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    {Review} THE TWISTED ONES, by T. Kingfisher

    Published by Gallery \ Saga Publishing Genres: Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Girls & Women, Lovecraftian, Noir, Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense, Weird Tales Format: Paperback When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show. When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse…

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    {Review} THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK, by Calvin Demmer

    Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller, Weird Tales Format: eBook Sylvia Bernstein doesn’t want to end up on a dead-end path like a former journalism colleague. She begins searching the tabloid’s archives for a story that can get her career back on track. A strange bridge, with an abnormally high rate of suicides, seems like the perfect place to start. She journeys to the little town, eager to investigate, but encounters a tale far more sinister than she ever expected… 4.5 stars. Buy on Amazon THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK is a story from author Calvin Demmer. Previously, I had only read a collection…

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    {Review} OUT BEHIND THE BARN, by John Boden & Chad Lutzke

    OUT BEHIND THE BARN by John Boden Published by Shadow Work Publishing on October 5, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Weird Tales Pages: 127 Format: eBook Buy on Amazon The boys crept to the window and watched as Miss Maggie carried the long bundle into the barn, the weight of it stooping her aging back. Rafter lights spilled from the barn doors and Davey saw an arm fall from the canvas-wrapped parcel. He smiled. “She got someone!” Both children grinned and settled in their beds, eyes fixed to the ceiling. This was family growth. "Boden and Lutzke weave heartache and a backwoods tale as easily as…

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    {Review} STIRRING THE SHEETS, by Chad Lutzke

    STIRRING THE SHEETS by Chad Lutzke Published by Bloodshot Books on April 13, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Weird Tales Pages: 130 Format: eBook, Paperback Buy on Amazon An elderly funeral home worker, struggling with the loss of his wife, finds an unnatural attraction to a corpse at work resembling his late bride in her younger years. A story of desperation, loneliness and letting go. STIRRING THE SHEETS is the first novella I have read by author Chad Lutzke. After finishing this one in a single sitting, I am so glad I already have two additional books of his in my TBR pile to read next! I’ll…

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    {Review} THE RUST MAIDENS, by Gwendolyn Kiste

    THE RUST MAIDENS by Gwendolyn Kiste Published by JournalStone on November 16, 2018 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Weird Tales Pages: 218 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street. It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of that compares to what’s happening in their own west side neighborhood. The girls Phoebe and Jacqueline have…