Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: The Basement by Chad P. Brown @chadbrown72

The Basement

Summary: On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town's haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.

Review: A quick little horror story. I liked that it started like so many ghost stories written before, then takes off down a road not expected. I think what is most scary is what we ourselves project from our own experiences and our own horrific past. This story encapsulates that premise. A young girl enters a house of horrors looking for what is there and learns that it is otherwise empty except for her personal demons that follow her in and she has no choice but to face them. 
What really got me was the expected ending and then the unexpected twist to it. The author shows real creativity and innovation. Read it.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Floor Four by A. Lopez Jr. @acehilink

Floor Four

Summary: ‘A loud bang was heard from above, scaring the boys. They shined their lights up the stairwell. The sounds of chains rattling on the floor stirred the dust above. Something or someone was up there. Doug, hiding his fear, took a couple of more steps up. Brandon and Kyle looked at him, their feet locked in place. They had no intention of going any further.’

A tale of horror with a twist of the Twilight Zone. The old, abandoned Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer, known as The Mangler. Coleman died on the fourth floor after being shot by police. For the three Jr. High boys, their curiosity gets the best of them as they explore the old hospital, despite ‘Old Man’ Jake’s warning. No one knew of Jake’s dark connection to the killer and the hospital. And now, on the anniversary of The Mangler’s death, a group of high school kids are planning a private party on the haunted fourth floor. Jake must keep everyone out and protect them from the true evil that lurks on Floor Four.

Review: Well written but not well executed. It flowed well and developed a good story but not an exciting story,  I was constantly hoping it would end soon. The latter story is better written than the former. I credit this to the rewrite and addition to the story whole. I compare this to a 80s style horror movie. But only the first part, after that it get more interesting but by that time I was looking earnestly for the end. The author is not a bad story teller. I only wish the style of writing was as consistent as the second part. I recommend passing on the story but checking out the author. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Debbie Does Monsterland by Emma Steele

Debbie Does Monsterland (F*ck All Monsters, Book 1)

Summary:  Life has been stressful for Nancy "Debbie" Archer since she became fifty feet tall. Confined to a medical research facility, she spends her days lost in self-pleasure, desperately trying to satiate the GIANT sexual desire that comes with being a GIANT woman. The guards may ogle her, and her perverted psychiatrist may hit on her, but there's not a lover in the world with the stature to satisfy her... or so she thinks.

Her thoughts change when she sees a TV program about Monster Island, home of the world's giant monsters. Watching two monsters make love, Nancy's fantasies ignite. Soon she can't stop thinking about Monster Island... about the giant monsters (who are giant in more ways than one) and what they could do for her. Breaking out of confinement, she goes on a carnage-filled mission to Monster Island—not to DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, as mankind had once tried to do; but to ENJOY all monsters, as only she knows how.

Review: A very short read with a sex crazed 50 feet tall woman. No man may satisfy her and she's not doing a good on her own but she tries. The only character you get to know very well is Nancy. The rest of the characters are there for little reason other than someone has to hold her captive. This story goes by real hard and real fast and yes that is an euphemism. In case you glance over the title, this is an erotic piece involving mythical monsters. The same monsters I grew to love on Saturday afternoons on TV. As a preteen I guess I never thought what those monsters did to be so many. This story helped to fill the gaps. *wink-wink* What she has to go through to find happiness is heroic. She does swim and ocean to reach her fantasy lover.
For those who love this genre, you will enjoy every drop of this ejaculant filled story.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Ybor Noir - A Frank Geddy Detective Short (Noir De Jure) by John David @johndavidauthor

Ybor Noir - A Frank Geddy Detective Short (Noir De Jure)

Summary: Detective Frank "Giddy" Geddy usually gets his man, and sometimes the girl, too. This isn't one of those times. Ybor City is where the cool people of Tampa go to cut loose and have fun. Getting in to the party is never the problem. Getting out of it sometimes is. In Ybor, you never know what or who you will run into. Between the seedy clubs and bars, in shady back alleys, and at the cigar and tattoo shops--something is for sale on every corner, and there is always trouble within stumbling distance. Where you end up is never where you started . . .

Review: A very short story. Just when you think the story is about to twist and turn, it doesn't. The obvious conclusion is presented and with no apology. The end. Thank you for reading. Move along and do something else. It is an odd way to end a story but also refreshing. But then again, let's say they closed the beach in Jaw from the beginning and everyone packed up and vowed to return next season. The movie would have ended quickly. That is exactly what happened here. An experiment in reality. What if there is no story but you tell it anyway. Ybor Noir is that not story. The author is very talented and it was a great read until it's ending. I recommend this story and enjoy it for what it is, a short story.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Hellsgate: To Hell And Back by T.M. Wells

Hellsgate: To Hell And Back

Summary: In a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, civilization limps forward. And the little town of Hellsgate is no exception... except when the streets are full of mud and there's nothing to do. Adventurous minds turn to adventure, especially after one gin-soaked playboy college professor finds an important clue to the town's history. Inlisting the help of a bookish, but sexy Anthropogy professor, they set out to find the truth, aided by the town's beautiful, eccentric, doll-like witch.

Demons, flying lizards, aliens, a mysterious cave... they embark on a motorcycle ride through underground, puzzle-filled tunnels in search of... none of them knows for sure, though each seems to be motivated by different reasons.

Hellsgate is a steampunk adventure, full of fun and excitement, goggles and Victoriana... and some of the wildest, raunchiest, anything goes, happy sex ever witten! So, join Professors Stevenson and Carlisle, and the little witch, Kato, as they explore their world and each other and become best sex friends forever. It's a filth-filled, rolicking good time.

Review:  The author of Hellsgate, T.M. Wells, is a "university-trained writer and former editor of a college literary journal." This story does a very good job of showing Wells talent of telling a story. It was well paced and well told and very fun to read. The addition of the sex scenes feels like an after thought as if the author wrote a brilliant story and then went back an peppered in explicit sex. The sex in every scene is rushed and immature. This would have been a better read with out it all together.
I was also discouraged to find small editing mistakes. It caused me to stop and reread many times and it took me out of the story.
I really liked this story and characters Wells brought to life. The reader will tell quickly where Wells talents really are. An excellent story but horrible sex. I hope Wells navigates this flying ship toward more steampunk and less erotica.