Thursday, 20 November 2014

ABC Drabbles of Death - X is for Xenomorph

Our journey through the alphabet in the ABC Drabbles of Death continues with the letter 'X'. This was a nice and easy word to pick for such a tricky letter and there are no prizes for guessing which two films provided inspiration for this drabble :-)

You can read all of the previous drabbles in this series here:

X is for Xenomorph

They’re all dead. A simple recon mission they said. All but one of the soldiers died and he came back changed. We didn’t know that until the next day.

At breakfast the corporal’s face exploded and tendrils of flesh sprayed across the table. The doc reacted first and died first. The tentacles writhed with an alien sheen and the corporal lurched towards the pilot.

I ran. I locked myself in my quarters and watched on the cameras as the rest of the crew were slaughtered. There’s only me left and the door won’t last for long from the inhuman pounding.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Indie Bookworm : Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes

Indie Bookworm : Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes: When I read The Cult of Me by Michael Brookes I was right outside my usual reading zone but I enjoyed it so much I read the second book ...

Book Review - That Which Should Not Be by Brett J Talley

I'm a big fan of Lovecraft's writing and especially those relating to the Cthulhu mythos and this book provides an excellent extension of those works. The writing style is very reminiscent of Lovecraft, although not as dense and is perhaps an easier introduction. The story loosely continues the tale from At the Mountains of Madness.

I enjoyed the story from the first page and it captures the Lovecraft theme solidly. My appreciation dipped a little with the first of three stories wrapped within the overall plot. This first story is well written, but concerns a tale I've read before and is basically a monster story. It recovers a bit with the second and then is firmly back on track with the third. At first the stories seemed out of place, but their connection becomes apparent later in the book.

My only other complaint was that the ending felt a little rushed and lacked some of the depth from the earlier parts of the book. It is a satisfactory ending from a story perspective though, so it shouldn't count against giving this book a try.

If you're a fan of Lovecraft then this is well worth a read. It's also worth checking out if you haven't read any Lovecraft and want to get a taste of what the master of horror created. Naturally you should then read the originals immediately!

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Miskatonic University has a long-whispered reputation of being strongly connected to all things occult and supernatural. From the faculty to the students, the fascination with other-worldly legends and objects runs rampant. So, when Carter Weston’s professor Dr. Thayerson asks him to search a nearby village for a book that is believed to control the inhuman forces that rule the Earth, Incendium Maleficarum, The Inferno of the Witch, the student doesn’t hesitate to begin the quest.

Weston’s journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when he ventures into a tavern in the small town of Anchorhead. Rather than passing the evening as a solitary patron, Weston joins four men who regale him with stories of their personal experiences with forces both preternatural and damned. Two stories hit close to home as they tie the tellers directly to Weston’s current mission.

His unanticipated role as passive listener proves fortuitous, and Weston fulfills his goal. Bringing the book back to Miskatonic, though, proves to be a grave mistake. Quickly, Weston realizes he has played a role in potentially opening the gate between the netherworld and the world of Man. Reversing the course of events means forgetting all he thought he knew about Miskatonic and his professor and embracing an unknown beyond his wildest imagination.

Click here to buy That Which Should Not Be on Amazon US / Amazon UK (and it's an excellent Cthulhu mythos tale)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Last Week to Enter November's Short Fiction Contest

Image Credit - The Tower of Babel by the Belgian artist Paul Gosselin
We've entered the final week of November's short fiction contest so if you haven't submitted your entry yet then now is the time to do so. To enter write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image. It can be of any genre as long is relates to this month's picture of The Tower of Babel.

You then submit your story through the form provided on the contest page here:

 If you haven't read the winners from October's contest then you're missing out on three great stories. You can read them here:

Three New 5* Reviews on Amazon for Sun Dragon

Three great new five star reviews for Sun Dragon have been posted on Amazon:

"All in all a book that is well worth a read and is an enjoyable, interesting story that will definitely be read again!"

"Great descriptive writing of the space setting, ships etc which really set the scenes in my mind as i was reading, if you want a good sci-fi read this is one I certainly recommend."

"This book helped fuel my interest in the cosmos just as the Rosetta Mission landed on the Asteroid."

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