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Fellstones By Ramsey Campbell

Fellstones‘Fellstones’ is the latest book by Ramsey Campbell.

What the back cover says –

Fellstones takes its name from seven objects on the village green. It’s where Paul Dunstan was adopted by the Staveleys after his parents died in an accident for which he blames himself. The way the Staveleys tried to control him made him move away and change his name. Why were they obsessed with a strange song he seemed to have made up as a child? Now their daughter Adele has found him. By the time he discovers the cosmic truth about the stones, he may be trapped. There are other dark secrets he’ll discover, and memories to confront. The Fellstones dream, but they’re about to waken.

You can buy ‘Fellstones’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

After Sundown Edited By Mark Morris

After Sundown‘After Sundown’ is a collection of a short stories that is guaranteed to keep you awake at night.

This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open submissions window. It is the first of what will hopefully become an annual, non-themed horror anthology of entirely original stories, showcasing the very best short fiction that the genre has to offer.

With it coming up to Halloween, there’s not much opportunity for trick or treating with the pandemic so, why not settle into a collection of horror stories about things that go bump in the night, paranormal and disturbing people.

The book is packed with some well known authors from CJ Tudor, author of ‘The Chalkman’ and Avon Books author Paul Finch as well as some new names who submitted their own stories.

Packed with 20 stories and dependent on your type of horror, there’s something for everyone who enjoys unsettling reading. There’s stories of ghosts, flesh eating butterflies and women who are really swans. These stories are genuinely disturbing and as I got closer to the end of each of story, I found myself tensing up for the big reveal.

This collection of short stories makes for fascinating and unsettling reading, injected with a bit of humour to decrease the fear factor. A book filled with all types of horror, from new and established authors, ‘After Sundown’ is a must read for all horror fans.

You can buy ‘After Sundown’ from Amazon.

Until Summer Comes Around By Glenn Rolfe

Until Summer Comes Around‘Until Summer Comes Around’ is the latest book by Glenn Rolfe.

When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November s brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family s secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky s family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge.

Reminiscent of the 80’s cult classic ‘The Lost Boys’, which I absolutely loved and had on VHS. ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ was a book that I gobbled up in one sitting (pardon the pune).

Set in the 80’s in a small seaside town of Old Orchard Beach which thrives with strangers. We join teenage Rocky who falls in love with the mysterious and exotic Summer who distracts from the embarrassment of a back brace as well as keeps him company whilst his best friend goes to England for the summer holiday.

Summer makes Rocky forget his fears and brings out a new happiness in him, but sadly Summer is too good to be true. She’s a vampire on vacation with her older brother and mother. Summer has a heart and doesn’t want to kills humans but her brother Gabriel is ruthless and leaves a trail of bodies and missing people behind him.

As the death count rises, the town becomes on red alert and we see multiple narratives from the story as different people interact with Gabriel and they all make for gory and terrifying reading as they all meet their demise in horrifying circumstances.

Right from the start, this book is a gruesome and unsettling story with an interesting mix of characters. I loved Rocky with his love for 80’s power ballads and how Summer struggled with morals and mortality. Scenes with Gabriel were interesting and surprisingly funny as he played the cliche vampire card with sleeping in a coffin and he toyed with humans made for shocking reading. I also enjoyed how vividly Glenn wrote, with the descriptions of the fun fair and the beach, I almost felt I was there with Rocky as he strolled the pier with Summer.

A horror classic that’s riddled with blood, drama and teenage love, ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ is a rollercoaster of terror that kept me gripped until the final page.

You can buy ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ from Amazon and is available today from good bookshops.

The Darkest Lullaby By Jonathan Janz

The Darkest Lullaby‘The Darkest Lullaby’ is the latest book by Jonathan Janz.

The old house waited. For years there had been rumors that the owner, Lilith Martin, had been part of an unholy cult. People spoke of blasphemous rituals, black rites filled with blood, sex…and sacrifices. Then Lilith died and the house sat empty. Until now. Lilith s nephew, Chris, and his wife, Ellie, are moving in. Ellie isn t happy about living in such a dark, foreboding place, but she wants to get pregnant and this house has a lot more room to raise a baby than their apartment. Unfortunately, she and Chris will soon learn that Lilith has other plans.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a really good horror that really terrifies me and it’s fair to say that ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ hit the spot. It’s unsettling narrative and creepy location brought me right back to my teenage years reading the chilling ‘Goosebumps’ series when I couldn’t have the book in the same room as me when I went to bed in case the characters somehow managed to come to life. Yes, it’s really that creepy.

The book is seen from the perspective of couple Chris and Ellie who move to Chris’ old homestead hoping to start a family and recover from old debts, but it’s not that easy.

The old house is creepy and riddled with reminders of Chris’s aunt who never liked Ellie and there’s a presence that they’re not alone in the building. Meanwhile, there’s the woman and man that appears to the couple, freaking them out as well as the rumours of there once being a cult on the land.

The story is reminiscent of ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Wicker Man’, with the cult rumours and the character development as the story progresses. Cleverly written and unsettling throughout, ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ is a wonderfully old fashioned horror story with fills with wit and gore and terrifies the reader to the core.

You can buy ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ from Amazon.