Weekly Mash-Up #136 The 31 Books of Halloween Continues!

I thought I’d use this week to share my progress on my annual 31 Books of Halloween personal challenge.

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As of October 5, I have officially hit the halfway mark, with 16 titles under my belt.  There have been some great ones, as well as some ho-hum ones, and I can’t wait to get to the next 15 titles I have lined up!  Plus, I think I’ve found a great nonfiction to share not only here but at MrPinkInk…watch for it around October 29/30!

The Week in Books

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn — 4 out of 5 stars

(H 12)  A young boy goes missing from the small town of Deer Valley, bringing back horrific memories of another boy found brutally murdered years ago.  Will this latest disappearance end the same…or with something even worse?   I’ll admit I thought the first bit of this novel felt a bit slow for me, but once it got going…wow!  I went into this one blind and I’m glad I did as the twist is perfectly evil!  I’ll be putting more of Ahlborn’s works on my to-read list, that’s for sure!

The Shadow People by Graham Masterton — 3.75/4 out of 5 stars

(H 13)  Supernatural Squad Detectives Jamila Patel and Jerry Pardoe are back, this time investigating a series of bizarre deaths linked to a cannibalistic cult.  Part gruesome horror, part thriller/mystery, with a dash of history and a large splash of the supernatural and ancient gods, this will keep you turning the pages while wishing you could erase some of the cannibals’ graphic ritual imagery from your mind.  This book is not for everyone!  But if you’re a fan of graphic horror with a supernatural twist, be sure to check this one out at its release in December 2021!

Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies

Death Watch by Lisa Shea — 4 out of 5 stars

(H 14)  This fifteen page short takes us into the mind of a mentally ill killer and his last hours on Death Row.  Not scary per se, but a bit uncomfortable and creepy.  Very good writing has me looking into more of Shea’s work.

Badwater: A Horror Story by Travis Liebert — 4 out of 5 stars

(H 15)  With vibes of mythology and local folklore, this is a tale of a creature/being that lives in the local waters and the townspeople who keep it in check.  Another well-written short that drew me in immediately and kept me wondering until the end.

Stone Hill: Book of Crane by Dean Rasmussen — 3.5 out of 5 stars

(H 16)  An underground crypt located beneath a church, a not-so pious pastor, and a tentacled creature should have been a home run Halloween story.  Overall I thought it was good, but I really think this would have been a better story if it had been fleshed out a bit more as 25 pages just wasn’t enough to create a truly creepy atmosphere.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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