[REVIEW] Five Decembers – by James Kestrel

FIVE DECEMBERS – by James Kestrel Publisher: Hard Case Crime Available: October 2021 Verdict: 4.5 out of 5.0 The Overview:  (Synopsis provided by Goodreads) December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the…

[REVIEW] Queen of the Cicadas – by V. Castro

QUEEN OF THE CICADAS (LA REINA DE LAS CHICHARRAS) – by V. Castro Publisher: Flame Tree Press Available: June 2021 Verdict: 4.0 out of 5.0 The Overview:  (Synopsis provided by Goodreads) 2018: Belinda Alvarez has returned to Texas for the wedding of her best friend Veronica. The farm is the site of the urban legend,…

[REVIEW] Malignant Summer – by Tim Meyer

MALIGNANT SUMMER – by Tim Meyer Publisher: Silver Shamrock Publsihing Available: June 2021 Verdict: 4.0 out of 5.0 Overview: Kids are getting sick in Hooperstown, New Jersey. People are blaming the chemical plant, which has been secretly dumping in the woods by the river for years. But there’s something even more menacing at play –…

[REVIEW] City of Blood – by Daniel Barnett

CITY OF BLOOD (NIGHTMARELAND VOL.5) – by Daniel Barnett Publisher: Daniel Barnett Available: May 2021 Verdict: 4.5 out of 5.0 Overview: (Synopsis copied over from Goodreads listing) There’s a house on Utah Lake. A safe haven resting in the shadow of the unspeakable, the locale promises refuge for the Flashlighters after tragedy drives them back…

[REVIEW] The Hidden by Melanie Golding

The Hidden By Melanie Golding Releases November 2021 Verdict: ⭐⭐⭐1/2 This thriller starts strong and carries its suspense well until the final quarter or so. By the time things were actively happening in present day (the novel jumps around in time every couple chapters), I was starting to tire of the story. There’s a unique…

[REVIEW] Slattery Falls by Brennan LaFaro

4.25/5.0 Slattery Falls is the debut novella from Dead Headspace co-host and reviewer, Brennan LaFaro. Travis, Elsie, and Josh, college kids with a ghost-hunting habit, scour New England for the most interesting haunted locales. Their journey eventually leads them to Slattery Falls, a small Massachusetts town living in the shadow of the Weeks House. The…

[REVIEW] Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke – by Eric LaRocca

⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 This novella steadily grows scarier and more unsettling as it moves along. In the beginning, everything is cute and harmless. The story turns wicked shortly after, in little bits at first, but then full blast. I was sickened. Creeped out. Horrified, yet excited. This story will likely upset you at least once. I had…