Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Only The Thunder Knows/East End Girls

Only the Thunder Knows – East End GirlsOnly the Thunder Knows – East End Girls by Gord Rollo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the idea of packaging two connected novellas into one package. JournalStone publishing is doing just that by taking an established writer in the genre and pairing them up with an author new to horror. The two novellas are centered around real life events with some twists and turns.

I read the first novella Only The Thunder Knows in record time. I really enjoyed it and was engaged throughout. The twists always kept me on my feet.(If I reviewed this story alone, it would have gotten five stars.) The second story East End Girls, I kept putting down and forcing myself to pick it back up. It took me a bit to get through it. Looking back, it was a really solid story on it's own, but the bar was set to high for me after finishing the first story.

I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but for fans of horror it will make an interesting read.

I received a review copy of this title from LibraryThing

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Dark Discoveries: Issue #23

I keep asking myself how I didn't know Dark Discoveries existed. Now that I do, I know that I need it in my life. Dark Discoveries is a quarterly magazine published by Journal Stone Publishing and focuses on the Sci-Fi/Dark Fantasy/Horror genre.

Issue # 23 is dedicated to Dark Fantasy and guides bibliophiles through the genre including listings of Bram Stoker Award Winners and a recommended reading list. Along with the informational, the pages are packed with interviews, articles and short stories.

Being a Dark Horse fanatic I was excited to see Talking Shop: Dark Horse Comics' Scott Allie on Robert E. Howard, Hellboy, and Abe Sapian listed in the table of contents. I love seeing comic book writers and artists being recognized in the same publication that features the best artists, TV shows, and literary artists of the genre. The article was entertaining and informative. It was written as a Q&A so much of the article was straight from Scott Allie.

Another standout was a noir short story about a PI that promises to protect a damsel that is being threatened by her ex, with a twist. Like Part of the Family was written by Jonathan Mayberry. I definitely need to read more of his stories. I was hooked from the first page.

Dark Discoveries does an amazing job at showcasing the genre. I can't wait to see Dark Discoveries: Issue #24 featuring Forgotten Horror & SciFi TV on sale July 31. Both issues can be purchased at

Thursday, July 4, 2013

How to Not Murder your Grumpy

How Not to Murder Your GrumpyHow Not to Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. Wyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How Not to Murder Your Grumpy won't tell you to take deep breaths and step away from the gun. It won't suggest marriage counseling or make you take a million personality tests. Instead, it will alphabetically lay out 700 hobbies and activities to distract your grumpy old man while coping with retirement. From aeroplanes, art, and archaeology to yoga and Zumba, it is chock full of ideas to keep your grumpy occupied. Packed with puns, it will make you giggle. At 108 pages, it's a great, quick read for anyone dealing with a man suffering from "Irritable Male Syndrome."

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