Scott M. Sandridge

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SpecMusicMuse: Review—Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan

Loretta’s boyfriend, Daryl, has a bit of an obsession over a dead celebrity named Maxine Marie. When Daryl buys some original memorabilia at a store little does he know that it comes with Maxine’s ghost. But not only does Daryl’s apartment end up haunted, but Maxine is also feeding off Daryl’s obsession of her—and becoming obsessed in return.

Loretta must find a way to rescue her boyfriend from a now insane and extremely powerful ghost, and do so before Maxine’s obsessive love for him ends up killing him.

Haunting Obsession by R. J.  Sullivan takes the old cliché of celebrity ghost stories and adds a unique and interesting twist. Sullivan shows his strong points in dialogue and characterization, and he’s not too shabby when it comes to action, either. The pacing and suspense will keep you reading from start to finish. More importantly, you end up feeling sympathetic toward the antagonist, Maxine, whose character is an homage to Marilyn Monroe.

Also, it’s nice to see the damsel rescue the knight for once.


Best to read while listening to: anything from the 50s and 60s. Also, anything from Midnight Syndicate.

September 3, 2012 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SpecMusicMuse Review: Cinema of Shadows—Michael West

Forget haunted houses, try a haunted theater! Michael West delivers a ghost story that both holds true to the traditional tropes but simultaneously provides his own unique spin, and delivers a plot twist leaves that your heart pounding.

Professor Geoffrey Burke and his team of Parapsychology students search for evidence to irrefutably prove that the Woodfield Theater is haunted. But they discover more than just ghosts as an ancient demon take notice of one of the professor’s students, Kim. Not only can she see and hear spirits, she also has a special ability that threatens the demon’s power over the souls in the theater.

West breathes depth and life into every character: living, dead, and demonic. You care for what happens to them, unlike in, oh say, the Saw films where you could care less if the heartless morons get torn into itsy bitsy pieces. In Cinema of Shadows, you even feel for some of the antagonists (well, except for the demon, obviously). But more importantly, the ending wasn’t predictable, and characters that I expected would die didn’t.

If you like ghost stories or even just horror stories in general, you’ll love Cinema of Shadows.

Best to read while listening to: anything from Midnight Syndicate, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Tiamat, or Marilyn Manson.

December 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment