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    {Review} ENDURANCE by J.A. Konrath

    Published by Pinnacle Books Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller Format: ARC One year ago, a young woman checked into a small bed-and-breakfast in the hills of West Virginia. She was never seen again . . . Tonight, the Rushmore Inn will host four new guests who bear striking similarities to the woman who disappeared. Like her, they are young and beautiful—Iron Woman athletes arriving for a triathalon. Like her, they were forced to come to this godforsaken place when their hotel overbooked. And like her, they will come face to face with the kind of terror that can kill mere mortals. But…

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    {Review} THE DARK GAME, by Jonathan Janz

    Published by Flame Tree Press Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller Format: eBook Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts.  The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged…

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    {Review} IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson

    IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson Published by Skyhorse on 3/5/19 Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror Pages: 384 Format: ARC, Paperback Buy on Amazon Goodreads One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster. Haunted by his past, Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he does with them doesn’t make him proud, just quiets the demons for a little while. But after Travis crosses paths one night with a mysterious pale-skinned girl, he wakes weak and bloodied in his cabover camper the next morning—with no sign of a girl, no memory of the night before. When motel-owner Annabelle Gaskin offers…

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    {Review} THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

    Published by Tor Books Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Haunted House, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense Format: eBook SYNOPSIS: From Cherie Priest, author of the enormously successful Boneshaker, The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages—atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility that’s every bit as fresh as it is frightening. Music City Salvage is owned and operated by Chuck Dutton: master stripper of doomed historic properties and expert seller of all things old and crusty. Business is lean and times are tight, so he’s thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Withrow appears in his office. She has a massive family estate to unload—lock, stock, and barrel. For…

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    {Review} THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, Jonathan Janz

    Published by Flame Tree Press Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Thriller Format: eBook Buy on Amazon 4.5* THE NIGHTMARE GIRL begins with our main character, Joe Crawford, intervening when he witnesses a young mother physically abusing her infant son at a gas station. What he doesn’t count on, is the fact that the abuser and her psychotic mother are part of a long-time cult dealing with the power of fire. Now, Joe has an entire sect of zealots out for his blood–and that of his own family. The pacing of this book was fantastic–page turning every step of the way. There was tangible sense of…