I’m the twisted mind behind The Gallows Novels and After Death Series. If you want to know a bit about me, here it is: I spend too much time indoors and probably watch too many horror films. Some of my favourite things are; Alone time, people who know when to shut up, having a drink, eating pizza (usually after having too much drink the night before), reading books, adult swim cartoons, bad horror and sci-fi movies, proper good TV shows like Dexter & The Walking Dead, and last but not least having a laugh with my hilarious other half – this would usually include some of the above.
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Raised: Part One
by Sharon Stevenson
Approx. 55,830 words.
Published on August 16, 2013.
Pete has been murdered by a mentally unhinged and suicidal one night stand. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s been reanimated for reasons unknown by… persons unknown.
Afraid of who his owner may be and what they have planned for his undead ass, Pete does the only thing he can; he goes on the run.
Can Pete escape enslavement when it’s what he’s been raised for?
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- North End
on Oct. 26, 2012
North End is an enjoyable horror tale with an opening hook that drags the reader straight into the story. It's an intriguing beginning and the story unfolds to reveal the main character Tom's creepy discovery of something disturbing in a disused Tube station.
I found that the story was paced well with the final ten chapters moving quickly along and keeping the sense of tension while at the same time throwing a good surprise in on the way to the book's satisfying conclusion.
The characters were well written and developed as the story progressed. Tom's shyness was endearing and Jodie with her strong willed temperament was also very likeable. I found the inept police officer Terry alternately annoying and amusing. The story's antagonists were suitably creepy but I can say no more on this for fear of spoiling the surprise. You'll just need to read it to find out!
While the story itself was very much enjoyable, it was simply 'told' and this is my main reason for not giving it a higher rating. For me the teenagers dialog wasn't always convincing and I found that the time was mentioned often enough to become mildly distracting. Looking past these concerns though there is a nice little creepy tale in there and I will be following this author to see what else he comes up with!
- A Coming Storm
on Nov. 03, 2012
This collection of short stories had me hooked from beginning to end. There's a mix of different genres with a few shorter peices at the beginning and few longer tales as the collection goes on.
Every one of the stories was well told with a satisfying conclusion, and there were some strong moral messages in there too. At times thought provoking and always entertaining, with some great twists and turns, I can't recommend this book enough.
I personally preferred the longer stories most of which were in the horror genre, in particular 'Entrapped' & 'Proximate Evil'. DuChene has saved the best for last in 'Zodiac' which was absolutely brilliant and rounded the collection off perfectly.
I look forward to reading more from this writer!
- Genesis (The Incorruptibles Saga - Book One)
on Dec. 19, 2012
Genesis is a thought provoking time travel tale which explores the subject from several angles and character view points as the story goes on.
There are some good observations and interesting ideas in this book and you will likely find yourself wondering what you might want to go back and change given the chances these characters are given!
The characters of Jadzia and James were very well written and I found myself sympathising with them on several occasions. I couldn't quite take to Genesis herself, I thought she had a sort of alien quality to her that made her seem less human, though this was perhaps intentional.
All in all this is an enjoyable read and I agree with a previous reviewer that without taking away the impact of the darker content, there is actually nothing overtly offensive in this book, which is pretty impressive in itself.
- Prey for the Children
on April 04, 2013
'Prey for the Children' is Duchene's second short story collection which mainly consists of horror and sci-fi genre stories.
I find Duchene's short stories to be thought provoking, well written & satisfying. There are some nice twists and turns and the horror is very real and chilling.
The first and last stories in this collection were my favourites but they were all really good reads. There's a creepy tone that is kept up throughout this collection which I really liked.
Excellent horror. Five Stars.
on May 06, 2013
'Urdaisunia' is an epic fantasy novel about a peasant girl named Rashali, whose choice of a romantic partner is linked closely to her own destiny and the future of her people.
My only complaint is the number of characters at the beginning, I found it difficult to remember them with all their unusual names, but as the story goes on it becomes easier, the main characters make themselves known and the heartfelt story begins.
This was something different for me, I usually tend towards more modern fantasy novels so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
World building is essential in making an epic fantasy novel believable and this was very well done here. The story was also solid, emotional and intriguing. There were moments when I felt truly worried for Rashali and what might happen to her in the brutal world Halland has created. I wasn't sure what to make of Prince Eruz at first but his character grew on me by the end.
Overall this was an excellent adult fantasy novel and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
on Aug. 07, 2013
'Paulie' is a creepy read with well written characters. The short story works well on it's own but I was also very intrigued by what could happen next and how the story will develop into a novel. There are some vividly drawn horrific images in this and it was the right mix of shocking yet believable. A shiver inducing short story! I look forward to reading more by this author.
- Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! A YA Paranormal Novel
on Aug. 16, 2013
'Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule!' is the story of high school student Lucy who just happens to be a zombie trying to pass for human.
Well to start with I have to say I loved the first person narration; Lucy's voice was so fresh and vibrant I was kept totally hooked throughout! The writing style was so good I flew through this book in no time at all. It was such an easy, enjoyable read.
This is a different take on zombies than anything I've read before. I thought it was a really cool and believable concept - it's all to do with electricity and you'll just have to read it to find out more!
The characters were all great, particularly Lucy. The storyline was surprisingly brilliant with some unexpected turns and a satisfying ending. This short novel moves along at a fast pace and never gets boring.
I would recommend this book to all fans of YA paranormal. It's a free read so what are you waiting for?
- Sing the Midnight Stars
on Aug. 21, 2013
'Sing the Midnight Stars' is the first novel in a fantasy series about drug addicted detective Andrin whose determination to solve a series of strange murders leaves him facing some tough choices.
This is a really cool blend of gritty detective story and dark fantasy. The drug and how Andrin ended up addicted to it was a very compelling part of the story and really made me sympathise with this character. I also loved the murder mystery aspect as I thought it was something unusual for this type of fantasy story, and it was done in a captivating way.
This book is very well written. It's descriptive, atmospheric and believable. I found all the strange character names a bit hard to remember at times but it wasn't too big of a problem because the characters were so well described I could picture them easily every time their names came up.
Overall this is an excellent start to a very interesting and different fantasy series. I look forward to reading the next part soon. Highly recommended for mystery and fantasy fans alike!
- Zombies Don't Pucker: A YA Valentine Story
on Aug. 22, 2013
Cool idea for a short story and it really made me laugh. I have to admit I discovered this author recently and am now on a quest to read everything he's written. Love the writing style and the characters really shine. A perfect, quick little day brightener!
- Death Throes
on Nov. 01, 2013
'Death Throes' is a deliciously dark short story collection from horror author R.M. DuChene.
It starts with a piece of dark poetry which sets the tone and then the satisfying and twisted tales begin. My favourites were 'Mommy Loves You', 'Psycho Girl' & the final tale 'Scavenger' which ends the collection on a truly horrifying note.
While horror is at this collection's heart there are also a few supernatural surprises thrown into the mix, which I thoroughly enjoyed! There's a good variety and there's nothing predictable about any of the stories.
Highly recommended horror!
on Nov. 07, 2013
'Jungle Land' is the story of brothers Eric & Randy and the events in their childhoods that made them who they were.
This short novel is mainly told in a simple and conversational style through Eric as first person narrator, and I think this is what breathes life into the characters and makes the horror so gripping and real. I was hooked very quickly and enjoyed reading about the lives of the brothers who seemed upbeat enough in the beginning despite having very little in the way of money & possessions. They had each other and they began to figure out their own ways to make money.
Without spoiling the plot, some bad turns lead to a build up of horrific incidents. The tension mounts rapidly in the last quarter of the book and results in nail-biting, edge of seat reading. Some of the more disturbing scenes stayed with me and I've been thinking about the story ever since I read it earlier in the week. I think it has gotten under my skin as it feels like something that could actually happen and that is a truly horrifying thought! There are some nice twists and shocks in the story and the ending was both unexpected and satisfying.
I find DuChene's stories consistently excellent. They are told simply and are effective in delivering thrills and frights with many a well plotted twist and often with a moral message built in. 'Jungle Land' is another example of this, just in a novel format. Highly recommended horror!
- Appendix Z
on Nov. 10, 2013
'Appendix Z' is the story of 19-year-old soldier Anderson and the zombie infestation that he sees beginning at his base.
This is a fast-paced, action-packed kind of book with an unexpected twist in the story. It's pure entertainment and I didn't put it down until I got to the nail-biting ending!
It took me about an hour to read and while the beginning was on the slower side it didn't take long for the pace to quicken. I have to say for a YA book it held my attention very easily and didn't feel as if it was toning down the horror element.
Overall this is a thoroughly entertaining start to what looks to be a thrilling new series. Horror fans should check this out, as well as anyone who enjoys a slightly darker YA read. I'm looking forward to the next part already!
- Days with the Undead: Book One
on Dec. 01, 2013
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Days with the Undead' is the journal account of a zombie apocalypse, filled with warnings of what to do and what not to do when zombies attack.
The narrator Julie is a no-nonsense doctor who right from the first entry comes across as someone who has seen it all and doesn't want to see anyone else make the same mistakes she has already witnessed. She does come across a bit on the cold side but there is an explanation for this which appears much later in the book. The moments of horror glimpsed in the beginning are gory and well depicted but the true terror in this tale of survival is not unveiled until close to it's well plotted ending. I was uncertain where the story was going when I started reading it but I was satisfied by how it ended and it really stuck in my head - I actually kept thinking back to the story long after I put it down.
So while in the beginning Julie's journey didn't seem so unusual for a zombie apocalypse survivor, the story does take a surprising twist and suddenly becomes more than meets the eye. I was very impressed by this unexpected development as it elevated the story from the typical to the brilliant in an instant. The ending for me is also where the weight of the apocalyptic events lies, in the horrors of what Julie has endured to survive. It goes a long way to explaining her stern attitude and at times cold retellings of events.
Overall this is a well plotted zombie apocalypse story with a brilliant ending. Recommended for fans of horror and zombie books!
- Death Throes Webzine: Issue #1
on Dec. 07, 2013
Featuring short stories, dark poetry and a serial story, Death Throes webzine #1 is a mixed bag of horrorific delights (so terrifyingly good it prompted me to make up a word!!). The more lurid tales are right at the start and you'd do best not to ignore the warning that this is indeed 'adult reading material'. Not for the easily shocked or offended. Love horror in all it's twisted, depraved forms? Give it a go. What have you got to lose but your mind? (It's free, in case you hadn't noticed)