Monthly Archives: July 2012

Short Reads: Enjoy over a Cup of Tea or Coffee

The below stories are not only short enough to fit in around a busy schedule, but they’re also free!

Crimson by L.H. Cosway
For any Tegan’s Blood fans, the short novella, Crimson will keep you nicely tied over until the third book in the series comes out.
The fabulous Tegan’s Blood and Tegan’s Return are told from Tegan’s point of view, but if you ever wondered what was running through Ethan’s mind the first time he met her, read Crimson, right now.  Romanian vampire, Ethan Cristescu quite fancies the lonely looking, dark haired beauty who wanders into a private area of his club one evening.  Tegan smells like the sun and he is determined to find out why and get to know her, in every way possible!!   It was great to delve inside Ethan’s mind and find out what he was thinking when he first set eyes on Tegan.
What are you waiting for? It’s free from Smashwords now.


Green Lake by John Raab and Donald Allen Kirch
Green Lake, California is a small town hung up on urban legends and curses. It was the first town in America to burn a witch at the stake, and that particular witch vowed to get her revenge centuries later. In this short story, the first of what the writers say will be an ongoing series similar to a TV show, we meet Joe and Mary Barrett, an old married couple arguing over breakfast.  Looks like it’s revenge time and there will be hell to pay for the townsfolk!                                                                                      I read this in ten minutes and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next part.
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Second Honeymoon by Mark Souza
I previously read Souza’s excellent short, horror story “Appliances Included” so I had to go back for more.  He’s a skilled storyteller and Second Honeymoon didn’t disappoint.
Jack Duncan can’t wait to get his hands on the life insurance payout after his wife dies, but he’s not too happy to learn she changed the terms of the policy.  Instead of money, Jack receives a clone of his deceased spouse.  Too bad he was the one who offed his wife in the first place.
Free from Smashwords.

Have you read any good short story lately?


Film Review: The Innkeepers (Haunted Hotel Story with Charm)

 This one features Sara Paxton again, one of the actors who starred in Enter: Nowhere alongside Scott Eastwood. She has an 80s, wholesome look about her (she reminds me of the girl from The Nanny and Beethoven) that goes with the quaint decor of The Yankee Pedlar Inn where this movie is set.  In fact, the film was actually shot in the real life Yankee Pedlar Inn.

The creepy opening music, and black and white photos of the old guesthouse reeled me in right away.  Claire (Paxton) and nerdy Luke (Pat Healy) are manning the desk of this quiet, New England inn on its last weekend before it’s shut down for good.  Luke is busy setting up a website dealing with hauntings. He and Claire want to prove the existence of the ghost of Madeline O’ Malley who is said to haunt the place.  Keeping them company is Kelly McGillis, a guest at the inn.  She’s a former actress/turned psychic healer and is barely recognisable in this film.  McGillis has changed a lot since her Top Gun and Witness days.

The inn looks every inch like an old fashioned, haunted hotel. If I ever get to New England, I’ll be looking it up. The setting can’t be faulted but the slow pacing can.  I waited for ages for something to happen and when it did, it wasn’t very exciting.  This isn’t really a horror or a ghost story. It’s an old school drama with a few scares and some humour.  Even the music score is playful rather than scary.   For the most part, this is a pretty aimless film with very little action, mirroring the characters who are stuck in life and don’t know what to do with themselves when they finish this job.  We feel their boredom with the monotony of the hotel job and life in general.  If you worked the front desk of a near empty inn with only one co-worker for company and you pretty much had the run of the place, wouldn’t you start talking about ghosts and going looking for one just to relieve the boredom? I know I would.

While the third act did pack some scares, overall not much happens, but saying that, this is a nice film with lots of charm and I adored the setting. ***

So, seen any good haunted house/hotel movies lately?