PUBLISHER: Etopia Press
RELEASE DATE: 15th March 2012
FORMAT: Ebook, 232 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Horror
Two chilling novellas of horror by Peter Giglio and Catherine Cavendish… Cold Revenge Some dinner invitations are best ignored… For no apparent reason, Nadine, Maggie, Gary, and Nick are invited to dinner at the lavish home of top fashion writer, Erin Dartford. But why has she invited them? Why doesn’t she want her guests to mingle? And just what is it about the mysterious Erin that makes them want to run for their lives? Little do they know that as they prepare to eat their first course, an evil as old as mankind is about to be unleashed. And revenge really is a dish best served cold…
A Spark in the Darkness On the final day of her second life, Edie returns to the family she abandoned five years earlier. Edie is not merely a vampire, she’s a Goddess…one of the vanishing race of beings the vampires need to keep their kind alive. But being dead has taught her much about life, and Edie’s determined to destroy the evil thing she’s become. For something has changed within her, something almost alive in her dead soul. But can a single spark in the darkness be enough to save all she holds dear? (Goodreads)
COLD SPARKS is a book containing two short stories A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS by Peter Giglio and COLD REVENGE by Catherine Cavendish. Both stories are written from several different points of view as the author gives each of the main characters a chapter or two to tell their story that contribute to the whole.
A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS by Peter Giglio
A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS starts off at a slow pace with Edie, the main protagonist pondering her life, reflecting on how much she is wasting it and taking no responsibility at the hurt she has left in her path. Edie needing more money sits in a seedy club, to hitchhike her way to find her ex-husband Colin, to try and take advantage of him some more. Then Randy, a good looking, smartly dressed man offers Edie some company and a drink. Edie thinking that her luck is about to change takes Randy up on his offer for a ride and jumps into the plush lorry cab, where Randy turns out to be more than what he appeared to be.
Up to this point the story was line was very slow paced and a little dull, I guess to make the impact of the gruesome vampire Peter Giglio creates a much greater surprise, which worked. The viciousness and description of the attack made me gasp in shock and reminded me of the vampire monsters in Blade 2, A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS picked up after the vampires were introduced and as Edie comes to terms with her new existence.
Edie now dead realises how good her life actually was and wants it back, and the rest of the story is about Edie trying to protect that which she now holds dear. I did like how Edie’s personality evolved, from never truly living and appreciating what she had to dying and fighting for those things she never appreciated.
We meet a few different characters in A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS and my favourite is a courageous, young boy, Tim who can see through the vampire façade, a vampire hunter in the making and one of his lines made me laugh, only because I’m one of those girls.
It was scary that girls at school had romantic notions about vampires-things they’d picked up from books and movies. He tried to talk sense into them, to make them understand the truth. But no matter how hard he tried, they just wouldn’t shake their beloved delusions.
COLD REVENGE by Catherine Cavendish
An intimate dinner party with an exclusive host in a beautiful mansion, what could go wrong? Four couples are invited to dinner with a top fashion editor Erin Dartford however, one of each of the couples is hiding a dark secret and since receiving the invite their secret seems to be playing on their conscience.
The majority of the characters seemed shallow and vain, stepping on people to claw themselves to the top of their careers, feeling no guilt towards the destruction left in their wake. I found it difficult to connect with the characters and thought that when this dinner goes pair shaped, they would get their just desserts.
On arriving at the intimidating, luxurious mansion, Erin welcomes the couples but avoids introducing them to the other guests, also Erin gives off an aura of foreboding and the atmosphere is tense and uncertain as some of the guests hiding a secret, begin to hear the voice and see the ghost of the person they were responsible for destroying.
Scared, uncomfortable and unable to explain their desire to leave, they sit down to an amazing cold starter, which has been individually prepared for each guest. Erin has somehow picked the guests favourite starter, if she knows that, could she know anything else?
My tummy did give a little growl at the description of food on offer, so I wondered what my favourite starter would be. I decided that I lacked any grand dining experience, so it would be a simple TGI Fridays, Jack Daniel’s Glazed wings. With what came after the starter, I think I’d be happy to give it a miss.
The cost of revenge was high and only one person from the party was able to keep their soul intact, as she did not allow the desire for revenge to consume her.
Stephanie shook her head. “No, Mel. Yours was a righteous anger. Theirs was pure hate. The difference is the price of your soul.”
I wasn’t overly impressed with COLD SPARKS, although, I did like the message in each of the novella’s. First with A SPARK IN THE DARKNESS, where Edie through her experiences only realising what she had after it was gone. It was the story that made me gasp in surprise. Whereas COLD REVENGE focused on allowing feelings of hate and revenge to overrule your life, consuming any hope of happiness, thrusting you down into the pit of hell. Both thought provoking, yet lacking in pace and didn’t provide the tense scare that I was hoping for.
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