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The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales

An artist whose love for his wife has horrific results.

A babysitting job gone horribly wrong.

A talent agency that promises success no matter what; even if you are the one standing in the way.

This chilling collection of modern horror stories is sure to have you peeking warily around corners and walking just a bit faster down dark streets. Full of both creepy events and morbid humor, The Bacchanal stands as a testament to humanity’s love of being afraid and of frightening others.

Humanity’s fear of the unknown and fascination with the supernatural are masterfully depicted in these eleven stories. Though the supernatural elements are the centerpiece of the collection, it is the believable actions of the ordinary humans, both evil and well-meaning, that will send shivers down readers’ spines.
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My Review

5 stars

I admit that I don’t usually read short stories, usually because you might get one or two good stories but the rest don’t really catch my attention. But since I love horror and thrillers I was excited to review The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales. There are twelve tales that will thrill you with supernatural creatures and the depravity of human nature.

All of the stories were really good but I will agree with other reviewers, my favorite was TS Hall’s The Encouragement Specialists. This is definitely a story about an offer too good to be true.

If you like good horror stories look no further. This collection will be one that you keep.

To purchase The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Stories for free from Dream Big Publications in exchange for an honest review.

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Onyx Webb: Book Two

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Onyx Webb: Book Two – Episodes 4, 5 & 6 (Onyx Webb – 2) by Richard Fenton

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer And this is especially true in Book Two. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Two… It’s the 30’s and Declan Mulvaney and best friend Tommy Bilazzo learrn to survive at the Open Arms Orphange despite the adults who run the place. It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is insane trying to see the girl in the mirror again. Onyx Webb is finds herself living all over the country married to the crazy German, Ulrich, with no way out.

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My Review

5 stars

The story of Onyx Webb is getting clearer and clearer the more we read. Koda Mulvaney is still obsessed with the girl in the mirror. He ends up having a bad encounter with a psychic and gets an ultimatum about getting back to work.

We learn more about the Open Arms Orphanage and the suffering that happens there. Declan Mulvaney and his friend Tommy Bilazzo are going to be facing worse things. But Sister Mary Margaret will try to protect them and punish the wicked with the help of God.

And finally there is Onyx and her horrible husband Ulrich. Onyx fears being alone more than a horrible marriage and you start to see how bad it really is. You can’t help but feel bad for Onyx in the past or even as she is breaking a rule to touch the mirror for the color. But I will say that I loved her role with the haunted piano.

This story is so intertwined that the description of a spider web viewed up close is very accurate. We are slowly stepping back from that web and starting to see how things are connecting. I loved when Onyx and Katherine meet and remember their past. I love seeing the connections and was surprised by some of them. They were right there and I didn’t put two and two together until the last minute.

This is an amazing series and just keeps getting better with each book. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out how everyone is connected.

To purchase Onyx Webb: Book Two Make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Richard Fenton’s website.

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I received a copy of Onyx Webb: Book Two for free from both the author and Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Onyx Webb: Book Two

 By Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz

Koda entered the living room and looked around to find that everything was different—the sofas, tables, art, everything. Each and every stitch of furniture gone—replaced—even the carpeting had been changed.

“What in the hell?” Koda yelled over the juicer’s noise.

Mika looked up and saw him standing there. She hit the pause button on the juicer and came around the kitchen counter into the living area and kissed him on the cheek. “What do you think? Fabulous, huh?” she asked, flinging her arms open wide for dramatic effect.

Koda felt a sudden wave of nausea wash over him.

Oh, dear God.

Mika knew Koda was going to be upset when he realized what she’d done. “It’s gone,” she said, determined not to dance around the question.

A feeling of panic began to rise in Koda’s chest. “Gone? What do you mean by gone?”

“What can I say, honey,” Mika said, returning her attention to the juicer. “The mirror thing was starting to get on my nerves. And face it—sitting in front of an old piece of glass for days on end, waiting for a girl that doesn’t exist to show up? It just isn’t healthy.”

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