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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Arctic Wolf Publishing (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980219752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980219753
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,249,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Draven on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good short story anthologies are hard to come by. Most writers who put together such anthologis often fail to deliver the goods and usually only half of the stories are of any interest. This isn't the case of Mr. Boyle's first book, BLOOD WORKS, a collection of nine chilling tales. There is not a dud here, folks. None of the climaxes are forced left-field endings. David has a gift for taking familiar situations and drenching them in an atmosphere of dread.

He sets up the scenes with the skillful hand of a veteran writer and develops his characters surprisingly well (something that isn't easy to do in the short story format). These dark tales explore the human condition and shy away from supernatural creatures and occurrences (only two stories vaguely hint at the supernatural). This is one of the reasons his stories work so well, I think; man is the most terrifying monster of them all and David does a great job at showing you what goes on in a psychopath's head.

Included in this book are:
-Bad Connection
-Blink of an Eye
-Dead End
-Deadly Secret
-No One Survives the Holidays
-Skinned Alive
-Beyond the Dark Glass
-Mind Plays Tricks?
-Death Do Us Part

My personal favorites are "Blink of an Eye" and "Dead End". I know for a fact that David has enough stories to fill up at least two more books. Let's hope this becomes a yearly tradition. If you're looking for some hard-hitting horror, look no more; David Boyle has arrived.

Alan Draven,
Author of BITTERNEST
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Bloodworks is not just another collection of intriguing/interesting horror tales. Oh no. It's much more darker and disturbing. I frequently had to fight the urge to race through it because I couldn't tolerate the suspense. But the ending, while alleviating the dreadful anticipation, supplanted it with the realization of just how terrifying life can be. Bloodworks left me actually feeling scared. David Boyle reaches in, grabs your heart and mind, and immerses you in the terror. Terrors that have inevitably crossed your mind. Terrors that could actually happen to you. Don't read it at night alone.
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By K. Prendergast on January 8, 2009
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I have always enjoyed thrillers whether it be reading or watching them. To be honest, I wasn't sure how well I would enjoy the short stories aspect of this book. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I was hooked from the very first story which also turned out to be one of my favorites. Unable to put Blood Works down, I finished this book in just under 3 hours. My only criticism is that I wanted more. Hopefully, the author will take note and won't make us wait too long for his next book.
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Since I don't have alot of time to read a whole novel, I purchased this book with the intention of reading one story at a time whenever I had an opportunity. However, I found each story to be so well written and suspenseful that I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire 268 pages in one night. My only complaint is that the book would have benefited from an index, listing the names of each story and their length.Blood Works
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This was my second reading of David's Book. He has the knack for writing a short story and when you are finished reading, feel as if you know the characters and their feelings very well. I have read other short stories that are lacking in this respect.
My favorite of the group was Dead End. It had an ending that I never expected.Once you start reading you wont put it down. I am looking forward to reading his latest book "Abandoned in the Dark".
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By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2013
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This book was so scary! The first story is the scariest, and seriously, I read this book a while ago, and I still think about it. Very creepy. The other stories put you on the edge of your seat as well. I would love to see what David Boyle could do if he wrote a full length novel. I think his writing is on par with Stephen King.
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As you read each story it takes you for a thrill ride. It has the suspense you need to want to read more. You can't wait to see how it ends. What a great way it brings the characters to life when reading these stories. Everyone who gets a chance to read this book will be in for the most enjoyable thrill of their lives.
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The short stories are a great asset to this book! The first story had a twist in the end. Enjoyed on how the writer draws you close to the victims and how you just detest the villain. In the end ... well I'm not going to give it away ... you just have to read it!!
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