deserthorror

Deserthorror was the Twitter handle I devised on-set of my first movie to send messages during filming. The name has followed ever since.

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Nightmares and Hallucinations

I really thought the writing in this story was above and beyond. Excellent character. Great settings. Internal and external conflict. I was pulled through by a strong narrative. The dialogue felt real and lived-in.
I would recommend this story to any thriller reader.

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Romance for all


So, to be honest, I don’t often read romance novels. I feel inadequate to the task of reviewing because I am quite certain that romance is built on the back of a lot of tropes and expectations of the genre.
But I will say that this story had a lot of momentum. It kept me reading at a fast paced which is always something I am looking for.
The relationships pulled me into the world of the characters and their problems. I was happy to watch them develop.

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Wolf Dreams

I must admit, I have never read a book from animal’s point-of-view before. I’m not entirely sure how to critique this story.
I believe the author captured the puppy-like playfulness of the wolf just after birth very well. The author really imagined a way into the animal’s psyche. The sibling rivalry’s was fun and infectious.
This was an intriguing way to explore the coming-of-age story.
I am glad the author shared this work with me. I look forward to learning how this story continues.

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Short Frights

Anybody thinking of reading this, stop whatever else you are doing. These are great two-liners. A few really got under-my-skin, but I liked every single one.
Thank you for posting. This was a real pleasure.

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Secret Scares

The author of this story has a very accomplished prose style. The rhythm of the sentences feel confident and self assured.
I look forward to reading more.
I would like to understand more of what this novel has to say before I judge the plot.
Keep up the solid writing output.

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The Devil Down in Georgia

If you like possession movies or The Evil Dead, this story will be right up your alley.
Violence at every turn, the story keeps moving forward with lots of dark turns.
It reminds me of a Blumhouse movie. Young people find evil in the woods and they try to use ancient spells and incantations and potions to rid it before it destroys them.
Overall, I think it could have been 50-100 pages shorter. But I kept reading all the way to the end.
The writer has a lot of promise.
Thank you for sharing your work. Look forward to reading the next one.

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A Simple Haunting

This was a fun read. Very quick and to the point.
I thought the writing was assured. It had a quick pace that kept me reading.
You know how to set up a good story. I knew who these characters were immediately. The house had a creepy vibe when the characters arrived.
I look forward to reading more of your stories.
Well done.

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Gritty Texas Thrills

This story had the feel of a monster of the week episode from the X-Files.
It was fast-paced with lots of action to keep the story moving.
It also paused long enough to give the reader a little bit of heartbreak which I think takes a horror/thriller novel like this one to the next level.
I felt like I could have a beer with any one of these characters. I knew their story, where they came from, and what they wanted. These characters felt like living, breathing people.
My favorite part was the setting. I love Texas and the desert southwest. I could feel the grit between my teeth every time the wind blew across the plains.
This writer has a lot of promise and I can't wait to read what he writes next.

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Vampire Assassin in love and War

The premise of this story is very intriguing. I was drawn in quickly. The secrets pulled me into the world. I wanted to find out what happened as the story moved forward.

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Fast Paced Tragedy

Wow! This one caught me off-guard. I am actually a little heartbroken by the end of this story. You won't see the twist coming. Jay writes snappy prose that keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. The story is also the perfect length for the plot to be unearthed and the twists to come to light. I can't recommend this story more highly.

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Creatures are all around us

People who like Harry Potter and His Dark Material will be draw to this story. I’m certain there are even better examples however I haven’t read a lot in this genre.
I really enjoyed chapter three when the story began to kick into gear and we learned about the world of the creature seer. I imagine fantasy novels begins with a pro-longed set-up to orient the reader to the world. As a screenwriter first, I tend to believe the story has to start with a bang to pull the viewer in.
I think the opening with the creepy woman helps pull the reader into the story. I do think chapter two spent a little too much time in school. James Patterson says in his master class on writing thrillers, cut all the stuff readers skip over.
My daughter reads these kinds of stories all the time and I think she and all her friends would be drawn into this world and captivated by the story.
Well done!

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