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All Tied Up With String #1 by Stuart Keane

Published May 9, 2017 by Shadow Girl

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great introduction to a new series by Stuart Keane. Like Matt Shaw’s ‘White Cover’ collection, this series is specifically written for fans who are KU subscribers. Don’t let that stop you from checking out these books though!
This is a great beginning to a series I’m looking forward to continuing, whether I continue my KU subscription or not.

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THE LAST MOTEL by Brett McBean

Published May 4, 2017 by Shadow Girl

They only wanted to stay one night.
But one night can last a lifetime at… THE LAST MOTEL.

The Lodgepole Pine Motel is the setting for nerve-wracking terror when a group of unsuspecting travelers find themselves trapped in a nightmare of violence and mayhem. Madge Fraiser is the kindly old owner of the rustic mountain hideaway, which, during one long night, will become awash with blood, as the guests are stalked one by one by a sadistic killer. Who will live to see the dawn, and who will learn that this is one motel where checking in can be murder? 

Here’s a great question for everyone…
THE LAST MOTEL was published 07.31.2011 by LegumeMan Books*(awww… I MISS LegumeMan!!), so why the fuk did I JUST find it?! SOMEONE really should have recommended this to me years ago! Finger Of Shame, my friends. Finger Of Shame.

  

A husband and wife…
A pair of petty criminals…
A young man…
And a perverse serial killer…

It’s Halloween night, and the Lodgepole motel is seeing more action than it has in years. The owner can feel trouble coming as she checks in each of the guests. None of them can shake the feeling of déjà vu as they meet, and start to get to know each other.  They’ll soon find out they are all linked by events that happened earlier that night –  each link/event being more fukked up & twisted than the last!

I’m not going to take the chance of ruining this story for you, so as I’m shutting up – you need to go get this book & read it!! Hurry up, so we can talk about it!! I’m DYING!

Find THE LAST MOTEL on Amazon, Goodreads, BookLikes, and IMDB ::winkwink:: 

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* Author’s Note re: publication
“[…] The book was published in 2005 by Biting Dog Publications. When the rights reverted back to me in 2009 I approached the good people at LegumeMan Books about publishing a new edition. […]

Kindle notes while reading…
48% OMFG!
70% oh shit!
Holy Shit – This book was great! I couldn’t put it down!

Ozploitation / Ausploitation – Low-budget Australian exploitation films of the 70’s and 80’s
Shortlink – http://wp.me/p37DRX-1FA

DOLLS by Matt Shaw

Published May 4, 2017 by Shadow Girl

From Matt Shaw – the author behind the black cover books – comes a terrifying story of lost love and mental illness. Expect twists and turns as he takes you on a dark journey into the depths of a broken mind.

Synopsis:
“He understood why she did it. She had lost her own baby – one conceived by the unwanted advances of a sexual predator – and hated thinking of them out there in the cemetery, alone and cold. She had to bring them into the warm. She had to give them the life they’d otherwise never live. It was her mission. But with each new doll brought home, her yearning for a living child of her own continued to grow. Yes, he knew why she did it but – even so – he wasn’t able to stand by her and he knew she was going to get a lot worse before she got better. But how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? And how do you turn your back on your own sister?”

☆☆☆☆☆ /☆☆☆☆☆
Another 5 Stars For THE Matt Shaw

IDK what stopped me from reading this title earlier, (published February 2, 2016), but I’m happy that I finally did read it! DOLLS feels like one of Matt‘s older titles – it’s not a black cover, not an extreme extreme horror, and the story totally sucked me in. I was 100% invested in the story right from the beginning.  Now, as embarrassing as this might be, I gotta tell ya… I didn’t see the ‘oh holy shit’ moment until about 5 words before it was revealed to us! I love that Matt can still do that after all these years, and all these books.

I’m trying to catch up on a lot of Matt‘s titles that I haven’t’ read and/or reviewed before now, so stay tuned for a couple more ‘not-too-extreme’ extreme story reviews, and for some with the buckets of blood & gore that I expect to be dumped on me very soon ::winks::

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
~sg

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ZAC’S HAUNTED HOUSE – A Visual Novel by Dennis Cooper

Published July 27, 2016 by Shadow Girl

CINEMATIC LITERATURE

Dennis Cooper has broken the cool people’s internet with Zac’s Haunted House.
It’s part of a “cycle-in-progress of novels” inspired by visual artist Zac Farley.

#ZHH DESCRIPTION

Dennis Cooper’s tenth novel, [#ZHH], bears all of the earmarks of his legendary and controversial work – intricate formal & stylistic play, disturbing content, an exploration of the borderline between fantasy and reality, concern for the emotions and dilemmas of youth, etc. – but it is both something unique in his body of writing and possibly something of a world’s first in the novel genre itself.

Instead of gathering materials from language, sentences, and the developmental character and narrative possibilities allowed and restricted by written fiction, Cooper has turned his characteristic inventiveness on the animated gif, employing gifs’ tightly wound, looping visual possibilities, nervous rhythms, tiny storylines, and their status as dismembered, twitching eye candy to compose a short novel of unexpected complexity, strangeness, poetry and comedy.

“Zac’s Haunted House” is as fun and eerie to explore as its namesake attraction, and, the more closely one searches and decodes its carefully detailed sequences and construction, a deep and fraught fiction puzzle.

AVAILABLE NOW as a FREE DOWNLOAD or to VIEW ONLINE

 

 

~ Have even more fun with Coop & The Gang ~

DENNIS COOPER / The Official Online ResourceFACEBOOKKIDDIEPUNK /

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“ZAC’S CONTROL PANEL” is now available as well – and it’s #free
Visit HERE to check out all viewing options for #ZCP

LIKE CATTLE TOWARDS GLOW – a film by Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley
Watch the teaser trailer on Vimeo HERE.

TEENAGE HALLUCINATION: A Tumblr for fans of Dennis Cooper

 

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance

Published July 13, 2016 by Shadow Girl

 ‘It does not necessarily take a fist to create a punch in the gut.’

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‘This fourteen-story YA fiction anthology delves into the experience of being bullied—socially, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and sexually. The school hallways, walks home, and house walls are no longer the boundaries for intimidation and harassment. With the rapid-fire response time of social media and smartphones, bullying has lost all limits, and the lines among truth, lies, and real accountability have become blurred.’

Cornered includes works from

Rhoda Belleza, Kirsten Miller, Mayra Lazara Dole, Matthue Roth, Sheba Karim, Kate Ellison, Jennifer Brown,Brendan Halpin, Jamie Adoff, Elizabeth Miles, David Yoo, James Lecesne, Josh Berk, Lish McBride, Zetta Elliott

I originally had this shelved on Goodreads as ‘ya-general’, but I had to add it to my ‘ya-horror’ shelf as well. ‘Cornered’ is pretty far out of my genre comfort zone, but it horrified me on a different level.

I’ve read a lot of (IMHO) outstanding fictional books about bullying –
THE 8th by Matt Shaw, JEREMY by Matt Hickman, MY BEAUTIFUL SUICIDE by Atty Eve,  RAGE by Stephen King, and most recently RAGE by Kimberly A. Bettes. (just to name a few). I think ‘Cornered’ hurt a little deeper because the stories lacked the gratifyingly bloody revenge from the victim(s).

I have the outline prepared, so BOLO for full review & author info. 

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I came across an article I posted in 2013 when I searched for keyword word ‘bully’, and I want to share it again now. Please check it out when you have the time.

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BUCKET LIST by Dawn Cano

Published May 1, 2016 by Shadow Girl

This is a book of extreme horror.

Please do not purchase if you are easily shocked or offended.

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 5/5 Revenge Stars

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Let’s talk about this as the people we really are deep down inside,  not the everyday face we project to strangers and coworkers.  We are the readers, the writers, and the lovers of true horror – so, let’s not pretend that we don’t have a rough outline of what we would like to do in any number of different situations. We’ve watched enough CSI and Forensic Files to help us feel pretty confident about our chances of getting away with… things – even our host Bill Curtis would agree! 😉

What would you do if you found out that your spouse was cheating on you?

What if it wasn’t a ‘just’ a one night stand, but a three month affair?

What if you found out that your lying, cheating spouse had a three month affair with someone who infected them with HIV, and they’ve lovingly shared it with you?

Mike Hickman is pondering these exact thoughts in Dawn Cano’s new short BUCKET LIST.  Needless to say… Mike is pissed!  He is going to make sure that his wife Emilia dies a very slow, and very painful death. He thinks “she owed me”, well… she sure is gonna pay!  Like us, Mike has watched a fair amount of horror movies and read a metric fuck-ton of horror books – so he has some pretty nifty ideas in store for his loving wife.  He even pulls out a recent title from one of his favorite extreme horror authors to use as a guide… this is gonna be FUN!

Our Dawn has become one hell of an author!  Her work leans a little more towards the extreme horror side, but she is writing great books without compromising her stories for mere shock value.  Another thing that I appreciate while reading Dawn’s work… whether she’s hidden something in a little quote that only a select few will ‘get’ right away, christened her characters with noteworthy names, or just taken the direct route and specifically named other authors and/or books… she ‘pays tribute’ to the people that have influenced her, and helped get her to where she is today. I think that is awesome, and it gives me a warm fuzzy ❤

I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!

 

 

You can buy Bucket List on Amazon, and visit Dawn Cano’s Amazon Author Page to check out her other work.

Expand your TBR List, and ‘follow’ Dawn Cano on Goodreads.

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VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Dawn Cano [and Lewis Duncan]

Published April 20, 2016 by Shadow Girl

John Reynolds wasn’t an angry person, and he wasn’t a violent person, but every man has his limit.

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Your soulmate, your split-apart, your one and only. Your… everything.
The problem with true love? When they’re gone, you’ve got nothing.
When John’s wife Megan died at the hands of a madman, he lost the one and only reason he had to live.
John began a private journal as a way to battle his inner demons, and to remember Megan in his own way. My heart was breaking for him as I read about their lives together, and how much love they had between them. (Especially when he explained why they decided to not have kids! ::sob::)
I wanted to dive into this book and destroy the person that could destroy a love like that, so just imagine what is going through Jonn’s mind! He is determined to find the killer, and punish him for the destruction he’s caused.

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Buy Violent Delights on Amazon, and visit Dawn Cano’s Amazon Author Page to check out her other books.

Follow Dawn Cano on Goodreads, and add Violent Delights to your Goodreads TBR list.

Stalk, ahem, Connect with Dawn Cano on Facebook – you won’t regret it!! 🙂

You can find Lewis Duncan on Goodreads, too!

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