Here we have a request from my friend Autobot, who has a love of Cryptozoology; this review is for you kid.
Loch, nicknamed after the famous Loch Ness Monster, is fascinated by legendary sea life and the expeditions he and his sister get to join the there dad on. There dad, Sam Perkins, is a big marine biologist who is sadly working for a dick named Cavenger who is obsessed with capturing a monster of his own. During a expedition to a quiet lake, prehistoric beasts are discovered, the most powerful of which kills a cameraman. While picnicking, Loch and his sister Zaidee uncover a baby creature they call Wee Beastie, a friendly, playful creature that means no harm. Cavenger is on the warpath, assembling a stock of high powered munitions to gun the creatures down. Can Loch, Zaidee, and Cavenger’s daughter Sarah save the creatures before it’s too late…
Loch is a pretty short and sweet book meant for younger folks between I’d say ages 8-13. There are a surprising amount of gory deaths that younger readers will find cool that aren’t overly graphic. The main characters are fun and the story is overall pretty solid; I like that it doesn’t sequel bait, unlike something like this made in modern day would be. The pacing of the book is good, only taking me two days to finish reading it. In the end it’s a solid monster book I’d recommend for younger folks. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Full disclosure right now, there is a decent technical difficulty about half way through but I carried on. Still, here is my second reading from the protocopy of my magnum opus and the announcement of my first release. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Pleasure is a subjective concept, as well as happiness, love, and arousal. The Cenobites are the embodiments of pleasure and pain that are summoned by solving the puzzle of the Lament Configuration. Deformed, cold hearted, and kept in a constant state of agony the Cenobites’s purpose is to present the solver of the box with ultimate joy. I love how much gravity accompanies them both in the The Hellbound Heart novella and the original Hellraiser movie. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
There is a terrifying vulnerability that comes from being a kid and well, let’s face it, clowns can be pretty damn creepy to begin with. As long as the town of Derry, Maine has existed there has been a secret threat that feasts on mankind, loving fear and children. This threat is Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Pennywise comes from a race of shape-shifting, psychic spider creatures that grow power from the emotions of there victims, namely fear here. Pennywise was never my favorite until I started reading the book and saw the 2017 remake, but I was hooked. So, are you ready to float?
The Frankenstein monster is one of the most tragic figures in horror as well as a legend birthed from the nightmares of Mary Shelly. An experiment by Victor Frankenstein to create life from the dead, his monster is created from the corpses of several men sewn together and brought to life by a miracle. What puts the monster aside from the other classics is the pathos and loneliness of the monster. I love this story and the various designs inspired by such a legendary story. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
As much as I love Goosebumps , the original Scary Stories trilogy gave me and a bunch of kids nightmares in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I’m saying this right now, if you got younger kids and want to spook them out old school this Halloween, these book have you covered. With some surprisingly grisly tales throughout Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones and truly nightmarish artwork throughout. I admit, the kid in me went spastic when I saw the trailers for the movie and saw the ghouls and stories brought to life. Some tales that stuck out to me was the story of the girl with the terrible zit, the “wonderful” sausage, and a wedding game gone wrong. As an adult, I love to bring the treasury out which contains the trilogy and enjoy a good horror tale or 2 before bed. These books are a must read for horror fans of all ages and a fun thing that needs to be shared with the younger generations. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
We come to the final entry (so far) of Billy Kraser’s epic saga of intrigue, satire and dark secrets…ok, screw the pretenses. Buggy the Bug is about a bug that does bug stuff and may or may not be a surgeon in Cuba- I’m not allowed to say. The writer of such new age short humor stories as Sticks:A tool in Time , Sandwich?: the Ultimate Inquisition and the heart stopping read Plenty of Cones: Universal Utilities comes the last entry of his Earth’s Instruments Saga before his debut book coming next year. As I’ve said during all this young writer’s reviews, his humor isn’t for everyone but it’s a simple, fun quick read worth checking out- Amazon link below with the link to his GoFundMe. May the gaming gods bring you glory.