Thursday, May 6, 2021

Blood Price | AstraDaemon

Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far-reaching consequences. In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions that came before her and will most likely continue long after she is gone.

THE HANGING GAME by Helen Marshall is a terrifying tale, which should come with some kind of warning. I can imagine some ignorant kids attempting this "game" much like the teens who killed someone over the Slenderman urban legend.

As is, I'm recommending this mix of folklore and horror to all readers who are smart enough not to attempt this.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Needs More Story | AstraDaemon

PASSIVE by S.P Blake is an intriguing suspense story with a weak ending. The author hints at what could be happening, but never resolves the situation properly.

Blake should revisit this plot and write something in a longer format, such as a novella. Daniel and his affliction are a fantastic hook, and I would read more, if there had been more.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Last Apple | AstraDaemon

MOTHER by Shawn Weaver is not as entertaining as many of his other stories. This would work better as flash fiction, rather than spending half the story explaining Mel's occupational habits.

The ending is a bit predictable. A flash back providing a backstory for the woman would have helped.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Monday, May 3, 2021

Rough | AstraDaemon

BILLY by Shawn Tucker is a great story idea, but written like a rough draft, with a sloppy ending.

It's a shame...as is, I can't recommend this. Even short stories and flash fiction should be edited properly.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Peek-a-boo | AstraDaemon

VODKA AND SPIRITS by Michael McKean has a slow setup and a meandering ending, but the moment Darren and Spencer are hellbent to get out of the pub, I was literally and figuratively on edge. I'm so glad I read this story during daylight hours because this is a chilling ghost story.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Forced Evolution | AstraDaemon

SOLUTION by Brian Evenson is a short about a scientist who uses his specialized knowledge to create a chance for humanity to survive what they've done to the planet. Unforuntately, the damage already done might alter his plans.

I didn't know what to expect from this author, but this story is so well-written, I'm recommending this one to all fans of dystopian fiction.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Friday, April 30, 2021

A Mother's Wrath | AstraDaemon

Desron 22 was on standard shakedown maneuvers when the squadron discovered the Pleasure Bound. The massive cruise liner was adrift, everyone aboard her, dead except for a single survivor. The man’s wild tales of monsters from the deep were hard to believe until those very monsters came after the squadron itself. Now a desperate battle for survival rages on the waves as the firepower of the United States Navy goes head to head with unspeakable terrors no human was ever meant to see and live.

KRAKEN by Eric S. Brown is another brutal creature feature taking place in the middle of the ocean. True to the author's killing style, many of the characters don't last long enough to make much of an impression, but their individual reactions to the attacks kept me hooked. Some have given up all hope, others are willing to fight tooth and nail. As a result, the action scenes are thrilling...my favorite is the deck battle involving Diana and Fox.

If you enjoy movies such as Deep Rising or The Meg, I recommend reading this novella.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Taking Work Home | AstraDaemon

PASSED ON by Joshua Scribner is a flash fiction short centered on a lawyer and his family. Something is obviously eating away at him, as he grows distant from his wife and daughters. Soon, his wife discovers something is indeed feeding on the situation, but not in the way she imagined.

The ending is horrifying on more than one level, so I'm recommending this one.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fears and Foulplay | AstraDaemon

AFTER THE MIDNIGHT HOUR: MURDER WARD by Chad Wannamaker reminds me of The Grudge, but with a hospital setting. This short is full of terror and suspense, and I love the concept built around the coma patient.

There are a few sections, which seem unnecessary, such as the doctor's description of her education, and I would have enjoyed more POVs from the various victims. However, I'm recommending this one to all horror fans.

As always,
AstraDaemon