Fiction - Horror
96 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2013
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Author Biography

Su Halfwerk writes in the horror and paranormal romance genres. From a tender age, the written word left a strong impression on her, later on terrifying, blood-chilling books became the object of her interest. Su’s style in horror combines shuddery terror with elements of surprise; some would even call it an enigmatic twist. In the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to seduce and tantalize.
Other books by Su Halfwerk:
•His to Possess (Finalist in 2011 EPIC Awards in the Paranormal Romance category)
•Zuphreen (Horror/Urban Fantasy)
•Intricate Entanglement (Horror/Thriller)
•Seeker Book 1 of the Unsettled trilogy (Paranormal Romance)
•Hellbound (Horror)
•Avenger Book 2 of the Unsettled trilogy (Paranormal Romance)
When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Hellbound, author Su Halfwerk presents to readers three dark and disturbing stories regarding human nature and the place that no sane mind wants to be – Hell. This novella starts off with The Deadening. Bart is a greedy morgue attendant that steals from the dead and receives a worthy punishment for his act. In the second story, The Substitute, fake medium Stan Malcovich is happily cheating people through phony channeling sessions, but his meeting with a woman named Joanna Stark is about to change that. Scorned is a story about Troy and Jenna. After seven years of marriage, the seemingly heroic Troy becomes abusive, but Jenna has a secret way to get even with him.

Simply put, it is excellent. Hellbound is effortlessly engrossing and enjoyable; a well-written horror fiction set around a hellish theme. The prose is strong and straightforward at the same time. All the main characters in each story are well-fleshed out. Halfwerk does not rely on the gore technique for her story. All of them are more psychological, which is the main strength of Hellbound as a whole. The clear lesson here is that karma should be taken seriously. In a way, these stories are also about the degradation of morals and ethics in society.

I’m sure that fans will be delighted to know that one of the most terrifying beings in the genre, Lilith, also appears in one of the stories. All in all, a quick, gripping, and compulsive read from Su Halfwerk. As a fan of the horror genre, I’m very satisfied and hope that my fellow readers with the insatiable hunger for great, dark, twisted stories won’t miss this one.

Jenny Twist

A delightful anthology of really creepy stories.

THE DEADENING tells the tale of a morgue attendant with a penchant for robbing the dead. When he helps himself to a note in the pocket of his latest customer he gets more than he bargained for - a LOT more.

THE SUBSTITUTE: Stan Malcovich was making a good living as a medium before he met Joanna. But when Joanna doesn't get what she wants he finds the dead really begin to speak through him and they don't say the things his clients want to hear. What does Joanna really want? And why does she have such tremendous power over him?

SCORNED: When Troy sees a trio of roughnecks follow an attractive redhead out the bar, he does the chivalrous thing and follows them. Sure enough, he finds them threatening the girl and wades in to defend her honour. Of course, Troy has an ulterior motive but then, so does Jenna............

If you enjoy horror you will love this book. Ms Halfwerk is an accomplished writer who takes you to places you never wanted to go. Each of these stories tells of one person's journey to Hell. Trust me. You really don't want to go there!