How to Unpeel a Monster How to Unpeel a Monster by Nimue Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars A brilliant anthology that deeply resonates with me. I just got this and spent yesterday curled up crying with it for a while because some of the poems here really connected and expressed things I have… Continue reading #AmReading Poetry: How To Unpeel A Monster by Nimue Brown
Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brilliant I loved this book. We read it for a Gothic lit book club and I loved the world of 1920s London and the lost generation worked so well for this. The depiction of the War and the various experiences of those who survived… Continue reading #AmReading: Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles
A lovely mini-review on their website! I have taken a screenshot as it's not a separate post but rather one in a list on a static page. For those with screen readers, I've copied and pasted the text. https://redcapepublishing.com/book-reviews/ I was blown away by this book, I just couldn’t put it down. There were so… Continue reading Red Cape Publishing’s Review: The Crows by C. M. Rosens
“You won’t fit in there, Caroline.”
This is a fantastically surprising work of gothic horror. I loved it. Every single time I thought I had an idea of what the plot was doing the plot twisted around and bit me, gleefully. So for example, at the beginning we have Carrie Rickards, who has recently left a (terrible) relationship and somewhat impulsively/compulsively bought a crumbling ruin of a house (known as the Crows) and spent all her money doing it up. And so as a reader I thought “oh yeah, gothic horror, single woman in a spooky house it’s gonna do That Thing where it’s all Atmospheric and maybe there is a plausibly deniable ghost”. And then we get the POV of her neighbour, who knows that Carrie will die in 33 days because he read it in the entrails of the girl he just killed. And for the first of…
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A great review from Erebus Horror for my first novel, The Crows! You can buy it from Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and loads of other places! Check out my Fiction page for all the buy links.
Carrie Rickard, leaving an abusive relationship back in London, tries to escape her own past by throwing herself into her restoration project: Fairwood House, known to locals of Pagham-on-Sea as The Crows. Unable to resistas it whispers to her, Carrie’s obsession only grows when she discovers it was the site of a gruesome unsolved murder.
As Carrie digs deeper into the mystery surrounding the bloodless child stuffed up the kitchen chimney in the 1950s, she awakens dark and dangerous forces that threaten her own life.
Cue an introduction to her eldritch neighbour, Ricky Porter, a foul-mouthed modern-day Merlin in a hoody and a tracksuit, who claims he can see the future. But Ricky, as obsessed with The Crows as Carrie is, has an agenda and several secrets of his own, not least of which are what’s really under his hood, and what he’s got in the cellar…
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