‘Behind the Red Door’ by Megan Collins is a fascinating mystery with dark overtones

How much does our brain do to protect us? What repressed memories might surface one day with the right stimuli? In "Behind the Red Door," author Megan Collins explores how childhood events can be suppressed, altered, misremembered, and deleted. Main character Fern Douglas is happily married to a fabulous pediatrician and she enjoys her job … Continue reading ‘Behind the Red Door’ by Megan Collins is a fascinating mystery with dark overtones

“Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

“Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic” is a set of twenty excellent short stories dealing with the terrible effects of pandemics and lockdowns on both normal and abnormal human beings — and on normal people who become abnormal as the result of attempting to cope with viral plagues. The editors, Nick … Continue reading “Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

‘The Beast: A Darkdeep Novel’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs is the second in this middle grade horror novel

The series began with "The Darkdeep," a horror story by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, and now the stories of the monsters and the mystery behind the appearance of "The Beast" might just be solved. In the first book, we learn about the quiet town of Timber in the Pacific Northwest, and about several of … Continue reading ‘The Beast: A Darkdeep Novel’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs is the second in this middle grade horror novel

‘The Chestnut Man’ by Soren Sveistrup: Gory and terrific

Danish novelist Soren Sveistrup's "The Chestnut Man" offers us two fascinating protagonists, several gruesome murders, a few puzzling clues, and zero investigative results -- through many hours and days -- despite a long, grueling search for the perpetrator. Here is an electric police procedural/murder mystery and a harrowing miasma of gritty suspense that builds to … Continue reading ‘The Chestnut Man’ by Soren Sveistrup: Gory and terrific

‘Villain’ by Michael Grant Is the Latest Horror Story in the ‘Gone’ Series

Get ready for a set of new superheroes. And super bad guys. "Villain" by Michael Grant has them all. First there was the "Gone" series that detailed life in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) which featured the story of children, some with super-powers, and monsters living under a dome. Then came "Monster," about what … Continue reading ‘Villain’ by Michael Grant Is the Latest Horror Story in the ‘Gone’ Series

‘The Darkdeep’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs Is a True Horror Story for Middle Grade Readers

Both Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs are seasoned writers, and that shows in their newest release, "The Darkdeep." The story is Stephen King for kids, and the horror is all too imaginable, thanks to the well-written descriptions by both authors of the horrors that main character Nico and his friends face in a haunted cove … Continue reading ‘The Darkdeep’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs Is a True Horror Story for Middle Grade Readers

‘Sawkill Girls’ by Claire Legrand: A YA Horror Story with Female Heroes

With "Sawkill Girls," author Claire Legrand creates a positively Stephen King-ish horror story that takes place on an exclusive island for the extremely wealthy where girls have mysteriously disappeared for decades. In addition to the three female main characters, the island, with its woods and cliffs and mysterious hidden areas, becomes almost another character. The … Continue reading ‘Sawkill Girls’ by Claire Legrand: A YA Horror Story with Female Heroes