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GRISTLE & BONE book trailer from Duncan Ralston

Published August 24, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Check out the full review of GRISTLE & BONE.

BITE SIZE by Matt Shaw

Published April 7, 2015 by Shadow Girl

If you can’t handle a full serving of the extreme horror dished out by Matt Shaw, he’s prepared an appetizer just for you. Seven BITE SIZE stories are included in this collection from horror’s darkest imagination.


“They say [money] can’t buy you happiness but I disagree. I mean it doesn’t buy happiness directly off the shelf but it buys things that bring happiness. Like whores. And drugs.” ~ The Guy‘FUN AND GAMES’

I’m sure it’s disorienting – the lack of all the usual bodily functions, and that light pulling… trying to draw you in like a moth. But, chances are good that the light is pulling for a reason. Sticking around might be more painful than what got you here.

Valerie sits and thinks about her life. Even the little things seem important now, everything matters. Let this SS serve as a reminder – appreciate it all while you can.

I think I can pinpoint exactly when this SS was written 🙂
Matt gets really excited when he’s waiting for the new game systems to come out.

Beth had a long day at work. A cat had to be put down after an accident, and it’s owner did not appreciate the work done to try to save it before the inevitable happened. Beth took the brunt of his anger, and can’t get his words out of her mind.

It’s scary when your pets get loose, and you’re not sure if you’ll get them back. It can be scarier if your neighbor’s pets get loose – if your neighbor keeps creepy pets that haunt your nightmares.

Chris has been taken hostage. The madman says he just wants to play a game, and if Chris wins – he can go free.
Sounds simple enough, right?

DATE NIGHT (screenplay):
I can’t wait to see this one acted out!
An awkward first date takes place over a nice dinner, and it tugs on the heartstrings a bit.

BITE SIZE on Amazon / Goodreads


Published April 7, 2015 by Shadow Girl

PRESENTED BY – Blood Bound Books
EDITED BY – David C. Hayes & Jack Burton


Two acquaintance have an accidental meeting in a foreign country, and take some time to catch up on things. Old friends, new delights – shopping for sex in the Philippines is taken to a whole new level.

This SS, is told in the form of a doctor’s file, and starts by showing a questionnaire that has been filled out by a volunteer in a medical trial to test a new chronic pain scale.
After the questionnaire are the doctors notes – taken during the trial, while the subject is being given various stimuli and asked to rate their pain on a scale of zero to ten.
The tests kept getting worse and worse, and the doctors never relented – even when the patient screamed and bagged to be let out of the test. But, the patient is not released… because the testing, after all, is done in the name of science!
* The author’s name isn’t listed in connection with this SS, but James L. Grant is the only name not attached to a SS in this collection. I used my Sherlock Holmes like wisdom and deduction skills to put the two together, and I hope I’m not wrong! I’d like to find more work from him. This SS made me smile, I even laughed out loud at one point. But… you already know I’m a bit twisted.

Demons are full of illusions, and this one has conjured up the extraordinary replica of a teenage girl. She screams, and she pleads, but I’m not falling for it’s tricks. Demons lie.

CATERPILLAR: Craig Saunders
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so he breaks up his days with violently beautiful daydreams. One day he’ll have the respect he deserves.

COLD AIR: Edward R. Rosick
Helen and Douglas, med students, just finished their final class of the winter semester, and are beginning their externship in the hospital. Helen started voicing some of her thoughts during their long hours together… sbYhe believes that she has found the secret to a person’s soul, and that she’s solved the mystery of the fountain of youth. What lengths will she go to while in her quest for answers, and how much Douglas endure to be with her?

Cassie is taking a semester off from school, looking for work to help fund her next semester. She finds an ad looking for an ‘Artist’s Subject’ wanted and calls the number. She talks with the man on the phone, follows the directions to his mansion, and she is charmed by him immediately. She accepts a drink from him, starts to feel a little fuzzy, and the last thing she hears him say to her before losing consciousness is that his art is… taxidermy.
When she wakes up – her real nightmare begins.
I like the author’s nod to Bret Easton Ellis in this story 😉

PLAGUE HULK: Glynn Barrass
Ash, Terry, and Will are the only ones brave enough [read stupid enough] to explore the mysterious ship that drifted into their small harbor town. Twenty years ago the ship itself had been filled with sufferers of the plague, then sent to sea for ‘disposal’. The trio are out to steal whatever isn’t nailed down, so waiting until the CDC cleared the abandoned vessel was not something they cared to do. They’ll soon find out that the plague isn’t the most dangerous thing waiting for them.

We all have a story to tell. This one starts with nine months of planning & preparation, followed by fourteen hours of labor. For what? A demonic Jim Rosenthal look-alike?!

CENA: Chad McKee
Bradley went to Mexico as a humanitarian, imploring the locals to stop the dog fight, stop betting, and go hone. His effort was not met with kindness. His cries to save these dogs changed to cries of encouragement when his own life was on the line.

This SS might have just changed my life…
If you’re quick enough, and smart enough, you just might be able to gain some ground. But you have to be brave if you want to make it home.
Sometimes, though… sometimes you’re gonna take a grill to the face from a semi-truck. There will be times that despite how hard you try – you won’t get the high-score.
It’s almost theology, ain’t it?

Don & Graeme got stranded while traveling across Alaska;
half of their sled broke through the ice, trapping their sled dogs, too. They are cold, and because all of their supplies were on the sled… they’re starving, too. They’re frost-bitten, and they’re very possibly getting sick after being bitten by a rabid sled dog. They disagree on whether they should wait for rescue, or go for help – but one thing is certain… they want to survive.

Fiona didn’t normally go home with men after her shift at the club, but this guy looked legit, and money talks. She is more than surprised to find out that the actual client is a withered, and blind old man. That isn’t the only surprise in store for Fiona. If she makes it out of this house of horrors alive, she’ll think twice about doing any more side jobs.

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. ~ Henry David Thoreau”
Sophie creates uniquely individualized products, and provides a very special service for her clients – music to their ears. She discovered her skill at a young age, and has perfected it over the years, because her clients deserve nothing but the very best.

Her maker taught her everything she knew way back then, and it took lifetimes to learn that he had taught her nothing at all. It’s been many years, and many victims since her maker met his untimely demise, and she’s learned through it all. Most importantly – blood is never enough.

Clark’s father taught him how to use the key. It’s not real, he’d never do these things to Melissa in real life. But in the dreamworld, everything is different. The rules don’t apply. Besides, she isn’t his daughter or anything. A foster-child isn’t his daughter, not really.

Jesus is supposed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but martyrdom is boring. Fuck that. He wants to come back and party, but for that – he needs a body. That’s where Satan and the stoners come in.

DIGITAL MEDIA: Michael Cieslak
We’ve become reliant on the internet, and having access to limitless information is almost expected. We create endless accounts, and download so much information – agreeing to terms and conditions is nothing these days. When was the last time you stopped to actually read these contracts that you agree to? After reading this SS, I guarantee you’ll think twice before just blindly checking ‘I Agree’ again. Just hope that it isn’t already too late.

SISTERS: Chris Reed
As soon as she walks by, Tony knows he’s got to spend some time with Lakiesha. He is laying down his best moves, but she’s reluctant to go anywhere without checking with her sisters. Lakisha is just one in a set of triplets, and… they might want to spend some time with Tony, too. • http://www.usedaddictions.com

MY DARK LOVER: Stacy Bolli
The ‘voice’ inside Lindsay Davidson has been with her for almost longer than she can remember. He’s helped her, and guided her throughout it all. He eventually wants something in return. Sadly, Lindsay’s second failure proved that it is something that she cannot provide herself. Being a world renowned and respected surgeon, it’s going to be very easy to do what is asked of her – people trust her. She just hopes that he’ll keep his promises to her, and they’ll be together forever.

Have you lost your muse? Forrest Ingle got his Ph.D. in Psycho Shit and finally has it all figured out – write what you know. Sitting & staring at a blinking cursor won’t help… you can’t wait for your muse, you need to grab her and drag her back with you!

IN THE MAKE-OUT ROOM: Matthew Keville
Every school has a designated make-out area. The one here is located just off of the “Lost Hallway”. It used to lead to the school’s second, underground gym, but the gym is closed off now – leaving a hallway that leads nowhere.
No one knew what was in the underground gym now, but not many cared if they could get their date to that little room off to the side. But, they should have paid more attention to those locked doors.

SICKENED: Tonia Brown
Clement has a job that no one talks about. Even non-believers don’t mock him, or what he does. He is the town’s Sin Eater – the man who will eat the sins of the deceased before burial. It’s believed that if the sins are consumed by another, the soul can make it’s final journey with a clean slate. Clement is about to learn that the sins of the departed may may not entirely belong to just them, they may be sharing a sin with a living soul – that’s when things go wrong.

William is a man who would settle for nothing less than the best, and he is willing to pay for it. But, a surprise case of the clap from a $20,000 hooker gets him thinking… he starts to question everything, then decides to make some serious changes in his life.

GUYS: Eric Dimbleby
Inviting a couple of the guys over for steaks & brew is a normal thing to do when the wife is away, so Tommy called up twelve of his closest buddies for a ‘Guy’s Weekend’. Guys need to ‘let their hair down’, too – time for some good, old-fashioned fun!
“Hot damn – The hookers are here! Where’s my axe…”

GO TO YOUR ROOM: Shane McKenzie
Mike is in pretty bad shape these days. The eviction notice note on his door almost assures homeless, and he knows that something has to happen – quick. He makes a hasty decision while feeling hungry, and hopeless, and it will change his life. Forever.

‘Is the real nightmare dreaming, or waking?’
Adrianna is suffering from night terrors, and they’re getting progressively worse. She’s waking up and not recognizing her own husband. I know that waking up in a panic is not an ideal time to see a stranger lurking.

DADDY: Uri Grey
A horrifying recording is discovered in a talking teddy bear found in the woods. The old, and weathered teddy bear reveals the story of an abused little girl living with her father in an isolated cabin. Her story continues in a found journal, then again on the internet – but her name and location are a mystery. When an abandoned cabin is located, a grisly discovery concludes her story.

GOOD GIRLS: R. Warren Smith
Five year old twins, Jessica and Brittany, innocently sit in their classroom with other students. As the teacher reads aloud from a book on her desk, it’s apparent that none of them are aware of the time that had passed while they sat frozen at their desks. They soon discovered what occurred during that time, though – and what the twins are capable of.

Billy Lloyd once had it all, but a head injury quickly took everything away. He used his money to get to L.A., and has been living on the streets ever since.
While rooting through a dumpster looking for food, he found a tiny baby that someone threw away. This isn’t the first baby he’s found, and it breaks his heart. He takes it home, promising the baby that he will make things better for it.

The Marionnettiste of Versailles and Other Oddities by Adam Millard

Published January 13, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Warning: This book contains – A sadistic mortician, demonic teddies, murderous sparrows, sentient robots, scenes of the apocalypse, feeders, lycanthropes, serial-killers, war, jealous housewives, cannibalism, creepy-ass neighbours, suicide, flesh-eating parasites, zombies, cowboys, mothmen, Nyogtha, Appalachian folklore, cancer, asteroids, invisible crocodiles, and voodoo. A collection of previously published and brand new macabre and weird tales from bestselling British author, Adam Millard.


Putting warning labels on books can be better than recommendations. (rawr!)


This anthology contains a wide variety of horrors told in 25 short stories. Some shorts are new to this collection, with additional shorts having been seen previously in different publications. (They were all new to me this time. Bonus.)
Cuddly & creepy stuffed animals, ancient legends re-imagined, and even some disturbing stories of love. In Can You Read That Asteroid from Here? I learned some important tips to follow if I ever get my interstellar drivers license, (‘lefty brakey, righty speedy.’) When I started reading Hair, I thought that Joy Killar had secretly gotten to Adam and had him write about the horrors of finding my stray hairs EVERYWHERE, and about them secretly plotting her imminent demise. But, it was a story about a serial killer who might have appreciated my shedding. Stories like Bug Boy, and 7:17 From Suicide Station didn’t hold back on the ‘bum me out’ vibes, but there were plenty of giggles to even things out. When Gladys confronted her husband about his mistress, her question was ‘What’s She Got That I Haven’t?’, you can imagine the multiple replies that could have fit. But, in the end, there was only one answer. If you’ve read Adam Millard before, you know to expect some dark humor peppered throughout his work. What surprised, (and delighted), me were the Easter Eggs hidden within. I love when authors slyly reference their other works, or revisit characters from other stories. I’m sure that if I had read more of the Adam’s work prior to reading this – I’d have found more. But, that just makes me look forward to reading this again in the future.

Marionnettiste Promo lit

You can find The Marionnettiste of Versailles and Other Oddities on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari.

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Published January 10, 2015 by Shadow Girl

In our second trip to Hoo-Doo County, we find three more horrors hiding among the trees – Letter From The Bottom of a Mine Shaft, Corpse Eater, and Owing Ira. Fredrick Price finds himself alone during the zombie apocalypse, and confronting the things he did before getting to the bottom of an empty mine shaft; Marty Newstead is starting his first day as a mortician in Hoo-Doo County, and finds out that there is more to the job than he bargained for; and a young member of the mob finds himself on the run from the family, only to end up in a much worse situation.
All three stories are great, but Owing Ira has to be my favorite one in this collection. The notes written by the author at the end say that this story has been revamped for this anthology. I’ll have to say that I’m glad I didn’t read the original version, because this one is phenomenal. Sometimes the worst monsters are not monsters at all. They’re human.


Hoo-Doo County Horrors 2 on Amazon
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You can find Jonathan Moon on his website – Monkey Faced Demon, as well as Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


Published January 10, 2015 by Shadow Girl

‘I made this place and filled it with all these monsters…’

Hoo-Doo County is a fictional high mountain county horror author Jonathan Moon uses often as a setting for his dark and beautiful stories. Containing both new stories and rewritten classics from Mr. Moon this is the first collection of shorts in the series. This set includes the stories The Full Moon Express, Roadside Crosses, Witch Hunt Sunrise, and Parched. Also, includes a small chapter about the stories from Mr. Moon himself.


I’ve gotten used to visiting fictional towns like Walker’s Woods, and Castle Rock, but I wasn’t prepared to enter Hoo-Doo County. In the synopsis, the author says “I made this place and filled it with all these monsters…”, and I knew it was a place I had to visit.
The four tales in this anthology are The Full Moon Express, Witch Hunt Sunrise, Roadside Crosses, and Parched. Werewolves, witches, ghosts, vampires all lurk in Hoo-Doo County – and they’re waiting for you to come and visit.
As soon as I finished, I immediately dove into Hoo-Doo County Horrors Volume 2, (review to come). I just found out that there is a Volume 3 ready and waiting for me, and I’ve been due for another vacation…

Hoo-Doo County Horrors on Amazon
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Hoo-Doo County Horrors on Library Thing
Hoo-Doo County Horrors on Shelfari

You can find Jonathan Moon on his website – Monkey Faced Demon, as well as Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


Published January 9, 2015 by Shadow Girl

From Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists.

Terry M. West and Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. present a revolutionary approach to the horror fiction anthology. JOURNALS OF HORROR: Found Fiction is a collection of terror inspired by the mechanics of the found footage horror film. In JOURNALS OF HORROR, the stories presented are horrific encounters committed to paper,  item or device and discovered later. Each tale is a case file that has been transcribed from some type of unearthed diary. These tales can be discovered anywhere.


I’m a big fan of found footage horror movies. The Last Broadcast, The Blair Witch Project, and even a couple of the Paranormal Activity movies weren’t bad. When I saw Journals of Horror, and saw all the top-notch writers involved… I knew I had to have it! Found footage horror without the headache or motion sickness? Yes, please.

Each story within this anthology is listed by a case number, and how/where the notes were found & transcribed. They each find their own voice – FBI secret divisions, obsession, curses, even the criminally insane aren’t safe!
JoH is something new & unique in the world of horror, and it couldn’t have been done by a better group of authors.

Terry M. West
Regina West
Robin Dover
D.S. Ullery
Jeff O’Brian
Paula Cappa
DJ Tyrer
Evan Purcell
Michael McGlade
Darryl Dawson
Joseph Ramshaw
Todd Keisling
Matt Hayward
Glenn Rolfe
Crystal Leflar
Michael Seese
John Ledger
Michael Thomas-Knight
Paul D. Marks
Sonja Thomas
Essel Pratt
Lori R. Lopez
P.D. Cacek
Eric Gustafson
Stuart Keane
Robert McGough
Wesley Thomas
Robert Holt
Christopher Alan Broadstone

Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc.

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