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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for April 2013 is: Mari over at ‘MariReads’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Mari, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

It was almost a year ago, when I posted my review of  ‘Skin Games’ by Adam Pepper, so I was more than pleased to be in touch with this talented author again just recently, when he was kind enough to offer Fiction Books the opportunity to review his latest book, a psychological thriller, with Adam’s trademark hint of darkness,  ‘Buried A Man I Hated There’.

Doesn’t the title alone send shivers down your spine?



Delusions drive them. Deceptions define them. Secrets consume them. BURIED A MAN I HATED THERE: A dark and unusual psychological thriller.

Jack Maddox is distraught after the mysterious deaths of his wife and young daughter. His head constantly aches and his memories are hazy and lost.

Heidi, his wife’s twin sister, does her best to help Jack cope. Ever reliable and dutiful, she encourages Jack to move on with his life.

Each Valentine’s Day, they meet in a field in rural Vermont for a picnic in the snow.

Jack has a secret that’s buried deep. Heidi has a secret of her own. Will they unravel their secrets, or will their secrets unravel them?

Salvation lies hidden in the snow, and in each other.


 Adam doesn’t seem to talk about himself an awful lot. His site ‘bio’ is remarkably impersonal, short and sweet, but I’ll give you the official potted version anyway:

I think consistent voice is one of my strong points. Whether I’m writing horror, crime or even mainstream fiction, there are certain constants to my style. I’m a native New Yorker, born and bred. One thing we don’t struggle with in New York is expressing unique and individual voice.

photograph of author Adam PepperAt times disturbing and grim, others raunchy and comical, Adam Pepper’s work is known for a unique blend of horror, suspense and speculative fiction. 

‘MEMORIA’, Adam’s debut novel, reached number 1 on the Dark Delicacies Best Seller list and received rave reviews from Cemetery Dance and Chronicle. 

‘SUPER FETUS ‘, his outrageous Bizarro novella was called “In-your-face, allegorical social commentary” by esteemed reviewer, Paul Goat Allen. 

His quick-hitting short work has appeared in genre magazines including The Best Of Horrorfind, Vol. 2 and Space And Time.

Adam’s non-fiction credits span from New Woman Magazine to The Journal News.

I did come across this great reply to a question Adam was asked, in one of his rare interviews. I thought it was worthy of a permanent place in my rotating ‘Random Quotes’ side bar:

I don’t consider myself strictly a horror author, but everything I do has a dark and cynical slant. That’s the worldview I bring to my fiction. I’ve always been attracted to bleak and gritty plots filled with disenchanted and alienated characters. I’m a fan of the underdog, of the underestimated and underappreciated. That’s just me.

I also discovered this great ‘frank and friendly’ exchange which Adam had with Jim, across at ‘Ginger Nuts Of Horror’, in September 2011. You should really check it out if you have a few moments, Jim has a great interviewing style and Adam has some equally succinct and candid responses.

A small Mailbox this week, but one which I am more than pleased with ….

What’s new on your shelves this week?

This psychological thriller, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author, Adam Pepper and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.



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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Buried A Man I Hated There sounds like a great thriller. I checked out the interview and it seems the author has written some unique titles. It’s neat that The Shining made him love the horror genre. That is one of my fav films and books. Funny enough the film differs enough from the book, yet it’s still fantastic.
    Happy reading! I don’t have anything new in my mailbox…gasp! lol. I like a quiet week though as I have way too many pending reviews.

    • Hi Naida,

      Jim did carry out a great interview didn’t he? You should check out the link to Adam’s site as well, some of the cover images on his previous books, are way too spooky!

      I have to say that the title is pretty chilling on this book ‘Buried A Man I Hated There’! After reading the synopsis, I am imagining all kinds of things happening on these annual picnics in the snow!!

      I have so many pending reviews too publish and review requests to read, that I am not really sure where to start first. I have started making lists of all the books and authors, together with all the posts I want to publish about them, then crossing each entry off as I do it … sad or what!!

      I think that I may have more than a touch of OCD, although I am a little reticent to admit to this, when a colleague told me last week, that she considers OCD to be a low level form of autism … As you can probably guess, I was suitably unimpressed!!

      Ah well! back to my list making LOL

      Have a good week.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      One of my favourite genres also and having read a previous book from this author, I am sure that it will be very well written and executed, despite this being his first foray into the genre of psychological thriller.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • A dark and unusual psychological thriller? Sounds like my kind of read. For some reason I’m surprised to learn that this is a work of fiction, I think looking at the cover I was expecting a true-life story.

    • Hi Tracy,

      If you want to know what ‘dark’ looks like, just check out Adam’s website. Writing a psychological thriller, or indeed anything mainstream literary fiction, is a whole new direction for him, however if he only adds a hint of his trademark ‘darkness’, this is sure to be a winner and a story I won’t forget. Obviously there is something critical about the idea of picnicing in the snow, in this particular place, or at least that is what my imagination is having me believe! I can’t wait for this book to get to the top of my pile.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your thoughts and comments

  • Hi Yvonne! I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks, only posting sporadically and haven’t been visiting blogs as much as I would have liked. Today I found myself with some spare time, so decided to try to catch up.

    Buried A Man I Hated There sounds really good, I’m adding it to my list.

    Enjoy your book and have a great week!

    • Hi Vicki,

      I know how you feel. Sometimes it seems that all I do is sit at my desk, either writing and publishing posts, or responding to people’s lovely comments … rather than reading! The trouble is, that I get withdrawal symptoms quite quickly, if I make a conscious decision to take a day or two off, so that just never really happens.

      I seem to have completely foresaken many of my other hobbies, as I literally just don’t have time to fit them all in. So perhaps I should do what I do with most other things in my life and make a daily list, so that I am reminded on a regular basis that I should take time away from the screen to do something different!

      I am glad that you decided to catch up today, as ‘Buried A Man I Hated There’ sounds like a great book and with the ‘dark’ slant that Adam gives to all his work, I am sure it is going to be a book to be read with all the lights on!!

      Thanks for the visit, I appreciate your time and comments.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Just the title alone sends shivers down my spine and yet the synopsis sounds quite benign … knowing Adam’s style of writing, this will definitely not be the case, he is obviously luring me into some sense of security.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You have to have as dark a mind and imagination as Adam obviously has, to come up with a title as scary as that!

      I am imagining all sorts of combinations of events, which could account for the title, although I’ll lay money on the fact that I will have got things completely wrong, when I actually get to read the book!

      I am definitely sure to enjoy the book though, as mystery / thriller is probably my most favourite genre.

      I always appreciate you stopping by and thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • ‘Buried a Man I Hated There’ sounds right up my street (but then you already know that!). I’m looking forward to your review.

    P.S. – You may want to skip visiting my blog tonight and check tomorrow instead…….

    • Hi Nikki,

      I knew that you would find this book quite intriguing, especially given your review post of ‘Poppet’ yesterday, that cover really freaked me out!

      You have me very intrigued about what is going to post on your blog tomorrow now, I may have to stop by in a minute anyway, just to make sure that you haven’t sneaked anything else up early!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes, it is a great title, isn’t it? You just know that all is not going to end well, if the title even hints at what is to come.

      This one probably wouldn’t appeal to you if it is a genre that you don’t subscribe to very often. Adam has quite a dark and cynical slant to much of his writing, which makes for an intense and gritty reading experience.

      Me, I can’t get enough of it!!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are appreciated, as are your thoughts and comments.

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