*Warning* This story may contain graphic materials that not everyone finds suitable.
Ember Oaks is not your typical asylum and these are not your typical stories. Within these walls are deep dark secrets that give the entire building it’s depth. Each patient tells their chilling and terrifying stories about how they ended up at Ember Oaks. These stories will have your mind twisted sideways as they keep you up at night.
I love asylum stories, but there aren’t many out there that are worth picking up. And I’ve picked up a lot of ’em. A lot. That makes the really good ones stand out even more though, and I’m happy that I can add TWISTED SIDEWAYS to that invisible list in my head!
I was excited right from rip when I realized it’s a collection of short stories, encased in one. The author, Allisha McAdoo, walks us through Ember Oaks, and introduces us to some of the asylum’s more interesting residents. We learn their stories, and find out how they came to permanently reside in this seventh circle of Hell. (But it has nice curtains!)
Some of these stories are sick! They’re ALL twisted. And TWISTED SIDEWAYS is definitely worth reading. Grab a copy, you won’t be disappointed. Plus it’s hot off the presses, you can brag that you read it before all your friends! (pssst…hey… it’s free today – grab your copy today!) If you miss the sale, the book is available on KU – bonus points! +5 additional bonus points ‘cuz I love saying McAdoo! 😜
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
What would you do to protect your family? How far would you go?
Keith Klein, a beat cop in the small New Mexico town of Montaño, sets out to find his missing daughters after they vanish on their way home from school. He enlists the help of Gerald Greenwood, an old friend and a private investigator. When their investigation stalls and desperation creeps in, Keith’s methods become unorthodox, illegal, and extremely violent.
Meanwhile, Keith’s daughters, fourteen-year-old Carrie and eight-year-old Allison, witness horrors beyond imagination at the Wolves’ Den, a house in the middle of nowhere. In that house, a group of psychopaths in animal masks produce snuff films and other disturbing content for clients across the globe.
Jon Athan delivers another dark and disturbing horror novel filled with mystery, suspense, and gore. Can you handle a visit to the Wolves’ Den?
I have been waiting for this book, just like I do all of Jon Athan’s books, since the first time I saw it advertised. But, I anticipated this one a little more than the others. The picture on the cover is haunting. I don’t even remember reading the synopsis – I couldn’t quote it now if you paid me. I grabbed it as soon as it was available, but I put off reading it all day yesterday because I didn’t want it to be over already. (Like trying to avoid eating the marshmallows in your Lucky Charms until the last few bites.)
These [stories] are the ones that make you understand what Unrelenting Human Horror really means!
I’m not going to reiterate what you’ve read in the synopsis, we know what is happening here. Just knowing what sparked the idea of this story, and how true it could be, makes it all the more horrifying. Am I the fucked up one for knowing what the Daisy videos are, and who that guy is? I didn’t see them, hold your attitude. But, I know. I’ve read the stories, and know that guys like these don’t go away. They just keep reproducing. Like cockroaches.
Into The Wolves Den is really hard to read. The emotions are just vibrating off the pages. It always brings those ‘what-ifs’ questions, ur mind wanders – and nobody wants to go on THAT journey. The depravity of the bad guys might be hard to wrap your head around, but those things, and worse, happen every day. This isn’t just splatterpunk, or gore for the sake of it. UNRELENTING HUMAN HORROR. These are your neighbors, the parents at your kid’s school, the ppl you sit next to in church and PTA! It made me want to DO something! I keep telling people that this author is about to change everything about Extreme Horror. I don’t know how, but I feel it.
Maybe Extreme Horror can make a difference. Maybe it can be attached to something positive, instead of just some stupid shit a couple of other authors did. Just look at what BloodBoundBooks is doing 👍
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
William Keller, known as the Traveling Surgeon, is terrorizing the streets of Florida with two accomplices. They capture their victims, then they ‘operate’ on them. When they’re finished, they steal their victims’ large intestines and leave a bloodbath behind them. Unable to capture them, Homicide Detective Jamie Mills requests assistance from a peer—Homicide Detective Harvey Skinner. Together, they continue Harvey’s experimental program.
Sam Lee, the Heartless Heart-Ripper, is released from death row once again and asked to do what he does best: capture, torture, release.
Jon Athan brings you the highly-anticipated sequel to The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic in this gruesome story of questionable ethics, violent vengeance, and human horror.
Jon Athan is back again with a splattery, gore drenched, and drippy piece of Unrelenting Human Horror that’s gonna fill your violence quota for about six months! The Heartless Heart-Ripper is in perfect form, ever the consummate professional. I appreciate a man who takes pride in his work.
I like how meaty this one is. The characters motivations, the ache of those who are skating the razors edge between good and evil, and, of course, the brutality. I could talk for an hour about the characters, but I’ll save it for a no-spoiler blog. I’m excited to know that the next book is in the works, (omg, Eric! Right?!), but even more excited to know that there is a chance for ‘The Heartless Heart-Ripper’ – a pre-quel! THAT is going to be amazing, I already know it. I’m also glad I’m not alone anymore in liking “The House That Jack Built”.
WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence and disturbing themes. Many of these scenes involve violence committed by and against minors. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.
On his thirteenth birthday, Jacob White discovers his older brother, Kevin, is a violent serial killer. Kevin doesn’t want to hurt Jacob, though. Kevin wants to teach Jacob about the world—from his twisted perspective. He wants to mold his little brother into a serial killer so that they can kill together. However, as his brother goes on a murder spree, Jacob finds himself wrestling with his conscience… Can one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel?
Jon Athan, the author of A Family of Violence and The Abuse of Ashley Collins, brings you a provocative horror story of family, adolescence, and violence. Could you keep your brother’s secret?
Brothers Who Slay Together, Stay Together!
I just read this for the second time – it’s sooooo good! I am enjoying Jon Athan’s more realistic ‘human horror stories’ even better than the fun & sadistic extreme horror that made me find him in the beginning. It’s not very common to get emotional while reading extreme horror, but this author seems to get me every time. I highly recommend Rotten Apples.
You all know that I have been fan-girling on my blog since… what, 2015, or 2016(?), but, you also know it’s for damn good reasons. He somehow keeps getting better, and his stories shine a light on real human horrors, helping to bring attention to subjects that matter, but people want to ignore. Stories based on real cases, like Into The Wolves Den, and The Groomer. Please Check him out so we can talk about these books, and share fangirling moments… Until next time…
WARNING: This book contains some suggestive scenes and themes, some violence, and some vulgar language. It is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.
Jamie, a single father, spirals into a horrific tailspin when his beloved son, Casey, begins to exhibit extreme signs of aggression. When Casey’s behavior challenges the realm of human explanation, Jamie questions and tackles every sinister possibility. Enlisting the aid of doctors, a parapsychologist, and a priest, Jamie delves into a frightening world of uncertainty. A severe mental illness? A spiritual ailment? A supernatural attack? The terrifying truth emerges from the most fiendish corner…
Can Jamie save his son from an eternity of torment?
I just re-read A Boy Possessed / In The Name of the Devil for the second time.
We are watch as a man does everything he possibly can to find out what is wrong with his son. Doctor after doctor find nothing medically wrong, but try to tell this man that there is nothing wrong, after the late nights trying to soothe his only child, after all the things he has been witness to?! We get to see just how far a father is willing to go, and the pain he endures, to save his son from something he doesn’t (yet) understand. It’s an emotional ride through doctors, psychiatrists, old frenemies, and finally a priest – all to explain something that can’t possibly be happening to his baby boy. He soon realizes once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth, and nothing will keep him from trying to make it end. The additions and rewrites did improve on the story. If you haven’t read A Boy Possessed or In The Name of the Devil, what the HELL are you waiting for, a second coming?!
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
A group of young drug addicts—led by drug dealer Jared Hatcher—plan to rob the wealthy Cohen family on Halloween to escape their dead-end town outside of Las Vegas. They devise the perfect plan with the perfect victims and the perfect getaway. But one act of violence quickly leads to another, triggering a chain-reaction of never-ending mayhem.
Can the desperate trespassers successfully complete their robbery and leave their lives of despair? Or will the fragile Cohens fight back and save themselves?
Jon Athan, the author of Lovesick and Into the Wolves’ Den, presents a bleak, disturbing, and gory home invasion novel—an unforgettable night of desperation and carnage.
Original Goodreads and Amazon reviews lost –
A perfect plan, with perfect victims and a perfect getaway goes horrifyingly wrong – bringing brutal, and bloody results. If your “Perfect Team” happens to end up being just the opposite – maybe give it a minute to rethink things, instead of trying to keep them abord with threats and violence. (I’d stab a bitch in the throat for questioning my loyalty once things get rolling, and if said bitch tried that in front of a victim… I might not stop there. Who’s loyal now? This lonely rich gal right here 😉). <—– yeah… in my dreams, right?! That was a dream sequence, haha! But I’m a badass too when I’m in the middle of a story, yelling out at the characters!!!
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!
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.
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!
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 :
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!
“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.”
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!
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!
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.
Did you love Toxic Love? Did you think #HORRIBLE was horribly awesome? What about HornWolf? Let me just quote myself on that one, saying it’s cool – in a Serbian book kinda way… 😉 Well, we KNOW how much I dig the series, and can’t get enough, so this is HUGE Yay! news for me! What are your thoughts on the series so far? Comment here, or on the books individual review pages if you’d rather.