Tuesday, February 21, 2017


 Well I have survived another long weekend with the family . Today we are going to review a great anthology from some really good horror writers . MAXIMUS SHOCK has stories from some of todays new and rising horror authors . Authors include Ricky Fleet . Jeffrey Kosh, Matt Hay, Keith Montgomery. Emir Skalonja and so many more

                            BOOK BLURB

Optimus Maximus Publishing is proud to present sixteen spine-chilling, twisted tales written by old and new voices from around the world. From freaky creatures to singing cats, from zombies to High school bullies, this collection of stories will haunt you, torture you, and make you look at nature and humans in a whole new light.
Are you prepared to be shocked?
Shall we find out?

Featuring stories from: Ricky Fleet, Jeffrey Kosh, Emir Skalonja, Keith Montgomery, Scott Carruba, Chris Garson, Lorraine Versini, Maura Atkinson Butler, Matt Hay, Leon Brown, and WK Pomeroy. Edited by Christina Hargis Smith
                      MY REVIEW   
  This anthology started out with a bang and didn't stop . Each author takes us on a horror filled ride.
 The first up was MONKEYS IN THE PALACE by Chris Garson . This short started off the book with a bang . The author takes us on a blood driven adrenaline ride with such a twist at the end . I was so enthralled by this story , it has such a great twist at the end that you don't see coming .
  In book two we have AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL by Maura Atkinson Butler . This short I must admit brought back some old high school insecurities , of being and outcast and socially awkward .  Just take mean girls and add a twist to it and you have this book . I had to read this one twice it was so good . The characters are well written and you will want to scream at your kindle .
 In book three we have AGNES by Lorraine Versini . This short has an Elizabethan vibe to it . It all takes place with one person Agnes and her slow descent into madness . The story is very well written and you feel sorry for poor Agnes at one point. You want to know what drove her to do what she does .
In book four IT LURKS IN THE SHADOWS by Scott Caruba . Well I actually had trouble reading this one cause of a bad case of being scared of the dark . This one brought back some memories and honestly I have to sleep with a night light after finishing this one . This story has so many elements to it its about a boy who is bullied and the things that go bump in the night . There is a twist at the end and Scott takes us to the edge and back again.
In book five BITES by Leon Brown . Now this is the story for the zombie lovers out there . This is zombie book with a twist . Welcome to the Salvation city where people have come to be safe from what is out there. But things aren't what they seem and you will be on the edge of your seat cheering through this one .
In book six IN DEATH THE SPIRITS CALL by Emir Skalonja . The author mixes the supernatural and zombies and does it seamlessly. The story is set in  Russia 1943 in the trenches . The author takes us right in the middle of the action . You will love this story
In book seven PROJECT 84 by Ricky Fleet . This story is a mixture of science and humanity . What would you do to have the ultimate protection . This story had me thinking about what would happen if protection went too far . What would you do
In book eight THE DEMON'S ERRAND by Keith Montgomery. This story is one of what would really do in the name of lust and how far you would go . It has the devil and Max Webster feel to it . But is darker and has a lot of twists an turns that will leave you thinking about what would you do and would you actually go through with it. 

In book nine ENDANGERE SPECIES by W.K Pomeroy . This author is a new author to me and I am glad I got to read his story . It was a really good read about an unbelievable encounter with an endangered species . The story was fast pace and it kept you on the edge of your chair . The twist at the end I never saw coming .
Book ten we have MANNEQUIN by Matt Hay . Now I must say this was one scary story. The author has one twisted mind . It brought of all sorts of fears and yes I will say I was cursing him at one point. The story is one for the books . I will admit I watched a cartoons after this one .
In book eleven A MIDNIGHT CAPER by Maura Atkinson Butler. Ok this story makes me realize I am so happy I don't have any neighbours . No going over for dinner or potlucks for this girl ever .
In book twelve MR QUIVERS by Chris Garson . In this short story makes me really rethink my ideas on cats . Also kind of makes me really rethink camping . The story is fast paced and the ending is one you have to think about
In book thirteen SHARKORPION by Emir Skalonja . This story reminds me of a great 50s scifi movie . The mixture of the shark an scorpion is just in genius . It has all the aspects of a great movie . The twists are great . The ending is unbelievable
In book fourteen A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHES by Matt Hays . Ok this isn't your kids fairytale .  The author has flipped it on its end and added twists that you never see coming . You never know what is coming as you turn the pages .
 In book fifteen LAST CHANCE by Jeffrey Kosh . This is a book that devolves into the mind of one man and what is happening inside. This is a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat .
Last but not leas in book sixteen SCOUTS HONOR by Ricky Fleet .You know when you are reading a story an think you know what is going to happen , well that's what happened here . Reading along thinking of how I have it all figured out and bam Ricky takes off and twists the whole story on us . The ending will shock you .
   The stories will shock you and tantalize you . You will want to sleep with the lights on and hug the ones you love . These authors are all great authors in their own right . I couldn't get enough of these stories . They were short fast reads but some of them made me rethink things and brought up some old fears . The characters are well written and complex and the stories will leave you breathless . So if you want a collection of stories that will keep you up all night check them out . You will not be disappointed

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