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.

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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.

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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.

Website: https://jdbarker.com/

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.

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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.

Website: http://www.calvindemmer.com
Twitter: CalvinDemmer

Book Review & Giveaway: Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon


Book Title Monsterland by Michael Okon
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 234 pages
Genre Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Horror
Publisher Wordfire Press
Release date:   October 2017
Tour dates: Feb 3 to Feb 21, 2020 
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is some violence, blood and gore. 

About the Book

After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

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My Review

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

Monsterland Reanimated is the second book in the series,and it starts soon after Monsterland took place. Once the dust settles, everyone realizes that things have changed, but they don’t know much because there is no communication working. Obviously, someone needs to venture to the next town to see if they know more there.

Things get pretty weird with anarchy, mummies, purple ooze and so much more. It got so weird that I didn’t think I was going to like this book. It hooked me though and once I got to the middle of it, I had to finish.

This was a quick read, and I found the characters, especially the teens, realistic in their relationships and reactions. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

About the Author


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple
genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming
from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has
been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being
his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw
The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through
unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a
sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island
with his wife and children.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Monsterland by Michael Okon

Book Title Monsterland by Michael Okon
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 234 pages
Genre Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Horror
Publisher Wordfire Press
Release date:   October 2017
Tour dates: Feb 3 to Feb 21, 2020 
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is some violence, blood and gore. 

About the Book

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist,
and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in
a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley
is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and
when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are
expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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My Review

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

Monsterland makes me think of Jurassic Park for monsters: werewolves, vampires, and zombies. The zombies are the result of a recent plague and Vincent Konrad had the idea of Monsterland to have a safe place to keep the monsters while revving up the world’s economy at the same time.

Wyatt’s parents don’t want him and his brother to go to the opening of Monsterland, but when Wyatt gets VIP tickets after he unexpectedly meets Vincent Konrad, they can’t really say no. Besides, with all the security in place, surely nothing will go wrong.

This was a quick read and was difficult to put down once I started. It could have used a little more character development but I still enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Monsterland Reanimated.

About the Author


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple
genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming
from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has
been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being
his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw
The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through
unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a
sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island
with his wife and children.

Connect with the Author:

website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads

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Feb 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 14 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
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Feb 17 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 18 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post
Feb 18 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – From the TBR Pile – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
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Book Review: Hidden by Pat Herbert

The year is 1935. Art connoisseur-cum-private investigator Felix Underwood is asked to find out what happened to Reggie Soper, a young solicitor who disappeared without trace 15 years previously.

Determined to help Charlotte Soper find her missing father, his investigations take him from the comfort of his Bond Street art emporium to the wilds of Yorkshire where he finds his presence among the village locals not entirely welcome.

Undaunted by the wall of silence surrounding him, he continues his search, finding a friend and help meet in Mavis, the landlady of the inn where he lodges. Together, they uncover a nightmare; the full horror of which nothing has prepared them for.

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My Review

I have read several of Pat Herbert’s books but this one is my favorite so far.

Poor Reggie Soper has a run of bad luck once he meets Charlie Feathers, scoundrel, liar, and cheater. Reggie has every reason to dislike the man but has no idea how bad of a person Charlie truly is. I was horrified at how far things progressed because of Charlie.

It’s a shame that Elsa doesn’t have more faith in her husband, especially since she knows how he feels about his daughter. Elsa is one of those characters you can’t help but dislike. She could have prevented the horrific events that would take place.

Years later, when Reggie’s daughter Charlotte begins looking for him, it’s amazing how quickly things come together after she hires Felix Underwood. Given the darkness that reigned throughout the book, I was more than satisfied with the ending. This is definitely a book I recommend.

About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked previously as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin. This is her 17th novel. In her novels, Pat likes to include all the hallmarks of British suspense thrillers including unpredictable characters, dark deeds, misdirection and misunderstandings, and at times, a touch of the mysterious.

Short Story Review: Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation by Mike Thorn

“Dreams of Lake Drukka” and “Exhumation” explore the unearthing of horrific, long-buried family secrets. Journeying into the darkest recesses of the past, these stories depict the dire consequences of discovering the truth.

Writing about this duology, author Mike Thorn says: “It was only in retrospect that I could see the connections between these two stories. When I revisited them for publication, it struck me that they work well as companion pieces. Both plots depict unfulfilled pacts with supernatural undercurrents, both include journeys to uncover unresolved familial trauma, and both pivot around the revelation of repressed memories. I wanted to explore the relationship between setting and atmosphere in these pieces, and to depict horror within internal and physical ‘sites of trauma.’ The characters are grappling with painful memories / experiences that have held them back, consciously or unconsciously. One story focuses on a character who is the agent of her own revelations, whereas the other story sees someone whose agency is quickly and brutally taken away.”

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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.

Dreams of Lake Drukka and Exhumation are for fans of horror. Both stories deal with family secrets and the consequences of actions in the past.

Dreams of Lake Drukka was my favorite of the two stories. Sharla insists that she and her sister Jeannette go to the lake where their mom drowned several years ago. She knows that something wasn’t right and needs to find out what actually happened. Or should she have just left it alone?

In Exhumation, Abel is attending his cousin’s funeral. He meets another man, Norm, who claims to be a cousin as well; but he has no recollection of Norm, probably because when he met him, it was during the years Abel was on drugs and alcohol. Norm insinuates that Abel was there when something terrible had happened to Alan, and even though Abel has no desire to found out what it was, he may have no choice.

This was a quick read but as a fan of horror, both stories definitely kept my interest.

About the Author

Mike Thorn is the author of Darkest Hours and Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and podcasts, including Dark Moon DigestThe NoSleep PodcastTurn to Ash and Tales to Terrify. His film criticism has been published in MUBI NotebookThe Film StageThe Seventh RowBright Lights Film Journal and Vague Visages. He completed his M.A. with a major in English literature at the University of Calgary, where he wrote a thesis on epistemophobia in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Visit his website, follow him on Twitter or contact him by email.