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REAL HORROR: The Road Virus: Reading Is Infectious

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Good morning Boils and Ghouls. I have a special treat for you today that does not deal in horror movies, but rather horror books. Reading horror has always been a medium in the genre that I took a while to get into, but as soon as I met friends like Stephen King or R.L. Stine, horror took a new turn in my life: it became almost educational. After a crazy work week involving staying slightly later than being scheduled and finishing my application to school; [September 2017] I received an email from a fellow reader about something that he and his friend are doing. It is something I had never heard of and I am definitely backing them..as soon as I get paid next week.

Introducing The Road Virus: a mobile [fringe] bookstore with a specialty in horror. [now you’re talking!] Meet Em and Sade, two best friends who love books. It makes sense, as the two spent their childhood[s] in bookstores and libraries. With Sade being an author, and Em being a former librarian, the two set out on a course – a lifelong dream to own their very own bookstore[s]. However, due to their location, it became almost too difficult to do from scratch; especially for two people. So they came up with an idea: buy an ex-bookmobile and convert it into a full time living space and bookstore, which would in effect get rid of the need for pricey rent of space. The chance to combine the ideas of running their own bookstore as well as living in a self-sustainable manner is exceptional, and a really fantastic way of looking at things. Focusing on mainly horror, the duo also carry other genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, crime/thrillers, true crime, queer studies/lit, and more.There is, however, a catch. [isn’t there always?]

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The simple fact is that owning such a vehicle [bookmobile] is no cheap task: in their KickstarterSade and Em explain that they put a lot of money into their [lifelong] project, and I don’t mean just buying the bookmobile itself; we are talking about vehicle fixes, as well as stocking up on books themselves. [because they are bound to sell out fast!] They know exactly what they are planning, as well as having the massive drive – no pun intended, but doing something like this is no easy task. The biggest risk is a single point of failure; their home, business, and vehicle will all be in one place. Because of this, we fully intend on sharpening our personal mechanical and general home-repair skills. Not to mention that one of, if not the biggest challenges facing independent bookstores these days, is the constant growth of online stores like Amazon which has books are available almost immediately; not to mention they are shipped right to you at home!

So here’s my request: help out The Road Virus. I am not asking you to donate your life savings or even $100, but even just ten dollars [or anything you can offer] is plenty. The two involved, Sade and Em, are great people who deserve everything that they have planned. It is a great idea that needs to recognized, it will be an adventure that is for sure, but they understand the risks involved. Again, I will be helping them out as soon as I get paid [next Friday] and if you could help out as well, I – as well as The Road Virus – would be eternally grateful. Be sure to check out their Kickstarter as well as their Website for more information on the project. And if you are reading this Sade and Em, keep fighting the good fight – there is not enough of us horror/sci-fi fans who appreciate good literature. Thank you for everything you are doing/continue to do.

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Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! I’ve also been writing way more reviews on my Letterboxd account, this is because I’m trying to review every single movie I watch  – with each review [usually] posted the very next day after viewing! Are you interested yet? Check me out over there and click that “follow” button! I’m just bound to follow you back because I like reading other people’s thoughts on film, as well as writing reviews myself!

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[this is pretty relevant actually!]

THANKS FOR READING.

I’m still DWELLING on “Dwelling”: A REVIEW!

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[Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday but being exhausted from a week of work plus seeing family, it’s a day late. Sorry friends!]

A little while ago, a friend of mine [whom I met through the blogging community] had told me he was releasing a book called Dwelling. I was curious, and after a bit of talking, he sent me a copy to read. It’s not terribly long, sitting at just over 300 pages, but it’s a wild ride from start to finish. So without further ado, let’s change it up today and go from reviewing movies to books!

Our story today follows a group of childhood friends [now adults], who are physically and psychologically devastated by war… As we learn, a horrifying creature emerged from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith died in battle. Forced to leave, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the lonely town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house…and is unsettled by strange clicking-like sounds coming from the walls. Jonathan Steele attempts to drink the painful past away: he was wounded in battle and now suffers from PTSD. He wants [and even starts] to put the nightmare behind him, but when Ricky’s ghost comes to him with warnings about Maggie’s new house, he begins to question his sanity, and everything around him. Bobby Weeks is a now homeless veteran struggling with a werewolf-like curse. Afraid of bringing danger to those around him, he stays far away from those he loves. But after a full moon, a mysterious woman approaches him and reveals a vision about a house with a sinister presence, and he quickly realizes staying away might no longer be an option he has. Lastly, we have Minister Jake Williams, who has lost his faith on the battlefield, and will do anything to reconnect with God. He turns to vices to fill the religious void, but a church elder insists he take a sabbatical, and a ghost tells him to quit the ministry! When Maggie wakes in a strange subterranean cavern, she can’t deny that her house has dark secrets. Desperate for help, she sends letters to her old friends to reunite in Jotham, unaware of the danger awaiting them. The friends have already been through hell once, but can any of them survive the evil dwelling beneath the House on Oak Lee?


Dwelling, overall is a pretty heavy story; it deals with the death of a ‘brother’, it has a lot of fear involved, and it reminds you that not all demons are in your head. With something like the topic of War, this is something like that would literally haunt your every move. What makes Dwelling work so effectively is that it shows us what soldiers go through as individuals, such as: heartache, guilt and painful flashbacks…it’s heartbreaking to read about, but it makes sense – especially to those, like me, who haven’t been in such a situation before. It’s dark and twisted, but for a story that follows War veterans, it has to be – Because it wouldn’t make sense otherwise.

Through this book, [which is only part one!] Author Thomas S. Flowers [who writes his own blog here!] has created an cast of characters and a world that feels super related-able: We all know people that have been in the War, or have been through traumatic situations, just like the characters in Dwelling. These groups of friends that every one of us have – regardless of how different they may be – have gone off in different directions, but the small things, and details that we experienced as children has created a permanent bond between you. It quickly shows where we would always be if they needed us. Hell, I can think of a couple friends now that are like ‘brothers’ to me – they know who they are. This makes the damaged characters found inside the novel as something we can hold on to; Something real. These five friends of mine have all been damaged, either emotionally, physically or even both. Because of this, they not only have to overcome the villain, but also their own personal ghosts and demons, either current or from the past!

Either way, I won’t go on too heavily about the book: it’s definitely something you need to experience [not read: experience] for yourself to fully understand. [buy a copy of Dwelling over here!] As I said above, it’s a heavy read, and at times – not for the faint of heart – but it’s great for horror fans, and veterans who understand the pain of War. If you found yourself to enjoy Dwelling, be sure to prepare for the sequel, Emerging, which is stated to be released on December 15th!

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THANKS FOR READING.