My Review of Mike’s Book Reviews of his Top Ten Horror Books…

Reviews are essentially opinions, or reasons why you like or dislike something. Unless the review is based upon an objective measurement, then the review is subjective.

Book reviews, for the most part, are subjective. So, really, the reason why you like or dislike something isn’t wrong. Your reason is your reason and the events of your life and how you see the world can impact your view on your likes and dislikes which is unique to you.

I stumbled upon this horror book review and I liked it. I liked the reasoning behind the decision as to why he placed each book in his top ten category. I think you’ll like it too, if you like horror, and I’ll link the video down below. Now, on to the list.

In tenth spot, RING by Koji Suzuki, the book the movie series was based upon. Now, I have to admit, I have never read this book and I intend to rectify that immediately. I have no comment on this choice as of now, but that will change.

In ninth, JAWS by Peter Benchley. Once again, this list is subjective. I did not like this book. At all. To me, it read like a weird love story with a vicious shark as a backdrop. I was hugely disappointed with this book. That could be because I saw JAWS before I read the book and the movie, well, the movie is a masterpiece.

In eighth, I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson. I love, love this book. If you like horror, or really, any book exceptionally well-written, then READ THIS BOOK! Ridiculously influential, and just a powerful, emotional read. Get on it!

In seventh, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, by Shirley Jackson. Mike cites the writing style as a big reason he enjoyed this book. I agree. Well written, great story, but top-ten on my horror list? I would have to say no. But a great book nonetheless.

In sixth, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, by Anne Rice. Holy cow, this is a great book. This book inspired a whole new world of vampire fiction, some good, some not so good. I don’t really feel sorry for immortal beings whining about how they can’t be loved or that they are monsters, and why oh why can’t people just understand them! This is before that trend of sparkling, crying, murderers. Anne Rice paints a haunting, dark, and vicious tale of vampires. I was enthralled by this book. Hell, I still am.

In fifth, THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE, by H.P Lovecraft. I have read many H.P Lovecraft stories. But not this one. Mike says it’s a great read so I feel compelled to read it.

In fourth, PET SEMETARY by Stephen King. Man, a great book. This is the dark Stephen King. The no-happy-endings Stephen King. It reminded me of the stark, cruel darkness of THE RUNNING MAN. I loved that short tale, too.

In third, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, by Ray Bradbury. Ok, I know he’s Canadian and so am I, but that has nothing to do with what I think about his work; he was a huge talent. Monumental, in fact. His work, his narrative is smooth, like that first sip of your favourite IPA. Love it.

In second, DRACULA, by Bram Stoker. Of course. That’s all I have to say. Of course.

In first, IT, by Stephen King. And if any book by Stephen King should be in your top ten, it is definitely this one. My personal favourite is THE SHINING. That one and IT are truly the only two books that ever raised the hair on my arms. Mike comments on this in his video, about how after a certain age, books don’t really scare you, which I thought was very accurate. These two books, in my opinion, are the exceptions.

These are great books to have on a list (except for JAWS IMO). They are all well-written and influential in their own way, and if they aren’t right now, they will be classics. I would be interested in contemporary horror that Mike likes. We seem to have similar tastes. Does he like Adam Cesare? Jack Ketchum? Or maybe not so contemporary, but a fun writer, such as Richard Laymon? He probably has answered this in one of his videos. I’ll be sure to check more out.

Here’s the video. It’s worth your time.

John Hunt is the bestselling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off The Grid. His newest novel, Murder Run, is now also available on Amazon. Link is below.

Time to float… again. Are you ready? IT Chapter 2 is almost here! Doll House goes on sale for U.S and U.K friends, Off The Grid’s first pre-release review, and you guessed it… Ancient Rome!

That is a long title to this blog. But at least it is accurate.

Here are some pics to get you pumped for the September 6th, 2019 release!! Ya-ya!

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The Losers Club all grown up…

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Pennywise and Paul Bunyan… oh yeah!

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Be sure to use the washroom just before you go in and sit down. The movie has a reported running time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. Close to 3 hours of awesomeness! You don’t want to miss anything because of a whining bladder, right?

I can’t wait to see what they do this time. I was a huge fan of the first film. I thought they did a great job of fitting into the film the essence of the 1200 page novel by Stephen King. So, yeah. I’ll be there. And you should be, too.

Doll House of sale for $1.99 on Amazon (U.S.) and Amazon (U.K.)

From August 29th, 2019 until September 5th, 2019, Doll House, my first book and Amazon bestseller (420 reviews on Amazon and still 4.4 stars out of 5) will be on sale. A cup of coffee at Starbucks costs more (that being said, I do love Starbucks coffee).

Visit my Amazon Author Page for links to my other works:

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If you want to preorder my newest book releasing on Halloween, go here: Off The Grid preorder

Off The Grid’s first pre-release review: Goodreads Review

Ancient Rome

The Emperor Nero became the emperor of Rome in the year 54 A.D. He was seventeen years old.

Do you remember when you were seventeen? I barely managed high school. I thought nobody understood me, and that my parents and teachers were out to get me (not really, but you get my meaning).

 

This is an interesting piece of history though. So, the story goes that Emperor Claudius, for political reasons, married Agrippina the younger who happened to be his niece. Even by Ancient Rome standards, this was frowned upon. Upon marrying Claudius, Agrippina had her son, Nero adopted by Claudius so he would be heir to the Imperial throne. Claudius did so, and put his own son, Brittanicus, behind Nero for the throne.

Once Nero was named heir, someone poisoned Claudius (even though Ancient Rome was a misogynistic society and blamed most untimely deaths upon an ambitious woman without proof, even modern historians believe Agrippina had poisoned Claudius).

Agrippina wanted to rule the Empire through her son. What she seemed to have forgotten was that no teenager likes being told what to do; especially by their mother. This teenager happened to be the ruler of most of the Western World. So, after some time and two bungled attempts, he had his mother murdered.

And that, my friends, is only a small portion of the Emperor Nero saga. Ancient Rome. Awesome.

Have a great week! Be kind to everyone!

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