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Epeolatry Book Review: Lilith Rising by Stephanie Ellis & Shane Douglas Keene

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Lilith Rising
Author: Stephanie Ellis & Shane Douglas Keene
Publisher:  Independent
Genre: Dark Poetry
Release Date: 14th October, 2022

Synopsis: Like evolution itself, nothing about the story in these pages was born of a plan. It’s a collection of “What ifs.” The authors didn’t discuss the story in advance, they simply performed it.

The penultimate premise?

What if the biblical progenitors of humanity were bent on its eventual destruction?

The answer is here between these covers, in the form of a heavy-metal armageddon meltdown fueled by rage, passion, firepower, and hellfire. This is epic poetry like you’ve never read before—irreverent, gruesome, horrifying, heartrending. It will make you think, and it will clarify the meaning of the phrase:

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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Epeolatry Book Review: Unknowing, I Sink by Timothy G. Huguenin

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Unknowing, I Sink
Author: Timothy G. Huguenin
Publisher: Timothy G. Huguenin
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 1st, October, 2022

Synopsis: Julian finds a summer job cleaning a mansion belonging to Mr V, an eccentric recluse obsessed with arcane knowledge. The man’s grotesque, swollen appearance, caused by an unknown condition that keeps him bedridden, initially disturbs Julian. And those creepy terra cotta statues lurking in the shadows don’t help to ease his nerves. But the rich old man wants to pay him more than he ever imagined.

While Julian struggles to understand his new employer’s discursive monologues, a dreadful ache grows inside his chest. Where has this feeling come from? How is it that a statue’s blank stare can cloud his mind? And what bizarre and horrifying secrets will he discover when Mr V’s esoteric philosophies become manifest?

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Epeolatry Book Review: Sair Back, Sair Banes by Anthony Engebretson

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Title: Sair Back, Sair Bones
Author: Anthony Engebretson
Publisher: Ghost Orchid Press
Genre: Occult/Fantasy
Release Date: 11th May, 2022

Synopsis: A dark shape now stood in those choppy dark waters. A horse. A black one, large as she’d ever seen, with a mane that poured down its neck.
Genevieve hoped a trip to the Scottish village of Fonniskie would help her reconnect. But her vacation turns out to be less than relaxing: the nearby loch holds a dark secret, and Genevieve finds herself haunted by a relentless pursuer whose obsession means he will do anything to possess her—even kill.
Blending ancient folklore with modern alienation, Anthony Engebretson’s eerie debut novella will make you question what it really means to be human.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Undead Redhead by Rachel Roth

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Title: The Undead Redhead: The Girl in the Mall
Author: Rachel Roth
Publisher: House of Honor Books
Genre: Horror/Folklore
Release Date: 11th June, 2022

Synopsis:Her love has endured for over 2,500 years without signs of waning as she gathers cast-off children to call her own. The undead redheaded girl living in a Tennessee mall is something the world has not seen before or since. She turns the unwanted and the unloved into a family of the undead.

Follow her drawing of three disaffected and abused teens into her world. In a dark code of justice, they feast on the abusive and oppressive while fighting off all who get too close to the truth with ruthless savagery.

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Epeolatry Book Review: When Other People Saw Us, They Saw The Dead Edited by Lauren T. Davila

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Title: When Other People Saw Us, They Saw The Dead
Editor: Lauren T. Davila
Publisher: Haunt Publishing
Genre: Gothic
Release Date: May, 2022

Synopsis: A faceless man stalks a woman’s nightmares in Hollywood. A Kanontsistóntie is summoned to seek revenge in a monastery. A move from the projects to Manhattan leads to ominous shadows closing in. Two sisters discover a secret room in their farm, unearthing a sinister power.

When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead is an anthology of dark, unsettling writing from some of the most exciting contemporary BIPOC writers. Blending Gothic, horror, folklore, fantasy and fairy-tale, these eerie short stories will disturb, move and humour you. Death is ever-present in the pages of They Saw the Dead, blending with notions of home, memory, grief and belonging, as well as gentrification, white supremacy and colonisation.

Edited by Lauren T. Davila, They Saw the Dead explores what it is to be truly haunted.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Hardcore Kelli by Wrath James White

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Title: Hardcore Kelli
Author: Wrath James White
Publisher: Cemetery Dance
Genre: Horror/Superhero Science Fiction
Release Date: 29th March, 2022

Synopsis: Bullets whizzed past Katy as she dashed through the grass and weeds, and the maze of broken recreational vehicles, farm equipment, and other slowly oxidizing junk. She gripped the gleaming battle axe in both hands as she waded through gunfire, determined to reach her archnemesis and end his reign of terror forever. Murder Man stood in the doorway of the rundown mobile home, firing at will. She had found his lair. Now it was time to bring him to justice.
Katy hurdled the rusting skeleton of an old ’77 Ford Thunderbird like an Olympic gymnast. She had once been a cheerleader, a good one. Once upon a time she could do flips, handsprings, and somersaults with ease. That was so long ago it felt more like an ancient story from some dusty old history book than something that had actually occurred in her lifetime.
Like someone else’s life…

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Epeolatry Book Review: Dreadful Fancies by Christine Morgan

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Title: Dreadful Fancies
Author: Christine Moran
Publisher: Lycan Valley Press Publications
Genre: Steampunk
Release Date: 29th March, 2022

Synopsis: Welcome to the world of yesteryear’s world of tomorrow!

A world of inventions and intrigues, ingenious science and eldritch sorcery, mechanical marvels and magical mischief, daring exploration and dangerous adventure. A world powered by steam and teslic coils and etheric energies, where paranormalists ply their trade alongside constables and scholars and daffy dilettantes.

From the grim and gritty city to the bustling urban metrop … from the hardscrabble life in the factories to the high society of lavish country estates … from the airscrew-propelled platform of a flying industrial complex to the suboceanic travels of a nautilus expedition …

Welcome to a darkly delightful tour of Dreadful Fancies.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Piece by Piece by Daemon Manx

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Title: Piece by Piece
Author: Daemon Manx
Genre: Occult
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: 31st December, 2021

Synopsis: Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things, or a little extra concern for the frailty of the present moment to fully understand what makes life worth living. And sometimes, all it takes is a little shove in the right direction.
When Bobby Canfield was eleven years old, he received a message from a mysterious presence called Mac. The delivery of this message was through a Ouija board, and it would forever change Bobby’s life. After all, it’s not every day you find out when you are going to die.

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