Saturday, January 22, 2022

Cinema 7 by Michael J. Moore - Book Tour & Review

Cinema 7  by Michael J Moore

Book Information


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·        Genre:  Horror

·        Print length: 424 pages

·        Age range: 18+

·        Trigger warnings: Violent death of children and adults; supernatural events

·        Amazon Rating: New novel not yet rated

About Cinema 7

Something has taken a liking to the children of Mount Vernon, Washington. Its eyes are orange, and glow like fire. Its hissing voice is the autumn wind.

It hovers over them at night, casting snake-like shadows that dance on the walls. It laughs and taunts as they cry in their beds. It says it wants to take them trick-or-treating.

Halloween is in a week.

Kyle McIntosh is hardly aware when the first four kids are abducted, their families slaughtered. Though news-vans litter the streets, his 16-year-old heart has just been broken. Night-after-night, more children are taken. More bodies are left behind.

When Kyle’s little brother claims an orange-eyed monster has been visiting him at night, ignorance ceases to be an option – because their family might just be next.

My Review

Cinema 7 is a horror story about creepy kids. Now, we all know kids can be nightmare fuel for a multitude of reasons if horror movies are to be believed. As a parent myself, I, thankfully, have never experienced anything outside the norm with my two kiddos. But in this book, Kim's mom and her boyfriend (along with some other parents in town) are about to discover that their kids are being hunted and taken over by a demonic entity. 
In Mount Vernon, kids are going missing, and their parents are turning up dead at the crime scenes. Who is murdering these adults and stealing their kids? That's what the police are trying to figure out.
Kyle McIntosh is a 16-year-old boy who only cares about the fact that his girlfriend dumped him and has moved on already. He's dealing with a broken heart in his own way, but that leads him to witnessing the missing children one day. The only problem? There's something wrong with them. Traipsing around town with weapons, wearing nothing but stained night clothes/underwear, these kids are menacing, and their eyes are glowing orange. Kyle isn't sure what's going on, and he doesn't think the police believe him when he explains what he saw. 
Then, his little brother starts talking about an orange-eyed monster visiting him at night. Now, Kyle is taking things more seriously. His brother might be the next one to get taken, and Kyle knows if he can't uncover the truth, his family just might be next.
This is an interesting read. The story starts off with a dark, disturbing scene, and then it slows down a bit. And while the story holds steady, while also throwing in more creepy scenes and some gore for good measure, it never really got under my skin the way I expected it to. 
I love horror. I've been reading it/watching it since I was a kid (around 6 or 7), and there are actually quite a few things that freak me out. Usually farm animals, but that's a different story. Creepy kids, not so much, unless they're done in a way that really makes me uneasy (like the kids in Children of the Corn, perhaps). Cult-like emotionless children are scary. And these kids had that vibe, but they didn't quite freak me out in the same way.
I felt like the story was a little slow at times. I found myself struggling a bit in spots, but overall, I did enjoy Cinema 7 for what it was. It's definitely a different sort of horror story, and I'm glad I took a chance on it and read it.
3.5 stars!

About the Author

Michael J Moore’s books include :

·        After the Change (published by MKM Bridge Press), a horror novel placed on the Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot 2019 for Superior Achievement in a Novel

·        Highway Twenty (a horror novel published by HellBound Books)

·        Secret Harbor (a thriller, published by HellBound Books).

His work has appeared in Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Horrorzine Magazine, Schlock Magazine, Minutes Before Six, Terror House Magazine, Siren’s Call Magazine, Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine, HellBound Books anthology “Ghosts, Spirits and Specters”, The Electric Press, Dissections The Journal of Contemporary Horror, Soteira Press Anthology “What Monsters Do For Love”, The Point Magazine, The Huffington Post, Carecovidartresource, has been adapted for theater and produced in the Seattle area, is used as curriculum at the University of Washington and has received an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.

Michael also has short stories released by Rainfall Books, Horror Tree – Trembling with Fear, Transmundane Press, The University of Chicago, Awakenings Review, Fox Hollow Stories and Scribe Magazine.

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