and believable. Till the very ending bit
and that’s the reason I only gave 4 stars instead of 5. Because of ‘The Dark Ones‘.

WARNING

*Not really – but possible spoilers ahead*
It’s only my personal opinion, others may completely disagree. ‘The Dark Ones’ took the story somewhere that I didn’t think was needed. As a coping mechanism – yes. But, the bit at the end was something I think the story could have done without.

How to connect with the author: Find him on his blog Robert Essig’s Confusions, Delusions, and Formidable Impressions, Facebook, follow @Robert_Essig on Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Have you read STRONGER THAN HATE? What did you think? Leave a comment below. Until next time… stay safe, and stay scary – not scared!

P, L & N💋

~sg

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THE GROOMER by Jon Athan

Andrew McCarthy grows concerned for his family after he catches a young man, Zachary Denton, photographing his daughter, Grace McCarthy, and other children at a park. To his dismay, Zachary talks his way out of trouble when he’s confronted by the police. He hopes that’s the end of it. Then he finds Zachary at a diner and then at a grocery store. He knows their encounters aren’t coincidences. And just as Andrew prepares to defend his family, Grace vanishes.

As the police search stalls and the leads dry up, Andrew decides to take matters into his own hands. He starts by searching for sex offenders in the area and researching enhanced interrogation techniques… He convinces himself he’ll do anything to rescue his daughter, unaware of the pure evil he’ll face in his journey. He’s willing to hurt—to torture—anyone to save his family.

Jon Athan, the author of Into the Wolves’ Den and The Abuse of Ashley Collins, delves into the underworld of internet predators in this disturbing horror novel. Are your children safe?

WARNING: This book contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.

My review was posted in March, but it’s that batch of missing reviews that must’ve fell onto The Twilight Zone, because I sure as hell can’t figure out where they all went!

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Jon Athan writes with intent.
Extreme horror that makes you open your eyes to the real monsters, and the real issues. Stories like this one, and INTO THE WOLVES DEN, are full of things that have happened IRL, based on ppl that actually exist in this world – perhaps closer than you think.
I just wish the vigilante justice happened more than we knew about, too.
As always – I can’t wait to read what’s next! The ‘New Release’ section of Amazon is killing me with available pre-orders!

On a personal note:
‘Jon’… Congratulations 🎉 I’m so happy to hear that your getting married! I hated thinking about you and your (now) fiance being separated by so many miles. I am sorry that we’re (the U. S.) losing you. Now you’ll be an expat, and I really hoped to meet you at a signing one day.
I also want to mention how weird it was to be reading about the very beginning of the COVID19 news, when my state is ordered to “shelter-in-place” at midnight tonight – enforced by the National Guard 😱 Crazy days.

THE GROOMER is available on Amazon

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Tonia Brown – a Triple Shot of Quirky!

Isn’t it weird how life happens sometimes? I was just thinking about Tonia, and how everyone and everything was back when all this was new. Zombie Fiend’s Joy Killer introduced us, Tonia gifted me a copy of LUCKY STIFF… everything else – kismet!

Tonia Brown – Author

I was thinking about her Author Interview, and how I need to get cracking on Coffee Talk again, and BAM – I’m punched in the face with some free audio book codes for Tonia. See?! IK,R?! Fucking kismet!!

Tonia was cool enough to come hang out in my pillow fort for a little while, long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, and answer a few questions… the first one being “How do you like your coffee?” To which she replied, “I like my coffee like I like my men. Ground up and in the freezer.” Buckle up boys & girls…things are about to get weird!

Exerpt from Coffee With Tonia Brown

The only things I know for sure about upcoming author interviews are 1. The style isn’t going to change. It will be tweaked, but I’m sticking to my goal, staying myself – F bombs and all, and YES, A LIGHTNING ROUND DOES TOO WORK FOR WRITTEN INTERVIEWS!! And, yes, people DO care about what kind of underwear their favorite author wears – THAT’S WHY THEY’RE GOING TO COME HERE! And #2. For the next interview I’m hoping for a round table / panel discussion co-authored with one of my fave extreme horror chickys, so… Stay tuned!!

About that audio book code… here’s the review for what I scooped up :

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since my original review was from March 13, 2012, and there isn’t an Audible edition listed here… it’s time to update!

I’ll meet you at the bar!
I can’t believe I had forgotten about Tonia Brown a little bit. I hate to pigeon hole anyone as anything, but I’m guilty of thinking ‘only zombies’, and I fell out of love with the genre a while back. It was a messy break-up but, I’m fine, really. Thanks.
I picked up Triple Shot of Strange (how I giggle every time I read the title! Innuendo is awesome), on audio and was so excited… I own the entire T3 collection and couldn’t wait to revisit Tonia’s World.
I would recommend this particular T3 to everyone. You get to get a nibble of her writing, and her style, and you’re guaranteed to fall in love 🖤 The three stories are fun, quick reads – listens in this case, and you’re left with a shudder and a smile. Tonia is active on social media, get to know her for a Triple Shot of Quirky, and I’ll meet you at the bar for the next round!

“Cawfee Tawk is an informal interview forum.”

Don’t forget to visit Coffee Talk and let me know what you think! Right this very second I’m just hoping that anyone remembers Mike Meyers as Linda Richman on SNL. I’m not old. You’re old. Shut up.

So, this has been my brain dump for now. Throwing out some ideas, see what you think about them, also to listen to what you want/need to see here. Yes, I was playing with my new editing program, but I gotta use it to learn it. I apologise if it gave you a headache 😬. I wanted to remind everyone that even with the new domain name, everything is the same – the old addresses still work, and will continue to. How do you prefer to review books – with a 5 star rating, or a 10 star rating? I thought 5 for books, 10 for movies, and make the rest up as I go along 😜 And if you don’t want to leave feedback in the comments (but I really wish you would!), you can shoot me an email at ShadowGirl@BeckisBookBlog.com PRETTY PLEASE START USING THE 5 STAR RATING THINGY ON EACH POST.. how else am I going to learn? Thanks!

Peace, Love & Necrophilia 💋 ~ sg

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Tantalize By Rayne Havok

WARNING: SOME SCENES MAY BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE.

“It’s her fault, really, flaunting herself. She invades my mind, taking over until I must do something to regain it, to be free of her.”

“Things have escalated, but I have it all under control.”

Rayne Havok

Wow! Gavin’s descent into madness didn’t take any side roads! I was along for the ride, and could’ve used a rest stop – being in such close proximity gives you an almost sixth sense on what others are feeling. And Gavin’s frustration is making my skin crawl! He is literally acting like Hannah is an addiction, because his ‘Hannah withdrawls’ are painful to read. The writing is so we’ll done that you are right inside those covers with your fictional friends. I’d want to put it down for a minute, but Rayne just laughs and says… “Buckle up, Bitch and enjoy your ride! No breaks for you!” Hahahaha Seriously, once you’re at a certain point it’s better to continue, especially if the story is this good.

I love this ‘He Said’ / ‘She Said’ style of story telling, and when Hannah did speak, we got to meet her inner-bad-ass! She’s a smart cookie and realized that there was going to be no white knight to rescue her. She plans to take her pound of flesh, and then haul ass before anything else happens to her, she knows her sanity is a fragile thing. This part of the book was deeply satisfying to read, especially after reading every word of what he did to her! You can cringe and smile at the same time! You look like you have to pee, but it’s done. It’s like laughing while puking.

Now comes the hard part… deciding which of Rayne Havoc’s books to read next! I think it has to be Boys Will Be Boys this time. It’s calling my name!

My next read from Rayne Havoc

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rayne has the attention span of a goldfish so she tends to write shorter stories.

Full of gory and gross thoughts that need to be put to paper, she writes all the time to clear space for the new stuff. She is a huge fan of horror and loves to be shocked by all things ‘extreme’. She focuses on the human condition, what causes people to do the things they do and the possibility that not all of it is wrong.

She’s all about the bloody and gruesome, but also loves to sprinkle it with gratuitous sex.
She is a little psychotic and a little sweet, lives in Phoenix Arizona- but doesn’t get out much for fear of melting to death in the desert heat.

“I always know the ending, then I write the story for it.”

“Writing horror is burning a room full of people. Writing extreme/gore horror is following them inside to listen to their skin crackle.”

Her latest masterpiece, Killstream, will be published September 16th – mark your calendars!

KILLSTREAM:

Wesley gets an invitation from Killstreme, a snuff production company, to star in his very own snuff film. It’s an opportunity he can’t refuse.

Available on Amazon, (and KU) September 16, 2020.

She loves hearing what you think, so leave a review or reach out to her via social media – Goodreads, Amazon, and Twitter.

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HORNWOLF by Evan Romero

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Ashwood. A quiet Midwest town where nothing much happens. That all changes when the mutilated bodies of a young couple are discovered in the woods. Chief of Police Cynthia Carver initially dismisses it as an animal attack. However, the discovery of sexual assault against one of the corpses leaves her baffled. As more bodies pile up, Cynthia will discover the assailant isn’t an ordinary animal. And unless she can stop it, she may be his next victim…

When his balls are blue and the penis rises, the wolf comes out!

I don’t think that I’ve read anything by Evan Romero before, but I’m looking for more now.

This is a surprisingly fun read – in a ‘Serbian-Book‘ kind of way!

I’m dying to know what happened to BloodBoundBooksRedLine Series! After a rock solid beginning with Toxic Love by Kristopher Triana, followed up by #Horrible by KJ Moore, the series died off…no note, no cab fare. Just gone. Only a wet spot left behind.

Hornwolf is no longer available on Amazon, or on BloodBoundBooks‘ website. So, it looks like my main point of this post is to say ‘Suck it, losers!’

I’m just kidding!!  And, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a copy (unless something really weird happened) if you contact BloodBoundBooks, or the author. In the meantime, I’ll try to find answers re: RedLine, and I’ll keep you updated!

 

 

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Check out BloodBoundBooks – because they’re awesome! Don’t miss the Free Stories & Video Readings page while you’re there.

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A sight for sore eyes…

Optical Delusion (Mail Order Massacres)

Optical Delusion by Hunter Shea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Optical Delusion centers around a gag-gift, ordered from the back of comic book, that begins to consume a man’s life.
Martin can’t stop peeking – but, for him, it’s all in the name of science! ::dramatic eye roll:: The fun is long over when Martin realizes that he has taken peeping too far, and there are just some things just can’t be unseen.

I love how Hunter Shea builds the story up!

You can feel the main characters inner conflict & turmoil in the beginning, but his desire to see more soon overrides any sense of guilt he may have once had.
It’s so much fun riding along as Martin loses his grip, and slides faster & further down that slippery slope!
I know I’d be in the same boat, My need to poke my nose into everything is already out of control – having x-ray specs would turn me into a fa-reak!

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Matt Shaw’s 200th Kindle Release!

A new horror to sink your teeth into...

The

TASTE

of the food he’d cooked her was divine. When she told him, over their many online messages, what her favourite three course meal was – she never expected him to cook it for her and yet, that was exactly what he had done. Sitting opposite her, he watched her enjoy every mouthful despite not wanting any food for himself. A man content with the glass of red before him: A liquid dinner. Normally she would feel uncomfortable with a relative stranger watching her eat, but the food was so good that she didn’t care. Anyway, she knew this was her treat… Just as what he had coming for himself – as soon as she was done eating – would be his treat, not that he hurried her to finish. He was happy to wait. He knew

all good things come to those who wait

Have you read PLENTY OF FREAKS? OMG, Poor Matt could have ended up in so many of his stories!

To meTASTE feels like a re-imagining of the 2001 ‘Love Cannibalism’ case involving Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes.   Details on THAT are below… heh heh heh…

Like the rest of the White Cover collection, this short story is intended for those who want a quick read before bed, or members of Kindle Unlimited. If you’re looking for something longer, please try any of the Black Cover Range.

Warning: Strong sexual content.

See below for details on Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes –

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MARY BLAKE: A Nasty Novelette by Sam West

WARNING!  THIS IS A VIOLENT,
BLOOD THIRSTY, AND MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE PIECE OF FICTION!

★★★★★/★★★★★

Fifteen years ago, Casey Brown and her college friends did something very, very bad to an innocent girl.

What really happened to poor Mary Blake that night?

There are whispers in the woods that surround that old abandoned house. Urban legends are repeated, and sightings of their usual suspects are sworn on – by a friend of a friend of that guy’s second cousin who knew a dude who swears they saw ‘He/She/It’ one dark, and stormy night. Bloody Mary, the Slit-Mouth Woman, Click Clack, the Slender Man… they aren’t the only boogeymen in those woods…
People say that the house is haunted by it’s original owner… The things that Mr. Jones did to his wife and two daughters went way beyond ‘slaughter’ – the depravity of his actions makes the family’s eventual slaughter a blessing.

Now, Casey’s nightmares are invading her waking life.
Mary Blake is back, and she’s not alone.
Only the truth will set her free.

You can still find MARY BLAKE, and other titles by Sam West, for #free on Amazon with your Kindle Unlimited plan – FOR NOW.

Find MARY BLAKE: A Nasty Novelette on Amazon, Goodreads, BookLikes, and LibraryThing.

Find SAM WEST on Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes

 

 

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I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) by Michael Bray

 

 

Everybody knows of the terrible Murders which took place in Whitechapel, England in 1888. The notorious Jack the Ripper was responsible for the mutilation and murder of five women before he slipped away into the night never to be seen again. In this blend of fiction based on fact, Writer Charles Hapgood comes face to face with the a man claiming ripper himself years after the last brutal murder took place, and is intent on telling the story of how he was transformed from a regular child to the evil beast that he became.
As Hapgood hears the story unfold, his initial skepticism is challenged by his unexpected visitor’s extensive knowledge of the crimes. As Hapgood listens, he is plunged into a world of madness, squalor, abuse and manipulation when his visitor tells how his hatred for women was countered by a desire to love and be loved, and how when obsession turns to rejection, an ordinary man can go to extraordinary lengths when he feels there is no other option left but to become a monster.

In part Two, Miller continues to confide in Hapgood about the events that transformed him from man to the monster he would become, causing Hapgood to question his own morals when more shocking and tragic details of Miller’s life are told.

Mr. Bray sure did his research before putting these stories together, and I’m enjoying my visit in 1893 Whitechapel with him as my guide. Miller makes a new friend near the end of Part Two – and I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go in Part 3! Miller recognizes the man right away – you will too ::winks::

 

I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) on Amazon, and Goodreads

Michael Bray on Amazon, and Goodreads

Check out Part One of I was Jack The Ripper

 

I Was Jack The Ripper (Part 3) will be available on Friday, June 16, 2017

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MERCY HOUSE by Adam Cesare

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∗∗∗∗ 4 of 5 stars ∗∗∗∗

Overflowing w/ olfactory obscenities, octogenarian orgies & offensive orgasms.
Outcome?
Overwhelmed.

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