Wednesday, September 23, 2020

What We're Reading #66

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads to add some dark joy to your week! Today we have reviews of a horror play, a graphic novel collection and a collection of short horror stories. There’s a little something for everyone!

We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ 

Unboxed by Briana Morgan

Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger whose livelihood relies on his online popularity. When a fight between him and his girlfriend goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Greg purchases a dark web mystery box in hopes of restoring his audience’s faith in him and hitting one million subscribers. But when Greg opens the box, he gets much more than he bargained for, including a Boxer who’s determined to stop him from taking his loved ones for granted. Now Greg must do all he can to stop the Boxer, or else he’ll lose his livelihood – along with the woman he loves.

Amazon | Goodreads

Alex’s Teaser Review

This twisted little play is fast paced, well-written, and eerily intoxicating. It is a must-read! 5 stars!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Cassie’s Teaser Review

I’ll admit that this was my first time outside of a school setting where I decided to read a book as a play, but I wasn’t worried at all due to both Briana’s experience with the format, and her strength as a writer. I dove in without a second thought as soon as the book arrived, and sped through it with the sort of attention that I’d imagine you’d give to the act of diffusing a live bomb: I was so absorbed by the story!

Read Cassie’s entire review at Let’s Get Galactic.

Survivors’ Club by Lauren Beukes & Dale Halverson

What if the horror movies of the 1980s were real?
Where are those kids today?

The haunted house, the demonic doll, the cursed video game, the monstrous neighbor, the vengeful ghost, the killer imaginary friend…in 1987 a wave of horrors struck six communities around the globe. Six traumatized kids survived those events, and grew up haunted by what happened to them.

Almost 30 years later, the six survivors are drawn together in Los Angeles to confront a terrifying childhood nightmare that has returned, bringing up their own traumas and dragging their dark secrets into the light. Somehow, they’re all connected. But when personal horrors collide, they’ll be forced to confront one another’s demons.

And then they’ll discover that staying alive was only the beginning…

Award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes and co-writer Dale Halvorsen join artist Ryan Kelly for a bloody journey of self-discovery in SURVIVORS’ CLUB, a terrifying new vision of horror in an inescapably interconnected world. Collects #1-9.

Amazon | Goodreads

Audra’s Teaser Review

Co-written with Dale Halverson, this story is interested in horror tropes and stock characters and subverting the hell out of your expectations. I am also a sucker for a haunted house tale! The story plays with time in a way that will appeal to anyone who loved The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series or fans of House of Leaves. But through the art (Ryan Kelly), this story goes to whole new levels of weird, horrific, and just plain awesome.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper

All That’s Fair by S.H. Cooper

A maiden looking for love in all the wrong places.

A mother in an endless search for missing children.

A crone whose passing is marked by the tinkling of tiny bells.

All That’s Fair is a collection of twenty-two short horror stories themed around women who are made up of anything but sugar, spice, and everything nice. Be they human, ghost, or something else entirely, one thing holds true for all: These are not the girls you’ll find (or want) next door.

Amazon | Goodreads

Jen’s Teaser Review

All That’s Fair contains 22 horror short stories. These short stories really are short which helped make All That’s Fair a fun book to fly through. Several of Cooper’s stories made me think this would be a great collection for adults like me who grew up loving the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark volumes.

Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.

Alex’s Teaser Review

All That’s Fair is a dark, fun collection of short stories. Like most short story collections, this one has a theme and it focuses on “women who are made up of anything but sugar, spice, and everything nice.”

Read Alex’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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