November 10, 2015

(*)Book Tour & Review(*) Bad Things by Willow Cross

Title: Bad Things
Author: Willow Cross
Genre: Horror
Pages: 73 on Amazon Kindle
A paranormal collection
Creepy crawlies, dark shadows, hideous monsters secreted under your bed... Bad Things is a collection of paranormal stories that will make your skin crawl and heart race. Do you sleep with the light on? Maybe you should...
They come at night
When the moon grows dark
To steal your treasures
And weaken your heart
An empty bed
Is all that remains
If the Bad Things decide
To visit again
Mommies take care
Watch your young as they slumber
For babies and children
The Bad Things do hunger
Check closets and attics
And under all beds
If the Bad Things come calling
You’ll wish you were dead.
“Scott!” I yelled.
Still nothing.
Then fearing he’d totally lost it, I screamed, “Damn it, Scott!  Put me down!”
His head shook and he snapped out of it.  Dazed at first, he almost whispered as he spoke.  “Candy?”
“Put me down.”
He glanced first at his arms, then up at my face as if he hadn’t even realized he’d been carrying me.  Without any sort of warning, his arms dropped, releasing his hold.  Scrambling to land on my feet, I grabbed his shirt to steady myself.
His head careened forward and he whispered in my ear.  “He’s still back there.  I can feel him.”
I peered around him, and there at the edge of woods stood the silhouette. 
“He’s there, isn’t he?”  Scott asked.
I nodded.
His shaking hands fiddled in his pockets as he pulled out his keys.  “We have to run.  We have to get to the car and get out of here.  Don’t stop and don’t look back.”
The shadowy figure took a step forward as I once again nodded.
I’ve never ran that fast in my entire life.  Not before that night and most certainly not since.  Gravel flew as he tore onto the road and as we sped away, I swear I saw the dark figure step out onto the road.
We didn’t stop at the first house, or the second.  In fact, we didn’t stop for miles.  Even if he’d wanted to stop, I think I’d have tried to talk him out of it.  When we finally entered a less rural area, Scott said, “It got Dave.  Must have taken him when we split up.”
It was only then that I realized Dave should have been in the car with us.


Holy beejeebus!

This is a perfect scary read for this time of year. Willow Cross is quite a spooky storyteller. I truly enjoyed reading this little bundle of terrifying tales. I also liked how some of the stories either seemingly fed into each other or were directly connected. Room for one More and Cursed were very creepy and Monster in My Room scared the crap out of me. I am totally going to have problems going to bed now ha! :)

Cross has a very strong skill of leaving a lot of the fear factor to your own imagination. She builds this foundation for terror but doesn't necessarily give you all the nitty gritty details which is brilliant because the unknown is always way worse in an individual's mind then what can be seen. 

I also loved the varying aspects of terror in the stories. We had ghosts, monsters, serial killers, possible curses, sci-fi creatures and even Egyptian mythology all in the mix. Great stories to fill your countdown to Halloween and to get you in the spooky spirit or if you are just looking for some chills & thrills this is the anthology for you.


Willow Cross is a multi-genre author who resides in Indiana. She also moonlights as a radio talk show host for The World of Ink Network's The Paranormal Hour. A self-proclaimed vamp enthusiast, were-hunter, prankster, dreamer, story teller, benevolent dictator of minions, and chocolate lover, she spends her free time with family and friends, as well as participating in paranormal investigations.

Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.


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