Book Review: The Mourner’s Cradle by Tommy B. Smith

Review – The Mourner’s Cradle by Tommy B. Smith
4 out of 5 stars

By Chantal Boudreau

The Mourner’s Cradle offers up an exciting start.  After an intriguing prologue, we are introduced to the novel’s protagonist, Anne Sharpe.  The young widow confronts an unwelcome guest at her husband’s funeral and later encounters an intruder at home.  She concludes this is all related to her late spouse’s research into “The Mourner’s Cradle” and sets off to finish what he started.

Her trip to Peru, with associates, Ruben and Raul, is filled with adventure and danger, thanks to run-ins with her husband’s adversaries and hostile terrain.  The story reminded me of a dark blend of Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones, if the tale were set on (and in) a snowy mountain.

For the most part, the novel was a thrilling ride and kept me entertained.  I enjoyed it’s fast pace and plucky protagonist.  The action scenes were well written, which is important in this kind of story, but there were a couple of slow moments that seemed somewhat drawn out and repetitive, like at the airport, and the dialogue didn’t always flow well.  Those things aside, it was a positive reading experience for me, overall.  I would describe it as more of a thriller than a horror novel, but it was worth the read and I would rate it four out of five stars.

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Horror Bites: Campfire Tales from HorrorAddicts.net Press

Horror Bites:
Campfire Tales
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Dear Reader,

You’ve been invited to a very special night of Campfire Tales, hosted by HorrorAddicts.net. Meet us at Old Bear Creek, just past Dead Man’s Curve. Dress warm. We’ll be waiting.

Four scary tales told by Next Great Horror Writer finalists and woven together by a trek through the woods you’ll never forget.

“Cabin Twelve” by Daphne Strasert
When a camp counselor goes on patrol, she finds an extra cabin in the woods that no one knows about…or do they?

“The Face” by Naching T. Kassa
An ailing mother and her daughter are terrorized by a disembodied face.

“When the Wind Leaves a Whisper” by Jess Landry
Girl Scouts in the 40s experience a frightening occurrence in the woods.

“Goose Meadows” by Harry Husbands
Two friends out drinking at night discover the real horrors of Goose Meadows.

HorrorAddicts.net, 163 Finale Special, Theresa Braun, Tarot Visions Podcast

Horror Addicts Episode# 163
SEASON 13 “We’re CURSED!!!”
Season Finale!
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
With Special Guests: Ari, Cam, and Mercy Hollow
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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cursed recap

theresa braun, tarot visions podcast with rose and jaymi, zwaremachine

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Theresa Braun

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Braun/e/B007YTA6C2

Tarot Visions Podcast

https://tarotvisions.podbean.com/e/tarot-visions-chatting-with-emerian-rich-of-horroradditsnet/

Jaymi Elford

http://www.shadesofmaybe.com/

RoseRed

https://twitter.com/RoseRedTarot

 

Sinister Creature Con

monsterman studios

Insta: monsterman1985

blind scream haunted house
www.blindscream.com

The Homicidal Homemaker

www.thehomicidalhomemaker.com

dimond works

Facebook: dimondworks

andy sciazko
http://www.andysciazkoartart.com

steven williams

www.svwilliamsart.com

mary syring

www.marysyring.com

silhouettes by jordan

Facebook: silhouettesbyjordan

dragonscript

www.dragonscript.net

latent images, night of the living dead

www.dreamsandvisionspress.com

evangeline’s costume shop, murder and mayhem a scavenger hunt

http://www.evangelinescostumemansion.com

jeremy dale

www.valleydweller.com

chateau cher

(I can’t find the website! x.x)

eyescream

www.eyescreamjewelry.com

chris, baycon, david brin, gary villarreal, wanda kurtcu

www.baycon.org

rick kitagawa

http://www.patreon.com/evilpinclub

steven rose jr.
http://www.faroutfantasic.blogspot.com

karyn keene dracula files   

www.storyforgeproductions.com

spikes curio shoppe

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpikesCurioShoppe

emo weasel

www.emoweasel.com

 

 

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Heirloom

Narrator: Emerian Rich

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Naching T. Kassa

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Phillip Cohen

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HorrorAddict.net Sub Call Kill Switch

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Belfry App

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s t a f f

Dan Shaurette, KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis, Jesse Orr, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Russell Holbrook, Jeffery Khold Kelly, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Diana Clarke.

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New Fiction: Quoth the Raven – Poe Inspired

Quoth the Raven

featuring

“My Annabel”
by Emerian Rich

The works of Poe were dark and often disturbing. From dismembered corpses, rivals bricked behind cellar walls, murders in back alleys, laments for lost loves, obsessions that drive men – and women! – to madness, his stories have had a profound impact on both the horror and mystery genres to this day.

In Quoth the Raven, we invite you to answer the call of the raven and revisit Poe’s work, re-imagined for the twenty-first century. Here, the lover of mystery and Gothic horror will find familiar themes in contemporary settings, variations on Poe’s tales, and faithful recreations of the author’s signature style.

Contains stories and poems by Aryan Bollinger, Brian Ellis, Chris Abela, Donea Lee Weaver, Edward Ahern, Emerian Rich, Frank Coffman, Gregory J. Wolos, Hugh J.O’Donnell, John Kiste, Kara Race-Moore, Karen Robiscoe, Kenneth C. Goldman, Lauryn Christopher, Lawrence Berry, Matthew M. Montelione, Melanie Cossey, Penelope Paling, R.C. Scandalis, Sarah Murtagh, Scott Wheelock, Sidney Williams, Sonora Taylor, Stephanie L. Harper, Steven R. Southard, Susan McCauley, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Tonia Kalouria, and Vicki Weisfeld.

Available Now!

HorrorAddicts.net, 162 Mary Turzillo and Marge Simon

Horror Addicts Episode# 162

SEASON 13 “We’re CURSED!!!”

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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the evil eye

mary turzillo, marge simon | tales from the darkside s1 | lords of october

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25 days till halloween

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Satan’s Sweethearts voices

Narrator: Emerian Rich

http://www.emzbox.com

Julie Hoverson

https://www.facebook.com/19Nocturne

 

HorrorAddict.net Sub Call Kill Switch

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/submission-call-tech-horror-kill-switch

Belfry App

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.wizzard.android.belfry&hl=en_US
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s t a f f

Dan Shaurette, KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis, Jesse Orr, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Russell Holbrook, Jeffery Khold Kelly, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Diana Clarke.

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HorrorAddicts.net, 161 HR Boldwood

Horror Addicts Episode# 161

SEASON 13 “We’re CURSED!!!”

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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cursed places

hr boldwood | spaulding | kong skull island

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

39 days till halloween

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BRAIN tree

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Lodgers
https://www.irishpost.com/news/netflix-horror-film-the-lodgers-159185

Train to Busan sequel
https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/14/sequel-to-hit-zombie-film-train-to-busan-confirmed-by-director-7835543/?ito=cbshare

Madame Zelda voices

Narrator: Emerian Rich
http://www.emzbox.com

Kadirah Wade, voice actress


Cedar George
https://www.facebook.com/cedar.george

Dave Strom
https://www.facebook.com/davstrom

 

HorrorAddict.net Sub Call Kill Switch

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/submission-call-tech-horror-kill-switch

Belfry App

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s t a f f

Dan Shaurette, KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis, Jesse Orr, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Russell Holbrook.

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Book Review: Things You Need by Kevin Lucia

Things You Need – Kevin Lucia
(Crystal Lake Publishing)
5/5 stars

I enjoy collections and anthologies but with so many available these days, it takes something special for a new publication to rise above the herd and Lucia has achieved that. By cleverly intertwining the individual stories with the thread of the tale of a traveling salesman, he effectively creates a story within a story which ends with a twist I did not see coming.

Johnny is a sales rep, disillusioned with his life, despairing of his future, ready to turn his .38 on himself; however, before he can commit this act, he finds himself browsing the shelves of Handy’s Pawn & Thrift in the town of Clifton Heights. This shop gives you what you need – although this might not necessarily be what you want. Each item he handles – a tape player, an old Magic Eight Ball, a phone, a word processor – takes him away to other lives, all featuring characters who are trapped in one way or another. A ghost haunts his old den in The Office, the nightmare of being trapped in rooms and hallways continues in Out of Field Theory, Scavenging and A Place for Broken and Discarded Things. In each, the main character has to face up to, or accept certain truths, much as the character of Johnny is forced to do, each tale taking him nearer to his own truth.

Johnny too is trapped, he is locked mentally into his own depression and physically in the store, with no apparent escape from either. The shopkeeper has disappeared and, between the tales, he finds himself facing never-ending corridors and suddenly-appearing trapdoors, all the while feeling an increasing desire to kill himself. This parallels the stories he reads or hears, an overarching theme which makes sense when you read Almost Home, the tale of Johnny himself, and which delivers an unexpected, and wonderfully conceived, twist.

This is Death of a Salesman written for the horror market. The stories are flawless and original, avoiding the usual, hackneyed tropes, with no weak links between them. A thoroughly enjoyable read for the longer autumnal nights.