Saturday, June 14, 2014

JOAN DE LA HAYE - WOMAN IN HORROR!



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Joan De La Haye is my Woman In Horror today! Joan and I share stories in a couple of super books. Horror 101: The Way Forward, probably the best non-fiction book ever written on everything you need to know about writing horror is the first. Joan has a story titled Writing Short Fiction within its pages. As the cover says, "Career Advice By Seasoned Professionals." The second book is the great anthology Tales From The Lake Vol. 1. where she has a short story The Reunion.

One of her super books is Shadows, a tale of deep psychological terror at its best.

Book Description

December 3, 2013
Sarah is forced to the edge of sanity by the ghosts of her family’s past. Suffering from violent and bloody hallucinations, she seeks the help of psychologist and friend, Michael Brink.

After being sent to an institution in a catatonic state covered in blood from stabbing her unfaithful boyfriend, Sarah is forced to confront the truth about her father’s death and the demon, Jack, who caused her fathers suicide and is now the reason for her horrific hallucinations. Unlike her father, Sarah refuses to kill herself. She bargains for her life and succeeds.

In Sarah’s struggle to regain her life and her sanity, she discovers more things to the world than she could ever have imagined and leaves her seeking the answer to the nagging question, Who is really mad?
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa's Clive Barker December 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Shadows follows one woman’s descent into madness and revenge, a descent which affects everyone around her.

Sarah is a woman looking for love, acceptance and stability – but there are plenty of obstacles in her way, the least of which is her struggle to deal with her father’s suicide. When we meet Sarah she’s on the verge of falling apart, and as the novel progresses things just get worse. She’s the perfect example of a character who is beaten down in almost every aspect of her life, and as such her part of the tale (the main focus of the book) is not particularly nice to read – I can’t say that I enjoyed it, but by ‘enjoy’ I mean watching the particular brand of violence in a movie like ‘Hostel’ – you watch with a kind of sick fascination, wincing, feeling your stomach roil. But you continue watching, because something in you (which you would rather not acknowledge or pay attention to or even try understand) can’t stop watching. So, in that sense I didn’t enjoy Sarah’s story, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, in the particular kind of meaning that ‘good’ has in relation to this book. By the end of the novel I felt like I had journeyed to hell and back with Sarah, and I felt enlightened, having been given an intimate glimpse into a world that I would definitely not want to be a part of.

But Sarah isn’t the only character – there’s Sarah’s boyfriend, Kevin –not a nice man at all- and I particularly enjoyed his story, even though as a character he was unlikeable. When I dislike a character that is meant to be disliked, it means the writer did a damned good job.

There’s Kevin’s sister, Kevin’s lover, Sarah’s sister, Kevin’s parents – and one particular character that may or may not exist – Jack. All of them swirl together, upsetting each other’s carts and lives, and how this happens is like watching the onset of violent insanity – the various plots and how they interweave are an excellent example of good plotting. What Joan also does in this novel is let the story unfold from two different POVs – First Person, in Sarah’s case, and Third-Person for the rest of the characters. It’s a tiny bit jarring in the beginning but I soon got into the flow, and I still can’t decide which character(s)’ plot and POV I ‘enjoyed’ the most.

But here I warn you all again – if you’re open to reading a book that is genuinely disturbing, in some cases distasteful, and creepy as hell, then I’m pretty sure you’ll ‘enjoy’ Shadows. If you don’t like being removed from your comfort zone, if you don’t like challenging yourself, then you’ll probably put this book down and never touch it again.

I think this novel is excellent, and showcases Joan’s writing-ability as well as her twisted imagination. I think it’s a damned ‘good’ book, and I hope you’ll read it, too.
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Call me twisted, but the part about the review I liked the most was "genuinely disturbing." Music to my ears.
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Her novella Oasis has has one of the most unique twists on zombies I have ever read. Being a Physicist, I really appreciate this.
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Book Description

July 14, 2012
Oasis is a Novella/Novellette

2013 – The planet has been fried by solar flares turning it into a desert. The surviving population has been affected by solar radiation, turning them into Zombies. Only a handful of people remain unaffected. A family of civilians, guided by a crack army unit who has seen more action than they can handle, must make their way to the safety of a UN base at the South Pole called New Atlantis.

But can they make it to this oasis alive or will they only reach it as the undead?
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, flee, they're after me! July 17, 2012
By DJP
Format:Kindle Edition
Tense, unnervingly stark, and told at a brisk pace; Oasis is the perfect remedy for surviving those slow, ploddingly obvious Zombie tales that proliferate.

Maxine and her family come out of their shelter after Doomsday, seeking to flee the horrors around them, and fall in with a group of soldiers heading towards the salvation of an installation at the South Pole. But the apocalypse has wrought many changes, and those hunting them, altered by the deadly unfiltered rays of the sun, are even worse than the destruction in their wake.

Lulled by the story of Maxine's steady awakening to her needs and desires as survival instincts come to the fore, you're suddenly hit with a ruthless twist that allows the author to portray both sides of the conflict through the eyes of both the fleeing and the altered. It all climaxes in a cracking ending that leaves you horrified and grinning (if it doesn't, you're probably not twisted enough to read Apocalyptic Zombie Fiction!)

One of the first releases from Indie Publisher, Fox Spirit; Oasis brings an exciting author to the hordes of readers hungry for a good tale. Look out for her first Fox Spirit release, Requiem in E Sharp. 
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Amazon bio:


Joan De La Haye writes horror and some very twisted thrillers. She invariably wakes up in the middle of the night, because she's figured out yet another freaky way to mess with her already screwed up characters.
Joan is interested in some seriously weird stuff. That's probably also one of the reasons she writes horror.
Joan is deep, dark and seriously twisted and so is her writing.


Joan De La Haye is definitely a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


 

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