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IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King

Published April 24, 2020 by Shadow Girl
If It Bleeds by Stephen King

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone has a lot to it for a short story.
It’s told to us by Craig, beginning when he was nine years old, ending when he’s in his college years, and is focused on the big events that revolved around his elderly neighbor, and friend, Mr. Harrigan.
Read this with a box of tissues handy, just in case.

‘The waiting is the hardest part’
The Life of Chuck is told in reverse – but don’t worry…this isn’t Memento – it’s a great story that shines light on the good parts of being alive.
I feel in love with Chuck during his midlife years. You might fall in his beginning, or end, but let me assure you – you will trip.
And, man…that cat can dance!

‘No one provokes me with impunity.’
If It Bleeds is a sister story to The Outsider, (and the Bill Hodges trilogy).
Holly has come into her own, and has become quite the little bad ass. This is her first ‘solo outing’, and she sure took care of this story! I hope there is more of her in the future.
I also think I need to re-read The Outsider.

Rat centers on a writer who needs to prove to himself that he can get the novel that’s inside of him – out. (It’s something that hasn’t worked too good for him in the past).
With a little help from some southern NyQuil, a half-dead snarky rat, and a fever dream, the words pour out of his soul. Those words aren’t free though… is the cost worth it?


Shadow Girl‘s review Apr 24, 2020  · 

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.’


‘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. 


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.


Can You Guess The Horror Story From Just One Quote?

Published October 29, 2015 by Shadow Girl

You can take this fun Halloween-ish book quiz by  on Buzzfeed Books, and check back here to share your score in the comments!


  1. What horror novel is this line from?
    1. Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
    2. The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
    3. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
  2. Which short story is this horrifying description from?
    1. “Click-clack the Rattlebag,” by Neil Gaiman
    2. “The Colour out of Space,” by H.P. Lovecraft
    3. “I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream,” by Harlan Ellison
  3. Whence this troubling thought?
    1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
    2. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
    3. Carmilla, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  4. What chilling work gave us this line?
    1. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
    2. The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
    3. Carrion Comfort, by Dan Simmons
  5. What book is this unsettling line from?
    1. The Ritual, by Adam Nevill
    2. The Cipher, by Kathe Koja
    3. The Ruins, by Scott Smith
  6. What short story produced this moment of horror?
    1. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    2. “The Infamous Bengal Ming,” by Rajesh Parameswaran
    3. “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner
  7. Which Edgar Allan Poe story gave us this classic line?
    1. “Morella”
    2. “The Tell-Tale Heart”
    3. “The Black Cat”
  8. Which short story has this as its opening?
    1. “The Dunwich Horror,” by H.P. Lovecraft
    2. “Snow, Glass, Apples,” by Neil Gaiman
    3. “Out of Skin,” by Emily Carroll
  9. Which novel includes this beautiful, frightening statement?
    1. Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman
    2. The Vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice
    3. The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill




As for my score…

Shadow Girl is a Master of Fright
You got 7 out of 9 right!

‘When it comes to all that is gruesome, horrific, and frightening, no one holds the candle to you. Or a crucifix, for that matter.’

REVIVAL by Stephen King

Published November 23, 2014 by Shadow Girl


A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

RevivalRevival by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a lifelong fan of Stephen King I should be used to the author following a certain trend. Revival is another good story with a slightly disappointing [to me] ending. It follows the life of Jamie Morton, and his connection to Reverend Charles Jacobs, over a period of about fifty years. We’re back in Harlow again, too – that makes me happy!!
Reverend Jacobs has been performing miracles. But, as Jamie learns, these miracles don’t come without a price.

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Uniquely Portable Magic(k)

Published May 28, 2014 by Shadow Girl


Stephen King by Christine Dougherty

Published March 20, 2014 by Shadow Girl

STEPHEN KING A Short Story by Christine Dougherty
‘STEPHEN KING A Short Story’ can be downloaded on Amazon for 99¢, and is part of the collection – Evil Eight, Eight Tales of Horror.

My copy says WRITTEN BY CHRISTINE DOUGHERTY, all of her books on Amazon [dot com] now say ‘Chris Dougherty’.

Harold promised his wife, Michelle, that he’d be home early tonight. I know I’m not the only person who’s husband is constantly saying the same thing – just like I know that I’m not the only one who is let down by that promise every single time! Michelle is in our group tonight, because it’s 1:15 am, and Harold is still sitting at his desk in the office! He thinks since she probably went to bed hours ago – he’ll go ahead and work through his email.
He runs ‘GravenWords‘, a website (formed from a blog), dedicated to his love of books (and sometimes movies) in the horror realm. This generates a truck-load of email – trust me on this! Fans comment on their favorite books & movies, post about long awaited releases, and in the horror community – a ‘bond’ is formed between fans. It can be awesome! But, if fans don’t agree with your opinion, they let you know that, too!
Harold also receives numerous requests from writers who want him to review their work. – (There’s a bit where he’s bitching to himself about people writing nothing but ‘shitty little horror novellas’ these days, and I actually laughed out loud when I read “Who the fuck reads novellas?”) And, that’s exactly what this last email is! As he reads it, he thinks it’s a nice change to receive a polite and professional request from someone, until he gets to the end – where the guy compares his writing to Stephen King’s.
Tired and irritated, Harold fires off a quick, and nasty reply.
He regrets his harsh reaction immediately, and that’s the only reason he accepted the chat request. He comes to realize that accepting this chat may turn out to be the biggest regret of his life!

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The website that Harold runs, GravenWords, is a real blogspot address, and it’s ran by Christine 🙂 Check it out –

This is just the beginning.

I’ll go first and you keep a hold of my shirt; don’t lose me in the dark!

I think there’s worse to come.

Don’t be scared, though.

I know the way.

Yeah, I’m that kind of person. I check fictional posts, sites, and sometimes phone numbers. I just like to see how far people are willing to take a joke! (More than once… I’ve been very pleasantly surprised!) Don’t judge me! Ask ANY child of the 80’s who’s phone number this is, and if they’ve ever called her! 867-5309

The book is dedicated to Christine’s hero, The King of Horror
I love that, and I really hope that SK is the kind of guy that would pick up, and read, a book titled with his name.

Visit Christine, browse titles, and catch important updates –

Watch for my review of Evil Eight – coming soon on BBB

$2.99 @ Amazon

$2.99 @ Amazon

Evil Eight, Eight Tales of Horror by Christine Dougherty
Zombies and vampires, ghosts and monsters in human form populate the pages of this book, ready to haunt your nights and follow you down into the inevitable nightmares they will bring. Secure Will walls bring safety or doom? Soul Mates Til death do us part. Or not. Stephen King You don’t mess with the King. junker A father’s love knows no bounds. Hit, Based on Actual Events A chilling look at one possible outcome to a devastating series of events. The Must Have Christmas can be a real bitch. Kids Today George Hart really likes kids. One Night Only in the Haunted Woods Halloween never felt so bad.

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