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Aberrations: Horror Stories [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy C. Shipp , Lisa Morton , Joe McKinney , Joseph Nassise , Nate Kenyon , Scott Nicholson , Simon Wood , Kealan Burke , Elizabeth Massie , Lisa Tuttle
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Book Description

Jeremy C. Shipp has brought together ten monster tales from today's masters of horror and supernatural suspense.

Stories by:
Scott Nicholson
Lisa Tuttle
Nate Kenyon
Lisa Morton
Kealan Patrick Burke
Simon Wood
Jeremy C. Shipp
Elizabeth Massie
Joe McKinney
Joseph Nassise

Praise for Jeremy C. Shipp:

“Jeremy C. Shipp’s boldness, daring, originality, and sheer smarts make him one of the most vital younger writers who have colonized horror literature in the past decade. Shipp’s modernist clarity, plus his willingness to risk damn near everything, put him up at the head of the pack with the very best.”
–Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story

"Shipp's clear, insistent voice pulls you down into the rabbit hole and doesn't let go."
--Jack Ketchum, author of The Girl Next Door

Product Details

  • File Size: 214 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Attic Clown Press (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ITNKC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aberrations Indeed September 21, 2011
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Aberrations was a good, diverse batch of stories, and I want to take a moment to discuss my three favorites.

The anthology kicks off with "Money Well Earned" by Joseph Nassise. A hit man is hired to rid Point Pleasant, West Virginia of the Mothman. Never one to turn down a job, he goes, but is surprised by what he finds there. I like the blend of urban legend and gritty crime story. The twist was clever (I knew something was coming, but didn't know what) and the tone really propelled the piece. Great story.

Another that I really dug was Joe McKinney's contribution, "Survivors". I've read Apocalypse of the Dead and thought it was decent, but this one really moved me, a story about survivor's guilt set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. I like zombie stories that aren't about zombies, and this one pulled that off nicely. This tale was all about Canavan, and could have been superimposed over any disaster. That said, McKinney took advantage of the zombies for some nice, non-gratuitous gore. Nice blend.

The piece that knocked my socks off, though, blew me away, was "The Hounds of Love" by Scott Nicholson. I was turned off at first: a kid who tortures animals named Dexter? That's been done. But I stopped caring about that after a page or two. This book explores the concept of love, what it means, what it can do, through an awesome sick and sad lens. It's really hard to read, as an animal lover, but Nicholoson's ending is just fantastic. I can't say anything else about the end `cause I want every person who reads this review to run out and read the story. Three thumbs up.

Editor Jeremy C. Shipp's contribution, "Goat Boy" was good, short and sweet, and I enjoyed Elizabeth Massie's "Beggars at Dawn". Some of the other tales I wasn't wild about, but the good stories make this anthology a must have, especially since the Kindle version is $2.99. That's less than a snack, and infinitely more satisfying. Also, the cover art is beautiful!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Stories from Great Authors August 24, 2011
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Recovering from oral surgery, I picked up this new anthology from Jeremy C. Shipp, the talented author that brought us CURSED and VACATION. Though his one offering in this collection is short, it is exactly what we've come to expect from him - crisp, comedic, and haunting. Not surprisingly, the best story in this collection, "Survivors," comes from Joe McKinney. I love McKinney's realistic take on all matters zombie, and this story is no exception. Here we deal with the scars of war and the limits of human endurance. McKinney's prose is simple, elegant, and always effective! Another great story comes from Lisa Morton. "Tested" deals with true courage against the things that should not be and is deeply satisfying and unpredictable. All the stories here are good or better. Pick this up today!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aberrations is a mixed bag of chilling horror. Some ... September 26, 2014
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Aberrations is a mixed bag of chilling horror. Some leave you wondering and the others dish out a look over your shoulder. Some well known authors in this anthology edited by Jeremy C. Shipp a Bram Stoker award winning author.

(Bug House by Lisa Tuttle) Creepy, entertaining. 4★s

(The Things in the Woods by Nate Kenyon) Bigfoot or whatever they hit, 3★s

(Tested by Lisa Morton) I read a few of her stories and this one goes to the top of the list. 4★s

(Bus People by Simon Wood) Only crazy people ride the bus. 3.5★s
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy September 6, 2011
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ABERRATIONS is a creepy collection of works by some of the best horror writers in the business. Jeremy C. Shipp's GOAT BOY story is a bizarro journey that leaves you wanting more. Kealan Patrick Burke's FROM HAMLIN TO HARPERVILLE is a spooky twist on a classic tale that I learned is part of a trilogy - I'm looking for the other two stories. :-) Elizabeth Massie's BEGGARS AT DAWN is a bittersweet story that stands out, too, making this a collection that covers the whole gamut of monsters. Overall, a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great June 21, 2014
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well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky, disturbing, solid anthology May 20, 2013
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Anthologies, no matter what the genre, run the risk of being a mixed bag. Aberrations is one of the better collections I've read, where just about every story is solid, and a few are even exceptional. Some of the stories in this particular anthology are disturbing, some are spooky, some are downright weird, but overall, they're creative and well written. I thought the highlights were Money Well Earned, Bug House, Beggars at Dawn, and my personal favorite, From Hamilin and Harperville. These four tales in particular are engrossing and feature clever twists that you may not see coming. Each one stands out from the remaining six and cover a wide range of differing horror flavors. As for the rest, they were all enjoyable in their own ways, with the exception of Goat Boy which I didn't like.

If you're a fan of short stories, horror in particular, Aberrations is well worth your time and the price of admission. While I was already familiar with a few of the writers that contributed, I discovered some that I'll have to check out later down the line.

Fun and entertaining collection of the macabre, gory, and chilling
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read Aberrations! October 1, 2012
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I was looking for a bood that was different than most I had been reading, and came across this one.A fantastic horror anthology, each story independent and horrific, with teeny twists you never quite suspect
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Stories made no sense
The stories were not good--many came to conclusions that didn't track or the ones that did were very predictable. I was not a fan.
Published 20 months ago by James A Preuss
5.0 out of 5 stars quality collection
a good collection from young but established writers, these stories are either horror, or that other type of story that really has no name and then is referred to as horror which... Read more
Published 24 months ago by giggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very unique little tales of terror. Each story is a weirdly disturbing delight and makes quite an impact. Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good some bad
I liked most of the stories in this book, but there were a few I found boring. Worth it for free.
Published on November 21, 2012 by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Butt Collection!
This is, by far, one of the best short story collections I've read in a long time.
There are a lot of great horror authors contained within, so I expected nothing less. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Char's Horror Corner
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
The stories themselves aren't bad, but this has to be one of the worst editing jobs ever on something I've tried to read. It was very annoying and distracting.
Published on September 21, 2012 by Terry Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Aberrations
This book was absolutely brilliant, I couldn't put it down, page after page, Jeremy kept the pace perfect. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Naomi Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Aberrations: Horror Stories
Lisa Tuttle did what no other horror writers have done for me in quite a while; she totally creeped me out! If you read no other horror books this year read rhis one. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by jeri
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning collection of the macabre!
As far as short story collections go, this one is a home run! Some stories I enjoyed more than others but I didn't find a single weak one. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by reader3278
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