Book Review: The Butcher’s Tale

Hello Addicts.

Imagine a future where people addicted to reliving other peoples’ memories they will give up everything for the experience. That is where former shock jock, Johnny C. Vid, finds himself at the beginning of The Butcher’s Tale by Nicholas Walls.

In the future, a new technology known as Vicarious Reality (VR for short) has become a popular past time.  It allows you to experience your greatest fantasies without actually doing them yourselves.  Even though it is someone else’s memories, you feel like it is happening to you.  The sights, the smells, the excitement, all feel like the real thing when it is nothing more than a replay piped through a physical connection in your brain.  That is where we find Johnny C. Vid, a former popular shock jock, turned unemployed and homeless VR addict.  So desperate for a fix, he goes to where his current supplier obtains his recordings in the lowest levels of the city. It is there that he finds a massive man wearing a pig mask hunting for people to torture.  It doesn’t take long for Johnny to find himself impaled on a meat hook, wishing for death.

The first half of this book was a good read for fans of slasher horror tales.  The amount of blood and violence is on par with what you’d find in a “Friday the 13th” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movie.  Johnny also gives off serious Captain Ahab vibes as he remains focused only on his pursuit of destroying the man in the pig mask, whom he calls “The Butcher.”  The reason “The Butcher” tortures his prey is also clearly given: he too is a VR addict.  The difference? He rips the recordings from his victim’s minds so he can relive every juicy moment of pain, fear, and anguish.  For Johnny C. Vid, it’s not some noble quest to vanquish the demon but straight-up vengeance.

What took me out of the story was, after the midpoint, the narrative shifts from horror to space opera/spy thriller.  To me, it felt a bit disjointed after Johnny got his revenge, and the horror aspect ended.  Overall it is a good read, but only if you look at it as two books, an original and the sequel, for the price of one.

Until next time, Addicts!

D.J. Pitsiladis

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HorrorAddicts.net 171, Loren Rhoads HWA SF

Horror Addicts Episode# 171
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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poveglia island, italy

loren rhoads and hwa sf | schultz | blood and roses

 

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82 days till halloween

*terror trax: schultz, i hate u

*catchup: hell-cation, hot, arizona, las vegas, horror activities, cracker barrel, at home, halloween goods, dan shaurette, twilight zone monster mini-golf in bally’s, stranger things s3, suspiria new one, the inbetween, medium, light as a feather s2

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*cursed place: poveglia island, italy
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/poveglia-island-like-hell_b_4188986

ghost adventures s3e2

*logbook of terror: russell, poveglia island, italy

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, abduction of two rulers by nancy kilpatrick

*odds and dead ends: keiran, giallo, psycho, black christmas

*frightening flix: kbatz, blood and roses

*live action reviews: crystal, i trapped the devil

*the bigfoot files: lionel, willow creek 

*vile vacations, kay tracy, e.a. black , trinity adler

*courtney mroch, haunt jaunts, horror vacations, stephen king’s pennywise

*dead mail: 

***james: tidal wave of zombies, ian ziering
https://youtu.be/oaf63JYTGrY

***lisa: woman who married the ghost pirate wants a divorce

***cynthia: university of pittsburgh to create horror studies with george a. romero library

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, murder weapons video, dark divinations, terror films, lake house llc, lake of fire, guillermo del toro star, scary stories to tell in the dark, vampire remains found in conneticut

*book: review by chantal boudreau, shanti, alessandro manzetti  

*chilling chat: naching, lore rhoads, tales of the campfire, hwa, sf

*story: loren rhoads, voiced by emerian rich and david strom

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Nox

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KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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HorrorAddicts.net 170, Tim Reynolds

Horror Addicts Episode# 170
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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worker’s cemetery, giza

tim reynolds | hands of ruin | gods of egypt

 

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103 days till halloween

*terror trax: hands of ruin

*catchup: emz pep talk

*cursed place: worker’s cemetery, giza

*logbook of terror: russell, worker’s cemetery, giza

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, wizard school

*odds and dead ends: keiran, the mummy

*frightening flix: kbatz, gods of egypt

*live action reviews: crystal, the head hunter

*the bigfoot files: lionel, big legend

*dead mail: 

***alyssa: nightmare before christmas, disney, life action
https://moviehole.net/exclusive-talks-underway-for-nightmare-before-christmas-follow-up/

***jeff: island of dr. moreau, tales from the darkside?

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/frightening-flix-by-kbatz-island-of-dr-moreau-1977

***laura: review of black mirror season 3, miley cyrus, smithereens, striking vipers
https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, dark divinations, terror films lineup, sirens call, extra ordinary, man of medan, fallout boy, the banana splits movie

*book: spike: into the light, sebastian grimm

*chilling chat: naching, tim reynolds

*story: time reynolds

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Naching T. Kassa

p u b l i s h i n g  p. a.

Cedar George

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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HorrorAddicts.net 169, Nancy Kilpatrick

Horror Addicts Episode# 169
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Myrtles Plantation, LA

nancy kilpatrick | jon o’bergh | the witchmaker

 

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117  days till halloween

*terror trax: jon o’bergh, appian way

*catchup: us, angel feature in ew, keanu, the stand, 4th of july

*cursed place: myrtles plantation

*logbook of terror: russell, myrtles plantation

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara, willow, and eli.  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, what is your favorite game?

*odds and dead ends: keiran, scary shadows, h.g. wells, the red room

*frightening flix: kbatz, the witchmaker

*live action reviews: crystal, the void

*the bigfoot files: lionel, jeff strand

*guest reviewer: stephanie Ellis, coyote rage

*dead mail: 

***sarah: garrotting in london 19th century
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/06/garrotting-panic-1850-insane-ways-public-reacted/

spider collar: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=339596736724087 

***lloydd: 28 days later 3-quel? Shaun of the dead, night of the comet, the crazies

***andrea: movies? luce, scary stories, the lodge, ready or not, it 2, downton abbey, the addams family, maleficent 2, zombieland 2, terminator, dr. sleep 

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, dark divinations, beetlejuice and edward scissorhands at the queen mary, the sequels, the lodge, terror films, hell house llc iii, lake of fire, end trip,  indican pictures, shed of the dead, killer unicorn, ghoul stealing statues in new orleans, ad nauseum ii, 500+ horror poster

*book: reviewed by daphne, thrones of blood volume 2, sacrifice  of the hybrid princess

*chilling chat: naching, nancy kilpatrick

*story: root cellar by nancy kilpatrick

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Naching T. Kassa

p u b l i s h i n g  p. a.

Cedar George

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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Book Review: Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback

5/5 stars

My first introduction to Owl Goingback’s writings was his collection Tribal Screams, which I loved. This book also contained a taster to Coyote Rage and I was pretty certain I would read the novel when it came out. Here I am, some months later and the book lies finished at my side. Goingback weave’s his story between the modern world and Native American mythology, creating a unique blend of fantasy and horror.

Kindle EditionAs the last human member of the Great Council of Galun’lati lives out his remaining days in a nursing home, Coyote hatches a plot to eliminate him and also the daughter who would take his place. He tells the other creatures it is time for those of ‘fur and feather’ to take back control of their world. His target, Luther Watie, evades him and so the hunt begins for both Watie and his daughter. Not all creatures are on Coyote’s side, man has some friends, in this instance Raven and Mouse, but are they enough? This is a wonderful tale of shape-shifting and magic and the prose is pure poetry when the story slips into the otherworld of Galun’lati. Owl Goingback is a writer of quality and one I know I will return to.

HorrorAddicts.net 168, #KillSwitch Authors

Horror Addicts Episode# 168
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Overtoun Bridge

#killswitch authors | destini beard | the island of dr. moreau

 

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131 days till halloween

*terror trax: destini beard, love song for a vampire

*catchup: bird attack!

*cursed place: overtoun bridge, dog suicide bridge

*logbook of terror: russell, overtoun bridge

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara, willow, and eli.  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, ultimate werewolf inquisition

*odds and dead ends: keiran, cerberus

*frightening flix: kbatz, the island of dr. moreau

*live action reviews: crystal, the field guide to evil

*the bigfoot files: lionel, wood ape

*dead mail:

***james: nightmare before xmas video

https://youtu.be/d0FeHLD3SIs

***annie: keanu a badass now? always be my maybe, cyberpunk video game.

***kbatz: horror marketplace
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*news: my darling dead: jesse, the dead don’t die, bill murray, tilda swinton, svalta, simon pegg, dark divinations, bandcamp location in oakland, burger king serving stranger things burgers, danzig new movie

*book: mary moon comic reviewed by sebastian grimm

*chilling chat: #killswitch authors by naching

*stories: from #killswitch authors, read by the authors

***Phantom Caller by Naching T. Kassa

***In the Eye of the Beholder by Daphne Strasert

***SoulTaker 2.0 by Emerian Rich

***Angels Don’t Fear Heights by H.E. Roulo

***The 13th Maggot by Laurel Anne Hill

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Naching T. Kassa

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Cedar George

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Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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HorrorAddicts.net, 167 Selah Janel

Horror Addicts Episode# 167

SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Trans-Allegheny Insane Asylum

selah janel, the 7 and 6, hush hush sweet charlotte

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145 days till halloween

*terror trax: the 7 and 6, monster shindig

*catchup: birthdays, graduations, goth mom, #killswitch, twitter scavenger, @horroraddicts13, watch terminator with us june 11th, fb party 14th, 16th father’s day announcement, 22nd podcast, entertainment weekly, ma, tv shows coming, stranger things 3, deadwood movie, black mirror 3, the dark crystal, fear of the walking dead, the inbetween, NOS4A2

*cursed place: trans-allegheny insane asylum, lunatic, electroshock, lobotomies, overcrowding, kremlin, richard andrews, kirkbride, dorthea dix

*logbook of terror: russell, trans-allegheny insane asylum

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara and willow, pete lutz-henry, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, arkam horror, call of the cthulu

*odds and dead ends: keiran, halloween 1978

*frightening flix: kbatz, hush hush sweet charlotte

*live action reviews: crystal,  the silence

*the bigfoot files: lionel, the road best not taken, richard dansky

*dead mail:

***AR NEAL: woman marries zombie doll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cyGmHShObo

***seth, vtm, malkavaian, ventrue, toreador, tremere, bloodlines 2

***elise, office angst, night’s knights, mike bennett, hall of mirrors, mark of the druid, table rappers, persistent spirit, neil dixon,

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, kill switch, ha sub call, sfmoma horror film fest, NOS4A2, bite me, the perfection

*book: monsters of any kind, reviewed by daphne strasert

*chilling chat: selah janel  interviewed by naching

*story:  wallpaper by selah janel, read by emerian rich

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Cedar George

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Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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