September was quite a busy month, and not entirely in a good way. The laptop which I do pretty much everything on got sick – its screen started to constantly flicker, and that in turn resulted in a lot of headaches. I’ve been trying to get it fixed, but the first attempt turned out to be temporary, so it’s currently back in the shop. Goodness knows when I’ll get it back this time, as we discovered the individual we put our trust into isn’t so professional, if getting drunk and / or high during working hours is anything to go by. So I’ve been using a friend’s machine. I don’t have access to it all the time, so things are definitely awkward right now!
Anyway, the month wasn’t all bad. There was a lot going on behind the scenes since I decided to make October a big deal. It’s brought a lot of stress, as I’ve never done anything like it, but it will be worth it. It’s also official:
Halloween on Red Lace Reviews begins tomorrow!
I also lent a hand to Ladies of Horror Fiction. It’s an amazing project which I fully support, and I can only apologise for my recent absence. Seriously, the amount of work put into it all blows my mind, and I hope I can continue to do my part when I’m able to. Much love to the ladies.
Suspended in Dusk II by Simon Dewar – After reaching out to Grey Matter Press, I was given the opportunity to review this anthology, which is the second by Simon Dewar, the first being Suspended in Dusk. I enjoyed it a lot, with the tales by Paul Tremblay, Nerine Dorman and Dan Rabarts being only a few of my favourites. You can read my full review here.
Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell – I was a bit late in receiving this ARC by Flame Tree Press, but there’s a reason for that! It just so happens to be a surprise, so I won’t go into the details. Originally published in 2015, I found some truly great scenes in this book, but there were particular elements that just didn’t work for me. My full review will be posted in October.
The Toy Thief by D.W. Gillespie – This was the first Flame Tree Press ARC I truly didn’t like, despite there being some interesting aspects, such as the Thief-creature itself. The main character however didn’t appeal to me, as I found her to be almost intolerable. Of course, I’d suggest everyone to give it a chance, as all opinions can differ. You can read my full review here.
The House by the Cemetery by John Everson – Similar to my previous read of an Everson novel, I found this latest work to be an average experience. It was entertaining, yet the sheer amount of characters to keep up with proved awkward and too much of a challenge. You can read my full review here.
How was September for you?