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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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Horror

Matt Shaw’s ‘NEXT DOOR’

From Director Matt Shaw • Available On Amazon

NEXT DOORfollows multiple stories of everyday couples as they go about their lives. With murderers, cannibals, hookers, and zombies – come see who lives ‘Next Door’ in this anthology film from (our pal) Matt Shaw, one of the UK’s leading horror authors.

Director:Matt Shaw
Staring:Jamie Lomas
Staring:Amanda Clapham
Staring:Vas Blackwood
Genre(s):Comedy, Horror
Subtitles:English [cc]
Audio Language:English
1 Hour 23 Minute Run Time
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Horror

COMING SOON – Splatterpunk #9 — splatterpunkzine

Because you don’t get ‘zines in other genres! I’m really looking forward to this 🥴

First new issue in 3 years, featuring fiction from Patrick Lacey, Matt Shaw, CM Franklyn and Daniel Eaves. Accompanying art by Dan Henk, Robert Elrod and Jorge Wiles. Plus: A Guide to the Apocalypse; Jack Bantry’s Top Ten Splatterpunk & Extreme Horror Novels and more… ** The zine is currently at the printers and will […]

COMING SOON – Splatterpunk #9 — splatterpunkzine

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Horror

Michael Bray’s CABIN FEVER

Cabin FeverCabin Fever by Michael Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written immediately after finishing: It’s ten minutes until 4:am. Don’t finish this book at 3:50 a.m., because your neighbors might not be as understanding as mine… then again… I wonder if they did believe me. I wouldn’t ask too many questions of a girl who just woke me up with a shreek.
Maybe not THAT dramatic, but I DID cry out and scare the dog. That’s not nothing!! So good! Buy this! It’s short, a bedtime story. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
18 hours later: I came across a code for a free Audible version of Cabin Fever, and I jumped on it. This is rare treasure 😉
Ok, show of hands – who has kids? Ok, so now the rest of you… Do youknow a kid? We all know that whatever you tell a kid not to do – that’s the first thing that they’re gonna do!! So if you’re hiding half naked, or half dead, or half anything chick in your little playpen, don’t randomly warn your family away from a place that they never knew existed! I actually don’t even have a problem with that! But it’s a 25 page book – I can’t say much without fear of spoilers.
Narrator: S.W. Salzman
I’ve listened to this narrator alot, and he’s read me plenty of bedtime stories. A very soothing voice.

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Horror

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 :

Triple Shot of StrangeTriple Shot of Strange by Tonia Brown
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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Horror

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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Hell Yeah, RedLine is Back, Bitches!

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.

A recent FB post by BloodBoundBooks reads…

What happened to RedLine?

Can I re-submit?

Thanks to The Splatter Club, RedLine is back! Not to mention, they are open to year-round submissions.

Get the full story HERE. https://www.bloodgutsandstory.com

I’m So Freakin’ Happy!!
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Horror

New #BleedingMemes Are Up!

I hope that you’ve been sitting by your computer waiting, wanting, needing… no, I’m teasing! I do hope that someone out there is as excited about the #BM Reboot as I am. I’m having so much fun!!

New #BM for Pete Kahle’s ‘The Specimen

If you weren’t already a fan of the #BleedingMemes in the small sidebar gallery, let me quickly explain to grab your attention. I take a quote that I love, (what, you don’t have an on going list on a notepad in your Kindle? You can’t pull up one of your favorite Jeff Strand quotes from 2014, just to make yourself giggle? Oh…ok then…) I try to find a pic that will do justice to a great quote I Just Read. I don’t have any of the author’s permission, but so far everyone has had great reactions.

I posted the first one first because it’s one of my favorites even though it is relatively new compared to some of my others, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out – I smile every time I see it. The next one is one of the first real #BM’s, and it’s a quote from John Waters – yay!

Originally Published 11/9/14

And I’m throwing in this older Marvin Bell #BM because its awesome, and it’s eye catching, and I’m hoping it will grab you by the arm to escort you to the #BleedingMemes Gallery page to see what else it there. I’m always updating, hence this particular post, so check back often, K? Cool.

Originally Published 8/3/14

You can look at the top menu and see a tab to take you there, or a menu item on the right will whisk you to your destination. But if you just can’t wait another second, here’s a direct link – #BLEEDINGMEMES GALLERY

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♡

~sg

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The Tainted Souls by Matt Shaw and Shaun Hutson

From authors Shaun Hutson and Matt Shaw comes a new horror set in the time of the Corona Virus.

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The world has gone to Hell. A virus has seemingly come from no where, bringing with it a number of conspiracy theories as to its origin. Some of the theories are outlandish whilst some have an eerie ring of possible truth around them. But, as the world goes into lock down with people living in isolation only allowed out of their homes for essential journeys, people soon realise there are greater things to worry about than COVID-19.
As the virus continues to get a grip of the world, mankind reveals the many monsters within.

#coronageddon

People all over the world are [re]reading ‘THE STAND’ to discuss “similarities” on terror driven social media, and apocalyptic horror stories are driving the conspiracy theorists to crash Reddit.
I think that ‘THE TAINTED SOULS‘ is exactly what we need to help us get through this… something to REALLY terrify us!! It helps us realize that things aren’t as bad as they could be…
This is a great collaboration between Shaw & Shaun. They sure know how to remind us that the real monsters are human.

 

short link – https://bit.ly/2ynvnjt

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I’ll Kill You That Way