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#Review – Carnival of Terror by William Joseph

Carnival of Terror by [William Joseph]

Welcome to the most spectacular, heart racing, entertaining, and deadliest show you’ll ever see.Ever want to see what happens after you leave the circus and the show is over? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Have you ever wanted to see the darkest side of human nature? Then step right up, enter, and be prepared to have your breath taken away, literally.Victor, Jug, the Fortune Teller, Shilo, and Olivia. A horrifying, graphic, and pulse-pounding five-part novel from five different points of view in one interconnecting story surrounding one circus.Welcome to the Carnival of Terror.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

This is a truly twisted read! Who knew one circus would have so many levels of WTF… This is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Being able to experience the story from so many points of view was the right touch. The first experience is from a couple who visits the circus and ends up staying for dinner, to be dinner for the circus. Experiencing it from the ringmaster’s perspective, along with his heir, just reminds you how insane people can be. But also seeing it from the fortune teller and a relative of the circus really brings things full circle. I honestly can’t tell you how many times I cringed, winced, and uttered W…T…F…. No matter how much I wanted to look away, I just couldn’t. I HAD TO GET TO THE END!

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William Joseph is an exciting Horror, Paranormal, and Psychological Thriller writer from New Jersey, USA. He loves to draw the reader into believable worlds, creating everyday characters the readers can relate and connect with, and then forcing them to face their deepest and darkest fears. William Joseph’s writing has been detailed as twisted, dark, terrifying, raw, and emotional.

#Dark #ParkOfASeries #TriggerWarnings #Audio #Horror – Satan’s Affair, Cat and Mouse Duet #0.5 by H.D. Carlton

Every Halloween, Satan’s Affair will come to you. We travel the country, offering terrifying haunted houses, thrilling rides and the tastiest food.

And with every passing town, I cleanse this world, one execution at a time.

I hide within the walls, casting my judgement for those that reek of evil, singing lullabies to their rotting souls. Once you’ve been chosen, there’s no escaping my henchmen—they cater to my every desire.

You can run and you can hide, but it only excites me.

Come. Take a walk through my dollhouse, where your screams will blend and your cute little pleas will go unanswered.

But I can’t promise it’ll be over quickly…

Trigger Warning: This is a dark read that contains graphic violence, sex, and triggering situations.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

I was super excited for this novella.  I know you are supposed to read it first but for me, I read it after the original duet.  For me, it makes more sense.

This book was a great look at Sibby.  We learn about her family and why she is the way she is. We also see her meeting the characters from the main duet.

I do think this could have been part of the Sibby duet but maybe she wasn’t sure  about a Sibby book series??  Anyway, it was a good read if you love Sibby like I loved her.

H. D. Carlton is an International and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Ohio with her partner, two dogs, and cat. When she’s not bathing in the tears of her readers, she’s watching paranormal shows and wishing she was a mermaid. Her favorite characters are of the morally gray variety and believes that everyone should check their sanity at the door before diving into her stories.

#BookPromo – The Bell Chime by Mona Kabbani

Winner of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novella of 2020

“Can you hear the bell chime?”


A girl suffering from paralyzing night terrors finds a missing poster hanging from the door of her apartment building. On that poster is a photograph of a frighteningly familiar face.

It’s her.

Only, she’s never seen this photo before and something about its grin scares her. How its eyes seem to follow her no matter where she finds herself in the room.

Over a series of strange events to follow—events that will make her question whether her sanity is still there or fleeting—she must discover:

What is real and what is the nightmare?

The Bell Chime is the disturbing, psychological novella debut from Mona Kabbani.
Slated for publication on September 2nd, 2020, the Full Corn Moon.


“THE BELL CHIME is a head-on collision of beauty and deep sorrow clawing at the walls of sanity and dragging the reader along for the ride. A stunning debut!” — Glenn Rolfe, author of Until Summer Comes Around and Blood and Rain


About the Author
Mona Kabbani is a horror fan, writer, and reviewer obsessed with psychology and the human condition. She emulates the conflict of the good versus the bad and all of the in between in her work while providing an entertainingly horrifying experience. She is a Lebanese immigrant living the American dream in New York City where much of her writing is inspired. You can follow her on Instagram @moralityinhorror for more and sign up to her mailing list on her website, moralityinhorror.com.

#Review – White Ibis (Florida Gothic) by Wendy Dalrymple

“Truly terrifying” – Jenna Dietzer, author of “The Lovebugs”
“Creepy as hell” – Sheri L. Williams, author of “Forest of Blood’

Obsession. Lies. Greed.

Chelsea is vain, self-absorbed, and driven in life only by want and her obsession with being the best. Even though she is desperate to portray an outwardly perfect image, things are far from perfect at home.

One day at yoga class, Chelsea meets a woman named Damaris who is exactly like her; beautiful, confident, and reaching high to be her best self. Damaris and Chelsea become instant best friends and bond over healthy eating, fitness, and their love of luxury items. As Chelsea’s heart hardens toward her boyfriend, her obsession with the enigmatic Damaris only blossoms.

As one bad decision turns into another, Chelsea begins to think she is being followed by a white bird. Her new best friend Damaris suggests a girls’ weekend in New Orleans to get away from it all and Chelsea readily agrees. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it soon becomes clear that she can’t run away from her problems and instead finds herself tumbling head-first into a downward spiral

Content Warning: Mentions of suicide and eating disorders.

I just want to start this out by saying that I really have no idea what I just read. But at the same time, I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what was going on and how this story would end.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m new to reading horror – huge fan of horror movies – but reading horror, hits differently, ya know?

I’ve recently fallen down the horror side of TikTok and after a friend introduced me to horror novellas, I’m quickly becoming obsessed. They are quick little reads, perfect for a busy schedule when you don’t have time to read a ginormous book but still want to get some books added to your reading goal on Goodreads or to just get some words read.

Enough of my rambling. Let’s review:

Chelsea is a thirty-something year old woman who has a deadend job and is also in a deadend relationship. She ends up befriending Damaris, this beautiful woman, who almost seems to good to be true. I didn’t overly trust her. Too many times she hardly ever gave any insight into herself. It felt like she was holding a lot of secrets.

As their friendship grows, which is more like obsession on Chelsea’s part, they decide to take a trip to New Orleans and that’s when the crazy starts. Something is up about the women Chelsea hangs out with that weekend. When she gets home, I read the rest of the book with wide eyes and was like “OMG”.

Something happens to both Chelsea and her boyfriend and obviously I don’t want to give it away but it does leave room for questions. A lot of questions. A part of me wished we could have gotten more answers BUT the horror loving part of me, absolutely loved the open ended ending.

All in all, this was a perfect little read by a new to me author.

#Review – It’s Me, Charlie by C.M. Guidroz

I know everything about her, I’ve been her “book bestie” for over a year now. I’ve read every book she has ever published. The books that tell me every fantasy she has, the books that tell me exactly what she wants. She doesn’t know who I am behind the screen, but I don’t’ think she will care much once I show her that I am the perfect man for her. Women have rejected me in the past, but I’ve studied Jessie so much there is no way I could get it wrong this time.

What happens when the person you thought was just an online friend turns out to be an obsessive monster. You never know who is truly behind the screen when you are engaging with people online. Especially, things like “bookstagram” where the community is so welcoming. What happens when your “book bestie” falls in love with you and will stop at nothing to show you just how deep that love is.

Charlie has been posing as a woman in the book community to gain the trust and friendship of the woman he has been obsessing over, Jessie. Jessie is a self-published author of smutty or erotic, books who is just trying to get her books out there in a massive genre. What Jessie doesn’t know is that her biggest fan has been waiting for the perfect time to meet her and make all of her fantasies come true.

Are you ready to meet Charlie?

Author Note: 18+ WARNING! This short story is considered EXTREME HORROR, there are GRAPHIC SITUATIONS! This book is disgusting, and you probably shouldn’t read it. But if you are still interested in meeting Charlie, please be aware that you were warned. YOU WERE WARNED.

Um…what the heck did I just read?

When Angie shared the link for this book with me, I checked it out and saw a throwing up emoji in a review and instantly one-clicked. I hadn’t even read the blurb at that point, so I went into this story completely blind and boy, am I glad I ever did.

This short story takes the book/movie “Misery” to a whole other level.

It’s depraved, sick and twisted.

Charlie is obsessed with an author and does everything he can to make her his. He “loves” her. Wants to spend the rest of his life with her and wants to show her that they are perfect for each other. When he captures her and brings her back to his place, a place they’re supposed to share together and in his mind, she’ll be happy about it, the…um…icky things start happening.

I have a strong stomach but when it comes to mucus and anything slimey…that’s a huge hard limit for me. Spit I can handle but…in this case…not so much. That’s all I’m going to say on that…

If you have triggers, please be warned: THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE BOOK.

As a romance author myself, it was easy to put myself in Jessie’s shoes and I think that’s what makes this book even more terrifying. Because you wonder, what if?

This story, although short, is quite the ride and leaves you wondering, what would you do?

#WOTR23 #Dark #revenge #Horror – Dolly by Measha Stone, narration by Michele Blackstone

He’s promised me sunlight.
Hope for a better future.
Freedom from this horror.
A life that doesn’t end in a dark cellar.

But, we’re trapped together.
Forced to live for the worst kind of people.
Desperate to survive for each other.

I crave his touch with every breath I take.
My heart aches for him.
He’s my hope for survival.
The man I want a future with.
I can have it all again, if only I trust him.
Even if that’s the only thing I can’t do.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

Dolly by Measha Stone, narration by Michele Blackstone

I purchased the audio and paperback of this book.

I bought this paperback a year ago??  Like right when it came out.  I like dark books but I gotta work my way up to reading them.  I know I am weird.  ANYWAY!  I finally decided this was the time.    I saw the audio was available and since it was 5 hours that would only take me a day to read.

I want to start out by saying the narration was not my favorite.  I would have loved to have a female voice it AKA Dolly vs having a man AKA Ken Doll voice the story.  I also didn’t get drawn into the story with Michele voicing the characters and the story either.  I pushed through because I wanted the story. The story was where it was at.

Ok yall.  This book is a little slower to start but I wanna say PAY ATTENTION to the beginning 10-11 chapters because once we hit chapter 12-13, ITS GO TIME!!! I was there for it.  Dolly and Ken Doll are trapped and being abused by 2 horrible humans but why???  WELL, we soon discover why when they get free and go on their bloody revenge tour.  I was there for that as well.  The stuff we learn in each chapter had me saying YOOOOOO WHAT.  And also, a big GASP with “I did Not see that coming!!”  I mean I knew stuff would be flying outta closets but it got me good with the twists.

The story of Dolly/Abigail and Ken Doll/Brian was a good one.  The relationship between the 2 characters was sweet and loving one minute while total Bonnie and Clyde murders the next!!

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

#Review – Stella (Extended Cut) by Emery LeeAnn & L.X. Deveraux

I’ve been planning my revenge for almost a year now.

I was thoroughly abused.
I was beaten and left for dead.
They made me their victim.


The culprits thought I was weak, but now they will meet their maker.

Not one of them will be left alive, even if I have to forfeit my own life in the process.

*Part 1 of Stella was released in Scream Queens Charity Anthology – it will be included in this extended cut*

If you like revenge movies, read this book. If you liked “I Spit On Your Grave”, read this book. While of course this book is quite different than that movie, it definitely had the same raw, brutal, disturbing feel. And it was just as detailed too! If not more so, since this involves reading and using your own imagination.

The first version of Stella was released in an anthology that I myself was in as well. It was horror themed and packed with quite the punch! Then Emery added more to Stella and included a co-author as well. I remember messaging her when I finished the first version, wanting more!

This book is a continuation of Stella and how she gets revenge on the four guys who wronged her. And holy moly, does she ever get revenge! I think I read the whole thing with my eyes wide open! I do think one of the guys got off too easy if you ask me but she still got her revenge like she wanted. Pick up the book today to find out how!

#WOTR20 #Horror #Anthology #SilentScream – Scream Queens: A Horror Anthology

JM Walker is our attending author

Scream Queens by Emery LeeAnn

In our world, there’s No Escape from the Silence. You can try Breaking Glass, but once you are Suspended in Blood there’s no way out. Hopefully you have an Alibi when you run away from the Silent Screams that fill the night.

Scream Queens is a horror anthology raising money for #PutTheNailInIt, a charity focused on helping domestic violence victims. Now get ready to dive in, and Hush Little Baby, don’t say a word. Stella will read you a horror tale.

**This anthology’s proceeds will benefit #PutTheNailInIt Charity which aids in the awareness of domestic violence.***


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Silent Scream by JM Walker

I receive this book from the author for an honest review.

Holy Mother….I cant even begin to discuss this story with you until I say BE READY!!

This story is about 2 girls who find themselves in a bad situation.  They are kidnapped and will be sold over and over and over.  Seems like bad luck until their circumstance change.  Yo.  It’s a crazy game changer that happens!!

Seriously, I don’t even know what to say in this review because I don’t want to give any of the twists away but DAYUM I was kicked off my arse.  I knew JM WAS twisted and yet I had no clue she was THIS twisted!!

Emery LeeAnn  (Author), Michelle Brown  (Author), Virginia Johnson  (Author), Ally Vance  (Author), J.M. Walker  (Author), Taryn Steele  (Author), Krystle Able  (Author), Faith Ryan  (Author), Shannon Youngblood (Author), Willow Ridley (Author) 

#REVIEW – Scream Queens Anthology

In our world, there’s No Escape from the Silence. You can try Breaking Glass, but once you are Suspended in Blood there’s no way out. Hopefully you have an Alibi when you run away from the Silent Screams that fill the night.

Scream Queens is a horror anthology raising money for #PutTheNailInIt, a charity focused on helping domestic violence victims. Now get ready to dive in, and Hush Little Baby, don’t say a word. Stella will read you a horror tale.

**This anthology’s proceeds will benefit #PutTheNailInIt Charity which aids in the awareness of domestic violence.***

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Well this anthology is definitely not for the faint of heart. While I was one of the contributing authors, I decided to read the rest of the stories and wow. Just wow. I gasped so many times, I lost count. I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I love horror stories just as much but these stories blew me away.

If you love horror stories, this is definitely the anthology for you! I even messaged Emery LeeAnn after finishing her story, Stella, and asked her for more. If you loved the movie, “I Spit On Your Grave”, you’ll like this little book.

These stories are gruesome and have people getting revenge in the most depraved way possible.

Enjoy and happy reading! Oh and don’t forget to turn on the lights.

#REVIEW – Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson

I deal in beautiful things.

I’m paid to create unique masterpieces and I enjoy my work.

I’m the best there is because I’m patient, kind, and quick.

I wear the mask of humanity when I need to, and I play the part of just another stranger walking past you on the street, but there’s something I want that I can’t quite seem to get my hands on.

For all of the blood I shed—for all of the flesh I’ve stripped, there’s only one touch that I long to feel. I may be a master of manipulation, yet when it comes to the hope of something that’s just mine—something unexplainable toward another living creature that I long so desperately for, I’m a coward.

But there’s only so many times I’ll be willing to stand by and watch what I want walk away from me before I acquire it.

I’ve had enough patience and I’ve scolded myself more than once over this and I refuse to wait any longer.

We belong together.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

While we usually review romance books on our page, I decided to read something new. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and he’s usually the only horror author that I read. Or have read anyway. But I’m taking 2019 to read all new to me authors. Or try to at least.

So I didn’t read the blurb to this book but fell in love with the cover when Yolanda shared it forever ago. I’ve also had this book on my kindle for awhile now and finally got a chance to pick it up. And I’m glad I did!

So we meet Gray. Gray is an artist of sorts and he has a secret. His best friend, Aiden, knows about this secret and supports him fully. She even helps him with his final art pieces.

Gray has had a crush on Penn for awhile. Aiden finally helps him in that department and both Gray and Penn end up together. Woot!

All through the book, Gray is working on his latest art project. He ends up showing Penn this piece as well and he’s also super supportive of Gray’s work. He even wants to help him.

I don’t want to ruin it but the ending has an epic twist. Not what I was predicting exactly but definitely what I was expecting. I think if you’re a fan of horror movies, you would definitely like this book.