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Review: Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist by Robert Davies

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HiramGrange_EucharistHiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist is book 3 in a 5-part series of novellas detailing, “The scandalous misadventures of Hiram Grange”.  I was skeptical about jumping into the middle of a series, worried that the story wouldn’t stand alone. I was wrong.

When I first met Hiram, he and two others are in the middle of carnage. They’ve interrupted a demonic summoning and getting down to the business of sending the surviving demon back to hell. Hiram is fighting many demons in that subway, the least of which is the one standing in front of him. Prepared by the prologue, I was well prepared and able to dive into the rest of the tale without hesitation. Read More →

Review: The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife by Kit Power

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Loving_HusbandThere is no horror quite like suburbia. Kit Power offers two tales of domestic darkness from two very different men from opposite sides of English society.

In the title story, we meet a man and wife who are sure to be introduced as a “charming couple” to others, but are never named. The husband loves his wife with an obsessive passion, noticing every nuance of her bearing and emotion. He knows how to reassure her, how to read her mood, how to love her. Keeping her reassured and happy is his joy.

“I love her with all my heart and soul and would do anything to keep that smile on her lips and protect what we’ve built together.”

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Review: Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror edited by William Cook

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Fresh.FearThere is no set theme for this anthology, but each story touches on the fears of the modern world. In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renham’s The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction,  we are reminded that, “Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life.”

This isn’t a taste of the horror fiction of today–it’s a giant snarling bite. Some stories examine the experience of being bullied, losing a child, and the terror of becoming a drooling husk devoid of emotion. Primal fears of ghosts, demons and ancient evil unleashed upon humanity are also found here. Some of these tales are a closer look at the horrors we view on the 24-hour news feeds where serial killers, rapes and murders keep us both frightened and entertained. Some authors examine the quiet horrors of isolation, insanity, and the the complacency of those who look at evil but do nothing to stop it. Read More →

Letting Dreams Speak

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I dream a lot. Dreams are one of the many ways I get inspiration for the creative things I pursue. I’ve dreamed everything from complete dance choreography to jewelry designs to story plots. Dreams are also one of the inviolate holy places where I can connect with the mysteries of the not-yet-discovered. There are worlds of rich, detailed, emotionally layered experiences available to me and all I have to do is sleep to see them. Last night I had a dream that still has me thinking about what’s going on in my brain. Read More →

Review: Gone by Julie Elizabeth Powell

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Charley Woods is a businesswoman who is struggling with everyday life and the twin pressures of family obligations and work. She’s guilt-ridden by the existence of her daughter, Jenny, who is in full-time care due to severe brain damage. When Charley suffers a heart attack in her office, she’s abruptly catapulted to Avalon, which may be the afterlife, or perhaps something in between. Read More →

Yes, I’m a Writer.

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I let some of my co-workers know that I had a short story published recently.  One of them turned to me and said, “I didn’t know you were a writer!”  I just smiled and thanked her for her support. In my head, I replied “What do you think I do in my office all day, honey?” Read More →

Review: A Feral Darkness by Doranna Durgin

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Brenna Fallon is a dog person. When she was nine years old, she read about an old God called Mars Nodens. Upset that her beloved old dog was dying, she found a place on her family farm where the elements aligned with the ancient places that Nodens was worshipped.. Offering up a heartfelt prayer to save her dog’s life, she also offers the thing most important to her: She cuts off her hair with her pocket knife and her faithful hound lives a remarkably long time. Read More →