Hydra M. Star
A native of North Carolina, Hydra M. Star is a Southern Belle straight from Hell. At a very early age she developed a deep interest in demonology, the paranormal, and the occult. A long time member of the Church of Satan and practicing witch, Hydra has never lost her passion for things that go bump in the night. Instead she has used this passion to fuel her many creative endeavors.
Hydra is a "dark" fiction writer, poet, columnist, and book reviewer. Her book reviews regularly appear in Twisted Dreams Magazine and her column, "Belialian Woman", is a staple for Horrotica Magazine. In addition to these publication, she also owns, along with her artistic partner Dave Lipscomb, Infernal Ink Magazine, a literary magazine focused on bringing readers stories that embody evil in all it’s gory, humorous, and carnal glory.
Also in the works is a series of books all written by Hydra, The Chronicles of the Infernal Empire, as well as an end of the world anthology, No One Makes It Out Alive: an end of the world anthology, which she compiled and edited that is available for purchase, now.
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- The Tyrant King
on Dec. 09, 2012
Krystal and Jareth have overcome the legacy of his Uncle Gregory. They’ve started a family of their own and are about see wed Jareth’s sister, Alana, to one of his most trusted friends, Alexander. The wedding is mere hours away, and Krystal is still reeling form the death of her mother and news concerning the death of yet another close family member, when the mysterious Donovan, long lost son of Gregory, turns up at their door. At first it is not known what young Donovan wants from his cousins and former wife of his father, but all too soon it becomes clear and the royal family once more find themselves under threat.
This exciting sequel to The Peasant Queen is just as action packed at the first book. Motherhood has done little to slow Krystal down or tame her courageous heart, which is a good thing. Gregory’s crimes are pale in comparison to those of his son. Krystal, her family, and her friends will need all the strength and magical powers they can muster just to survive.
I must here pause to give a similar ‘warning’ to parents as I did in my review of the first book, The Peasant Queen. Though not depicted or described in detail the subject of rape and pregnancy as a result of rape is a key element of this book’s storyline. I mention this only because some the youngest young adults might find this subject matter troubling.
Moving away from that, this book is a very quick and fun read and I look forward the future books in this series...and the introduction of even more long lost royal family members.
- The Green Loch
on Dec. 17, 2012
The theme, setting, and characters of this story are very much like those in Tinkanesh's novel Outsider. Anyone who enjoyed that book will no doubt enjoy this.
For those not familiar with Tinkanesh's work will find her characters easy to relate to, especially if you, the reader, have spent anytime in the music or lesbian bar scene. Even if you haven't Jax, this stories main character, is likely to speak to you on the level that like many of us she is unsure of herself at times and searching to give her life meaning.
There are also monsters in story. What is a story or a bar scene without a few monsters, right?
on Dec. 19, 2012
Sid Wasgo, as the title of the book indicates, is a bit of an outsider. Totally obsessed with the lesbian music scene of London, Sid is herself a former musician, artist, lover of tattoos, and completely and totally uncomfortable in her own skin. Sid is a ‘cutter’, a drinker, and longs to live a life free from being tied to a gender. She has physical problems, mental issues, and is literally in love with Death. She fills her time and nights with concerts, writing, and time spent with friends, which she seems to have plenty of...even if she doesn’t allow them to get close.
At the start of the book, Sid’s life if very ‘normal’. A reader who has spent any considerable time in the music scene or lesbian bars will find the situations and characters of the first half of this novel easy to related to and identify as classic music/lesbian types. However, while Sid is busy attending shows and making friends with the members of her favorite band, Second Look, there’s a vampire stalking and killing concert goers. It’s when, Joy, the concert going vampire, sets her sights on the nearsighted Sid that things for the young woman start to get a bit weird...okay a lot weird.
From this point the storyline and plot of the book gets quite complex. It is in fact complex from the beginning with transitions from real life to almost dream like excepts from stories penned by the main character and flash backs to long ago deeds done by the various vampires Joy has known. There are also the characters of Life and Death which add to the already teeming cast of oddities and outsiders. By the end of things time itself will be bent.
If a reader is looking for a well-written, but unusually told story, this book is a must read.
- Army of Skeletons
on Dec. 20, 2012
Tinkanesh takes us again into the world of London's music scene for this story. I wonder sometimes if in the back story for her characters if they all, from hir various tales, don't know one another in some way.
This time we witness a young musician as she find what could be the love of her life, or at least a good snogging partner, only to find herself suddenly trapped in a deal with the devil...or demon...or something similar.
I would have liked more detail on the nature of this 'other world' the characters find themselves, or at least their skeletons, pulled into, but over all this is a fun read and an original story. I give it big points for that.
- Shadow of the Rose: Adversarius
on April 06, 2013
This book is High Fantasy and it’s High Fantasy done right. Set in a world that is not like our own the author doesn’t waste a lot of time or space boring the reader with every little detail of this world. It is similar enough to our own that the reader won’t get lost and what points do need to be explained she works into the story in such a way that they don’t feel like a history lessons. It’s straight to the action with this one and I mean straight into it. The opening scene of the book is a ship battle between pirates, which she spells ‘pyrates’, and a boat full of the land’s nobility and it just keeps rolling from there.
There is so much going on within the story line of this book and there is such a large cast of characters I won’t even try to summaries it further. It would literally take me pages to do so, but there are magical beings, goddesses, pyrates (as I mentioned), kings, queens, warriors, assassins, lovers, a young woman with no memory of who she is, and more than a couple secret plots. Don’t worry, it all makes sense and is woven together seamlessly.
I really can’t say enough nice things about this book. It is a great and fun read. My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly and without much being resolved, but so is to be expected from the first book in a series.
This is a series to keep an eye on, for future releases…which I hope come soon.