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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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#HumorousHolidayHorrors

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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A sight for sore eyes…

Published September 17, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Optical Delusion (Mail Order Massacres)

Optical Delusion by Hunter Shea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Optical Delusion centers around a gag-gift, ordered from the back of comic book, that begins to consume a man’s life.
Martin can’t stop peeking – but, for him, it’s all in the name of science! ::dramatic eye roll:: The fun is long over when Martin realizes that he has taken peeping too far, and there are just some things just can’t be unseen.

I love how Hunter Shea builds the story up!

You can feel the main characters inner conflict & turmoil in the beginning, but his desire to see more soon overrides any sense of guilt he may have once had.
It’s so much fun riding along as Martin loses his grip, and slides faster & further down that slippery slope!
I know I’d be in the same boat, My need to poke my nose into everything is already out of control – having x-ray specs would turn me into a fa-reak!

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Matt Shaw’s 200th Kindle Release!

Published July 22, 2017 by Shadow Girl

A new horror to sink your teeth into...

The

TASTE

of the food he’d cooked her was divine. When she told him, over their many online messages, what her favourite three course meal was – she never expected him to cook it for her and yet, that was exactly what he had done. Sitting opposite her, he watched her enjoy every mouthful despite not wanting any food for himself. A man content with the glass of red before him: A liquid dinner. Normally she would feel uncomfortable with a relative stranger watching her eat, but the food was so good that she didn’t care. Anyway, she knew this was her treat… Just as what he had coming for himself – as soon as she was done eating – would be his treat, not that he hurried her to finish. He was happy to wait. He knew

all good things come to those who wait

Have you read PLENTY OF FREAKS? OMG, Poor Matt could have ended up in so many of his stories!

To meTASTE feels like a re-imagining of the 2001 ‘Love Cannibalism’ case involving Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes.   Details on THAT are below… heh heh heh…

Like the rest of the White Cover collection, this short story is intended for those who want a quick read before bed, or members of Kindle Unlimited. If you’re looking for something longer, please try any of the Black Cover Range.

Warning: Strong sexual content.

See below for details on Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes –


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Friendship, betrayal, makeovers, and… revenge!

Published July 21, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
★  5 of 5 stars

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

I don’t know if Eileen Cook will appreciate my #MichiganMadmen, or #HometownHorror tags, so I’ll start her off slowly with #HometownAuthors.
Revenge is a tricky thing
No, this is not one from my normally blood-soaked bookshelf, but I saw it, wanted it, read it – and I’m happy I did, it was fun!
The Count of Monte Cristo meets Mean Girls❞

I added a couple more of her titles to my TBR – check her out 🙂

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