Before Cain Strikes by Joshua Corin (Book Review)

[rating:3.5/5] School is in session. The subject is murder. When the student is ready, the teacher appears. The only problem is, in this online classroom the students are would-be serial killers eager to learn the tricks of the trade from a master, the enigmatic Cain42. FBI consultant Esme Stuart is struggling to stanch the doubt and fear eating away at her marriage. Now a seedy truecrime writer is dredging up the deadly confrontation that nearly destroyed her. Esme knows her involvement in the case could cost her everything. Her marriage. Her daughter. Her life. But when Cain openly challenges his “students” to embark on a killing spree, she has no choice but to act— before Cain strikes another victim down… Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (Book Review)

Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock's groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film's stars, writers, and crew members.

Let it be known right off the bat that I’m a fan of the movie Psycho (not the remake) and its sequels. I’m also a fan of other horror movies and horror stories and novels. I’ve been running horror websites... Continue reading

Corktown by Ty Hutchinson (Book Review)

In the quiet Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, a mutilated body has the residents nervous and for good reason. Detroit Metro Police recognize the handiwork of the serial killer known as the Doctor. But there’s a problem with that. They locked him up seven years ago. Because of her expertise with serial killers, FBI agent, Abby Kane, is tasked with figuring out how this madman is able to kill again. When she visits The Doctor behind bars, he swears he’s innocent and not the psychopath everyone thinks he is. Oddly enough, Abby believes him.

I got this one to review for free from NetGalley awhile back and just finally finished reading it. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about it either... Continue reading

Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series book #2) By Heather Graham (Book Review)

[rating:3.5/5] Donegal Plantation is known for its captivating atmosphere, Civil War reenactments, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery's most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help the plantation owner and his granddaughter, Ashley, turn to an elite team of paranormal investigators. Among the "Krewe of Hunters" is Ashley's ex-flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried—even in death.… Continue reading

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series book #1) By Heather Graham (Book Review)

[rating:2/5] In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house — once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work. A secret government unit is sent to investigate the haunted house. Continue reading

Playback: Light and Shadow by Elizabeth Massie (Book Review)

[rating:2/5] A chilling prequel to the forthcoming horror movie Playback, starring Christian Slater, Alessandra Torresani, and Toby Hemingway, in which a group of high-school students accidentally awakens an evil that possesses its victims through video. The dark curse dates back to turn-of-the-century New York, and begins with a grudge surrounding the birth of film itself. While fooling around with the movie camera invented by his murdered grandfather, a rich young playboy is overcome with bloodlust—and sets out to kill one of history’s most beloved figures. Continue reading

Sacred Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series book #3) By Heather Graham (Book Review)

[rating:3/5] Murders take place on a daily basis in New York. But what’s so special about these murders is that someone is copying each and everyone of Jack The Ripper’s kills. The Krewe of Hunters is called in to investigate the murders using their paranormal abilities. When Whitney arrives early she finds herself working very closely with Jude, a NYC detective. Continue reading

The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters Series book #4) By Heather Graham (Book Review)

[rating:2.5/5] In Salem, Massachusetts stands the Lexington House. A house that has seen numerous murders over the years. Jenna Duffy has made a career out of investigating the inexplicable. Yet nothing could prepare her for the string of slayings once again plaguing Lexington House—or for the chief suspect, a boy barely old enough to drive, much less kill. With the young man's life on the line, Jenna must team up with attorney Samuel Hall to pinpoint who—or what—is taking the lives of those who get too close to the past. But everything they learn brings them closer to the forces of evil stalking this tortured ground. Continue reading

The Pumpkin Man by John Everson (Book Review)

[rating:3/5] After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. Continue reading

The World’s Creepiest Places by Bob Curran (Book Review)

There are some places in the world where humans quite simply should not go. Not just haunted places, but sites where ancient forces still hold sway. We can recognize such locations by the responses they evoke within us—that feeling we call "the creeps." Visit spooky locations from Ireland through the empty deserts of the Middle East, to the misty hills of Tibet and back through Europe to America.

I love books like this, or rather I want to love books like this. I always loved watching and reading stories about hauntings and other strange activity... Continue reading

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