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Book Review: Mr. Hands by Gary A Braunbeck

**Important note: NO, this book has nothing to do with the infamous weirdo and horse video by the same name. Just in-case any of you get confused or decide to google "Mr. Hands." I'd definitely add "book" to those search terms - or don't, if you're into that kind of thing. **

Book Review: Kransen House by Sara Brooke

Ana and Ben Kransen are young newlywed parents trying to make ends meet in the early 1930's. Due to the stressful economic times, they decide moving from Ana's parents' conservative home in south Florida, to the more established family home of Ben's in northern Florida is the best idea. The Kransen family owns a business and Ben soon goes to work for his father to save money to finally begin a life with Ana and their baby, Angela, of their own.

Book Review: The Doll by JC Martin

Most little girls love dolls and will do anything to have the one they want. Joyce Parker’s daughter, Taylor, is no different. On a mother-daughter getaway to Mexico, the girls decide to visit an unusual tourist attraction: The Island of the Dolls. On the island, there are hundreds of dolls hanging from the trees and placed on altars in various stages of decomposition and disarray. Warned not to disturb anything on the island, Joyce is already unnerved enough by the atmosphere and carefully watches Taylor as she admires the eerily beautiful dolls; but close enough.

Book Review: THEY by Vincent Hobbes

Deserted, rural, back mountain roads are unsettling in their own right, but add a blinding snow storm and four unnerved vacationers – it’s a recipe for disaster. Vincent Hobbes' short story THEY, is the embodiment of any traveler’s worst nightmare.

Book Review: The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch by Sonia Taylor Brock

Who hasn’t had the tiniest notion of being the one to discover something new and exciting at some point in one’s career or life? Technically, I suppose that can be argued, but for my sake, let’s just agree to some extent that everyone wants to be a part of something unique, yes? Finding where one belongs and what one is destined for in their life is the foundation of Sonia Taylor Brock’s book one of the Swamp Witch series, The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch.

Chuck Palahnuik releases Invisible Monsters Remix

A little late on the draw, but Chuck Palahnuik fans have yet another book to fawn over, and this time it’s probably a little more familiar than the others. Invisible Monsters Remix is the “director’s cut” of the novel from the author and includes new chapters, extended sections, and an innovative interactive format for the reader. The innovative formatting allows the reader to skip around the chapters for a bit of the ‘choose your own adventure’ reading.

Book Review: Sara Brooke's Still Lake

Idyllic Smalltown, USA is a paramount setting for horrific events in literature - It’s the perfect place for everyone to feel extremely safe in their collective naivety to any outside threats. Sara Brooke’s tiny community of Flening is a prime example of this falsely secure mindset. Flening is a tiny landlocked town in Northwest Florida with a population well under a thousand. Brooke’s small town is pretty predictable and any social events that occur usually do so around the several churches within the county limits, or the one body of water, Still Lake.

ParaNorman novel released on July 5th

Anyone excited for the upcoming movie, "ParaNorman", (coming out August 17th in the US) should be lining up at the stores this week on July 5th for which the book the movie is based. The book is only a Grade 3 reading level - but hey, don't act like you aren't going to see the movie. I'm also a huge advocate of reading the literature before the seeing the film, and who doesn't enjoy comparing the two, only to gripe or rejoice in the similarities and differences?

Book Review: Richard Bachman's The Long Walk

Public enjoyment of others' grueling and gut-wrenching struggles has been a common phenomenon since humanoids decided to pretend to function using our brains. From the Colosseum to Bravo, it seems everyone loves a good Roman holiday. Richard Bachman’s (Stephen King incognito, for those unhip) 1979 novel The Long Walk perfectly illustrates man's dark desire to see others suffer.

Book Review: Down The Drain by Daniel Pyle

Despite the fact that an individual’s bathroom should be one of the safest places due to the ... err ... private nature of the activities that usually take place in there, they historically have been one of the most horrifying. We’ve been warned of menacing spirits in darkened mirrors, watched deranged husbands axe-splinter a door, seen gorgeous women slashed in a run down motel shower, and God forbid we even start in on the terror of toilets. The bathroom in Daniel Pyle’s novella Down the Drain is no less harrowing than these.

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