Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What We're Reading #63

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have three more must-reads for your Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles.

Hell’s Bells by Lisa Quigley

It’s 1991, and Sasha, Hayley, Tiffany, and Jessica are four best friends into black clothes and rock music. They dabble in Ouija boards and occult games like ‘light as a feather,’ but when Hayley gets ‘saved,’ she’s convinced rock music is the devil’s domain and conspires to save them all. Her good intentions go up in flames and the four girls accidentally summon Satan. Trapped in the basement with entities beyond their wildest nightmares, their only saving grace is rock & roll. They have to hope to hell it’s enough, before another one bites the dust.

Book 8 in the Rewind-or-Die series: imagine your local movie rental store back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures. Remember the blood.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

I was so excited when I first heard of Hell’s Bells, and it did not disappoint! I’m always happy to see coming of age horror stories that don’t only feature boys, and I hope people continue writing more books like this.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Easton Falls Massacre by Holly Rae Garcia

US Army Veteran Henry Miller embarks on a hunt at the edge of the Black Forest, but strays from the path and finds himself too close to the East Cascade Mountain Range.

Something lurks in the forest on the other side of those mountains. An ancient race of Bigfoot that have kept to themselves for centuries, until one of them defies the warnings and roams too far from the safety of their home.

When these two intersect, alliances are broken and events set in motion that will leave residents of the town of Easton Falls, Washington, fighting for their lives. 

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Alex’s Teaser Review

This novella does a wonderful job at making the reader really think while balancing the terror inflicted by the creatures. I found myself cringing while observing the demise of so many in Easton Falls. To say the creatures are strong and horrifying is an understatement. Definitely recommended for fans of creature features, survival horror, and grief!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

This is the definitive collection of Shirley Jackson’s short stories, including ‘The Lottery’ – one of the most terrifying and iconic stories of the twentieth century, and an influence on writers such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

‘Shirley Jackson’s stories are among the most terrifying ever written’ Donna Tartt

In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson’s best-known story, a small farming village comes together for a terrible annual ritual. The creeping unease of lives squandered and the bloody glee of lives lost is chillingly captured in these tales of wasted potential and casual cruelty by a master of the short story.

Shirley Jackson’s chilling tales have the power to unsettle and terrify unlike any other. She was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the greatest American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: HangsamanThe Bird’s NestThe SundialThe Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

The stories in The Lottery and Other Stories comprise much of her early short fiction, published in magazines and such from 1941 to 1949. These stories show many of the themes that she focused on for her entire career, including female protagonists who don’t quite fit in, children, and the dark and strange.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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