Kill Creek

KILL CREEK Written by Scott Thomas Published by Inkshares, October 31st, 2017 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it has remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the door will be opened for the first…

Bunny

BUNNY Written by Mona Awad Published by Viking, June 11, 2019 My star rating – 3 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most…

Night of the Mannequins

NIGHT OF THE MANNEQUINS Written by Stephen Graham Jones Published by Tor.com, July 14, 2020 My star rating – 2 stars THE SYNOPSIS: One last laugh for the summer as it winds down. One last prank just to scare a friend. Bringing a mannequin into a theater is just some harmless fun, right? Until it…

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH Written by Cassandra Khaw Published by Nightfire, October 19, 2021 My star rating – 3.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company. It’s the perfect wedding…

White Smoke

WHITE SMOKE Written by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books, September 14th, 2021 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern…

A Dark and Secret Place

A DARK AND SECRET PLACE Written by Jen Williams Published by Crooked Lane Books, June 8, 2021 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother’s baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery–stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer…

The Haunting of Hill House

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Written by Shirley Jackson Published by Arcturus Publishing in 2018 (Originally published Oct 16, 1959) My star rating – 4.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Rumors of psychic disturbances surround Hill House. Are they caused by a ghostly presence, or are the reasons for the building’s terrifying and mysterious reputation altogether more…

Pet Semetery

PET SEMETERY Written by Stephen King Published by Penguin Books, November 1, 1984 My star rating: 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat….

The Shining

THE SHINING Written by Stephen King Published by Anchor, January 28, 1977 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his…