One Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2020 Reads

(Editor’s note: Here’s an exceptional blog post by horror author Priscilla Bettis that is loaded with brief, substantive book reviews. Perfect for readers on the go!)

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This past quarter was such a fabulicious three months for reading! (Mostly horror, but other stuff, too.) Can you believe I have X, Y, and Z authors? I’m aiming to keep each review whittled down to one sentence. Here we go…

I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You? by Wm. Allen. Allen’s blog is about current topics, books, and films, and is so thought-provoking that I just had to read his book, and I found his self-improvement book to be motivating and entertaining with jokes and movie selections as it presented a focal point for each week of the year.

Frightful by Stephen Barnard. This collection of Christmas stories is all horror (clever, creepy, or gory), all fun, and would make an excellent Christmas gift for the horror fan (even for dear mom because Barnard manages to keep the stories rather clean).

Colony of the Lost by Derik…

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‘Dead of Winter’ released on Amazon Kindle

On Monday, I released my sixth short story on Amazon Kindle. Titled "Dead of Winter," the story is a super-quick read about a man in a van who happens upon a stranded female motorist on a country road during a wintry afternoon. "Dead of Winter" dramatizes the sometimes nerve-racking game played between a man and …

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June’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Reception & Quilt

(Editor’s note: DOUBLE FEATURE is a column where I read at least two horror books per month in 2020 and review them for my website.) June’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Reception by Kenzie Jennings and Quilt by Dan Padavona. Reception Reception is the impressive debut novel by Kenzie Jennings released in March 2019. I read Reception because …

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Nominations announced for 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards

Novels by Sarah Rose Etter, Elizabeth Hand, Miciah Bay Gault, Leigh Bardugo, Kevin Wilson, and Rachel Eve Moulton are nominated for the top honor in the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards, according to a press release by shirleyjacksonawards.org. The Shirley Jackson Awards is recognizing outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic …

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May’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Witching Hour Theatre & Closing Costs

(Editor’s note: DOUBLE FEATURE is a column where I read at least two horror books per month in 2020 and review them for my website.) May’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz and Closing Costs by Wesley Southard. Witching Hour Theatre Witching Hour Theatre is the 2016 re-release of the first published tale by …

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Owl Goingback earns top prize at 2019 Bram Stoker Awards

Owl Goingback is having quite a year. In February, the Horror Writers Association announced he would receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. On April 18th, Goingback earned another prestigious award. His book Coyote Rage won the 2019 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel. The Horror Writers Association live-streamed the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards …

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April’s DOUBLE FEATURE | Allison & The House by the Cemetery

(Editor’s note: DOUBLE FEATURE is a column where I read at least two horror books per month in 2020 and review them for my website.) April’s DOUBLE FEATURE: Allison by Jeff Strand and The House by the Cemetery by John Everson. Allison The 2020 novel Allison is one of Splatterpunk Award-winning author Jeff Strand’s best …

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