Starfire: A Red Peace – Spencer Ellsworth

Synopsis: A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth’s Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the leader of the Resistance wants desperately enough to send his personal guard after. An interstellar empire and the fate of the remnant of humanity hang in the balance.

Spencer Ellsworth has written a classic space opera, with space battles between giant bugs, sun-sized spiders, planets of cyborgs and a heroine with enough grit to bring down the galaxy’s newest warlord. Continue reading “Starfire: A Red Peace – Spencer Ellsworth”

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Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King & Owen King

Synopsis: In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Continue reading “Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King & Owen King”

My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix

Synopsis: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Continue reading “My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix”

Entropy in Bloom – Jeremy Robert Johnson

Synopsis: For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In “Persistence Hunting,” a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In “When Susurrus Stirs,” an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson’s work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today’s most daring and thrilling writers. 

Featuring the best of his independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella “The Sleep of Judges” ―where a father’s fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare ― Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ’s strange new worlds. Continue reading “Entropy in Bloom – Jeremy Robert Johnson”

Off Season – Jack Ketchum

Synopsis: September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River—off season—awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall…

And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface…and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive. Continue reading “Off Season – Jack Ketchum”

Revival – Stephen King

Synopsis: A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Continue reading “Revival – Stephen King”

The Rats – James Herbert

Synopsis: It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realised by a panic-stricken city.

For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time – suddenly, shockingly, horribly – the balance of power had shifted and the rats began to prey on the human population. Continue reading “The Rats – James Herbert”

Revival – Week Two Discussion

Hey everyone!! This is it!!! The final discussion for our Revival readalong! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun!! Everything is open for discussion here, so if you haven’t finished the book yet COVER YOUR EYE HOLES!!! Also, please let us know how you enjoyed the readalong & discussions…we’d love to keep doing these periodically and are always open to suggestions on how to make things better or more engaging. Again, thank you for joining us!!!

1. What are your overall thoughts on the book? How would it rate compared to other King books you’ve read (if you have)?
2. Is our world similar to THE MATRIX & that’s the real world? Or is that what the afterlife is actually like (within Jamie’s world?) Or something entirely different altogether?
3. Any favorite scenes from the book?
4. How about those Frankenstein vibes at the end? Do you think Mary Fay was named in honor of Mary Shelley?
5. Do you think this is an extension of the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft?
6. Did you think King spent enough time in the “other world” or should he have expanded upon it? Would you want to see Stephen King explore The Null/Mother in future books?

Tower Lord – Anthony Ryan

Synopsis: King Janus’s vision of a Unified Realm has failed, drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause that was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, returns home, determined to kill no more, seeking peace far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

But those gifted with the blood-song are not destined to live quiet lives. Vaelin finds himself a target, both for those seeking revenge and those who know about his gift. And as a great threat once again moves against the Realm, Vaelin realizes that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword. Continue reading “Tower Lord – Anthony Ryan”

Revival – Week One Discussion

Hey friends!!! Thanks so much for joining in our Revival readalong! How are you enjoying the book so far?! These questions are just a guideline…feel free to answer as many or as few as you’d like (it’s not a test!). Additionally, if there are questions you want to ask of the group, go right ahead! If you’ve read ahead, PLEASE be mindful of that and keep things SPOILER FREE!! On the flip side, this discussion is for chapters one through seven, so if you fell behind…YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

1. Have you read Stephen King before?
2. ‎What do you think of Revival so far?
3. ‎Who is your favorite character?
4. ‎Did chapter 3 murder you with feels (IF IT DIDN’T, WHAT KIND OF GODDAMN MONSTER ARE YOU)?!
5. What is the “secret electricity” that Jacobs is using? Supernatural/higher power/placebo effect/a rift in time & space?
6. To this point, would you categorize Revival as a horror novel?
7. Is there any such thing as a reliable first-person narrator?