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A is for Aliens from Red Cape Publishing

This is the first of Red Cape Publishing’s A-Z of Horror series. I received a copy of the audiobook through their newsletter to write a review. I admit upfront that aliens aren’t my favourite horror topic (I really want to get my hands on D is for Demons and E is for Exorcism next). Despite that, I enjoyed this collection overall.   Audio Narration:   The book is narrated by Andy Whitfield, who does a good job of portraying the different characters throughout and adding depth and nuance to the stories.   Overall impression:   I admit, I found the stories in this collection more unsettling than traditionally scary. There is a lot of body horror in the descriptions of all the different aliens and no two aliens in this volume are alike. Despite the stories all being about aliens, there was a wide variety in setting, character and plot which kept the premise fresh throughout the book.   My personal favourites are:   “The Pioneer” by P.J. Blakey-Novis: about a spaces

Hollow by Rhonda Parrish

I got this book as part of the "Crossing the Veil" bundle from . In the span of only a few months, Morgan has suffered through two life-altering traumas. One is a car accident that killed her young brother and paralyzed her mother, as well as a second incident that is revealed later in the story. One day, Morgan finds an old Polaroid camera that changes its subjects into darker versions of themselves. She has to find a way to break this curse before it's too late. Right away, I was captivated. The book opens with Morgan running, her main coping mechanism, when Keith, her ex-boyfriend and his friends start to harass her. The author does an excellent job of capturing Morgan's terror. The book carries this momentum throughout and the tension stays high. This is an excellent YA horror. There is a haunted camera potentially stealing people's souls, but that horror pales in comparison to the real-life trauma and bullying that Morgan has to f