Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Review: Skulls by Armand Rosamilia + Giveaway

Skulls by Armand Rosamilia
Publisher: Rymfire eBooks
Publish Date: September 5, 2011
Fiction, Horror

My Review:
My thoughts:  I haven't read much true horror in awhile.  Koontz and King seem to have moved onto more suspense laced with supernatural and away from the horror and I don't really know who else is out there.  So when Armand Rosamilia contacted me to read his horror short story collection, I jumped right on board.  I am really glad I did too.  It took me back to a day in the late 1980s or early 1990s when I was a teenager and first found the horror genre and opened up Night Shift by Stephen King.  I was in awe of how he could capture horror in a short story.  I often say I don't like to compare authors, but Armand took me back to those days. 

In these 6 short stories, he captured the scariness of the human psyche, of the abnormal animal and the just plain strange.  I loved each story and longed for more stories.  I'm definitely purchasing Death Metal as well after the sneak peek at the end of skulls.  There is nothing particularly gruesome in the stories (okay, maybe in one), most is left to your imagination, but that is what is so great about the stories, so much is left to you.  Armand Rosamilia builds this little world and story in this short amount of time and leaves you with it and though it's finished it leaves you thinking about it and wondering and left me with the lights on for a few minutes as well.  I know I'm definitely not buying a house by the ocean on a cliff!

So for $1.99 this is a steal for horror fans and for those that would like to give horror a try.  It's not too spooky to scare the pants off of you and too gory to gross you completely out, but just enough for horror lovers to truly appreciate this set of stories.  They are understated and enjoyable.  I like that in my horror and I will be reading more of Mr. Rosamilia.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
Six tales from author Armand Rosamilia, including "Memorial Site", "Vacation's End", "1920 Gallery Card #4", "Stairs To The Ocean", "Beastie", "Crow Mill Bridge" plus a preview of the urban horror novella "Death Metal"

About the Author:  
Armand Rosamilia is a native New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he chases his loving children, drives his fiance' nuts with stupid trivia and stupidity, and watches the Boston Red Sox devoutly. He loves Heavy Metal in all its glory and reads way too many zombie horror stories. He is an editor for Rymfire eBooks and creator/owner of Carnifex Metal eBooks. 


Skulls on Amazon Kindle:

Death Metal on Amazon Kindle:

Comment on this post or Armand's guest post earlier today and you can win a copy of State of Horror: Texas horror anthology, which Armand has a story in, more information about it is below.  Just leave a comment about the scariest animal you have seen in a book or movie and Armand will pick a winner at random, open international if you can accept the ebook and will run through 9/30.  Increase your chances by commenting on both posts, this guest post and my review.

State of Horror: Texas
Five Tales of Horror set in Texas...

The Espantosa by Mark Mellon…
Chiggerfest by Jeff Parish…
Lubbock or Leave It by Brian Johnson…
The Last Ride of the Headless Horseman by Doug Goodman…
Blind In Texas by Armand Rosamilia…

FTC Information: I received this book from the author for an honest review. 


Lori Thomas said...

The scariest animal I`ve seen in a book was beast of bray road, still have no idea what its supposed to be, but I wouldn`t want to run into it.

Jessica said...

The scariest animal I can think of is the genetically altered critter that goes after the altered dog in Dean Koontz's Watchers. Creepy!!

Thanks for the giveaway! jbronderblogs at aol dot com

Julie said...

The Chupacabra (I'm not sure of the spelling), a "mythological" creature from Mexican folklore! Creeeeepppyyyy!!!

jwitt33 at live dot com

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