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THE MISSING YEARS OF THOMAS PRITCHARD By Matt Shaw

The Missing Years Of Thomas Pritchard
Matt Shaw

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They say that time heals all wounds. But, some wounds run so deep that the best you can hope for is to eventually just learn to live with the pain. Bill and Anne are trying to do just that. It’s been nine years since their son Thomas vanished. Years spent searching and hoping turn to years of loss and grieving. They eventually mourn the loss of their son and try to go on living. The birth of their daughter, Mia, brings a new lease on life and a second chance at being a family. Then they get the news. Thomas is alive and he’s coming home! But, nine years is a long time! Where has he been? What kept him away so long? Can they accept him back as part of their family after accepting their fate and mourning his loss?

The Missing Years Of Thomas Pritchard is very different from the other stories I’ve read by Matt Shaw. And, although the story is different, his style -of not adding the unnecessary fluff- remains the same. This had the feel of a Stephen King book, if you removed 500 pages of irrelevant backstory. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was getting misty eyed at around the 86% mark, and I tears pouring down my face at the end. I’m not saying Matt has a squishy spot, I’m just saying that he has the ability to break your heart, not just leave it pounding with fear.
Let me close this review with a note I posted to Matt on his fb wall.
” I love this story, Matt! It’s different, but that doesn’t mean bad! You have the ability to write excellent stories in whatever genre you desire, that is pure talent. This story made me cry. Whatever emotion I experience in any of your books – I experience it physically. Real -out loud- laughter, real tears, real cringes & with the help of an outside noise… I really jumped while reading one story! There was a point, while reading a passage in a Peter story, that I was reading, kinda gasping/laughing/cringing all while slapping my husband on the leg with my free hand! Haha!!”

xoxo
P, L, & N
BB/SG

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Book Reviews Fiction Horror

THE CABIN By Matt Shaw

The Cabin
Matt Shaw

The Cabin

This is one of the scariest titles I’ve read from Matt Shaw. I could feel that something big was going to happen, and it had me on edge throughout the whole story. I have never jumped from a book, until ‘The Cabin’, and I was hesitant to get out of bed after I finished. I only wish I had ‘The Cabin: Asylum’ ready and waiting for me when I finished. Read this with the lights down low, your feet under the covers, and – trust me – close the curtains!

When Craig was a child, he used to travel to the cabin with his father, a writer, to get away from everything for a bit. These are some of his favorite memories. Now, all grown up and an author himself, he thinks that some time at the cabin is just what he needs to finish his newest book. Unfortunately, his wife, Susan, thinks some time at the cabin with the kids sounds like a perfect family vacation. Not much quiet time for writing now. With his publisher already pushing him about his deadline, and his peaceful getaway turned into an outing, Craig is already on edge. The traffic, whining kids, and smart ass comments from his wife, are pushing him closer every minute – and they’re just barely on the road to Brattleboro. He passes the time telling his family stories his father told him as a child. Tales of the local asylum, insane patients, and suicides, all setting the tone for their arrival. What they find when they get there is not the quaint and peaceful retreat they were expecting. Vandalism, locals, and something sinister await them. And then, the night comes…

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Book Reviews Fiction Horror

THE GOOD GIRLS By Allison M. Dickson

The Good Girls
Allison M. Dickson

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Poor Nina. A girl who’s faults can be chalked up to some bad decision making, but it’s those bad decisions that led her down the path she is on today… working off her debt to the mob by spending year after year in a seedy whore-house, ran by an evil & hateful Madam.
Drugs, greed, and a lowlife boyfriend. That combination is what drove her to trying to steal from some very powerful mobsters. Not willing to let this deed go unpunished, they choose to make her work it off. Threats on her family and fear for their lives drive her to make good on this, so when she is able to leave – she’ll be able to live her life without worrying about a past that could catch up with her.
Fast forward five years. Nina, who is still working on her back with the most foul human beings on earth, is given a One Time Only deal. One more client. One last trick. Half a million dollars. Debt is paid, free and clear – with a little left over to get her back home with her mom. How bad could it be? Hasn’t she seen all there is to see in the past five years? Is there any level of humiliation she hasn’t already suffered? Half a million dollars! Surely, an odd, reclusive, old man isn’t going to be the thing that stands between her and her freedom! As she enters his home – she realizes just how wrong she was. Even I didn’t expect the horrors that Nina walked into. Could anyone experience the terror within these walls and remain sane enough to live another day?

The Good Girls is a short story. But – the horror & insanity that is packed into those 29 pages made the back of my eyes itch, and I had to turn on the lights. AMD’s writing gave me such a clear visual and a sense of unease that I haven’t been able to shake off yet.

Download your copy of The Good Girls, Daddy is waiting for you…and Daddys ready to eat.

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Horror

Exciting News!

My blog just got picked up by HorrorFind.com, and I am now brushing elbows with some scary sites! Supernatural, Horror, Halloween, etc…

HorrorFind.com is a Search Engine dedicated to all things horror. I contacted them ages ago, asking them to check out my first blog. I just got word that I BBB has been added as well! ::happy dance::

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Have you ever Googled yourself? That little guilty pleasure, the thing you do when no one is looking…
Becki’s Book Blog is on Page Five, under the Horror Fiction category!!

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Horror

Words Of Birds

the fear of strangers,

excuse my behavior, but

i just hate people

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Poetry

CAVEMAN Poems – World’s End

Tim M. Wood writes some wonderfully dark poetry, and I have his permission to share some of the poems with you!
All feedback is appreciated, and will be passed along to Tim. Leave a note here, in the comments, or you can stalk him via his Facebook wall.

CAVEMAN Poems { World’s End }

Darkness blankets all it surrounds.
Killing light softly producing no sounds.
Nightmarish shadows lurks Evil’s best friend.
Legions so mighty no chance to defend.
Dekays ugly stench floats on the breeze.
Brings mere mortals down to the knees.
People of faith reach to the skies.
Waiting response, mercy pleading cries.
Earth’s magnetic poles savagely torn asunder.
Frigid icy grasp pulling all under.
Unearthly demonic creatures void of faces.
With a single blow annihilate entire races. Complete genocide fulfills fiendish lust. Spinning Little Rock crumbles to dust.

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Horror

BBB Is A Proud Member Of The Horror Blogger Alliance

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Horror Podcasts

Surreal Grotesque

The newest podcast of Surreal Grotesque, Episode 4, is now up on Speaker.com. But, you can skip that step by just clicking HERE.

I started downloading the podcasts to listen to at bedtime.
The creepy stories are fun, and Daniel William Gonzalez has a soothing, relaxing voice. In this episode, he’s reading “Charcoal” by Keith Fink, “Delirium Tremens” by Jeff Gardiner and the Full Born by Shane Cartledge.
Check out Surreal Grotesque Magazine on Facebook to keep updated on all things Surreal and Grotesque!

Surreal Grotesque

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Horror

Romero Turns 73

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Birthday wishes going out to the Master Of Horror himself, Mr. George Romero!

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Quotes

Hollow Men

Hollow Men

I want all posts like these to post directly into Legendary Lines of Literature, so everything is grouped together nicely.
I think the only way that will happen is if I edit each new one in.
I don’t like that. What are your suggestions?