Review of A Love in Darkness by Dean Henryson
Book reviews , Horror / August 26, 2015

This is a horror gothic novel with an underlying meaning: how to defend our children from evil.  Dean Henryson, the author of this book, has worked for many years as a foster care social worker and witnessed many stories about abandoned children who have also endured abuse and violence from their parents. Sharon, the main character of A Love in Darkness, during her teenage, has risked to be raped by the new partner of her mother.   Sharon works as a social worker at a foster home and takes care of an eight year old girl who risks to be entrusted back to her insane, perverse and disturbed family: The Brewsters. Her mother beat Cindy with a hammer and continued beating the poor girl until when the little girl was entrusted to the foster home where Sharon works. In our society, it is always hard to prove the truth and other social workers and the county Court try to send Cindy away with their parents. Sharon is shocked and desperate, when one night she meets Laif, a strange and sensitive man capable to change the mind of people with the power of his same mind, but with a paradoxical phobia:…

Review of Wychetts by William Holley
Book reviews , Free ebooks , Horror / July 7, 2015

This is a very strange book. It is strange because it starts like a comic and funny story and continues like a horror topped off with a pitch of mystery and suspense. I am speaking about of Wychetts, the fiction book written by William Holley. This is the first of the series titled Wychetts written in September 2014 and published on the website free-ebooks.net. Wychetts tells about the story of a family composed of a couple of random partners, she has divorced and him also, and their respective children: Bryony, the daughter of him and Edwin, the son of her. The two children, at last, proved to be the real characters of the book, while their parents take a secondary, but likewise funny role, in a book that I can also define a very interesting adventure in the dark of an ominous and decaying cottage called Wychetts. This cottage is in reality a house built over 500 years ago and containing a terrible secret : inside the foundations of this crumbling hovel there is a malevolent power. Bryony and Edwin are forced to live in this cottage because their parents could not afford to buy a better one. This cottage…

Review of “Sogni di sangue” by Lorenza Ghinelli
Book reviews , Books in Italian , Horror / May 13, 2015

This book is strange and perfect simultaneously. That is always a book only written in Italian by a famous Italian writer: Lorenza Ghinelli. The plot of this book, titled “Sogni di sangue” is cryptic, dark and with a mystery and horror background. Sogni di sangue, I can translate like “Bloody dreams” and also like “Blood dreams”, tells about the creepy relationship between a mother and her son.   The Son’s name is Enoch, what a strange name for a 13 year old guy only, while the mother is Dorotea, a cold and passionless woman who loves occultism. Enoch is a normal student, seemingly, with only one problem: he limps and for this, he is also forced to wear metal implants to walk and go to school easily. For this trouble, Enoch is bullied by his classmates. One night the guy comes to home with a swollen eye. Dorotea takes care her son and help him to fall asleep and to forget his problems. But it is at this stage of the story that the book turns into a horror novel. While he sleeps, Enoch dreams horrible things, like for instance, to be inside the drain of the city, where he…

Review of Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast
Book reviews , Horror / March 18, 2015

Is it possible accepting an undesired change? This is the main question of Chosen, a paranormal fiction book written by P.C. and Kristin Cast. The authors are, respectively, the mother and her daughter, both passionate about vampire stories. Chosen is the third book of the House of Night, a successful series that has also become a very famous TV movie.  Chosen is the Book 3 of this series and tells the vicissitudes of a teenager called Zoey Redbird. Zoey has been marked with the emblem of the House of Night, a half moon tattooed on the forehead, this is the mark of vampires. The House of Night is, instead,  a sort of dark congregation inhabited of  monsters, goddess and vampires living underground and killing boys and girls to be turned into bloodthirsty  vampires. Zoey is one of the victims of Neferet, the high priestess of the House of Night, the same woman who marked Zoey and her friend Stevie Ray to become vampires. Neferet taught Zoey to use strange and terrific powers, but, at last, this woman turns out like a malevolent creature and not only a vampirism teacher. Indeed, those guys who don’t accept the transformation die, but they…

Review of Spiritwood by G.J. Wise
Book reviews , Horror / December 1, 2014

When I accepted to review this book, I didn’t know what I would have found or read and neither what style of writing I would have met during the reading. After reading the book, I found an exceptional work of horror and fantasy. I am speaking about Spiritwood, the first novel of the American author G.J.Wise. The full name of the author is George. He has always been a writer of short horror stories released both in printed and digital magazines. Today, George J.Wise shows the his skills as a novelist by publishing with Damnation Books his first novel titled Spiritwood. Buy here. This novel is the story of a mysterious town in the North of Wisconsin: Spiritwood. The name of the town comes from an ancient legend according to which the bodies of Indian shamans would be burned under the trees to protect the wood of the town. Ever since, the spirits of these shamans would live in this wood. This is only a legend or at least it should be, but soon the inhabitants of Spiritwood discover that it is not only a legend but also an awful reality. The first character to see the faces of these…

Review of The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
Book reviews , Horror / November 26, 2014

When this book was released, in 1796, it was harshly censured and charged of blasphemy.  At the time, indeed, I wasn’t easy to tell a story where religion and sex were closely melded. Despite all, Matthew Gregory Lewis managed to write a novel capable to create a burning mix of religion, power, sex and even of fantasy. We are speaking about The Monk, a book for adults classified in gothic literature. The gothic genre is a type of story set in the Middle Age, where characters are priests, religious authorities who are often involved in dark stories made of corruption, sex and countless temptations. This genre is the same which caused success of many modern writers, by starting from Ken Follett to other famous international novelists. In this field, though, the first true pioneer of gothic literature was Matthew Gregory Lewis. The first edition of The Monk contained many scandalous details which Lewis was forced to remove in the later editions. But if a reader will be so lucky to find and read the original edition of the book (buy here),  he can be sure to have found a real masterpiece of gothic literature. The Monk is firstly the story…

Review of Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood
Book reviews , Horror / November 18, 2014

This time, we want to suggest a book written in the early 1900s. The book is titled Three John Silence Stories (buy here) and was written by Algernoon Blackwood, a real master of supernatural and horror literature. The book consists of three short stories that have an only one character: John Silence, a sort of psychical doctor, or rather, an investigator of the supernatural world. Strange stories with ghosts, whispers, witches and creepy presences are the daily bread of John Silence. This character is also a sort of philanthropist because he doesn’t ask for money during his investigations, but chooses only the stories that he considers very interesting under the side of the supernatural and magic. Three John Silence Stories was written in 1923 and today is regarded as a rare book. The first stories about John Silence was printed in 1908. During his career, Algernon Blackwood wrote fourteen supernatural stories. The one we have read is, according to us, the most mysterious, dreamy and enigmatic story among those lived by the personage of John Silence. The book has only 154 pages, we are speaking about the last edition of 2010 printed in the Us by HardPress Publishing. Few pages…

Review of The Thirteen by Susie Moloney
Book reviews , Horror / July 30, 2014

This time, I want to introduce you a scary and creepy novel that in reality is a great work: The Thirteen. The title, by itself,  tell nothing, but if I add the name of the author, the topic changes immediately, The Thirteen, in fact, is the fourth novel by Susie Moloney, a famous and brightest Canadian writer.  The Thirteen is included in the category of horror fiction.  The volume, made of 300 pages, speaks about a quite and calm town called Haven Woods, a sort of little paradise  out of the city. The silent calm of this town is, however, only, ostensible, because in reality, the town hidden a nasty secret: inside a manor, not far away from the town, a husband, several years ago, killed, rather, slaughtered, his wife and son. Since then, the murky house has inhabited by a strange presence, a demon who is capable to transform the women of Hawen Woods in witches, The transformation doesn’t occur with visible changes in the women look, but only making a pact with the demon and offering him human sacrifices, even sons and husbands. In return, the women will receive eternal youth, power, beauty, money and anything they want,…

Review “Blackwood Farm” by Anne Rice
Horror / November 9, 2012

Yesterday, Google remembered the 165° anniversary of Bram Stoker’s birth, the father and genial creator of Dracula. About Stoker, anything has been said and hence I believe that it is right to talk about vampires stories but related to other authors. In this post I want to review a recent bestseller of Ann Rice, famous author of ”Interview with the Vampire”, a great successful book which became a movie with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, No. 8)published in 2002, tells a fantastic story at half between ghosts and vampires.   When I read this book I felt that it also was an emotional love story, where erotic passion and sexual initiation enrich the story of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since of birth by a terrible and mysterious ghost, a spirit called Goblin. The book character lives in a big house with white columns, spacius dining rooms and sun-drenched gardens. In this sometime happy and sad world Quinn is vampirized by Goblin and gains an undesired immortality. He can live an eternal life, but cannot love his beloved Mona, beautiful and seriously ill girl. Quinn’s life is made of dreams and contacts with…