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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

Note:
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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Quick Fix

A Taste of Terror. By: Lindsey Beth Goddard. Format: Paperback. Read: November 2012.

The title of this book says it all, as this is a collection of five short stories. Each story is roughly ten pages long and varies from science-fiction to supernatural. Most of the stories rely on the fear of the unknown, while one story focuses on the fear of insects and critters.
Each story is not only a new setting and fear, but each new story is told through the eyes of a different type of narrator. Goddard demonstrates a wonderful ability changing writing styles to suit the narrator’s age. She also has a knack for writing detailed scenes that will turn readers’ stomachs and leave them cringing. Most of these stories have a science-fiction twist to a regular everyday fear, however each of the endings are there to make the readers’ imaginations wreak further havoc on their nerves. The first story “Hair of the Dog” is the weakest one, in the sense of plot development. Two of the five stories could have used a few more pages to develop the horror. “The Moonlight Swamp Monster” was by far the best story in this book, followed by “Product 9”. This book allows for readers to get to know Goddard’s writing style in a quick and easy read. Fans of books that develop an intangible fear of the unknown, will want to check out this book.
Though the book is marketed as a horror book, I didn’t necessarily feel scared while reading this book. I felt grossed out at the disgusting details that hooked me in, but what good terror book isn’t filled with those scentsĀ and sights that make your mouth curl and your stomach flip? There is a sulfur-like smell that is described in the swamp monster story that will forever be burned into my brain. As a teenager, I found the author Thomas Harris and own all of his novels now, yet I can’t read some of his books in one sitting. Anyways, this is a decent book that just starts off on a wrong foot. If you like gore, terror and horror, you will want to check out this author.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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