From The Shadows III: Shadow Folk

From The Shadows Ch 3

Welcome to the third chapter of my free, serialized horror novel, From The Shadows. I’d like to apologize for getting this up here a week later than I said I would. Hopefully, the extra wait will have been worth it.

Enjoy!

If you’re new to the story, just click HERE to read Chapter One: The Kidnapper.

From The Shadows

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Chapter III: Shadow Folk

“Well,” said Frank as he parked, “here we are.”

Sitting in the front passenger seat, Lexi looked at the house they’d be starting in. She played out an imaginary realtor’s pitch in her mind. It’s missing shingles, has termite damage and probably won’t survive a moderate gust of wind, but take a good look around. This place will make you the envy of your neighbors. You’ll never–absolutely never–get a more-affordable opportunity to have the best house in the neighborhood. She narrowed her eyes. It really was the best-looking house here, at least the best she’d seen since they’d pulled into the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Book Review: Deadman’s Tome – Monsters Exist

Hi there everyone.

Due to some technical difficulties, the upload schedule for chapter three of From The Shadows has been set back by a week, meaning that instead of being finished and uploaded on the 17th, it’ll be uploaded on the 24th instead (God willing).

While I won’t be able to access my computer for long periods of time this week, I thankfully found enough time to do this little review. I hope you all enjoy it, and I hope you consider giving this ‘tome’ a look.

What would make a serial killer stop dead in his tracks, terrified? What could drive a man to serve the entities that slaughtered his mother when he was a child? What kind of story could you possibly expect to get from the synopsis, “Willy Wonka meets Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son“?

The answers to these and other questions await you in the horror anthology, Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist. Continue reading

Book Review: The Wobbit by Paul A. Erickson

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Most of the stuff I’ve uploaded here has been either horror or talking about horror, so I thought I’d change things up a bit with this next post.

The following review was originally posted on Goodreads about two years ago. While a lot can change in just two years, my high opinion of this book has stayed the same.

Keep in mind that this is not a review of Harvard Lampoon’s Hobbit spoof of the same name. To date, I haven’t read that one. It might be just as excellent, but if you want the book I’m about to talk about, make sure you get the Paul Erickson book instead.

Tolkien was no Stephen King; the novels published in his lifetime never exceeded single digits. Sooner or later, most Tolkien fans find themselves in the midst of this particular crisis: what do you do once you’ve finished reading his books but are still craving more? How do you revisit his magnificent worlds while keeping things fresh and interesting?

You might try reading one of the derivative knock-offs that came out in the ’70s or ’80s, or you might dig into The History of Middle Earth and read the early (and sometimes vastly different) drafts of Tolkien’s stories…or you might opt to revisit Tolkien’s work in the form of parody.

That brings me to The Wobbit by Mr. Paul A. Erickson. This book not only let me revisit one of the crowning achievements of fantasy literature but had me laughing out loud all the way through. Continue reading