Book Review: When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories

I was surfing the Wattpad (the web? I don’t know) when I stumbled above the creepy looking cover below. It’s for a short story collection by Ben/Benjamin Sobieck, who since has become a good friend of mine. You can read another of his short stories in my book My Abigail, which will be released fairly soon.

Anyways, the first story immediately captured me and I just had to read on. We talked some and I decided I’d write him a review, because he deserved at least that. He’s a great author and an even better guy.

You can read most of this collection here. Or you could buy it here.

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WHAT I LIKED:

  • Knock Knock (first story in collection)

is amazing, out of this world, unique, and genius. I could say a lot about this story. But Sobieck himself put it best on the Amazon description:

Liam is a new father struggling to adapt to life with a baby. Growing more sleepless and paranoid with each passing night, he wonders if the taps on the windows and mysterious faces at the door are all in his head. He’ll find out the terrifying truth when the black-eyed children knock. 

When the Black-Eyed Children Knock is a superbly suspenseful read. You’ll never hear a knock at the door at night in the same way.
I highly recommend this story. If you do nothing else, click on this link and go read it on Wattpad absolutely FREE. It will only take about ten minutes.
  • Stories Are Crisp

Am I eating chips and accidentally describing them? No, kind reader I am not.

His stories are to the point, and don’t mess around in getting there. He doesn’t add any extra fluff just for the page count number.

They are captivating, and hold your attention.

Most importantly, they are interesting. A book with no interesting stories is bland. This book is exact opposite of bland.

  • Stories Are Thoughtful

“What’s that mean?” you are probably asking. Well read on and let me explain. You might as well. You’ve made it this far.

The stories make you think as you read them, questioning your beliefs and asking questions that there may not be easy answers to. That, in the end, is what good literature does: it makes you think. And this is outstanding literature.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Ending of Knock Knock

Basically, without revealing spoilers, you’re left wondering if everything that just happened was real or not. While this is a tactic I see used often, I don’t particularly enjoy it. That’s just my taste, though.

I understand the author (and all those who use it) wanting to ask a question, but it often comes across as too vague.

That said, it wasn’t terrible though. It didn’t diminish the story’s affect in any extreme way.

  • Rest Of Stories’ Power

The rest of the stories are not quite as strong, to put it blatantly. By themselves, they wouldn’t carry their weight. However (there’s always a however in my reviews I guess), they still remain what I said above: to the point, interesting, captivating.

Sometimes they will have less interest-factor or be less captivating, but you know what always makes up for that, 100 % of the time? Knowing that if you don’t like the story, it’s over by the next page.

And if you absolutely hate them, go read Knock Knock another five times.

TOP 3 STORIES (something I only do for short story collections):

  1. Knock Knock
  2. The Finger in the Freezer
  3. EVP

MY RATING: 7.5/10

Knock Knock really carries this collection, but that’s okay. Most collections do have “that one short story” that binds them all together and makes the price worth it.

I quite enjoyed reviewing a collection of short stories, as opposed to a novel. Maybe this will become a habit.

 

Once again, you can read most of this collection here. Or you could buy it here. Or check out the links below for him:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/10100917877518451

Twitter: https://twitter.com/benjaminsobieck

His (Very Interesting) Blog: http://crimefictionbook.com/

Smashwords Profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/benjaminsobieck

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/BenSobieck

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First Review of My Abigail

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Reader’s Favorite, I now have the first review for My Abigail!!

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Review Rating:
4 stars.

Reviewed By Jessyca Garcia for Readers’ Favorite

My Abigail by David Kummer is an intriguing and sometimes confusing story. Abigail has a secret and everyone but Caleb seems to know what it is. After Caleb learns the secret, he wishes that he’d never found out the truth.

I had mixed feelings about My Abigail. The story started out really well. Kummer had me going crazy wondering what Abigail’s secret was. I thought for sure I had it figured out, but I was not even close. The truth, I thought, was a little unbelievable. I had questions as to why Caleb could not figure out at least part of the secret. I even thought that perhaps Abigail was just a figment of Caleb’s imagination.

Kummer did a great job at coming up with a plot that is so complex and unique. It is one that I have never read before. I actually had to reread the end again to make sure I understood what happened. Even now I am not sure I got it completely. At times Kummer’s description of what occurs in the story is a little vague. This made it a little hard for me to follow and know exactly what was happening. In the end, Kummer goes back and fills in some of the blanks. This answered some of my questions but also created more. I can see this being a good book for a book club to discuss. If you like a book with plot twists, then this may be the book for you.


 

I’m thrilled to have this first review and very grateful to Jessyca Garcia. If you’d like to join in on the fun and read the book, buy it here, or come to the release party on March 26th. (More info here).

Until next time!!

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Did your state vote on Super Tuesday? If so, I hope you voted for Harrison Ford. Thou art not allowest here otherwise *wink wink*

What’s in a name? (My Abigail Edition)

 

When is a book actually almost, almost-ready? When you have names for all the chapters.

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Now, finally, I have names for all the chapters. Chapter 1, Chapter 2, even Chapter 98. (Just kidding, I only have 14 chapters. I’m not James Patterson. That guy must like numbers.)

And so, without making you wait any longer, here are the 14 names (you might need a dictionary. That’s the point, though):

Chapter 1 Minished

Chapter 2 Respite

Chapter 3 Abjure

Chapter 4 Cairn

Chapter 5 Bare

Chapter 6 Waylay

Chapter 7 Purloin

Chapter 8 Lucifer

Chapter 9 Twine

Chapter 10 Malefactor

Chapter 11 Cloven

Chapter 12 Zenith

Chapter 13 Hades

Chapter 14 Myriad

Are you interested yet? Come on, man. Can I get even a little credit for those chapter titles? Just a smidge? Just a slice?

If you are, pre-order your copy or you could even check it out on Goodreads.

And in case you forgot, both As Trees Turned Away and She: A Horror Novel will be on sale for FREE on Sunday and Monday 🙂

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Election time is coming up!! How are you all feeling? Do I got some Trumpies in the house? Who wants to cruise with Cruz? Anybody wanna play bingo with..um..that Rubio guy? Who wants Ben Carson to do brain surgery on them?

ME! (to all of those.)

Good thing, I can’t vote, eh?

Book Review: The Claiming

So here we go, back to book reviews 🙂 I’m sure you all missed them.

The Claiming by Ike Hamill:

There is not a paperback/hardback copy of this book. It’s one of the best self-published books I’ve read, and I’m surprised there’s no paperback or hardback copy. The author, Ike Hamill, has been steadily gaining followers for the past few years. I have now joined that group.

As for the book itself, The Claiming was easy to read and fast-paced. Events kick off very quickly and don’t slow down. The ending (which I loved!!!!) is especially more eventful and more related to the overall plot of the story than most I have read. It isn’t just the bow on the wrapping of the story; it is the story itself.

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Human-ish person in brown robes? I’d say this qualifies. (This will make more sense to you as you read along.

So, without further ado…

WHAT I LIKED:

  • Suspense Building

There are so many moments and scenes in this story that add to the tension and suspense. Some are involved in the major plot, while others have tension in and of themselves. You always know something terrible’s about to happen, but of course there is no way for you to stop it. Instead, you’re forced to sit back and watch, trembling, to see just how bad the events will turn out.

One thing that ties into this is the family of five being so likable. There are two “mothers,” since the adults are a lesbian couple. The first mother brings a teenage boy, almost out of high school, and a little girl into the family. The second only brings a little girl. Like any family, there is internal strife building, and this causes more suspense as you wonder whether they will all stay together.

  • Writing Style

Ike Hamill’s style of writing has been compared to both Stephen King and Dean Koontz, according to his Amazon Author’s Page. I found this book much easier to read than King’s, and I don’t know about Koontz’s because I haven’t read his.

Because of this, it took me less than a week to read the book and I flew through it, enjoying it all the same. I’m thinking of reading more that Hamill writes whenever I get around to it, after I get through this Mark Edwards phase.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Need for Weed

So to see the bad creatures (some kind of hood-wearing, humanoid things; I don’t think it ever says exactly), they have to either be kids still and be “chosen,” or they have to smoke bad marijuana. That doesn’t make sense to me. Was there no other way -a more interesting way for the story- for the adults to see these creatures? Obviously, they had to see them. But did it have to be this way?

The world may never know.

Actually, you could email him if you want. I might email him. But maybe not. He’s probably writing. I probably should be.

  • Bad Guys Inconsistencies

So, like I said, we never know what the bad guys are. That’s perfectly fine with me. I don’t really want to know.

They’re described as wearing brown robes and kinda like humans. (see image above)

But I would like to know what they are capable of. At times, they’re murdering, massacring maniacs that can take over people and kill by the dozens. But then at other time, they just stay in the shadows, try to take kids, and sometimes do absolutely nothing at all. Just seemed strange.

Nevertheless, you do not wanna meet these fools.

RANDOM THOUGHT TIME! *cue music*

Was this whole book a lesson in why smoking weed is bad?

If so, it probably didn’t sell too well in Colorado. (<– That’s like a rap right there, ladies and gentlemen.)

BOTH GOOD AND BAD

  • Concept

Both? 

BOTH

Yeah, I’m kinda breaking my rules but I don’t really care right now.

This part of it was good and bad. So there’s a house for sale and a family moves in and bad things begin to happen to them, seemingly because of the house? Well, yeah. I’ve seen that before. A few times. A lot of times. Been there.

BUT those bad things are like people creatures in brown robes that take children at first and end up killing them later and sometimes taking them to an underground labyrinth of light? That’s new. That’s very very very very new. I think.

MY RATING: 8/10

This was a good book; a great story. It had wonderful twists and surprises and plenty of honestly scary scenes.

Read it!!!

 

 

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

You’re Invited To…..

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You’re Invited…

To the My Abigail launch party (kind of) on March 26th.
The book releases March 30 (a Wednesday) and I plan to have it go on afree promotion soon after.
Want to be more involved? There’s a few steps you’ll have to take to come to this launch party. See more below…

1) Get A Google Hangouts
– Since I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter, we’ll have to meet up on Google Hangouts. Don’t have one already? It’s very easy to get -go click on the link above. (There’s even an app you can get on your phone.)

2) Email me at davidkummer7@gmail.com
– Message me at my email (see above) so I can know who will show up. When, where, what time? See below.

3) Show up!!!
– This will all start at 7:30 P.M. (Eastern Time) on March 26th. Show up and we’ll all have a jolly good talk. It’ll be like a Friday night party,except no alcohol on my part (I’m 15. Geez), although you all can use as many wine emojis as you like. Don’t know what an emoji is? I’ll be offering a free class.

This is gonna be A BLAST, so come on over 🙂 Mark your calendars and follow the steps above.
I hope to see you all soon!!!

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Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends…

Anyone Want To Read?

(Want to know about more offers like this even sooner? Click here.)

Tomorrow (Valentine’s Day), I will be having a free giveaway of She: A Horror Novel! For those 24 hours, you can get it ABSOLUTELY FREE.

If you review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or both and then email me at davidkummer7@gmail.com you’ll get another FREE short story.

That’s a lot of reading. So if you want to read, come read. The giveaway starts at midnight TONIGHT.

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She Watches Always.

Small river towns have always had urban legends and teenage boys who love their sister. Even every city has these. But this legend is different, and Michael is unique.

Michael’s only a typical teenager in this small rivertown. Along with his three friends, he grows up and survives school; he laughs at jokes and gets to know the town around him. But everything changes one night when his sister is taken. Everything is different for him and his friends, as their friendly town begins to feel and look more sinister.

With the help of a detective, they uncover secrets and plots that point towards the only hope for saving his sister.

Together, they will search to the ends of the earth, when in reality the answer is close nearby. In their hometown.

Together, they will face the enemy that threatens their town, their lives, and the future of everyone they love. It is the adversary with many faces and none; the foe that cannot be killed and was never born.

They go together.
She waits alone.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved one! Or, if you don’t have a loved one, to you and your pillow! Or your pets. Ain’t pets just the best? (That almost rhymes).

Promotions Galore

(Want to know about more offers like this even sooner? Click here.)

To celebrate the upcoming release of My Abigail on March 30, I’m having FREE book giveaways on the 28th and 29th of the upcoming months.

So on February 28 and 29, as well as March 28 and 29, She: A Horror Novel and As Trees Turned Away will be both be available for free.

I plan to have both of those plus My Abigail available for free one day in the future, but you’d be better off just to buy it if you’re interested. Until then, carry on dear friends!

Oh, and I HAVE INTERVIEWS!!! You can find two interviews of me here anddddd here. Now you may carry on 🙂

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Super Bowl party tonight at my house!!! You’re all invited. If you can find it in the deep, dark, dangerous woods. *evilest laugh*

New New New Stuff

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First things first, we have a lot of hackers in this world. My website is way too small for this to happen.

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If any of you reading are the hackers, and you are also an experienced website programmer, please add a coconut-themed background. I would really love that. If you can’t do that, move on to a different website. I have strong walls *flexes calves*.

I’ve enhanced my website to include a few more details that will hopefully catch your eye. I explained all of these new things in this article, but for now just read on.

The thing I’m most excited about in these updates is: I have a mailing list! I’ll only use this mailing list for, like, new releases and deals. If you’re not interested in that, I still have incentive to sign up. If you subscribe and then email me at davidkummer7@gmail.com, I will send you a short story from As Trees Turned Away. Even better, you can choose which story it is. Any of the ones listed on the amazon page.

(Look at that. Only 3 reviews. Tsk tsk. So depressing.)

Thirdly, I’ve extended the ninety-nine cents deal on She until at least the end of the month. (Guess what? Haven’t sold a single book yet.)

Lastly, I have updated the page with information on my two books coming out. As well, I’ve added the cover for My Abigail already. Check it out!

 

Updates…Explained

(Want to know about more offers like this even sooner? Click here.)

(You can probably see these right now, but I’m going to post a picture anyways and explain them. Gotta have them pictures.)

 

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This right here (on the right side) is my new mailing list. If you just put your email in that one that I had before, it would send you a post every time I posted anything. Chances are that’s how you’re reading this right now. I wanted to give you options, so here you go.

Tell me what you want notifications for (it’s a select-all-that-apply type of thing), tell me what kind of reader you are, and then tell me if you’d be willing to review any of my works in exchange for a short story.

Also, if you subscribe, I’ll send you a free short story from As Trees Turned Away. Any of the stories you want. You can pick one from the Amazon page (Hey look! 4 reviews now! YAY!)

And finally, what’s that gorgeous cover to the left? Well, that’s the cover of My Abigail, the novella I’m going to release on March 30.*** You can find out more info on getting a sample of that below…

*** All the credit for that picture goes to Karoly Mezei. She is a fantastic photographer. Check out her work here

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TRICKED YA!!!

Just kidding. This is like the teaser for the teaser. Get it? To find the actual offer, go on down to the bold words and the picture under them.

This thing is pretty straightforward. It says my full name, and also tells you that I have an opportunity for you to get a free sample of my new book (actually novella, but whatever) coming out soon. It says that with the whole “Details Below” thing. *

*Blogging really isn’t hard, you all. Try it.

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There are two things I’d like to point out on this page (besides that Bruno Mars guy. Man, he’s always stalking my posts. I don’t know what his deal is. Go do the Superbowl Halftime or something with Coldplay, for real.)

For all you looking for the info on My Abigail, here it is:

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As you can see, you can get a free sample of the novella by simply plugging that url into your browser. It will take you to a Google Doc which you can download in any format or just read right then and there.

Were you expecting more? I apologize. Sign up for my mail list for news when I have stuff like this (giveaways, promotions, blah blah).

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As you can see, I have a goodreads account! If you do as well, message me on there (David Kummer, or find one of my books and click on my name) and I will certainly respond. We all are looking for friends.

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Water bottles are best when the best water bottles are used. Try thinking on that.

 

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Announcing….

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My Abigail is now available for pre-order! Official publication date is March 30.

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I apologize for all the book posts as of late. I will get away from them as soon as all this settles. If you buy it/pre-order it or She (which is 99 cents at the moment, by the way), I’d be less inclined to post these.

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Watching the Super Bowl on Sunday?

You best.