One-Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2022 Reads

(Editor’s note: Author Priscilla Bettis’ quarterly one-sentence review posts are just the bee’s knees.)

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This quarter includes stories about Bigfoot, Vikings, amateur sleuths, and Gothic ghosts!

The Devil Took Her by Michael Botur is a gritty and compelling collection of horror short stories with subjects like gangs and rats rather than werewolves and specters. Kindle.

Autumn Gothic by Brian Bowyer. Despite the title, my favorite Bowyer book yet is more extreme horror than Gothic horror, and NONE of his characters are safe. KU.

Whodunit? I was clueless until the end!

Double Date Disaster by Hope Callaghan. A cute, Golden Girls type of cast made this a fun cozy mystery. Whodunit? I was clueless until the end! Kudos to Callaghan for stumping me. KU.

Murder in a Dream by Thea Cambert. Happy people in happy places with nice conversations don’t make a cozy mystery very exciting, but readers’ mileage may vary. KU.

The nice-guy prince of horror wrote a YA space adventure?!

Light-Years from Home

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One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2021 Reads

(Editor’s note: Here’s a roundup that I always look forward to every quarter.)

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I’m excited to share one-sentence reviews for my top 25 reads of first quarter 2021!

(In alphabetical order by author or editor.)

Wings & Fire: A horror anthology compiled by Dan Alatorre. There is such a wide variety of stories here, from dystopian to vampires, from not-so-interesting to excellent stories, the latter category making the anthology worth the read. (KU)

Hard for Hope to Flourish by Bell et al. In this anthology of three horror stories, all three tales (dark fable, African cosmic, and disappearance mystery) are sophisticated literary stories, heavy on character and theme, that make for satisfying reads. (KU)

Perfect prose.

“The Erstwhile Groom” by Laura Benedict is a domestic suspense short story with prose so perfect that it disappears and you end up existing inside the plot. (KU)

“The Ice Dream of the Crow” by Willow Croft is in an anthology called The Phantom Games edited…

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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! — Lionel Ray Green)

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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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‘Peace of Mind’ is a thriller inside a twisted mind

I released my short story "Peace of Mind" on Amazon Kindle over the weekend. It's a horror story, but more on the psychological side of the spectrum. I'm not a fan of psychological horror. I'm a meat-and-potatoes horror fan formed in the womb of the books and films of the 1970s and 1980s. What can …

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GUEST BLOG: Emerian Rich, Editor of The War Letters of Henry C. Brewer

By Emerian Rich Sometimes the scariest stories come from real life. Imagine dying before you get to live out your dream. Imagine being a continent away while your wife gives birth to your only child. Imagine facing a war in extreme temperatures while clinging for your life to the side of a treacherous Italian mountain, …

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