King of Fear

The Troop - Nick Cutter


Noooooo!!  Not Newt!  

I hope everyone involved rots in a dark cell somewhere.  They didn't even try!
They never found Kent.  I wonder how far they have spread and when they will be discovered.



**Stephen King says, “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.”


This would work for a lot of the squares, but especially for Creepy Crawlies.

Reading progress update: I've read 77%.

The Troop - Nick Cutter


Man, this is making my skin crawl.  I feel like I need a shower.  Eck! shudder


I'm pretty certain, considering some of the things Shelley has done as a child, that someone would have noticed that he just might be a psychopath.

And I'm really pissed off about Ephraim.
And I'm torn over Kent.  He was growing into a bully, but I don't think he deserved that.

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Dark and Stormy Night:  The Night Mayor  by Kim Newman

Deadlands:  The Wailing by M.R. Graham

Paint it Black:  Black Eyed Children  by Sara Clancy

Creepy Crawlies:  Invasive Species  by Joseph Wallace

Creepy Carnivals:  Dark Ride  by  Iain Rob Wright

Gothic:  In the Night Wood  by  Dale Bailey

Relics and Curiosities: The Harvest  by Sara Clancy

American Horror Story:  Sacrificial Grounds  by Sara Clancy

Demons:  Exorcist Falls  by Jonathan Janz

Stranger Things: Darkly the Thunder  by William W. Johnstone

Southern Gothic:  Wickers Bog  by Mike Duran

Stone Cold Horror:  Terror on the Tundra  by J. Esker Miller

A Grimm Tale:  Cinder  by Marissa Meyer

Modern Masters of Horror:  Sacrifice  by Russell James published 2017

Slasher Stories:  Dark Places  by Gillian Flynn

Terror in a Small town:  Them  by William W. Johnstone

 King of Fear:  The Troop  by Nick Cutter

Terror in a Small Town

Them - William W. Johnstone


And this started out so well.


Brain shaped entities from outer space come to enslave humanity for a few hundred years while helping them improve. Unfortunately, there is a mutiny underway, and two factions of the aliens fight for dominance in the little village of Sandy Run.


An interesting premise to what I thought was going to be a fun romp though B horror land.
No such luck.


We gradually degenerate to a continuous lecture about bullying and how stupid the human race is. Granted humans seem to have a built in tendency towards bullying, and we're not the brightest things going, but come on. We're not in the principles office. The stilted writing, constant lecturing, and the name calling comes across as juvenile and immature, like it was written by middle schooler. The head brain thing just comes across as arrogant and holier than thou, completely unwilling to see any side but his own.

The whole book is the reader basically getting lectured to about bullying by a bully and an overbearing parent turn and turn about. Sometimes in the same conversation.


1 star because the scenes with Sid and the paranoid old man in the swamp, and Dickie and Lou Ann stealing Sids patrol car made me laugh. Unfortunately they came towards the end.


Reading progress update: I've read 21%.

Them - William W. Johnstone


The brain from outer space likes John Wayne and Clint Eastwood westerns.

Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

Them - William W. Johnstone


Mmmmmm...  cheeeeese...


Talking tentacled brains that can read your mind.

Slasher Stories

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn


I don't know who messed with Patty's head enough to bring her to that decision.  Maybe no one and she was always someone who just never quite felt good enough. Which made her a victim waiting to happen.


Which Ben seemed to inherit which allowed Diondra to twist him around.  Some one should have tattooed Bad Seed on her forehead at an early age.  Maybe cunt would have been more descriptive for that little twat.


Libby's not a likeable person either, even if the therapists might have been the ones to cause some of her emotional issues.  She just seemed incredibly an incredibly self centered entitled little brat even at 30 yrs old.


I think the only character I liked was Aunt Diane. Straightforward, no hidden agenda, always there for her sister but not in an self sacrificing way.

And maybe the Angel of Debt.  

Everyone else seemed to have zero redeeming qualities.  Including the kids.


Modern Masters of Horror

Sacrifice - Russell  James

 edit:  I had this one slated for Terror in a Small Town, but it takes place on Long Island, and I really don't think that counts as a small town unless you go back 200 years.


A group of friends get together 30 years after graduation to finish driving away the vengeful ghost? spirit? of a man who was brutally killed by towns people over 200 years ago and is now stalking their children.  They screwed it royally the first time around.


And I want more information on the amulets!  This I think would have set it farther from just a retelling of It.  


and some other story I'm unable to pull from the depths, but it involves a group of families being haunted through the years because of something their ancestors did.


It felt like the story was just skimming the surface.

Not particularly scary or suspenseful, especially since the author keeps giving stuff away way too early. 

I can't remember what square I was going to use this for, so I will update the post when I get back to the big computer. 


A Grimm Tale

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer


I thought the step mother in the original was horrid. Geez Adri's a bitch.
Is the dr supposed to be the fairy godmother?  Every time a new character was introduced I kept trying to assign them a role from the original story.  


I would like to know why cyborgs are looked upon with such contempt.  If it was mentioned, I missed it.



Stone Cold Horror

Terror on the Tundra - J. Esker Miller


Wolf dogs bigger than a Kodiak bear have stumbled into a tiny northern Alaskan village.

They are almost invisible in the snow and they are hungry.

The back story of the wolf is interesting, though I don't know how plausible it is.


And what the hell happened to self centered asshole Grimes?  Maybe he got eaten.



Southern Gothic

Wickers Bog: A Tale of Southern Gothic Horror - Mike Duran


Sirens aren't just for sailors.


This made me think of The Legend Of Wooley Swamp by the Charlie Daniels Band.


Well, if you ever go back into Wooley Swamp, well, you better not go at night
There's things out there in the middle of them woods
That'd make a strong man die from fright
Things that crawl and things that fly
Things that creep around on the ground
And they say the ghost of Lucius Clay gets up and he walks around


I always feel guilty reading short stories.


Stranger Things

Darkly the Thunder - William W. Johnstone


Time loops and entities from the unknown.  Whose theorized origins seems a bit far fetched, but considering some of the stuff I read who am I to scoff.  

The thing is stuck in the 50s, and apparently doesn't like Mexicans.  Unless it's just the sheriff. Be prepared for some 12 year old style name calling/racial slurs. Most of the time it sounds like a middle schooler.

The story of a man whose truth needs to be told before the world spirals completely past the point of no return on the redemption scale.


Plenty gore, with enough humor to to make some scenes come across as completely absurd.



Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Darkly the Thunder - William W. Johnstone

Along with a couple pretty nasty murders, we have some weird happenings in a small town in CO. Mostly something foul mouthed over all the radios, telephones, pretty much anything with a speaker.


"Weirder than your funky, filthy radio station?" Lt. Smith asked.  She was still somewhat irritated about that.


"We don't have a radio station, ma'am. We had one, but it went out of business about five years ago.  What radio station have you been listening to?"


"K-U-N-T," Sgt. Preston said.


This way better than any haunted house.  LOL


The Haunting Season - Michelle Muto

That's it!  Can't take anymore.  


The premise is interesting, but the whole execution is just too juvenile.


I hope the house eats them all.



Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

The Haunting Season - Michelle Muto

Way too much teenage angst for a 'investigating the haunted house' story considering at least 2 of them are college age.


No one takes Allison seriously, the guys are trying decide who gets to chase Jesse, a weird housekeeper, and a ouija board. And a doctor of parapsychology or something to oversee it all.

Everytime it seems like the story might be going somewhere, it awkwardly dumps us out.

I swear this is written by two people who didn't read what the other wrote.


Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road - Jonathan Janz

Demons and serial killers.


I don't find demons to be particularly scary.  This started out pretty much as a retelling of The Exorcist, actually referring to it more than once.  So I was prepared to be totally unimpressed. 


However, it takes a sharp turn into 'holy shit that was unexpected' after the rites are concluded.  


The serial killer part skirted heavily on the edge of unbelievable - how did he think he would get away with it for much longer? but was attention holding.  However, I suppose that something serial killers don't really consider.


And what does happen to demons that have been cast out of their human hosts?



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