[#BlogTour] No Greater Agony by Todd Allen #Horror #Thriller


No Greater Agony By Todd Allen

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Jack Bishop always dreamed of becoming a writer.

That ambition finally became reality with his critically acclaimed debut novel, but following up on that success has proved difficult. For over a year, he has failed to produce a new work and his publisher is losing patience.

In a last-ditch effort to save his floundering career, Jack is sent to the renowned writer’s retreat, Wabasso Lake, with orders to finish his manuscript in record time.

Jack’s first impression of Wabasso is that of an idyllic place to work, but despite being surrounded by awe inspiring nature and the lovely Kate, a fellow author, he continues to be plagued by self doubt.

 It is with the discovery of a hidden manuscript that Jack begins to scratch the surface of the retreat’s sinister purpose. As visions of fictional characters inundate Jack’s waking life, he is driven to the brink of madness.

A diabolical intelligence has stirred. Wabasso wants something from Jack, but is he willing to pay that price to achieve his greatest desire?

 About the Author


Todd Allen lives on the East Coast of Canada. A lifelong fan of all things horror, Allen threw his hat into the literary ring in 2015 with his first novel, Sacra Obscurum. Allen is proud to follow up his debut with the 2017 release of the psychological thriller, No Greater Agony. Influenced by genre greats, M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft, and raised on Stephen King and Peter Straub, Allen aims to deliver his own brand of creeping, cerebral horror.

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 No Greater Agony Excerpt

The trail branched off to Jack’s left. Cabin Five—Frasier’s cabin—was down there, tucked secretly amid the trees. A low hanging branch swayed as though someone had just pushed it aside while running past. That served enough intrigue for Jack, and seconds later, he pushed it aside as well.

Cabin Five came into view a few yards down the trail. It reminded Jack of his own cabin, only more given to shadow from its taller, more oppressive neighboring trees. No one appeared to be home. Jack could see nothing in the windows, but the reflection of the sun dappled day.

He leapt up the porch steps and knocked on the door. It sounded oddly hollow.

“Frasier, you in there?” Jack called.

He prayed his neighbor would come to the door, towel around his neck, perspiration dotting his brow, fresh from a morning jog. Perhaps a pair of headphones would explain why he hadn’t heard Jack’s greeting on the trail. He knocked again.

The door creaked open a few inches under the weight of his knuckles.

A spoiled fruit stench escaped the cabin. Jack recoiled and waved a hand in front of his nose. He called for Frasier through the opening and as he did, caught sight of the blood inside. His jaw went slack. He pushed the door open wide.

All the furniture had been cleared to one side of the cabin—the desk overturned, the bookcase as well, the cot tossed atop it. The furniture seemed to be moved to make room for a solitary wooden chair in the center of the floor. A pool of congealing blood spread around it. Jack covered his mouth and nearly doubled over as the trash can smell of rot assaulted him again. It left a sour film on his tongue.

Despite the flash of nausea, he stepped inside, careful not to set foot in the gore. The buzzing of black flies overpowered him once he was out of the summer breeze. Dozens of flies circled the chair, landing for split seconds at a time before lifting off again. Jack wondered how he hadn’t heard their dizzying drone outside. He felt the promise of vomit bubbling up from his core, but he forced himself to look more closely at the chair. Certainly, he would need to describe this scene to the authorities at some point.

Scraps of rope hung loosely from the chair. Some lay in the blood around its legs. More clung to one of the wooden arms. A ruin of splintered wood was all that remained of the other arm. Jack bent to inspect it. The arm had been shorn in two, the likely result of a heavy blow.

Fresh panic flooded his chest. The image of Jonathan Dunn flashed through Jack’s mind. He pictured him in this very cabin. He saw him swinging an ax downward—blade cleaving flesh and bone and busting through the arm of the chair. Jack staggered backward, too weak to stand. He slammed into the wall behind him and slid to the floor.

 

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[Author Spotlight] Q&A with John Hunt || Doll House @JohnHuntFiction @brwpublisher


Today I am very honoured and thrilled to have a Q&A session with John Hunt, author of Doll House, which I read and enjoyed recently.

Hi John! Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a married father of four. I read a lot, listen to music a lot and when not working, spend my time with my family.

Where did the inspiration for the Doll House come from?

All of my ideas come from a scene in my head. Doll House was inspired by the Jen scene. A young woman trying to recover from something awful. Something most people wouldn’t come back from and to an extent, Jen never did. That scene played in my head and the book grew around it.

Who is your favourite character and why? (Mine was the Jackal)

 I liked Brutus the best. I am an animal person and I like to think I conveyed his personality quite well. Frank, as a natural suspect, was fun to write about and get the reader wondering.

How did you come up with the characters, the Gorilla and the Jackal? Why did you pick these two animals?

 The Jackal came from the Egyptian god Anubis. I liked the long ears and the regal cruelty in its aspect. The Gorilla was a disorganized person and I thought the shaggy main would portray that physically.

What is your pet peeve when it comes to writing?

Editing. I dislike it intensely.

What are you currently working on or working on next?

 I have four storylines in my head and they are all very well fleshed out. I am working on two at the same time. Murder and mayhem will ensue. One is about a boy, a dog and a robot. The other, well, the other is too hard to describe without giving it away.

Do you have a favourite spot/place you like to write?

I have a laptop that I lug everywhere. Mostly, I write when my kids are at school, in bed or at various activities which could mean I write anywhere so there is no one place. All I need is a computer and some headphones playing music and I’m good to go.

How long have you been writing for?
Late 2009, early 2010? The first short story I wrote, THE DINNER PARTY, I entered into the Spinetingler’s Anthology. It was a monthly contest and I won first place. It gave me confidence and from there, I wrote off an on depending on work and kids.

Do you write full-time? Or do you have another career outside of writing? 

I have a full-time career. I would love to be in the position to write full-time and (fingers crossed) maybe one day I can.

Lastly, what is your least favourite genre? 

That is a difficult question. I read pretty much everything except for romance, erotica, paranormal erotica or anything like those genres. I guess they could be considered my least favourite only I’ve never read them so can’t say if they are good or bad. Just something I’m not interested in.

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with us.  It was a pleasure getting to know a little more about the man behind the book.

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[Book Review] Doll House by John Hunt @JohnHuntFiction @brwpublisher #Mystery #Thrillers #Horror


Doll House by John Hunt

* I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion*

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Horror

Publication Date: January 19, 2017

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Synopsis

Olivia is excited for university. She will be on her own, in a new place hopeful to meet new friends.

On the night she moves in, she is taken off the street by two masked men. She is placed in a room which is little more than a cell. A pink cell. A room made for a doll. She is now part of their collection.

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My Thoughts

What should have been an exciting time in Olivia’s life, quickly turns into her worst nightmare.  

Olivia goes away for university and gets taken away by two masked men before she even makes it to her first day of class.

For five years, she is held prisoner in a pink room with furniture bolted to the floor where she is raped and tortured.  

This was a very gruesome and disturbing story..like something out of a horror movie.  We are quickly introduced to the Gorilla & Jackal.  The two masked men who enjoy inflicting pain by mutilating their victims and eating their body parts.

Initially I wanted to rate this book a 3 because of all the grammatical errors I found.  But the story was so intoxicating, I decided to give it a 4.  There were times I felt my adrenaline rush, but there were also times I found myself having to stop reading because it was starting to get inside my head.  This is definitely not for the light hearted.

For me, the best part was wanting to know if the Jackal would ever get caught and revealing who he was.  

The author did a great job of taking the reader through the emotional journey of Harry, Olivia and the Jackal. 

If you can handle the graphic nature of this novel, I highly recommend it.

My Rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Have you read Doll House? What did you think? If not, is this a book you think you would read based on the content?


the Haunted House Diaries

The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal MysteryThe Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery by William J. Hall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

” I wish I knew what on earth was going on here. Something is definitely wrong here, but no matter what anyone sees or hears, there can be no rational explanation.”

I love that these were all diary entries, and the author chose to capture all the encounters using this style.

A few of the entries have managed to spook me out, particularly the ones that involved Michelle talking about why she was born, and the ones about Dale’s encounters with Ashwar.

I rated this 4 stars and not 5 because some of the entries were a bit repetitive and I noticed a few spelling/grammatical errors.
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