Pins by Jessica McHugh

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Eva “Birdie” Finch is a 21 year old slacker, wandering from job to job in her small town.  Wanting to fund her expensive drug habit with the least amount of work necessary, she decides on a whim to audition to be a stripper at a gentleman’s club/bowling alley combo named “PINS”.  During her tenure as an exotic dancer there are a couple murders that put a serious damper on the life of our devil-may-care heroine that forces her to do some serious soul-searching as she jumps from one boyfriend to a new love interest, and is forced to examine her possible bi-sexuality when she starts to fall for a fellow dancer named Honey. Continue reading

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The Mariner by Ade Grant

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The plot of this amazing book, in a nutshell, is that in a post-apocalyptic future a psychopathic alcoholic who suffers from twisted sexual fantasies is the captain of a haunted boat filled that is filled with the ghosts of dead slaves while searching for answers as to why the world has gone mad.  On his ship, the Neptune, he has his crew:  Grace, the Tasmanian devil, and her twelve offspring.   This is a hero’s quest, but without a hero.  Just a broken shell of a man who is lost at sea and trying to keep his demons at bay through drinking and self-flagellation.  The sad man with haunted eyes traverses the remains of a world gone mad with the singular thought that he can fix things if he just finds someone called The Oracle.

Yes, this story is as bizarre as it sounds. Continue reading

“Apparition” by Michaelbrent Collings

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A couple months ago I finally got a Kindle for the sole purpose of reading lots of horror novels on the cheap. Apparition is one of the first books I picked up on my new purchase. I didn’t think I would like an e-reader as much as I would reading an actual book, but call me a convert, I am in love with my Kindle. This book made me glad I made the decision to pick one up.

Apparition tells the story of a father (Shane) and his two children (Matthew, age 6, and Ella, 14) who are trying to put the pieces of their life back together after their wife/mother Kari (in a seemingly fit of insanity) tries to kill Ella in her sleep, before killing herself to stop the assault. That’s how it appears to Kari’s family. In truth, Kari was being possessed by a demonic entity and stabs herself in a last ditch effort to keep her unwilling body from hurting her children anymore. Continue reading