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Joe is an incredible author in that he introduces you into the life of his characters and makes you care about what happens to them, through their accomplishments and defeats. He also has a way of slowly increasing the tension until like those shock scenes in the movies you tend to jump in your seat. Each word he chooses is the best word for the situation. There is no wasted time in his stories and DOG DAYS is no exception. He takes this specific genre and makes it his own. This isn’t the old Wolfman stories with Lon Chaney Jr., or the Hammer Studio and Universal tales. Joe uses the lycanthropic story of the beast from history and then surrounds it with modern day locales. Instead of the British Moors, Joe places locale in the swamps around the coastal part of Texas. The creature himself is not the anthropomorphic monster we are used to but more like an outcast of society.
This is one of the great things about reading Joe McKinney’s works. He takes the mundane and familiar and makes it extraordinary and exotic. DOG DAYS is no exception. This is a novella at 127 pages but then you get to add a story from Sanford Allen, a master craftsman in his own rights and you have a book that will make your nights sweaty and uneasy. Just the reason I read horror!
“Deadly Passage” is the debut novel of Sanford Allen, but you would never guess it by the story. “Deadly Passage” takes place during the despicable days of the slave trade, during which African tribal battles yielded many native Africans to be sold into slavery in America. But when the Lombard sets sail from the African shore, it carries more than just the 40 African natives in its hold. A vile, evil creature of uncertain origin has snuck aboard to prey upon both the Africans and the white crew members. The lone black crewman is trusted by neither the rest of the crew, nor by the Africans in the hold. The frightful appearance of dead bodies almost every morning soon has the entire ship in an uproar, as they try to understand what is happening, and how it is happening. “Deadly Passage” is quite captivating (no pun intended), in spite of its fictional involvement in the shameful slave trade. Although one would be hard pressed to say “Deadly Passage” has a happy ending, it does end in a satisfactory manner which readers will find to be both tragic and just.
I strongly urge readers of horror stories to get this Double-Down deal while it’s still available. Both stories are excellent, the horror is real but not grotesque, and the conclusion of each manages to not only wrap up the story nicely, but to also leave open the possibility of a sequel.
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Dog Days and Deadly Passage are from Journal Stone Publishing's Double Down series.Read more