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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Cost of Doing Business | Horror Story Review | AstraDaemon

DEEP TERROR by Eric S. Brown is an action-packed mix of science fiction and horror. I can think of several movies and books with scientists disturbing something evil in an ocean trench, but Brown's creatures stand out from the rest...not at all what I expected.

The in-fighting among the crew is full of suspense, but didn't interest me as much as what happens outside of the research facility. I love the battle scenes with the Silt Stompers!

Anyone familiar with Brown's writing style won't be surprised by the ending, but I'm still hoping the author might give a us a sequel. I'd like to know more about the substance being harvested.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Kindle Challenge | Short Story Review | AstraDaemon

Life is hard enough for a teenage girl in 1950s suburbia without having a mother who may—or may not—be a witch. A single mother at that. Sure, she fits in with her starched dresses, string of pearls, and floral aprons. Then there are the hushed and mystical consultations with neighborhood women in distress. The unsavory, mysterious plants in the flower beds. The divined warning to steer clear of a boyfriend whose fate is certainly doomed. But as the daughter of this bewitching homemaker comes of age and her mother’s claims become more and more outlandish, she begins to question everything she once took for granted.

MY EVIL MOTHER by Margaret Atwood isn't something I'd normally choose for myself, but I read it for the Kindle Campfire Challenge. I found the relationship between mother and daughter intriguing, but I'm not sure if I read a family drama, a supernatural tale or both. The ending is fantastic.

If you're into sci-fi and/or fantasy, approach this like a palette cleanser. Well-written, in any case.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Monday, April 11, 2022

New Addiction | Horror Story Review | AstraDaemon

THE DREAMS THEY WEAVE by Matt Shaw is my new favorite from this author. This is an excellent mix of science fiction and horror...a great example of why I continue to be a fan: suspenseful setting, intriguing characters, and intense format.

I would love to see this become a film, instead of the regurgitated garbage Hollywood spews out. I highly recommend this to all horror fans who have been searching for a new monster to fear.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Blah | Flash Fiction Review | AstraDaemon

SAFE AGAIN by Bradley Poage is one of the worst stories I've read by this author. No action, boring characters, very little suspense.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

Lady of the Night | Short Story Review | AstraDaemon

THE WHISPER
by Bradley Poage is too predictable for my liking. The author usually has more suspense in his stories.

THE CREEK and THE DOLL are much better.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Monsters Within | Flash Fiction Review | AstraDaemon

HATCHLINGS by Bradley Poage is a mix of science fiction and horror. Reminded me a little of the movie Night of the Creeps.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Creepy Dummy | Flash Fiction Review | AstraDaemon

THE CURSE OF MILEY by Bradley Poage features a husband who appears to be controlled by a dummy from his childhood. Kind of has a Tales From the Darkside vibe.

As always,
AstraDaemon

Monday, April 4, 2022

Difficult Customer | Flash Fiction Review | AstraDaemon

PET PEEVES by Bradley Poage centers on a customer who prefers one particular cashier at a store, but the cashier can't stand him. Very believable with a dark ending.

As always,
AstraDaemon