Ghoster – Blog Tour

 

 

Ghoster

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GoodReads:
Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .

Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.

Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realises just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

 

My Review

Hands down this was the creepiest read of the year for me. Which is impressive because there were a couple of other creepy worthy reads but this one takes the gold.

Ghoster at first seems uncomplicated and completely un-spooky, just a woman who was ghosted by her boyfriend, er, suppose ex-boyfriend now, and is welcomed to the new home by finding this out.

The flat has been cleaned out, there’s no evidence of Kate’s boyfriend Scott ever living here. She does notice weird gouges on the door, but the only evidence to suggest Scott lived there is his phone she finds on the balcony.

So why would he leave behind his phone?

Kate wants answers, in a digital age where we tend to accept being Ghosted, Kate doesn’t. She made a large move, her things are arrived and so did she but to no one and an empty flat. So Kate’s decided she needs answers, simply for closure of course, and the only way to get them is by getting into Scott’s phone.

Any moral dilemma about the decision is overridden by the urge to have answers and with some trial and error, Kate gets into his phone.

So does she find her answers?

Wrong, she finds more questions.

There’s questionable pictures, creepy videos, and a locked diary app that could have the answers to all Kate’s questions. But is she digging herself in too deep?

Kate has a dark past with smartphones, this is a dangerous path to tread but one that’s necessary if she wants her answers.

But instead of answers, she’s left with more and more questions. And the question of what happened to Scott is becoming increasingly more dangerous.

Seriously, this book was so creepy towards the end, and that ending, holy cow that ending. I won’t spoil it for you but let’s just say it was completely worthy of such a creepy read.

I was tempted to sleep with the light on and maybe put some distance between my phone and I after reading this book.

Kate’s struggle with her own problems is really highlighted in this, and the dark path she goes down is incredibly realistic in terms of someone dealing with her sort of phone problem. She has the amazing support of her best friend but not even that can help the more embedded in the search she becomes. There’s this tension building in the book that does a great job of slowly making you more and more uncomfortable about the routes and paths Kate takes, and this complete sense of dread for her as the ending starts to loom in.

The creativity and chilling atmosphere of this book made me jump to rate it 5 cups of coffee, and if you all need me, just contact me by smoke signal from now on.

Thank you to Orbit Books and Compulsive Readers Tour for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

[I’m going to turn on all the lights and sit about sixty feet from my phone now.]

 

About the Author

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Hello!  I’m a British author and scriptwriter, with a background in journalism.

​I’m the writer of the terrifying Orbit Books novel Ghoster, out October 2019. Before that, I wrote The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, the Lionsgate feature film Stormhouse, various Doctor Who things, a Friday The 13th novel and script-edited the 2012 Peter Mullan film The Man Inside. 

2018 saw me co-author the book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Check out my collection of 30 interviews I did as a rock journalist, gathered in From The Front Lines Of Rock.

Author Links

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Instagram

 

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Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 ARC Review

 

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

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GoodReads:
Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentiest centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors’ fans.
Book Information:
Edited by: Melissa Edmundson
Release Date: 31, October, 2019
Price: £12.99
Format: Paperback and eBook
ISBN: 978-1-912766-24-6
Contributors:
Louisa Baldwin
Mary Cholmondeley
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edith Nesbit
Edith Wharton
Francis Stevens
Elinor Mordaunt
May Sinclair
Margery Lawrence
Eleonor Scott
Margaret Irwin
D K Broster
Mary Butts

Purchase Link

Handheld Press Website

My Review

**Handheld Press was kind enough to send me a copy after I expressed interest and I’ve given my honest review in exchange for my copy**

13 superb stories written by women, from a time they always didn’t get recognition, put together in a delightful book.

The stories are all unique and yet all have the same spooky/creepy vibe and this book is absolutely perfect for this time of year, but, also, just a perfect read in general.

These authors were in league with Richard Matheson to me and that’s saying a lot as I think he is such a King of creepy.

There are ghosts, hints of supernatural, cavemen, science, and even a story about a haunted saucepan. That was personally one of my favorites.; But that was a slight problem, every time I finished a story I found myself saying ‘oh that one has to be one of my favorites now’ and before I knew it, well, I had 13 favorite stories out of 13.

If I HAD to pick favorites it would probably be ‘Kerfol’ and ‘The Haunted Saucepan’ [Ben was the true hero of that story haha].

The cover is gorgeous, the stories superb, and really just made me so happy overall.

It’s a great collection, but also an important one, it’s so easy to just keep moving forward, as we should, but sometimes we forget to look back and dig up those who had their voices dimmed in a time that wasn’t as progressive [and let’s face it, no matter how far forward we get,t here’s always room for progress].

Each Author’s voice was unique and strong and there was not one story that I did not enjoy.

288 pages, the stories are well paced and each has you getting goosebumps and a sense of wanting to take a glance around the room as if to make sure no spectres have followed you out of the pages.

This book’s release date is TOMORROW. So, get to it, go order it if possible and if you think it sounds like the book for you. I mean if not, don’t let me bully you lol.

A five cups of coffee read for me, it’s going on my favorites shelf on my bookcase.

Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Hey everyone, second to last day of my prompts, I’m sure you’re excited to be rid of me -just don’t tell me or it’ll hurt my feelings lolol, jk, I’m ginger, I have no soul and therefore no feelings-

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Today’s prompt is MONSTER MASH

What does this mean?

DANCE FOOLS, DANCE

Jk.

I mean, you can dance if you want to…you can leave your friends behind…

But this Monster Mash is for telling everyone your favorite monster/creature and giving us book recs to go with it. [Feel free to give movie and song recs, whatever recs you want!]

So, without further delay let’s get this mash started. [Please feel free to use the featured image if you like!]

 

Monster Mash Pick
Werewolf

 

I can’t help it, I have always loved werewolves, wolves are my favorite animals and so, I gravitate toward the monsters inspired by them and men.

For book Recs, I’m not going to lie, I have not read a lot with werewolves in it and I would LOVE to change this, so if you have any recs for me, please let me know!

Anyway, I have a duology rec and a standalone/series rec [you could read it as a standalone or as part of the series!]

Duology:

Camille

 

Standalone/Series Rec:

A Bad Breed
[Gaslamp Gothic #3]

 

I admit I did like what Meyers did with her werewolves in Twilight I thought thwas probably the most creative part and really enjoyed it. I also love almost every werewolf movie I have ever seen, whether because they’re good or they’re so bad they’re good.

I think I’m probably drawn to werewolves because they show us that there’s an animal inside us all. We forget we’re part of the animal kingdom, that we’re not above the other creatures. Somewhere inside us, we all have these base instincts. What separates us is how we resist those darker/wilder survival instincts. The fun about werewolves is watching them unleash that darkness, I have a fondness for it, there’s something beautiful as well as horrifying about it.

Anyway, there’s my monster mash pick, I can’t wait to hear what recs and monsters/creatures you all have to share!

 

 

A Superior Spectre – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
“A brilliant, deeply unsettling work.” Books + Publishing
Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with shame, he runs away to a remote part of Scotland with a piece of beta tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.
In the late 1860s, Leonora lives in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature. Contemplating the social conventions that bind her, her contented life and a secret romantic friendship with the local laird are interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh. But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions.
A Superior Spectre is a novel about curiosity, entitlement and manipulation. It reminds us that the scariest ghosts aren’t the ones that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.

Book Information:
By: Angela Meyer
Published by: Saraband Books
Publication Date: August 15, 2019
Price: £8.99
GoodReads

Where to Buy

Amazon UK

 

My Review

Content/Trigger Warnings: [My apologies on slacking on these lately] This has molestation & child molestation, abuse, thoughts of pedophilia, death and brief suicidal thoughts and a rough view of mental illnesses due to institutional care available in the Victorian era.

This is a book that is chilling and haunting in the most unexpected ways. Firstly it’s truly a blend of genres. It is a sci-fi yet also a historical fiction, and at the same time a horror/thriller in its own right. And while this may sound like a mess, it’s done SO well that it doesn’t feel like they’re all jumbled together.

Please bear in mind this is quite a heavy read due to its content but it’s actual length is not.

The two protagonists are completely different and though there’s not much to like about Jeff, it is possible to see why he has dipped into Leonora’s mind repeatedly.

Leonora is certainly the more sympathetic of the two characters, an unwilling host to a man whose thoughts have no place in her mind. She’s a woman who has loved animals and had a curiosity of sciences and anatomy, a woman that like many during her time, were ‘progressive’ in their wants knowledge. Still, she enjoys the simple life she’s had at her Father’s home and though Edinburgh has some interesting aspects, it’s still home she yearns for.

With everything she goes through, you truly want her to be free in every sense of the word, from Jeff, from expectations, from her family’s desires, and it’s her that I cheered for while reading.

The difficult premise though was put in a tasteful manner, because, unfortunately people like Jeff [and people much worse than Jeff] are a reality. I thought his story’s ending was completely fitting for him, and I didn’t hate him, but I certainly had a hard time sympathizing with him. That being said, the choices he made were in attempt to be something different than what he was and that was something to think about.

One of my favorite things Meyer did was to make this a spine tingling read, you felt like there was something always just out of sight, and it’s the sort of tension I like in a ‘scarier’ book.

A great read, but again, a heavy one. I give it four cups of coffee and if you think you can handle the premise, I recommend it, especially with October approaching if you want a spooky read.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review

 

About the Author

 

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Angela Meyer’s Joan Smokes won the inaugural Mslexia Novella Competition in 2019. Her short fiction has been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. By day she works as a publisher for Echo Publishing, an Australian imprint of Bonnier Books UK, and in this role has discovered and developed a range of award-winning, globally published and bestselling talent, including global number one bestselling author Heather Morris. A Superior Spectre, Angela’s debut novel, is already shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.

 

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