Recently I had a chance to read some great books from a new publication house called Rothco Press, based out of Los Angeles. And while these are not my typical horror literature reviews, remember that it is good to read outside of your own genre. Hell, I’ve been know to read a romance novel or two! Anyways, enough about me and my smut novels. Here are some of my favorite picks of the Rothco lot. All the following can be purchased straight from their website at www.rothcopress.com.
How I had never heard of Frank Lauria before reading Fog City Blues is beyond me, because Frank Lauria can write. With 22 novels to his name, one would think I would have discovered his work sooner. But now, thanks to the good people at Rothco Press, Frank and his stable of strong characters are back on paper and e-paper alike. Fog City Blues is the first book in an all-new series and follows a man named Sam Devine on the brink of the 9/11 disaster. He is a hard drinking, drug induced addict that works for the DEA. But Sam, just like Franks writing, don’t play by the rules and instead follows his sharp instincts that get him tossed into some serious, deadly trouble. And all this in just the first 4 chapters! Eventually, Sam is forced to make some tough life decisions and soon we witness the birth of a new character for which this special series of books is named after: Max LeBlue. With action, adventure, and plenty of gritty street violence, Fog City Blues is a worthwhile and unforgettable read. I think I have a new favorite author. Click here to BUY IT NOW!
If you follow my blog, you know that I am familiar with Shane’s work. He writes hard core horror at its best and if it isn’t hardcore, it’s pretty bizarre. Luckily, I love all those things in spades, but in Mutt, while still being hardcore and messed up, I see underlining’s of a more personal nature shine through. The main character is Patrick, a Caucasian/Korean mixed race guy who moves into a new town where his new adventure takes a dark twist when he meets Krystal, a local Mexican-American girl. Soon, Patrick is thrown into a gang lifestyle and is looking for a way out. But the only way out is death. The lies stack up, the tension mounts and in the end, Patrick has to fight for not only his life, but for love and pride in who he is. The themes are strongly geared towards inter-racial conflicts and fitting in, which is something that hit me deep. If you ever faced such trials in your life, if you never fit in before, read MUTT because Shane understands us. As always, just CLICK HERE to grab this book on the cheap!
Frank Lauria writes some complex characters but out of them all, the most complex has to be Dr. Owen Orient. In Demon Pope, Dr. Orient battles over two age old artifacts of power: The Spear of Destiny (of Jesus fame) and the Grimoire of the most evil practitioner of the dark arts in the history of mankind, Pope Honorious III! This book got it all. Indiana Jones style adventures, fights of epic magic power, serial murders and evil Nazis trying to defeat good deep in the heart of the hellish amazon. If you can get a hold of Demon Pope, read it. You’d be glad you did. Available from Rothco Press.
This was a cool read. While material dealing with exorcist, religion and demons are not my favorite subjects, I had to make an exception with Elizabyth Burtis. Her character, Gabriel Wolfe, is a former exorcist for a crack demon fighting team, but those days are behind him, and now he is a Hollywood consultant on B horror movies (see why I had to read it? They call them hooks for a reason, folks.) And while a little predictable in the beginning, DEMONOLOGY took off after chapter 4 and never looked back. I was invested in Gabriel’s struggle to fight an Archdemon (His ultimate adversary) and was rooting for him to save Maya, the sultry love interest and only woman he ever loved. The story is ultimately about finding lost inner faith, sacrifice for the greater good and the struggles with the modern world. And despite the religious backdrop (which I am not a fan of), the book is diverse in its locations and the characters are believable, complex and solid. All in all, while light on the horror, DEMONOLOGY was still worth the buy. Get it here from Rothco Press.
And that is all! The fat lady has sung and died! Till next time… stay scared.