Category : Horror

Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan

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Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan

When you can’t hear…death comes silently.

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When you can’t hear…death comes silently.

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world.

When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

A stunning, claustrophobic, “whodunit” murder mystery, Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) is the eighth novel by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan. Included is a commentary by Deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson on the unique aspects of Deaf culture the story covers. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are currently developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.




A Word from the Authors

author Lance Morcan pictureauthor James Morcan pictureSilent Fear is dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world. It is the eighth published novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, authors of The Ninth Orphan, Into the Americas and White Spirit.

Set in present-day London, Silent Fear was inspired by the murders of several deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, in Washington, D.C.

A decade in the making, it was written under the guidance of leading deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson whose commentary on the unique aspects of deaf culture the story covers appears at the end of the book. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

(Lance  & James Morcan, September 2017)

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The Devourer by Chris Chelser

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The Devourer is an occult psychological horror novel by Chris Chelser.

 

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Paris, 1858: Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop and navigating social etiquette. All of which would be considerably easier without uninvited ghosts haunting her night and day.

Out in the streets, people are dying of an undetermined cause. The newspapers speak of an unknown disease, the police speak of accidents. But when a dead man is found in her stairwell, Mercedes has every reason to suspect something
much more sinister. Only the ghosts know the truth, but they are too afraid to tell.

As if they are scared to death of what is out there.



Our Review

This novel, The Devourer is a very well written book, it was a pleasure to read such good prose and it shows that the author took her time to do the research needed to recreate Paris of other times and all the rest that that implies but also shows the knowledge of paranormal phenomena, like life after death, soul immortality, the reward of the just and the punishment of the wicked advocated by some schools of thought.

The number of characters is reduced and we don’t get those over complex plots and no ending number of subplots and this could go against the author in the end if the characters were one dimensional but it is not so in this case as the characters – specially the main character is so well rounded that she can absorb almost all of our attention.

It is a masterful psychological horror novel, you get all the paranormal with the reading of cards, runes, astral voyages (out of the body travel), disembodied beings who can be angel like guides or demons but don’t read these as completely good or completely evil entities – they might have a bigger percentage of one of these attributes but then they have varying amounts of the opposite characteristics which make them much more complex and believable.

I really enjoyed knowing more about Paris of times gone by, their life style, their beliefs, the fear of epidemics, etc. The psychological horror parts grabbed me and made me think about several issues, among them: forgiveness, suicide, honor, gilt, love, hate, letting go, self-loathing and self-forgiveness.

Regarding the plot I can’t tell you much as I don’t like to introduce spoilers in my reviews but roughly it is about a married lady – Mercedes Fabron who had lived through some trying family issues and she has a special gift and it is through this gift that she will encounter some entities who will change – for better or for worse her life, the life of the aforementioned entities and that of those around her in the world of the living.

A Word from the Author

Author Chris Chelser pictureThe Devourer began as an excuse to apply my love of ghost stories to the fascinating Paris of Victor Hugo. An innocent enough story, until its characters held up a mirror so dark I could barely stomach the thought of writing another word.

To save her daughter, Mercedes Fabron must first save herself: from society’s unrelenting prejudice, from the silent pain of an old loss, and from the emptiness inside that threatens to consume her. A constant daily struggle in itself, never mind the insatiable hunger of the destructive ghost that has set its sights on her!

Blood is thicker than the water under the bridges of the Seine. Beneath the creepy ghosts and soul-eating demons, The Devourer is ultimately about two people dealing with the scars of loss, depression and suicide – and surviving.

(Chris Chelser, September 2017)

 

 

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Strange Tales and Poems from the Witches’ Cauldron by Nasser Rabadi

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Strange Tales and Poems from the Witches’ Cauldron is a collection of strange tales and poems by Nasser Rabadi

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You may want to keep the lights on as you delve into the world of Nasser Rabadi’s strange imagination. His horrific tales will not only chill you to your core but also show you something surprising about human nature in the face of the eerie and unexplained.

Rabadi’s new collection contains eighty-one separate stories and poems. His thrilling tales include everything from psychological twists to slasher horror.

In Rabadi’s first story, a young woman copes with her best friend’s shocking disappearance and the sense that something is very wrong with the world. In the next, parents try to make sense of the death of their daughter and puzzle over a mysterious videotape. Other stories involve a boy stumbling upon an apocalyptic scenario, a mother haunted by her dreams, and a man receiving taunting phone calls. Each story pokes at the illusion of normality in modern life. These tales promise that there is always something sinister lurking below the surface.

In addition to these short, sharp stories, Rabadi also includes a number of poems on everything from true love to existential crises. His collection has something for everyone and is guaranteed to keep you up at night!




A Word from the Author

Author Nasser Rabadi pictureStrange Tales and Poems from The Witches’ Cauldron is my first published work. It took me 8 months to write, and was my second attempt at a novel. My first attempt, Stone Road, reached almost the half way point when I had given up. Later, I edited it to a short story and it is the final story in this collection. My stories are all pretty much horror, minus one or two that are sort of experimental. The poetry was my first time doing poetry. I got into poetry as a new way to express myself, while also trying to write outside my comfort zone. The poems range from nonsensical wordplay (example: Beatles song “I Am the Walrus”), randomness, existential/depressing, all the way to lovey dovey. I am already writing a sequel, as well as six comic book titles that aren’t in print yet but one is being drawn as we speak. The stories in here are all unique, and don’t resemble any other authors work. We have a story of the collapse of time itself, we have a story about a lady with vivid dreams that seep into reality because of a doll given to her as a gift (my personal favorite), and many other. All the stories and poems flow in and out of each other with small connections and repeat characters on occasion, as well as repeat locations. But i will say this: If poems aren’t your thing: skip them!

(Nasser Rabadi, September 2017)

 

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