Welcome fans to our favorite time of the year, Halloween. Just like
reading A Christmas Carol in December, I have a few good spooky little
stories to suggest on All Hallows Eve getting ready for the Great Pumpkin. I
have stories of werewolves, demons and strange little girls with a
mysterious past. So enjoy and hope you get all the candy and scares you
D. W. Jones
Crimson by Gord Rollo
The cover to this book is the first thing that attracted
me to this book. It spoke to me and told me something of
the story. So I picked it up and before I knew it, I finished
the book and was surprised as to how much I liked it and
thought, I judged this book by its cover and was right.
This story begins with the back story of a grisly
murder that happened many years ago. Flash forward to
the future, a new kid moves into town and into the house
of the murderer. By fate, this kid Jonathan becomes
friends with three other town kids. They become
inseparable and are looking for something to do.
Like other kids, they form a club and make a
clubhouse. In doing this, they unleash something evil,
something beyond anything these kids could imagine. Now this evil stalks them,
invades their dreams and haunts their every waking moment. They have to try to
stay alive long enough to find a way to put this thing back before its too late.
Rollo tells a great story that is full of action and pure horror. It has enough gore
for almost any horror fan. The characters are real and Rollo writes them real
enough for him to tap into those childhood fears that makes you afraid of the dark
and the monster in the closet. It is a fast read and not for the faint of heart. I
recommend this for someone who enjoys a quick read.
Moonwarriors: Guardians of the Night by
This is Nugent’s second book in the series of
Moonwarriors. The first one published five years ago gave
readers a unique take on the werewolf, one of the few to
make them a good guy. Guardians of the Night, published
earlier this year picks up what the first started.
The story begins years after the first novel where
werewolves are not regarded the hero warriors that
protected humans from the true evil. They are being
systematically exterminated by humans and vampires alike.
After the hero Walter Volknor and his wife were murdered,
any werewolves left went in hiding for fear of their survival.
Stytentos, loyal friend of Walter has lost his way.
Disgusted with the world and no direction, he spends his time in Nepal searching for
the meaning in life. Then in a vision from an old friend he makes a promise to
restore their people to their previous glory. Along the way and through time, he and
along with some unlikely allies fight the vampires to not only save themselves but all
Nugent once again tells an engaging story full of detail and action. The main
character is full of contradiction and depth and makes it real and wanting to wish you
could really know him. Like the first book, it is not for the faint of heart and if books
had ratings, it would be R and even bordering NC-17 for gore and sex. Now that isn’
t a bad thing, but it’s not for kids.
I recommend this book for all werewolf fans who are looking for an original story
with plenty of action.
The Reach by Nate Kenyon
The Reach had a interesting premise that I always
found that if done right, it works in horror; that is children that
are a little off. It works because we all think kids are mostly
innocent and don’t believe that kids will have the dark
thoughts adults have. This book does this and it does it
pretty well. It begins with Jess Chambers, a hard working
psychology major being requested by a well respected professor to consult on a
case involving a ten year old girl named Sara. The only thing
Jess knows is the girl has been diagnosed with a rare form of
schizophrenia and is under major sedation and under
But from the beginning, she notices things aren’t what
they seem and noone is giving her the information she needs
to help Sara. Also the staff almost afraid to deal with her Even Sara is not what she
expects. And then there is the strange occurrences around Sara, the dizziness, the
drop in temperature, doors not being able to open one minute and the next minute
swing open with ease. Not Jess must find out the truth before something bad
happens to Sara and worse, to herself.
Kenyon tells a good consistent story that builds up as that pages go on. It seems
to be light on the horror and strong on the thriller in the beginning but the end gives
us the horror and gore that you might expect. His writing is kept simple but is
descriptive enough to easily visualize the story. I easily recommend this book for a