Sean Seebach – A Looking in View Review

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I’ve been following Sean Seebach for over two years, reading his work, and enjoying the flavor of his writing.  I’ve read his novels, Our Monsters are Real: The Pig Man and Autumn Dark. Having the chance to read his collection of shorter works was a great treat. I enjoyed most of the stories and a few really struck me as fantastic story telling.

The opening story The Favor was interesting. I liked the gist of where the story was going but couldn’t get behind the supernatural aspect. The story Billy and Hank was good minus the ending. I did however like the character development in the back story about Hank and his love of baseball. Brothers Grimm show us a mobster is more of a monster than he seems leaving a man wanting revenge for his brother’s death. This was a really good story and I was all in. It had a great flow, plot, tension, plus a good twist ending. One of the best stories is One Hell of a Party. The story had a great flow and feel. I really enjoyed where the author went here. It was very short and a quick read but excellent at the time. I could tell this one was as fun to write as it was to share with the reader. The next story Followed was another one I really enjoyed. It had a Tales from the Crypt feel and reminded me of those episodes I loved as a kid. The joy of reading this story and knowing something was just around the corner had me engrossed. A lonely boy was a fun tale that took me back to being a kid. Not only the good but the bad parts. Being a kid who only has a few friends and spent a lot of time alone on adventures, some of them in his head.

At this point in the book One Hell of a Party was my favorite story, then A View Through a Barbershop Window came along and blew me away. I was so engrossed with the story and the way it was told that it was over before I knew it. This story exists on a different level from the others. A new level of writing, which is damn fine, is going on with this writer. Willy’s Halloween is a nice twist on a classic Halloween story mixed with the personal hell of ground hogs day. Being a huge fan of Halloween and all things scary, I found this short fun from start to finish. I would have liked to see an iteration or two more but the story was still good as told. Author Unknown isn’t only a great story, it’s a great piece of writing. Sean really has done the reader a solid with this story. It has a character who you can’t help but care about. It transported me to another place and I was all in about the plot. Blue Collar Diesel, the final short in the collection, was a really great ending to the collection. It shows the level of growth and the polished skill Sean Seebach has accomplished since I first read his work. It’s just one hell of a story and this is an author to keep an eye on because his work is well worth your time.

Book Info

Length: 270 Pages

Release date: May 16, 2017

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Take a look inside a world of the fantastic, strange, and macabre:

Lillian witnesses the death of her undead mother…

A hitman has one last favor to pay…

Frustrated with his mother’s boyfriend, ten-year-old Nathan runs away from home in an attempt for a better life…

A nursing home has a strange visitor with more to offer than battered paperbacks for the residents…

Comprised of thirteen eerie, mysterious tales, A Looking in View is the first anthology by author Sean Seebach and features a bonus novella, Blue Collar Diesel, where a man goes searching for manual labor in an attempt to win his fiancé back, but finds something much darker within himself.

Sean Seebach, biography

Sean Seebach is a horror/thriller author whose work appears regularly on Creepy Catalog. His first book, Our Monsters are Real, was published in March of 2016. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife and son.

Andy Graham – An Angel Fallen Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the Confessions Publicity book tour

In An Angel Fallen we meet two teenage boys. They are looking for trouble and find it, unfortunately it’s not the kind either were expecting. Our protagonist, Mike, follows Ralp around and considers him his friend. Ralp on the other hand doesn’t give a crap about Mike by bulling him into questionable activities. Ralp likes to hurt and kill animals while Mike watches and thinks he is an innocent bystander. Mike and Ralp see what they assume is a comet that crashed near a friend’s farm. Of course they have to check it out, what kids wouldn’t?

This is where the story gets strange. Animals start acting erratic and food begins to spoil. The farm fields are being destroyed by hoards of locust.  The power goes out and the world isn’t right anymore. I thought the Apocalypse was on it’s way, which would have been cool, but sadly this wasn’t the case.

I’m not sure what to make of An Angel Fallen. The story had forgettable tertiary characters that didn’t lend much to the plot. The story really needed some help with character interaction and flow. I never connected with Mike or Ralp and lost interest in them, that’s not a place I like to be in any story. By the last 10 pages I could see where the author was going, but for me it took too long to get there. The ending tied the story together but by this point I wasn’t into it anymore. I wish the story had the same beginning and a similar ending without most of what filled the middle.

Book Info

Length: 79 Pages

Release date: June 13, 2017

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Blurb: 

You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says its business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.

Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.

You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.

Then you find it. Whatever it is.

It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.

Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?

An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?

Andy Graham, Biography-

Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully.

You can find me online at http://www.andygrahamauthor.com (where you can claim a free book), twitter – @andygraham2001 and FB – andy graham author.

Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia Review

Magonia is about a teenage girl named Aza who has a lung disease. Aza is about to turn sixteen years old and was told she wouldn’t live this long. She has a rare, one in a million, disease that affects her ability to breathe. She is fairly grown up about it and deals with it far better than I think most teens would. She has had her breathing issue for her entire life and she hopes a cure will be found in time. On day in class Aza is daydreaming, and sees a ship in the clouds. Aza’s best and lifelong friend Jason tells her she is having a hallucination. He tells her a story from ancient history about people who claim they fell from a ship in the sky called Magonia.

Aza is a character that has great self-awareness about her medical condition.  Her attitude is a bit flippant but I enjoyed that she doesn’t take life too seriously and let it get her down. I really enjoyed the first third of the book along with the very real way the author approaches Aza’s impending death. The author writes with what feels like first-hand knowledge about losing someone very close. It is packed with emotion and heart-felt. I thought the relationship between Aza and her best friend Jason was really well done. They had the kind of friendship you don’t see often. He is the only one who isn’t afraid to speak on the topic of her death.

The history of Magonia and the ships in the sky was interesting. It felt like I was learning some secret part of history believed by an ancient civilization. The relationships between Aza and her family and Jason were really well done. I was really invested in the characters until… well no spoilers here. Without giving away too much of the story, Aza’s time on the ship was where I checked out on the book. The relationship with her ‘Mother’ on the ship in the clouds never worked for me. In addition her relationship with the other crew on the ship felt awkward and didn’t work for me either. I lost interest in the story pretty quickly. The last two-thirds of the book was a strange mix of fantasy and fairy tale along with something else I can’t put my finger on. I’m not sure if I missed the boat, no pun intended, or if this book was just too out there for me.

Book Info

Length:  325 Pages

Publisher:  Harper Collins

Release date:  April 28, 2015

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Maria Dahvana Headley’s soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza’s hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?