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For anyone interested, J.W. Schnarr’s first anthology “Things Falling Apart” has been reviewed here as well. It’s a meatier book though just as chilling as the one I’m about to review! We could all use something chilling in the summer, yes? :D
J.W. Schnarr’s second collection of short horror stories, A Quiet Place marks a distinct development in his very aggressive style, yet demonstrates a growing subtlety into the psychological over the physical. We journey with him through the hazardous discovery of adolescent female sexuality, the imperatives of affordable labour, watch myth become reality, environments launching attacks, and the dark landscapes of minds battered into breaking. Eleven short stories that will leave you anything but comfortable, and a perfect follow-up to Schnarr’s first collection, Things Falling Apart.
To see the review for JW Schnarr’s first anthology “Things Falling Apart“, please click HERE! <—Right there.
When it comes to the horror genre, I’m extra picky. I’m a jerk that way. This is one of my favourite genres to read so, I like to be shocked, scared, intrigued and given something new to mentally digest.
This hit the high notes of a 5 out of 5. No two stories were alike.
Though a few stories weren’t as exciting as others, there were short stories that I couldn’t get out of my head. “Opt-In” for example was one of those I could picture JW Schnarr dropping the mic and walking off stage. “Opt-In” was also featured in the “Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing“.
In “A Quiet Place” I was exposed to amazing short stories for a horror-lover.
There were disturbing stories like “Birth Cycles“: a horrifying look into an alien-like creature that didn’t come from above, but rather below.
Or “Green Hills“, which provides a Hell on Earth in the most complicated fashion!
My absolute favourite story was “Opt-In” which was a futuristic take on the human emotion mixed with a Corporate twist. I couldn’t be removed from this story and wish that this was longer. There was so much to tell and JW Schnarr managed to stuff this new world in a small word count. I really want a novel out of this idea.
Another one of my favorites was “Emily“. Much like a Tarantino film (which is known for bloodshed, but also tangents), I was absorbed by the conversations between the two primary characters. Time flew and before I knew it, ten pages had passed by. I’d smiled, laughed, and felt that unhinged disgust and pity. The ending was both perfect, shocking and completely satisfying.
There was every kind of story in this anthology. They ranged from religious to an extraterrestrial twist, which is a wide gap to accomplish.
I loved this anthology though it wasn’t quite as meaty, as “Things Falling Apart”, it was still satisfying. I’d wished I could’ve read more short stories so I figure that deserves a clear-cut Five-Star here at The Reader’s Hollow.
P.S. the title is one of my favorite songs by In Flames. :D
JW Schnarr is an award-winning journalist originally from Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of the novel Alice & Dorothy and the former publisher of Canadian indie press Northern Frights Publishing. He is the editor/contributor of three anthologies, Shadows of the Emerald City, War of the Worlds: Frontlines, and Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.
A member of the HWA and SF Canada, he can be seen lurking in places such as Best New Zombie Tales Volume II (Books of the Dead Press) where Rue Morgue magazine dubbed his story “Freshest Tale” of the anthology. He’s also been spotted in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and will be found in Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books) alongside the likes of Ramsey Campbell and Jack Ketchum. In 2012 he appeared alongside horror legend Clive Barker in Torn Realities (Post Mortem Press).
By day he works as a reporter and photographer.
When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent.
Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price.
As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.
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Series: Shadow Born Series #1
Author: Angela Dennis
Published: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Word Count: 87,000
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Content Warning: Sexual content and mild violence
Recommended Age: 18+
As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.
Warning: A thrill ride of supernatural proportions. Contains violent battle scenes, nail-biting suspense, crazy hot sexual tension, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin.
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Below, I have something that has never been done before on this blog! It’s the Dream Cast for the novel “Battle Not With Monsters”. Go see who Overton Scott thinks would be perfect as his characters.
Neen Ford is a loner, drifting from town to town, working as a security guard and teaching martial arts. One hot night in Dallas, she witnesses the brutal murder of a Ukranian prostitute and becomes the killer’s next target. Neen’s never backed down from a fight, but she’s never tangled with a human trafficking ring before. Until now.
Naïve young women are being trafficked into the United States by Russian criminals. Someone needs to help them. The police are trying, but they’re not moving fast enough for Neen, who is now being stalked by a man who enjoys inflicting pain.
How far will Neen go to save herself? How far, to save three young women from a life of fear and despair? And what price will she pay for battling the monster? There’s a thin line between hero and vigilante – will she cross it?
Neen Ford: There are a surprising number of tall, dark, athletic actresses who could play the role of Neen. Since Neen has a martial arts background, any actress needs to be able to deliver a convincing round house kick. I’d choose Bridget Regan, but any of the following would be fine as well: Gemma Arterton, Lynn Collins or Jaimie Alexander.
Chert: It’s hard to find a young actor who could play this bad, bald, Russian sociopath. I’d lean toward Michael Rosenbaum, based on his performance as Lex Luther. Christian Bale is a little long in the tooth now, but he would bring just the right amount of bulging-eyed menace to the role.
Conrad J. Dalton: Gary Busey, though he’d have to tone down the crazy just a bit. Busey’s a Texan, and he has a Texas-sized attitude. Plus, he’s physically almost a perfect match for the way I envisioned Dalton. Dalton is a few years older and a little more stable, but Busey is, to my own surprise, the guy I’d pick for this role.
Chiquito: This one was a challenge, because short Hispanic actors with a distinctly Indian look are hard to find. Best choice, I think, is Michael Pena.
Mrs. Lavrov: The British actress Kathy Burke is perfect for this part. She’s a great on-screen smoker. Just watch her performance in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” She’s primarily known for her comic roles, but I’m sure she’d find the moral void at the heart of Mrs. Lavrov. And she’d be a good fit physically.
Father Daniel Keegan: Mark Ruffalo. He wears a nice beard. And he seems like a decent guy, which Father Keegan most definitely is.
Yara: Ukrainian model Anzhela Turenko, though she’d have to dye her hair blonde for the part.
Overton Scott is the pseudonym of a national bestselling author. Overton is interested in a lot of themes covered in the Neen Ford stories: martial arts, the warrior ethos, personal responsibility, and the concept of justice. Like Neen, Overton doesn’t think that the guilty should escape punishment on this earth. Unlike Neen, Overton prefers to write stories rather than take the law into his own hands. It’s just as morally satisfying, but less dangerous.
As you are reading this, Overton should be working on the next Neen Ford adventure. But he’s probably at the gym, shooting or wasting time looking at funny pictures on the internet. You can contact him at email@example.com, if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Neen Ford stories.
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Nothing beats the good, old-fashioned pen to paper, but we all have to write somehow and somewhere! Check out the Guest Post by Amy M. Reade on what her workspace looks like. :)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Date of Publication: July 17, 2014
Number of pages: appr. 273
Word Count: appr. 82,000
Formats available: ebook, print-on-demand
Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead.
But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming.
Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…
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What Does Your Workspace Look Like?
by Amy M. Reade
My ideal workspace is a big desk with a spot for my Work-in-Progress notebook and research materials, a space for my computer, and lots of places for family photos. Oh, and it’s in Hawaii.
My ideal workspace exists only in my imagination and on the pages of home decorating magazines.
My real desk is in New Jersey. It’s small and has an old chair that I bought for $10 at a street fair (as they say, you get what you pay for). If no one is sitting in the chair and something gets hung on the back of it, it falls to the floor, scaring every species that lives in the house. My desk also resides in my living room, so it’s not always the quietest place to be. I much prefer to work in silence, but I’ve had to learn to be able to work with noise in the background.
There is a pile of papers at least twelve inches high right next to my computer. I don’t even know what’s in the pile at the moment; periodically I have to go through it to make sure I haven’t missed something important.
There are two pictures on my desk, both less than 2×3 inches. That’s all I have room for. My notebook actually resides on the floor next to my desk, along with research materials and detritus from the pile on the desk. I try to use the desk only when I need the computer; otherwise I work at the kitchen table.
The table is more like the workspace of my dreams, except that I have to clear it off every time my family needs to eat. It is long and wide and, when it’s not mealtime, free of debris.
I wrote most of my novel, Secrets of Hallstead House, at the local library. I sat in one of the quiet study rooms and wrote in peace. When I wasn’t at the library, I was at the kitchen table. I actually wrote much of that book by hand, so I didn’t need the computer to write for quite a long time. I used it for research, but that was all.
I wrote my second novel, tentatively entitled The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, directly on the computer. It was a little cramped at my desk, but I managed somehow.
I think desks like my real one are more common among writers than desks like my imaginary one. At least it makes me feel better to think so.
In the end, though, it’s not what a writer’s desk looks like that’s important. It’s what comes from that desk that’s important. Is the book good? Do you like the characters? The setting? The plot? If the answer is yes, then maybe the writer’s desk is exactly the way it should be.
Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense. A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing. In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.