Ashley Bell reviews

ashley bellAshley Bell is out and the reviews are coming in quickly so please excuse the link dump.

Early Ashley Bell review

From Examiner.com

ashley bellI have been reading Dean Koontz’s book for as long as I can remember. While I still enjoy most of his work, it has been a while since he has been able to capture my imagination as he used to do. When I first say the cover and read the description for his upcoming novel, “Ashley Bell,” I thought that this book sounded like one of his older novels and was excited to see if it would once again capture that old Koontz magic.

Bibi Blair never had time for fate or the supernatural. She was a take charge type of person that focused on the things that she could see and conquer. Bibi’s world comes crashing down around her when she finds herself suddenly afflicted by a rare form of cancer that gives her less than a year to live. Bibi at first approaches the disease as just another concrete obstacle for her to overcome but she is forced to accept that there could be something more to it after a visit from a strange man and his dog that leaves her seemingly healed. She may have overcome the cancer but the struggle of her life has just begun…

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Phantoms#4: Dean Koontz is no stranger to scaring the pants off his readers, and Phantoms, one of his best known works, does just that with its premise alone. An abandoned town. Dead, but warm bodies filled with unmentionable things? Creepy to the max.

Read the full listicle @ Wonem24.

A Short, Fast Ride: Final Hour by Dean Koontz

Final HourDean Koontz has written more than 130 books over the course of the last five decades. Many of those books have landed at the top spot of multiple best-seller lists. His next full-length novel, called Ashley Bell, will publish in early December. Koontz has remarked that everyone in his “publishing life thinks it is the best book [he’s] ever written.” To whet the appetites of fans waiting earnestly for that novel, Koontz has written the novella Final Hour, one of two novellas leading up to Ashley Bell. Though shorter in length than his usual, Final Hour is no less than everything that Dean Koontz has come to be known for.

Read the full review @ Everyday Ebook.

Polish review of Innocence (Niewinność)

Niewinnosc - Polish Innocence“Zdałem sobie sprawę, że Gwyneth więcej wie o mieszkańcach tego miasta, niż ja się kiedykolwiek dowiem, i rozumie lepiej ode mnie, a przynajmniej tak samo dobrze, jakie zepsucie i bezlitosne okrucieństwo może się kryć za maskami przywdziewanymi przez niektórych ludzi.”

Koontz eksperymentuje. Człowiek, który napisał tyle powieści, koniec końców, chce czegoś nowego. Zmienia styl, jak my zmieniamy nasze przyzwyczajenia. „Niewinności” daleko do horroru, nie jest to również thriller. Czy to źle? Nie mi oceniać, jednak czytelnicy, którzy pokochali autora za sceny grozy i nieprzespane noce, tym razem przykryją się kołdrą jedynie wtedy, gdy w pokoju zrobi się zimno. Mroczny klimat zastąpiło zepsute miasto. Największymi potworami ponownie okazali się ludzie. A obraz stworzony przez Amerykanina  nie jest otoczony aurą strachu, a smutku.

Z reguły w recenzji znajdziecie wiele słów o głównym bohaterze. Jeśli, tak jak w tym wypadku, występuje narracja pierwszoosobowa, to mamy już niemalże gotowy materiał na dokładną charakterystykę. Nie tym razem. Addonis jest… no właśnie. Tu pojawia się zasadniczy problem. Nasz kronikarz ukrywa się pod kapturem, ujawnia się jedynie nocami, jego wygląd sprawił, że budził odradzę nawet własnej matki.

Read the full review @ Interia360.

The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale

The NightrunnersDean wrote the Introduction to this classic horror novel…

Everybody remembers their first Joe R. Lansdale story.

Mine was “Night They Missed the Horror Show,” which I read in the anthology Splatterpunks in 1991. To say I was unprepared for this black-hearted tale of racist hillbilly snuff-film purveyors and the high-school hellraisers who inadvertently stumble upon their doings is an understatement. Like a sucker punch to a soft belly or a club to the base of the skull, “Horror Show” leaves you stunned, out of breath, a hurt growing inside you that you know won’t be leaving any time soon. Hasn’t left me this quarter-century later. I know Lansdale would have it no other way.

Funny thing was, I craved that feeling. Sought it out. So within a couple months I’d finally tracked down Lansdale’s 1987 novel The Nightrunners (published in paperback by Tor, March 1989). I recall coming home one afternoon from the bookstore I worked at with my brand-new copy, going into my room, locking the door and then reading it in one white-hot unputdownable session. That had never happened to me before; I usually savored my horror fiction over several late nights. ButThe Nightrunners wouldn’t let go. Lansdale’s skill in doling out suspense and the threat/promise of the horrible things to come is unbeatable. He even tells you flat-out, after quoting a newspaper article about victims of a “Rapist Ripper,” that “no one knew there was a connection between the two savaged bodies and what was going to happen to Montgomery and Becky Jones.” You know you got to keep reading after that!

Read more @ Tor.com.

1977 Review of the Demon Seed film

Texas Monthly May 1977

Say hello to the May 1977 issue of Texas Monthly. Click the cover for a link to the Google Books version of the article titled “Bombs Bursting in Air” featuring reviews of Black Sunday and Demon Seed.