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Epeolatry Book Review: A Blackness Absolute by Caitlin Marceau

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Title: A Blackness Absolute
Author: Caitlin Marceau
Publisher: Ghost Orchid Press
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 21st, February, 2023
Synopsis: A Blackness Absolute is a collection of short horror stories by up-and-coming Canadian author Caitlin Marceau. The collection takes in uncertainties of perception, feelings of vulnerability—to the weather, the natural world, the tenuousness of sanity—and mixes these elements with a strong sense of history and folklore. From the title piece, which evokes the pure claustrophobic terror of becoming lost and disoriented in a cave-system, to the final tale, Doireann, where a woman performs unusual funeral rites in a starving community, each story layers ambiguities to create an unnerving effect that will get under your skin.

If you love great storytelling, creepy atmospherics, and stories that instil a sense of dread that will return to you in the dead of night, then you’re sure to find something to enjoy in this masterful collection. These stories will linger long after you close the book.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Title: The Man in the High Castle
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Mariner Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: October 1962
Synopsis: It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In this world, we meet characters like Frank Frink, a dealer of counterfeit Americana who is himself hiding his Jewish ancestry; Nobusuke Tagomi, the Japanese trade minister in San Francisco, unsure of his standing within the bureaucracy and Japan’s with Germany; and Juliana Frink, Frank’s ex-wife, who may be more important than she realizes.

These seemingly disparate characters gradually realize their connections to each other just as they realize that something is not quite right about their world. And it seems as though the answers might lie with Hawthorne Abendsen, a mysterious and reclusive author, whose best-selling novel describes a world in which the US won the War… The Man in the High Castle is Dick at his best, giving readers a harrowing vision of the world that almost was.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Bond: Elemental Book One by Xavier Axelson

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Title: The Bond
Author: Xavier Axelson
Publisher:  JMS Books, LLC
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 1st, October, 2022

Synopsis: Four men are about to discover things are definitely not what they seem … including themselves.

Declan Makavoy, small town farmer and single father, finds out it isn’t just his thumb that’s green. Ivan Soresceau, a local reporter, who always plays with fire in life and love, is about to discover what it means to be burned. Chester Silberglocke, the ailing but sage chiropractor, finds his death is only the beginning of an atmospheric afterlife. And Vinny Pirelli, the local swimming champ, may make waves in the pool but has no idea he is the last piece in a dangerous and life-changing puzzle.

Seduction and unearthly occurrences are only the beginning in what proves to be a race against time as Declan, Ivan, Chester, and Vinny are pitted against a dark force and face unthinkable horrors as they rely on their friendship to destroy an evil beyond imagination.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

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Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Anchor Books
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 6th, April, 1974
Synopsis: Stephen King’s legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America’s favorite writers 

Unpopular at school and subjected to her mother’s religious fanaticism at home, Carrie White does not have it easy. But while she may be picked on by her classmates, she has a gift she’s kept secret since she was a little girl: she can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. Her ability has been both a power and a problem. And when she finds herself the recipient of a sudden act of kindness, Carrie feels like she’s finally been given a chance to be normal. She hopes that the nightmare of her classmates’ vicious taunts is over . . . but an unexpected and cruel prank turns her gift into a weapon of horror so destructive that the town may never recover.
 

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Epeolatry Book Review: Red Team Blues by Cory Doctorow

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Title: Red Team Blues
Author: Scott Harper
Publisher:  Tor Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Technothriller
Release Date: 25th April, 2023

Synopsis: New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow’s Red Team Blues is a grabby next-Tuesday thriller about cryptocurrency shenanigans that will awaken you to how the world really works.

Martin Hench is 67 years old, single, and successful in a career stretching back to the beginnings of Silicon Valley. He lives and roams California in a very comfortable fully-furnished touring bus, The Unsalted Hash, that he bought years ago from a fading rock star. He knows his way around good food and fine drink. He likes intelligent women, and they like him back often enough.

Martin is a—contain your excitement—self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerilla war between people who want to hide money, and people who want to find it. He knows computer hardware and software alike, including the ins and outs of high-end databases and the kinds of spreadsheets that are designed to conceal rather than reveal. He’s as comfortable with social media as people a quarter his age, and he’s a world-level expert on the kind of international money-laundering and shell-company chicanery used by Fortune 500 companies, mid-divorce billionaires, and international drug gangs alike. He also knows the Valley like the back of his hand, all the secret histories of charismatic company founders and Sand Hill Road VCs. Because he was there at all the beginnings. He’s not famous, except to the people who matter. He’s made some pretty powerful people happy in his time, and he’s been paid pretty well. It’s been a good life.

Now he’s been roped into a job that’s more dangerous than anything he’s ever agreed to before—and it will take every ounce of his skill to get out alive.

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Epeolatry Book Review: A Cleansing of the Blood: An Anton the Undying Story Collection by Scott Harper

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Title: A Cleansing of the Blood: An Anton the Undying Story Collection
Author: Scott Harper
Publisher:  Input/Output Enterprises
Genre: Occult
Release Date: 5th December, 2022

Synopsis: Anton, the vampire enforcer of North America, returns in his second collection by Scott Harper. Hoping to protect those he loves, Anton seeks a way to quench his red thirst once and for all. Along the way, Anton must contend with new and more powerful foes, both old and young. Anton will compete with his deadliest foes yet and it will take everything and everyone he’s got to save his unlife.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Rise of the Mages by Scott Drakeford

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Title: Rise of the Mages
Author: Scott Harper
Publisher:  Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 8th, February, 2023

Synopsis:Scott Drakeford’s epic fantasy debut, Rise of the Mages combines gripping, personal vengeance with compelling characters for an action packed first book in a trilogy.

Emrael Ire wants nothing more than to test to be a weapons master. His final exam will be a bloody insurrection, staged by corrupt nobles and priests, that enslaves his brother.

With the aid of his War Master tutor, herself an undercover mage, Emrael discovers his own latent and powerful talents.

To rescue his brother, Emrael must embrace not only his abilities as a warrior but also his place as last of the ancient Mage Kings—for the Fallen God has returned.

And he is hungry.

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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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