Review: Orpheus by Dan DeWitt

OrpheusOrpheus by Dan DeWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zombie lovers don’t miss out on this one. This book has lots of zombie action, but the main focus is on the characters. Their struggle to survive and reunite with their loved ones makes this a much more interesting read than your average zombie thriller.

Book Description
“Cameron Holt is fortunate enough to survive the initial outbreak that turns his New England island community into a hive of the undead. So is his son, Ethan. Now, the only thing keeping Holt going is the determination to rescue his son from the undead…or remove him permanently from their ranks. Unfortunately, zombies aren’t the only thing getting in his way.”

My review of Dan’s collection of short stories: Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural

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Review: Baby Teeth by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

Baby Teeth: A Blood Calling NoveletteBaby Teeth: A Blood Calling Novelette by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good horror and this is a delightfully creepy and disturbing little tale. It’s definitely one of my all-time favourite horror short stories. At approximately 13,000 words, it’s a quick read. It’s written in an earthy style and some may find it disturbing so you might want to sample it first.

Book description:
“When a father discovers his newborn has been turned into a vampire, he’s forced to make a choice: Hide his child’s secret… or end his family line.”

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Review: Blood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

Blood CallingBlood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I really liked but it’s hard to say why. I think part of the reason is that most of the book is focused on the characters and their interactions rather than trying to be the scariest, or goriest, or introducing some other over-the-top element to make it different. The author adds his own little twist to his vampires and it’s nicely done. I hear a sequel is in the works and I’m looking forward to it.

Book description
“When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM”.”

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Review: Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the SupernaturalUnderneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Usually I find it hard to rate a short story collection because the quality of the stories varies so much. This was an easy, solid 4 star. There are couple I’d rate a 3, a few I’d rate a 5, and the rest are 4 star. These are also “real” short stories at lengths of 1,500 to 4,000 words. I’ve been running into a lot of “short stories” lately that turned out to be novella length so this collection was very refreshing.

I’m a big monster fan so zombies are right up my alley. If you’re not a zombie fan, this book is not for you. If you are a fan, this collection is definitely worth the read.

My review of Orpheus by Dan DeWitt.

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