Brian Moreland; Blood Sacrifices
Before entering the world that was created by our author make sure that you are not of the squeamish type, easily frightened or the sight of blood makes cower because before all is said and done you might not realize what is happening to you as you enter the abandoned Belvins House, feel the spirits rising, see what dead bodies, smell the stench and understand that you could be next. As Abigail Blackwood enters the Armadillo covered in blood and looking like she is seriously injured what Sheriff Travis Keegan is about to learn will make his blood curdle, your body shiver as we get to know Abigail and meet the witches of the coven, learn more about them and what happens when the Sheriff decides to investigate what is happening in this house will help you understand why you should never go unprotected when witches are involved and the power of Lenore. Weed, drugs, ceremonies, blood splattered all over the place and when Abigail is treated at the hospital for what looks like wounds you won’t believe what they uncover until the Sheriff and his deputy decide to enter the house, find out what is hiding behind closed doors and witnesses something that froze them on the spot. When the police finally arrived what they found was the most horrific sight that I cannot describe to you as well as the author’s graphic description of what appears to be a hanging. The Girl from the Blood Coven is just the tip of the cold blood iceberg as you reenter the Witching House but not before one young child is rescued and now oversees the house forty years later and it’s his job to make sure that no one enters, keeps it locked, does whatever the house orders him to do and hopefully will protect the four young people that are about to enter the house hoping to learn more about it, take photos and videos for their website but what they find will terrify you and who brings them there appears harmless until you hear the voice of Lenore, find out what she wants to feed her hunger, understand why her son worships her even as a ghost and what happens when Dean, Sarah, Casey and Meg enter The Witching House. The scenes are graphic, the tension is high and the fear within each character real as both Dean and Sarah fight their own fears, fight a demon and hopefully will survive what someone has planned for them? The house is hungry and hopes to feed on all four young people but who can stop what someone has started and so brilliantly crafted by the author giving readers a spellbinding story filled with twists, turns and bloody surprises that will make you shiver and shudder. The ending of this story is terrifying and the fear within both Sarah and Dean as high as high-octane gas and both fight for survival as the witches come to life, ghosts rise and the Witching House comes alive. But, who will leave or who will pay the price of interfering with what the house wants?
Darkness Rising begins with a prologue that is quite graphic and proves just as scary as the other two stories as murders are described, bodies are mutilated and we meet Marty Weaver and his girlfriend Jennifer. He meets three killers who thrive on using vicious and sadistic games on their prey and Marty’s past are uncovered as the blood pours out, the pain is real and the victim count is high. Marty is a vulnerable character that is a poet who loves to express himself in words and at the start of the story we meet him mowing the lawn of a college. Fearful, bullied and yet finally
Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering. While living under a bridge with the homeless, journalist Daniel Finley witnessed something that nearly cost him his sanity. Now, with a book published about the experience, he’s caught between the Irish mafia and a deranged cult preparing to shed blood on the street.
However, Marty has a special place where he likes to write his poetry but there are some that would mock him and as a result something snaps within him, causes him to expose himself and the end result changes it all for him as he crosses over to the other side but not the way you would think. Bullied, injured, insulted and finally snapping he loses more than just a simple fight but what happens to those that cause him to snap has yet to be revealed.
Marty Weaver has a dark side similar to that of Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego Mr. Hyde. Both want different lives as Jekyll turns into this mad man Marty has his own alter ego who guides him into doing things that he normally would not do before. Those that wronged him just might pay for their deeds in a serious and violent way. But, will this make him happy and dealing with his father in prison and coming to terms with what happened to him at the hands of others when young and the three who claimed to be making films in the present you won’t believe who gets their just desserts. The ending is quite graphic and the dark side of many rises as you feels the heat and anger within both Marty, his father and many others who go against his alter ego until something snaps. Take the trip back to his past and find out his fate in the present and what happens when Marty Weaver decides to take matters into his own hands but you won’t believe how. His poetry that is shared is beautiful and helps you understand his love for Jennifer and his rage at the same time as the author shares the two sides of Marty through his writing. Darkness Rising: Find out who will finally if anyone sees the light.
Daniel Finley is a journalist that has been living under a bridge for two years researching a story about the homeless and their lives. Getting to know a small group of them and assimilating himself into their lives and their community he realizes the importance of why it is necessary to get them help and the needed services and jobs to get their lives back. But, not everyone down there was there for the same purpose and when a group of vagrants that called themselves The Seekers invaded their space under the bridge things and events spiraled out of control, darkness descended and the light started to once again dim as this cult took over and drew people in from Daniel’s side in a sadistic and yet methodical and well thought out way. Just who was this leader of this cult and why was he so powerful in drawing crowds of people to him? Why are these homeless people so vulnerable and how did he make them not only part of his plan but also afraid to defy him? What happens when he tries to draw Daniel to his side? What does Daniel realize and what does he keep reciting in order to evade his clutches? But, as Daniel completes his time there and writes his story the author moves ahead two years and the events he describes as Daniel finds someone special in his life, wants to reunite with his father and return the money he loaned him in the past, something snaps within so many, the leader of The Seekers returns and the end result is pasts come to the present, darkness descends upon him, the truth about his father comes to light and Daniel has some hard and fast choices to make? Will he join the cult or the gang that threatens his every being in order to satisfy these people and keep alive? Will he stand his ground? All four stories are about revenge, retribution and the main characters finding a way out of the darkness and into the safety of the light. Certain crimes deserve punishment the author states and the decisions made by Daniel, Marty, Sarah, Dean, Casey and Meg will bear consequences that only they can decide are worth it at the end when choices are everything in this novel and the end results will create and cause more Blood Sacrifices.
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ Magazine