Sunday, April 5, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Dark Screams: Volume Two

Another stellar collection in this series! I enjoyed the first volume, and found myself liking the stories in the second volume even more! 

We start out with "The Deep End" by Robert R. McCammon. To read a horror short by him was great, especially with recent news of his return to the genre! This was a chilling story about a father seeking revenge against a an unknown nemesis. Norman Prentiss' "Interval" was a great modern take on a common theme: beings who hang around to feed off of sorrow and loss. Next up was "If These Walls Could Talk" by Shawntelle Madison. The author is new to me, and I'm curious to read more of her work now, this story was a chilling tale of stalker madness! My favorite story in this collection was "The Night Hider" by Graham Masterton. Masterton never disappoints! In this tale, we have a haunted wardrobe linked to C.S. Lewis, the evil within consumed him and inspired Narnia, and how a woman decades later works with her lover to defeat the evil within! Finally, we have "Whatever" by Richard Christian Matheson: my least favorite of the bunch. I found the story tedious and until the very end, had no clue what was going on or where he was going. 

All in all, this is a fantastic collection, and I cannot wait to read the third volume in the series!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I originally read this about 5 years ago, and loved it then just as much as I do now!  I rarely revisit books, but this was well worth it!  This book gave the Zombie genre a much needed boost which started a huge tidal wave of new books and movies that have not slowed down yet! 

Keene steps outside of the typical mindless flesh eating zombie shtick, and takes it beyond! I love his Lovecraftian influence in his work, and it is very much present in this book. Scientists are experimenting with anti-matter and end up opening a portal to another world, one inhabited by demonic beings who were expelled from our world long ago, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to return. They inhabit the bodies of the dead, be it human or animal, and are working together under the leadership of Ob, to take over the planet! Our central story revolves around Jim, who is on a mission to reach his son Danny several states away. With a great B+ movie feel and a cliffhanger that will make you rush out to buy the sequel, The Rising is a treat for horror fans the world over!