Category Archives: Horror

Starers

By: Nathan Robinson Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

The Keene’s are just your typical family. Dylan Keene works long hours and likes to relax with his friends at the local pub. Kirsty Keene married young and had her daughter at a young age and now battles with her inner demons. Lucy is a young 12 year old, trying to figure out who she is and how to get boys to like her. Uncle Lennon is always around to make everyone laugh with his wicked sense of humor. However when the Keenes wake up to find their neighbors staring at their house, things start to take a turn for the worse. Slowly but surely the whole town begins to gather outside of their home and they are trapped inside. Regular, daily routines become a battle to survive.

Starers is a frightening debut horror novel by Nathan Robinson. The author manages to turn mundane life into a terrifying battle of fear. What starts out as a psychological fear, quickly turns into a gory mess filled with death and destruction. Robinson expresses a superb talent for writing details that will make readers fidget with a queasy stomach. These details will turn some readers away, therefore this book is recommended for mature adult audiences only. When the pace starts to slow or the gore becomes too much, Robinson uses the secondary character Lennon, to ease the tension. It is a rare find, when a horror book can make readers scream and chuckle all at the same time.

I enjoyed the fact that this book dealt with a “real” family in modern times, which makes these characters very relatable. The fear of being trapped in your own home while strangers gather and stare at you, is enough to give people nightmares, but the added gory in-depth details will make people leave their lights on at night. I didn’t find myself on the edge of my seat while reading, due to a lack of physical action, but the psychological fears were amped up from the beginning.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Poisonous

By: Tommy B. Smith. Format: Paperback. Read: March 2013.

One fateful day in 1980, the town of St. Charles was forever changed. Harold Chambers awoke to find a man with a clown face opening him up and inserting an a horrid and wretched creature. Fast forward several years and Lilac Chambers is born. Her yellow eyes are the only outward sign that she is not human. But as mysterious deaths and unsolved murders begin to stack up wherever Lilac goes, the town begins to fear the worse. Detective Brandt McCullough and John Sutterfield make a vow to stop Lilac Chambers before she destroys the whole town.

Tommy B. Smith has written a horror novel filled with twists and turns. Divided into separate parts with the point of view shifting from various characters, allows readers to gain an inside view of the fear the town feels. The author up the intensity and intrigue as the two characters fight to stop the evil before it spreads and consumes everyone in sight. Gory details will make some readers squeamish, recommended for mature fans of horror novels.

This was a well-written novel. The divisions in each chapter provide perfectly timed pauses, before switching to the next character’s perspective. Horror novels tend to vary on whether or not they delve into a psychological fear or a tangible fear. Either theme can give me a good scare, so long as it is well written and timed correctly. What about you? Do you get scared easily over tangible things like spiders and clowns or do you prefer a book to scare you with the ‘unknown’?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his books, please visit his website.

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