Review: BJ Sheppard – Suburban Legend

suburbanAuthor: Bj Sheppard
Reviewer: Vivian
Publisher: Smashsword
Genre: M/M Suspense, Horror
ISBN: 9781310811289
[xrr rating=3/5]

Halloween is coming, and as the parents of Damsel Creek celebrate the occasion in style, the teen population of the sleepy town are forced into caring for their youngest counterparts. As Aaron settles in to a night of babysitting at the house of the Chief of Police, he faces strange occurrences at every turn. With news of a killer on the loose, he tries to convince himself his mind is playing tricks on him, but when a series of menacing phone calls alert him that the threat is real, he has no other option than to fight. Can Aaron make it through the night as the target of a stalker who desires his death, or will Halloween be coming early this year?

Are you brave enough to read what happens when the line between real life and horror blurs?
A situation horror from the author of ‘The Rainbow Connection’ series and ‘That Day in Spring’.

Warning: scenes of violence, terror, and little to no romance. This is a tale of horror. Expect no love scenes
I’d like ‘Horror Movie Bad Decisions’ for $500, please.

Creepy as all out right from the beginning. There’s the classic babysitter set up, oh yeah… all kinds of bad things happen when mom and dad are away. It’s got that ‘Have you checked the children’ vibe running underneath with enough unsettling things that make the fake starts work.

So if strange noises, unexplained deaths, eerily large mansions, poorly illuminated surroundings, and odd happenings are your thing then this works. There’s the stereotypical horror movie stupid going on here. I know I should do X, but I’m gonna do Z even though it’s a really bad idea and someone told me to do the opposite.

So this is entertaining in the ghost story tradition. Quibbles include a couple of places where the wrong word was used: feign instead of feint, mirthful sneer (paradoxical), affect instead of effect. There was also the issue of no section breaks between chapters on my mobi copy. On the plus side, I’d like to award 10 points for correctly labeling a character’s costume as Frankenstein’s monster, not Frankenstein.

Overall, a campy horror read that Scary Movie 6 could be based on.

Favorite quote:

It’s probably just a Halloween prank.

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