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Little Deaths [Kindle Edition]

John F.D. Taff , Books of the Dead
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Named the #1 Horror Collection of 2012 by Horror Talk
Named top 5 books of 2012 by AndyErupts

“Little Deaths is a treat for fans of horror. Taff’s prose is tight but malleable, changing its nature to adapt to every story. The diversity of the collection is outstanding, the writing is the kind that gets nods for the Stoker, and all the elements of horror fiction are there in spades. The Mellified Man was one of the best short stories I read this year and this collection ensured that I will be getting my hands on anything Taff publishes the second it comes out. When it comes to superb short horror stories, this tome stuck with me and I’ll surely go back to it at some point in 2013.”
~ Horror Talk, on naming Little Deaths the #1 Horror Collection of 2012

"Before 2012, I’d never heard of American author John F.D.Taff until I read his short story Cold Calls in Best New Vampire Tales Vol I. After that, I had no hesitation in picking up Taff’s collection of his own short stories, Little Deaths. The tales contained therein, much like the author himself, are quite unique and don’t rely on horror archetypes in the traditional sense, no mean feat in and of itself. Taff’s range of storytelling is ably demonstrated in Little Deaths with some of the highlights for me being: Here, a touching story, despite being a horror yarn; The Mellified Man, a modern day fairytale with more than a hint of The Twilight Zone about it; and Box of Rocks, a short sharp shock of a read that had tremendous impact on me."
~ AndyErupts, on naming Little Deaths as one of the top 5 books of the year

About the book:

You think you’ve got bad dreams? Consider author John F.D. Taff’s nightmares. How about the one where a guy resurrects his dead girlfriend with a set of the prop neck bolts used on Boris Karloff in the 1932 classic Frankenstein? Or one where the ghost of the author’s dead dog keeps coming back to entice him into death so they can be together? Or the one where a guy loves candy…to death?

Taff has the kind of nightmares no one really wants. But it’s nightmares like these that give him plenty of ideas to explore; ideas that he’s turned into the short stories he shares in this new collection Little Deaths.

Little Deaths features 19 pieces of short horror fiction; some have appeared previously in print elsewhere, others appear for the first time here. All of them are chilling, weird looks at the human condition from a decidedly dark perspective.

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  • Publisher: Books of the Dead Press (April 20, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good horror anthology July 21, 2012
What do you do when your girlfriend dies and you have a problem letting her go? If you're a collector and you own a pair of neck bolts that Boris Karloff wore in the original Frankenstein movie you might be able to bring her back to life. Of course that could become a problem once the body decomposes.

This is one of the story lines from John F.D. Taff's Little Deaths. This anthology includes 19 short horror stories that take a look at how humans react to bizarre situations. Another story in this collection looks at a woman named Melinda who marries a man named Josh. Josh has a book that tells every detail of his and Melinda's life from birth to death. Despite her husband's warnings to not look at the book, she does look and doesn't like her destiny. She decides to rewrite the book and change everything but now she has to face the consequences.

My favorite stories in this anthology were the ones that mixed Science Fiction and Horror such as But For A Moment...Motionless which tells the tale of a man walking the streets of a deserted city and discovering that he may be the last one alive. I liked how the main character describes what he will miss about humanity and how he reacts when he learns what really happened.

I also enjoyed Snapback which tells what happens in the future as people learn how to master time travel. This one is told through a series of scientific reports and I thought it was interesting hearing how the tone of the reports change as the scientists discover that there is a problem.

Other good stories for the hard core horror fan include include The Mire Of Human Veins that had a Neil Gaiman feel to it and is about a girl who has a strange home life. Another one is Child Of Dirt about a baby who's father may not be human.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Care to scare up a good story? August 16, 2012
By Jerry R
Taff's style will ease you into the story like an old time folktale, then turn on you when you least expect it. Gory or not gory? Each story has just what it needs, but waiting to find out--or not find out--is a good part of the fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the feeling of unease August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd seen and enjoyed John Taff's work here and there before reading "Little Deaths", so it was a treat to receive his collection for review. This is dark speculative fiction that caters perfectly to my tastes - well-crafted and imaginative, brimming with original concepts, and relying largely on developing a sense of unease rather than shock-and-gore to affect the reader. Personal favourites include -
"Child of Dirt", which explores a taboo question that must enter the minds of many a new father; what if my child isn't really mine?
"The Mellified Man", putting a new spin on another old taboo - cannibalism.
"Snapback", a cleverly constructed sci fi horror that takes on time travel.

(Disclosure: the publisher provided a free copy for review purposes.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best collections of 2012 September 29, 2012
I've said it before and I'll say it again: variety can make the difference between a good short fiction collection and a great one. In the case of John F.D. Taff's Little Deaths, variety doesn't even begin to describe the dazzling array of themes, tones, and voices the author was able to cram into the compilation. From creepy horror and heartbreaking stories of loss to spooky narratives written in a Poe-esque prose and tales that can only be called Lovecraftian in nature, Little Deaths has something for everyone.

Little Deaths kicks off with Bolts, a story most collectors will be able to identify with. Ace lives with his girlfriend Rachel. He makes a living buying and selling collectibles online, but keeping too many of them around often causes the couple to have disagreements. While fighting with Rachel about a life-size Battlestar Galactica Cylon he plans to keep, Ace finds a treasure: the actual prop neck bolts Boris Karloff used in Frankenstein back in 1931. He makes the purchase and patches things up with Rachel. Soon after, disaster strikes. Scared, sad, and in denial, Ace will do whatever it takes to makes things right again, and the bolts will play a vital, and disastrous, role.

While Bolts is the first standout in the collection, it's far from being the only one. Here are some other stories that stuck with me:

* The personal account of one man written by a younger neighbor, The Water Bearer tells the story of Jim, a guy who worked maintaining a young doctor's house and grounds in 1923. Dr. Evander Wilson had recently lost his wife when Jim came to work for him. With time, the physician undergoes a change in mood, and Jim becomes curious as to what the doctor's trips into the woods might have to do with the transformation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best collections I've ever read June 5, 2013
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This is one of my favorite short stories collections. Beautifully written with rich, lush imagination. A must have for any fan of subtle, psychological horror and speculative fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT author!!! January 15, 2014
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I bought this book because it was .99, and it looked like something I would enjoy. Little did I know how MUCH I would enjoy it! This author reminds me of Dean Koontz, and each of the 19 stories in this book maintain the attention grabbing, heart pounding, action of the characters!
I recommend this book absolutely, with no reservations! I've read horror, supernatural, sci fi, etc, for over 50 years. This guy is good!! I hope you will buy this book and enjoy it as much as I did!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror with such a human touch
Really enjoyed these Horror stories , the story about the dog made me cry., How often do you find a ghost story that makes you cry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by heather hewer
5.0 out of 5 stars What Lies Beyond
In this world as well as some beyond there are plenty of things that go bump in night. "Little Deaths" is chock full of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BirdieTracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Little Deaths
I would rate Little Deaths as a 3.5. The stories were short, most of them held my interest and a couple were down right creepy! I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by tammi burghduff
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read.....
I'm a leisurely reader and pick up a book every few days, mainly when my husband has yet ANOTHER Clint Eastwood (sorry Clint) western on the TV we share in the living room. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlanne Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem
I was surprised at the quality of the writing in "Little Deaths." The author handles his material with easy style. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rixplex
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good collection of stories
This collection of short stories has something for everyone. Fun read. After finishing one story I couldn't wait to get to the next one. Well done Mr. Taff.
Published 3 months ago by KatDaddy1414
4.0 out of 5 stars LIttle Deaths, Big Fun
This is a nice variety pack of horror shorts that range greatly in style and subject matter, and that's part of what makes it so fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MW
5.0 out of 5 stars In Little Deaths , You'll Find Big Treasures
This collection of short stories from John F.D. Taff surpasses many collections I've read. With 19 stories, there's sure to be something for everyone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars And little Trippy!!!!
This is an excellent collection of short & well written stories that I found most interesting & just the right amount of suspense.....etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dallas Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable
Great mix of stories with a "Twilight Zone"-vibe. Loved the St. Louis and Missouri nods (how often does Bonne Terre get a shout out?). Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by MorningGloryRory
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John F.D. Taff is a horror/dark speculative fiction author with more than 25 years experience. He's a published author with more than 70 short stories and seven novels in print. His writing as a distinct, pulpy Twilight Zone vibe to it. He also writes fantasy, suspense and some science fiction.

He has appeared in magazines such as Cemetery Dance, Eldritch Tales, Morpheus Tales, Deathrealm, Schrodinger's Mouse, Night Chills, Big Pulp and One Buck Horror, as well as anthologies such as Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Shock Rock II, Best New Vampire Tales, Best New Werewolf Tales, Evil Jester Digest #1 and Horror for Good. Over the years, sixof his short stories have been awarded honorable mentions in Datlow & Windling's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.

Taff's first collection, Little Deaths, features 19 short stories collected from 25 years of writing. Some of the tales are reprinted from other sources; some are new to the collection. Little Deaths has been extremely well reviewed and has made it to the Horror Writer Association's 2012 Bram Stocker Recommended Reading List.

His historic ghost story, The Bell Witch, and a thriller, Kill/Off, are out now. A collection of novellas, The End in All Beginnings, will be out this summer from Grey Matter Press. Two other novels, The Exterminator and The Orpheus Box, will be out later this year from Books of the Dead Press.

He has three fantastic kids, three pugs and exactly one girlfriend, Debbie. He lives in a house on a river that likes to flood sometimes.


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