Dark Screams: Volume Six [My Book Review]

June 27, 2017

I am usually a huge fan of short stories. In fact, my favorite short story collections are by Richard Matheson! So I was really excited to read this book, "Dark Screams: Volumn Six" which features stories by Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Prentiss, and others. I have to say, the book as a whole left me a bit disappointed, but there were some gems in the collection I want to point out.


This story was so odd. It reminded me a bit of the Island of Dr. Moreau mixed with Bridesmaids and maybe a dash of the short story classic "The House on Haunted Hill'. Kind of a wild combo, right? Anyways, this was about a woman falling in love with a very wealthy, and very strange man. It starts out with her waiting for something very frightening about to happen and then you are taken back to when she first meets this rich family. Anyways, I don't want to give anything away but this story takes an aesthetically pleasing to look at setting and turns into it into something potentially grim and dangerous. I loved it.

THE MANICURE by Nell Quinn-Gibney

I thought this was so odd and kind of creepy in a hilarious dark way. And I don't think I was supposed to think it was funny at all. But it starts out with this character who is terrified of these nail clippers but they visit a nail salon anyways. Snip snip right? Well, this was worth reading as each finger takes you back to a weird memory of something going very very wrong.


I liked this one and I thought it was very disturbing but entertaining. A couple have a baby and the wife invites her father to live with them. The grandfather has reconciled with his daughter and can't wait to dote on his new grandchild. Well the husband doesn't trust any of it. And well...I don't want to give anything away but it's a really captivating and bizarre story.

So, those three were gems and I think those are worth seeking out and reading. But the others...I was disappointed by Stephen King and the short story by Joyce Carol Oates was oddly forgettable. And the last story was very long and I didn't finish it. Just didn't catch me.

Overall, it wasn't a book that caught me completely but it was pretty good overall. I was a bit disappointed, but there were some good stories mixed in there. It's actually available as an ebook on Amazon for $0.99 and you know? That's a fantastic deal so buy it, read those stories I mentioned, and let me know what you think! Purchase now. 

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Akeldama by RD Meyer [My Book Review]

June 19, 2017

I'm always so impressed when a blogger I've followed for several years is publishing a book! It's so exciting! And so I was so happy to hear that RD Meyer is publishing his book and even more excited to review it.

As summer begins, I'm definitely itching for books a bit outside my comfort zone and RD Meyer's book Akeldama was definitely the book for that. First, it's about vampires. But that's putting it lightly. These aren't your average vampires. It's about vampires with these intense super powers and aren't at all the kind you might usually see. Seth, the main character, is a vampire hunter with the Catholic Church when he finds out that these other vampire exists...well, he ends up having to partner with the very vampires he's been fighting against for a bigger cause. 

This book was definitely intense and not what I would say is a "beach read." It's actually been a very long time since I've read a vampire novel and so this was so much new territory for me. Since the vampire hunters are working under the Catholic Church, there was definitely some religious aspects in the novel (made me a little uncomfortable as I've gotten closer to my faith). 

This book also had some vivid violent moments. I sometimes had to skim past some of the more gruesome scenes. However, I thought the character development of the vampires, especially Maxwell, was very strong. I liked the vampire hunter Seth, although he was very focused on his personal mission and I thought that maybe got in the way a bit of getting to know him and his past closely enough. 

If you are into vampire novels OR you want to step outside your comfort zone, read this book. You will be glad you did! You can purchase this book on Amazon for $3.99 

And also be sure to follow RD Meyers blog, it's definitely very much about his personal journey as a write and it's worth reading! 

I received a copy of the above book in exchange for my honest review. 
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