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About the Author

Jim Bernheimer is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and dark humor. For more information visit him at his website www.jimbernheimer.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144145652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441456526
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm 45 years old, married, with two young daughters and live in Chesapeake, Virginia.

With Gryphonwood Press, I've authored the Dead Eye Series (Pennies for the Ferryman and The Skinwalker Conspiracies) and the Spirals of Destiny Series (Rider and Sorceress). Look for the third Dead Eye novel coming in the fall of 2015 and Spirals of Destiny Book Three, Champion coming in early 2016.

On my own imprint, EJB, I have published a short story collection and two anthololgies (Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volumes One, Two, and Three), as well as the science fiction novels Confessions, Origins and Secrets of a D-List Supervillain along with Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery. I am currently writing Rise of a D-List Supervillain and keep an eye out for a Horror, Humor, and Heroes collection this year as well.

For more information visit www.jimbernheimer.com

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I had downloaded and read samples of several books, but this was my first Kindle purchase.
Library Geek
Bernheimer did an excellent job of putting a lot into these short stories, they are very well put together, the writing is concise and no space is wasted.
K. Eckert
'Confessions of a "D-List" Supervillain' is by far the best, and longest, story in the collection.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ben on February 26, 2009
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Just got this earlier today, and sat down to read it. So I figured I'd pop in a leave a review for it. And just for kicks, I'll do it story-by-story.

HHH starts off with 'The Wolf's Cry', a quick story that gets the reader familiarized with Jim's writing style. It's quick and painless, if a bit gory in place. A good intro.

Raw and Real is the next story, one about the televised execution of a werewolf. A good story, but forgetable. I'd already forgotten about it when I sat down to write this review.

The next two stories are very short. 'My Son- the Monster' is a take on the greek myth of Icarus, one almost everyone is familliar with. 'The Red Badge of Doom' is the tale of a man bitten by a zombie. Both are alright, but extremely short.

The next story is where I really started enjoying it. 'Charlie Horse' is about a future where Zombies are common and are harnessed to do everything from being power sources to racing. At first, when reading it, I was scratching and my head and asking what I was looking at, but by the end, I was begging for more. 'Charlie Horse' is followed up by 'The Rally', the final part of the zombie trilogy.

I'd already heard 'Reality Bites!' and 'Cookie?' before on the Drabblecast, so they were nothing new. Both seemed much better in audio format, and 'Reality Bites!' is the weakest story in the collection.

'Adventurers Beware!' was, to simply state it, made of pure awesome to a Dungeons and Dragons player like myself.

'A Matter of Perspective' was alright, but one of the weaker stories. It also had the problem of being forgettable.

'The View from My Room' was a very good bit about the first kid born in a moon colony, but it seemed to be lacking something.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sutrop on May 15, 2009
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I've read this book twice now and for the most part, it's even better the second time around. Of all the gems in this collection, my favorite is "Confessions of a D-List Supervillain". The wry humor and fast pace of the novella is addictive, and I was actually sad to see it end; in fact, I'd like to see this story turned into a full-length novel.

Another very good story is "Raw and Real", a story as much about political opportunism as much as werewolves. Other really well-done stories are "The View From My Room", about the life of a teenage boy living on the Moon, and "Charlie Horse", which is chock full of darker humor. "Adventurers Beware!" is a very funny take on the absurdities of the wandering hero genre, and "Lieutenant Armchair" is another story, along with "View", that beg to be written as stand-alone novels.

"Cookie?" was one story I didn't like, as it seemed too short and vague to draw me in, and "A Matter of Perspective", while it has its funny parts, did essentially nothing for me.

"Battle Maidens", the preview included of an upcoming novel, was well-done and left me itching to get the completed book. The teaser could use a bit of polishing, but I'll certainly be on the lookout for the finished novel.

Overall, I'd give the collection a 4 out of 5, and honestly, my rating would be 5 of 5 if the book contained only "D-List", "View" and "Charlie Horse"; that there are other entertaining reads inluded is merely icing on the cake.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2011
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Jim Bernheimer is a fairly new fantasy author. I think this is his first book, a Create Space publication. This collection consists of 12 Shorts and one Novelette- which is run as 5 chapters.

As one would expect of any collection like this, there are hits and misses. But the hits far outweigh the misses.

Here's a few of the Hits: "Charlie Horse" is a somewhat humorous horror story about what really would happen if there was a Zombie apocalypse, Hey Zombies can run all day, seemingly inexhausteable, right? Perfect power source then. Green too!

"Reality Bites' again takes the idea of Undead, and explores the legal repercussions of being Undead. Nice use of dark humor.

Continuing on a theme, we have my favorite; what would real villagers think of D&D style Adventurers? We find out in "Adventurers Beware!". Great little story!

Well, to stop Jim getting a swelled head <g> and to let you know they are not all gems, I think I will now tell you about a couple of the lesser stories, then on to the best.

'The Wolf's Cry' is rather sophomoric, we have all read it before- the noble spirited forest creatures, the bad "two legs" with their "boom sticks". Not very original, and not well done. Poor choice of tales to lead this compilation. "Raw and Real" is also not all that well done, and very predictable. Others, like "Cookie?" rate a "meh".

'The View from My Room' is the best written of the shorts- it really reminded me a lot of a Heinlein Juvenile. Sure, not one of the Masters best juveniles, but still, if we found someone new to SF and slipped this into a collection of RAH's YA stories, it'd slip right on by. That's pretty high praise.

Finally, the last story, "Confessions of a "D-List" Supervillain' is a winner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noel Lacaillade on April 21, 2009
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Jim Bernheimer's first released publication, Horror, Humor and Heroes is a collection of 12 short stories, one novella and a preview of a novel he currently has in the works. Perhaps it would have been more appropriately titled "Zombies, Humor and Heroes", as I personally don't find zombies scary, as I typically them more amusing than scary. Overall, it's a mixed bag, but the positive certainly outweighs the negative.

The first two stories are rather mediocre, with the first glimpses of quality not revealed until the third story, "My Son - the Monster". It's a rather creative slant on the myth of Icarus.

Stories four through six are all zombie related. "The Red Badge of Doom" concerns a man who's just been infected by a zombie. A decent idea, but not developed enough to really be interesting. "The Rally" is also short, but its brevity isn't an issue, as the idea doesn't need a lot of space to breathe, in a future where a congressman won't let a simple thing such as death stand in the way of an election. "Charlie Horse" is the best of the zombie stories, taking place in a largely zombie overrun U.S. where zombies are harvested for uses ranging from energy production to a slightly altered version of horse racing, zombies being the stand-in for horses.

Stories seven and eight are rather forgettable, short affairs. "Reality Bites!" deals with a recently made vampire who is trying to collect on his life insurance policy, while "Cookie?" is about an Easy-Bake microwave that may be haunted. I liked the idea behind both stories; I just didn't find the execution to be there.

"Adventurers Beware!", the ninth story, has villagers in a magical world lamenting the adventurers that recklessly destroy their villages.
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