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XXX by Rayne Havok

Published May 19, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Xavier: “I escaped from prison, hauling ass in a stolen car, putting space between me and that barbed wire fence- when the damn thing runs out of gas.

Luckily, I come across an old farmhouse that looks empty, even luckier, it is not.
The threats about daddy coming home don’t scare me… maybe they should have.”

 Yeah, Xavier… maybe they should have!!

‘XXX’ is my first book by Rayne Havok, (what a kick-ass name!). I hate to say this, but I don’t think I’d heard of her until I read Shaun Hupp’s Maniacs with Knives last week. Her blurb for Shaun was so awesome that I had to meme* it for the book’s review! Last night, as I was frantically trying to find out what happened to Tim Miller’s newest release (Snuff Film – it was missing from Amazon last night – boo!!)  (UPDATE: I JUST read that Snuff Film is banned from Amazon – is there any better advertising than that?! I compare it to the recommendation, ahem – I mean warning labels on Rx bottles.) , and I saw on Goodreads that Tim is currently reading her books. (Our circles definitely overlap. I don’t know why I haven’t read this until now.) I recognized a few other names in the reviews, too, but I was already sold. At that point I was just trying to figure out which book I wanted to read first.

Back to the story!

Like most of her books, XXX is a short story, (appx 67 pgs), so when I first started reading I thought I was in for a story that I’ve read dozens of times already… ‘escaped prisoner on the run terrorizes family in secluded house in BFE…’ . That is NOT a bad thing! I like those stories and was looking forward to seeing how this author spun it. But I was WRONG! Holy shit, what a ride. It was hard to read at a couple points – “TORTURE: NEW AND IMPROVED!! Now, with sprinkles!” 
When I was about 3/4 into the story, Rayne snuck** up behind me and whacked me in the back of the head with it! It’s a great, twisty ending – and… one that I didn’t see coming.
I’m looking forward to reading her other books. I trying to decide which one to read next – I think it’s going to be either The Embalmer, or Degenerate. Keep your eyes peeled… there’ll be more reviews to come!

P, L & N
~sg

Rayne Havok ~ a little psychotic, and a little sweet.
She’s all about the bloody and gruesome, but also loves to sprinkle it with gratuitous sex.

Rayne Havok on Facebook, TwitterGoodreads, and Amazon
XXX on Goodreads, and Amazon

 

 

Check out my review of MANIACS WITH KNIVES, with author & book links.

You can visit the Official website of TIM MILLER to have a look at SNUFF FILM, and view your buying options. Be sure to check out all of his titles while you’re there – if you haven’t done so already.

 

Just for fun…

I Googled ‘RAYNE HAVOK’ to look for an author site, and this came up –
Torrential rain causes havoc on the roads , so if you’re in the UK – watch out for floods!

* From Rayne’s review of Maniacs with Knives


** Yes, it is a word! Sorta… 😉

 

“Interview With The Vampire” – “From Hell”

Published April 18, 2017 by Shadow Girl

 

It’s been five years since the grisly events in Whitechapel, and the man believed responsible for the crimes, Jack the Ripper, has yet to be captured. Charles Hapgood is writing a book about the murders, and has agreed to meet with someone who has information on the case. Everything about this meeting is unusual, so when the writer invited the stranger into his home at 9:00 p.m., he is already on edge.The man introduces himself as Mr. Miller, and begins to tell Hapgood that he would like to hire him to write his memoirs. Ignoring Hapgood’s obvious irritation, and his many requests to leave, Miller finally brings the conversation back around to the murders, and Annie Chapman. He produces a piece of evidence, unknown to everyone but the investigators, and Charles Hapgood finally understands.
The man sitting in front of him is Jack the Ripper, and he has a story to tell.

We’ve heard the theories, seen the movies, and researched the case online for ourselves. We KNOW this story. Right?
Wrong.
Michael Bray takes us deeper, and gives us a voyeuristic introspective of the MAKING of the Ripper.

 

Part two of I WAS JACK THE RIPPER will be available on May 19th, 2017.

(I can’t wait until May 19th! I’m totally invested in this story, and I can’t wait for more!!)

Celebrate EASTER with The Rabbit Man, and Duncan Ralston!

Published April 14, 2017 by Shadow Girl

How far would you go for revenge?

When a six-year-old girl is abused and left for dead by a pedophile known only as the “Rabbit Man” due to the claw marks left on her body, police follow every lead but reach only dead ends.

Hungry for justice, her grieving father abandons wife and child on a harrowing journey deep undercover into Miami’s sex offender colony under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. His purpose is simple: to find the “Rabbit Man” among them, and put him in the ground.

Months later, with no one to trust and the pedophiles he lives among growing suspicious of his actions, he learns nothing is simple where the monsters live.

Imagine sitting down to a meal consisting of all your favorite foods.  WAIT! Let’s make this even more fun and pretend it’s your last meal before your execution – (yay)!

    
At first glance, my table would make most people chuckle because my favorite foods do not complement each other well, or at all. (I’m a grown ass woman and can have ice cream and Twinkies for dinner if I want to!).

My book shelf mirrors my dinner table / last meal.
Yes… I’m all about the extreme horror. Give me a story filled with buckets of gore, sprinkled with very wrong humor, and of course a gratuitous titty (or three) thrown in, and I’m in a very happy place.
BUT… I love ALL flavors of horror. Man cannot live on ice cream alone! Nor can I live on the extreme alone. Plus, [IMHO] there are only a handful of authors who can pull if off successfully – (for MY tastes).

Why the hell am I talking about this?  I’m so glad you asked!

REVENGE is a dish best served cold.

Dunc has proven to be quite the ‘master chef’.
Reread my review of GRISTLE & BONE – I think it was my first book by Duncan Ralston, and I didn’t know him then. I was floored by the stories in that collection by an author who was unknown to me at the time, and to this day I still go through a moment of mourning when I finish one of his books, not wanting it to come to an end. If you’ve read WOOM then you know he is one of the aforementioned authors who can pull off the extreme without losing the story.

WHERE THE MONSTERS LIVE is NOT an extreme horror story, but I want you to have a little ‘heads up’. It’s not super graphic, but it will sucker punch you right in the feels. It will disturb you a bit, and up the level if you have a child of your own.
I didn’t realize I was crying until The Dark Defender woke up to ask me what was wrong, and I had tears streaming down my cheeks.

I got a sinking feeling at one point, because I thought I knew exactly how this story was going to end (we’ll talk about it once you finish). That wouldn’t have made it a suck story – but I’m happy that it didn’t go for the ‘ironic twist’, and I’m very satisfied with how it’s wrapped up – and there could be a little wiggle room JIC case the story isn’t done with us yet.

 I don’t think I need to say this, but for the record –
⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆  5/5 STARS!!  ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Before we wrap this up, please allow me one more moment of inappropriate, and probably unjustified humor here… I cannot remember when or why this popped in my head while reading, but it did, and now it’s going to get stuck in your head, too.  #earrape #psychodad

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Who’s that riding into the sun,
Who’s the man with the itchy gun,
Who’s the man who kills for fun
Psycho Dad, Psycho Dad, Psycho Dad…

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Now, please excuse me so I can get some food – I’m STARVING!
Peace, Love & Necrophilia  
~sg

 

You can find ‘WHERE THE MONSTERS ARE’ on Amazon, and Goodreads. To check out the titles I mentioned earlier, just follow these links – GRISTLE & BONE, and WOOM.

STALKING DUNCAN RALSTON:

You can connect with Dunc via his Official Website: THE FOLD, ShadowWorkPublishing, and his author pages @ Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, and BookLikes. Or through social media – Facebook, Twitter (@userbits), and YouTube

 

CELEBRATE EASTER WITH DUNCAN RALSTON!

Be sure to grab the EASTER EGGS AND BUNNY BOILERS horror anthology before Sunday! While the rest of the fam is sitting around the table chewing with their mouths open, and talking about whoever is in the bathroom at the moment, you can keep your sanity by reading about the true meaning of Easter – demented rabbits, chocolate obsessed children drowning in their own greed, serial killers, and resurrection! YAY!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Boy by Cory Cline

Published January 6, 2017 by Shadow Girl

I wanted to keep with today’s theme, so since it’s my birthday I decided to read 

BIRTHDAY BOY by Cory Cline
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“Piñata!”

“Chaz is the type of guy who thinks he will do anything to get laid. His limits are about to be put to the test when he wakes up in “Boy’s” barn.

He is the guest of honor at a special party that “Boy” and his family hold dear to the heart.
Some tradition’s never get old…”

Like Chaz, I, too,¹ have woken up the 6th of January with hazy, Polaroid memories, wondering – “where am I?”, “where are my pants?”, and most importantly… “where is that cat that shit in my mouth?”  I’m happy to say that the answers that slowly come to me after a fun filled night of Jäger Bombs are nowhere near as horrifying as Chaz’s!

If this doesn't scare the Hell out of you...

If this doesn’t scare the Hell out of you…

...THIS will haunt your dreams forever!

…THIS will haunt your dreams forever!

I was about to add another one of Cory Cline’s books to my Amazon TBR list, AS SEEN ON TV , and BAM – “You purchased this item on November 28, 2015.” Nice!  I remember seeing the book, because it’s the same title as my book/ss – (the one that might never see the light of day).  I HAVE to read it now… what if we had the exact same idea?! 😮 hahaha!! No… the synopsis is below, silly.  (I have it loaded up and ready to go, so watch for it!)

 

 

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Gus Grissom is newly divorced and ready to get into “killer” shape. The high-tech exercise machine he bought from one of those late night commercials promises to help, but Gus will learn what they mean when they say, “buyer beware”

If you haven’t read anything by Cory Cline yet, Amazon compares him to some writers that you do know – Matt Shaw, Sam West, Shaun Hupp, Michael Bray, Matt Hickman, Tim Miller, Duncan Ralston, and Ryan Harding.

 

 

You can find Birthday Boy on Amazon / Goodreads

You can stalk Cory Cline on Amazon / Goodreads /Facebook / Facebook Author Page / Twitter

 

I can find a Stefon quote for any situation!

I can find a Stefon quote for any situation!

 

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*¹  Comma placement

THE SEASON OF GIVING by Angel Gelique

Published December 24, 2016 by Shadow Girl

THE SEASON OF GIVING

More Horrific Holiday Fun from Angel Gelique

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Lou Reilly grew up in a strict, oppressive environment, raised by zealous religious parents who merely wanted to protect him from the sinners of the world. Sheltered to the point of isolation, Lou is unprepared to fend for himself when his parents pass away.

Bullied and tormented at his new place of employment, Lou starts suspecting that his parents were right to shield him from such harsh and hateful people. Just as Lou begins to befriend a colleague who vows to help improve his life, he is put to the ultimate test of faith. All seems hopeless.

But he won’t let the sinners win. He won’t burn in hell as his parents have warned.

Lou will make things right….

Warning: For Mature Readers (18+) Only

The Season of Giving wasn’t all horrific holiday fun – it kind of bummed me out a little bit.

I think Carrie-WhiteLou’s mom used to get together and go to lunch with Carrie White‘s mom, where they would swap Parenting Tips for the Mentally Christian” over their watered down tea and bad fish entrees.

All alone, Lou Reilly grew up the best that he could.  He finally made a real friend,  but when a little miscommunication / misunderstanding arose between them – he obsessed over it until he convinced himself that his “friend” was actually an enemy out to destroy him, and send him to Hell in a hand-basket.

I definitely had some emotional moments while reading this – mostly anger that came with me screaming at the characters and waking my husband up. There were some ‘Oh, poor Lou’ moments, too.  One final ‘hugely cringe-worthy’ scene leads up to our (mostly) “YAY!” ending – unless you overthink it and let your mind wander past the final page of the story. If you do that, you may end up like me when Lou finally ‘make things right’ – I haven’t decided if I want to cheer for Lou, the carnage, and the sweet, wonderful revenge or if I want to just put my head down and sob.

If you’re not in the mood for something quite so… deep right now, you can start by reading Christmas Shopping first – a genuine Horrific Holiday FUN book   🙂

 

The Season of Giving on Amazon / Goodreads

Angel Gelique on Amazon / Goodreads

Christmas Shopping by Angel Gelique

Published December 7, 2016 by Shadow Girl

A tale of Christmas mayhem…

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All Jilly Carson wanted to do was get a little Christmas shopping done with her best friend, Peyton. But when Peyton can’t meet her at the mall, Jilly finds herself feeling anxious and alone as her mother’s cautionary words echo in her head:
“Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t put yourself in that position again. You remember what happened last time….”
When a tall, blonde-haired stranger begins to stalk her, Jilly does everything she can to avoid him.
Feeling scared and vulnerable, she finally decides to leave the mall.
But the blonde-haired man won’t let her flee quite so easily….

 

Download a little bit of horrific holiday fun from Angel Gelique this season and help prepare yourself for the joys of shopping – the crowds… the Christmas music… people in general… ugh! Shoot me now! 

17 year old Jilly Carson just wants to get a little shopping done and be left the fuk alone in the process – too bad the blonde haired stranger can’t take any not-so-subtle hints!

A game of cat & mouse ensues – and there is definitely some blood splatter left on the trap! 

You can get this eBook for FREE (all formats) at Smashwords,  and it’s available FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, or just $ .99 on Amazon.

Need some forbidden literature to read for Banned Books Week?

Published October 2, 2016 by Shadow Girl
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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: September 25- October 1, 2016

D for Degenerate is the forth installment in Iain Rob Wright’s A-Z of Horror series, and the one that has been BANNED from Amazon.

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If you’re anything like me, knowing something has been banned is a huge selling point, and usually the only info I need 🙂 Adding Iain Rob Wright’s name to that fact only upped my obsession level.
Banned from Amazon doesn’t mean banned from existence though. So… never fear my twisted friends! It’s available directly from Iain’s website.

This is the tale of Nicholas Lempit. A con-man, thief, and degenerate. His dark desires have made him a traveler, and tonight’s dalliances lead him to a chance encounter with a kind, old farmer. Arthur is 83 years old, and has been alone since he lost his wife. For almost 20 years it’s been just him, his farm and his horses.
If Lempit can gain Arthur’s trust, he may be able to stay for a while. Lend the old man a hand, keep him company, be close to the object of his furry fantasies…
Arthur has a similar idea – but Lempit might just never leave.

FF’s
*Bonus points to Iain for his cleverly placed nod to Deliverance. Not a blatant reference, just enough to make readers inwardly smile at a very uncomfortable moment.
*Using the term ‘bird’ for a woman doesn’t seem to be as common as it once was. Maybe it’s just a more common UK practice… IDK. Whether it was used deliberately, or just the way the author talks, when I read it in THIS story… I was caught off guard by my chuckle.

Click HERE to get your copy of D IS FOR DEGENERATE from Iain Rob Wright’s official blog for only 99¢.

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