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Mother: A Gut Wrenching Tale by The Barns Brothers / Warren Barns

Published October 10, 2018 by Shadow Girl

CAUTION: DISTURBING THEMES CONTAINED WITHIN

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This is a gut wrenching tale. It contains scenes of shitty things happening to decent people that will play out like a train wreck in slow motion, leaving your heart in your throat and a knot in your stomach.

5/5 Stars

5/5 Disturbing Baby Things

Today is the day.
The day that everything is about to change for Carly Richardson.
Except her babysitter already let her down and she’s about to run late for her job interview. It’s probably the worst idea in the history of bad ideas, but she’s all out of options.
She’ll have to leave Danny with her mother.

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably done something like Carly Richardson. An unexpected, but extremely important meeting pops up, and your babysitter fucks off at the last possible minute – what do you do? I took my spawn to my elderly grandma’s house. (Not the worst idea in the world, but she was in her 70’s with a bad knee.) Thankfully they were both unharmed an hour later. I think Grandma had a new wrinkle or two. Carly’s mom isn’t in her 70’s, and both her knees work fine, it’s her brain isn’t all that it used to be.
It’s only an hour or so – what could go wrong?

Brought to you by Warren Barns – the eldest, and by far most fucked up Barns Brother.

For more, check out www.thebarnsbrothers.com and www.warrenbarns.com
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We Don’t Talk About Her by Andersen Prunty

Published October 10, 2018 by Shadow Girl

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Synopsis:  Clint is a laughable stalker who lives in a hoard with his decaying mother. Stella is his current fascination, but Clint has no idea what kind of woman Stella is. She’s playing a lifelong game and only she knows the rules. Now she’s made a wrong move and finds herself at Clint’s house, victim to his perverse attentions and bizarre behavior. Is it the perfect place to hide from her past or an insane prison from which she may never escape?

Theres a lot of story packed into these 49 pages!
Clint is a creepy little stalker with some severe mommy issues. When he finds that he has become the ‘stalkee’ – he believes it’s true love ❤️ Stella moves right in, bringing a lot of her own baggage with her. Clint’s mom isn’t very happy with the new arrangements, and she doesn’t let him forget it! He’s going to need to buy a lot more energy drinks to deal with this fresh Hell.

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PIGS Wade H. Garrett

Published October 9, 2018 by Shadow Girl

This is an extremely sadistic story that should only be read by the seasoned extreme-horror reader.’

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5/5 Piggies

Synopsis:  Jake lost his wife and unborn daughter on a West Texas highway when three police officers abused their authority. The pigs thought they had got off scot-free until Jake took justice into his own hands. 

First thing first – I’ve waited way too long to pick up Wade’s work. Truth? I’m the farthest thing from a book snob – we know this, but…  I think that (maybe) I did judge the books by their covers at first ::cringe:: I know! It’s inexcusable! I realized I’d misjudged Wade when I read his short in Matt Shaw’s The Devil’s Guests.  So, I picked up Insane Bastards right when it came out, (the synopsis sucked me right in!), and knew I had been missing out. (Dark & twisted humor gets me every time!) I went ahead and grabbed the complete “A Glimpse into Hell” series instead of picking them up one by one, and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop!

PIGS is an extremely satisfying story!

If you’re ever been in a situation involving the cops, you know it’s hard to remain calm, and if you’re being bullied by that superiority complex in a blue suit – your blood just boils in your helpless body. You might think you know what Jake was going through when he was pulled over while rushing his pregnant wife to the ER, but you have no idea! That shit is infuriating! I was getting pissed when I was reading, and The Dark Defender told me to be quiet – twice.
Wade’s writing goes next level sick & twisted, but… all of his torture is very original, and there are damn good stories under all the carnage! Every time I had to stop reading because life came calling I was so frustrated! Learn from my mistake, and don’t hesitate to grab anything of his. They’re all available with KU, too.

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You gotta love Shakespearean word play THIS damn good!

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Felo De Se: The Suicide of Jeremy Price by Shaun Hupp

Published October 7, 2018 by Shadow Girl

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Felo de se

Noun
Latin for “Felon of himself.”
1. A person who commits suicide or an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her death.
2. An act of deliberate self-destruction

*A story that made this reviewer get a little emotional, and this discussion a little squishy. Don’t get used to it.

The Darkest of Fiction

This isn’t the extreme horror of Shaun’s that we’ve discussed in the past, but it is ‘the darkest of fiction’. Taken from the introduction: “The monster in this story is not some creature hiding in your closet or a thug in an alleyway with a knife. It’s something everyone can and probably has struggled with. Some writers would stay away from this topic to protect their readers. I won’t do that. The subject matter is meant to make you uncomfortable. If it makes you angry, good. If it makes you cry, good. I hope my words use your emotions as paints and splash them across a black canvas. And no. I did not mean ‘blank.’”
Felo De Se is just what his profile promises – ‘a story that will tug at your heartstrings one moment and the next, shake you to your very core, sending you on an emotional rollercoaster into the darkest corners of your imagination.’

When his life went down a dark path and was too much for him to handle, Jeremy Price took the only option he thought he had left. Jeremy ended his life and now his family and friends have to deal with the aftermath. Only Jeremy will be there with them as well.

This is not the end of Jeremy Price. 
His spirit will not move on to any sort of afterlife. He must wander his hometown, watching those who cared for him. His wife and two kids. A friend. His father. A childhood acquaintance. They all ask themselves why Jeremy did what he did, trying to solve a puzzle no one really wants to solve and one, Jeremy might not even have the answer to.


This story is tearing me up inside, and I keep imagining how Shaun had to feel while researching, and writing, (or dealing with personally). It’s a hard subject to talk about from every angle.  Quoted from story:  ‘It’s impossible to describe and even harder to survive.’.  My dad said something once that really stuck with me, “Suicide is contagious”.  Sadly, it’s true.

I realize that Jeremy Price is a fictional character, but I really wish I’d known him.

Every story within these pages seems to reach out and touch me on a very personal level, (if it isn’t something specific in my own life, it is specific in someone’s life very close to me.) Every one.
Each character could be me, or someone near and dear to my heart.
The six bonus stories included here are no exception. (We’ll sort through the extreme horror characters later, but I’m sure we’ll find ourselves in there somewhere, too.)
I can’t seem to articulate all the emotions I’m experiencing today after all the feels, but no matter what the future holds, TODAY… I want to be a better person.

Bonus Content includes six short stories:
Jon’s Cabin: Touching, and inspirational – the power of love is limitless.
Fly Me Home: Oh my Dog. You know that one country song that you can’t listen to because you instantly turn into a snotty and blubbery mess? Multiply that song times 10.
The Bench: A lifetime of thoughts can pass in a matter of moments.
An entire life can be changed, and damaged even quicker.
I Try My Best: What a roller coaster. I know Ashley’s mom.
A Different Kind of Love Story: This is a truly amazing story.
I’m afraid to blink because I’ll ruin my eye make-up, but my heart is full of warm fuzzies from this Different Kind of Love Story.
Poor Man’s Coat:  ‘People do not value what is truly priceless.’ Outstanding story! I’m running out of ways to tell you how much I’ve changed today.  

P.S. I caught that shout out to William Malmborg 👍 Always a classy move.


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Published December 12, 2017 by Shadow Girl


☃️ Who needs cookies & milk when you have flies & blood☃️

 

How well can you ever really know someone?

Published September 18, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Mommy DearestMommy Dearest by Willow Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

You can really get to know someone in thirty days.
– Just ask Morgan Spurlock.

The faces that people show to the world are not always the same faces that look into our eyes when no one else is around – the ones trying to melt our soul with a mere glance.
I’m speaking generally, of course.
BUT… if my now mother-in-law would have come to stay with me and The Dark Defender way back when… I seriously would have just shot myself. I’d love to tell you that we’re now best of friends all these years later – but my lies smell like a fart in a car, so I’m not even going to try. (We’re getting a lot better with our face to face time though!)

Crystal is hoping to have a very different experience.
Her soon-to-be mother-in-law is coming to stay for a whole month, and she hopes that they’ll really be able to bond during that time. So what if she is just finding out what a mama’s boy her fiance is? Why should it bother her that they don’t speak English when they’re talking around her? She is just imagining those smug, self satisfied sneers coming from Mommy Dearest across the dinner table… right?

One month. That’s enough time to learn their habits, and get used to their quirks. It might even be enough time for everyone to start showing their real selves to one another…

Good luck, Crystal!

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This is the way the world ends – not with a bang but with a virus.

Published September 17, 2017 by Shadow Girl


Mass Hysteria
from #MichiganMadman Michael Patrick Hicks grabs 4 of 5 stars 

Mass Hysteria

Stargazing turns into a battle for survival after a freak, alien meteor shower causes everyone, and everything in Falls Breath to go bat-shit crazy (O.o)

I’m usually not much of a sci-fi fan, but this was a fast, furious, and fun read right from page one!

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