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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480166642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480166646
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,397,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi. He resides in Massachusetts and completed a creative writing course at Boston's Fisher College. He is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Some of his more recent credits include Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella, The Song of the Ancestors fantasy series, Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, Epitaphs: Journal of the New England Horror Writers, The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, Wrong World, The Silver Blade, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora Wolf and more. He is the author of several collections, novellas and novels including the recently released If God Doesn't Show-an apocalyptic, Cthuhlu mythos novel published by Permuted Press. Please visit his website www.shadowtales.com or his facebook author page www.facebook.com/pages/John-Grover-Dark-Fiction-Author for more information.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abouchard on April 10, 2012
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I haven't read a ghost story anthology in a very long time, mostly because they are generally geared towards a younger audience but adults like scary stories too. You have to read this book if you were a fan of these types of books as a kid, it really does take you back while still being written for adults. The stories were all so different and there is something in there for everyone and anyone who likes a scary story to send goose bumps down your spine!
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John Grover's Creatures and Crypts is a book to sink your teeth into on a dark night. There are twenty stories featured here and they run the horror gamut. Zombies, ghouls, nightmarish unnamed things, sinister plants harkening back to Hawthorne, restless spirits, and even the Grim Reaper himself!

This is my first taste of Grover and I like what he serves up. His writing is eloquent, subtle, and disturbing. Rather than gross the reader out with guts and gore, he chooses to crawl under the skin in the sort of horror I truly appreciate. In "Lord Humphrey's Daughter" for example, we have a much-loved daughter capable of great evils. She does not use her powers for deliberate harm. Or does she? "Scritch, Scritch" is enough to keep one from ever sleeping again. I am now quite sure there is a thing in my wall too. Grover makes you believe. He makes you think. "Man's First Child" is a challenging tale of choices, souls, and dark possibilities. The ambiguous ending left me pondering very sinister possibilities for humanity. "Mother and Daughter" is an exploration of familial ties of the bizarre and supernatural kind. There are few monsters Grover does not feature here and a few you might he had not!

People die here. There is enough murder and mayhem to satisfy any horror fan. But Grover makes you fear the night. He makes you fear the shadows in the corners. His is the sort of horror that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. With twenty stories, there are bound to be those that miss the mark. I had my favorites and the not-so-favorite, but Grover's style is such that a reader will walk away satisfied. Perhaps terrified might be the better word here. Open the crypt and do step inside for this one.

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I fell in love with John Grover's writing when I picked up a copy of Feminine Wiles. The stories were original, intense, short on gore and very heavy on suspense and heavy on the creep factor. When Creatures and Crypts came across my desk, I knew I would not be disappointed. Grover has done it again.

There is no tight, unifying theme to this one. The stories are eclectic and diverse. With twenty, there is plenty of fear to go around. Mistresses are murdered. Gardens devour the obsessed. Creatures crawl from the walls, the gutters, and one's own mind. In one of my personal favorites, a man tries to cheat Death with a capital D and his failure is a disturbing lesson in human arrogance for us all. Grover's writing weaves a frightful web that draws the reader to the door and yanks it open to reveal the darkest of the dark. He does it through suspense, excellent prose, and that subtle twist that turns reality into unreality. Grover has done it again. Be afraid.
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By Tracy L. Carbone on April 25, 2012
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I finished this collection today on my Kindle. There were a lot of great stories so it took me a little while to get through them but they were all very good. Grover has a talent for writing from very different points of view (men, women, children) and also for making all his characters strong and credible. The stories were atmospheric and well written. Sometimes in collections there are filler stories but that is not the case here. Grover's stories ranged from terrifying to amusing but all deliver a satisfying element of darkness. Well done!
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More About the Author

John Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi. He resides in Massachusetts and completed a creative writing course at Boston's Fisher College. He is a member of the New England Horror Writers.

Some of his more recent credits include Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella, The Song of the Ancestors fantasy series, Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, Epitaphs: Journal of the New England Horror Writers, The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, Wrong World, The Silver Blade, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora Wolf and more.

He is the author of several collections, novellas and novels including the recently released If God Doesn't Show-an apocalyptic, Cthuhlu mythos novel published by Permuted Press. Please visit his website www.shadowtales.com or his facebook author page www.facebook.com/pages/John-Grover-Dark-Fiction-Author for more information.

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