Hi everyone! I’m back from Killercon 2012 and it seriously kicked ass. Made a lot of new friends and really pushed my career forward (when you get back from a writing convention, all you really want to do is work harder and write) and now I am back on the balls… um, er, I mean ball. So well I get these partials in shape to submit, here are some really great books I’ve read recently and my thoughts on’em. Click on the book covers to purchase them.
CHOURS OF DUST by Justin Paul Walters
Justin Paul Walters writes a jarring story. Chorus of Dust was ethereal and the theme was one of longing and belief and confronting your fears.
The story follows a man named Adem Comeauxa. When his grandfather dies, he returns to the family farm after a mysterious absence to recollect his past and mend his relationship with his sister Sam (Of course with much trepidation). As Adem does this, he uncovers an evil on his grandfather’s cotton farm… an evil that will force Adem to test his beliefs and eventually come to a horrible truth.
Do yourself a favor and read this one. Chorus of Dust is really a great, solid story and I cannot recommend it enough.
Buy it at www.darkfuse.com in the eBook format of your choice for $4.99.
THE RAIN DANCERS by Greg F. Gifune
Greg F. Gifune is in fine form with The Rain Dancers. Greg’s work is dark, psychological, emotional and moody. It makes you think and reflect and if that isn’t enough, in The Rain Dancers, we have creeps, spooks and surprises abound.
A couple, Will and Betty Colby, return to Betty’s old hometown to settle some business about her father’s passing. But then, one rainy night, a mysterious man named Bob Laurent shows up on the couple’s doorstep.
He claims to be a family friend yet he seems unfamiliar to Betty, and he knows things… things about Betty, her father, and even personal things about Will and as the night goes on and the storm rages, an ultimate secret is revealed, one that drives Will and Betty to the edge of darkness.
If you have never read Gifune before, you should start with this one. I really think it might be his best yet.
The Rain Dancers is available from darkfuse.com for $4.99 and comes in the eBook format of your choice.
THE DARK ONES by Brian Smith
The Dark Ones is a great read. It has all the elements that make an exciting horror tale: demons, sex, gore, blood by the buckets and most important of all, a great story.
A group of teenagers called the dark ones accidently release a demon upon a small town. The demon unleashes a foul and unholy wrath and only the dark ones know how to stop it.
It’s as simple as that.
Simple, yet you can’t stop thinking about it once you are done reading it.
I am an absolute fan of Bryan Smith and he didn’t let me down with this one. The thing I like best about Smith’s writing is that he knows how to set up a page turner and I’m always a sucker for stories like those.
The one I read was the Deadite Press edition, a much cooler cover by far, and Deadite Press pays their authors so why not go down to Amazon.com or Deaditepress.com tonight and nab it for $12.95.
Worth every penny and you’ll have a fun time to boot!
THE DROPPER by Ron McLarty
Ron McLarty has written an awesome book here. The dropper is a rich and deep read and every chapter reads like a short story all its own. While the story itself keeps a slow pace all throughout the book, you should stick with it till the end because The Dropper is satisfying.
It fills you up and you think about it even when you’re done turning the last page.
I know I did.
I was having trouble describing this fantastic book so I’ll just paste from the Cemetery Dance Website:
“Gutsy 17-year-old Albert “Shoe” Horn is an apprentice plumber and part-time boxer in England in 1922, but when his mother dies, he finds himself responsible for an abusive, alcoholic father and a younger brother with special needs.
This marvelous novel follows the indomitable Shoe’s day-to-day survival with poetic grit, cynical genius, respect, and deep affection as he navigates a world full of very real characters: the gentle giant McAvy, his slave-driving boss, the Irish louts that resurrect his temper, the tempting ladies who seek him out, his hilarious plumbing clients, and the formidable “Dropper,” who Shoe fears will take away the most true thing in his life, his brother.”
I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. Reminds me of Hemmingway’s or Fitzgerald Style. It has big, bold paragraphs that dance with each other creating a close and personal atmosphere and I think in time that this one will be a classic. Grab it from Cemetery Dance Publications when you can. $25 for the trade hardcover.