Nov 172015
 

I’ve read The Talisman several times. It’s near the top of my long list of favorite books, so when I finally noticed that Black House is actually a sequel to The Talisman, I had to pick it up. I just started reading it, but I’m excited to see what happens.

You know, I should probably actually write down that list of favorite books sometime so I know what the top twenty or so actually are. At some point, someone is going to notice that I have fifty books claiming to be in my top ten favorites.

The acclaimed #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling horror novel from the undisputed King of Horror, Stephen King’s Black House is now reprinted for a modern-day audience.

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades ago by a madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “the Fishman,” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find him. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams—if that is what they are—of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As this cryptic message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

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Nov 032015
 

I really enjoyed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, so I was excited to start Dark Places. I try not to read the same author back to back unless I’m reading a series, so I waited. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do that again with Gone Girl. I’ve never seen the movie, I’m waiting until I’ve read the book, so at least I don’t know what I’m missing. Right?

So far Dark Places has kept me rapt.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

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Sep 222014
 

Michelina Bellsong is on a mission. She is following a missing family to the edge of America . . . to a place she never knew existed—a place of terror, wonder, and shattering revelation. What awaits her there will change her life and the life of everyone she knows—if she can find the key to survival. At stake are a young girl of extraordinary goodness, a young boy with killers on his trail, and Micky’s own wounded soul. Ahead lie incredible peril, startling discoveries, and paths that lead through terrible darkness to unexpected light.

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Mar 272014
 

Meet Lily White, Long Island criminal defense lawyer. Smart, savvy, and down-to-earth, Lee can spot a phony the way her haughty mother can spot an Armani. Enter handsome career con man Norman Torkelson, charged with strangling his latest mark after bilking her out of her life’s savings. As the astonishing twists and reverses of the Torkelson case are revealed, so too is the riveting story behind Lee;s life.

Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs has crafted her most dazzling novel of manners and morality. Lily White is a brilliant story of con artists and true lovers, of treachery and devotion—and of one brave lawyer’s triumphant fight for justice.

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Mar 192014
 

Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they murdered a younger child. While Troy died violently behind bars, the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age twenty-one, he’s emerged a haunted, rootless man with a pressing need: to talk—once again—with psychologist Alex Delaware. But when Rand’s life comes to a brutal end, his words die with him.

LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis suspects that either karma or revenge caught up with Rand, but Delaware’s suspicions run darker. As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover madness, suicide, and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.

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Mar 102014
 

The instant #1 bestseller from author Michael Connelly–“the best mystery writer in the world” (GQ)–brings back the hero of The Poet in a terrifying new thriller.

Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar–and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack’s.

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May 212013
 

A young girl is killed in the crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the tranquility of the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay. But the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before – an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.

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Oct 292010
 

The Exorcist 1973The Exorcist scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

While slow paced compared to the movies produced today, The Exorcist still stands out as one of the scariest movies of all time. The Exorcist changed the genre and scared several generations of movie watchers. Even at 37 years old, The Exorcist still scares and entertains.

Other Movies Considered:

The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, Poltergeist, Psycho, Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, The Grudge, 28 Days Later, The Complete Omen Collection (The Omen – 1976/ The Omen – 2006/ Damien: The Omen II/ The Omen III: The Final Conflict/ The Omen IV: The Awakening), Zombieland, Creepshow, Tales From The Crypt Presents – Demon Knight, Jacob’s Ladder, Twilight Zone – The Movie

Oct 282010
 

Trick 'r TreatTrick ‘r Treat (2008) was the first Halloween movie I was excited about in a long time. While the actual release wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was a fun romp for a Halloween and horror/thriller movie fan. Several stories are weaved together and if you pay close attention, you can see things in the background from one of the other tales. While I didn’t find Trick ‘r Treat (2008) scary, it was enjoyable and certainly put me in the Halloween mood.

Oct 222010
 

Scream TrilogySave all the booing and hissing! I know there are plenty of people that hate the Scream Trilogy. Scream made way for a string of 1990’s teen screams that just didn’t live up to what Scream started.

If you’re a horror movie buff, the Scream Trilogy is worth watching for the inside jokes and references to classic horror movies even if you don’t enjoy the movies themselves.

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