The Shining by Stephen King – Review

The Shining by Stephen King - review & book cover
The Shining by Stephen King – review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read a remarkable novel titled The Shining by Stephen King. I am a big fan of the horror genre but was generally dissatisfied by the lame horror tales that the new age movies deliver.

So, this book proved to be a jolt of awakening for me.

I had never imagined that simply flipping through the pages of a book could spook me to such an extent that I would continuously open my eyes after every five minutes or so to check the presence of any ghosts. (Trust me I am not exaggerating). 

I was browsing through the Internet to look for good horror novels. Almost every page that I surfed overwhelmingly suggested this book (albeit on one condition: do not read it at night). So I set out to read it.

King has delivered a masterpiece with this book. He not only succeeds in creating a haunting atmosphere, which gradually closes upon Danny (and the reader), but also delves into the dynamics of relationship in a family. The Shining refers to the psychic telepathic abilities of five year old Danny Torrance who has ‘visions’ of the future. When his father becomes the caretaker of The Overlook Hotel, the Torrance family has to move into the hotel for the winter. However, as winter becomes severe and they are secluded from the rest of the world by blizzards, strange and out-of-the world events occur that seem to hint that the hotel has a life of its own.

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Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland – Review

Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland - Review
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland – Review

Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland is an engaging account of an epic quest for the secrets of the pharaohs.

Harlan Riley is the only archaeologist to survive the ill-fated expedition to an Egyptian cave in 1935. His appearance, a year later, gains widespread attention as he is covered from head to toe in mysterious scars and keeps talking in a strange language unknown to man. His granddaughter, Imogen Riley, an Egyptologist herself, is desperate to know what caused her only living relative to lose his sanity.

She joins a team of archaeologists and soldiers to find the answers. The cave, which turns out to be a tomb, is a maze of tunnels that, according to the leader of the group, Nathan Trummel, holds the most prized secrets of the pharaohs. However, as the explorers venture deep into the ancient tomb, they discover a deadly fate awaits them.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez – Review

House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez

Rating – 4/5

Sarah Greene is a psychic. She can communicate with ghosts and has been doing so since she was fifteen, after her best friend’s demise. Although she doesn’t comprehend why she was chosen for this “gift”, she can’t turn her back on it. Putting her abilities to good use, she investigates paranormal mysteries.

One such mystery or let’s say, a series of disturbing events occur at a women’s shelter. Despite barely surviving her previous encounter with a deadly dark force, Sarah agrees to investigate these events. The arrival of Ana, a domestic abuse survivor from Guatemala, apparently started these unsettling events. However, Sarah soon realizes these to be the handicraft of a demonic force that has its evil roots settled deep into the town of Don Santos. Will Sarah be able to save Ana? Most importantly, will she herself survive another encounter with a demon? Read House of the Shrieking Woman by Steven Ramirez to find out.

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Two Mini Reviews: Fiction Horror

The Subtlety of Terror: A Short Horror Read by Christie Stratos

The Subtlety of Terror by Christie Stratos

Stratos pens an intense and scary tale in The Subtlety of Terror. It narrates the events that occur when the protagonist wants to sell her house.

Without giving away any spoiler, I will say only one thing: watch out for the house!

In a span of 1950 words, this short horror read packs a punch. Further, not a word goes waste. In such a short time, she narrates the backstory, the current predicament, and what the future has in store for the protagonist. Recommended.

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The Wind by Edward Willett

The Wind by Edward Willett

Once happily married, the protagonist finds himself alone in his childhood home in The Wind by Edward Willett. Soon, the reader realizes why the house is closing in on him. The Wind is an excellent short horror story. It’s beautifully written, atmospheric, psychologically thrilling, and conjures vivid images of terror in a dark night. Willett deftly brings out the faults of his protagonist(s) in a brief span of ten pages. Highly recommended.

The author’s publicist provided me with free digital copy of these books upon request. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog. This does not affect my opinion of the books.

One by One by D W Gillespie – Review

One by One by D W Gillespie
One by One by D W Gillespie – Review

Rating – 3.5/5

The Easton family moves into an old, giant house they bought at dirt cheap price. Alice, the youngest in the family, is thrilled to move in there and explore it. Her joy soon turns to dread when she discovers a painting of stick figures depicting a family of four on the wall of the hallway ……. just like her family. The rest of the family brushes it off, but Alice is intrigued and scared by this painting.

One by one, the members of her family start disappearing, which is followed by a X marking that member in the crude painting in the hallway. Alice must unearth the macabre mystery behind this old house before she becomes the next victim.

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The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins -Review

The Night of the Sciurus by Linda Watkins is a horror science fiction book
The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins – Review

Rating: 4/5

Imagine this, if you will. Your little daughter is playing in a lush green park. You are sitting with your friends there, a little away from your daughter. Suddenly, there is a high-pitched scream. You are startled and frightened to see it’s your kid who is screaming. You are horrified to see deep scratches on her hands and neck as if a ferocious animal had attacked her. But there is no vicious creature in sight. Strange?

girl playing in a park
girl playing in a park

Residents of North Laketon, Michigan—an idyllic community—are grappling with such bizarre incidents. Brooke Davis arrives at this seemingly serene place with her daughter and pet dog with hopes of a new future. However, they are soon going to find out something sinister is hiding in North Laketon. Read The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins to discover what.

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