Author: Melody E McIntyre

Epeolatry Book Review: Holy Ghost Road by John Mantooth

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Title: Holy Ghost Road
Author: John Mantooth
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 20th December, 2022

Synopsis: Some roads are haunted by the past. Some by ghosts. Some are even haunted by demons. The one Forest must travel is haunted by all three.

When she discovers Pastor Nesmith praying to a demonic entity in her family’s barn, Forest knows she must run. Enraged at the possibility of having his true allegiance exposed, Nesmith pursues Forest as she flees on foot, hoping to reach the one person who will believe her—her grandmother. Unfortunately, Granny is forty miles away, and Forest has no car, no phone, and no friends. To reach her, Forest will have to learn to see the world true, even as the demonic and the sacred wage war for her soul.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Wicked Blood by E. C. Hanson

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Title: Wicked Blood
Author: E. C. Hanson
Publisher: Demain Publishing
Genre: Horror 
Release Date: 6th May, 2022

Synopsis: After the unexpected death of their parents, three teenagers must fend for themselves in a farmhouse. Marina, the lone daughter of the Florin family, assumes the reins of the family. But her brothers start to display weird habits and their penchant for violence gets out of control. Will Marina be able to contain them or will she submit to their power in an attempt to prolong her young life?

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Epeolatry Book Review: Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Title: Children of Memory
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Tor
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: November 8th, 2022

Synopsis: Earth is failing. In a desperate bid to escape, the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carry its precious human cargo to a potential new Eden. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

 

Then Liff, Holt’s granddaughter, hears whispers that the strangers in town aren’t from neighbouring farmland. That they possess unparalleled technology – and that they’ve arrived from another world . But not all questions are so easily answered, and their price may be the colony itself…

 

Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies, and the unmissable follow-up to Children of Time and Children of Ruin.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Title: Children of Ruin
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Pan Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: September 8th, 2020

Synopsis: It has been waiting through the ages. Now it’s time.

 

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.

 

Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.

 

But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it’s been waiting for them.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Title: Children of Time
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Pan Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: May 19th, 2016

Synopsis: The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

 

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

 

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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What Do Readers Enjoy About Stephen King?

I don’t remember my first Stephen King book. I know I started in my teens after a close friend’s recommendation and quickly became hooked. King was my favourite author and dominated my reading time. Even though lately I’ve diversified and expanded my reading list, I never go too long without reading (or re-reading) one of his books.

My love for King’s writing is not unique. His books include 65 novels and over 200 short stories and have sold over 400 million copies. King has nicknamed regular readers like me his “Constant Readers,” and in 1981, when Cujo became his fifth consecutive best-seller in a row, people joked he could publish his laundry list, and it would top the charts. When people crack this joke at me, I tell them I would buy it in hardcover and paperback. 

What is it about Stephen King’s writing that we constant readers love so much? Why do we keep coming back? Everyone has their individual reasons, but here are four that keep me reading.

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Epeolatry Book Review: This is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: This is Where We Talk Things Out
Author: Caitlin Marceau
Publisher: DarkLit Press
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Release Date: 21st, September, 2022

Synopsis: This Is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau, author of Palimpsest: A Collection of Contemporary Horror, follows the gut-wrenching journey of Miller and her estranged mother, Sylvie, who have always had a tense relationship.

After Miller’s father dies, she agrees to a girls’ vacation away from the city to reconnect with the only family she has left. Although she’s eager to make things work, Miller can’t help but worry that her mother is seeing their countryside retreat as a fun weekend getaway instead of what it really is: a last-ditch effort to repair their relationship.

Unfortunately, that quickly becomes the least of Miller’s problems.

Sylvie’s trapped in the past and if Miller’s not careful, she will be too. A cross between Stephen King’s Misery and Stephanie Wrobel’s Darling Rose Gold, This Is Where We Talk Things Out explores the horror of familial trauma, mother-daughter relationships, and what happens when we don’t let go.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Arch-Conspirator
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Mythology
Release Date: 21st, February, 2023

Synopsis: Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but Antigone’s parents were murdered, leaving her father’s throne vacant. As her militant uncle Kreon rises to claim it, all Antigone feels is rage. When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest.

But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

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