Sins of Smoke Review

Sins of Smoke

Short Story/ Paperback/ 57 pages

*received for honest review*


When Cooper’s brother discovers he’s won a second chance with the girl that recently broke his heart, Cooper decides to tag along to the Coyote Inn. Knowing that his gang will likely be up to their old tricks they chase the setting sun with a smile on their faces.

However, the night takes a turn when a darkness that has stalked the town for ages past finds a new vessel. A horror hidden in the depths of children’s ghost stories.

At what point in our lives do we forget to believe in monsters?

My Thoughts

It has been awhile since I have read a “horror” book but this short story did nothing but impress me. I was instantly hooked while reading the first two pages just by the way the characters talked. It felt like it is based in the days of the Wild West but I asked the author in what time period and he told me its more in the 80’s but still out in the old west. If that makes sense.

I really enjoyed all the characters in the story and how Daniel was able to write them all so well that made it real easy to imagine them and the setting. I felt as if I was there experiencing the terror that comes upon this group of friends. It had a wonderful similarity for me to Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, (*spoiler for those who haven’t read Dreamcatcher*),it didn’t have to do with aliens. It was more the fact that the main character, Cooper, and his closest friends have to face a terrible evil together.

It kept me turning the pages to see what happens next and it did make me jump at one part in the story. If you are looking for a quick and scary read, definitely pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed.



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About the Author

Daniel Willcocks

Daniel Willcocks is a Lincoln, UK-based writer, proofreader, and copy-editor. He lives with his fiancé and baby son, and enjoys writing horror/fantasy, playing guitar, and promoting local talent within the community.

After enjoying recent success with his latest novella ‘Sins of Smoke’ which reached the #1 spot on Amazon Kindle’s short horror story category over Halloween, Dan is working on a collection of short stories, as well as setting plans in place for a novel in 2016.

Dan is also a part of digital story production studio Hawk & Cleaver. Find more on their site at

You can find the latest updates from Daniel Willcocks on Facebook and Instagram (@WillcocksAuthor)

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