It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Christmas is a small chink of light at the end of what has been a horribly brutal year. Everyone could do with some help and positivity so Kendall Reviews will be helping to push a variety of authors and publishers over the next few weeks.
As well as all our usual promotions, Kendall Reviews have banners at the end of all of our daily posts and I’ll be showcasing these at the end of each week, with today being this first. These predominately feature authors/books but publishers are more than welcome to send a banner in.
From next week, I’ll be showcasing several publishers, with a Christmas Selection Box that I hope the Fiends of Kendall Reviews will support and pick a few choice titles that take their fancy.
Please support the authors & publishers listed over the next few weeks, if you do decide to buy something then please tweet out about it. Just a quick post saying which title you bought and don’t forget to tag me (@gjkendall) and I can help spread the word. If you can also leave a review either on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter that means so much to everyone. Even a one-line review or just a star rating can make a huge difference to a book’s sales.
Together let’s PROMOTE HORROR
Johnny Lycan & The Anubis Disk: Wayne Turmel
Johnny Lupul is riding high. He’s got a PI license, a concealed carry permit, his first big payday and a monster of a secret. After rescuing a bookie’s daughter from Russian mobsters, the newbie PI catches the attention of a rich, mysterious client.
At first, it’s easy money. After all, magic isn’t real and those “occult” objects have to be fakes. But while chasing an ancient relic, an obsessed enemy from his past emerges. Johnny learns that the world is much stranger—and more dangerous—than he ever suspected.
Malignant forces dwell in Egyptian artifacts, Romani superstition is fact, and being a werewolf may be the most normal thing he has to face on this case.
Different Beasts: J.R. McConvey
A bear runs amok in a luxury hotel.
A daily swim at the local pool becomes a question of life or death.
The champion of a border wall faces an unexpected adversary.
The twelve stories in Different Beasts ask what it means to be both human and monster. Shape-shifting waifs, haunted stuffies, scavenging drones, insectoid demon-gods, and mutant angels all come to life in this wildly imagined debut. As do broken soldiers, disgraced politicians, tired parents, ogres and children, opportunists, and desperate survivors — human beasts each struggling with the animalian aspects of their nature. In this wild, fantastical, viscerally memorable debut, J.R. McConvey explores the power dynamics that undergird social relationships and crystallize into structures of fealty and worship, fear and control, aspiration and desire.
Haunted – Perron Manor: Lee Mountford
Sisters Sarah and Chloe inherit a house they could never have previously dreamed of owning. It seems too good to be true.
Shortly after they move in, however, the siblings start to notice strange things: horrible smells, sudden drops in temperature, as well as unexplainable sounds and feelings of being watched.
All of that is compounded when they find a study upstairs, filled with occult items and a strange book written in Latin.
Their experiences grow more frequent and more terrifying, building towards a heart-stopping climax where the sisters come face to face with the evil behind Perron Manor. Will they survive and save their very souls?
Banished: Lou Yardley
Welcome to the monstrous world of Venari. Try not to get eaten.
Elkbury is an idyllic village, hidden away in a rural area of pseudo-medieval Venari. It’s a place free of death and disease due to a mysterious ceremony called the Banishment. It’s a secret system that has worked well for decades. But, secrets rarely stay secret forever. When Hedwin’s grandmother is about to undertake her own Banishment, he and his best friend Laura Beth decide to find out what their beloved Anastasia is about to experience.
Just like disease, murder has no place in Elkbury, but it has wormed its way in. Wren Goodwort takes it upon herself to find the mysterious killer and clear her name in the process.
Soon Wren, Hedwin, Laura Beth, and the rest of the villagers are thrown together to fight for their lives as deadly, monstrous, and hungry secrets are uncovered and Elkbury’s delicate balance is destroyed.
“Banished” will introduce you to your new favourite monsters; some human, some not.
The Skin Factory: Lucas Pederson
Chase is trapped in a netherworld factory where he’s forced to build human bodies for dark beings known as the Wardens to infiltrate our world. When Chase overhears a plan to infect humanity with soul eating spores called the obsidious, he escapes the Factory to save his mom and sister, Andi. Only there’s a mix-up and Chase accidentally possesses a girl’s body to escape in.
In our world, his mom is confined to an asylum, while Andi has already been infected with the obsidious. If Chase can purge the stuff from Andi, convince her he’s really her brother, maybe they can save their mom. But whatever is locked inside the asylum might be the very evil Chase came back to save them from.
And it’s been expecting him…