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Here Be Monsters - An Anthology of Monster Tales [Kindle Edition]

M.T. Murphy , Sara Reinke , Samantha Anderson , India Drummond , S.M. Reine , Jeremy C. Shipp , Anabel Portillo , Ian Sharman , Jose Manuel Portillo Barientos , Alissa Rindels
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Book Description

Eight tales of vampires, werewolves, demons, zombies, and other horrors:

M.T. Murphy - Blackmail.
S.M. Reine - Something Wrong.
India Drummond - The Reaver.
Anabel Portillo - Lux.
Jeremy C. Shipp - Figs.
Samantha Anderson - Deals and Demons.
Sara Reinke - Periphery People.
M.T. Murphy - Spider Bag.

Product Details

  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lex Talionis Books (September 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M94EAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly original horror September 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From M.T.Murphy's twisted tale of blackmail; to Sara Reinke's genuinely frightening yarn of soul sucking creatures; each story is a real gem. What makes this book of horror stand apart from others of the genre is it's originality; each story stands apart from its neighbour in both style and content.
Although I enjoyed each and every tale, I especially liked S.M Reine's 'Something wrong' for its simplistic, yet elegant prose, and Jeremy C. Shipp's weird and totally unexpected 'Figs'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Horrific Fun! October 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Here Be Monsters - An Anthology of Monster Tales
By M.T. Murphy, S.M. Reine, India Drummond, Anabel Portillo, Jeremy C. Shipp, Samantha Anderson, and Sara Reinke.

(Review by Saewod Tice - Great Minds Thinking Aloud Literary Community)

Eight tales of vampires, werewolves, demons, zombies, and other horrors:
M.T. Murphy - Blackmail.
- A nice twist in a familiar tale.

S.M. Reine - Something Wrong.
- A simple, beautifully written horror.

India Drummond - The Reaver.
- A fresh tale with a ghoulishly karmic finish.

Anabel Portillo - Lux.
- A tale I wish was a full novel, just to get more detail to the horrors created.

Jeremy C. Shipp - Figs.
- An unexpected climax and new meaning to justice.

Samantha Anderson - Deals and Demons.
- Good versus Evil has a new twist.

Sara Reinke - Periphery People.
- Hauntingly different and `campfire' story worthy.

M.T. Murphy - Spider Bag.
- Perhaps my fear of spiders are the reason this shook me, but it may also be the actual discovery of what the spider bag is that did me in.

It's Halloween-time and this collection of horror shorts was fun for this time of the year. I liked a couple of the stories over the others, but overall they were a pretty twisted read. Definitely recommended for a couple quick horrific reads.

Great Minds Thinking Aloud Rating - 3.5/5 Ravens
Recommended Ages - 17+
Available on Amazon & right now its FREE.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good fun October 6, 2011
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I greatly enjoyed this collection. It's a sin that I got it for free. I've read books by long-published authors that weren't half as enjoyable and ten times the price. A fascinating, creepy collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little fear, heavy cliche May 9, 2013
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Here Be Monsters: An Anthology of Monster Tales is an eclectic collection of stories using the classic monster trope, but not in the traditional vampire/ zombie/ werewolf mode. There are a few of the Universal Studios godfathers here, but in general, the collection steers away from the known and tread into the unknown. There have been a number of anthologies in recent years that have deliberately tried to shift horror away from the traditional beasties we all know and fear. I don't know if Here Be Monsters made a specific attempt at it or if it just happened to come together that way, but based on the uneven feel of this one, I'm guessing it was random selection.

There were some interesting stories here, but there was a violent thread throughout the collection that began to unsettle me. I do not care for the brutal horror elements and this anthology kept moving further and further in that direction. The violence toward women was particularly disturbing. Women nailed to tables, doctors strapping girls to tables, choking the "bitch" to death, and more started to bother me a great deal. Some of the stories even seemed written for the sole purpose of the violent action rather than any comprehensible narrative.

I would rather authors try and not quite make it rather than fall back on the cliché tropes, stereotypes, and weak plot devices we have all read elsewhere. This collection goes too far off the proverbial cliff however. In an attempt to be unique, some of the stories became plain old confusing. Combine this with the level of violence and splatter style horror, and it wasn't a collection I enjoyed. For the gore crowd, this might be a treat. For me, it was a turnoff. Weak plots, confusing tales, and excessive violence. Not my style.

Originally published at Horror Novel Reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror and fantasy... May 20, 2012
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This collection of stories will surprise the reader with horror and fantasy combined. The tales create unusual images in the imagination, with enough scary stuff to keep the tales entertaining. Aliens and vampires, werewolves and spiders, even demons and devils make an appearance in this anthology.
I recommend this book to readers that are also fans of horror films... The creatures in this book would be at home on the silver screen. This may not be the goriest or most brutal book. However, the monster mash will satisfy any reader wanting to experience some easy, fast and free horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good creepy stuff.. December 12, 2011
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A neat mix of dark stories and well, morbidly dark stories... I'm looking at you SOMETHING WRONG author S.M. Reine and you too FIGS author Jeremy C. Shipp; who definitely have a twisted and hauntingly gruesome side.

For the most part, I'd say all good original stuff in HERE BE MONSTERS (An Anthology of Monster Tales). It's a respectable collection of shorts that should satisfy any horror buff... some within even worthy of further exploration on their own, a true novella or full novel perhaps? There's no doubt there are definitely some authors featured here that have some writing chops and this is a read I'd have no qualm about recommending to a friend. And, being that HERE BE MONSTERS is currently free through Kindle/Amazon; it's a deal not to be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. I thought all the stories were well written and captivating. I would recommend it to anyone who likes this genre.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked!!
This book is full of totally gruesome stories that will give you goosebumps. These elegantly crafted stories leave you wanting more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samantha Bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars ehh
this book was ok not very scary but good for a short story compilation I would have liked the stories to be a bit longer but you get what you pay for
Published 1 month ago by Seasons Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
I absolutely loved these stories. The writing was excellent and the stories were super creepy. This is one of my favorite short story collections i have read.
Published 1 month ago by angel
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than a few Worse than most
In this collection of stories, some are better than others, but none quality as good. Read them if you are seriously bored, but there are untold numbers of better collections... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crystal D. Lahey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Very interesting read. A few of the stories were excellent, and none were bad. Very pleased. I would recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Lee peoples
5.0 out of 5 stars it's good
lots of good stories I recommend it! I love horror stories and these horror anthologies are the right length to read at night or when you do not have a lot of time.
Published 1 month ago by Abigail J. Gardenour
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of short story compilations
I'm a big fan of short story compilations and this one had the right amount of scary, freaky, creepy and interesting. I enjoyed them all.

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Published 2 months ago by Tamara!
4.0 out of 5 stars Some pretty good stories in here
I didn't particularly care for the first and last stories in the collection - I'm not saying they are bad stories, they just weren't my thing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Lukens
5.0 out of 5 stars great short stories
I got this book because it was free, and it turned out to be a pretty spooky bunch of stories. Sometimes it's nice to finish a story in one sitting, and there were some gems here.
Published 2 months ago by B. Cooper
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