A Lovely Package Arrives!

Jeannine HG order

We here at the Skullcave get pretty excited about good mail. There is enough of the other kind. Enough I say!

Whew, okay back on track here. This fantastic book of  poetry is by Jeannine Hall Gailey and is published by Moon City Press. It has great cover art and the title, “Field Guide To The End of The World” This is poetry for those of us who are fans of the speculative and the dark. Gailey’s poetry will make you chuckle as well, which is as it should be. Do we not read to escape?

You can purchase Jeannine Hall Gailey’s books from Amazon or from her site webbish6 . The bonus of purchasing from Jeannine directly is that you have the option of getting a signed copy and maybe a few extra goodies like a bookmark or postcard! I am in awe of the lovely broadside of Jeannine’s poem “The Snow Queen Explains” it is part of a very limited and numbered release of just 80 pieces. Wow! I am getting a nice frame for it this weekend!

I’m going to run a more in depth review of  this book next week-So don’t touch that dial! Til then, keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your…well, you know.

Thursday Throwback Thriller-When The Watcher Shakes!


Now this book is certainly not an old classic, but it is an important milestone for many reasons. “Watcher” was one of my first professional book reviews done for a big company. Being on the Hellnotes writer roster was a big step up for me. “When The Watcher Shakes” was Timothy G. Huguenin’s debut novel and I have yet to see a more professional looking self-published book. It just blew me away!

Still does, because the story of “Watcher” is very appropriate for the times we’re having in America. It tells the story of a very intrinsic group of people living by rules laid down by a dictator who pretends that there is a democratic committee handling things. Things do not turn out well when a stranger comes to town with ideas of freedom and equality for all. He “ruins” the dictatorship by empowering the people but pays a very high cost for his efforts. If you haven’t had a chance to read ‘When The Watcher Shakes” I heartily encourage you to do so!

I’d also like to mention that Timothy G. Huguenin is currently looking for a publisher for his upcoming third novel at this time. If anybody is interested or has any suggestions, please give us a shout! You can click on Timothy’s page from my site here and I’m pretty sure he will comment on this when I share it on Twitter as well! His books are available on Amazon and his work has appeared in many mags. He’s very friendly and is able to achieve great story telling with very little profanity which makes him a great choice for a publisher looking for a writer with wide appeal.

As the saying goes, “every little bit helps” and I know all of us in the speculative writing community are a warm-hearted bunch. If he succeeds, we all do!

Worship Me Review On Amazon

Worship Me cover shot

Customer Review

on October 19, 2017
I know that comparisons are odious, however for readers who want something to compare this book to, think some of the really good Stephen King books and you’ll be right on target! “Worship Me” is going to knock your socks off your feet and into another room! You’ll find yourself feeling very invested in the characters like recently single mom, Angela, who just wants to save her son. Rick-is he really a harbinger of a new God or evil incarnate? Why can’t Don save his flock? This book moves very fast and takes the reader for a ride through terror and reality, which is what really good horror writing does. Nothing is flat, every scene and every character is 3-D. It is amazing how “upstanding church folk” act when put into crisis mode and how easily they switch sides when it benefits them. The compound ending to the story is amazing and you won’t see it coming. Brilliant! As someone who reads over a hundred books a year, I heartily recommend you buy “Worship Me” today!

Well Hello There Good Lookin’!


Here’s a face only a mother could love! But I sure do like seeing a brand-spanking new issue of The Iconoclast #115 in my mailbox! This issue is crammed with awesome poetry! Unfortunately, nothing by me this time, but I’m already working on a submission to send in soon! Single issue $5.00 and subscription only $20.00! Try it today, you’ll be glad you did!

Say Hello to my Little Friend!

Day of the Dead Skull Cane

This is the head of my new cane. Like many of my friends, M.R. Tapia for example, I love and respect Day of the Dead art. So when I found this beauty, I was pretty damn excited! Being disabled, I have to use crutches or canes to get around. But now I’ll be doing it in style, with this handsome helper! The detail is amazing, it even has marigold eyes. Definitely a welcome addition to all the skulls here in the Skull Cave! I think I feel a new collection brewing!

The Review of “Pacific Rising is LIVE!

Pacific Rising
John W. Dennehy
Severed Press
June 26, 2017
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis

We are living in dark times. Nothing is really a “sure thing” anymore. Even in rural areas, the majority of the population doesn’t assume they’re safe. We have learned, sadly enough, that the good guys don’t always win and the weather can often turn into a force of mass destruction. Happy times turn tragic way too often.

That is why books of the type we review here are more important than ever. Really. We need to escape the world we live in and take a mental journey elsewhere. Either into strange and speculative worlds, or ones full of suspense and terror. For just a little while we are caught up and taken away from our troubles. Sometimes the best morale booster is to read a book in which the good guys DO win while fighting against impossible odds. For that very purpose, I recommend Pacific Rising by John W. Dennehy!

Nearly everyone is familiar with Godzilla, a huge and destructive beast that rose in the infancy of the world’s Atomic Age. He broke a lot of ground (literally) and gave the world an evil entity to focus all their fears of mushroom clouds, nuclear fallout, and horrible death on. Stop-motion animation, and obvious model cities have reduced our modern-day opinion of him. Godzilla is funny, quaint even, and something that’s okay to let the kids watch. Godzilla is/was a Kaiju – A giant, T-rex type of monster that is highly destructive and nearly impossible to kill. Many folks feel that there could be more than one of these amazing creatures.

In Pacific Rising, Dennehy puts a Kaiju into our high-tech, modern world and this monster has no interest in being quaint. It adapts quickly and seems damn near indestructible! Zamera bursts onto the coast of Japan during a horrible tropical storm that becomes a deadly hurricane. While the storm does plenty of damage and fells multitudes of people, that’s just the beginning of the bad breaks for all involved. While the citizens of Tokyo and its military forces are suffering the actions of Zamera, American forces are doing their best to batten down the hatches offshore in prep for the hurricane. Add in a super-secret missile recovery mission being done by Navy SEALS off the coast of North Korea and you have a suspense-filled action thriller that keeps you turning pages!

Dennehy thrusts us right into the action. People are running from the storm and into the Kaiju by page three! Awesome, right? The story is also quite realistic. A mission into North Korea, the detail-filled reporting about the branches of the military forces involved, hard decisions being made by powerful people, and a child being able to help the Marines at a crucial moment. There are even looters in Tokyo trying to make a buck off of a tragedy, which sounds very similar to recent events in the world. Pacific Risingputs us right in the middle of things with a front row seat.

We follow Master Gunnery Sargent James Penton, Captain Kate Able, Zamera (the Kaiju), Maki and her family, and Navy SEALS Harding and Stiles throughout the book. The pieces fit together quite smoothly and with lots of hard work by the characters who are all trying to do the near impossible. It is only after everything is secured at the base that the Marines are asked for help and they give it their all! Eventually, it comes down to Penton, Able, and Maki. I’m sure everyone has an opinion about this, but I like that the author has the good guys win. It gives us the important affirmation that Good will triumph over Evil in the end. There is also a touch of romance that warms the book up nicely and makes us care about the characters more.

While I hate to say the C-word even before Halloween has passed, I think this book would make an excellent Christmas gift for many people. It’s a fun read, clean on the language, and carries a lot of positive messages. There’s also a cool monster! I recommend this book 100 percent! Good stuff! Last, but definitely not least, I want to say that I think Pacific Rising would make one hell of a cool movie. Chalk up another 5 stars for good guy John W. Dennehy!

About Brian J. Lewis

Brian James Lewis is a published poet and writer who enjoys reviewing speculative fiction and dark poetry. With all the great emerging writers, magazines, and presses, it is exciting to be part of this growing community! Word of mouth and keyboard is more important than it’s ever been, because readers want to know about books before they buy. It makes Brian feel great to see writers he’s reviewed become successful and their work go on to win awards! Whatever happens, he’s always glad to offer encouragement and increase visibility of writers who trust him with their work. You can catch up with Brian on Twitter @skullsnflames76 or on his WordPress blog damagedskullwriterandreviewer.com