Webtoon Somnium Theatre by _Mirach_

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Summary Of Mortalfied

WRITTEN BY #1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR KAYLA KRANTZ

After an encounter with a masked stranger, Stephanie is set for a request to solve one mysterious case in a parallel universe! But there’s only one way she can reach it, by using a less known technique of lucid dreaming…

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Somnium Theatre’s genre is Crime, Mystery and Fantasy.

NOTE: This comic is also available at WEBTOON


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Book Review: Jeffrey Dahmer

Title: Jeffrey Dahmer: The Terrifying Story of the Milwaukee Cannibal (Serial Killer True Crime)

Author: James Richmond

Narrator: Aaron Smith

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Jeffrey-Dahmer-Audiobook/B09B4G8NSY

Summary

Uncover the disturbing true story behind the infamous Milwaukee cannibal.

Delving into the harrowing true story behind the Milwaukee cannibal, this thrilling true-crime book explores the life and crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer in unparalleled gritty detail. With a gut-churning account of Dahmer’s killings, along with the twisted mind that drove him to commit his sick crimes, Jeffrey Dahmer: The Terrifying Story of the Milwaukee Cannibal offers listeners a detailed glimpse into Dahmer’s morbid and sadistic psyche.

As a fascinating listen for fans of true crime and the morbidly curious, this unsettling book explores the strange life of Jeffrey Dahmer. Including the earliest red flags in his childhood, his multiple murders, his odd obsessions, and his eventual discovery and arrest, you’ll also discover the trial that shook the nation and Dahmer’s eventual fate.

As a disturbing yet must-have addition to any collection of serial killer books, this true crime story will remind you of the seemingly ordinary people who walk among us – and the dark secrets they might be hiding.

My Review

5/5 Stars

I thought this book took an interesting look into Dahmer’s crime spree. Though I was already familiar with the case, I like the amount of time that the author spent on Dahmer’s early years and even gave an idea of what his parents were like. I learned some things there that I did not know before. The way that the author gets into the mind of Dahmer throughout the story was an interesting touch that made this a compelling listen.

Narration went well with the material.

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: The Aurora Glitch

Title: The Aurora Glitch

Author: McKenzie Rae

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WCKV7VX/

Summary


Waking up on a remote backroad with no memory of who you are or where you came from makes finding your identity pretty difficult. It’s even harder if you’re a dog, trust me. I have no way to tell these humans that I don’t even know my own name, and the only person who seems to have any idea what’s happening to me is the robotic voice in my head that calls me Subject 029.

My Review

5/5 Stars

After waking up as a dog one day, Harley has no previous memories of her life. She does her best to get by, eventually adopted by a nice home. In her new life, she starts to notice that there are things that are wrong. There’s a voice in her head. One that calls her nine. It is just possible that she might not be a dog after all.

Mckenzie Rae is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her sci-fi thrillers are always so gritty and intense. The Aurora Glitch was no different. I love the way the author slowly fed us bits of Nine’s background. While Nine is figuring out who she is, we are also introduced to characters who made Nine’s story possible. Dana, a scientist gone rogue who wanted to save Nine, is an interesting character too. I admit, I didn’t like him much when he was first introduced, but by the end of the story, he grew on me.

I loved the entire science aspect of the story as well. The premise of sending a person’s mind into different host bodies opens up the possibility of so many twists and turns to come. I’m happy to see that this is book one of a series because these characters definitely need more than just one book. I can’t wait to see how Nine and Dana will come out on top in book two (or will they).

Book Review: Zodiac Killer

Title: Zodiac Killer

Author: Declan Rockwell

Narrator: John York

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Zodiac-Killer-Audiobook/B09BFH47HS

Summary

A harrowing look at the shocking true story behind the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Stalking the streets of 1960s and 1970s California, the case of the elusive Zodiac Killer has puzzled America’s best law enforcement for decades. With no confirmed identity and only a few sparse eye-witness accounts, America’s most well-known serial killer is also its most confusing. 

Who really was the Zodiac Killer? And why did he vanish as suddenly as he appeared?

Peeling back the curtain on the rumors and the facts behind this mysterious murderer, Zodiac Killer: The Terrifying True Crime Story of the Mysterious Serial Killer offers listeners an all-new glimpse into the deranged mind of the serial killer who was at one point America’s most wanted man. 

Covering his survivors’ terrifying accounts in all their gruesome and harrowing detail, the enigmatic letters and cyphers he left to taunt detectives, and the retinue of possible suspects, this biography will give you a fresh and up-to-date perspective on what we know about the Zodiac Killer.

Perfect for fans of true crime and serial killers, as well as the morbidly curious, this riveting book will remind you of the monsters who walk among us and the disturbing cold cases that have haunted law enforcement for decades.

My Review

4/5 Stars

A good overview of the Zodiac case noting the important details such as the cyphers, the mysterious phone calls from the man claiming to be the Zodiac, and the various letters he sent to newspapers across California.

I would recommend this book for people who aren’t familiar with the case or who would like a refresher.

Narration worked well for the material.

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: Shadows of Doubt

Title: Shadows of Doubt (A Kahable and Claude Mystery #2)

Author: Timothy R. Baldwin

Narrator: Garrett Kiesel, Brittany Goodwin

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Shadows-of-Doubt-Audiobook/B096Y1FHRZ

Summary

A new year. A new mystery.

It’s the start of a new school year and a budding romance for Marcus and Alissa. However, everything is threatened when a sudden lack of funds puts all school sports on hold. To make matters worse, Marcus’ father, the school’s athletic director, is suddenly replaced by the arrogant, washed-up star athlete Mr. Dunbar. 

Marcus and Alissa are forced to play detective once again and get to the bottom of these strange events. Will they be prepared to risk reputation, and even their safety, to solve this mystery?

With a bonus novella, A Bazaar Christmas. A Christmas caper has Marcus and Alissa on the trail of a new mystery. The stakes are high for the future of the annual Christmas Bazaar when a big-ticket auction item goes missing. Anxious for another mystery, Marcus and Alissa set off to recover the lost item and catch a suspect before the close of the night.

My Review

5/5 Stars

When funds go missing at the school, our heroes from Camp Lenape, Marcus, Alissa, Janice, and Nate decide they’re going to investigate. Things only escalate when Marcus’ father loses his job to be replaced by a washed-up athlete. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Alissa and Marcus will have to dive in headfirst at the risk of not only their reputation, but possibly their safety as well.  

While starting a new year at school can be exciting, it can also be stressful. I love the way that Baldwin escalated that fact by writing an in-school mystery for the main characters to solve. The friendships and budding romance all felt very real for middle schoolers, and it made the characters easy to relate to. Plenty of character development goes on with all the characters, and I thought the ending of the story was particularly satisfying.

Both the narrators did a good job on bringing the characters to life!This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: He Wore a Leather Jacket

Title: He Wore a Leather Jacket

Author: Brandon Ford

Narrator: Steve Quinn

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/He-Wore-a-Leather-Jacket-Audiobook/B09F1K6G86

Summary

After witnessing a brutal murder, it is Jen Whitney’s positive identification that puts the man responsible behind bars. Though she knows he is in a maximum security prison, Jen cannot stop seeing him. He haunts her daily life. His terrifying vision appears on the sidewalk outside her window, in the stairwell just beyond her apartment door, even in the bathroom mirror as she prepares for bed. His consistently looming presence begins to tear at Jen’s already frayed anxieties, and she lashes out in ways she never thought she’d be capable. She is convinced that there is only one thing that will stop the hallucinations and bring her back to some semblance of reality: seeing the murderer where he rightfully belongs.

With the help of David Blanchard, a detective she quickly befriends, Jen sets off on a journey to face evil head-on. What she doesn’t know is that what awaits her beyond those prison walls will leave her forever changed.

He Wore a Leather Jacket is a novel of psychological terror with twists and turns. It explores the inner workings of a madman, as well as those affected by his actions. A story that will leave you glancing over your shoulder no matter the setting or time of day.

My Review

5/5 Stars

While going about her daily chores, Jen witnesses a horrific murder at the grocery store. Though the suspect is quickly apprehended, Jen swears that she sees him everywhere he goes. Is it possible the police have the wrong man in custody? Or is Jen facing a battle of her own?

I have read just about everything that Mr. Ford’s written, and I have to say that I have never found something I didn’t enjoy. That theme stays strong with He Wore a Leather Jacket. Like previous books, the characters feel so real. Jen and her brother, Bill, had a very interesting dynamic full of love, understanding, and deep down, a lot of pain.

I thought the way that Ford described Jen’s slow mental descent was so on-point. The gradual shift from a normal routine to one that was plagued with hallucinations and the overall fear of what she was becoming made it all so real. As someone who struggles with chemical imbalances, every bit of Jen’s actions were accurate.

Needless to say, the end of the book went in a direction I definitely didn’t see coming, and I’m still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor because that was spectacular. I think this may be one of Ford’s best works yet!

Narration was perfect!

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: The Astrology of Serial Killers

Title: The Astrology of Serial Killers (Volume 1)

Author: Rhys Navarro

Narrator: Kevin Kollins

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Astrology-Serial-Killers-Notorious-Criminals/dp/B0955RPGM2/

Summary

What turns a person into a serial killer? Is it possible their dark destiny was foretold in the stars? This audiobook provides the background stories and driving forces behind 24 of the most notorious true crime serial killers of the previous century, including Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, and Richard Ramirez.

But that’s not all! It also includes breakdowns of the natal charts for each killer, analyzed with astrological pointers to their crime sprees. Could their descent into depravity have been recognized and perhaps diverted before they turned to a life of murder? Some of the results may surprise you.

My Review

5/5 Stars

As someone who is interested in both astrology and the minds of serial killers, I found this collection to be particularly interesting. There’s a good opening section that explains astrology for those who are unfamiliar, which helps later on when explaining things such as rising and falling signs. Under each zodiac, two to three serial killers are discussed. I like the way that the author gave not only some information on the killer, but also a short biography, before comparing it to their birth chart. It was interesting to see just how many of the traits applied to the killers. All in all, a different aspect of true crime for those who are interested in dipping their toes.

Narration fit the material perfectly.This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

Man of Your Dreams is 1 Year!

It’s official, guys!


Man of Your Dreams started one year ago!


In that time I’ve met so many amazing creators and read some really fantastic comics.
When I started this project, it was out of a desire to tap into the creative part of my brain that I don’t use much.


I’ve always been a writer, but with visual arts, it’s a hit and miss.


Last year, I finally dipped into my bucketlist and decided to make my debut novel into a comic.


I never imagined that it would have over 1k readers ❤


I’m so excited to see what future years will bring and I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has followed/supported me this far!

Check it out if you haven’t already for free on Webtoon Canvas!

Guest Post: Author Kayla Krantz

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I am currently reading What I Did by Kayla Krantz. You will get a review when I finally finish it (long story – but hard to concentrate on reading when you have concussion) but I couldn’t wait that long to give you guys some insight into this wonderful book.

So I’ve asked Kayla if she would give us some insight into how she came up with this intriguing tale. Enjoy!

When it comes to writing books, I find the inspiration for my projects in a number of different places whether that be a picture, a dream, or song lyrics. I have an interesting story behind nearly every story that I’ve written. Of all the projects that I’ve been part of to date, I would say that What I Did is perhaps one of the hardest for me to define. Not just because it focuses on such serious subject manner but…

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