Caelie After The Massacre: A Short Story by Wendy Fisher

Publication Date: February 2, 2017


Caelie After The Massacre: A Short Story (The Moosewolf Series Book 1) by Wendy FisherCaelie’s family has been betrayed by a trusted confidante and she is the lone survivor. She wanders through the frozen tundra looking for healing and safety.




Caelie After The Massacre is a snapshot short story weighing in at a very light 13 pages. It feels somewhat out of context and a world full of unfamiliar creatures and tribal rivalries. We know that Caelie’s family is rich and powerful and that she loses everything that could tie her to their name and maintain their affluence and authority when she makes her way back to her slice of an alternate universe.

Caelie is as well structured as a character running from death can be. We learn a little about her in offhand bursts. She’s collateral damage. Caelie is a daughter and seemingly inconsequential but the bad guys want her whole family wiped out so she must be killed. Tracked down and suffering from hypothermia, she’s sure not to last long but the bad guys are through. Their win must be total and must be evidenced to a greater populace (either their people or people they want to threaten). We also know that Caelie, when backed into a corner, is not one to be messed with but this is not a short story without peril. Will our eponymous heroine survive to the end of the story? There are no assurances or clear picture of the series to come or if Caelie will play a role. Fisher’s hints at the tribal structure of the world as well as the canine like social structure of the fearsome Moosewolves are intriguing.

Technically the piece is very well written. The author perfectly conveys a sense of urgency and her characters react in a way consistent with the danger they face. The tone is dark and the hints of a greater alternate universe will tantalize readers of fantasy. There’s a lot left, seemingly intentionally, unclear which, for this reader, was a bit of a letdown but I can see how people will become invested and the fans of this world will build. Fisher is a good writer with a solid imagination and authors with those virtues build a following.

Are you a fan of fantasy? Pick Caelie After The Massacre  up today and let me know what you think.


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Cinderelleper: A Fairytale Satire by Ford Forkum

Publication Date: February 14, 2017


Cinderelleper by Ford Forkum, a fairytale book review by Rabid Reader's Reviews

Cinderelleper is a satirical retelling of the classic Grimm fairy tale and the Cinderella movie produced by Disney in the 1950s.





Cinderelleper, is the name given to her by her evil stepmother. Cinderpeller is diagnosed with leprosy early in the story and this is the take-off of the well-known fairy tale. We’ve all seen the memes spoofing with the Prince on the internet, “Says you are the love of his life. Forgets what you look like and has to put a shoe on every girl in the kingdom.” Forkum takes that common sense sarcasm to an extreme by writing a story more in the spirit of the dark and dangerous Grimm fairy tale than the world of helpful mice and unfettered optimism of the Disney version. His story is tongue-in-cheek and it is told with respect to the depth of the material by folding it to expose the core.

Cinderelleper features the irredeemably cruel and ambitious evil stepmother and the hyper-critical, evil stepsisters. Rather than the implied haughtily cruel eyebrow of the animated version, Forkum’s version is borderline homicidal and the stepmother is out for her own ambition with her daughters as pawns in the pursuit of never having to lift a finger. For her part, Cinderelleper is circumspect about the circumstances leading her to enslavement that staves off that sense that she’s a battered and broken victim. She has no plans to advocate for the hand of the feckless prince, but she’s been given a mission that makes sense for the good of the kingdom and is willing to carry it out.

The humor of Cinderelleper is sometimes quite elementary but it is clearly a callback to highlight the nonsense of (mostly) the Disney version. Mice as drivers? The fairy godmother’s magical chant is reminiscent of something the Simpsons would do, so as not to be sued by Disney (see their spoof of Snow White). At a light 43 pages, the story is pretty straightforward and generally close to the key events of the Disney version with enough of a digression that though the framework may resemble the progression, the characters, motivations and end results are completely different. There are moments of brilliance in the piece that really led to reflection beyond the page. There are lessons in Cinderelleper. Technically speaking, the novella is perfect. There are no formatting or general errors.

Cinderelleper is a fun and fast read that whether you’re a fan of fairy tales or live to hate them, you’ll enjoy. Pick it up today.

If you enjoy wacky humor, read our reviews of Ford Forkum’s Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse and Beers in Heaven.

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Dead Man Talking (Dead Man Mysteries Book 1) by T.M. Simmons

Publication Date: June 13, 2011


Author and ghost hunter, Alice Carpenter, has been living with 10 ghosts. Alice’s cousin, Katy, calls her to the family home to help with demanding and destructive resident ghost who is desperate to know who killed him. Soon after arriving Alice meets a new ghost and Katy becomes a suspect in that ghost’s murder. Can Alice hope her cousin and stop a killer? She’ll need help from another world to solve this one.



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Mythology 101 by Jody Lynn Nye

Publication Date: November 23, 2014



Keith Doyle discovers the existence of a class of fairy tale folk led by a teacher named “The Master” living under the library at Midwestern University just after his fellow committee members and he decide to bulldoze their home.  His crush, Marcy, is a member of the class and Keith is desperate to make her happy and save her fellow classmates … with their help. Can they work together and save the building in time?



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Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude by Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Publication Date: May 6, 2015



Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude is a seven-story prequel to the Boston Metaphysical Steampunk comic book. The anthology includes stories by Madeleine Holly Rosing and line art by Emily Hu.




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Eaters: Michel’s Blog (A Horror Comedy Novella) by Mattie Jay Cormier

Release Date: August 11, 2016



After living away for several years working as a professional writer, Michel returns to his hometown to face the ghosts of his past. It won’t only be an ex-girlfriend or a strung-out old friend he’ll face. Michel’s hometown has suffered a recent outbreak of centipede-like creatures known as “Eaters.” As Michel and his small band of compatriots struggle to survive will they succeed or will they be eaten.




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Zombie Rebellion by Sean Munger

Publication Date: June 3, 2014



It’s 1794 in Pennsylvania and the local tax collector, Roger Clymer, has the unenviable task of collecting a new whiskey tax. When opposition starts to rise, Roger and his son wait for the arrival of George Washington and his troops with a limited number of bullets and a rising zombie horde.




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Gladiators vs. Zombies by Sean-Michael Argo

Publication Date: January 16, 2014



Business is dropping off for Lanista Laeca, a master of a gladiator school, and he’s eager to find the next big thing. When a gladiator brings fighting the undead back from a faraway land, Lanista knows he has  found his moneymaker. Who will win in Gladiators vs. Zombies?




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Free e-book download by the science fiction and fantasy author, Veronica Scott

Check out the free e-book download available today by the science fiction and fantasy author, Veronica Scott. According to Ms. Scott, this book will be permanently free. It’s the first book in the series the Gods of Egypt series. Check out my review. It’s a series definitely worth reading.









Dancer of the Nile: Gods of Egypt by Veronica Scott