My 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge So Far…

* 2016 READING CHALLENGE STATS * Participants 2,693,803 / Total Books Pledged 127,845,226 / Books Finished 28,625,135 / Avg. Books Pledged 47 / Challenges Completed [to date] 5,475 / Time Left 95 days / KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYONE!
I’ve completed the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge, and have read about 128 of 125 books… so far – (that is just the Goodreads challenge, not Shadow Girl‘s personal goal… I am far from finished!) ¬†Just try to stop me – It’s not even October yet! ¬†
I may be 36 books ahead of¬†[the GR]¬†schedule, but do you realize just¬†how many books on my 2016¬†Must Read list are not even¬†published¬†yet?! (not to mention my ‘don’t judge me’ list or my ‘guilty pleasure’ list – No. I have no shame). ¬†
OMG, these authors are killing me! 
But, I wouldn’t want to go any other way.
Big, BIG, HUGE thanks to the minds behind the mayhem.
You guys are a large & very important¬†part of my life, and I’m lucky enough to call many of you my friends. Thank you for the journeys so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’re going next!! ¬† ¬† ¬†P, L & N ‚ô•¬†¬†~sg

Check out some¬†of my 2016 Books (so far…) ¬†¬Ľ

A Family of Violence by Jon Athan Mr. Snuff by Jon Athan Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand Lucifer's Angel by R.W.K. Clark School Reunion by Sam West My Brother's Keeper by Tim Miller The Uninvited by Mike Evans The Day Bob Greeley Died by Kimberly A. Bettes The Landlord by Brett Droege Unconditional by Blake Crouch The Criers Club by Kimberly A. Bettes Depraved by Michael Bray Brother's Keeper by R.W.K. Clark 8 Church Field by Stuart Keane She'll Never Know by Matt Shaw His For The Keeping by Myra FoxDisturb by J.A. Konrath The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury Car Nex by Michael Thomas-Knight The Con Season by Adam Cesare Sarah Killlian by Mark Sheldon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath Chat Show by Matt Shaw Woom by Duncan RalstonThe Eaton by John K. Addis A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Twisted Bitches by Matt Shaw Family Business by Brett Williams Tradition by Kyle M. Scott The Girls by Emma Cline Final Review by Dawn Cano Little Terrors by David JesterMr. Monster by Dan Wells Suicide Hotline by Tim Miller An Idiot in Love by David Jester Offline by Kealan Patrick Burke Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales by Cameron Trost Hide and Seek by Jack Ketchum Teeth - a short story with bite! by Matt Shaw Hair of the Dog by Matt ShawDownward Spiral by Gary Pearson Exposed by David Owain Hughes I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells Cornered by Rhoda Belleza The Wild by Kyle M. Scott The Lost by Jack Ketchum Diary of a Madman by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff WEB CAM JACK KILBORN by Jack KilbornWords Kill Me by Evan Bollinger Fool's Blood by David Jester I Am Karma by Dawn Cano Mother by Angel Gelique The New Neighbor by Ray Garton Charlotte by Stuart Keane All or Nothing by Stuart Keane Blister by Jeff Strand Hillary by Angel Gelique Mean girl by Natasha A. Salnikova The Lonely Psychopath by Matt Shaw The Light by Matt Shaw VHS by Kyle M. Scott One Violent MotherF*cker by Matt Shaw Flesh Factory by Sam West Keith by Andrew Lennon Love Lies Dead by Kyle M. Scott Dread by Clive Barker March's Murder by Andrew Lennon February's Murder by Andrew Lennon January's Murder by Andrew Lennon Hillary by Angel Gelique Before the Harvest by Kimberly A. Bettes Hillary by Angel Gelique Splatterpunks by Sam West The Good Neighbor by Kimberly A. Bettes Zac's Haunted House by Dennis Cooper Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The House That Hell Built by Matt Shaw Annie's Revenge by Kimberly A. Bettes 22918 by Kimberly A. Bettes Pushed by Kimberly A. Bettes Held by Kimberly A. Bettes Victim by Sam West Brazen by Matt Hickman Anniversary Dinner by Shaun Hupp Bound by Andrew Lennon The Funeral by Matt Shaw Hell, Texas by Tim Miller Bound by Andrew LennonCash Out by Dawn Cano Jeremy by Matt Hickman Caravan by Andrew Lennon The Customer Is Always... by Stuart Keane A Sting in the Tale by Matt Shaw Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts by Jasper Bark Strange Sex 3 by John Bruni Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers by Matt Shaw Shoebox by Michael Bray Trouser's Edge by Carl Lee The Haunting of Emily Stone by Amy Cross The Tale of Sawney Bean by Kevin J. Kennedy Dead Man's Chair by Kimberly A. Bettes Bucket List by Dawn Cano Sleep Deprived by Dawn Cano Kids by Jack RollinsSHE by Matt Shaw Terrible Cherubs by Robert Brumm Despite The Roots by Matt Shaw Neighborhood Watch by Joseph A. Turkot Violent Delights by Dawn Cano The Dumping Game by Stephen Donald Huff Larry 2 by Adam Millard To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeConsumed by Kyle M. Scott Murder Girls by Christine Morgan The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley Scarecrows by Michael Bray My Family by Matt Shaw The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Active Shooter by Tim Miller Hexad by Andrew Lennon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Fiends by Richard Laymon  Freddy's House by David Jester

Book Reviews Fiction Horror

THE SUMMER I DIED by Ryan C. Thomas

The cult slasher novel is back in this all new edition which features the original text as it was meant to be published! Dubbed one of “The Most Intense Horror Novels” ever written by many horror review sites, The Summer I Died is the first book in the Roger Huntington saga.

When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they’re going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures. . . two friends suddenly thrust into the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their life against a sadistic killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death?

The description sets this one up pretty well, and there isn’t a whole lot I can get into without spoiling the story. I’ll touch on what I can, but be warned…
Roger is home from college, spending time with his life-long best friend, Tooth, and both of their families. We bond with the characters without it feeling too padded or fluffed up. We get to read about a couple events that helped shape them, and their friendship, into what it is today. I think that bond is important, because without feeling how close they are – some things wouldn’t be *quite* as disturbing.
Their lives are beginning to go in different directions, so this is an important time for them. We’ve all had friendships deteriorate, slowly dwindle away until the person becomes just another unused entry in your cell phone. This is the summer that separates those two phases of friendship.
They head up to their ‘spot’ on Bobcat Mountain, the place where so many important childhood memories were made, to hang out, chill, and do some target shooting with Tooth’s guns. They hear what sounds like a woman screaming. They try to attribute the screams to anything else – anything other than what it is, it IS Bobcat Mountain! The screams form into ‘helpmehelpmehelpme‘, but from their vantage point, it is almost impossible to tell where the screams are coming from. Tooth wants to go search for the source, but Roger is hesitant. After some convincing, Roger relents, Tooth re-loads his gun, and they head off on foot. They hike further and further away from their car in search of the noises origin, until they finally see a house in the distance. What they find is something worse than they’ve ever imagined, even they’re late-night horror movie marathons couldn’t have prepared them for this!

I think I’ve ended that sufficiently, piqued your interest enough to have to read this story. DON’T RUIN IT!

**********SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!!**********
The first thing they see are the Rottweilers, random holes dug in the yard, and bloody paw prints on the back storm door. As they’re contemplating those prints, two people come busting out, a naked, bloody, and gagged woman followed closely by a mad-man with an axe, running straight towards them.
Roger and Tooth end up chained in the basement, with the body of the (almost dead) woman on the floor near their feet. The man with the axe, well, to be fair… the ax is now in the woman’s skull, so… The man that has them captive proceeds to torture the boys in such graphic & horrific detail, down to the smells, that you feel like you’re in that basement with them.
The depravity shown in this book is kept from being mere ‘torture porn’ by the characters. The pain they feel from seeing what happens to each-other is almost as bad as the pain inflicted on them. The game that the man plays as he’s choosing who to hurt, and how to do it, is maddening. A pair of dice that was taken from Rogers pocket is what chooses the recipient of each round of torment. A game of chance. If you were in that situation… what would you hope for? ‘Please don’t hurt me anymore’ is essentially wishing that your best friend gets hurt.
Now, when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse for these two, the author throws a twist in that takes things to a whole new level. It goes from a level of physical violence that is hard to handle, to a level of mental torture that tries to split your mind in half. The switch from witnessing the torture to having to imagine what is happening in the next room – just by listening to the tools & screams of someone you love – is painful. The author describes things in such excruciating detail, you’ll remember this story forever. Even though I’ve warned of spoilers, I’m not giving away the end.

BORN TO BLEED – The Sequel

Born to Bleed is the exciting sequel to the cult classic, The Summer I Died! It’s been ten years since Roger Huntington suffered through the bloody events in Skinny Man’s basement. Ten years since the game of chance, the dismemberment, the torture, and the grisly deaths. Roger has moved to California where he now works as a painter and pines after his co-worker, Victoria. It’s a seemingly bland life, which is how he likes it. But just as he can’t forget his past, he is about to discover that his future may hold far more terrifying events than anything he could possibly imagine.

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If I don’t get BORN TO BLEED soon, I have SCRAPS AND CHUM queued up and ready to read, so watch for my discussions on both!!
P, L, & N