Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 2017 New Horror Releases | Horror Spotlight

Better late than never, here are the February 2017 new horror book releases! It's exciting to see so many horror releases in February. I've already vouched for a couple of these (The Final Reconciliation, The Devil Crept In). I'm looking forward to checking out a few more, especially the new J.H. Moncrieff psychological sea monster book and Universal Harvester. Each book cover is linked to the appropriate page on Goodreads.

The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling Year Of The Dead: Book 2 by Ray Wallace

Wind Through the Fence: And Other Stories by Jonathan Maberry DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine: Volume #1 Issue #1 by David Wilson, Brian Knight

Dying Valentine (Dark Celebrations #7) by Calvin Demmer The Cult of Ocasta by Mark Allan Gunnells SAFE HAVEN: RISE OF THE RAMS by Christopher Artinian

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem

Dead of Winter: An Anthology by Pamela Jeffs Monsters in Our Wake by J.H. Moncrieff The Front: Red Devils by David Moody, Craig DiLouie, Timothy W. Long

Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth (Gods and Monsters: Rupert Wong Book 2) by Cassandra Khaw Flanagan by James H. Longmore The Fallen by Tarn Richardson

All The Places I've Ever Lived by David Gaffney Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone by Michael Griffin Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible

Sycorax's Daughters by Kinitra Brooks (Editor), Linda D. Addison (Editor), Susana Morris, PhD (Editor) Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal by Mike Mignola, Tom Sniegoski Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker Sacred Heart Orphanage (The Haunted #5) by Patrick Logan Outcast, Vol. 4: Under Devil's Wing (Outcast #4) by Robert Kirkman

Were you able to read any of these this month? Did any of these make it on to your wishlist? If you know of any horror books that didn't make it on to the list, let me know!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review | Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley

Beautiful Sorrows is a short story collection from Mercedes M. Yardley.

Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley

There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you—but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.

Beautiful Sorrows is a collection of short stories and flash fiction from Mercedes Yardley. The stories in Beautiful Sorrows are the kind of short stories that capture moments in people's lives. They aren't the kind of stories that contain an unfolding plot, they are more like moments plucked out of time.

Beautiful Sorrows is carried by Yardley's writing. This is the first book I've read by Yardley, and her writing has a quality I really love.

I have to admit I almost dnf'ed Beautiful Sorrows. I try my best to avoid books with child abuse, and the first two stories had too much for me. After marking it on Goodreads, it dawned on me I was reading an anthology. I decided to skip ahead in the collection and give it another try. I'm glad that I did.

Overall, I enjoyed Beautiful Sorrows. I don't think I have a single friend on Goodreads that gave it less than five stars.  The writing was beautiful, and there was so much imagination to the stories. If I could have one wish right now it would be a middle grade dark fantasy written by Mercedes Yardley. The fact that this isn't getting a higher rating from me is purely subjective. I don't feel like I require plot in my short stories, but over the length of an entire book I probably do.

6/10: Good Read

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