Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period

Vicky and Lizzie's First Period (Kindle Cover)

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

In Let’s Kill Mr. Pond, Andrew brought us a thrilling tale of two boys, Sam and Jonnie, in the first part of the tremendously hellish series- The Chrome Junction Academy. In this new series we get an insight into school life at Chrome Junction Academy with a humorous and terrifying take into this rocky and uneducated world we live in with the frightening future of the kids we expect to take over when they grow up. Now, we are given a look into life at Chrome Junction Academy from the eyes of two girls in Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period.

We are started at the beginning with our two main characters, Vicky and Lizzie, shoplifting before breaking out into a musical of sorts that leads them to the school grounds at CJA. Vicky and Lizzie takes place around the same time as Mr. Pond, meeting about halfway in to give two different sides to some of what happens in this volatile school. We are to expect a bit of an overload of utter rudeness, complete disrespect and total foulness that we experienced with Sam and Jonnie in Mr. Pond with Vicky and Lizzie. When a teacher is accused of fondling a student, the corruption never stops dwelling within the youth’s minds and through the power of sisterhood- and best friends- nothing is stronger than a bond bound by the pinky finger. We also get to see a disturbed and abused student that wants nothing more than to drive sharpened pencils through her skull… and of course, Vicky and Lizzie’s first period with Mr. Bloom. Be ready for rumors and more in this chaotic, rowdy and more bizarre than In Their Shoes: The Teacher combined with Pure Dark in a salacious scandal that abounds through a corrupt society with never ending abuse from every character in Mackay’s world. The body count continues to pile with this new exciting series with a bit of humor, musical singing, terror and thrills. Do you dare to dip into the world of two twelve year old girls? I advise you to join in and prepare for the convulsion and shuttering to run through your nerves.

Mackay has surprised me again; only this time, it’s not a cliffhanger that has me on edge but how he has combined a little bit of every one of his books that I have had the pleasure to experience so far. I do believe that he has even brought more to the table this go around through a musical setting with humor and a touch of horror. It reminds me of if In Their Shoes and Pure Dark had a baby and gave birth to a completely new series that is finalized with a song. Andrew has done fantastic at presenting a disgustingly bizarre tale with laughter in the pages of Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period. With books piling up, we can expect more to bring this story into its full form. Mackay is clever at leaving gaping holes that we never knew were there and filling them with new pieces of backgrounds and tales.

This brings me to the most exciting part of what I experienced in the book- I wanted to squirm, jerk and even scream at times. Vicky & Lizzie made me laugh, worry and yes… it even made me almost cry, which is very hard to do but Andrew knows how to get you in the feels when he wants to. This book leads into a new story that needs to be filled and makes me anxious to get started with, The Belch Park Field Trip– the first trip that Mackay has offered that has a ride that is oh so familiar in Pure Dark. I cannot wait to see Max Dark’s Ghost Train come to life and elevate the unorthodox and sheer grotesque features that are laid out from the first part of this series and unremitting into Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period. How much further can he go with the field trip? We can only wait, trembling impatiently as we want to dig our fingers into the third part of one of the best series Andrew has written so far.

Sneak Peek Alert: Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period by Andrew MacKay

Vicky and Lizzie's First Period (Kindle Cover)

Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period

Bloody Hell!

All together now…

There were two girls called Vicky & Lizzie
Who kept the Academy busy
Causing trouble and mirth
For all they were worth
Sending teachers right into a tizzy

They kicked-off a false, nasty rumour
That one of the staff was a groomer
For everyone knows
Gossip spreads out and grows
But the school didn’t quite see the humour

Would Vicky & Lizzie regret
All the damage they caused? Nah, not yet
Scheming, conniving
The girls kept on vying
A dangerous precedent was set

Vicky & Lizzie delivered a blitz
On a school at the end of its wits
Did they care? Did they f**k
They were common as muck
Those nasty, vindictive young s#!ts

This might cause upset and uproar
It’s a musical satire, what’s more
For the first time ever
We promise you’ve never
Read anything like this before

So pick up your copy today
Of a story about which you will say
That I wanted to barf
But so hard I did laugh
Vicky & Lizzie have just made my day!


**Today we have a sneak peek at Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period by Andrew MacKay. It is available on Amazon now and to celebrate the release, Andrew invites everyone to join the release party on Facebook. Links to Amazon and the launch party on Facebook are at the bottom- please, join us… it’s always a blast with author takeovers and tons of giveaways!

Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period is a dark musical satire and true to MacKay fashion, it is truly a one of a kind read. To give you a small taste to get your appetite going, I’m posting an excerpt from a chapter and will post one of the many songs that is held within the pages.

“Girls Just Wanna Make Bank”  (sung in the style of Cindi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)

(Lyrics by V. Hopper and L. White)



I wake up, first thing in the morning,

And think “How do I make myself look less rank?”

The answer is simple, Liz,

You can’t offer the driver a wank,

Us girls, we gotta make bank.

Oh, girls just gotta make bank…



Oh-ho, girls, they wanna make bank.


Vicky and Lizzie run alongside the car.
The driver toots his horn and winks at the pair.



We can’t afford

To buy all the stuff we want

With the shitty pocket money we get.

Our parents force us to go on the rob

Us girls, we gotta make bank.



Yes, you girls,

You gotta make bank.


The pedestrians stop and dance with the pair of girls.

An elderly couple with shopping bags.
A young mother with a baby in stroller.


Vicky & Lizzie:
Girls, we want,

Want to make bank.



When the school day starts and stuff,

Oh girls, you just want to make bank.


Vicky and Lizzie run off with a hop, skip and a jump.

A flurry of school kids join them as they
turn into the school road.



Some boys think that Lizzie and I

Do it for attention and lols.

We want to be the ones that they never blank

So us girls,

We go and make bank.

The other kids line up. Lizzie opens her bag and takes the money from the school children who buy the stolen sweets.



You need to,

You just need to-oo…



Us girls just,

Wanna make bank.


         Lizzie slammed her rucksack on the wall outside the school. A torrent of students poured around them, making their way into the grounds.

Vicky pulled out her mobile phone and looked at the screen. ‘It’s only eight-twenty. We’re well early. How much did we get?’

Lizzie held up her hand and counted the gold and silver metal in her palm.

‘Dunno, hard to tell, I need to count it. Looks like about fifteen quid.’

‘It’s not enough, man,’ Vicky slapped Lizzie on the back. The brunette nearly dropped the coins to the floor. ‘We need to rake in some more cash.’

‘Be careful!’

The school buzzer blasted around the school ground entrance. Vicky looked over at the stone fountain that sat in the patio grounds. ‘Got any stuff left?’

‘Yeah, loads,’ Lizzie pocketed the coins and emptied the contents of her shirt into the rucksack. ‘Got all these fanny pads I stole, too.’

‘What are we gonna do with those, man?’

‘Dunno, yet.’ Lizzie zipped up her rucksack. She was about to lift it over her shoulders when a handsome young boy and his friend came into view.

Time seemed to slow down. The taller of the two boys, Jonnie Barron, shot Lizzie a shit-eating grin as they approached.

‘Hey, Jonnie,’ Lizzie said, fluttering her eyelashes at him.

Jonnie snorted and bopped his little bespectacled friend, Sam, on the shoulder. ‘Yeah, whatever.’

‘Have a good weekend?’

‘Yeah, mate,’ Jonnie chuckled. ‘Spent it wanking over your Skullbook photos, didn’t I?’

‘What?’ Lizzie gasped as Vicky burst out laughing. ‘That’s gross, man!’

‘Go fuck your Dad.’

Lizzie liked Jonnie, and made damn sure he knew that she didn’t appreciate his rude remark. Jonnie made amends.

‘I’m sorry, that wasn’t right.’

Lizzie looked up, ready to forgive his apology. ‘That’s okay, Jon—’

‘—I meant step-dad. He’s not your real Dad, is he?’


‘Cool. So you can fuck him and it won’t be against the law, then.’

Jonnie and Sam burst out laughing. They made their way past the stone font that stood in the grounds of the school.

Gobsmacked, Lizzie turned to her friend. She found the whole exchange riotously funny. ‘What are you laughing at, you cow? You think that’s funny?’

‘He’s such a prick.’ Vicky shook her head and made her way toward the school entrance. ‘Dunno what you see in him.’

‘He’s fit, that’s all.’

‘You can do better than Jonnie Barron, mate.’

Lizzie sighed and looked over her shoulder. She saw a little ginger girl run up behind her and whispered to Vicky. ‘Ugh, that little gingerbread doll’s seen us.’

‘Hey, Lizzie!’ Jody caught up to her, tightening a hair band around her ginger ponytail. ‘You okay?’

‘Uh, hey, Jody. Yeah, whatever.’

‘You hear from Layla?’ Jody asked. ‘She’s been off for a week, now.’

‘We ain’t heard shit from Layla Quick,’ Vicky said. ‘Where is she?’

‘She’s moved to another school, temporarily. Since that whole thing with Mr Galigan from Geography.’


Vicky, Lizzie and Jody pushed through the main school doors and into the entrance.

Staff members milled around talking to each other. Vicky turned to Jody as they walked. ‘What happened, then?’

‘What do you mean?’

‘With Layla and Mr Galigan?’ Lizzie butted in, losing her patience.

‘Not here,’ Jody whispered. She was scared members might overhear them. ‘I’ll tell you in tutor.’

The three girls made their way past the reception – and almost into the path of Mr Foster, the principal of the school.

‘Girls, mind where you’re going.’

Vicky made an apologetic face. ‘Yes, sir.’

‘It’s nearly twenty to nine. Go straight to tutor, please.’

‘Yes, sir.’

Vicky giggled to herself and winked at Mr Foster. He watched the trio walk toward the playground as the final morning bell sounded off.

‘What are you playing at?’ Lizzie asked Vicky.


‘Giving Foster the eye and being all like “sorry, sir,” like a proper teacher’s pet.’

Vicky pushed through the set of double doors that lead to the IT department staircase. ‘Oh, come on, Liz.’


‘Every chance he gets, he gawps at my legs.’

‘Eh? Does he actually?’

‘Are you really that stupid? He tries not to show it, but he’s definitely doing it.’

‘Ugh, that’s gross, man.’

Vicky and Lizzie gripped the stair rail and aided their two-at-a-time ascent up the stairs. Jody tried to enact the same but was far too small to keep up.

‘Wait for me, guys!’

‘Come on, you redheaded stepchild!’ Lizzie screamed after her. ‘Keep up!’

‘Don’t call me that!’

Jody reached the top step and disappeared into the IT corridor with her two chums.


The twelve-year-olds ran into the corridor with gay abandon. They were unaware that their lives – and the lives of the staff – were about to change significantly during the course of the week…


About Andrew Mackay​

Some authors are afraid to cross the line.

Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point…

My brand is satire.

I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you!

I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire.

My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.

My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.

My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

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In Their Shoes: The Teacher

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Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

I have to admit that I have read most everything from Mr. MacKay ever since I started reviewing mid-last year. I started with the madness that is Pure Dark and branched into the other genres from there- he certainly has kept me busy with reading a lot. I have experienced just about everything you can think of so far in Andrew’s world… but nothing has shocked or stunned me more than reading In Their Shoes: The Teacher. I have started something that I have to continue, thanks to Andrew MacKay’s writing skills.

We meet our main character, Jane Altwood… no, Joy Alterwood… or was it Joyce Attwood? Well, we’ll call her Joy Altwild. Ms. Altwild has decided that she wants to become a journalist who will shadow different people’s footsteps to help her write a book; one such person is Rachel Weir, the ‘star’ of the school. Ms. Weir is one of the best teachers at Maxwell Gooder’s Comprehensive School located in Fingeringham, Wiltshire where she is the sole English and Business Studies instructor. Joy follows Rachel through the ruthless battle between the good and bad kids in her class, including escaping to her secret office. We read into the life of Rachel as she slowly begins to break apart throughout the day. Again, we have a chance to learn more about the corruption that is in the forefront of the minds of youth today that builds into a never-ending page tuner filled with multiple paths, personalities and where the number one rule is to control the classroom. Can Joy survive the day alongside Rachel? Will Rachel survive the menacing torture from the youth on a Monday, after a weekend full of freedom from the wild kids? You will have to find out just as I have and read for yourselves. I will tell you, I wish I would have started this sooner and I look forward to continuing the series… yes, In Their Shoes is a series that we get to enjoy.

Now, this is my first comedy read- In Their Shoes is filled with dark laughter with a bit more of a real correlation between fiction and reality. It was actually a relief to break away from the murder, abuse and violence that I have been steady reading… well, let’s just say I didn’t escape it all. Andrew, of course I have to praise you yet again. I know this is the first book in the series but you brought a hell of a cliffhanger that has me begging for more. A simple cliffy that you can easily miss if you weren’t paying attention, as I did. It made me laugh and I felt quite disturbed for the teachers. This book made me feel as if it was actually based on true events as some kids can be quite disturbing to be around. It’s almost as if you wrote a book while thinking of writing a book then wrote it from the eyes of another person… I think I got that right and if not, oh well- I hope you get the point I’m trying to get across. In Their Shoes is legendary, creative and I very much enjoyed it from start to finish. Now, I must stop writing so I may continue on to read the next In Their Shoes, which I do believe is The Actor, which should be interesting.

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Let’s Kill Mr. Pond

Let's Kill Mr Pond


Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

We have come to realize that the world, when it comes to education, has faltered into turmoil… at least in Andrew Mackay’s representation of his own world in Chrome Valley. In very vivid detail, MacKay brings us a perfected chaos in Chrome Junction Academy. We have experienced a school setting from MacKay before in Versus but not as hard as we do in Let’s Kill Mr. Pond– meaning this time, we get a look at the interactions between the students and the faculty. You will be able to connect with multiple characters in this one, feel their pain and torment almost as if it were your own, but this is only the start into the world that Andrew provides for us. MacKay never disappoints, as he made me sit and read Let’s Kill Mr. Pond in one sitting- with no stops, even for something as important (or trivial for some) as sleep.

We start with our main characters first, Andrew providing us an opportunity to step into their shoes- Sam and Jonnie. Jonnie is a ruthless back-talking child that has a bit of problem with listening and it makes you wonder if he may be hiding something deep down. Is his callous behavior a mask that he wears to fool everyone around him, including himself? Sam is a nerd of sorts who is having a rough life between home and school. Sam is probably the closest thing to a best friend to Jonnie. Follow these two on an adventure of rude behavior, a bit of humor and thrills that will get under your skin. Let’s Kill Mr. Pond may begin with humor and brashness but the words an infliction of tone that is used is harsh and sometimes a bit hard to take in as the plan is formed to kill the teacher they hate the most, Mr. Pond. The adventure begins when Sam and Jonnie set their plan in motion as you journey through their home lives and school. It will make you think for years to come… and God forbid if you have any teenagers, if you do, keep them close and never let them go. Be a part of their lives and never give up. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself but if you want to flip through the pages and find an extraordinary tale, then this book is for you. Let’s Kill Mr. Pond will make you laugh, fill your gut with disgust and will crawl under your skin in hopes of finding a permanent home deep down inside of you. It will also make you think of the ‘what ifs?’ and always keep you thinking about how close you really are to your children.

Andrew MacKay is very talented at his words and layouts- you get a different taste of this world in each one that is a never-ending connection between each book. You will love to taste a piece of this life. Andrew used to be a teacher himself and I think that is why this book is so great. He used his real life experiences and brought them into the world of Chrome Valley. MacKay continues to surprise me… and I’m never disappointed reading his work. In this latest work, he brings us warmth, a psychological breakdown from a teenager’s perspective and the process of many adult lives. Even though this is not horror, Let’s Kill Mr. Pond will stay with you for years to come in the execution of Sam and Jonnie’s plan. Andrew conquers the structure and brings madness inside.

You can click here to pre-order your copy for only $.99 until Monday, January 15th, 2018.

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

Are you ready to bring things to the next level? If so, then look no further because if you continue on, you will miss one of the best reads that you will come across- and the mad world of Chrome Valley. Chrome Valley is a fictitious world created by Andrew Mackay where his stories take place in; a place that cranks the clockwork of his imagination while bringing in small nudges to his other books and characters. The more you read Mackay’s work, the more you will see his world fold together in each books’ pages and it makes him stand out from the rest. If you like grotesque extreme horror, comedies, love stories or a great thriller, then the works that come from Mackay’s mind is what you are looking for- he has a little bit of everything for whatever mood you might be in for. If you read Simple Machines– which let’s face it, you probably will- then you should read Mackay’s other book, Versus– it’s a necessity to read after Simple Machines. Why am I such a fan? If you have read Andrew’s work, then you will understand why I call Mackay a “God of character development” because he owns the world of Chrome Valley and punches you in the gut with the madness and excitement that he brings to his readers. I assure you that if you have never read anything by Mackay before, you will bow down to his feet screaming ‘we’re not worthy’-as if you were Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World– after you read Simple Machines.

In this book-, no let me correct myself on that- this glorious masterpiece that shines in gold, lies an alternate world within a world where we continue to see the master work in the form of the most realistic characters. So realistic, in fact, that they could be your neighbors. Our male lead- Xander Manning- is working on the biggest breakthrough of his life by working on his artificial intelligence, Mavis. On one of the most important days of his life, he is challenged when his wife Charlotte breaks the dire news that she wants a divorce. Xander is stronger than most male characters as he strives to continue onwards while his distractions get the best of him. Chloe Armstrong, the ultimate female character of all, is Xander’s biggest distraction after he meets her at a party for the reveal of Mavis. The adventure of a lifetime is presented to Xander, which will make him choose life or choose to fold. Will Xander bring himself to the brink of madness with his world in a complete whirlwind? Mackay keeps you guessing until the answers are finally revealed. Many lives cross through the pages of Simple Machines that you will beg for more in this epic thriller/ love story. We are all simple machines… or do we complicate our lives to hide that we are simple when you strip everything away? Find out for yourself in this groundbreaking masterpiece.

We continue to be readers in Mackay’s world of fiction in one of his best works yet. We have followed him through comedy, horror and even the grotesque and extreme as Andrew guides us in a world of his own making- just as James Cameron did with Avatar. This world is very different though as it is a highly realistic world- drawing inspiration from the daily activity around us- and uses the best character developments with clashes of twists, thrills and the most epic ending that Mackay purposely guts you with. I think of Mackay as sitting on a throne as he molds the characters in his stories, watching and waiting to see the reaction from society as he preys upon your fears, tears and desires. I will say this with 100% honesty, Simple Machines is the best work of fiction that I have read all year. Andrew Mackay ends 2017 with a big bang with this one and deserves a huge round of applause for this masterpiece that outshines all others.



Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

If you don’t know who Andrew MacKay is, shame on you; but, it is not too late for you to read the work that comes from his genius mind that lies inside the pages of his books. I’d like to welcome you to another mind-altering book created by MacKay. He has written many books that range from comedy to horror and thriller; but Convenience is definitely in a category all of it’s own. It shifts to the left, the right and slams through to hit the water beneath. I have read books from MacKay about school shootings and terrorism, enjoyed being inside the mind of a coma patient, been inside the mind with a brain tumor and God knows what else will happen when it comes from MacKay’s mind. But, I believe Convenience is one of the best works of his to read so far. If you are a fan of Andrew’s, then Convenience is for you. Now, let’s dip inside and I’ll tell you a little.

Convenience is filled with the reality of a worker named Willy Gee. Willy works at the Kaleidoscope Shopping Centre in Chrome Valley. He is one of the most important people that works there other than your security guards; Willy is a supervisor of the facilities of Kaleidoscope. Yes, it was a big shock for me as well. Willy has been doing this type of work for a very long time, making sure he is on top of cleaning every hour, on the hour. He checks every cubicle and checks both the men and women’s restrooms to clean. It is that we don’t know what happens that really terrifies us. Are you ready to dive in the toiletries and roll in the filth of the cubicles with Willy Gee; bringing the madness and chaos that is waiting to reveal itself inside? Well, what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Convenience today… and welcome to a shift in Willy’s world.

I have written a few reviews about Mr. MacKay’s work, but I have to say that this book touched me on a different level. Andrew has brought the ability to see inside of a normal working person at a mall and bring the craziest, most bizarre story that makes you shake your head and ask yourself, what did I just read? It is an experience that MacKay brings you with every book he writes, taking something completely normal and bringing absolute chaos by telling you the deepest, darkest secrets of it- connecting you to his stories. MacKay is skilled and clever in his word choices and layouts of his books, which results in the best stories, hands down. He brings a strong connection to the world of his imagination and you, the reader; but he also connects his books to each other in some way. It is fantastic and not something you see very much of. I look forward to his next release, as always, filling my bookshelves with Andrew MacKay’s work with each book that comes from his messed up mind.




Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

During my lifetime, there have been many acts of violence in the United States that I will truly never forget; but they have only occurred through the media’s point of view as I have not witnessed most of them in person. Shootings happen everywhere- be it at a school, a movie theatre or even at a hotel. Many acts of violence are a trigger for most people so they will not appreciate the magnitude of the imagination from an author or movie director. I very rarely look to the news or media to learn from the heinous acts of violence to teach myself (and in the future, my kids) the different kinds of violence that exist in a society that has been corrupted. The media has proven that they can manipulate situations, so you can’t trust in first glance at what you’re being told. Allow me to tell you what I think about this book where an incredible and truthful imagination that is raw from beginning to end lies. I do have to tell you that this will disturb you- so if you are weak minded, please just turn away now. Alternatively, you can fully open your mind to the potential wrapped in the pages of these four chapters of terror that is Versus by Andrew MacKay.

Versus is exactly what it sounds like. From the title, you expect the inside to be a world of unfortunate events that will transpire. It will involve the innocent and the not so innocent in the society of Chrome Junction. Through the eyes of the media, the battle between a news reporter and an anchor will occur when the news reporter will stop at nothing to be front and center to rise to fame. Versus will cover different types of turmoil in the U.K., and for the first time, it seems that all hell has just broke loose. This book gives you two unique points of view- those of Freddie and Daryl. Freddie is a student from Chrome Junction Academy who has his faith in Allah challenged. Daryl is a student that never wants people to forget who he is. The two main characters will transpire their ways through a God like atmosphere in this disturbing and chilling story of how the media will do anything to corrupt your mind through their actions in this epic thriller. From the mind of the brave and bold Andrew MacKay, you will be challenged throughout Versus about the real world we live in today. This story is not set in a humorous mind frame- it is a chilling start with a disturbing ending. Step into the world of media as you step in the minds of a psychopath who wants to become a God and one who aims to be the soldier of his own God to diminish the non-believers.

This story steps into boundaries that most will never touch or write about. During my research of works of school shooting fictions, I have found that there are very few in the world. Some think it is a subject better left alone. MacKay, I praise you for taking on these taboos and stepping into the spotlight with touchy subjects; many will hate you for it and many will love you for it. I love that Mackay brought his mind outside of the box. Many would take thriller or horror stories and develop happiness somewhere into the disturbed world they create, whereas MacKay started with disturbing and ended in terror- something that you do not find very much. In the first chapter of this story, I yelled aloud as hard as I could. How many terror events can you fit in a story? Apparently, a lot can happen in works of fiction. Andrew makes me scream and squirm while I read his books because he takes real life events that release monsters into the streets and tears the floor up while the walls tremble down, all without a break for you to catch your breath from all the terror that unfolds within his imagination.

Andrew MacKay is unique in every way I can imagine- he constantly pushes the walls of his thinking box, tearing them down as he watches them explode to give him his creative style of writing. He develops the details and the minds of these characters to make you feel like you have known them for years. You feel their pain and misery. The events that occur in this story will make you so angry in parts that your veins in the top of your head are bulging out; but you end up respecting him as you close his story of madness. You learn things from his writing that will make you think about the world we live in and the events that surround us. MacKay will continue to stretch the bounds of imagination through his fiction as he bends the tape that says, “DO NOT CROSS” and shreds it out of his way. Andrew MacKay has no rules and will not stop because it isn’t something that people talk about, and this is why I will continue to read his works. I urge everyone to read this book as this is one of his best to show the style of MacKay.

Pure Dark Vol. 3

Pure Dark Vol. 3

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review


So far, from the first and second volumes of the epic ride through Pure Dark, we have encountered many mind-altering events that we will never forget. As I have said before, there is nothing in this world like the Pure Dark series; it is the ultimate new generation of Tales from the Crypt. The chaotic nature of each Pure Dark volume are all intertwined with the next, so to understand the turmoil of events that concludes with the end of this book, it is very important that you read this series from the first book. One day I happened to be standing around when I overheard someone saying that nothing creeps them out any more- that everything is paranormal this and paranormal that. I couldn’t help but turn around immediately and asked if they wanted something that will make them seize and turn their brain into mush; and if, by chance you happen to survive, you get a t-shirt. Of course, the person turned around and said yes. I told them to go online and get a copy of Pure Dark Vol. 1 by Andrew MacKay today, then get the second one when they finish as MacKay offers you the ultimate challenge for both your stomach and your mind.

Welcome again to the Pure Dark! In vol. 3, a lot happens that has your brain scrambling around trying to figure out what the hell you have just read- it is not a bad thing at all, as almost every chapter had me screaming ‘what in the hell is that’ or ‘what is going on here,’ (classic traits for Andrew MacKay.) Although this one did not make my stomach turn like the others, there is still plenty of MacKay’s writing that will make you scrunch your face and squirm in disgust. The story gets a bit thicker and darker in this volume, from the first chapter until the end. You will have your jaw on the floor and trying to poke your fingers in your brain to understand what exactly is happening. Volume 1 is my favorite so far but this one was a close second by a lobster’s claw. Who am I kidding? The whole series is great! If you are tempted to read the Pure Dark, I assure you that your dreams will never be the same again. Through the three volumes that I have read, I have had enough crazy dreams influenced by MacKay’s stories that it isn’t even funny. The vivid details that he lays out before you is fantastic. Join the Pure Dark and you may never go back to your normal self- that I assure you.

Andrew MacKay, you magnificent creator of nightmares, I always salute you. Yes, you are the unholy master of vivid nightmares in the world we live in today. You bring me to my knees to bow down to you every time I read one of your volumes. It brings me much joy to read something so disturbing, sickening and straight from the dark itself where anything can happen. This is why I will always think of you as the true master of constructing the most confusing nightmares and I will always be looking for more from the Pure Dark series. I am still sitting here thinking about the third volume because MacKay leaves us on one hell of a cliff edge to hang from; and it chaps my ass that I have to wait anxiously for the next one like a season of a television show. Well, I’m off until next time- I have a flight to catch, we are leaving for Fallopia and it is going to be an eleven hour flight so I need my rest.

Pure Dark Vol. 2

Pure Dark Vol. 2

Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review


In Pure Dark Vol. 1, we experienced the terror of the mind behind the one they call Andrew Mackay- a true original in every way that brings you to the unfolding nightmares that are chained and secured behind this sickening flesh of a book.  Bound by the chains that are torn apart by the key that was handed to me to unlock the evilness of the world of Pure Dark itself- with many warnings, as if inside of overly marketed haunted house while you wait in line.  You slowly come up by these signs reading WARNING: TURN BACK NOW, but the stubbornness kicks in and you keep marching forward.  With your friends grabbing you by your shoulders screaming into your eyes, ‘Please don’t do it’ as they come out petrified and scarred for life, with little remnants of what’s left of their souls; they have pleaded with you not to go but all you did was blank out and see their mouths move up and down, as you laugh while saying ‘I want my t-shirt when I survive it’ and move forward.  Do you dare to walk in the mind of Pure Dark Vol.1 and 2?  Will you survive the madness inside and collect your t-shirt so you can let the world know that it is truly unique and you will never forget the experience it has placed before your eyes?  Go find out now and meet the dark itself.  You will regret you ever did.

Welcome, to the Pure Dark! This will never run out of steam in my eyes.  Through time we go and find the darkest things that make us squirm into a corner and cry, or find the darkest, most deranged thing to do to make us vomit; other times we find the most pleasures to satisfy us.  Deepening the thick darkness that surrounds you as you are elevated through the pages of Pure Dark Vol. 2, it leaves us clambering yet again.  Like with the first one, we are bound into the flesh of the book no matter how dark it may get- then we get a bit of a nightmarish scream that holds you within to the boundaries I thought he would never go.  Pleasingly, I am excited to say ‘Well done Andrew Mackay, you have done it again.’  He brought my stomach and tied it with my intestines together and tried to grab them outwards, sewing them outside of my body that holds everything complete.  Not too sure if I can ever go back to my normal self after reading both of these volumes of Pure Dark, but I assure you it is a slippery, wet sloping slide throughout that will make you cringe and desire more from the mastermind of Pure Dark Vol. 2.  So, my question to you is are you ready to enter the Pure Dark again and experience the unimaginable while coming out on the other side as you never were before?  You have been warned, but I am pleased to welcome you to journey through the darkness if you dare.

Andrew Mackay is a master at crafting the worst nightmares we fear most, laughing and watching us as we grab the trash can too late while projecting our insides out, vomiting into our path watching it as it drips on our self.  I am sure he gets a kick out of this.  Mackay is dark and twisted, I promise you when you experience him in his words.  You will even say as I do, he is a legend within the deepest parts of our minds, as he clings to your nerves and watches you hide.  Mackay is a force to be reckoned with, going and touching the deepest parts of our flesh as it tingles, burns, and finally melts away.  Again, I have to say thank you Andrew Mackay for bringing me into the Pure Dark once again.  I will be coming back soon where I will be waiting patiently for my Baby Champagne and for the main dinner course.

Pure Dark Vol. 1

Pure Dark Vol 1

Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review


There is nothing more unorthodox than the parallel universe that meets in between the worlds of existence when it comes to the imagination from some authors. What if that one author did something no other has done before? Andrew Mackay brought me something that is truly unique. The only thing I can say is people warned me not to open this book that was wrapped in chains, but I willingly put the key in the lock and watched the unraveling chains fall down, welcoming me into the Pure Dark Vol.1– a new and upcoming series. I suggest for anyone when you willingly open this devastating, mind-altering, lead you into a different universe of a read: be aware, you probably will not survive; the true souls of many in the horror world have never experienced anything that lies ahead of you. While you think if you should open the first of the pages, it slowly sucks you into the Pure Darkness of the mind of Mackay from the beginning. When you do open the Pure Dark Vol.1, make sure to grab a bucket and try to hold your food that you last ate inside your stomach. Things are about to get a little strange in the world of Pure Dark.

So, I opened the flap of the book cover and entered in- blindly, of course- wishing to turn back or say I changed my mind.  It’s like when you stand in line at a haunted house which your friends told you over and over again not to do it, you will not make it to the end. Your stubbornness kicks in and says, ‘if I do, they have a t-shirt for me; so I can let everyone know in the world that I have survived it.’  I continued on the dark paragraphs that lay before me as I soldiered through to read on. I do have to say I am frightened with myself that I even survived this because sometimes I felt like I could not continue on- I had knots in my stomach that would not let me. As my stomach lining kept knotting up, I read more and more. Honestly, Mackay has a lot of different characters in this first volume to Pure Dark, and the way he presents them and their surroundings of the environment they are in is quite terrifying in its self. Sometimes, you will have to check your blood pressure to see if you might be able to finish the chapter leading on to the next term of events. You might have to take a break to just digest what you have descriptively read inside while trying not to hyperventilate from the damage of never unseeing what you have been told through the words within the mind of Mackay. I hope everyone can enjoy all 8 chapters and survive Pure Dark Vol.1, but not everyone will. Will you survive? I boldly, and anxiously, give you the key to unlock and unravel the chains of this never world of a tale.

The pulsating of my nerves and sweating around my temple brought me in and then I found the new era of someone truly remarkable in every way. In every generation we have a legend that is purely unique in every way- that could be let’s say Marilyn Manson in the Rock/Metal world, Lady Gaga in the Pop world- then you have the best comparison of all, which I have to say Andrew Mackay is the new age era of Steven Dodd. The people who are not familiar with Steven Dodd, he is the creator of the Anthology series that I grew up watching when I was 5 years old and still watch it today; someone that makes you feel like what the hell did I just watch, Dodd is the creator of Tales From The Crypt! Yes, ladies and gentleman, I have found the new era of our beloved nightmares and his name is boldly and respectfully Andrew Mackay.  This is actually the first time Mackay has decided to dip his toes into the abyss we call horror. Yes, you heard right; I was so shocked and was in no believing him, at all, but it is true. For someone not familiar with the boundaries of the society and the pitiful, small and erupting stomachs we have, he sure does bring his creative and original thoughts to the forefront of our demented minds. We will not be seeing the last of Mackay, he will be coming out with more in his continuing story that is called the Pure Dark. So be on an outlook for all that is forthcoming. Anyone who dares to survive the Pure Dark, I welcome you into total darkness and into the experiences you have never witnessed anywhere else in your whole existence of this twisted world. You only live once, so what are waiting for here?  I will either see you on the other side or in the Pure Dark… well, I have to leave because I have a dinner reservation at La Mort Magnifique and I cannot be late! You know how long it took me to get this reservation?