Book Review, Gothic Fiction, The Crows

Meredith Debonnaire Book Review: The Crows by C. M. Rosens

Another wonderful review for my first novel, THE CROWS! Follow Meredith Debonnaire’s blog for some great reviews, original fiction and more. Check out her book, TALES FROM TANTAMOUNT – cover art by Tom Brown who did the internal illustrations for THE CROWS.

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Cover image is a deep red, with a crow flying down from left to right. It's feathers appear to fade into smoke or insectoid legs or maybe something else. In the centre the title of the book

“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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Book Review, Gothic Fiction, The Crows

Erebus Horror Book Review: The Crows by C. M. Rosens

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.

Erebus Horror

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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Book Review, weird fiction

#AmReading: From The Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury

From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury My rating: 4 of 5 stars Weird and WonderfulI really enjoyed these stories of the House and its Family: the influence on /of Charles Addams is readily apparent, which I loved, and I really enjoyed the ambiguity and open-ended nebulous feel of the stories. I like how the… Continue reading #AmReading: From The Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury

amwriting, Book Review, Gothic Fiction, Pagham-verse, The Crows, TV/Film Review, Uncategorized

#AmReading: Body Gothic by Xavier Aldana Reyes

CW// strong language, sexual imagery, violence New year, new post, same glorious Gothic shit... I got a copy of Body Gothic for Christmas which is another one of the University of Wales Press's Gothic Literary Studies series. You will see from the eye-watering price that this is a Serious Academic Study on Literary Criticism, which is… Continue reading #AmReading: Body Gothic by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Book Review, Uncategorized

#AmReading: Review of Michael Cisco’s THE DIVINITY STUDENT

Here's my review for THE DIVINITY STUDENT, our October group read in the Weird Fiction Group on Goodreads! I didn't mention all the little things I liked about this book, but this is a kind of overview. It's a magical realist, Gothic fantastic book about (as far as I can tell) words - spoken, written,… Continue reading #AmReading: Review of Michael Cisco’s THE DIVINITY STUDENT