Someday Productions LLC and Pillow Talking are pleased to present the following review of DEADRAISER Part 1: Horror in Jordan’s Bank by Horror Reviewer I.M. Nosferatu
DEADRAISER Part 1: Horror in Jordan’s Bank by Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley & Wayne J. Keeley
Review by I.M. Nosferatu
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The producing/writing husband-and-wife team of Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J. Keeley have expanded their creative collaboration to include co-authored novels. The first out of the gate, published by Someday Productions LLC, is a horror/thriller titled DEADRAISER Part 1: Horror in Jordan’s Bank. As a connoisseur and reviewer of all things horror, I am pleased to report that Part 1 is devilishly satisfying and as I wont to say, Rippersmooth in both execution and creative content.
The novel is a throwback back to epic horror novels like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, and the very underrated Harvest Home by Tom Tryon. If Part 2 is even half as good as this installment, Deadraiser promises to rank with the best of them and I will be happy to put it on my list of the 25 Horror Novels You Must Read Before You Die.
Part 1 focuses on Fanchon (Frankie) Manning, daughter of the late movie actress, Erika Manning, who was found brutally murdered with her boy toy in Hollywood. At the critical age of 15, Frankie returns to her mother’s home town of Jordan’s Bank, Massachusetts in an attempt to resume a normal childhood. The town is alive with dark secrets. Some things (and people) are better left buried. But there’s a Necromancer afoot — a practitioner of the black art of dead raising. No one in Jordan’s Bank is safe, especially Frankie. The only thing standing between Frankie and her soul’s hell fire damnation is her mother’s former agent, Chris McGuire, who has his own issues with religion and faith.
The set up is exceptional and the character development is strong and rich. The chapters are relatively short, but filled with action and the pacing is brisk. The mashing of past and future is an excellent technique and the book moves like a Quentin Tarantino film.
The authors were crafty in making this a four-part series. Series sell better than one-offs. I also am glad that the publisher and/or authors changed the name of the title from The Necromancer to Deadraiser in the pre-launch period. Apart from the fact that there are a gazillion titles with the word Necromancer in them, the one-word title, Deadraiser, perfectly captures the tone of the book.
My only criticism is that Part 1 ends, of course, with a cliffhanger and we are left with a mere teaser from the prologue of Part 2. Hopefully, it will not be too long before Part 2 is released. The last thing we want is more wait times like those between The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones seasons.
DEADRAISER Part 1: Horror in Jordan’s Bank is a must read!
I.M. Nosferatu hails from Gehenna (look it up). He has an encyclopedic mind for horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and the occult. He has myriad other hobbies and interests which may not be appropriate to print here (or to divulge at all), but his mission in life (and death) at least for our purposes, is to find good (or as he puts it “sick”), spine-chilling, blood-curdling media in the horror genre and tout it to the world. He is a straight shooter and calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. He will not suffer fools, sycophants, ass-kissers, brown-nosers, and other suck-ups. Pillow Talking is thrilled to have him on board as a guest blogger despite having never met him face-to-face and dealing solely through emails (at odd hours of the night).
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