Horror Mondays! Book Review: Blackout by Tim Curran

August 18, 2014 Aliens, Blog, Horror 2

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: Aliens or something..

Wow.. this has some really horrific moments in it. Think War of the Worlds but without it being in your face for the first couple of chapters… ISH! Aliens can be so creepy! Don’t believe me, watch any alien movie, (with the exclusion of maybe ET) and tell me how you feel about aliens afterwards!

Blackout Blackout
Published by DarkFuse on August 19th 2014
Genres: Horror, Sci Fi
Pages: 274
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

In the midst of a beautiful summer, in a perfectly American suburban middle-class neighborhood, a faraway evil is lurking, waiting to strike the unsuspecting residents.

First come the flashing lights, then the heavy rains, high winds, and finally a total blackout. But that’s only the beginning…

When the whipping black tentacles fall from the sky and begin snatching people at random, the denizens of Piccamore Way must discover the terrifying truth of what these beings have planned for the human race.

My Thoughts HorrorThis starts and I got an odd feeling right away. Seriously, Tim Curran can put that feeling into your hear without you even realizing what is going on. And the characters do not know either, which is half of the problem. Crazy shit is going on outside, do NOT go out there… I mean geezus!

For a horror most of this was pretty tame. It was the aspect of the ratcheting horror that I enjoyed though. There were a lot of characters introduced as the evening wears on but mostly it’s the main character and he is trying desperately to keep his cool through some really weird times. He loses it a few times though. And once so badly that I wanted to kill him myself! I mean, my god!! What was he thinking!?

Really though, that’s the fun of these kinds of books. You get to see if someone is going to be a hero or if that fight or flight syndrome will kick into place. As the plot progresses it does get scarier and there are some moments that are just plain gory. But it wasn’t gore just to be in your face, it matched the storyline and where things were going.

Emotionally I wasn’t totally vested with most of the characters. It’s not that I didn’t like them but there just wasn’t enough to really get to know them. Ended a little flat. I wanted just one more chapter maybe? Loved Tim’s easy writing style though. Although, I did have a little question… do guys giggle? That threw me off.

In short: Love this horror! It has given me nightmares the last two nights! Definitely is the type to stick with you.


Horror Meter: 4/5

It’s not really that horrific until closer to the end but I HAVE been having nightmares about it!

Gore: 4/5

Shock Factor: 3/5

Emotions: 3/5

Total Scare: 4/5

The Author HorrorWebsite

When I sat down to knock out this bio I read about a dozen others on
author websites. Mostly, they were what you might expect. Just the facts,
ma’am, and nothing but the facts. The straight scoop: where I came from
and what I’m doing now. But the more I thought about it, the more I
decided that wasn’t what I wanted at all. Yes, I had to write about
myself–something no one is entirely comfortable with–but there was no
reason to make it as dry as a newspaper article, I decided.

So I decided to write about my childhood.

Because, like most horror writers, I’m tuned into my childhood and the
elemental fears most adults hide away in the closet I exploit. So here goes.

See his full bio




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2 Responses to “Horror Mondays! Book Review: Blackout by Tim Curran”

    • Christina

      It wasn’t even THAT scary. I think I could just visualize what Tim Curran was saying and really that in itself was brilliant. But, yes I do recommend daytime reading if you do read this one. It’s worth it!