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.
“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?”
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::
You guys know that I’ve fallen in love with the world of Carnies. CIRCUSPUNK (coined by Charie D. La Marr) is a genre that I can’t seem to get enough of! Thankfully – Craig Caudill has helped in my quest for more.
In an age of cold war cowardice in a world devoid of magic, Carnival People brought it with them in spades.
LEOPOLD IS A MAN OF SKINNY POSSIBILITIES… the story opens with the narration by Fin a carnival Hand with various skills one most notably Flamenco guitar virtuosity. He guides us into this world, revealing key players and the history of Leopold Limelight’s League of Luna Lustre. We learn of the Circus rivalry that goes back years.
Fin, Leopold and the Gang find themselves trapped in a sleepy town that is more haunted than sleepy.
They soon find themselves locked in a battle of Good versus Evil. A battle they were not prepared for by a long shot. A novella that was twenty years in the making comes to life for the first time. COME ONE, COME ALL AND JOIN US IF YOU DARE!!!
I’ve read about Leopold Limelight’s League of Luna Lustre twice already, but there isn’t a lot that I can say without spoiling this novella for you. There is much more to Carny Folk than meets the eye – demons, magic, and an epic battle that sucks you in until you blink your dry eyes and wonder how you finished it so fast!
Since Craig is so feakin’ awesome, he has Carny Folk FREE on Amazon right now – coinciding with this seasons return of AHS: FREAK SHOW!