Book Review — Beverly Kills

 

Title: Beverly Kills
Author: Sean McDonough
Genre: Slasher
Pages: Paperback 286
ISBN: 978-1-63415-278-5
Opening Lines: "The party was sick. Bro parties usually were."

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"Beverly Kilbourne has it all. She's beautiful, she's popular, and she gets to kill whoever she wants. The problem is that Beverly doesn't want it all. She doesn't want to be a friend, daughter, or cheerleader anymore. She just wants to be a killer. And if she cant get through just one more year of high school, then Beverly can leave home for good and stop pretending that she's anything but a butcher.

"Anthony has nothing. He's a loser. But he's got one more year to muster up the courage to tell Beverly that he loves her and he's determined to do it before they graduate and she leaves his life forever.

"After a senior year filled with drama, confessions, and decapitations, the clock finally runs out on graduation day. As the diplomas get handed out, the question still remains . . . Will the geek get the girl? Or will the girl slaughter everyone?"

~ Jacket copy



Beverly is everything to everyone. To the girls, she's the head cheerleader, damn near the top of her class, popular, and gorgeous. To the guys, she has a killer rack, great legs, and blonde hair. Everyone either wants to be Beverly or fuck her. However, unbeknownst to everyone, Beverly has a little secret—she loves killing people on the side. To her, watching someone's life slowly leave their eyes is better than any orgasm. And, once she graduates high school, she is excited to finally have the freedom to explore being a full-blown killer. She will be done with quickies in the parking lot during parties, missing curfew because someone took longer to kill. She can finally be what she truly wants—the hunter. Unfortunately, she just has to deal with those pesky things called attachments—family, friends, expectations . . . 

Book Review — Home Before Dark

 

Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Horror
Pages: Oversize paperback 384
ISBN: 978-1-5247-4519-6
Opening Lines: "Every house has a story to tell and a secret to share."


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"Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents, Ean and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. Three weeks later they fled in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book titled House of Horrors. His horror memoir of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skeptics.

"Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father's book. But she also doesn't believe a word of it. Ghost, after all, don't exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father's death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren't thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie's father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father's book, she starts to believe that what he wrote as more fact than fiction."

~ Jacket copy

After all the dust settled and the media attention died down, after years of movies and the Satanic Panic, did you ever wonder what the Lutz children thought of The Amityville Horror? This is the follow-up book/docuseries you wanted—the Lutz children returning to the sight of their harrowing encounter with the supernatural and trying to sift through the truth and the lies. (Of course, this assumes the Netflix documentary following the youngest son does not exist . . . I kind of wish it didn't.)

Book Review — Paper Girls vol. 1

Title: Paper Girls vol. 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
Genre: Graphic novel
ISBN: 9781632156747

 

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"In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time.

"Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood."

~ Jacket copy



On a seemingly normal morning after Halloween, collides with three other paper delivery girls as weird stuff starts to happen. Jumped by a couple of people who steal a walkie-talkie, the girls are chased into an abandoned house where they make a discovery. This discovery will lead them on an acid trip of an adventure.

Book Review — Left to You

Title: Left to You
Author: Daniel J. Volpe
Genre: Horror
Pages: Oversize paperback 228
ISBN: 9788755781435
Opening Lines: "Robert Sinclair pushed the wobbly shopping cart down the aisle. The good ones, which the employees hid for themselves, were gone."

 

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"Robert's mother, Helen, is ravaged with cancer. Every day could be her last, and Robert dreads losing the last member of his family. Robert's friend and Holocaust survivor, Josef, tells him an unholy story and leaves him. way to save his dying mother. But, as with everything in life, the salvation comes with a steep price.

"Will Robert accept what's left to him and save his mother? Or will the cost be too high, weighing Robert's soul down to the depths of Hell?".

~ Jacket copy



"What would you do to save a loved one?" Is there any cost too high? Any line you refuse to cross? All of these questions play through the book as the reader follows the agonizing journey of Robert Sinclair, a young man watching his mother die from stage four cancer. Working two jobs to make ends meet and keep in-home hospice for his dying mother, all Robert can do is dread coming home to find his mother dead. However, when a friend (and friend from the local L-Mart) tells Robert a story from his him in Auschwitz, Robert finds himself asking these same questions: Is there a price too high to save his mother's life?

Book Review — Man, Fuck This House

 

Title: Man, Fuck This House
Author: Brian Asman
Genre: Comedic horror
Pages: Paperback 200
ISBN: 9781736467725
Opening Lines: "Through the upstairs window, the House watched."

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"Sabrina Haskins and her family havbe just moved into their dream home, a gorgeous Craftsman in the rapidly-growing Southwestern city of Jackson Hill. Sabrina's a bored and disillusioned homemaker, Hal a reverse mortgage salesman with a penchant for ill-timed sports analogies. Their two children, Damien and Michaela, are bright and precocious.

"At first glance, the house is perfect. But things aren't what they seem.

"Sabrina's hearing odd noises, seeing strange visions. Their neighbors are odd or absent. And Sabrina's already-fraught relationship with her son is about to be tested in a way no parent could ever imagine.

"Because while the Hasking family might be the newest owners of 4596 James Circle, they're far from its only residents . . ."

~ Jacket copy



When Hal gets a promotion that will move the family across country, Sabrina finally sees her dreams of leaving Ohio coming true. Living in a town full of broken promises and dreams, she sees this as an opportunity to finally grow and expand. And, on top of that, their new house is her dream home! Aside from the grumbling tweens and a boring, ho-hum marriage, this could finally be her moment. Until she starts seeing weird things in her house and everyone starts questioning her sanity.

Book Review — The Game

 

Title: The Game
Author: Matt Shaw
Genre: Extreme horror
Pages: Oversize paperback, 134
ISBN: 978154826729
Opening Lines: "The hammer connected with Colin MacGregor's head with a satisfying crunch that splintered his skull into fragments beneath the skin."

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"A not so secret show aired via a private satelite on the dark web, where contestants are forced to fight one another and navigate their way through a maze of unspeakable horrors.

"In this episode it's Victoria's turn. A woman plucked from her normal life and dropped directly into hell, unaware she is being watched all across the world.

"The producers don't know if she will survive and they don't care. All they care about are the viewing figures. More gore, more ratings.

"The game was start . . ."

~ Jacket copy



Waking up in a room with a stranger and a mysterious note on the only door out is not exactly how Victoria planned to spend her day. After people break into her house, kill the family dog, and kidnap her Victoria isn't sure what to expect. The fight through a rudimentary, half-assed version of Jigsaw's puzzles did not top her list. Yet, here she is . . . But will she survive the harrowing experience?

Book Review — The Tattooist of Auschwitz

 

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biography
Pages: Oversize paperback 265
ISBN: 978-1-78576-367-0
Opening Lines:  "Lale tries not to look up. He reaches out to take a piece of paper being handed to him."

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"In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisonhers marked for survival—scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbol of the Holocaust.

"Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale—a dandy, jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer—it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too.

"And then the hallucinations start.

"So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the Tattooist of Auschwitz."

~ Jacket copy



Part historical fiction, part biography, The Tattooist of Auschwitz gives readers a different perspective of the Holocaust—the view of a Jew turned "traitor" and what he did to survive. Unlike many of the heart-rending stories of the victims, The Tattooist of Auschwitz finds joy and hope in the gray, desolate landscape of the most infamous concentration camp and dares readers to consider what they would do for love.

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