Jugular

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
"Jugular" is a novelette about a woman whose life has never been normal, from childhood to childbirth. Her mother locked her in a box. Her son is a serial killer. Then things take a turn for the worse and she wakes up dead. Or rather, undead. From there it goes downhill. Way down.

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About Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats as an award-winning author and poet of Horror, Speculative and Literary Fiction, Fantasy and more. She is also an artist, musician, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger, vegan, and animal-lover. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Lori roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. Her offbeat books include THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS, LEERY LANE, ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, and POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II (a series).

Stories and verse have appeared on Hellnotes, Servante Of Darkness, and Halloween Forevermore; in WEIRDBOOK, THE HORROR ZINE, THE SIRENS CALL, BEWILDERING STORIES, and anthologies such as CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN', JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION, DEAD HARVEST, FEARFUL FATHOMS: COLLECTED TALES OF AQUATIC TERROR VOLUME I, HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUMES II and III, TERROR TRAIN I and II, GREY MATTER MONSTERS: TAKERS OF SOULS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC: A COLLECTION OF EVIL PLAYTHINGS, CURSED CURIOSITIES, CELLAR DOOR III: ANIMALS (Editor's Choice Award winner), UNDEAD LEGACY, BONES II, GHOSTS: REVENGE, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, DARLINGS OF DECAY, and MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

To learn more, visit fairyflyentertainment.com, a website Lori shares with her two talented sons. You can view author readings and other videos at the Fairy Fly Entertainment YouTube channel.

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Review by: Leigh M. Lane on Aug. 17, 2012 :
Magda’s mid-life crisis is far more complicated than most. Her husband has long been deceased under the most surreal of circumstances, her only son is a monster, and she seems to be . . . getting younger? Her experience of the “change of life” is proving far different than she had expected.

The story opens beautifully, with exquisite prose and a unique premise that will draw the reader in from page one. About halfway through, it falls into a few clichés that are obviously intentional, but not quite fitting with the preceding seriousness of tone. Still, anyone familiar with Lopez’s work will appreciate the lighthearted feel that prevails throughout most the rest of the work. JUGULAR is a fun, quirky story that turns the vampire tale on its head in a way only Lopez can. I give this work 4.5 stars.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Lori Safranek on Aug. 12, 2012 :
"Jugular" pulls the reader in immediately, then treats them to a richly expressed, unique story of supernatural experiences. Magda is a heartbroken widow with a vicious, abusive son. Although her son has proven to be a disappointment and source of unhappiness, Magda feels a mother's love and, inevitably, gives her life trying to protect her strange son.

When Magda awakens in a morgue, she is thrust into a journey of fear, uncertainty and, perhaps, fate. She ends up under the power of an old hag vampire who wants to eliminate Magda and the handsome detective who had been searching for Magda after she left the morgue.

Lopez really knows how to write battles, and she knows how to describe her bad guys so that you will be checking under your bed for a week! Her use of language is quite unique, and her storytelling skills are superb. I can see this book having a sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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