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Vengeance Is Mine
by Kat Yares   

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Publisher:  Lo Gap Media

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A supernatural horror thriller in print and ebook formats.

  As the small, religious community ruled by the sadistic Brother Joseph Jones braces for a coming ice storm, a battered, beaten Macie Jones hovers between life and death. Cooter James, a former POW, discovers Macie’s freezing body and must make a decision: try to save the woman he has found or continue to ignore the happenings in the village below and maintain his hermit like existence.

His decision made, Macie lies comatose in Cooter’s cabin and discovers that she has opened the veil between the living and dead of the brutal, patriarchal community. Through her, the women and children that suffered before her have found a way to repay their own brand of vengeance on the men who treated them so brutally in the name of God.

In the dreamtime, Macie must make her own decision: help the women with their plans of revenge or try to prevent any further death and pain. 

This novella contains graphic violence and would be rated "R" if it were a motion picture.

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Small town apocalypse with feminist flair
Kat Yares' novella 'Vengeance is Mine' sits well amongst the growing collection of feminist horror lit, but also successfully taps into the growing anger against the abuses carried out by religious movements. The story tells of a paranormal gathering of departed women bent on destruction of the abusive men of a small town. The book not only delivers its chills, but also arouses a sense of revulsion at its antagonists, Brother Joe and his son JimmyJoe. Although neatly wrapped up, 'Vengeance is Mine' lingers in the mind after the last page, begging the question, why are there not more of this type of story? Horror is not only the province of male readers and this strand is still underexplored. Congratulations to Kat Yares for digging deeper.

Vengeance, a controversial act. All main religions today warn us against this baser, instinctive reaction to a perceived slight. Nonetheless, each major set of beliefs include scenes of revenge in their canonical texts. Vengeance is a human thing, frequently the last resource in a failed struggle, and too often, the last card in the loser's hand.
I love stories of revenge. The book of my life is Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, and there's no other story so drenched in the concept of vengeance than that. The Creature seeks revenge for being made a reject and having been spurned by his own maker, for no misdeed. The Creator seeks it upon the Creature for making his life so miserable, under the travesty of heroic savior of humanity. At the end, nobody wins.
Vengeance is mine leaves you with that same feeling: nobody wins.
The story's heroine, Macie, is a character you can easily side with; abused by a loveless husband in a religious community in which males are the absolute rulers - and owners - of everything, she is left for dead after a severe snowstorm hits the High Gap area. She's rescued by Cooter, a secluded man in a hermitic like lifestyle. By coming so closer to death, Macie's return to consciousness isn't an easy one. Like the Sineaters of ancient legends, she's now a funnel and vessel for the ghosts of the abused children and women of High Gap; their souls thirsting for vengeance.
The first part of this novel flows in like a truly descriptive historical setting of our darkest past. Although not critique on religion itself, it clearly takes its stance against the horrors that man does in the name of a God.
The second part introduces the supernatural element, and it had me (stupid as ever) shed a tear or two in the memory of Shelley's masterpiece.
Highly engaging, very descriptive, and orchestrated in a flawless execution by Mrs. Yares, Vengeance is Mine is a story I warmly recommend.

Worth the price of admission
It's been said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely. In Vengeance Is Mine we meet young Macie, trapped in a loveless, abusive marriage. Living in the closed community of High Gap where the women and children are seen, but not heard, and where the old saying "Spare the rod and spoil the child," is a creed each male member lives by. Brother Joseph Jones rules High Gap with an iron fist, and is also Macie's father-in-law. He views the young woman as an unruly hellion not fit to be married to his son.

During a severe ice storm Macie is kicked out of her house and told to return to her father but falls victim to the extreme weather and her past abuse. She is found lying in the road by Cooter James, a hermit who lives on the ridge above High Gap. He takes her to his cabin and nurses her as she lies in a comatose state. While unconscious she learns she can speak to the dead, including all of her children who had died in the past. She also discovers that in her current state she is a conduit for the ghosts of High Gap who had been abused in the past, providing them with a means to exact vengeance against their abusers.

Aside from a couple of spots where the execution or a phrase caused me to pause I found Vengeance Is Mine to be a compelling, well written story that is sure to keep the reader engaged to the very end. Kat did a good job of bringing Macie, and the community of High Gap, to life in my mind. While there were a couple of spots I felt she could have done more to breathe life into the characters, overall the story was well told and is worth the investment.

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