Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Devils In Dark Houses by B.E. Scully
Devils In Dark Houses
by B.E. Scully

My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (August 9, 2016)
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: Short Story Collection | Horror
Print Length: 340 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

# Devils in Dark Houses featured 4 connected novellas, each a case featuring a pair of old school cops in the Pacific Northwest.

The new millennium is getting downright bizarre. From high tech games of sabotage to vigilante murder and ghosts who may or may not have their own dark agendas, Detectives Shirdon and Martinez must put their 20th century street smarts to work on four 21st century cases in which nothing is what it seems, and every answer reveals more questions.

Case 1: The Eye That Blinds

When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade. After a seemingly random accident puts Shirdon and Martinez on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined.

Case 2: Each Castle Its King

When Cal and Rachel Goodman flee their high-volume life in Los Angeles for the peace and quiet of rural Oregon, they sink both their savings and their hopes in a fixer-upper the locals call “Blood House.” But their dream turns into a nightmare as they discover that their marriage is as cracked and crumbling as Blood House—and hiding just as many sinister secrets. Just when they think things can’t get any worse, they meet their next-door-neighbor…

Case 3: Nostri

For sixteen-year-old Emma Kaster, summer vacation is turning out to be as boring and lonely as the school year—until she meets a charismatic street kid named Senz with an obsession for the Roman philosopher Seneca and an itch to put his theories to the test in modern times. What starts out as a series of pranks soon turns deadly as Emma and Senz confront the ultimate revolutionary question—are you willing to die for your beliefs? And just as important, are you willing to kill for them?

Case 4: Devils in Dark Houses

Shirdon and Martinez are on the case of a charismatic, controversial homicide detective whose mysterious disappearance eleven years ago comes back to life in the form of a mentally ill man calling himself the Hound. Not only does the Hound know astonishing secrets, he learned some of them from the long-dead figures of Oregon’s colorful frontier past. As the two detectives try to unravel fact from fantasy and truth from lies, the past and present collide in an explosive show-down that will test the detectives’ deepest beliefs not just about the world in which they live, but about themselves, as well.

Devils In Dark Houses by B.E. Scully
Devils In Dark HousesTwo detectives, four of their most unusual cases, love, hate, deceit, death, a touch of the unexplainable and a few looks at the fragility of the human mind under pressure. Devils in Dark Houses by B.E. Scully is dark, twisted and perfect for telling around a campfire in the fall. Bundle up, grab a flashlight and pull up a log as the wind whistles eerily in the bare treetops and let the goosebumps begin.

The Eye That Blinds – Three young adults discover that life in college is NOT the real world and life online becomes their Achilles Heel in more ways than one.

Each Castle its King – A marriage in trouble is pushed to the brink and beyond as one couple attempts to leave the pace of the big city behind only to find that you get what you pay for as their super deal turns out to be a dilapidated horror with neighbors just one brick short of a load, if they even exist.

Nostri – Two teens, one enamored with an ancient Roman philosopher decide to change the world with his writings, only to discover that change without alternatives becomes chaos.
Devils in Dark Houses – The Hound, a mentally ill man claims to have secrets from the past, given to him by long dead frontiersmen. Fact must be gleaned from fiction as the past collides with the present and beliefs are tested to the limits.

Detectives Shirdon and Martinez live through each bizarre case, while learning more about themselves and each other. One wonders, how does one stay sane in a world gone mad?
For some reason I hear the Addams Family theme song over and over in my head, just the first few lines. B.E. Scully goes dark and deep into each tale, as the webs of the unbelievable become far too real and the lines between reality and fantasy become skewed. Perfect when you need something to make your skin crawl, just a little and only want one morsel at a time, only to prolong the itch!

I received an ARC edition from Dark Fuse in exchange for my honest review.

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