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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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Review of BLEEDOVERS by William Todd Rose from Publishers Weekly

Published October 9, 2015 by Shadow Girl

4.3 / 5 Stars  * Published by Hydra
Sep 01, 2015 | 136 Pages | ISBN 9781101883693

ABOUT BLEEDOVERS:

“Sure to thrill readers of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz—William Todd Rose’s new dark horror novella is a tale of bloody retribution that blurs the line between the waking world and the terrors of the night.”

Penguin Random House

Synopsis: 
There’s only one thing standing between humanity and the dark forces of the supernatural: the secret agency known as The Institute. The organization depends on regular guys like Chuck, a Level I Recon and Enforcement Technician who guides tormented spirits into the next life.

From an office deep underground, Chuck projects his spirit into Crossfades, monstrous realms where the souls of the dead, unable to move on due to fear or anger, devise macabre tortures for themselves and one another. He’s always been able to leave his work behind at the end of the day . . . until now.

First in dreams, then in waking nightmares, Crossfades are bleeding into the physical world. And now it’s up to Chuck—along with his partner, a woman named Control—to put a stop to it. Because there’s no telling what might come over from the other side.

Review – Publishers Weekly:

In this breezy sequel to Crossfades (2014), series protagonist Chuck Grainger continues wrangling restless spirits in the limbo-like realm called the Divide. When one sadistic shade tries to return to life, he must help prevent its ghostly revenge. Rose never lets up when it comes to disturbing concepts: the chilling images start with a school that harbors demented killers in the lockers, and they climax with animal body horror. Using elements of real-world ghost-hunting, Rose makes his spooky creations seem plausible. A fast-moving plot builds tension and helps cover for the thinly defined characters (Chuck’s a generic hard-luck hero, Control’s his badass female partner, and Marilee is the child prodigy). This is not a story to linger over, but it has a lot to offer those who love their horror well described and the good/evil divide clearly defined. 

Praise for Bleedovers:
 
“Rose never lets up when it comes to disturbing concepts. . . . [Bleedovers] has a lot to offer those who love their horror.”Publishers Weekly
 
Bleedovers by William Todd Rose is a strong second novella in a series, and readers will want more of this strange world. . . . Rose has a gift for creating believable science fiction worlds that are wrought with real, and even imagined, dangers around every corner.”—Savvy Verse & Wit
 
“I give Bleedovers a five out of five.”—Bewitched Bookworms

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

William Todd Rose writes dark, speculative fiction from his home in West Virginia. His short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his work includes the novels Cry Havoc, The Dead & Dying,and The Seven Habits, and the novellas Apocalyptic Organ Grinder and Crossfades.

For more information on the author, including links to bonus content, you can visit him online at AmazonGoodreadsPenguin Random House, and on Zombie Fiend.

 

Six Stories Short & Sweet from Jason Z. Christie

Published June 12, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Amazon.com Synopsis:
A collection of six short romantic stories, written from 1993 to 2011. Contains The Time Traveler’s Girlfriend, Mars, Write, Third Testament, Forward to Termination, Big Top. Be warned, they’re not all as sweet as the title implies…

This collection is practically guaranteed to make you laugh, smile, cry, sigh, creep you out and make you mad.

What’s God so upset about? Time travel isn’t always what you think it is. Sexy circus stories. What makes a man write? The robots of Eden may be more sensitive and compassionate than you are. Is thirty-six million miles a long distance relationship?

Warning: Contains mild adult language and themes.
(Remember what I always say about warning labels!! “Alcohol may intensify effect? Thanks for the suggestion!”)

These six stories from Jason Z. Christie really are short & sweet. Micro short and hard to talk about without giving anything away & spoiling it for you. They hold a central theme, though. Love, in all it’s despicable forms.
I especially liked Big Top, having previously listened to the audio version of it. (I adore his narrator!!) It’s the longest of the six, and while listening to it, then reading it, I felt happy, and sad, and uncomfortable… all at the same time.
The feeling I get from these, (and from having previously listened to POETRY: A Love Story from the same author), is that the author has suffered a severely broken heart & soul at one point, and has never fully healed. Severely broken isn’t right. Mangled beyond repair might describe my take on it a little better.
If I’m wrong on that point, then Jason Z. Christie has developed a very strong empathic style of writing, and that has to be extremely difficult. You can feel the blood, sweat, tears, and body fluids in his writings – raw emotion.
I’m finishing RADAR LOVE now. The raw passion is there, a great read so far! I can’t wait to talk to you about it!!

THE TIME TRAVELER’s GIRLFRIEND:
A story that shows what people will do for true love.

MARS:
Just the opposite of the first story, this shows the lengths that someone will go to when they’re NOT in love. This made me smile.

WRITE:
A man dedicates himself to his work, for his love. When the love dies, his passion for his work does not.

THIRD TESTAMENT:
¹Adam & ²Eve, Futuristic Sex Robots built for someone else’s cruel desires, but found love in each other. After WWIIIII, can ¹Adam & ²Eve rebuild their Eden and begin again?

FORWARD TO TERMINATION:
Round up the troops, the evildoers, the hypocrites. Round them up, and know where they are when you need to take care of them. That time has come.

BIG TOP:
The tale of Mr. Socko, and twenty years under the big-top, unknowingly searching for one thing until he finds it again.

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