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Funhouse: Sixteen tales of madness,murder,terror & insanity [Kindle Edition]

Michael Bray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Roll up to the funhouse, a brand new collection of tales from the author of Whisper, Dark Corners & Meat, Michael Bray.

A man who makes an unscheduled stop gets more than he bargained for in ‘CANDYLAND.’

A Group of teens discover a terrible secret on Samsonite farm in ‘SCARECROWS.’

A Schoolyard bully and his former victim reunite with horrifying results in ‘LONG TALL COFFIN.’

A High school party becomes an arachnid nightmare for one unfortunate guest in ‘THE BOY WHO SAW SPIDERS.’

These are just some of the horrors hidden within the darkest recesses of the funhouse. Look closer if you dare, and indulge in these 16 tales of madness, murder, terror and insanity.


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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: 4726 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Shark Publishing (October 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3CKZZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A off the rails Thrill Ride. October 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyteller October 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! October 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride of a Lifetime October 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have my favourites in Funhouse but overall it's a ride of a lifetime from start to finish.

Whilst I was readng The Boy Who Saw Spiders, I heard a scream from my daughter's bedroom, running quickly upstairs I found this horrendous spider running across her bed, gulp, I then went back to reading, and the next thing I saw out the corner of my eye, this other 'shudder' spider on the floor, I'm sure it was the first spider other half :(, or maybe it was Michael sending out the spiders from his story ;).

Get Funhouse by Michael Bray, I promise you wont be disappointed, just like his other books, Michael grips his reader throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I Loved This whole collection, a great variety of stories some sort some longer, but all great writing, well worth your time.Good Job !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read March 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book to review as I had previously read another of Michaels books and enjoyed it. This one was a little different however, as it is a series of short stories.
As I have a serious lack of imagination, I struggle massively with reading fiction, something which I used to enjoy immensely. This book was great however, as it didn't require a great deal of commitment as novels do. You can pick it up, read a story and then leave it til it takes your fancy again. Perfect for lunchbreak reading or those with kids who cant seem to find time for a whole story.

The writing style is as usual flawless, and the stories quickly envelop you into each new scenario almost seamlessly. The stories are each very unique, no repetition of ideas which keeps it fresh. I did skip a couple of stories which just weren't looking to be my thing, as I don't like stories with a lot of conversation and little action, similarly to movies. But I read most, and they have the potential to have been interesting as more fully detailed stories. From ghost trains with a deadly purpose, to scarecrows and demonic dolls, there are a series of horrifying beasties to keep you amused, and for the more sincere, psychological horrors are also involved.

As always Michael has come up trumps and I would recommend this book for a light hearted reader.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!
I enjoyed many of these short stories. Some of them were truly disturbing, and that's rare for me to say. Well done!
Published 21 hours ago by Mikki Denaris
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book for all horror & suspense fans
Very enjoyable, fast paced read. Most short story books may only have one or two interesting stories in the book. I can honestly say I enjoyed every single story in this book.
Published 18 days ago by LaDeamMa Trumaine McMoore Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Funhouse
Do the characters in Michael Bray's books make him seem a little unhinged, or am I the one that's crazy for loving his characters so much?
Published 24 days ago by Penny McCullough
3.0 out of 5 stars Macabre anthology
The stories in this collection are reminiscent of the Twilight Zone or Night Gallery. Moderately macabre and mildly creepy these shorts are good for a quick read when your looking... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ron Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Funhouse
This was a very good book and I would read more from this author. This has a bunch of good stories in this book.
Published 1 month ago by Dawn R
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Storytelling
Great lot of short stories. Frightening, a little gruesome, and absolutely wonderful! Everything you could ask for under one cover.
Published 1 month ago by KSCHIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap! This is one awesome collection.
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Horror Author Shaun Hupp
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Horror Anthology
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

One of my favorite reads growing up was Night Shift by Stephen King. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cymberle
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll On Up For The Main Attraction
You and your special one are on a perfect date at the carnival. You stop and gawk at one of the sideshows featuring a wide-eyed, inviting, and grotesque face. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bruce J. Blanchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the ghost train!
I really enjoyed all the author comments at the end but feel that stories could have been enhanced a little by their inclusion at the start of each story rather than the end. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vix Kirkpatrick
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Michael Bray is a Horror author based in Leeds, England. Influenced from an early age by the suspense horror of authors such as Stephen King, and the trashy pulp 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. In May 2012, he signed a deal with the highly reputable Dark Hall Press to print and distribute his collection of interlinked short stories titled Dark Corners, which was released in September 2012. His second release was a Novella titled MEAT. His first full length novel, a supernatural horror titled Whisper was initially self-published, and following great critical acclaim, was sold to Horrific Tales publishing - his first Advance paying sale which went on to be a best selling book on amazon, with over 45,000 downloads as of December 2013.

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