The story of a macabre, decades-long human/monster bromance.
A relationship that will last their entire lives, through times of happiness, tragedy, love, loss, madness, and complete darkness. Gear up boys & girls – I cried buckets of tears throughout this one. Read my original review of the book HERE.
A video for “The Song of Dweller”, a heart-wrenching and gut-twisting song about DWELLER, the latest novel by Jeff Strand. Song by the mighty Trevor Strong of the Arrogant Worms. Video by the mighty Terri Garey.
William is a writer returning to his hometown after a traumatic separation from his wife. Nick is a member of the Losers’ Club and is crippled by his anxieties and insecurities. William reconnects with Kelly, a women from his past, but Nick has fallen in love with Kelly, putting him on a collision course to destroy her. Now, the characters from William’s most recent story have a different idea. Sometimes there are no happy endings.
From the author of “Asylum – 13 Tales of Terror” an Amazon Horror/Anthology Chart #1, “Gated” & “Abra-Cadaver” comes volume two of a new horror anthology, 10 full length short stories of horror, murder, mystery and the macabre.
“More proof that Matt is a master of the short horror story. Matt Drabble is a name that will one day be as widely recognized as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and others who have claimed their niche in horror history.” – READERS’ FAVORITE
Here are 10 new tales to read with the light on.
TALE #1 – “Safe House”
TALE #2 – “Love Bites”
TALE #3 – “Commission”
TALE #4 – “Petard Hoisting”
TALE #5 – “Airwaves”
TALE #6 – “Different shit same day”
TALE #7 – “Last Stand”
TALE #8 – “The Agency”
TALE #9 – “Overdue”
TALE #10 – “Three’s a crowd”
You might also like to check out other works of mine including a sequel to “Gated” out now “Gated II: Ravenhill Academy”
“Abra-Cadaver” 24 years ago they locked him away. Now something’s heading home with a whole new bag of tricks” a winner of a prestigious Indie Book of the Day award.
“After Darkness Falls – Volumes 1 & 2”- a new horror anthology collection
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I’m really excited about HOT SINATRA, it sounds like those gritty, black & white detective shows… amped up on Red Bull and Adderall.
This homage to the pulp detective is both funny and frenetic, full of oddball characters, wild action, romance and excitement.
Until I can get a review up for you, I found this book trailer on Axel’s Goodreads Page
Moss Cole is a private detective, the kind you thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns. He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick.’
Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination.
Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.
A vivacious redhead, a foul-mouthed Irish rock star, and a whip-smart little girl only complicate the job, when all Cole wants is a good cup of coffee and some Hot Sinatra.
If only he can stay alive–and in one piece–long enough to find it.
“Scratches the same itch as Raymond Chandler.”
“A Sam Spade novel mixed with a Rat Pack movie.”
“If you dig the quirky characters and wild action of Elmore Leonard, pick up Hot Sinatra!”
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G.N. Braun is an Australian writer, and current president of the Australian H.W.A.
He writes fiction across various genres, but I found his short stories while searching for horror – big surprise, right? I found his work on Legumeman Books, and have recently (with help from our favorite author stalker – Suzanne) become friends with him on Facebook and Goodreads. You can download his short stories ‘Boneyard Smack’, ‘Bubba wants YOU’, ‘Insurrection’, free from Legumeman Books.
Obviously, I love his work – or you wouldn’t be reading this. I especially liked his dark & gritty short story, ‘Boneyard Smack’. I realized last night that my review/discussion was originally posted on my first book blog at ZF. (We all know that I didn’t back-up my reviews then, and I lost everything when the site closed.) I will be redoing that post soon, so be sure to watch for it!
Being such a fan of ‘Boneyard Smack’ is, I believe, what led me to want to read his memoir so bad. Ok, well… that and my own past struggle with opiates. Hammered: Memoir of an Addict was released in early 2012 by Legumeman Books.
(Taken from Geoff’s blog – ) Hammered is a memoir of G.N. Braun’s twenty-five+ years of drug abuse and addiction, and the way he finally clawed his way back to sobriety. It follows the descent into casual use of marijuana, through the years of speed use, and finally into the twelve years of opiate addiction.
36 years ago, one of Colorado’s great resort hotels, The Overlook, burned to the ground. Jack Torrance could not escape the hotel’s grasp, but his wife and son, Wendy and Danny, survived everything that The Overlook tried to throw at them, and emerged from the wreckage. The only other survivor was the hotel’s chef, Dick Hallorann, who’d come up from Florida when he got a ‘hunch’, and a mental call from Danny.
Wendy and Dick received multiple injuries from what happened to them inside The Overlook, but Danny came out physically unharmed. Wendy received a small settlement from the hotel, enough to help her and Danny get by while she recuperated. They ended up moving to Florida, not too far from where Dick Hallorann lived. The bond that was formed between Dick and Danny was strong, and they all kept in touch throughout the years.
Although Danny was physically OK, the poor kid was a mess mentally. He was too young to control his gift, or his curse. There’s no reason to pretend here, we all know what it is! Danny could not control the shining at this young age, so he couldn’t stop the ghosts from The Overlook from coming to him. In March of 1981, when Danny was eight years old, and in the third grade, he had a visitor from The Overlook. He woke his mom up, told her not to go in the bathroom, and after that he refused to speak. Wendy called Dick and asked him to come. He didn’t hesitate, and was there the next day. This is when Dick sat down with Danny and explained as much as he could about The Shining, as much as an eight year old would understand anyway. Dick also told Danny about his childhood, his shine at that age, and what his grandmother had done to help him.
He taught Danny how to lock these ghosts away, in a sealed box, on a high shelf in the far back his mind. This is a trick you can do IRL (in real life), too. Psychologists would call it repressing, but I say – “Whatever it takes to get by!!”
We flash forward in time, to a present day Danny. The child who had been abused by an alcoholic father, and who swore would never take a drink, is waking up in Hangover Hell and trying to recall the previous nights events. We learn about what kind of man Dan Torrance has grown into, and where he is at this point in his life.
Meanwhile, we are getting to know Andrea Steiner. Andrea is a 32 year old ‘wanderer’, doing what she needs to do to get by. She’s been ‘Dating for Dinner’, and while other girls are happy being picked-up with a quick drink and trip to the closest motel, that’s not her gig. Not a huge fan of men anyway, due to a father who spent eight years treating her like anything BUT his daughter, she preferred being taken to a movie instead of straight to the sheets.
Andrea doesn’t have to earn her money the way the others do. She has a unique talent. While watching Raiders of the Lost Ark with her date, his hand starts to creep into her lap and he’s not wanting any of the popcorn she has there. She whispers in his ear, and he falls into a deep sleep. So deep, in fact, that he doesn’t mind when she reaches into his pants, for his wallet instead of his willie, and liberates him from his cash.
This isn’t the first man who has fallen asleep in the theater with Andrea, and there is someone in the back row that has seen them all.
Rose O’Hare, known simply as Rose The Hat, is the leader of a tribe of people called the True Knot who travel across the country in search of sustenance. They are ‘family’ – what is tied can never be untied. They have been without a member who has a true ‘sleeper’ talent for quite some time, and Andrea is perfect.
The sustenance that the True Knot seeks comes from the ‘steam’ that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death. The more pain these children endure, the more potent their steam becomes, so…they do not die a quick death.
Elsewhere, there is Abra Stone. Abra Is a very special and unique twelve year old girl who has unknowingly predicted numerous tragedies ever since she was an infant.
Born with a caul, and blessed with second-sight, she knows that her abilities scare her parents – so she hides them, pretending that they no longer exist. Her ‘Momo’, Concetta, has always known she is two-minded, and is supportive. The True Knot is aware of Abra’s existence, and her power. Abra has seen visions of Rose The Hat, and is aware of the danger.
When Abra really needs someone to confide in…there’s always been Tony. Lately though, Tony hasn’t been around.
When Abra recalls a vision, a forgotten memory so strong she cannot handle it alone, she reaches out with everything she has and asks Tony’ s dad for help.
It looks like I’ve said a lot, but I’ve only scratched the surface. I wasn’t super excited to read this, thinking a sequel to The Shining couldn’t possibly be done. But, knowing that the rest of the world was reading it, I couldn’t possibly put it off. My friends were super excited to read it, so I wanted to be able to discuss it when they were ready.
I went in with mediocre expectations, and have to admit that I was drawn back in to the Overlook from the very beginning. By the time I finished, I knew it wasn’t just the hotel that held such an evil power, but the land itself.
The first part of the story, with a young Danny, was great. I loved being back with Dick Halloran and reading about his childhood with the shining. Wendy tried, but Danny wouldn’t have made it without Dick. I’ve always been grateful that he made it out of the hotel alive.
I barely touched on the adult Dan Torrance. During his travels, and short stays from town to town, when he does end up finding work – he’s always been drawn to working in a hospice (hot-spice), being hired anywhere from janitorial staff to an orderly. His shining helps comfort the dying patients in their final moments.:When he settles in New Hampshire, it’s this gift that earns him the moniker Doctor Sleep.
His battle with drinking was a big part of the story, and at first, I wasn’t really keen on all the meetings and slogans. But, after I thought about it, I realize that it’s an important part of the story. He grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father, and the path that Jack Torrance went down is the same path that led them to the Overlook.
Everything came full circle.
In the authors notes, when Stephen King talks about Stanly Kubrick’s movie version of The Shining, he says “…the movie, which many seem to remember – for reasons I have never quite understood – as one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen.”
Now, that sure sounds to me like he isn’t pleased with Kubrick’s interpretation. That surprises me!
The 1997 The Shining, also known as Stephen King’s The Shining, is a more accurate adaptation of Stephen King’s vision. This movie was filmed at The Stanly Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. THIS is the hotel King visualized while writing the story, having stayed there prior. I only wish I had my photos of our trip there! It is a gorgeous place, I met many workers who were hired as extras in the movie, and spent an hour playing with chipmunks in the parking lot!
Rocky Wood: King said Rock knows SK’s work better than SK, and is his go-to guy for all things Shining while working on this book. He also said ‘look him up sometime’. So, I did.
Art, THIS is the guy you will probably want to get in touch with about ‘the incident at the boiler’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Wood
Links from the ebook:
The Simon & Schuster Stephen King page –
Normally, I wouldn’t even visit the page for more than just being sure that the link works. But, when I did, I ended up checking some things out. The main neat thing… Become a fan of Stephen King on the S & S page to find out about new releases by SK, recommendations, special offers, and more. Plus, get a FREE eBook when you join their mailing list – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Stephen-King/1666839#sthash.F6TXk9FT.dpuf
~ has a little description of the book with a picture of the cover. A link which reads ” WHERE IS DANNY TORRANCE?
Click to find out”. The click is a maddening circle, ending at the beginning. I think it’s a little piece of SK’s sick humor…
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