Monday, November 23, 2020

Haunted: Purgatory by Lee Mountford

 

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Five "Spooktacular" Stars

Wow! What a wrap up to the Haunted series! 

This whole book was rocking along from the first page to the last page and there was no time to breathe or come up for air as once the haunting became full blown it was off to the "ghost" races!  There is still major demonic activity within this book as well as the ghosts are not the only thing flitting around the manor!

A very small taste of what to expect in this story without giving away spoilers:

Artefacts have been discovered within the manor that could be connected to a portal to Hell which sends the owner of the manor (Sarah) to bringing in the paranormal team led by David Ritter. When things become "too hot to handle" David has to bring in a priest to conduct an investigation of the description of the artefacts and how they are tied into the manor. 

That is about all I can give on a taste as you will need to read my full review on Goodreads. 

The book was the perfect wrap up to this creepy, suspense filled horror series and the fast pace of the book just keeps everything in tune with the demonic/ghostly series! 

Author, Lee Mountford just grabs you from the get-go and slam dunks you into that cozy chair you are curled up in as when the crap hits the fan in the manor you better make sure you have your "rosary beads and holy water" ready as you are going to need it as you fight alongside the paranormal team! 


For my full review of the book, Haunted: Purgatory, by author, Lee Mountford, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3653301145

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Top Reads of 2017

This was an interesting year and loaded down with books as I read 125 books on my Goodreads challenge! Though that wasn't the pledge I made as I had pledged 80 and then got on a "reading roll"! So this list will be interesting as I read lots of horror, but what else is new, right? lol  So I will add probably just five star reads on here since there are so many books! Also I am just providing the links to the blurb of the book - not my actual review. The reviews will be individual for these books I read. Just want to clarify that so no one is disappointed about not seeing the actual review link. :)


My top reads of 2017 are as follows:


Horror:

The Devil's Woods by Brian Moreland

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35394254-the-devil-s-woods

Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12481557-dead-of-winter

The Witching House by Brian Moreland

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17871563-the-witching-house

Devil Board (A Dark Tale of Occult Horror) by Glen Frost

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34705154-devil-board

Big Bad by David Brian

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23726983-big-bad

Beneath the Boards by David Haynes

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25347140-beneath-the-boards

Dracula by Bram Stoker

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6250997-dracula

The Haunted by Bentley Little

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11797285-the-haunted

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6592306-nightmares-and-dreamscapes

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/832794.Pet_Sematary

The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16068961-the-mourning-house

The Folcroft Ghosts by Darcy Coates

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33840674-the-folcroft-ghosts

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23640029-angel-manor

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28963838-children-of-the-dark

Dead End Street by Rick R. Reed

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34341446-dead-end-street

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30974726-chasing-ghosts

Salvage by Duncan Ralston

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26792257-salvage

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2679776-summer-of-night

The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34596429-the-halloween-children

The Demonic by Lee Mountford

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35706830-the-demonic


Extreme Horror:

Hillary (Tail of the Dog) by Angel Gelique

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17253860-hillary


Fantasy:

Wizard Rising by Toby Neighbors

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13283738-wizard-rising


Urban Fantasy:


A Traitor's War by Graeme Rodaughan

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30813312-a-traitor-s-war


True Paranormal:

The House on Judith Street by Monte Plaisance

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25641366-the-house-on-judith-street

The UnHallowed by Monte Plaisance

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32323265-the-unhallowed

Grave's End: A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/148324.Grave_s_End

The People in the Attic: The Haunting of Doretta Johnson by Doretta Johnson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/482431.The_People_in_the_Attic


True Crime:

Lust Killer by Ann Rule

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/225385.Lust_Killer




Thursday, November 19, 2020

Haunted: Devil's Door by Lee Mountford

 


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Five "Spooky" Stars

Wow!! Author, Lee Mountford, just knows how to grab the readers and literally drag them "kicking and screaming" into the haunted recesses of his mind! You think you will be able to escape his clutches as you are flipping through the pages of this book?! Think again! As once you enter into his world there truly is no escape plan so you might as well get "comfortable and enjoy" the horror that he has laid out before you! 

A small taste of what lies within the pages of this book which is a continuation of the Haunted series:

The haunting escalates in this story as Marcus Blackwater (the owner of the manor) has set into motion plans to turn the manor into a hotel and he sets out doing just that along with hiring the Pearsons to renovate the manor to get it ready for Halloween night that is a few months away, but what the Pearsons do not know is that there is something evil brewing in the mind of Marcus and hell is going to come calling on Halloween night!

That is about all I can give away without giving away spoilers and you will have to read my full review to get more of a gist of what is inside these pages of this story. 

Thoughts:

This was another excellent book in this series and it drives the creepy theme up through the roof! But then again, author Lee Mountford has a habit of "driving the creepiness" straight into your mind and body! So hang on for dear life as you are swept away into the haunted realms of a "Mountford" horror story! 

Small note: This book releases November 26th. 

For my full review of the book, Haunted: Devil's Door, by author, Lee Mountford, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3653292661

Attached is the author, Lee Mountford, profile page from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16816627.Lee_Mountford

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If It Bleeds by Stephen King


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Five "Spectacular" Stars


The Master of Horror has done it again with this short story collection as he weaved some very interesting stories within these pages. 

Four short stories which are:

Mr. Harrigan's Phone
Life of Chuck
If It Bleeds
Rat

Tidbits are going to be rough on this blog as I gave tidbits on my review as well, but I will say this: All four stories were great which includes a friendship that lasts beyond the grave, an end of the world story that revolves around one man, a tragic disaster involving a middle school (this story has characters that are from King's books "The Outsider" and the "Bill Hodges Trilogy") and the last story deals with a struggling author. 

That is about all the tidbits I can give, but all the stories have some kind of "moral to the story" theme to them. My absolute favorite of all four is the first story of "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" which was a very poignant and emotional story. I just loved this story as it is a story of boundless friendship but it does have some creepy aspects to it. I cannot say more than that as you will just have to read the book. 

Four stories = a great collection! 


For my full review of the book, If It Bleeds, by author, Stephen King, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3639715101

Attached is the author, Stephen King, profile page from Goodreads:

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Land of Bones by Glenn Rolfe

 


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Four "Twisted Fun" Stars


Fourteen short stories run amok in this book and there are a few strange stories, but all of them are grabbers! I read this book back in 2018 as I wanted to step into some quick short reads and with any book by this author the stories usually have some kind of twist to them but always a romping fun time! 

Here are just a few titles found within the pages:

Ghosts of Spears; Simon; Not Kansas Anymore; Wish; Welcome to Paradise; The Fixer and there are a few more, but as always these kind of stories just whisk you away into the mind of author, Glenn Rolfe giving you chills and thrills. 


For my full review of the book, Land of Bones, by author, Glenn Rolfe, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2274572290

Attached is the author, Glenn Rolfe, profile page from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6939496.Glenn_Rolfe

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Ghosthunter (The Haunted Hamlet Book 1) by Jeff DeGordick

 




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Five "Ghostly" Stars


This was a spooky book and it was my second book by this author. When I read the blurb of the story it sounded so good that I just had to step into this series.

A little taste of what is inside without giving away spoilers.

A ghost hunting business run by a man named Simon has just become interesting as his new client wants him to investigate a haunted house where three boys have gone missing. An evil ghost inhabits the house and Simon has to find out why the house is haunted along with trying to find out what happened to the boys.

That is about all I can give on a taste as you will have to read my review on Goodreads for just a little more information of the house haunting.

The author has a great writing style as he was able to pull me into the story quickly and kept me there for the duration of the book. The ghostly atmosphere of the story just wrapped itself around me and once I was literally entrapped in the story there was no way I could lay down the book!

For my full review of the book, Ghosthunter (The Haunted Hamlet Book 1), by author, Jeff DeGordick, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3106279203

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16102371.Jeff_DeGordick

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Boo! by David Haynes



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Four "Spooky" Stars


This was a great spooky story that I read back in December of 2016 and it was also my first introduction to author, David Haynes. What a way to step into his world as this book whisked me away to the spooky tendrils of his mind! 

A very small taste of what is inside without giving away spoilers:

Murders are taking place and the crime scenes seem to be taken from the pages of a book that was written about a clown named "Sparkles". 

That is about all I can give without spoilers, but you can read a little more in my review on Goodreads 

This creepy book set me off on a hunt to grab everything that this author wrote as this story just gave me the willies and it also gave me another reason not to like clowns! 


For my full review of the book, Boo!, by author, David Haynes, please see my review from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1831868725

Attached is the author, David Haynes, profile page from Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6521221.David_Haynes

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