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The “My Emotions” Recap

When it comes to “My Emotions,” there are different things that can affect us and make us ecstatic, angry, or cringe.  Emotions can be our biggest ally or our most dreaded enemy.  But here we are stirring up all the things for a look-back on this prompt to bring out all those emotions again!

Rodthebookworm68 shared with us A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton which is book number four in the Lacey Flint series.

Young policewoman Lacey Flint knows that the Thames is a dangerous place – after all, she lives on it and works on it – but she’s always been lucky. Until one day, when she finds a body floating in the water. Who was this woman and why was she wrapped so carefully in white burial cloths before being hidden in the fast-flowing depths?

DCI Dana Tulloch hates to admit it, but she’s fond of the mysterious Lacey. Even if she keeps on interfering in her investigations, and is meddling with the latest floater case. But now she’s got to break some terrible news to her – news that could destroy Lacey’s fragile state of mind.

And Lacey will need to keep her wits about her because there’s a killer that’s lurking around her boat, leaving her gifts she’d rather not receive . . . ”

Heylittlethrifter said that Geek Love by Katherine Dunn gave her all the emotions… and I know a few of us here on the LOHF team who recently read this can also agree!  This book is intense and unique!

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.”

Our own findingmontauk1 is here to remind horror fans that Ania Ahlborn is always stirring up emotions – fear, anger, sadness, etc you name it!

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This is perhaps the most disturbing book cover and title I’ve gotten in the mail recently. “Something Borrowed, Something Blood Soaked” by Christa Carmen celebrated its Book Birthday yesterday. This is a collection of 13 stories and I’ve heard nothing but praise and excitement-some saying that she’s the best, new voice of horror. So I have high expectations and this will be a #nightworms read I think 🤔 Hahahah I actually can’t remember—but I’m sure they’ll chime in on the comments. I chose this book for the “my emotions” prompt #ladiesofhorrorfiction as a short story collection usually runs a full spectrum of emotions. If you had to pick the most disturbing book cover you own, which one would you choose?? Feel free to post it in your stories and tag me! #bookcoverlove #disturbingbook #horrorhound #motherhorror #christinacarmen #shortstories #authorcollection #flatlaystyle

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Mother.horror’s emotions were already rattled by the cover of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen.  This is a short story collection filled with 13 tales of pure horror.

“A young woman’s fears regarding the gruesome photos appearing on her cell phone prove justified in a ghastly and unexpected way. A chainsaw-wielding Evil Dead fan defends herself against a trio of undead intruders. A bride-to-be comes to wish that the door between the physical and spiritual worlds had stayed shut on All Hallows’ Eve. A lone passenger on a midnight train finds that the engineer has rerouted them toward a past she’d prefer to forget. A mother abandons a life she no longer recognizes as her own to walk up a mysterious staircase in the woods.
In her debut collection, Christa Carmen combines horror, charm, humor, and social critique to shape thirteen haunting, harrowing narratives of women struggling with both otherworldly and real-world problems. From grief, substance abuse, and mental health disorders, to a post-apocalyptic exodus, a seemingly sinister babysitter with unusual motivations, and a group of pesky ex-boyfriends who won’t stay dead, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is a compelling exploration of horrors both supernatural and psychological, and an undeniable affirmation of Carmen’s flair for short fiction.”

To wrap up our “My Emotions” recap, we have Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier posted by shriekingviolets428.  So so many emotions in this one for sure!

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.”


Did any of these books stir some emotions within you? What book comes to mind when you hear, “MY EMOTIONS!!!”  Let us know below!  And check back next week when we recap “Strangers” from our Summer 2018 Instagram photo challenge!

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