Category: Sunday Meme

Short Story Sunday: Dear Aylissa

Today I am sharing my review of the short story Dear Aylissa by E.J. Bennett.

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: October 14, 2017
5000 words on Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: October 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description from Amazon:

Hazel dedicates her life to helping children. A social worker who see’s difficult children everyday. When she unexpectedly ends up with a young girl in her care, Hazel deep down thinks something is wrong.

It isn’t long before she learns the truth. Hazel sets out on a mission. But can she complete her goal or will unforeseen circumstances stand in her way?

Jessica’s Review:

E.J. Bennett is back with another short story for us this Halloween!  Last year it was Find Me and this year it is Dear Aylissa.  She also released another short story House of Horror in February this year.  Dear Aylissa is a short story at just over 5000 words and it delivers!  You have to have talent to be able to write a short story that keeps the reader on their toes and has a beginning, middle, and conclusion.  E.J. Bennett accomplished that!  I was pulled in from the beginning and read it during my lunch break.  Her descriptions are spot on and I could picture everything as I was reading Dear Aylissa!

Dear Aylissa is a well written short story and I didn’t know what direction it was going. It is a good scary Halloween story.  Even with the story being as short as it was, I liked and identified with Hazel: She has a difficult job, is 30 and still single; I did not meet my husband until I was 30.

Since it is such a short story, I won’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away. If you like scary short stories then give this one a try!

Dear Aylissa is recommended.

I received a copy from the author for a review.  Thank you E.J.!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495251&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495993&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Standalone Sunday: H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week:

H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror

Written by one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels through to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout Lovecraft acknowledges those writers and stories that are the very finest that the horror field has to offer: Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, and Arthur Conan Doyle, among others. This chilling new collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw.


Here is the Wikipedia Link of H.P. Lovecraft.  This paragraph is taken from there:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft  (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth“, both canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor. He saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time that he died at age 46.


This week’s selection was influenced by my husband.  He is a Lovecraft and Cthulhu fan. As hard as he tries, I can not pronounce Cthulhu to save my life!   Lovecraft still influences many today. It’s a pity he did not see fame until after his death. Have any of you read any Lovecraft?

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Standalone Sunday: It

It’s October, which means Halloween! I will try to keep my ‘Sunday Meme’ that I do horror related!  This week’s Standalone Sunday is Stephen King’s It.  I have never read the book or seen the mini-series. I have also not seen the new movie that recently came out.

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

There are so many covers of It to choose from! I selected these:

Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.


It is a monster of a novel at nearly 1500 pages! Have you read It? Were you traumatized? Did the mini-series traumatize you? What is your favorite Stephen King horror novel?

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