Sean Seebach – Autumn Dark Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

This time of year it’s hard for me to care about much and picking up a book, even less. It’s equally hard for it to keep my attention for more than a few pages at a time. When I find a book that can make me forget my own horrors, for a day or two, and care for the story and its characters, that’s a special thing. This is what happened when I finally pushed myself to open Autumn Dark. I’ve been a fan of Sean Seebach for some time and looking forward to his latest book. I’ve read a number of his stories, and without a doubt find this to be his finest piece of writing I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Before I knew it I was several chapters deep in the story and enjoying the hell out of myself. Sean doesn’t rush to introduce a dozen characters and make me struggle to keep them straight. Sean takes his time with each character giving us the chance to get to know them. It was very easy to slip into the story and forget it’s just that, a story. And when I say that I mean it with the utmost respect for Sean Seebach’s storytelling skills. The protagonist, Alan Decker, is a man who drinks too much and has nearly thrown his life away because of it. This character and his story are great to follow as he works to get his life back on track. There are many characters that bring life to Autumn Dark, and trying to guess who was good, bad, or otherwise added an additional layer to the story. The mystery wasn’t easy to figure out nor who was behind Alan’s sister disappearing. Autumn Dark is one heck of a book, and one worth picking up by an author who is making his mark in the horror genre.

Book Info

Length: 241 Pages

Release date: October 18, 2016

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When Alan Decker returns to the small town he and his sister grew up in, he realizes that the parts people play haven’t changed, only the players. A new preacher arrives in town just as crazy events begin to occur and no one is sure whether or not he is to blame.

Alan tries to steer clear of the happenings, but is forced to get involved when his sister goes missing. He isn’t afraid of any occult superstitions where his sister in concerned, but he is afraid she may have fallen off the wagon and returned to old bad habits.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and Alan is about to fall deeper into a world he isn’t sure he even believes in.

 

 

Jolene Haley – Harrowed Review

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Harrowed gets off to a quick start with a missing teen leading to an unsolved case. Sarah was at the annual harvest festival with her friends and never came home. Fast forward thirty years to the present and we meet Beatrice. An honor roll student at Woodsview High School, and the smartest in her AP psychology class. But Beatrice has a secret and someone thinks it’s worth killing her over. Beatrice is found dead in the girls bathroom at Woodsview High School. This is just the kind of event that Avery thinks will give her journalism career a jumpstart. Avery runs the school blog and has always wanted to be a journalist. This is the biggest and most frightening event at Woodsview High.

If you love a good mystery you’ve opened the right book. Harrowed also gives the reader who loves a good love story plenty to gush over. Plus some cool teen technology, like the use of the app, BlinkNote. An app that lets you send a message that disappears after ten seconds. As I neared the three-quarter mark of Harrowed it occurred to me that the story had the feel of the movie Scream. It has a good set of characters and a mystery that I couldn’t figure out (but thought I should). The story kept me turning pages until the end, which is just the way I like a good mystery to unfold. As the final chapters unfolded and I finally learned who was behind the killings, I realized how cleverly put together this story was. I’ll be interested to see where the story leads in the next book as Avery and Quinn try to put this all behind them.

Book Info

Length: 277 Pages

Publisher: Horror Twin Press

Release date: September 22, 2015

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Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.

Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.

When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn’t believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag.

The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as the Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.

With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can’t keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town’s history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer—and becoming the next victim.

Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for…if she can stay alive long enough to write it.

Jolene Haley, biography

Jolene Haley is the author of the Woodsview Murders series, Harrowed (out 9/22/15) and Haunted, coming fall 2016. She’s also the curator of the best-selling horror anthology The Dark Carnival through Pen & Muse Press.

She runs a YA horror blog The Midnight Society, the author resource site Pen & Muse, and Hocus Pocus & Co., a small horror press. She writes every genre under the sun, but prefers horror.

When she’s not writing she can be found cuddling her two dogs and enjoying the beach, where she lives.

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Kelli Owen – Floaters Review

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Floaters appeared to be a mystery about a pair of dead bodies coughed up by lake Superior. For Detective Carly Greene this is another pretty standard call to investigate a death at the lake. But wait, this is no ordinary mystery about a dead body or two. The water levels are high this year and the water has eroded the land next to a cemetery. Soon Carly finds there are dead bodies and coffins coming from the cemetery, that’s gross! The dead bodies have strange marks that aren’t consistent with any fish or other water born animal. The investigation of the cemetery reveals the bodies came from the Indian burial site adding another layer to the story. I really like the myth about the creature we learn about from Granny Two Finger, the leader from the Indian tribe. If I hadn’t known better, after reading the story notes, I would have found this myth totally believable. In addition to the deaths, Carly has to work through her damaged relationship with the her long time boyfriend, Parker. Floaters gives us several mysteries and story lines to keep us engaged in the book. The mystery of the Indian burial site, the strange marks on the dead bodies and a possible government cover up. We also have many people disappearing or ending up dead and mutilated. The protagonist has a good arc as she deals with the creature killing towns people along the river and her struggle to repair her relationship. The myth and history created about the creature is really interesting. If you’re a fan of myths or creatures from the depths than give Floaters a read.

Book Info

Length: 270 Pages

Publisher: Gypsy Press

Release date: July 12, 2016

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Detective Carly Greene was only eleven when she learned Lake Superior was a brutal beast, capable of bringing up long forgotten memories of pain and death, by occasionally releasing the bodies of those trapped beneath her waves.

As an adult, Carly still despises the bodies occasionally coughed up, and the high water eroding the edge of the graveyard this year gave “floaters” a new meaning. But she could never have prepared for what else broke free to swim with those long dead.

Part myth. Part monster. Older than time.

Carly, along with the medical examiner and a local reporter, must find and destroy a forgotten legend in the waters at the edge of Lake Superior. Before it decides it’s time to feed. And breed…

Kelli Owen, biography

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kelli Owen now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania. She has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and has spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Her fiction leans toward thriller and quiet horror, with an occasional bloodbath and even rarer happy ending. For more information, please visit her website at kelliowen.com