Shadowchild & The Shady Corner ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: October 27, 2017 in giveaways, horror, reviews, Supernatural
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by Matthew Williams
Genre: Horror


My Review

I’m always looking for a new supernatural horror story and Shadowchild caught my interest. Besides the killer title, just look at that awesome cover art. How’s a girl to resist!

After a bit of a rough start, I fell into this creepy supernatural story and enjoyed it quite a bit. The rough start was no biggy, I just got irritated by one of the character’s. She used ‘love’ to address her daughter and it got so repetitive. It seemed every time she addressed her, that word was used. Later, it was used sparingly and worked quite well.

Now for the good stuff. I’ve watched plenty of stories about possessions and people being haunted. What came to my mind while reading this was The Omen and Children Of The Damned. Not so much that the movies were similar in plot, it was how eerie they were.  Evil kids scare me more than just about anything.

The author ties in the modern events with something horrific that happened back in the 1600’s. It explains a lot as things get dark, scary, and outright gory.  I’m sure you’ve heard that saying, “Not for the faint of heart?” That covers this book nicely. I’m used to gore. I love zombie novels after all. But I squirmed at some scenes. I felt they were important to get the story across, but they went down hard.

I kept expecting a break in intensity, but once the story really gets rolling, it never stops. And the ending. Wow. I wish I could tell you, but you’ll have to read the book and experience it yourself. I’ll definitely read more by this author. I have one of his other books which is featured in this post, The Shady Corner. I’ll be diving into it soon.

4 Stars



In 1629 something visited the parish of Feckenham. The events that followed were so terrifying that they never gained their place in the history books.

Now in 2008, something seems to be wrong with Marie Watson’s young children.
Her father won’t believe her and her mother is nearing the end of her tether.

Marie feels utterly alone.

But is she?

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The Shady Corner
by Matthew Williams
Genre: Horror



A shady corner in life can be a dark and mysterious place, but in the shady corners of the mind, the mystery and darkness know no bounds!

In a struggle with his conscience and haunted by images of murder, David is given a choice to right the wrongs of his past.

Can he cheat fate and avoid his future? Or is the evil that dwells within him more than it seems?

Only one thing is certain . . .

Fate can be cruel, but true evil can be brutal!

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About the Author

Born in 1975, Matthew Williams has been a keen fan of the horror/thriller/fantasy genres for as long as he can remember. Whether it’s a film, a TV series, or a novel; he is drawn to all the different aspects of these genres. Mainly it’s the complexities and the mysteries that can be expressed with freedom and imagination that he enjoys the most.

A fan of authors such as Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Richard Layman – to name but a few!

A fan of TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story – to name but a few!

A fan of films such as Saw, Seven, Eden Lake, The Descent, Quarantine, Skeleton Key, The Sixth Sense – to name but a few!

Matthew now has a small body of work of his own with ‘The Shady Corner’ and ‘Shadowchild’ only the beginning of what he is determined to grow into an extensive collection of horror/thriller fiction novels.

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  1. Hi and thanks for your review. As authors we all want 5 stars from every reader, but I am so pleased when I get a great 4 star review from someone I can tell is being genuine with their critique. I can see that you’ve enjoyed what I have written and that makes me so proud. You are not the first reviewer to make the same observation about the use of ‘love’ and I will take your comments on board so I can continue to grow as a writer.

    I am genuinely thrilled with your review and really hope that you enjoy The Shady Corner just as much. Warning! The gore doesn’t get any milder though lol

    Thanks again :-)

  2. Would LOVE to read these. I shared the giveaway, but I have been doing the Blogger Shame challenge, doing overdue reviews, and picking up a few new ones along the way. Gotta keep control of that ‘new’ review pile.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Oh both of these sound good and I’ve not heard of Matthew before. Yea – a new author to check out. I especially like the sounds of the first one. I don’t know what I’m gonna do once Halloween is over. I’m going to miss everyone’s horror shout-outs and posts.

  4. Drangonfly says:

    holy cow these covers! Especially ShowChild!

  5. diannekc says:

    I really enjoyed the description of the books and I’m looking forward to reading the books. They sounds like great reads.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I started The Shady Corner last night. Didn’t get far as it was late. I’d stayed up watching Stranger Things 2. LOL That gets ya in the mood for strange stuff!

  6. feeroberts64 says:

    You always find the best creepy books! Thanks!

  7. The cover of Shadowchild is CREEPY! Thanks for the giveaway. ?

  8. Those both have creepy covers but the first one sounds the most interesting to me. :)