Thursday, November 29, 2018
Review: Killer Chronicles - by Somer Canon
Kutztown University journalism graduates, Anais Del Valle and Christina Cunningham run the website Killer Chronicles.
"The two use their journalism degrees to research, interview and compile information in order to create what their site refers to as 'files' on the murders they feature. So far they have 31 files on their site."
On the surface, a completely believable premise. Somer's characters are relatable and well-conceived. The story moves at a brisk pace and is fun in all the right ways.
The latest murder to become fodder for their website very is different and exceptionally dark. Once we learn who is responsible, the reader will need to set aside their disbelief, but if you're a fan of the macabre, that shouldn't be much of a problem.
“'The face was probably the part that upset us all the most,' Stanley continued. 'See, I’m one of only two cleaning specialists with a permit to clean places contaminated with biohazardous waste in this area. And I’ve seen some stuff. But the way that man’s face was ripped off of his head, God, his eyelids were still intact. His beard scruff, his eyebrows and eyelashes, even his ears, they were all perfectly intact and just spread out pretty as can be on the dashboard of that there truck. Even the part of the skin that had the tattoo. You could fool yourself into seeing those pieces as something other than what they were, but that face sitting there all half rotted and slimy staring up at me…I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.'”
By now, you probably know I read horror for fun. Not much disturbs me, but let me tell you, Canon managed to push my buttons, more than once.
"You never think of yourself as the type of person that would whimper if you saw something scary, but then something scary is staring at you nose-to-nose and there you go. You’re a whimperer and have little inclination at the time to give a damn."
It's hard to believe this is Somer Canon's first novella. I'm so looking forward to reading more of her work. It's exciting to be there at the beginning of a career with such potential.
Published by Bloodshot Books, Killer Chronicles is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
From the author's bio - Somer Canon is a minivan-revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of being found out as a weirdo. When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.