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Cuentos [Kindle Edition]

Edwin Stark
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A doomed vampire hunter. A kid trapped in the sewers with an undead thing. A town that could be yours… but hides a terrible, dark secret. A scary cosmic balance. A dead brother and his revenge beyond the grave. An unspeakable future and three eerie girls: all these elements lurk within Cuentos, this collection of eight short stories and two short novellas that may make you reconsider how you contemplate darkness… after you’re finished reading it. 45000+ words

Editorial Reviews


"The characters of 'Cuentos' display believable characteristics that gently lead the reader along a path to gradually but willingly leave reality at the door. Before long, readers become part of the action -- whether it is in the darkening sewers of Nosfort, Massachusetts or beneath a bulbous fruit tree in a different reality -- and cannot put down the book." -- Sylvia Cochran,

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the author finds himself as a misfit there and resorts to writing for escapism from a society that doesn't seem able to digest him. He tried many years publishing in his home country but he found that market impervious to his many attempts of breaking in. So he switched to English as a last resort to outlet his creative efforts. The transition wasn't easy but he managed to achieve his goals by writing several short stories, which allowed him to discover he had the knack, after all. He enjoys sci-fi and owns a quirky sense of humor, so it's natural that his first two books handle these two areas. So far he has published them both in both paperback and e-book format. Cuentos is a compendium of his best short stories, some horror, some science fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Killer Squirrel Press (December 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend March 26, 2011
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I enjoyed the author's voice in these short stories! He prefaced each one with some insight of his own which helped set the scene that I really enjoyed as much as the stories themselves. All the characters and worlds were well developed; they really drew me into the stories. I don't recall any typos at all. The author's first language is not English and is evident in some of the wording of his earlier works, but he has such a way with words that it did not take away from the stories at all. I would recommend his books!

Part One is about Vampires, these were my favorite. The Hunter is a short story about a vampire hunter who takes his job to the extreme! The Recycling Kid is a scary YA story about vampires. Old Friends Keep Tabs is a story about checking in on an old friend. (I would love to have more stories with Williams and Clayton.) A Window in Time is a metaphysical tale of soul sucking. Part Two is just plain terror! There are two very twisted horror stories. Part Three is Science Fiction which, I am just starting to enjoy. These are a bit pulp influenced by Bradbury. Also included is an excerpt from AI Rebellion and Eco Station One
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twisted plots,suspense and well written March 9, 2013
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I am a big fan of this style of writing. I like surprises and well written characters. If there were typo's I didn't notice them the stories kept my attention. I highly recommend this collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Interesting February 27, 2014
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This book of short stories is divided into three sections - Vampires, Plain Terror, and Science Fiction. Mr. Stark writes a bit about the story before each one. This is a great way to learn how the story was written, or how the stories relate to each other or to his novels.

This was a very enjoyable read. While I really liked all the stories, my favorite was Old Friends Keep Tabs. The characters interacted so well with each other in this story that I would like to read more William/Clayton tales. The writing was brilliant, and I loved the way this story ended.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror/vampire books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!! November 18, 2013
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This collection of short stories is creepy, spooky and fun. It's well written and easy to read even though the author was not born to the English language. He did an exceptional job, in my humble opinion! I look forward to other writings from this author!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely creepy collection of short stories March 2, 2012
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This little collection of short stories is really quite inventive and yummy for the fan of horror. Edwin has a unique voice which enriches his words to no end. Additionally, he prefaces each short story with a bit of insight as to what he was thinking of when he wrote it, giving you a much deeper feeling of his work. Given that the author is not a native English speaker, the grammar errors are not too bad and his grasp of idioms is quite impressive. A bit more editing and this would be a solid five star work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Short Stories April 30, 2011
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Normally, I'm not a big fan of short story collections. Cuentos is certainy the exception to the rule. Regardless of your preference, you'll find something enjoyable in this book. It was a quick and easy read for me, as I found something I liked in just about every story. Would certaily like to read some of this authors full length work. I found many stories to be thought provoking, and few had some "wow" moments to them. My only suggestion would be to have this book edited, as I found quite a few typos (even for a Kindle edition) and caught myself having to reread sentences several times to get the meaning. Other than that, definately worth a read, and looking forward to his next offering.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking collection September 12, 2013
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This is a really good collection of short stories covering both horror & sci-fi genre's. Each story has a brief intro by the author regarding it's background which make entertaining reading in their own right.

For me the stand out stories from the collection were the first four vampire tales as they all cross over one way or another but also lay the foundations for another book by Edwin Stark, The Clayton Chronicles.

Get it, read it & rate it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, this book was pretty good. I like the fact that this author took a bunch of his stories and combined them into this 'nighttime reading' book. Really, it's nice not to read a huge series and just a tale once in awhile. I was a little unkicked back when I saw it had vampires in it but for 99 cents I didn't buck and I'm glad I didn't because not all of them have vampires. This author also actually talks to you in between each tale, almost like a narrator. It's less 'this is a book' it's more 'this is my book.'

My favorite story was the kid in the sewers. Parents, take note, if you want your kids to make it to college with the best grades, his book has got the answer. It might not be ethical, but it might give you ideas. The half brothers was good too. Some of the stories are creepy and a little gory, and others are just spooky treats.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the twisted and fun mind of an author
My first introduction to Edwin Stark's work was through "The Karaoke Duo Vs The Karaoke Zombies" and "Aftermath and Other Zombie Shorts" so you may understand that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. VanZwoll
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost childish
poorly written with minimal plots and easily seen endings
Sometimes hard to follow who is who, a series of stories in desperate need of a proofreader.
Published 15 months ago by Gonealot
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent, unique, and creative.
I read Cuentos because I like vampire stories. I don't normally like sci-fi or true horror. I expected to like part of this collection, and I was right. Mr. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Simone Beaudelaire
3.0 out of 5 stars On my blog, this got 2.5 stars.
Kayla's review of Vampire and Plain Terror sections:
At first, I thought Cuentos was going to start out as a young adult short story book. Wow, was I wrong! Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love short stories
I truly love mysteries, but short stories are just fun. Combine a mystery with a short story,then throw in a vampire hunter, a werewolf, and a few other gory creatures, and you've... Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by R.C. Drake
4.0 out of 5 stars Cryptkeeper Stark
I haven't had a book of short stories to read in awhile, and I enjoyed this break from reading longer novels. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by Shannon Mawhiney
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More About the Author

Hello, my name's Edwin Stark, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. That's South America for the few geographically-challenged ones out there. I suppose that somehow the stork had just stumbled out from a pub while it was delivering me, (it was confused to say the least) and mishandled my humble persona, leaving me stranded in this unlikely place.

Having German ancestry, I spoke that language as a toddler, but my Mom had the misconception that I'd fit better here if I spoke Spanish, so that tongue was lost during my growing years. I grew up dreaming crazy tales and was my teacher's pet when it came to composition class--but not in deportment: that was for certain--and as I grew up I tried to get noticed as a writer by submitting to every magazine and writing contest available in my home country. No such luck; the publishing market in Venezuela is utterly locked out: you can only see your words in print if you're already a notorious politician or a TV celebrity. Since I wasn't in the inclination of becoming a serial murderer to achieve notoriousness and get published, the need to rethink the approach to my writing career became a must.
Eventually, I decided to switch languages and start writing in English. I was already proficient in that language... but was I good enough to tell stories in that fashion?

I then started to write short stories, effectively dumping my native language. I wrote nearly 200 short stories during a period of about eighteen months, slowly learning the nuances of story-telling in another language than your own. I already had the benefit of having the knack of telling a tale; I only had to adjust. 190 of them short tales certainly sucked; 10 were really neat, but the important thing was the learning process. These ten tales eventually made it into Cuentos, the short story collection which became my third book. I succeeded so well in tearing myself apart from Spanish, that almost everyone I meet online says: "I CAN'T BELIEVE ENGLISH ISN'T YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE!"

So far, I wrote four books: AI Rebellion, a rather preachy cyberpunk thriller that still shows the struggle of switching languages (and I only recommend people to read it if they're on an archeological mood, as in if they're interested in seeing my progress as a writer), Eco Station One, a very bizarre and funny satire, the aforementioned Cuentos, and The Clayton Chronicles, a rather cookie-cut vampire tale. All these are available for the Kindle reader on Amazon, in paperbacks and all e-book formats in Smashwords.

"The characters of 'Cuentos' display believable characteristics that gently lead the reader along a path to gradually but willingly leave reality at the door. Before long, readers become part of the action -- whether it is in the darkening sewers of Nosfort, Massachusetts or beneath a bulbous fruit tree in a different reality -- and cannot put down the book."
--Sylvia Cochran,


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