Hardcover Honey's Haunted Book Club ~ Time of Death: Induction

Book of the Week Review by Jocelyn

Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa 

Being a Horror Honey is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, not least because I have met all kinds of interesting people!  One of these is Shana Festa, who runs the terrific book review website The Bookie Monster (what a great name, right? Find her at www.bookie-monster.com).  

Shana is a MUCH faster reader than your Hardcover Honey, with new reviews seemingly every day.  So basically, she makes me feel like a lazy slug!  Luckily for me, however, Shana found a book she can’t objectively review and she turned it over to me.  Why, you ask?  Well, it seems after reading about a bazillion zombie books, Shana decided to try her own hand at the genre and with her first book, “Time of Death: Induction”, she pretty much knocks it right out of the park.  This girl knows her zombies!

The books takes place in Florida (that’ll be important later on) and focuses on feisty nursing student Emma Rossi.  Emma is happily married to alpha male Jake, a former Army corporal, and dotes on her tiny dog Daphne.  Everything is going great…….until one night at the hospital where Emma’s patient, an elderly woman, complains of being bitten by a man while she was waiting in the McDonald’s drive-through. In my opinion, that’s another good reason to stay away from McDonald’s, but hey, I know some of you love the Golden Arches, so no judgment here.  Emma’s patient quickly codes, and the ER turns into chaos.  Although Emma is given the OK to perform CPR, her best efforts go unrewarded and the patient is pronounced dead.  Emma is shaken as it’s the first death she has witnessed.  Sadly, it won’t be the last.  DUM DUM DUM cue ominous music.

Revenge Wednesday Jam - 'The Mariner's Revenge Song'

Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling
Of his grave
There is one thing I must say to you
As you sail across the sea
Always, your mother will watch over you
As you avenge this wicked deed...

I miss the days when story songs were a common-place part of musical tradition (I say that as if I were alive during such a time. The first cassette tape I bought was Ace of Base. What the fuck do I know?) But Oregon indie band The Decemberists have gone a long way toward making the story song cool again, and despite their popularity with fixie-riding, PBR-swilling, beard-growing hipsters, Godzilla bless the band for that much.

Regardless, out of all of their story songs, The Mariner's Revenge Song is unequivocally my favorite for about a dozen different reasons. First and foremost, it's a revenge story that begins in the belly of a whale. Literally. So settle in and listen to this Decemberists classic as you would a book on tape because it's just as epic and twice as beautiful as pretty much anything you'd find on Audible. ~RH

Horror Films That are Worth a Headache!

A Revenge Honey Top Five List!

There is something to be said for walking out of a movie that you absolutely loved... but not understanding a single thing you just saw. This tends to happen more often than not in the horror and thriller genre, where experimental filmmakers are free to play with form and convention. The following are a list of my favorite mind-bending horror (or horror-ish) films. Some are quite popular, some are lesser known, but all of them will leave you scratching your head in wonder!

And perhaps, reconsidering ever having children.

House of the Devil: The College Years

A Revenge Honey Review by Linnie

Random (Kristy) (2014)

Most of the time, when someone hands you an advance screener, the end result is that you want to throw it back at them with the intention of causing at least minimally annoying eye damage. At worst, you hope for a permanent cornea injury that will forever remind them of the pain they inflicted on you. Occasionally though, if you're lucky, you get an under-the-radar gem that absolutely shocks you. And this is the case with Random, which was recently made available to me by way of a very confidential informant. However, before I share my review, I want to explain why odds are, you have never heard a thing about this film.

Random, previously known as Kristy, and before that, Satanic, was slated to be released in 2013. It stars Haley Bennett who I only recognized from the disastrous The Haunting of Molly Hartley, as well as Twilight's Ashley Greene. Now, as a huge fan of Rachelle LaFevre, I am not one to dismiss an actor just because they are attached to the whiney vampire franchise. But the fact is very few of the Twilight veterans have gone on to prove themselves, either in talent or box office take.

At this point you're probably asking, how the hell does this relate?

Horror TV Jam - 'Coffee and TV'

So give me coffee and TV
I've seen so much
I'm goin blind
And I'm brain-dead virtually
It's hard enough for me
Take me away from this big bad world
And agree to marry me
So we can start all over again

Um, I love Blur, I love coffee, I love TV and I love the little milk carton in the video. TV, take me away from this big, bad world. ~HTH

The Strain ~ Season 1, Episode 6 "Occultation"

A Horror TV Honey Review by Lisa

As the action ramps up and the eclipse is imminent, The Strain just keeps getting better. The eclipse is a curious plot device in the sense that people thinking an eclipse equals the apocalypse is not a common belief. (At least it's not in my neck of the woods.) It's a belief we're going to have to go for, though, if we want to stay invested in the anarchy that is unfolding. Did The Master plan his arrival around the eclipse? I can see how lack of sunlight during the day would mean extra time for the vampires to infect the public, but it doesn't look as though they got much accomplished outside of the medical examiner running amok.

True Blood Episode Recap ~ Season 7, Ep. 9 "Love is to Die"

A Horror TV Honey Review by Lisa

It was a gigantic mistake on my part to assume that this episode of True Blood would be exciting rather than the boring, drawn out melodramatic mess that was presented. However, if we officially have all of the relationship malarky out of the way, then next week will, indeed, be epic. Right?

Sam's goodbye was a bit disrespectful considering how integral he has been to the show and it's numerous characters for seven seasons. First, Tara goes out like a punk and now Sam. Oh, but we have tons of time to spend on Jessica and Hoyt. Jason telling the story of Jessica and Hoyt to Bridget was so unnecessary that it felt lazy on the writers' part. We all know their story and we all know that they belong together. Bridget is no one and she doesn't deserve more time and more emotional closure than Sam Trammell.

Murder Monday Jam - 'Cease to Exist'

Submission is a gift
Go on give it to your brother
Love and understandin'
Is for one another

I'm your kind, I'm your kind
I'm your brother

Before he'd turned to a life of drifting and manipulating the young minds of his "family," Charles Manson wanted to be a musician, and more importantly, he wanted to be a STAR. He told endless stories about working with The Beatles, and The Beach Boys - and there's quite a few scandalous tales about the Manson Family and their time at Brian Wilson's house in Pacific Palisades in 1968. Manson's original song, "Cease to Exist," was turned into "Never Learn Not to Love" and released by The Beach Boys in December, 1968. Like much of the music released in the late 60s, "Cease to Exist" is full of hippie culture ideals, universal love, and the death of not the physical self, but of the ego that prevents one from being one with the universe and your fellow man. Sounds pretty great, right? And then you remember who wrote the song, and who you're listening to, and that changes everything. ~HH