My Five All Time Favorite Horror Novels

Trick or Treat!!!!

No, wait a minute, there are no tricks here, just a treat of my five favorite horror novels. So, Happy Halloween! Yeah, that’s it. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The Shining by Stephen King- I love haunted house stories. The only thing better than a haunted house is a haunted hotel, and this hotel is haunted with a capital “H”. As I got deeper into the book, the tension and horrors ratcheted up until the final climax. This is the book that made the word “Redrum” famous. This book was turned into a movie (where Jack Nicholson famously poked his head through a destroyed door yelling “Here’s Johnny!”) and a television mini series. Read this one with the lights on. Like, all of them.

The Shining

Ghost Story by Peter Straub- When the first sentence you read in a book is “What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?”, you know you are in for a treat! There is a society of older men who gather and trade ghost stories. A young man enters the group with a ghost story of his own that ties all of them together. I was up all night finishing this book, had to go to the bathroom, heard voices and hopped back in bed and held it until thr sun came up! Yes, it is that good!

Ghost Story

The Wicked by James Newman- Among my favorite type of horror novels are the ones set in the south, especially the mountain area of North Carolina. James Newman really got me in the feels with The Wicked. This book deals with a family moving from New York City to a small mountain town, Morganville, NC. The Little family moves in an attempt to repair their broken lives, only to find that there is an evil entity that wants to feed on the souls of the townspeople, especially the children. Having moved from New York to the Mountains of North Carolina, it was almost like he looked into my head and saw the uncertainty that comes with that kind of move.

The Wicked by [Newman, James]

A Head Full of  Ghosts by Paul Tremblay- In this day and age of reality television, what is better than a show about a family where one of the children is possessed by the devil? That is what you get with Paul Tremblay’s novel A Head Full of Ghosts! The Barret family is being torn apart by the onset of schizophrenia in their fourteen year old daughter. The doctors cannot help. The local priest suggests an exorcism, and a television production company gets involved. The only thing scarier than a possible possession is what happens at the end!

A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by [Tremblay, Paul]

The Red Church by Scott Nicholson- Like I said before, I love southern  horror, and no one serves it up better than Scott Nicholson. The Red Church is one of his best books. The town of Whispering Pines is a typical small southern town, except for the Red Church that sits on the way home for 13 year old Ronnie Day. Ronnie’s life is full of problems; his parents are separated, his brother is a pest, he cannot find Jesus in his heart and his mother wants him to attend midnight meetings at the red church, with pastor Archer McFall. The three main families: The Days, The Littlefieds and The McFalls all share a history of betrayal and guilt, and Archer McFall convinces his congregation that he is the Second Son of God whose congregation must proves its faith by cleansing their sin in blood. Creepy? Yes. Does the terror mount? Yes! Must you read this book? YES!!!

The Red Church: A Supernatural Thriller (Sheriff Littlefield Books Book 1) by [Nicholson, Scott]


Space Force Review

Space Force by [Robinson, Jeremy]

TITLE: Space Force

AUTHOR: Jeremy Robinson

GENRE: Science Fiction/ Satire

PAGES: 302

Take the best parts of any buddy movie; the interaction, jokes, banter, snark, and action. Add a healthy dose of video game based violence, 80’s references, sexual innuendo, THEN add an alien invasion where the aliens look like giant…ummm….phallic symbols, add a pinch of political satire you get SPACE FORCE!!! Really, to tell you more and it will ruin the fun of the book for you, and believe me, this book is fun with a capital F U!!! (In a good way).

Space Force is told from the perspective of two people; Ethan Stone, a former SEAL team six member and Jennifer Hale (Pronounced Hal-lay) a top notch pilot who wanted to be in Space Force. They are partners, buddies and just what this world needs when an alien invasion hits. Unfortunately, they are separated by a force field when the invasion happens. That won’t stop them from doing what they do best to save the Earth. From both sides of the force field they lead a band of misfits in an all-out battle royale for planet Earth as we know it!

Make no mistake, this book is laugh out loud funny and pokes fun at just about everything. From the current administration to gaming culture and all points in between, nothing (except religion, he did nothing with that) is off limits. Mr. Robinson even goes as far as to poke fun at his own writing style (who does that?!?), and it works!

You will laugh until you get the vapors! Yeah, if you live with a significant other, and they are trying to sleep, you will want to take this book to the next room. I got nudged a couple of time from Mrs. Ninetoes when I laughed, and holding back the laughter does not work, the bed shook like we were in an earthquake that blew the Ricter scale up!

All in all, I give this one 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

P.S. GET THIS BOOK! You will not be disappointed!

P.P.S. Seriously, GET THIS BOOK!


5 Questions With RJ Barker

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It has been said that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. With that in mind, please answer the following questions.

-What book got you interested in reading?

That’s pretty much an impossible question for me to answer. There’s just always been books. I grew up in a house full of books and reading has always been something I found huge amounts of joy in. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading something so there’s no one book to trace it back to. Books are part of me.

-Do you have a favorite genre to read?

I tend to read outside of whatever I am writing. Crime, SF, and historical fiction are my general go to books at the moment.

-Is there a book you have read more than one time?

Quite a few. Watership Down I go back to quite a lot. And Iain M Banks Culture books definitely bear multiple reads but the ones I’ve read the most are Consider Phlebos and Look to Windward.

-What got you interested in writing?

For me, it’s always just gone along hand in hand with loving books. I can;t remember not writing either but I stopped fro a long time to play in bands – something I was very bad at – and then when I finally admitted to myself I was never going to get anywhere as a musician I went back to what I’d always loved, books. Though, I’d sort of forgotten everything I once knew and had to learn my English language skills over again. Then I got really ill, just as I was getting somewhere and that delayed everything a bit. But I got there in the end.

-Was there a book of yours that was difficult to write? Which one was it and what made it so difficult?

It’s terrible hubris but so far no, not really. I find a tremendous sense of joy in writing. Doing copy edits is hard cos it’s not very creative, but actual writing? I love doing that and I know I’m very lucky to be making my living at it.

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Ninetoes Book of the Week 10/28-11/03 2018

Gateway (Heechee Saga Series #1)

Frederick Pohl’s Gateway is my choice for Ninetoes Book of the Week. This science fiction classic is a tale that is not to be missed.

Seeded among the stars are troves of valuable artifacts left behind by the enigmatic, long-vanished alien race called the Heechee. For the right price, anyone can climb aboard one of the abandoned Heechee spaceships, castoff on an autopilot voyage to parts unknown, and take a chance on finding wealth . . . or facing death.

Robinette Broadhead took that chance and walked away a winner. But at what cost? Despite living a millionaire’s life of material luxury, he’s haunted by crippling despair—and the dark secrets buried deep in his psyche. With the help of his computerized psychiatrist, the truth about what happened “out there” could set Broadhead free. But only after a personal journey more terrifying and, ultimately, more devastating than his last fateful trip into space.


Kids Friday Fun Read 10/26/2018

The Squeals on the Bus: A 4D Book

Michael Dahl’s School Bus Horrors: The Squeals on the Bus is my pick for Kids Friday Fun Read. It is the weekend before Halloween, so lets go out with a bang!

On a morning like any other, a young boy gets on his school bus, but the passengers are anything but ordinary. One student has an extra eye! Another has a tail! And another has lizards for hair! At least his best friend is normal- or is she? Step aboard Michael Dahl’s (LIBRARY OF DOOM and IGOR’S LAB OF FEAR) addictively creepy SCHOOL BUS OF HORRORS, where the final destination is never expected. See a video interview with the author and discover more titles in the series when you scan the book with the free Capstone 4D augmented reality app.

Your Friday Fun Read 10/26/2018

The Hellbound Heart: A Novel

Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart is my pick for Your Friday Fun Read. This is the book that the “Hellraiser” movie series is based on. Yes, THAT “Hellraiser” series. If you want to see where it all started, then this is the book to read, and at 176 pages long, you can knock it out in a weekend.

Frank Cotton’s insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand’s box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother’s love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back—though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay.

Ninetoes Book of the Week 10/21/2018

Face Off

Mrs. Ninetoes highly recommends this book and that is good enough for me to name it the Ninetoes Book of the Week.

“Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work—studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her—until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…

As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate—and finds not one but two bodies—Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing—Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice…”

If she had more than two thumbs, Mrs. Ninetoes assures me they would be up as well. I might just have to look into this one!