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    {Review} Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell, narrated by Matt Godfrey

    Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell, Matt Godfrey Published by Valancourt Books on 10.9.17 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Southern Gothic, Supernatural Pages: 800 Format: Audiobook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories…

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    {Review} Wicked Stepmother by Michael McDowell and Dennis Schuetz

    by Michael McDowell Published by Valancourt Books on April 5, 2016 Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Law & Crime, Psychological Horror Pages: 232 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Seducing a proper Bostonian was easy. Making him die of a heart attack a week after the wedding was hardly any trouble at all. Now she has money, social status, everything she has cunningly schemed to get since she was a poor little girl. Everything except the Brookline mansion and the multi-million dollar trust fund left to the three children. But what wicked stepmother couldn't get rid of three children? Jonathan, too smart for his own good and suspicious about…

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    {Review} Katie by Michael McDowell

    by Michael McDowell Published by Valancourt Books on 3/10/15 Genres: Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Thriller Pages: 295 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Are you a horror fan? If so, read this book NOW!! This tale reminds me of how and why I became a horror fan. I remember picking up horror paperbacks in the late 70s-early 80s and ripping through them at a breakneck pace. I experienced that feeling again this past weekend and I realized how much I missed and loved that experience! In the very small town of New Egypt, New Jersey lives Philomela Drax with her mother, the local seamstress. They don’t have much…

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    {Review} Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

    by Michael McDowell Published by Valancourt Books on 2/24/2015 Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller Pages: 256 Format: eARC Buy on Amazon Goodreads Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy southern town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: fourteen-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march…

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    {Review} The Amulet by Michael McDowell

    by Michael McDowell Published by Valancourt Books on 11/7/13 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller Pages: 320 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Goodreads This book was a good time! It contained all the good over-the-top-ness of 80’s horror. (Technically this book was originally published in 1979, but I’m calling it 80’s horror anyway. So sue me.) This is another book by Mr. McDowell that was allowed to go out of print, but was brought back by Valancourt Books. (Another being the phenomenal book, The Elementals. ) With an introduction by Poppy Z. Brite (which I recommend you read AFTER you’ve finished the book), this novel was a tasty treat…