Share the Love Giveaway Hop
Giveaway / February 6, 2015

  I’m excited to be participating in the Share the Love Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Herd Hops this year. The way I see it, this is a great chance to not only share some of my favorite authors with everyone, but also to give away a book of the winner’s choice. When deciding how to pick authors for this list, I really had a hard time. There’s just so many! But then I figure no matter who I feature, I can’t go wrong. I wound up selecting 4 authors that I have discovered within the past year. Some of them are debut authors, some of them are established, but they were new to me recently. Plus one all time favorite because I just couldn’t help myself. So here it is:   The winner will have their choice of eBook, physical book or Audible audiobook for any of the books shown in this giveaway. (US only)     Grady Hendrix What can I say? A horror story set in an IKEA knock-off chain furniture story. Just imagine being not just being in a horror story, but being trapped at work with your coworkers for it! Surrounded by corporate propoganda! This book was so incredibly fun. And while…

14 Favorites of 2014
Lists / December 28, 2014

I love reading Best of Lists, but making them can be quite hard. Here’s my list of favorites from 2014 broken down by subgenre. FAVORITE HORROR     FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION   FAVORITE FANTASY   FAVORITE FANTASY DEBUT

Tough Traveling – Curses

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? CURSES CURSES are long-standing ill-wishings which, in Fantasyland, often manifest as semi sentient. They have to be broken or dispelled. {Can include} -Curses on lands, curses on families, curses on buildings, cureses on rings/swords, curses on people, curses with conditions.   Orsk Furniture from Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix This is definitely cursed building. An Ikea imitation mass market furniture super store where bizarre and increasingly disturbing things begin to happen. And if things seem weird and creepy, just wait for the overnight shift.       Paragon from Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb I don’t know if this is a curse on a building, on a family,…

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
5 Stars , Reviews / August 12, 2014

OK, so what can make a a really good ghost story even more terrifying? Hmmm…. how about being stuck in a ghost story with your co-workers. *Yikes* What could make it even creepier than that? Place it in a big box commercial furniture chain Super Store. *Shudder* Full of corporate propaganda! *Gasp* And a trail of put together furniture featured on a Bright and Shining Path *Screams* I really had no idea what to expect going in to this, but I was so strangely excited to get it. Well, I will admit, I thought the story was going to have more of a visual aspect to it. I had seen the front and back cover images, and thought, “Wow, how cool and bizarre”. I thought of graphic novels, and some of the books I’ve read my kids (like Huge Cabret) where part of the story is told through images.  This book is not that, but absolutely do not take my misconception as a negative. This book is an insanely fun ghost story that will have you second guessing those fake doors on showroom displays and cringing if you hear of a midnight special, and absolutely dreading any piece of furniture that requires the use…