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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,689 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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13 of 14 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+
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of short story compilations April 29, 2014
By Tamara!
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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.

M.T. Murphy-Blackmail- Fun vampire story, the twists were fun and the ending a delight.

S.M. Reine-Something Wrong- Very creepy! VERY. I advise not to read while babysitting.

India Drummond-The Reaver- Disturbing tale of soul taking, and a good reminder to parents: Don't break a promise to your child!

Anabel Portillo-Lux- The perfect monster killer, created by a madman!

Jeremy C. Shipp-Figs- Love comes back gently...with odors and revenge.

Samantha Anderson-Deals and Demons- "Two of four, three of three, five of one."

Sara Reinke-Periphery People- To drink or not to drink...

M.T. Murphy-Spider Bag- Useless vampire wannabe's, a werewolf and more reasons to fear spiders (and Lucy)!

The artwork was a wonderful bonus too!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good stories.
Published 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed these stories very much.
Published 8 days ago by Sandra T
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting stories
I highly enjoyed the stories. It was not kiddish at all but very entertaining the backstory was funny and creepy.
Published 9 days ago by D. Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars same old blah.....
Okay but not for me. Claims to be horror but not scary just the same old boring stuff. A couple of stories were good but overall just a waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by Wes Caldwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Was just ok
I really only liked the first story and the last story....the rest was just ok....I might check out some books by M T Murphy
Published 1 month ago by Frances Liontakis
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Entertaining Read!
A couple of the stories were a bit muddy and you have to fill in the blanks but it's still worth the time and effort. You will be entertained!
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly C. Winslow
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, indeed....There were monsters
Some very good stories in this collection. Some just ok ones also, still worth a look.
Published 2 months ago by James Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by L. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars I especially loved the very first story "Blackmail" by M
I especially loved the very first story "Blackmail" by M.T. Murphy. A very fun piece, but all of the stories in this book are fun reads.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher di Armani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read. Thank you!
Published 3 months ago by Robin Sullivan
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