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Book Review: The Aberration

The Aberration – Memories of a Century Long Battle of Good and Evil or crazy Mad Man?

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Bard Constantine
Format: Kindle

Guy Mann woke from the dream, or what he hoped was a dream, and stared at his surroundings wondering if he was going mad.  The spear, the blood, the killing, the evil, and in the waking world the signs and the warning… “The Aberration is here.”  What did it all mean, and why him?  Unfortunately, as the storm rolled in trapping Guy and his fellow Mill workers he was about to find out.  With no communication to the outside world and without escape from the faceless monsters surrounding and pressing in on the mill, Guy’s past lives memories rush back and he knew he alone would be able to save them and possibly the world… unless he really was crazy.

Bard Constantine’s, The Aberration, pulses with action holding the reader with a bizarre intrigue of horrors external and within.  Constantine’s narrative serves up a bone chilling experience instilling the reader with the same dread and fear his characters experience as the novel’s action escalates.  Part Twilight Zone and Angel Heart, Constantine plays with readers as the antagonist plays with Guy – is the Aberration real or the imagined memories of a crazed man looking for meaning?

For those looking for a short but gripping horror novel and a little something different, check out The Aberration.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

Book Review – Fearmaker: Family Matters

Fearmaker: Family Matters – A Deviously Clever Novel

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Terry Castle
Format: Paperback, Kindle

Twelve-year-old Adam Castle has a secret, one he can hardly believe himself had he not heard the words straight from his parents mouths.  The secret?  His father is a cold blooded psychopathic murderer.  And he seemed so nice.  But what to do?  Could it really be?  Adam goes on a quest to confirm the awful suspicion he has, but after intercepting a package for his father – one with a cutoff toe inside – he is certain.  Armed with his friend and video camera in hand to document his findings, Adam goes on a quest to save the next victim who just happens to be the cutest girl in school.  But will his parents learn he knows their secret before he can save her?

Terry Castle’s “Fearmaker” is a deviously clever novel.  It quickly sucks in the reader into a world of a twelve year old boy and any reluctant reader of similar age will easily become absorbed in the engaging story line.    The book is, however, fairly gruesome in its descriptions though not necessarily over the top. None-the-less, parents may wish to read this book first before letting their kids jump in.  If you do, read all the way through before making any judgements.  And without giving the plot away, things work out in the end making this much less macabre than I thought it was going to be (which is why it is deviously clever!).

Castle is the real life daughter of horror film maker William Castle and it is easy to see where her inspiration comes from.  Is this really fiction or was life at the Castle household a little like this?  One can only wonder!

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.