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I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) by Michael Bray



Everybody knows of the terrible Murders which took place in Whitechapel, England in 1888. The notorious Jack the Ripper was responsible for the mutilation and murder of five women before he slipped away into the night never to be seen again. In this blend of fiction based on fact, Writer Charles Hapgood comes face to face with the a man claiming ripper himself years after the last brutal murder took place, and is intent on telling the story of how he was transformed from a regular child to the evil beast that he became.
As Hapgood hears the story unfold, his initial skepticism is challenged by his unexpected visitor’s extensive knowledge of the crimes. As Hapgood listens, he is plunged into a world of madness, squalor, abuse and manipulation when his visitor tells how his hatred for women was countered by a desire to love and be loved, and how when obsession turns to rejection, an ordinary man can go to extraordinary lengths when he feels there is no other option left but to become a monster.

In part Two, Miller continues to confide in Hapgood about the events that transformed him from man to the monster he would become, causing Hapgood to question his own morals when more shocking and tragic details of Miller’s life are told.

Mr. Bray sure did his research before putting these stories together, and I’m enjoying my visit in 1893 Whitechapel with him as my guide. Miller makes a new friend near the end of Part Two – and I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go in Part 3! Miller recognizes the man right away – you will too ::winks::


I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) on Amazon, and Goodreads

Michael Bray on Amazon, and Goodreads

Check out Part One of I was Jack The Ripper


I Was Jack The Ripper (Part 3) will be available on Friday, June 16, 2017

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“Interview With The Vampire” – “From Hell”


It’s been five years since the grisly events in Whitechapel, and the man believed responsible for the crimes, Jack the Ripper, has yet to be captured. Charles Hapgood is writing a book about the murders, and has agreed to meet with someone who has information on the case. Everything about this meeting is unusual, so when the writer invited the stranger into his home at 9:00 p.m., he is already on edge.The man introduces himself as Mr. Miller, and begins to tell Hapgood that he would like to hire him to write his memoirs. Ignoring Hapgood’s obvious irritation, and his many requests to leave, Miller finally brings the conversation back around to the murders, and Annie Chapman. He produces a piece of evidence, unknown to everyone but the investigators, and Charles Hapgood finally understands.
The man sitting in front of him is Jack the Ripper, and he has a story to tell.

We’ve heard the theories, seen the movies, and researched the case online for ourselves. We KNOW this story. Right?
Michael Bray takes us deeper, and gives us a voyeuristic introspective of the MAKING of the Ripper.


Part two of I WAS JACK THE RIPPER will be available on May 19th, 2017.

(I can’t wait until May 19th! I’m totally invested in this story, and I can’t wait for more!!)

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Cougars, Cookies and Construction: The Things I See Up Here by Jack Chaser

SQUEE!!  Look what Shadow Girl finally got her paws on…

Hey !
Yes, you.
I bet you didn’t see me up here but you can bet I saw you.
No one looks up anymore. Always looking at their phones or their feet or the back of the person they are stalking.

There’s a whole different world you see from the rooftops that no one ever thinks about. You can see things no one realizes. Like people fighting trees. Or flying sex toys. Or cougars on the prowl. Baseball games and peanut butter cookies.

Take a look inside. There’s a whole new world to see when you see the things I see up here.

Cougars, Cookies and Construction is written by one of my very favorite WP blogger buddies, Jack Chaser from The Things I See Up Here.

I’ve posted some of his writing on BBBB before. His horror story SERIAL was featured here during Coffin Hop – and I’ve been dying to read more ever since! You can click HERE to read part one of SERIAL, then follow the links to read the additional segments, up to it’s horrifying conclusion!

The Things I See Up Here is a constant source of belly laughs for me and The Dark Defender, and I’ve reblogged some of my favorite posts many, many times! So, you can imagine my joy when he released Cougars, Cookies, and Construction! It includes new stories and shenanigans from the job, as well as a few of our old favorites… ‘Flying sex toys,  cougars on the prowl, baseball games and peanut butter cookies’.

Stay tuned, you know I’ll review it here when I’m done!!


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SERIAL by Jack Kilborn / Blake Crouch [Revised/Updated]


SERIAL is a horror novella written by Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, aka J.A. Konrath. This is disturbing stuff. Perhaps too disturbing.
If you can handle horrific thrills, proceed at your own risk.
But if you suffer from anxiety attacks, nervous disorders, insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, heart palpitations, stomach problems, or are of an overly sensitive nature, you should read something else instead.
The authors are in no way responsible for any lost sleep, missed work, failed relationships, or difficulty in coping with life after you have read SERIAL. They will not pay for any therapy you may require as a result of reading SERIAL. *They will not cradle you in their arms, rock you back and forth, and speak in soothing tones while you unsuccessfully try to forget SERIAL.*
You have been warned.
~ J.A. Konrath

Well, you know what Shadow Girl says about warnings…

SerialSerial by Jack Kilborn / Blake Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Authors:
BLAKE CROUCH is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, including Run, Desert Places, and the Serial series. His website is
JACK KILBORN is the pen name of J.A. Konrath. Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.
J.A. KONRATH is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thriller series. The latest is Shaken, published by AmazonEncore. Visit Jack and J.A. at

The Twin Golden Rules of Hitchhiking:

# 1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
# 2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be a raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?


Why had I not read this yet?!
Honestly, I remember reading the plot –
(view spoiler)
and I’ve gone through my Jack Ketchum novels numerous times looking for that synopsis.
Chalk it up to a Derp Moment, a blonde moment, sheer stupidity, whatever. I’ve read it now!
HAVE YOU? WHY NOT?! You’ve got nothing better to do right now – go read it.
It’s a short story – I’ll wait…

I went back after the story to read about the writing process, I think a project like this would make me insane! Matt Shawand Michael Bray just completed ‘ART’ with the same process, and the masters got into it on a larger scale with Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. I don’t know how to contain my excitement long enough for that! I tried a few times on a fun project with Art (Grizz), and could never hold on to my bits – always sent them within a day!!


If you’ve read this, and all the other pieces related to it…
I have Killers Uncut – that’s not what I need, is it? I want Bad Girl: Prequel to Serial and Truck Stop – what else?
Is everything in Serial Uncut: Extended Edition or Serial Killers Uncut?
Talk to me – I want to get these today… now. Want to read BAD GIRL right now.
Make a chronological list if you think that’s what my Derp needs!! Haha!
I’ll post the list, in order, if someone responds, or when I Google it. WATCH FOR IT! You’ll need it!

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I was just looking at some of the reviews of this book on, and I refuse to start flame wars in comment sections so I didn’t call anyone out on their stupidity… It’s taking all my self control!
People are reviewing – “Two of the short stories in this book made no sense…”
Almost every 1 & 2 star reviews I took the time to look at said the same thing!!
How do people function in their day to day lives?

* In case you haven’t read the book, the “Other 2 short stories” that the geniuses hated so much – they’re the introduction and the author interview.

SERIAL on (Includes reading order)

I’ve never seen Shelfari until now… what a kick ass site!!

P, L, & N ❤

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SERIAL: Part Four by Jack Chaser

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Jack Chaser


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


So, that’s it? You’ve moved on?

You could have fucking told me there was another fucking man in your life. Fuck.

That’s fine. It’s just fucking fine.


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.



Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


Umm, look.

I am really sorry. I saw on your Facebook page before you removed me that your brother was in town for a few days.

Even you have to admit that to anyone seeing you guys together, the way you were draped over him, might make it look like you guys were a couple. I mean he practically was grabbing your ass, for God’s sake.

It was just really painful to see you with someone else alright?

So just call me when you have a minute. Please.


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.



Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


You really don’t have to be such a bitch about this. I really fucking hate being ignored. It’s stupid sluts like you leading guys like me on that really gets girls hurt. It sure would be shitty if something happened to you before you accepted my apology.



SERIAL: Part Two by Jack Chaser

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Jack Chaser


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


Hey, it’s James again. I thought I would just give you another call to say how much fun I had the other night. Especially walking you home after. You looked really great standing there…….. I just really wanted to kiss you.


I guess I should have waited for you to try to kiss me. I am really sorry about that. I just couldn’t help myself. No hard feelings right?

So just call me when you get the chance……… please?


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.



Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


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Serial: Part One by Jack Chaser

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Jack Chaser


Hi, this is Susan. I can’t come to the phone right now so please leave me a message and I will call you right back.


Hey Sue, it’s James. I know you’re not supposed to call someone like, right after a date, but I just wanted to say thank you for a great night. That little Greek place around the corner from your house was amazing. So glad you suggested it.

Anyway, I thought we really connected and I can’t wait to see you again.

Call me anytime.

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Jack Chaser’s Horror Serial – Foreward

Like I stated, I will link you to Jack Chaser‘s original posts at the end of the week, I want to make sure you don’t read ahead! (Feel free to search his linked blog The Things I See Up Here for clues ::winks::

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Jack Chaser

One of the greatest reading experiences of my life was reading Stephen King’s ” The Green Mile”.

The content of the book was fantastic to begin with but that wasn’t what sold it. It was a serial novel where one section of the book came out the first week of each month. The first couple of sections amped up the tension and the mystery to the point where I was waiting for the delivery truck to show up on the day I knew the next section was coming out at the little local book store.

It’s also something I have always wanted to try. Even on a smaller scale.

My plan is simple and also a challenge for me. For the next week, a new piece will come out everyday until its inevitable conclusion.

I hope it’s as enjoyable for you to read as it is for me to write.

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SMILE By Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw


SMILE was my first experience with Matt Shaw.
Let me share this little story with you…you can always just skip to the next paragraph if you’re not interested.
I was on a quest for something to read. Something different. I needed a break from zombies for a minute, and was looking for some good old serial killer depravity. I wasn’t in the mood for True Crime, either. So – my search begins. I found a ‘Diary of a Serial Killer’ that looked promising, warnings all over the place…(you know what I say about warning labels!) It was… meh. Good, but not sick. I ran across another title, ‘Shut The Fuck Up & Die’, and it was great. But, not quite ‘it’. I put the call out to my friends in a Facebook reading group, because I was starting to believe that I was the sick & twizted one. Maybe it was just me? I sure hoped not. My friends came through with flying colors! Names like Wrath James White and Ed Lee were common, but one name kept popping up. Matt Shaw. I swear, 80% of the people who commented dropped his name at some point. THIS WAS FATE! It had to be! I had recently downloaded one of his books – Smile. I was ready! Then, Matt commented on the post, too. He told me if I enjoyed ‘Smile’, drop him a note, he’ll hook me up with a copy of HAPPY EVER AFTER. I know now that he’s like a dealer! First taste free to hook you for life! Man! These stories are like none other. The Happy Ever After series is probably my favorite, because they are so twizted & hilariously wrong, but SMILE will always be special, because it was my first.
Big thanks to my friends in the Kindle Horror Books group, especially to Cathy Hudson & Suzanne Travolta-Delaney. And, of course, to Matt Shaw.

Let me show you the synopsis first. The Amazon Book Description:
He was stood there. Right there. He kept shouting that he was going to go but…. he wasn’t moving… he wasn’t. I thought he was bluffing… I only turned my back on him for a moment. A moment! Had I seen him go… of course I would have followed. Of course I would have gone after my younger brother! The thought of him lost in this shopping centre… alone… it sends shivers down my back.

I have to find him. I WILL find him. Anything to get out of having to make the call home to mum. She’s going to be so mad…

* * * * * * *

Alex’s mum was tired and over-worked. Holding down a full-time job, keeping the house clean and looking after the children – the youngest of which was still a handful with his ADHD as they tried to get the medication right – she just wanted a break. Even if it were only for an afternoon – so she sent Alex to the shopping mall, with his younger brother who was throwing a tantrum because he wanted to go to the toy store to spend his pocket money. She never once thought Alex would lose his younger brother in the crowds.

And no one would have guessed how the day would have ended or just how many more children were missing.

‘Smile’ is a new horror from the best-selling author behind the ‘Happy Ever After Trilogy’ – told through the eyes of the main character as he frantically searches for his missing brother.

I wanted to do that, because this was one of my earlier reviews. It’s short, because I was always scared I might spoil something. I’m using the original review because…if you have read some of my others, I like to review stories, especially Matt’s, as soon as I finish them – to try and catch my truest emotions. Here’s mine:
* I’m not great at reviewing books – but I have to review the ones I love! ‘Smile’ pulled me in from the very first page and I only put it down once – at 49% – and only to post a comment on Facebook about it. I stayed up and was so sleepy this morning – Worth It!! I felt the emotion of the characters so vividly that my stomach had butterflies. I have turned around to find my son not there before, it was only for a second, but Matt described those feelings to a T.

If I could write like this —-> <—— that would be exactly what I want to say. Suzanne Delaney left a review that I wish I could mimic.

So – let me just say this… I plan on reading every single word that Matt writes down. I have a new (to me) story already waiting for me to start tonight, and I know which one I'm reading next.

One last thing… Alex, I effing hate clowns too!!