Birmingham Horror Con – In a Nutshell

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So we recently travelled to Birmingham for the HorrorCon down there and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We weren’t quite as interested in the guests at this one as we had been for the Sheffield ones which have featured the likes of Fenella Fielding, Ian McCulloch, Kane Hodder & Doug Bradley, so we focused on the shopping instead.

First up we paid a visit to the book stalls, I knew for a fact that certain authors I’d reviewed before would be there so we did the rounds to see who was about. We managed to find Andrew Lennon and his talented young co-writer Georgia & we also met Rich Hawkins for the first time too. We even managed to find Lex H Jones wandering between the stalls!

There were many amazing merchandise stalls to look at but in particular we bought items from the Custom Cupcake Company and From the Shadows, as well as grabbing books from the authors I’ve mentioned above.

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The cakes we bought were to die for! I can definitely recommend the Peanut Butter Brownie which is just heavenly. This stall will even baby sit your cakes whilst you enjoy the con!

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This is our little worm friend along with the books and purse I purchased at the event! I almost bought a Graboid too but I was low on funds by then.

We had a fantastic day, made even better by getting to chat to Tony Moran in the queue first thing in the morning. We also caught up with the lovely Mr Markzilla who was in attendance selling his fantastic sketches.

Unfortunately we don’t have a never ending source of money so we had to be sensible but there were many, many other brilliant stands I’d have loved to buy from and I can’t wait to attend the next Horror Con which is in Sheffield this May.

Sadly we won’t be attending the October con in Birmingham as we will be otherwise disposed but it’s going to be fabulous featuring guests, so if this has wet your taste buds don’t miss it!

Links below to Swansea, Birmingham and Sheffield Horror Cons;

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28 Seconds Later by Duncan P Bradshaw

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28 Seconds Later is a fun little jaunt from Duncan Bradshaw, an author I became familiar with after reading his book “Celebrity Culture” and I later got to meet him in person at HorrorCon UK.

I enjoyed this book, however it’s difficult to say much because it’s a short story and I don’t want to be giving too much away!

This is a taster for the Zombie Collection CHUMP, and if that collection continues in the same vein as this book went I think I could quite enjoy reviewing it! It’s a witty little number set in a Preparation Facility in Russia until one day.. things take a turn.

That’s all I’m prepared to give away to you so go ahead and grab it from Amazon. I enjoyed that Mr Bradshaw used the level of description in this book that gave me something to work with but also let me use my imagination so that I could relax with my cup of tea and just enjoy his words.

So grab this, and then consider Chump and I’ll see if I can beat you to it with a review of the collection whilst you’re wetting your taste buds.

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Final Edition of Rarity From the Hollow Released!

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You may remember this book from my review when it was first released, if not, please take a look at it here; https://rebbiereviews.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/rarity-from-the-hollow-robert-eggleton/

Well now the final edition has been released and the cover has been updated!

The book can be purchased here;

Book Depository

Amazon

Dog Horn Publishing

Weightless Books

See what it’s all about;

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

 

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.

 

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

 

 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

* Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

 

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” –Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

 

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

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Sick Bastards by Matt Shaw

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I wasn’t particularly desperate to read this book if I’m honest. Matt Shaw books don’t really appeal to me as I prefer a more challenging read usually, and I find the cover art bland and boring. Whilst I don’t tend to judge books by their covers, I think a bit of effort does go somewhere towards the marketing aspect. However, I’ve been asked if I’d review it a few times now (by my readers) so I gave in and tried to start the book with an open mind.

The story is ok at best. It’s supposed to be extreme but it just doesn’t have the shock factor it was bigged up to have. Alright, it has incest in it, but in my opinion the author shot his load on the first page and struggled to put the rest on paper. After introducing all of the “shocking” details within seconds of starting the story, nothing else is particularly shocking and the twists are more like a slight curve in the road.

Fair enough, the original concept of the book came from a joke with a Facebook friend, but the rest of it didn’t have to be. This book is screaming for an edit.

Littered with errors and poor writing, I spent more time re-reading parts of this book than I did concentrating on the story. Sometimes literally, because part of the book is actually repeated throughout as a reminder of what already happened. When I say repeated, I mean word for word.

If you’re only talking about two people, you can say “Father was first through the door” but there’s no need to say “and I was second” – I’d be very surprised if you were third! Also incorrect use of the words to and too really irritates me as a reader. It doesn’t take much to read your work before charging people for it, or even if you don’t want to read it, let someone else proof it for you!

I wouldn’t have such an issue with this book if it didn’t have the issues it does, I’d just put it down to me disliking the book. I’ve pretty much faced the fact that everybody is way too scared to write something truly sick, but at least have pride in what you’ve created. It’s not the story that puts me off reading the material, it’s the quality.

I can’t recommend this book, it’s each to their own if anybody does genuinely like it and the errors don’t bother them but I wouldn’t suggest it for the reasons I’ve mentioned above.

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Nick and Abe by Lex H Jones

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Nick and Abe is by far the best thing I’ve read this year. I absolutely loved it, within the first chapter I was enthralled. I didn’t want to put the book down and as I devoured each page I made the excuse of “Just to the end of this paragraph, this page…this chapter”.

Our main characters Nick and Abe are playing a game, live like “them”, feel like “them”, who can learn the most?

“Them” is us, the little people, mankind and they are something else, something bigger.

I was bereaved when I came to the end of this book, I had been consumed by their adventure, picturing the characters which had formed in my head, feeling their emotions and turmoil….and then.. they were gone. The story had ended and I just didn’t know how to feel.

The writing in this book is fantastic, the depth of the characters, especially Nick shows just how much thought went into this book. The references to a particularly well known story, a tale older than time – if you will, are fantastic and whilst you can see where the author is going it doesn’t spoil the adventure. This book is not so much about surprise or shock value as it is the detail built in to everything. You know the twist very early in fact, I’m just being dumb on purpose so that you have to read it for yourself.

I would definitely recommend this book, it has a nice little tie in to Christmas so you can get it now and read it over the holiday period.

Grab it here!

Also whilst you’re here I’d like to mention that Mr Jones is also in a Christmas Horror Anthology which is for Charity. I haven’t read this yet so I can’t tell you anything about it but if you’d like to check it out it’s here

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Bed of Crimson Joy by Jasper Bark

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“Ok…this is… different…” I thought as I tried to keep an open mind….

This is one of the stranger books I’ve read but given that it’s Jasper Bark, that’s not all that surprising. I actually really enjoyed this story, I wasn’t expecting the story to take the turns it did so it was interesting to see where the author took it.

I was of course mortified about the idea someone might read it over my shoulder and see that I appeared to be reading an old person erotica at one point. Luckily, as I looked around me nobody was giving me concerned glances – for a change.

The writing in this story is good, it’s only a short read at 56 pages but it does have it’s little surprises and good imagery along with some poetry too, in fact, the title of the book is mentioned during the story and I really enjoyed that.

If you want a quick but horrifying adventure, I’d recommend this one for a bit of hair raising fun.

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Halloween 2016 – Keith by Andrew Lennon, Narrated by Steve White

happy-halloweenHappy Halloween Readers! The most wonderful time of the year is here with fresh mornings, crispy leaves, ghouls and gobins lurking around the corners..

I love Halloween, every year I try to do something special for it, this year whilst we’re not going away anywhere we will be celebrating. This year we’re hoping for Trick or Treaters and I’ve even got my work involved so we get to dress up! It’s going to be ghou-lush!

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce a story called Keith to get you in the freaky mood…

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Keith is the story of an unremarkable man, on a journey of friendship and fear. Our main character John has a dark side that I can really relate to, referring of course to situations he gets into where the general public inspire dark monologues which are fairly common throughout the story.

One day he meets Keith, who after an awkward start quickly becomes his best friend. Unfortunately Keith’s dark side is rather less restrained and wreaks havoc on John’s life.

I can’t tell you too much more about it without spoiling the story as it is a short, however it has a bit of a twist to it. I did enjoy it and it shows some real promise. I think Andrew Lennon has more to show us and with each story his writing grows. I’d definitely like to see more from this author.

A creepy little read which will get you in the mood for Halloween, grab it here!

 

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