Videodrone highlights some of Ben’s incredibly entertaining video reviews which are intelligently written and often packed with humour & innuendo. I hope you enjoy Ben’s work as much as I do.
Ben Walker presents…Videodrone
BW: This month’s Videodrone is a bit of a best-of, mostly because I’ve resolutely failed to produce a lot of videos this month. So please enjoy some of my favourite reviews from the past year!
EXTREME BOOK REVIEW
BW: A Very Sensible review.
Cockblock – C.V. Hunt
BW: This was a very 2019 kind of book, very timely in its subject matter and very disturbing to boot.
After the daily grind at their jobs all Sonya and Callie want is to enjoy a quiet night out together at a new restaurant. But making it to their reservation is proving to be a challenge.
A few men on the street near their destination verbally assault them. And the situation quickly escalates into a nightmare.
Once within the safety of the restaurant the two women discover it’s not just the men outside who’ve lost their minds, men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem.
A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate-filled message against women and it’s being delivered by the President. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.
AbraCadaver – Matt Drabble
BW: One of the first reviews I did this year, and notable for that guillotine gag.
Tommy, Dixon, McEwen, PJ, and Alison were always a close-knit group, childhood friends who stood strong against the world around them with the sort of unbreakable bond that only exists in the minds of children. That was until Tommy’s 12th birthday party. Obsessed with magic tragedy strikes when an illusion goes horribly wrong and a young woman lays dead leaving families screaming in horror.
A local magician Albert Trotter is railroaded during a rigged trial and locked away to soothe the fears of a shocked community. His crime was to marry the daughter of a local powerful man and use her as his assistant in his act. Forever protesting his innocence he is forced to pay the price to allow good-minded residents to sleep easy. After a vicious assault in prison, he is eventually sent to a mental institution in a catatonic state and a town breathed easy as his name becomes local legend.
Now Tommy is 36 and heading home for the first time in over two decades. Returning to settle his father’s estate and hoping to slip in and out of town unnoticed, but he’s not alone. Someone is slaughtering the residents of Denver Mills and holding those involved with the Trotter trial in a steely grip of fear.
Tommy will have to find the strength to bring his old friends together in order to solve the mystery and survive. Secrets and lies are exposed throughout the small town of his childhood as fractured relationships are put to the most extreme of tests. All of those that he once called friends now carry their own dark baggage, baggage that has followed them into adulthood scarring them all deeply.
Something evil is coming home, and they’re bringing a whole new bag of tricks.
Tales From The Crust – Edited By David James Keaton & Max Booth III
BW: I mean…if you haven’t seen it yet, you know why I like this one.
The toppings: Terror and torment.
The crust: Stuffed with dread and despair.
And the sauce: Well, the sauce is always red.
Whether you’re in the mood for a Chicago-style deep dish of darkness, or prefer a New York wide slice of thin-crusted carnage, or if you just have a hankering for the cheap, cheesy charms of cardboard-crusted, delivered-to-your-door devilry; we have just the slice for you.
Bring your most monstrous of appetites, because we’re serving suspense and horrors both chillingly cosmic and morbidly mundane from acclaimed horror authors such as Brian Evenson, Jessica McHugh, and Cody Goodfellow, as well as up-and-coming literary threats like Craig Wallwork, Sheri White, and Tony McMillen.
Tales from the Crust, stories you can devour in thirty minutes or less or the next one’s free. Whatever that means.
Earworm – Aaron Thomas Milstead
BW: Last of all, a new review from this month! In which I let a little friend do the talking.
1. A catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person’s mind
Ripley awakes with an earworm in his head. It starts with the songs, but now, it’s talking to him. “Call me Bogart,” the voice informs him. “And we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
2. An ancient parasite that uses humans as host
Ripley and his earworm, Bogart, are now in a race against time to save his family from the murderous clutches of an ancient alien race bent on enslaving mankind
After being diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease, losing his wife, and being deterred from visiting his only daughter, Ripley McCain doesn’t want anything more from life except to dull the pain until he finally dies. The universe, however, has a different plan for him. If the recent voice in his head is correct, Ripley has one more chance to be a father and husband, not to mention save mankind from a fate worse than death. Or perhaps he’s simply hallucinating, and this is all just symptoms of his medical condition. Either way, he’s going out with a bang.
Both horrific and heartwarming, Earworm is a bizarre tale of consciousness, ancient aliens, conspiracies, and a whole lot more!
Ben got a taste for terror after sneaking downstairs to watch The Thing from behind the sofa at age 9. He’s a big fan of extreme & bizarre horror and well as more psychological frights, and most things in between. When he’s not reading, he’s writing, and when he’s not writing he’s on twitter @BensNotWriting or reviewing books on his YouTube channel, BLURB.