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Book Review: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Psycho
Series: Psycho #1

Author: Robert Bloch
Published: April 10, 1959
208 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

The story was all too real-indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.

She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel – vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn’t help her, and Sam couldn’t either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now – she had made her grave and she’d have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened. Psycho is not a tale for queasy stomachs or faint hearts. It is filled with horrifying suspense and the climax, instead of being a relief, will hit the reader with bone-shattering force.

Kim’s Review:

I listened to this book on audio and a great listen it was! Holy cow! I totally get why Mr. Hitchcock latched onto this story the way he did! Norman Bates is a terrifying figure. Through his mother and you have a creepy story with a fascinating twist. And what makes it even more interesting is the time period it was written in; back when mental illness wasn’t really understood nor treated well. I can’t really say much about Psycho without giving too much away. I’d like to think that most people have at least watched the movie so they know what the twist is. However, for those who don’t, I won’t say too much. But I think everybody should read Psycho. It’s a Criminal Minds fan’s dream book! I love it!

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Book Review: The Culling by Sian B. Claven

The Culling
Author:
Sian B.Claven

Published:  May 15, 2018
219 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

In a post-apocalyptic world run by the demons of hell, it is time for the next Middle Born generation to leave their city and take a perilous journey to reach Nirvana.

Promised safety from the darkness of this world, they are not prepared for what they are about to face both as a group and as individuals.

Their worlds survival rests on their shoulders but all is not as it seems and they will be put to the ultimate test.

Kim’s Review:

Another triumph! Claven is now firmly established as one of my favorite horror authors ever!

The Culling was simple, easy to read, easy to understand, and downright terrifying! I feel a little stupid that I didn’t see the twist in it’s entirety before it was revealed, but what a twist:  My jaw dropped! And it didn’t take long to set up the plot and then throw us into the scary woods with freaky demons and frightful days and nights! I was pretty dang petrified while reading! I can’t decide if I want to go to Nirvana cuz I’m weird like that, or if I should stay far far away because of my rather strong survival instincts. And my trust issues are probably from reading books like this … and I’m strangely ok with that. I definitely rank The Culling as one of Claven’s best and I definitely recommend it to all horror fans!

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Book Review: Naomi’s Room by John Aycliffe

Naomi’s Room
Author:
John Aycliffe

Published: November 21, 1991
216 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Charles and Laura are a young, happily married couple inhabiting the privileged world of Cambridge academia. Brimming with excitement, Charles sets off with his daughter Naomi on a Christmas Eve shopping trip to London. But, by the end of the day, all Charles and his wife have left are cups of tea and police sympathy. For Naomi, their beautiful, angelic only child, has disappeared. Days later her murdered body is discovered.

But is she dead?

In a howling, bumping story of past and present day hell, Jonathan Aycliffe’s haunting psychological masterpiece is guaranteed to make you sink to untold depths of teeth-shaking terror.

Kim’s Review:

First time ever: A book gave me nightmares.

Normally, I’m pretty good about compartmentalizing when I read horror. And even when I don’t, I turn Netflix on and drown out the silence! But this one? I wasn’t even expecting it because the little bit I read was dark, but I wasn’t too freaked out. Then I went to bed and I dreamed some scary stuff! Then I finished the book the next day and stayed pretty creeped out through the whole experience! Naomi’s Room does a great job of mixing paranormal horror with some interesting psychology. I also liked how it wasn’t really implied horror; Aycliffe simply told the story and added a lot of action and description so I wasn’t left guessing at what was going on. The story and character were unique; I felt like I hadn’t read any of it before. Overall, it’s a brilliant book that all horror fans should read!

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