Servants Of The Storm
Delilah S. Dawson
376 pgs. Simon Pulse
Back in September at Dragon Con, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mrs. Dawson. During our conversation I picked up a copy of her novel.
Synopsis: A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
To begin, Servants Of The Storm was a pleasure to read. From the title to the dark, creepy book jacket, I had an idea that this was going to be an interesting paranormal story. While I have to admit I haven’t read many YA Southern Gothic tales, this one was good. The main character simply referred to as Dovey, goes on a quest to find the demon who has enslaved the sole of her childhood friend, Carly. But let’s back up for a moment. Since Carly’s death in Hurricane Josephine, Dovey has been heavily medicated so she could function normally. When Dovey decides to stop taking her antipsycotic meds, things suddenly “clear up” for her. Now she sees Savannah for what it really is. Full of Demons! As the story unfolds, we quickly learn that not only do the demons control almost everybody in Savannah, but they have the ability to cause hurricanes.
When Dovey discovers that a demon named Kitty possesses Carly’s sole, the hunt begins. With the help of her friend Baker, and a stranger named Issac who provides some further insight into the demons, Dovey begins her quest. It’s this journey into the dark underbelly of Savannah where Dovey herself, begins to live her own nightmare.
Mrs. Dawson put a lot of thought and imagination into both the setting and characters of her novel. With descriptive detail, many elements of the story immediately came to life starting with the hurricane and continuing with the demons. My favorite part hands down though, was the carnival. Saturated with pure evil,the demons disguised as employees, fed on the fears of the visitors.(You’ll never look at another carnival the same way)
Equally impressive were the relationships Dawson built between her characters. For a YA novel,they were quite believable.
The story itself has elements of horror, but it’s the nice balance of suspense, urban gothic lore, action,and paranormal activity that keep it moving at a good pace. Yes, it’s a page turner.
Though I live in Atlanta and it’s been many years since my last visit to Savannah, Mrs Dawson had no problem capturing the essence of the town and bringing it to life on the pages of her novel. While the ending was a little predictable,it didn’t spoil the story. Now I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Published by Disobedient Dragon 2014
soft cover 153 pgs.
Where shall I begin? Romance For Men Pandora’s Box is hysterical. I promise you when I say that you’ve never read anything like this before,I mean it! From the story’s onset it’s clear that Romance For Men is only interested in dark, twisted, sexually graphic and perverted humor. It’s loaded with illustrations and it pretty much cuts to the chase from the first paragraph. But let’s start with our main character and hero…Jack Icefloe Jackson. He’s not tall, dark or handsome. He’s short, bald and fat. But that doesn’t stop him from getting laid at every turn! And that’s putting it mildly. There are no taboos when it comes to Jack’s sex life. He’s nasty, raunchy,and socially unacceptable when it comes to caring about women’s feelings. But wait! you say. Isn’t this supposed to be a horror story? It is. No worries there. Now, back to Jack. He’s a true sex machine with one mission..he’s out to save the world.
Sent on mission by the president of the U.S to give the most beautiful woman in the world, Pandora, her first orgasm,(if he doesn’t her vagina will explode causing an apocalypse) our hero Jack must first seek advice from a witch. Yes, the old fashioned kind straight out of the Wizard of Oz.
Written with total satire in mind, this story accomplished everything it set out to. There’s lots of good laughs,plenty of over the top sex scenes, and a good underlying story.
And who do we thank for the storyline you might ask? Dean Lorey. You might be familiar with some of his Hollywood credits as both a writer and director.
Does Romance for Men Pandora’s Box pull any punches? Nope. Is it something you’d read to your girlfriend out loud? Not unless you’d like to sleep on the couch!
Having said that, it was a lot of fun to read.Looking forward to the sequel.
A week ago I received this hard cover book titled World Gone Wild: A survivors guide to post-apocalyptic movies for review. Published by Schiffer Publishing, this 432 page book is a collectors DREAM for the post-apocalyptic movie buff. This is a well written, well illustrated, comprehensive guide to the genre. No expense as been spared in creating this book. It covers indie, foreign, and domestic films and is packed with exclusive interviews from directors, producers and cast members. The book is also loaded with original movie images and key art. (over 425 images to be exact). And If that isn’t enough to peak your interest, consider this.
So far, this is the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever seen on the subject and I’m a connoisseur of post-apocalyptic, Dystopian films. It’s perfect reference material for any writer, a fascinating read, and it’s a trip down memory lane for those of us familiar with the movies. Once you start flipping through it’s pages you’ll see what I mean.
And the price?
Personally, I’d expect to pay MUCH more than the $35 asking price. You can buy the book online and even Walmart has it for sale. But don’t expect this book to last long in stores.Christmas is coming and this is one of the best gifts you can give a fan of the post- apocalyptic genre.
I just received a copy of Mary The Summoning from a surprise visit by U.P.S. It sounds good! I’m looking forward to reading it. Here’s the press release synopsis.
In Mary: The Summoning a ” Bloody Mary” obsessed teen named Jess is looking to prove the urban legend is real and convinces her friends Shauna, Kitty and Anna to help her summon the ghost of Mary. Jess has done her research and found out that to successfully summon Mary you must have a dark room,mirror,candle,salt and four teenage girls. Also, the girls must link hands and not let go during the summoning, otherwise Bloody Mary will be able to cross over to the human world through the mirror. But when things get out of hand and the summoning circle is broken, Mary breaks free and starts haunting Shauna and her friends relentlessly. In an effort to escape Bloody Mary’s terror,Shauna follows a trail of clues which lead her on a desperate search to uncover the truth surrounding the death of Bloody Mary’s former self, Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything but will it be enough to save her from Bloody Mary’s wrath?
This is Hillary Monahan’s debut Ya novel. Check out her page at http://hillaryjmonahan.com/
The book will be on sale September 2nd.
Now here’s a book I’d love to have in my library! The book is published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Here’s their company bio.
They’re a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal, and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore their backlist of 5,500+ titles.
A loving ode to a universal genre of film. An entire subculture of end-of-the-world themes was spawned from films like The Road Warrior, Escape From New York, and The Terminator. While those films are still being emulated today, film makers all around the world continue to produce radically unique films with startling perspectives of humanity facing the end of all things. This book offers pointers and a frame of reference on how the characters behaved when their worlds were on the brink of desolation. It covers the genre’s biggest blockbusters like The Hunger Games, I Am Legend, Oblivion, and World War Z, while devoting equal time and attention to smaller, more obscure films that really deserve to be discovered. Containing over 800 movie reviews, 60 exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who’ve made films in the genre, and a vast subgenre index, World Gone Wild is a chronicle of humanity’s struggles through nuclear war, global natural disasters, and the zombie apocalypse in film.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 427 color photos | 432 ppISBN13: 9780764345876 | Binding: hard cover | $34.99
MAIMSTREAM Comet Press 224 pages
She came back to life… now she wishes she was dead. Scarla Fragran sacrificed her life for a mission that was rigged to fail. Being betrayed by the very people she thought she could trust was nothing compared to the revolt of her own mind and body. When the worst menace comes from within, death can seem the noblest option..but only if you stay dead. Inexplicably awake in a world she thought she’d left behind,Scarla struggles to regain her senses to remember who-and what-she is.
Once she embarks on the perilous journey to retrace her steps and find out why she died, she comes face-to face a new world of horrors including-murderous long haulers, a menacing neo-Nazi motorcycle club, treacherous rebel newsman,a sea of salacious and unspeakable shapeshifters, and the beast that lurks within her own DNA-just to stay alive…
Let’s step away from the emphasis I’ve put on the graphic images of Maimstream for a moment. The story was solid. The characters complex. The dialogue raw and well suited. No, this story is not for the faint of heart. It’s scary. And monsters? Maimstream has monsters. Vicious, blood thirsty, often grotesque looking killers. They crawl, swim, and fly. Oh, and the worst ones walk. So no, no warm and fuzzy make you feel good, characters in this novel! And while some readers may be turned off by the constant violence, to use a cliche, I believe it was a necessary evil.
Since this was my first experience with BC Furtney’s work, I will say I was impressed with his creative abilities. I found myself in the first few chapters feeling sorry and emotionally connected with Scarla’s plight. But more importantly, I was highly entertained as the story unfolded. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised. I read the last page with a certain eagerness as I look forward to BC Furtney’s next novel.
Having said that, I strongly recommend Maimstream for any horror reader. If you like your horror fiction dark, twisted, and with teeth that will take hold and not let go, Maimstream is for you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BC Furtney wrote and directed the feature noir thriller, Do Not Disturb, as well as the award- winning short films,
Mister Eryams and Disposer, among others. He’s written and/or ghostwritten several screenplays and erotica novels
that are not suited for the whole family, but perfect for your ex-con uncle, drunken aunt, or inappropriate stepmother.
His debut novel, Scarla, is available from Comet Press and there’s more where that came from.
Published by Journalstone 2012
In 1779, a preacher by the name of Nathaniel Randolph, pacified a
group of sinners in a brothel by burning it to the ground. In 1847 the
flames came again. This time, they were used to cleanse doctor
Charles Effram’s medical clinic which was treating lepers. In 1922,
below Wood Hill Sanitarium amid a maze of dark, damp tunnels ripe
with the stench of death, doctor Grover Lillian and his assistant
Hilary White, tried to escape a manhunt. Soon, two more lives
would come to a tragic end in Rocky Point.
To say the least, Rocky Point has a horrifying past. It’s currently the
home of The Gates Of Heaven which is the oldest cemetery in Rocky Point. It’s also
home to the former Wood Hill Sanitarium where men, women, and thirty-seven children
secretly died in the name of “medical science”.
Now, four friends who have dubbed themselves the Cemetery Club, have taken it upon themselves to try and stop
the demons they’ve named the Shadow People.
Led by Todd Randolph, who believes he’s the only one who can stop the Shadow People, the group heads into a century old
mausoleum and into the pit where they believe the Shadow people lurk.
Faherty’s description of these creatures is quite detailed. They have the ability to possess the living and commit unspeakable
acts of violence.When the possessed go on their murderous rampages, it’s not long before Rocky Point is engulfed in turmoil.
The Cemetery Club maintains a steady pace and pauses just long enough for the reader to appreciate the characters
struggles in coping with the Shadow People.
Speaking of characters, JG Faherty’s are well developed. The Cemetery Club’s Todd Randolph, Cory Miles, John Boyd,
and Marisol Flores have the right blend of personalities.
With the history of their family’s sorted past (and their own), it helps to enrich the plot. It’s been several
years since The Cemetery Club have interacted with each other, so after the initial awkwardness, bonds reform and believe it or
not, a long overdue romance blossoms.
JG Faherty seamlessly brought all of these elements together for his characters. His dialogue is well suited for each character
which really brings them to life. And while it would be difficult to chose which character is the most important,
I wanted to see them all victorious.
But alas, that doesn’t happen.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed The Cemetery Club. It has the right blend of evil, zombies, drama and suspense. If
you haven’t read JG Faherty’s The Cemetery Club, put it on your list.
It starts in a laboratory. A man-made strain of flesh-eating virus. Created by a power-hungry cartel. Capable of turning victims into brain-dead carnivores. Smuggled aboard a cruise ship that’s about to set sail…One by one, the passengers are exposed. A U.S. senator. A young couple. An undercover agent. A beautiful assassin. Some will be infected. Others will survive. But no one will be spared if the outbreak isn’t contained – and the dead outnumber the living…Enter Delta Force operative Juan Perez. He’s fought the deadliest killers in the darkest hellholes on earth. But he’s never seen anything like this – an apocalyptic cargo of pure zombie mayhem heading for the coast. If Perez and his SEAL team can’t stop it, America, and quickly the entire population of the world, are finished. The plague years will begin.
Joe McKinney gives a twisted meaning to the words pleasure cruise!
What would you do if you found yourself trapped on a disabled cruise ship infested with zombies? Panic comes to mind. But what if your job responsibilities included saving a VIP? Or you found yourself trying to rescue a group of terrified children? What then?
Once again, Joe McKinney has put us, his readers, smack dab in the middle of a terrifying zombie apocalypse. Unlike traditional zombie stories which usually revolve around an accidental creation and release of a pathogen, The Savage Dead set sail in a different direction. Seeking to assassinate a U.S senator, a Mexican drug cartel has purposely invented and released a hybrid bacteria aboard a cruise ship. Showing no mercy, the bacteria seeks out it’s intended target infecting everyone in it’s path. For those who do survive, they’ll have to fight for their lives and cling on to the fleeting chances they’ll be rescued. Continue reading “The Savage Dead book review” »
The third installment in Robert Kirkman and Joy Bonansinga’s Walking Dead trilogy of novels will be released in October by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. Following The Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury, the new book would appear to document the Governor’s fatal final assault on Rick Grimes and Co. — at least that’s what the hulking background shot of the prison and broken-off eye patch on the cover image would have you believe. As would the news that characters like Rick, Glenn, and Michonne will indeed make appearances in the book. Will the novel go so far as to change the outcome of the comic or — more likely — will it fill in the blanks on stuff we have yet to learn and see?
When Mr. McKinney sent me Inheritance for review, I wasn’t surprised when I was hooked within the first chapter. Yes, I’ll admit I love a good ghost story. But to call this a “ghost” story is an understatement. Inheritance is so much more. This is classic Joe McKinney. Once you start reading, good luck at putting the book down!
Paul Henninger was on his way to becoming a great football player. Maybe even turn pro someday. But his father had other plans for his life. Dark, evil plans.
Now, six years later, Paul’s dreams of playing ball have vanished and he finds himself working for the San Antonio police department and married to a wonderful woman. His responsibilities as a police officer are difficult enough without being plagued by an inheritance his late father left him. But that’s exactly what Paul Henninger is subjected too. It’s a power he doesn’t understand. A power he doesn’t want. But there’s more. Paul cannot simply walk away from this. His father won’t let him.
Then the visions start. Visions of Paul’s past and of things to come. Horrible, terrifying visions and the grim reality that he’s about to lose everything!
Now, it would be easy to release spoilers, but I won’t. Below the press release from Evil Jester says a mouthful.(click on pic to enlarge) Inheritance comes out November 5th. Be sure to reserve your copy on Amazon!
With the unique angle of this novel coming from a police procedural standpoint, the characters immediately come to life. They’re more than believable especially if you’ve ever worked in the field of public safety. Mr. McKinney’s expertise as a police officer and homicide detective give the novel a huge dose of reality and the essence of what it ‘s like to work as a police officer. No glitz and glam here folks. Bravo Joe!
Then we have the other pieces to the puzzle in this ghostly tale. Inheritance is full of suspense. The torment of a boy which continues into manhood, the jeopardy of Paul’s career, his dead father who returns to remind Paul of his inheritance responsibilities and Paul’s wife who’s caught in the middle. Action? Oh yes! Inheritance has plenty of that!
There’s an old adage “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” In the case of Inheritance, that might not be true!
In a word, a superior, well crafted novel and a great read. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from Joe McKinney. I hope you enjoy it a s much as I did!