Saturday, January 9, 2016

Book Review ~ Baad Dog and Because We Told Her To: 2 stories from Sal Conte's 4 Story Collection ~ Twisty Tales of Terror @EVanLowe


About the 4 story collection according to Amazon.com:

Four Twisty Tales of Terror from "the modern master of the twist ending."

In the 1970s and 80s author, Stephen King reimagined the horror genre writing dozens of novels and stories showing horror in everyday life. Recently, Sal Conte, has picked up the mantle, carrying everyday horror forward for today's generation. Sal Conte was the premiere guest author at 2015 Horror Book Fest where he received a huge ovation after reading from his work. Download today and see what all the fuss is about.

Tale #1 Because We Told Her To

It was supposed to be a simple babysitting job, a way for teenage runaway, Kim, to get off the mean streets of Hollywood three nights a week. Then, Amaryllis and Hyacinth said "Let's play Twitter," and things got murderously strange.

Tale #2 Baad Dog

Harry wanted a cute, lovable, lap dog. Harry got a cute, lovable psychopathic murderer. Cujo Beware!

Tale #3 The Toothache Man

Don't lose your teeth. You need your teeth! "For anyone who's a fan of 'Tales From the Crypt,' you'll get a kick out of this deranged tale that has some fun and unexpected twists."

Tale #4 The Power

Sal Conte's pulp fiction classic from the 80s has been remastered and is available now only in this package. "He was just an average kid. Until he discovered he had the power--the power to kill; the power to destroy; the power to make his parents and his classmates do exactly what he wanted them to do." This ebook contains a brand new forward by the author.  

Collection Details:

Kindle File Size: 887 KB
Print Length: 371 pages
Publisher: EViL E Books (November 18, 2015)
Publication Date: November 18, 2015
ASIN: B0186PDNZE

Amazon Link:

My Reviews for Baad Dog and Because We Told Her To:


About the Story:

*This is a 4000 word short story* 

It was supposed to be a simple babysitting job, a way for teenage runaway, Kim, to get off the mean streets of Hollywood three nights a week. Then, Amaryllis and Hyacinth said "Let's play Twitter," and things got really strange. 

This is a new short story from the author of "Child’s Play," "The Power," and "The Toothache Man." Sal Conte is the horror writing alter-ego of bestselling author, E. Van Lowe.

Books Details:

Kindle File Size: 1285 KB
Print Length: 16 pages
Publisher: EViL E Books (April 3, 2015)
Publication Date: April 3, 2015
ASIN: B00UZC9QRG

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My Review:

When a homeless teen takes a job babysitting 2 young girls, she thinks she has it made - food and a warm bed 3 days a week and a a great wage.  Only, Kim learns rather quickly that these girls have a unnatural gift of persuasion.  Skills in persuasion that put Kim in a very bad position.  The story begins in the present and it's short number of pages describes exactly how Kim ended up where she is.

Because We Told Her To is a quick terror inducing story.  The plot is a mind-bender and the story will give you the chills.  Sal Conte has a way with writing bone-chilling tales that have you thinking about them long after you've closed the book or your e-reader.

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Since when did man’s best friend become his very own worst nightmare?


About the Book:

Harry wanted a dog.

He’d wanted a dog ever since his mother gave away the cute little mongrel pup he and his brother adopted when they were kids. His mom gave the dog away because Harry and Lenny didn’t take care of her as promised.

Now Harry is a grown man with children of his own. He brings home Queenie, a miracle of modern robotics who looks and acts just like a real dog. Big Mistake.

“One of the beauties of the K9-233 is that they don’t eat or poop.”

Harry’s wife, Pam, feels there’s something off about Queenie right from the beginning. And then strange things begin to happen: Harry’s five-year-old says Queenie talks to him. There’s the near fatal car accident after Harry makes Queenie spend the night in the garage for being naughty. But Harry loves Queenie—maybe a little too much. Will Harry realize there’s a murderous monster living under his roof before his entire family becomes dog food?

Baad Dog is a horror, sic-fi thriller with a twist from the author of 80s pulp horror classics Child’s Play and The Power. Sal Conte has been dubbed “the modern master of the surprise ending,” and this one is full of surprises.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 2308 KB
Print Length: 128 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: EViL E Books (October 10, 2015)
Publication Date: October 10, 2015
ASIN: B016GX197C

Amazon Link:


My Review:

Baad Dog is a short thriller about a family who chooses an unconventional family pet. Queenie is a small dog brought home by Harry. Not at all impressed, Harry's wife Pam becomes distant and mistrustful of the new family pet when she begins to feel that there is something not quite right about Queenie. What ensues is a tale of unusual accidents that suddenly increase after Queenie is left on the charger too long.

By the time Harry realizes his mistake in purchasing this dog, it may be too late for his entire family. All is not well in the world of Harry. Will anyone survive the machinations of Queenie or will the family die at the paw of a cute and cuddly robot dog?

Sal Conte does a wonderful job building up the suspense and horror in Baad Dog. I was on the edge of my seat from the moment Harry entered the house with new dog and I read Queenie's reaction to Pam. The story draws the reader into its scary web and won't let go. It's a shorter and smoothly written read and I was able to finish it rather quickly. 

Baad Dog is a fantastic October read if you're looking for something that will chill you to the bone. I'm a huge lover of small dogs, however, after reading Baad Dog, I don't think I'll ever look at them the same way again. I do believe that I'm going to be satisfied with my 50 lb. yellow lab mix who actually does eat and poop.  

Oh, and if you think you know how the story ends....really - you don't!  Sal expertly wove twists and turns into the horror-filled novella that will keep you guessing.  I truly was creeped out at the ending and that's all I can think about right now.  This book will stay in your mind and you will question robotics on an entirely new level.

Please note that Baad Dog contains some adult language.

My review copy is a verified Amazon purchase.

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