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For the first audio book, I thought we’d start with a bit of psychological horror. “Closet Treats” was my introduction to works of Paul E Cooley, but it is far from the end of it. I heard about the podcast version of this book via advertisement on a different author’s podcast. I thought the premise sounded cool, so I took a listen. Am I ever glad I did.
The story centers around a man named Trey Leger, a telecommuting computer programmer, who has issues with his mind. From petit mal siezures brought on by stress to visions of the Closet Man, a hideous man beast that tortures him every chance he gets. He’s been able to keep most of that at bay with medication, but all of that is ready to crumble after one look at the driver of a new ice cream van in the neighborhood. from the moment he locks eyes with the ice cream man, a rollercoaster of events is set in motion. Is what Trey sees reality, or his mind finally unravelling even more?
This story brought back memories of why I started reading Stephen King stories in the first place. There is the slow burn of tension building all the way to the end of the story where it releases in one big torrent of viscera. The story isn’t about blood and gore just for the sake of it, everything that occurs fits perfectly together. I’ve listened to the story read by both Paul and John Mireau. Both are really good at telling the story and capturing the personalities of the characters, so picking between the two is impossible for me to do. What I can do is direct you to Audible or http://www.shadowpublications.com to get yourself a copy to listen to or read. if you enjoy stories that play with your mind, this one is for you.
Until next week…
Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Casa!
I’m going to be attempting a new schedule and format for the blog. While I cannot guarantee how well it will work, I will still be making a strong try to become a more regular host while also expanding what I share with you fans. What I’m hoping to do is to write a post weekly with a review of work in different mediums. One week it will be a review of books I’ve read, the next week will be a Podiobook or audio book, followed up by a movie, and then a status report on the various projects I am working on, and news in general. Occasionally, there may even be a short story waiting for you all. My hope is to build a routine once again, one that will only be interrupted when my child is born within the next two months. With any luck, this will become a habit that will be hard to break. This week, as promised, I want to share a review of “Still Water”, written by Justin R. Macumber.
Kyle, the proverbial “prodigal son”, returns to the small mining town of Stillwater, WV, after leaving six years prior. The reason for the return is a strange message from his sister that says, “PLEASE COME HOME. IM SCARED”. She is the one and only reason he returned to the town whose mine shafts took the lives of many – physically, mentally, and emotionally. He wasn’t prepared for what his family and the town became in his absence.
Maya is a paranormal investigator with the ability to hear and see things most others were unable to. Her latest case is researching and investigating the town of Stillwater, WV. From the moment she first sees the town, she knows that something isn’t right about it. As she investigates further, she realizes just how wrong she is. An ancient evil is awake, and Stillwater is just the beginning.
This story was a really good thrill ride with a lot of twists and turns, much like the mine cart roller coasters you see in the movies. You start out on a fairly level spot, knowing something bad is going on, and as the story progresses, it just takes you deeper and deeper. There is definitely an H.P. Lovecraft feel about the story, and nothing about it felt out-of-place, forced, or unnatural (in a story writer’s way). There was a good flow about it, and you genuinely feel concern for the characters and whether they will make it out of their predicaments. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the elder god stories of Lovecraft and his ilk, as well as for fans of Dean R. Koontz. The only real fault I give the book is the early death of a character who I felt might have given us a slightly different view of Maya. I rate it 4 out of 5.
Now, it is time for me to finish preparing for the day job and start planning the next Nightmare Fuel piece for HorrorAddicts.net. Until next time, loyal patrons…
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It’s been about a month since we last talked, and I just wanted to give you an update on things. Baby and mother are still doing well, especially since they have now entered the second trimester. We are so far still set for the arrival in less than six months. We are very excited and are looking forward to meeting it and introducing him/her to the world. (There is a story about why this pregnancy is especially poignant, but I’ll save that for another time).
I have been busy in the past month, between getting some house projects done in preparation for some renovations being done this summer, to writing and the day job. I am currently working on three new novel/novella length projects as well as a re-write of the first novel I ever finished writing. Add to the mix resuming blogging duties with HorrorAddicts.net, audiobook auditioning and a full-time day job, you can see why time has been a bit tight. I want you to know that I have not forgotten about any of you, and I am working updating this blog back into my regular schedule again with more reviews of books, movies, and (possibly) television shows.
With all that being said, next week I will return with another book review and the start of what I hope will be a return to a regular schedule again. Also,check out the season premiere of HorrorAddicts.net on 04/23 because the latest edition of Nightmare Fuel will include the podcast debuts of my three youngest (so far) sons. It’s something they are excited for. I hope you like it.
Well, I need to go for now and get ready for the day job and some writing. Until next week…