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Funhouse:: Sixteen horrifying stories of the macabre, death, madness and murder Kindle Edition

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"Michael Bray's newest offering is an eclectic mix of horror, suspense and the downright way-out-there weird."

"Get Funhouse by Michael... Bray, I promise you wont be disappointed"

"Funhouse is a book that from the beginning grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go til the end. Each story has its own unique twist, and each twist is more horrifying then the last."

"This book shows the scope of a wide imagination used in the crafting of the strange and bizarre, ranging from gentle fears to the disturbing."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1923 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Shark Publishing (October 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3CKZZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Bray is a horror / thriller author of more than ten novels. Influenced from an early age by the suspense horror of authors such as Stephen King, Richard Laymon & Brian Lumley, along with TV shows like Tales From The Crypt & The Twilight Zone, he started to work on his own fiction, and spent many years developing his style. His first book was a collection of interconnected short stories titled Dark Corners (September 2012) which was picked up immediately by Dark Hall press and received great critical acclaim. This was followed shortly after in December by a novella titled MEAT, which like its predecessor, enjoyed a string of fantastic reviews.
It was the release of his very first full length novel, a supernatural horror titled Whisper in early 2013 that saw a sharp increase in sales and popularity. The book was noticed within the horror community for its blend of psychological horror and eerie supernatural elements, and was picked up after being initially self-published by Horrific Tales publishing. The book was re-edited and rereleased in July 2013, and immediately went to the top of the overall horror charts on amazon in both the UK and US, outselling such household names as Stephen King and James Herbert. The book was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and made it as far as the final ballot for the first novel category. Two sequels to the book were produced, titled Voices (May 2014) and Echoes (August 2015) which, like the original, went on to top the charts and generate huge buzz.
Between the release of the whisper novels, Michael also penned a six book deal with Severed Press. Three books have already been released and, like Whisper are consistently big sellers worldwide - From the Deep (November 2014), Return to the Deep (January 2015) & Spawn of the Deep (July 2015). In addition, the prolific author has also released two short story collections which, like the full length novels have proved to be incredibly popular with his readers. Funhouse (October 2013) and Forgotten Fears (June 2015) went on to sell well and receive a string of positive feedback from readers.
Michael has also worked on numerous collaborations, including several very successful extreme horror titles with bestselling author Matt Shaw, their complimentary styles quickly growing a rabid fan base of readers for the works they release together (ART - March 2014 MONSTER - March 2015 Home Video - July 2015)
With books sold in over forty countries and rights optioned for movie versions of his work, he recently signed with Media Bitch literary agency where he intends to take the next step in his writing career. He currently resides in Leeds, England, with his wife Vikki and daughter Abi.


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When Michael Bray put a call out to review his latest book I jumped at the chance. Introduced to Michael via another book all together I was super excited to give Funhouse a chance. And Yes in the past I have posted about my dislike of short stories I knew I was in for a good ride with Funhouse, as I had been with Michael's previous book. And I couldn't of been more right.

Funhouse is a book that from the beginning grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go til the end. Each story has its own unique twist, and each twist is more horrifying then the last. Not only will it having you wonder what goes bump in the night, but it'll have you wondering whose knocking on your door in the middle of the day. This book gets your mind going, gets you thinking about what is out there, who is out there and what could they possibly do to you?

Now like i've said in the past I am not a fan of short stories, but these short's were not as short as the title short story would lead you to believe. In fact they could be short length novella's. Definitely left to stand on their own. Each story draws you in, introduces you to the character or characters you are supposed to care about, and then drops the floor out from under you and drops you at a 100 miles per hour through every twist and turn that Michael can come up with. Not only is Michael's story telling masterful, it draws you in and holds you close, whispers dark and disturbing things to you, and leaves you unable to breath.

Each story is unique in its own right, the ideas are fresh and exhilarating, leaving you wonder what could happen next, or how it could have happened the way it did. I know that I enjoyed these stories thoroughly. The only problem I had with this entire set was, Michael you never let us know what was behind that last door, and I'm a deep dark and disturbed mind and I Need to know what it was!
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Michael Bray's newest offering is an eclectic mix of horror, suspense and the downright way-out-there weird. You wouldn't be able to pigeon-hole this collection. I was given this as a review copy in return for an honest review, but to be honest, I felt grateful to be allowed an advanced read of this long awaited book of shorts. It didn't disappoint me. The first night I opened it, I managed to cram three of the stories in before sleep won over. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the stories.

My favourite without a doubt was the story entitled 99.9AM, for the same reasons that Bray himself has written the story- I won't give anything away!! The Trial of Edwyn Greer was a very cleverly written tale which puts an original, futuristic spin on vampires. I would love to read a full length story based entirely on the main character in this story. However, each story was unique in its own way. Every story had a very creepy element to it and lingered in my mind long after reading.

I love reading the author's notes regarding the origins of each story but I did feel that a little paragraph after each story would have worked better, rather than the section at the end of the book. I'm not a great one for remembering the names of short stories and had to keep flicking back and forth to remind myself of each story. That is my only complaint, and not one that spoilt my enjoyment of the main product in any way.

I haven't read anything by Mr Bray since Meat was released although I have copies of Whisper and Dark Corners sitting on my Kindle. I am looking forward to getting stuck into these books for now, as this has certainly renewed my interest in this writer.
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I got this book to read a month ago. I have to say any of these stories would have made a great Twilight Zone episode. If you haven't read any of Brays other books this one is a great one to start to see his style of writing. Bray is one of the best new Horror writers.
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I feel bad for not reviewing this book sooner. It was on my list of things to do since I loved this collection so much. All the stories are good, but I especially loved Scarecrows, Candyland, Cabin Fever, and the Trial of Edwyn Greer. Bray also gives us author notes on all the stories, which I enjoyed. You can't go wrong with this collection.
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I read Funhouse in-between full novels or when I was just in the mood for a quick short story to read. I have summarised my rating and which are my favourite at the very bottom of the review.

1: Mr Ghoul's Quaint Little Ghost Train - This was a great wee story, never again will I look at a ghost train the same. These are a whole different type of skeletons.

2: 99.9AM - A radio station with a difference. Not as good as the previous story for me but still enjoyed it. It didn't go where I was expecting which is always a plus.

3: The Eye - Ugh now I'm going to be paranoid about checking the toilet bowl when using the little girls room. Thanks for that Michael lol.

4: Scarecrows - Scarecrows have always creeped me out. I grew up spending a lot of time on my great grandparents farm, my pop would hide walkie talkies in the scarecrows when he knew we were playing in the fields, his idea of fun. It's funny to think back on now but even to this day they give me the heebie jeebies. This story is kind of like my worst nightmare.

5: Hangman - This is one game of hangman I wouldn't like to play. I kept trying to work out the answer, no fair!

6: The Boy Who Saw Spiders - Ugh spiders. I was half way through this story and stopped to make a cuppa, when filling the kettle a huge freaking spider fell from it into the sink, scared the life outta me. Now I keep imagining I'm seeing the little sods everywhere! Not too sure of the ending of this one though.

7: The Man in the Alley - I loved this one, my fav so far! The characters and the interaction between them just grabbed my attention. The mixture of curiosity and fear kept me totally intrigued.

8: Sick Day - Ugh that was just yucky.
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