Book Review & Giveaway: This World of Love and Strife by Shawn Mackey

This World of Love and Strife by Shawn Mackey

Publisher:   D.X. Varos (March 15, 2022)
Category: Horror, Vampire Thriller, Dark Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1955065238
Available in Print and ebook, 350 pages

It is the duty of the Vanguard to protect the world from unseen demonic forces.

But what if the organization falls to corruption? Their reformation is up to Cato, a disgraced former member who discovers many of the elite using their powerful positions and martial skills for ill-gotten gains rather than fulfilling their true purpose: aiding mankind in a secret war against their eternal foe.

Aldous is a Vanguard who fell from grace after being stricken with vampirism by a mysterious figure known as the White Lady. His increasingly vile appetites are tolerated because his knowledge as an alchemist is vital in the Vanguard’s battle against the demons. When those desires lead to the abduction of the woman Cato loves, Cato wages a one-man war against Aldous and his werewolf henchman.


Guest Review by Sal

Lumina city is harboring a big secret—and one that it just might have to take to it’s grave. The city is festering with a seedy underbelly, not just of drugs, sex and violence, but of horrifying creatures that the waking world would shudder to fathom.

The only thing standing between the humans of Lumina City and total annihilation is an organization that they have never heard of. The Vangaurd is a group who takes on the unenviable responsibility of controlling the demon population in the city. This includes things like vampires and werewolves as well, but the most insidious form of demons is the kind that get into human’s minds and cause them to do things they wouldn’t normally do.

Cato is a former member of the Vanguard, who left while the organization was going through a civil war of sorts. The only problem with that is, people aren’t really supposed to leave the Vanguard. The group now has a bounty on his head, and Cato has to struggle to keep them from finding him every single day.

Worst of all? Cato has just had a life-changing vision of the dark path that humanity is headed toward and soon realizes that the Vanguard might be the only ones who can help him stop that vision from coming true.

‘This World of Love and Strife,’ by Shawn Mackey is a compulsively readable horror/thriller novel, with an electric ending that no reader will see coming. Mackey’s usage of quick-paced, often humorous dialog to move the story along is genius. I appreciated these characters far more as they took time to explain themselves and their actions. Lumina City is the kind of setting that truly great novels are made of—I simply couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere in this book.

Five stars from me!

About the Author

Living in New Jersey for all his life, Shawn Mackey has been writing since childhood. Though his favorite genre is horror, he has a deep appreciation for fantasy influenced by mythology and science fiction that questions the modern world and its future.



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Praise This World of Love and Strife 

“While This World of Love and Strife will reach horror audiences, it also should be included in fantasy and thriller library collections as a strong example of the strengths that can emerge from a story that embraces different genres with powerful characters and scenarios that are unpredictable and engrossing.- D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“The thrills build and build and never let up. The characters feel like real people. Even the vampires and werewolf! Best of all was the protagonist. He starts as kind of an eccentric and a bit of a jerk, but by the end I couldn’t get enough of him. I highly recommend this book for people who don’t mind horror with a heaping dose of action.”- John Martin, Amazon

Short Story Review: Faster by Calvin Demmer

Brock Johnson made a deal to return home from the war—alive. It’s a contract that follows him throughout his days, a contract he can’t escape. Or can he? One night on the road, he must decide whether to keep running or surrender. . . Either choice has its price.

A short story.

My Review

I chose to read this short story after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a creepy short story! I’ve read The Town that Feared Dusk and The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The thing is that you never know quite what you’re going to get when you start reading one of his stories.

This story starts with Brock picking up a girl on the side of the road and offering to give her a ride to work. She’s happy to get a ride…until she isn’t. I kind of felt sorry for Brock, but he did get himself into this mess. Will he ever choose to stop running?

I liked this story, but I tend to like horror. If you’re looking for something short to read and you enjoy horror, you can’t miss with this one!

About the Author

Calvin Demmer is the author of The Sea Was a Fair Master and Dark Celebrations. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

Twitter: CalvinDemmer

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The Most Dangerous Spy

Nancy Brown is an ordinary girl living in the industrial town of Orethorpe at the outbreak of the Second World War. Her life suddenly changes when she is told to report to the mysterious Megg House, and soon she finds herself caught up in a top-secret operation to find German spies operating in the town.

Seventy years later Arthur Lane is living in Orethorpe. By chance, he strikes up a friendship with an elderly man, Mr Smith. When a newspaper reporter turns up asking to interview Mr Smith about his role in the war, Arthur learns that Mr Smith has a deep secret. Can he discover what it is?

“The Most Dangerous Spy” switches between 1940, when a careless word can leave lives in peril, and 2010, when once-deadly knowledge – including the identity of ‘the most dangerous spy of all’ – can remain secret no longer.

About the Author:

Sharon Edwards works for the BBC. Her novel is aimed at 9-13 year-olds and is mainly set in the Second World War, although there is also a modern-day story that weaves through the novel. The two storylines come together at the end. The book is set in a Midlands industrial town in the UK where a young girl is recruited to help find German undercover agents in the town. She visits Bletchley Park as her intercepts end up there for decoding.

Excerpt from Book:

Nancy was staring at one man and then the other.  What did they want with her and how did he know about her German lessons? It was then that the tall, thin man spoke for the first time.

“The country is at War, Miss Brown; you know that, of course,” he said, his tone gentle. “What you may not know is that England could be invaded by Hitler’s forces.” He suddenly walked over towards her, reached out to a spare chair in the corner of the room and slammed it down on the floor close to hers. He sat down and leant forward. “Hitler is coming, that’s a fact, but we want to stop him,” he said. “It’s our duty to stop him. It’s my duty and it’s your duty to do whatever we can to aid our own side in keeping the Germans at bay, and you can help us. Do you understand?”

“We want you to listen,” the older man explained, taking over from his colleague. “You know how to listen and goodness knows there aren’t enough of you. Nothing to do with running into a line of bullets or trying to get yourself blown up. It’s absurdly simple. We just want you to listen.”

Nancy looked at the faces bearing down on her. After a few moments she blurted out: “Listen to what?”

The older man leant in even closer, their faces almost touching. “Why, the Germans, of course, German spies.”


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The Morgana Chronicles: The Pen of Guinevere

The gates of hell open, and a thirteen-year-old girl is left in the graveyard. Who is she? What is she?

That is what she wants to know!

But all is not what is seems. Morgan is two people: a girl and a witch by the name of Morgana. She finds the land is very bright and colourful and does not wish to go back to hell – but the God of Purgatory wants her back.

Morgan has a job to do, and it means meeting witches, fairies, and other creatures in a world of magic and mayhem.

She wants love and wants to give it back, but it is all so muddled…

Excerpt from the book:

“As the baby girl slept, the Devil appeared.  Red hot skin with horns on his head, he carried a staff with a skull and fiery red eyes as an aid.  His appearance took Tanya aback as she stood at the doorway of the bedroom; when she looked at him, she felt as though he was burning a hole through her soul.

‘You are here,’ she whispered, glancing around the corridor to make sure no-one else was awake.

‘I am here for my prize,’ he growled deeply.

‘Take her,’ she replied coldly.  ‘I have all that I need.’ The Devil picked the child up, wrapped in her pink blanket, and left.

Tanya too a deep breath and went back to bad as if nothing had happened, then lay down and fell into a deep and restful sleep.

The next morning, she went to the nursery and screamed to find one empty Moses basket.

That scream led to many years of hope that one day, the little girl would come home, and her family would finally be whole again.  Because that morning, it broke apart…”

The Morgana Chronicles:  The Pen of Guinevere (Book 1)” by Morgan Harrison is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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Book Review: Nightmare by Chad Nicholas

Had it come back? No, it couldn’t have. He had buried it for good. Or at least that’s what Scott told himself. But what if it had? Was that why the scarecrow now watched him?

But the more Scott tries to ignore it, the more the evidence begins to pile up. So do the bodies. Because sometimes, the dead don’t stay buried. Sometimes the monster survives.

As the bodies mount, and the secrets of his past grow more haunting, Scott must do whatever it takes to save his family. But what if by doing so, they find out what happened all those years ago? What if they realize what he did?

Scott learns that there is no escape from his own past, or the crows that have crawled out of it. He can only watch, as his life is turned into a living nightmare.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The beginning of Nightmare was a bit slow and confusing. Once I got into it though, wow! Talk about a page turner! Each time something new from the past was revealed, it changed my whole perspective. And the things that made no sense to me finally fell into place. I know that’s vague, but I don’t want to give anything away.

Scott had a horrific experience when he was young, and it was difficult to read about. I found myself cringing through a lot of it. There were some things that seemed unrealistic, such as Scott’s fear of crows, until you learn what happened to him. Other things can be explained by Scott hallucinating. Then, as with many horror novels, there were a couple things that are unrealistic but make a good story.

Nightmare is a must read for anyone who likes psychological horror. I look forward to reading more by Chad Nicholas.

About the Author

Chad Nicholas is an author who enjoys writing mysteries and thrillers. He also has a love for writing horror novels, despite the fact that he has to watch horror movies in the daytime, like a coward, or else he gets nightmares.


Book Review: Baby Talk Book 1 by Mike Wells

In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that’s impossible…isn’t it?  Except that Neal didn’t really want to get married in the first place – the pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand, and he preferred an abortion. Now, Baby Natasha knows it, and she’s out to get him!  Or so Neal believes…join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read several of Mike Wells’ books, and I like his writing style, so when I came across Baby Talk Book 1 on my TBR list, I decided it was time to read it.

Baby Talk Book 1 is a short horror story about Neal who wanted his girlfriend, now wife, to have an abortion. She wouldn’t have one, and now Neal is scared for his life. He believes his baby, Natasha, is evil, and he’s actually scared of her.

I couldn’t decide if I felt sorry for Neal or not. As a mother, I can’t understand not loving your own baby. Even before strange things started to happen, Neal thought of Natasha as an inconvenience and the reason he was in this situation. But, I did feel sorry for him as things got out of hand.

As usual, Mike Wells has a great writing style and makes the story interesting. The only thing I didn’t like is that there’s no resolution. I would have preferred that it was just one complete book (there are 3 parts), but it is a good read as far as it goes.

About the Author

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of more than 25 “unputdownable” thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Publisher:  Amazon (August 31, 2019)
Category: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Supernatural

ISBN: 978-1670514585
Available in Print and ebook, 209 pages

A collection of short stories that take place on different holidays over the course of the year. The collection opens with “A New Year, a New Day, a New Life.” Grant Curtis is arrested on New Year’s Day and charged with the murder of his wife Carla. In “Easter: The Resurrection,” a resurrected Kyle Gardner seeks vengeance on Pastor Brian.

“The Vengeance of Cassidy Clay” is a narrative poem that takes place on Halloween. The poem tells the story of a slave-hunter who haunts the woods long after his death and many more spine chilling tales.


Guest Review by Laura Lee

A series of short stories that will make your skin tingle and your heart skip a beat. ‘The Feast: And Other Horrifying Tales’ by David Vorhees is a short story collection like none that I have ever read before. Every story in this collection is based around a holiday, New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every one is more spine chilling than the last.

From the tale of a man who kills his wife and is haunted by the sound of her cellphone ringing, to the preacher carrying on a torrid affair who begins finding parts of his lover in Easter eggs hidden all around town, each story is scary and atmospheric.  One of the creepiest to me was the one that was set on Thanksgiving. It was a story about a young couple and their four-year-old son who goes off a back-country road in an accident and winds up having a very strange meal with a family that lives out in the rural wilderness.

Vorhees’ writing is both tense and suspenseful and every story kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the creativity of dedicating a story to every major holiday. As a horror fan, I got a thrill seeing how the author managed to take traditional wholesome holidays like Easter and Christmas and create a shocking and eerie scene from them. There were no weak stories in this like there are in most short story collections, every tale was unique in its own way.

I would love to read more from this author in the future. If he can come up with this original of an idea for a book of short stories, his other books must be just as interesting. Check this one out!

Praise for Feast

“Vorhees does a nice job of keeping a “theme” throughout (even as the stories change from tale to tale. This felt like one cohesive set of stories instead of a bunch of random ones thrown into a book.
The character building and storytelling were good and I thought that Vorhees was able to write short stories that felt realistic and new while also feeling “familiar”. What I mean by this is that they still feel like original stories but they don’t feel like brand new ideas. Just like some of the best horror films play on the same topics and plots – these stories benefit from good horror tropes.
If you’re a horror fan and a fan of horror short stories there’s bound to be something in this collection that’ll suit you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and I’m glad that I had a chance to check it out.”-Brian’s Book Blog

“Most of the tales are deeply disturbing and be warned: you won’t be able to unsee them. This is a nod to the effectiveness of the author’s storytelling ability and gift for description.”-Kristine, Hall Ways Blog

“I thought each story was unique; I like the author’s writing style. I would recommend this to readers of dark fiction, if you like a little gore with your horror, and a realism that makes it stick with you after you are done. I could see giving this as a gift.”- Sarah, Quackzombie

“Mind-bending and wildly entertaining! I was hooked after the first story, and it just got better after that. The themed horror stories for each separate holiday was a new concept for me, making each story that much more riveting. The characters and scenes are well thought out and eerily relatable, which allows you to become immersed in the story. This collection of stories is a definite must read!”-Lyn Savage, Amazon

About the Author

David Vorhees joined the U.S. Navy after graduating Lima Central Catholic. Following his military service, he attended the University of Northwestern Ohio for Automotive business. He worked various factory jobs and attended the University of Phoenix online for a degree in arts with a focus in journalism. He recently worked for the Wapakoneta Daily News as a reporter/photographer/paginator.

He is the father of five and grandfather of five. He has always been interested in the occult and the scarier side of life. He loves history and the supernatural and truly believes there is nothing better than a good story.



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Audiobook Review: Calling Back the Dead by J.R. Erickson

Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 2
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: Aug. 15, 2019
Genre: Paranormal

The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.

But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.

Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.

Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark – something evil.

Kerry Manor is the second novel in a series of stand-alone stories in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. Start your chilling journey today.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the second in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, but it’s a stand alone novel. There’s no relation between this and the first book in the series except the part that the Northern Michigan Asylum and the evil Brotherhood plays.

When Corrie and Sammy Flynn move into the scary Kerry Manor, Sammy is in heaven. He is obsessed with all things horror. In fact, Halloween is like their Christmas. They have the best Halloween party ever, decorating the entire manor, but Sammy ends up murdered.

Sammy’s twin Sara is sure that Corrie didn’t murder Sammy. While Corrie is spiraling, and the police are trying to find evidence against her, Sara decides to investigate the murder. The investigation takes her to places she never imagined she’d find herself in, and she meets some people who aren’t anywhere near “normal.”

The narrator did a great job with the voices, pace, and timing.

Calling Back the Dead is more horror than just paranormal, but it is still good. The ending was an absolute surprise!

J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.


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Kelsey Navarro grew up in Las Vegas with a background in film, singing, and acting. She narrates anything from self-help to erotica. In her spare time, she reads voraciously and enjoys listening to a good podcast or audiobook. She worked in management for over nine years and nerds out over personal development, superheroes, and really great food.

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Book Review: Forsaken by J.D. Barker

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

But was it really fiction?

He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.

She wants to come back.

At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.


My Review

J.D. Barker is one of my favorite authors, so I bought a copy of his first book Forsaken. The other books of his that I’ve read are mystery/suspense and this one is horror, so I knew it’d be different.

Thad is a bestselling horror novelist. He has a journal that his wife gave him at the beginning of their marriage. He writes his novels in it, and the stories just seem to come to him. Eventually, it becomes apparent that these stories aren’t fiction, but historical; and the results of Thad writing them will affect not only his family, but the future of mankind.

The chapters alternate between Thad’s most recent novel, The Journal of Clayton Stone, and the present. This is the kind of horror I like: “normal” people who end up in extraordinary circumstances. His writing reminds me of Stephen King, and, in fact, Needful Things is mentioned at the beginning and end.

Forsaken is a suspenseful, crazy page turner. It’s impressive that this was J.D. Barker’s first book. If you like horror, you will like Forsaken.

About the Author

J.D. Barker is the international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His novels have been translated into two dozen languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.


Audiobook Review: Twisted Mind by Kate L. Mary

Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world, Jackson Star has always known that he would one day rule. Only the Stars’ plans go much deeper than simply keeping humanity alive, and the evil that sleeps inside Jackson is darker than even his father knows. Everyone in the settlement is a puppet, and everyone has a purpose in the Stars’ master plan, starting with Megan James.

But as Jackson and his father creep closer to achieving their goals at the CDC, things slowly begin to unravel. Meg isn’t cooperating the way she should be, and the presence of a new person in her life is threatening to blow their plan apart. Jackson must now decide how to deal with the girl he has spent the last nine years trying to manipulate, as well as the family she has left and the man who has taken up residence in her life. To complicate matters even more, the darkness inside Jackson has gotten increasingly persistent, making it difficult for him to control it at times and leading him to wonder if he shouldn’t just give in to his urges once and for all.

Twisted Mind is a dark and disturbing look into Jackson’s brain, and the inner-workings of the CDC. It will give readers a glimpse of the future, as well as answer questions that have plagued us from the very beginning of the Broken World series.

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I chose to listen to this novella before listening to the first two novels, and I think I’m glad I did. I was able to understand what was going on even though I haven’t listened to the first book. It also has me anxious to start listening to book no. 1.

Jackson is the main character in Twisted Mind and that’s the perfect title for the novella. The man is twisted and evil. The fact that he and his father run the CDC makes things even worse.

Jackson hates Meg’s family. He’s caused so much pain for Meg although she doesn’t know it, and he plans on becoming even closer to her so that he can manipulate her and ultimately destroy her. But there’s a new man in Meg’s life…will Jackson’s plans have to be changed?

Although families have made it through the zombie apocalypse, they have to deal with Jackson Star and his father and their evil intentions. I can’t wait to read the first two novels in the series and get to know the other characters better. I know plenty about Jackson now! I also have a question or two that I’m sure will be answered in the first book.

About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and a First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.







Short Story Review: The Town that Feared Dusk by Calvin Demmer

Sylvia Bernstein doesn’t want to end up on a dead-end path like a former journalism colleague. She begins searching the tabloid’s archives for a story that can get her career back on track. A strange bridge, with an abnormally high rate of suicides, seems like the perfect place to start. She journeys to the little town, eager to investigate, but encounters a tale far more sinister than she ever expected…

My Review

I chose to read this story after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

After Sylvia’s mentor commits suicide, she looks through his files to see if there’s anything she can work on that he left undone. What she finds is an interesting story about Suicide Bridge. She doesn’t understand why no one has followed through on this story when so many people have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge in the past few years.

When Sylvia goes to the small town to investigate, she finds a story but she finds so much more. Will she even be able to escape the town to write her story?

I like Calvin Demmer’s writing style. The Town That Feared Dusk is short and can be read in one sitting, but it still powerful, definitely worth your time.

About the Author

Calvin Demmer is the author of The Sea Was a Fair Master and Dark Celebrations. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

Twitter: CalvinDemmer