Free Fiction Friday: Bite Club

39216This week’s Free Fiction Friday selection is Bite Club by Hal Bodner. West Hollywood California was once a nice place to live if your gay but things have changed. Muscular young men are turning up dead. their bodies have been tortured, drained of blood and some are missing body parts.

The city coroner calls on an old friend who is an expert in serial killers who shows up with his friend to investigate the murders. The trio soon finds out that something not human is hunting these young men down and it can’t be stopped. Bite Club is a vampire novel that combines horror, romance and comedy.

Bite Club was originally published in 2005 and was followed by a sequel. Reviews that I read called this book campy, funny and an enticing work of modern gay fiction. If you want to win this book be the first to email us at horroraddicts@gmail.com.

Free Fiction Friday: The Darker Passions: Dracula

72481This weeks Free Fiction Friday is a very different look at a horror classic. The book is The Darker Passions: Dracula by Amarantha Knight. The Darker Passions was a series of books that retold horror classics in an erotic way. Other books in this series include Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and a few works by Edgar Allen Poe.

In The Darker Passions: Dracula, Dracula not only has a lust for blood but he also has a thing for domination, spanking, bondage and S&M. This book was originally published in 1993 and  looks like it’s a steamy read that brings the repressed sexuality of the Victorian age out into the open.  The writer, Amarantha Knight’s real name is Nancy Kilpatrick and she has written several horror novels and edited a number of horror anthologies. Some of her other works include: Child Of The Night, The Goth Bible: A Compendium For The Darkly Inclined and  Vampyric Variations.

If you want to give this book a read and experience Dracula in a whole new way, send an email to horroraddicts@gmail.com. The first email I get wins the book.

Free Fiction Friday: Kindred

469064This week’s Free Fiction Friday selection is Kindred by John Gideon. This book tells the story of a man who looses his legs but gains immortality. Lewis Kindred is a Vietnam veteran who comes home a bitter and broken man who knows evil. He ends up playing a game of poker and wins an evil prize. He becomes a vampire but he is determined to keep his humanity and not be like other vampires.

This book was originally released in 1996, one review I read said it had a great mystery to it and another called it improbable and entertaining. John Gideon has written three other books including Greely’s Cove, Golden Eyes and The Little Soup Spoon. If you love vampire stories and you want to read this book for yourself, send an email to horroraddicts@gmail.com. The first email I get wins the book.

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Free Fiction Friday: Thirst

2813885This week’s Free Fiction Friday selection is Thirst by Pyotyr Kurtinski. Thirst is the story of a vampire named Van Diemen who was raised in the Old World, changed into one of the undead in the Balkans and is now on his way  to America to feed on new victims. He can change from a blood thirsty man to a vampire bat and nothing can stop him from killing.

I haven’t read this book but from what I hear the vampire named Van Diemen is writing an autobiography where he talks about fighting with the mob finding love and lots of killing. This book was released in 1995, it has great cover art and it looks like this is the only book this author has written.  This book could be a really fun read if you want to take a chance on it.

Be the first to comment on this blog post and you get the book. Good luck!

Free Fiction Friday: Blood Feud

1416033Our Free Fiction Friday selection for this week is Blood Feud by Sam Siciliano. This book was originally released in 1993 and tells the tale of two ancient vampires that will not rest until the other is destroyed.

Blood Feud is set in Portland Oregon where two vampire’s final battle will take place. One vampire is a master of manipulation and he now thirsts for the death of the vampire woman he once loved. The  woman in question is dangerously seductive and uses her body to possess her victims and now she wants revenge on the vampire who cursed her with immortality. They have been driven through the centuries by the desire to bathe in the other’s undying blood and now the final battle is drawing near.

Some other books written by Sam Siciliano include: DarknessBlood Farm and The Angel Of The Opera: Sherlock Holmes Meets The Phantom Of The OperaTo find out more about Sam Siciliano go to:samsiciliano.net.

If you want this book leave a comment on this blog post. The first comment gets the book. This is for US residents only.

Free Fiction Friday

1486069This week’s Free Fiction Friday selection is Matters Of The Blood by Maria Lima. Keira Kelly, half-breed descendant of a powerful paranormal family has chosen to live apart from her clan and among humans in the Texas Hill Country. Where she lives there has been several animal deaths and she starts having prophetic visions of her brother being murdered. Keira starts to investigate whats going on, but in the process she uncovers some long kept secrets that raise more questions then answers.

Matters Of The Blood is the first in a series of five books that include everything from shapeshifters to vampires. The series combines horror, mystery and romance and some of the reviews that I’ve read compare Maria to Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris. If you want to know more about the author check out marialima.com

If you would like a copy of this book leave a comment on this blog post. The first comment gets the book. Good luck.

Free Fiction Friday: The Weeping Woman

16231423For this week’s Free Fiction Friday selection we have Patricia Santos Marcantonio’s, The Weeping Woman. We have two copies of this great paranormal mystery to give out. All you need to do is be one of the first two people to leave a comment on this blog post and the book is yours. Here is a reprint of my review if you need me to persuade you to get your free copy:

Every culture has their ghost stories and one Mexican legend is the tale of La Llorona, The Weeping Woman. There was once a beautiful woman named Maria who had two children but was never married. She fell in love with a man but he did not want her kids, so Maria drowned them in the river. God punished her by taking away her beauty and leaving her to wander the earth yelling “where is my children.” To this day, kids  scare each other by saying “if you don’t watch out La Llorona will get you.”

This is the legend behind Patricia Santos Marcantonio’s The Weeping Woman. In San Antonio, children are going missing and detective Blue Rodriguez believes someone is copying the story of La Lorona.  Blue is a cop with a tortured past and when she is close to a dead body she has the ability to see what they saw and feel what they felt before they died. The kidnappings are taking place in her old neighborhood and to make matters worse, there is also an arsonist torching the city. Blue gets paired up with FBI agent Daniel Ryan and together they investigate several false leads before they figure out who is kidnapping the children. The kidnapper has powers of her own and has a connection to Blue. Blue has to face down her demons and come to terms with her past in order to save the children from The Weeping Woman.

What really made this book good was the characters, they are all three-dimensional with good back stories. The main theme of The Weeping Woman is that everyone has secrets in their past and even though you may try to hide them, they effect everything you do. The way the author proves her point is by showing how all the characters are all tortured  by their past .

For example, the arsonist wants to burn buildings down but you start to feel sorry for him as you hear why he does it. Also there is a drug dealer and you see how bad he is, but as you get into his background, you understand him and feel for him. Also the reaction he had when he helps lead the detectives to the missing kids, proves he is not all bad. There was also a suspect in the beginning whose last moments are described and you can’t help to feel compassion for him even though he was a bad person. Patricia Santos Marcantonio must have done a lot of research for her characters because they all seemed very real to me. Blue’s abusive mother and the arsonist’s drug addicted sister were excellent characters and I loved how Blue’s mother reacts when Blue stands up to her.

There were several sub plots in the story and Patricia does a great job weaving them together. There is also a point about loosing faith and getting it back again that I liked.  The Weeping Woman is an excellent tale that masterfully combines horror and mystery. The characters are great and the story line is like a Criminal Minds episode geared towards a horror fan. If you like a mystery with a paranormal twist, check this one out.

If you want a free copy of The Weeping Woman, please leave a comment below.

Free Fiction Friday: Mick Farren

1101963For this weeks Free Fiction Friday, we have two vampire books up for grabs. These books are two parts of a four part series and are written by  punk rock singer/Journalist/Author: Mick Farren.  These are the first two novels in the Victor Renquist series. Victor was born in the 12th century and now lives with a colony of  four other vampires.

The first book is The Time of Feasting and it originally came out in 1996. Tired of living in hiding and feelingimages contemptuous of humanity, the young vampires in Victor’s coven have challenged him for supremacy.  To make matters worse, a city cop and an ex-priest have uncovered the secrets of the coven, putting all vampires in danger.  Its up to Victor to squash the rebellion and stop the two humans before they inform others.

The second book of the series is Darklost and was published in 2000. Victor has moved his vampire colony  to Los Angeles but not all is well. Victor has an uneasy feeling that someone is messing with dark magic that can destroy all of civilization. He finds out that there is a religious cult is trying to summon Cthulhu and bring an end to mankind. Humanity’s only hope rests with a small group of vampires that have to overcome their differences to save us all.

The reviews that I’ve read for The Time Of Feasting and Darklost all say that they are great vampire novels and some of the author’s best work. Not only is Mick Farren author of several horror, cyberpunk and sci fi novels he is also the lead singer of the punk rock group: The Deviants. If you want to get your hands on these two books all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog and while your at it tell me about your favorite vampire novel. First comment gets the book. Good Luck!!!

Free Fiction Friday: Moon

For this week’s Free Fiction Friday selection we have Moon by James Herbert. James Herbert is a horror author from England tha has written 24 books and has sold over 2 million copies. Some of James Herbert’s other titles include The Rats, The Magic Cottage and Dark Places.

Moon was originally published in 1985. The story follows an insane psychic and computer science teacher who has unwillingly linked minds telepathically with a vicious killer whose crimes have a strange connection with the cycles of the moon. From what I’ve read about this book,  people describe it as tense, chilling supernatural horror that is not for the squemish. Some also call Moon one of James Herbert’s best books.

If you would like a free used copy of Moon be the first person to leave a comment on this blog post. Good Luck!

Free fiction Friday: A Vampire Double Feature

For this weeks Free Fiction Friday, we have two vampire books up for grabs. These books are two parts of a four part series and are written by  punk rock singer/Journalist/Author: Mick Farren.  These are the first two novels in the Victor Renquist series. Victor was born in the 12th century and now lives with a colony of  four other vampires.

The first book is The Time of Feasting and it originally came out in 1996. Tired of living in hiding and feeling contemptuous of humanity, the young vampires in Victor’s coven have challenged him for supremacy.  To make matters worse, a city cop and an ex-priest have uncovered the secrets of the coven, putting all vampires in danger.  Its up to Victor to squash the rebellion and stop the two humans before they inform others.

The second book of the series is Darklost and was published in 2000. Victor has moved his vampire colony  to Los Angeles but not all is well. Victor has an uneasy feeling that someone is messing with dark magic that can destroy all of civilization. He finds out that there is a religious cult is trying to summon Cthulhu and bring an end to mankind. Humanity’s only hope rests with a small group of vampires that have to overcome their differences to save us all.

The reviews that I’ve read for The Time Of Feasting and Darklost all say that they are great vampire novels and some of the author’s best work. Not only is Mick Farren author of several horror, cyberpunk and sci fi novels he is also the lead singer of the punk rock group: The Deviants. If you want to get your hands on these two books all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog saying what your favorite vampire novel is and why. The best answer gets both books. I want these two books for myself so I’m going to make things a little harder then usual. Good Luck!!!

Free Fiction Friday: Blood Feud

Our Free Fiction Friday selection for this week is Blood Feud by Sam Siciliano. This book was originally released in 1993 and tells the tale of two ancient vampires that will not rest until the other is destroyed.

Blood Feud is set in Portland Oregon where two vampire’s final battle will take place. One vampire is a master of manipulation and he now thirsts for the death of the vampire woman he once loved. The  woman in question is dangerously seductive and uses her body to possess her victims and now she wants revenge on the vampire who cursed her with immortality. They have been driven through the centuries by the desire to bathe in the other’s undying blood and now the final battle is drawing near.

Some other books written by Sam Siciliano include: Darkness, Blood Farm and The Angel Of The Opera: Sherlock Holmes Meets The Phantom Of The Opera. To find out more about Sam Siciliano go to: samsiciliano.net.

If you want this book leave a comment on this blog post. The first comment gets the book. This is for US residents only.

Free Fiction Friday: Dead Girls

This weeks Free Fiction Friday selection is a book that mixes Science Fiction with Horror called Dead Girls by Richard Calder. This book was originally published in 1992 and takes place in the year 2072. In the future Europe is having a recession. They have been taking in all of the refugees from the defunct Soviet Empire and the spreading of a plague has effected all of their exports. In order to compete in the global economy with the United States and Japan they have used nanotechnology to create life size realistic female dolls that are programmed to be the perfect companion for men.

Technology never seems to work like you want it to though and the dolls have evolved and are rebeling against society. With their vampiric saliva they are causing males to impregnate women who then give birth to human/robot hybrids that want to overthrow humanity.

This book is the first of a trilogy, the second book is called Dead Boys and the third is Dead Things. The way I heard this book described makes it sound like a war of the sexes and a metaphor for the sex trade and how it effects personal sexual relationships. If you want to find out more about the author go to http://www.sf2h.com/richardcalder/index.php. If you would like a copy of this book leave a comment on this post. The first comment gets the book.

Free Fiction Friday: Sips Of Blood

This weeks Free Fiction Friday selection is Sips of Blood by Mary Ann Mitchell. This book answers the question of what would happen if  The Marquis de Sade was a vampire and walked the earth during the present day. If your not familiar with Marquis de Sade he was a french philosopher who lived from 1740 to 1814. He was known for writing erotic stories depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on criminality and blasphemy against the catholic church.

According to the reviews I read Sips of Blood  is a disturbing book filled with lots of unconventional and graphic sex. There is also BDSM, gore and incestuous romance. I’ve read one book by Mary Ann Mitchell called Ambrosial Flesh. If this one is anything like that one, then the reviews I read are correct.

This book is the first in a series of 5 books by Mary Ann Mitchell staring Marquis De Sade  as a vampire.  If you would like your own copy of Sips Of Blood. Leave a comment on this blog post. The first comment gets the book.

Free Fiction Friday: Welcome Back To The Night

This weeks Free Fiction Friday selection is Welcome Back To The Night by Elizabeth Massie. Family reunions aren’t always a happy occasion, especially for the Lynch family. Three cousins are about to meet up with a deranged woman who was also part of their family not long ago. This woman is not back to join the clan, she wants to remind the cousins of their horrible past and warn them about their deadly future.

I’ve read reviews for Welcome Back To the Night that called it a psychological thrill ride and one person called it part supernatural and completely sick. Most of the reviews agreed that Elizabeth Massie does a great job of showing how derranged people can be and what kind of evil and bigotry can be hiding in a small town.

I’ve read Elizabeth Massie’s anthology Shadow Dreams and really enjoyed it. Besides horror novels, Elizabeth Massie has written some TV tie in novels for Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Tudors and a few historical fiction novels.

If you would like to have your very own copy of Welcome Back To The Night, leave a comment on this blog post. First comment gets the book.  To find out more about the author go to elizabethmassie.com

Free Fiction Friday: Coraline

This week’s Free Friday selection is Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. This book was originally written in 2002 and illustrated by Dave McKean. Coraline was turned into a stop motion animation movie in 2009. The movie version of Coraline was directed by Henry Selick and included the voices of Terri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning and Ian McShane. The movie took 18 months to shoot after two years of pre-production and is the longest stop motion animation movie ever made.

The book Coraline tells the story of a girl named Coraline who has just moved to an apartment in an old house. She lives with her parents who work from home but don’t have a lot of time to spend with her. One day Coraline goes exploring and discovers a door that is just like hers. She enters and finds a world that is like hers but more colorful and better then the one she is living in. Her other mother pays more attention to her and is everything that Coraline wants her real mother to be. Not everything is what it appears to be in the other apartment though. Soon Coraline finds herself trapped in the other world and has to outsmart her other mother to escape.

If you would like to adopt a slightly used copy of Coraline, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog  tell us why you would like to have a copy of this used book. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, American Gods, or The Graveyard Book you will probably enjoy Coraline also. This is for US residents only. Good luck and please leave a comment.

Free Fiction Friday: A Dream Of Dracula

For this week’s Free Fiction Friday selection we have to take a trip in our time machine back to the year 1972 for A Dream Of Dracula by Leonard Wolf. This is a non-fiction book that tells the history of the character Dracula. The book starts off by talking about the historic figures that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, such as Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler and Baron Gilles de Rais who was a French serial killer with a taste for blood.

From there the book talks about the books that inspired Dracula including Mathew G. Lewis’s The Monk and John Polidori’s The Vampyre: A Tale. It also gives a detailed biography on Bram Stoker and talks about his writing process for Dracula. There are even chapters in this book that cover all the plays and movies that were based on Dracula.

When Leonard Wolf wrote A Dream of Dracula, he was working as a creative writing professor at San Francisco State University. He was born in Romania (home of Dracula) and always had an interest in classic horror literature. He went on to write non-fiction books on Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera. He has also written several books researching mythological beasts.

A Dream of Dracula was a labor of love and gives a very detailed description of a cultural phenomenon. If you would like your own copy of this book and you live in the United States, just leave a comment on this blog post and let us know why you want to adopt this book. The best comment gets a copy of A Dream of Dracula. Good Luck!

Free Fiction Friday: The Vampire Odyssey

This weeks Free Fiction Friday book is The Vampire Odyssey by Scott Ciencin. This book was originally released in 1992 and was the first in a trilogy. Danielle Walthers was born as a half vampire, when she moves to Beverly Hills she finds that she can no longer contain her blood lust. So she prowls the streets of Los Angeles in search of blood.

I couldn’t find a lot on the plot of this book but I did find a little information on the author. Scott Ciencin worked in television production and started writing in the late 1980’s. He has written many books for children and young adults. He has written four Godzilla novels, along with books based on Dinotopia, Dungeons and Dragons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Transformers and many more.

Some of the reviews I’ve read for The Vampire Odyssey called it a gem among a sea of vampire novels and action packed with vampires who are delightfully evil. If you would like to satisfy your lust for vampires and bring this novel home, leave a comment on the blog on why you would be a good owner for this book. This is open to US residents only, Good Luck.

Free Fiction Friday:Dracula Unbound

This Week’s Free Fiction Friday selection is Dracula Unbound by Brian Wilson Aldiss. This book was originally released in 1990. The story is that Count Dracula has a time machine that is in the form of a train. He wants to make sure that Bram Stoker never writes his novel Dracula so he sends a group of vampire assassins to the year 1896 to kill Stoker.  Things don’t go well for the vampires, a man named Joe Bodenland hijacks the train and finds Bram Stoker. The two now plan to use the train to destroy all vampires.

Brian Wilson Aldiss is generally a science fiction writer. He is from England and was heavily influenced by H.G. Wells. He is vice president of the international H.G. Wells Society, co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group and has also won two Hugo awards and one Nebula award. Some of the other books Brain has written include: Courageous New Planet, Ruins and Sanity and the Lady. He also wrote Super Toys Last All Summer Long which was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film A.I.

The reviews I’ve read for this book say its an entertaining read but the story is a little far fetched. They also say the depiction of Bram Stoker is the best part. Another interesting item brought up in this book is that vampires are descendants of pterodactyls, have mastered time travel and want to use it to enslave the human race.

So if you want to read a tale about time traveling vampires and find out more about Bram Stoker traveling through time to destroy vampires, then this is the book for you. If you are a U.S. resident, leave a comment on the end of this post and let us know why you would be a good owner for this book. The best comment gets a copy of Dracula Unbound.

Free Fiction Friday Double feature

For our Free Fiction Friday this week we have a double feature for you, first up is Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. Charlaine Harris is the creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series of vampire novels of which the HBO series True Blood is based on. Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and was originally published in 2001.

The story for Dead Until Dark is the basis for season 1 of True Blood, but there are some differences. Such as the story is told entirely from Sookie’s point of view.  The synthetic blood is called Life Flow instead of True Blood and some of the characters are different in the TV series.

If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris and True Blood you’re going to want to adopt this book. This version of the book has the cover that is pictured to the left and is no longer available in stores. The new version has a vampire woman licking her lips and does not look as good as the original. So if you would like this book, leave a comment on the blog and let us know why you would be a good owner for this book. This is available for US residents only.

Dead Until Dark is not the only free read we have for this week. Our second one is available for everyone and all you have to do is click the link below.  This link was talked about on episode 64 of Horror Addicts and it features some writing samples from Weston Ochse.

Weston Ochse is an Arizona based writer who has written several short stories and has won a Bram Stoker Award for long and short fiction. Some of his novels include Scarecrow GodsEmpire of Salt and Blaze of Glory. The stories featured in the link below are from a story collection called Multiplex Fandango along with an intro by Joe Lansdale.  So if you want more information on Weston Ochse and you want to read some of his stories click the link below:


http://www.westonochse.com/dani_kollin_group_sampler.pdf

So just to recap if you would like to own a copy of Dead Until Dark and you live in the US, please leave a comment on the blog. If you want to read Multiplex Fandango click the link above.

Free Fiction Friday: Darkness On The Ice

This week’s homeless book in search of a home is Darkness On The Ice by Lois Tilton. Which, would have fit nicely with our 1940’s episode that just aired. This book takes place during World War 2. The Nazis are looking for a way to defeat the allies and believe that weather may be the key. They need to know exactly when bad weather will come so they can use it to their advantage.

They set up a plan to take over a weather station in Greenland but need someone there who can stand the cold and protect the weather station 24/7. The only person who can live at the station is an SS officer by the name of Wolff who happens to be a vampire. The only problem is that there is nothing for Wolff to feed on, so he starts to feed on his fellow German soldiers who fly in to work at the station.

Lois Tilton has written three other books besides this one, Vampire Winter, Written in Venom and Darkspawn. She writes mainly Science Fiction and Horror and has won a Nebula award and a Sideways Award for Alternate History. She is currently a short fiction reviewer for locusmag.com.

Darkness On Ice was released in 1993 and is currently out of print. So this book is really hard to find, if you want this book just leave a comment on the blog on why you think you would be the right owner. Some of the reviews I’ve read for this book call it well researched, suspenseful, psychologically tense and just plain great horror. You should find out for yourself though, just leave a comment and you can be the proud owner of Darkness On Ice.

Free Fiction Friday: Blood Kin

Here is our first horror book that is up for adoption. This is a used book that was originally published in 1996. Our book that is looking for a new home is Blood Kin by Ronald Kelly. Ronald Kelly was born and raised in Tennessee and has been writing horror, mystery, and speculative fiction set in the south since 1988. Some of the titles he has written include The Possession, Moon of the Werewolf, and Hell Hollow.

Blood Kin follows a family named the Cravens who thought the vampire cure that was on them ended a century ago. That all ended when a decendent of the Cravens unearths Grandpappy Josiah Craven and unleashes his thirst for blood and carnage on the citizens of Green Hollow Tennessee.

With all the townsfolk falling victims to the vampire one by one, its up to Boyd Andrews and his small band of followers to put a stop to the vampire menace and save Green Hollow. Will the Craven curse be stopped for good? Adopt this book and find out.

Some of the reviews of this book are horrifying and a lot of fun at the same time. These vampires are not whinny and moody, they are vicious and evil. If you like hard core horror with just a little humor you may enjoy this book.

To adopt this book,  just leave a comment on the blog* on why you think you will be the best owner for it and I will pick the best comment. If you’re interested in this book, make sure you comment because it is out of print and you may not find it elsewhere.  Good luck!

*This book adoption is for US residents only.

Ivory

The topic of episode 60 of  Horror Addicts is the 1800’s and the featured author is  Steve Merrifield. Usually, for the show what I would do is look up books that have to with whatever topic the show is about. In order to change things up a little, Emerian had the idea of me reviewing the book Ivory by Steve Merrifield.

Ivory tells the tale of an artist and art teacher named Martin Roberts. Martin is having a midlife crisis, he doesn’t feel satisfied with his family and doesn’t feel inspired to paint anymore. Then one rainy night his life changes when he accidentally hits a teenage girl with his car. Even though the girl should have died in the horrific crash, she survives. She is no ordinary teenager, her skin and hair are pure white, her eyes are black as coal and she is mute. Martin sits with the girl until the paramedics come, then follows them to the hospital.

At the hospital the young woman gets her wounds treated and is picked up by a blind black man named Ebony. Martin finds out that the  girl is a prostitute named Ivory. After the accident Martin tries to go back to his bland life but can’t forget Ivory, so he returns to the scene of the car crash. Martin finds Ivory and a world of danger he never knew existed.  He also rediscovers his inspiration to paint along with an obsession with Ivory that he soon finds out has led other men to there deaths and may kill him as well.

If your like me you we’re probably reading the description of Ivory I just gave and thought it doesn’t sound that good. I could go further describing this book but that would ruin the surprises in the story. This book does not go where you think its going to go. The story builds throughout the book and halfway through becomes impossible to put down. While reading the first half of the book I found myself thinking this is a good book but I’m not sure I would consider it a horror novel. The second half of the book I thought was imaginative, terrifying and violent.

My favorite part of  the book is when we find out exactly who Ebony and Ivory are, where they live and more importantly what other things are in the house. I also liked how Martin sees that his obsession with Ivory is turning him into something he hates as well as destroying his family, but at the same time he can’t stay away from her. I don’t know if it’s how the author meant it, but I took it as a metaphor for drug addiction. I found myself not liking Martin but I could relate to the character and felt sorry for him. Like Martin, I looked at Ebony and Ivory as tragic figures who were given horrible circumstances. The difference being that Martin had a choice of what he became but Ivory and Ebony did not.

My only complaint about this book was that I wanted more. I would love to see a few more books about Ebony and Ivory. I would like to see a prequel that tells more about Ebony’s life and a sequel that focuses on Ivory after the events of this book. I can also think of a third book I would like to see but if I mention what it would be, it would give away some of the surprises you’ll find in Ivory.

If you think Ivory sounds like a good read you can find it for free online. Steve Merriefield just asks that you leave a review where you got the book. This book was so good I found myself feeling guilty not paying for it. I’ll definitely be wanting to read some of the other books that Steve Merrifield has available.

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