Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen

beatrysel cover artBeatrysel, by Johnny Worthen, is a very interesting novel.  Set in Portland, Oregon, it centers around dark and occult deaths caused, if not by the self-made Mage Julian Cormac, then by someone close to him.

Julian has just come out of a drug-filled stupor prescribed by his psychiatrist after he exited a mental hospital to find that something is very wrong.  His friends the Crabs, so called because they frequent a quaint bookshop called the Crabtree, are being targeted by a serial killer that kills by luring their victims to their deaths by Magick. Continue reading “Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen”

The Longest Con Book Review

longest-con-coverThe Longest Con, by Michaelbrent Collings, is a book that Michaelbrent obviously wrote for himself.  The premise is this: at comic conventions, people come dressed up as monsters.  Well, monsters come dressed up as people, too, and in order to keep the body count down authors are hired to keep the monsters in their place.  Michaelbrent is one of those authors in this first-person narrative, called a Warder, and his job is to investigate monsters that are causing mayhem at the cons. Continue reading “The Longest Con Book Review”

The Devil in Silver

devil in silver coverThe Devil in Silver, by Victor Lavalle, is a book I found in the unlikeliest of places: the dollar store.  Now, some of you may be going, “Oh Ellie, you didn’t grab a Dollar Tree book, did you?  All of those are castoffs with no real value.”  To which I reply, “Pooh pooh, some of these books are real gems lost to the tragedy of poor publicity and marketing.”

Now, there are some books that I find at the Dollar Tree that I absolutely love, and others are so-so.  This one’s a mix of good and so-so.  So…at least I only paid a dollar for this four hundred-plus page book. Continue reading “The Devil in Silver”