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Length: 234 pages

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About the Author

Price is a Writers of the Future contest finalist and his work also appears in GRAVE CONDITIONS and THE OUTSIDERS. He also is a professional book formatter. Visit him at www.stephenjamesprice.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 212 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453847324
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Generation Next Publications (June 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDFDQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By LovecraftLass on September 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I didn't want to give this lower than three stars because I have read books that were much worse but I honestly couldn't give it more. The stories were good ideas but not written in a way I could connect with. The three passable ones were:

The Magician: Because the twist, unlike most of the other stories, actually caught me off-guard and I liked that. I think I also caught a Billy the Kid cameo but I'm not sure. If so it was a neat addition.

Family Obligations: It was a good story but kind of stretched believability very thin in one part-
SPOILER AHEAD
Who, in reality, would almost see their child get smothered by Crazy Granny, and still allow her to live there? I know I sure as hell wouldn't
END SPOILER

The Final Chapter: Again another good story but had the same problem of unbelievable actions of people.
SPOILER AHEAD
First of all, dying so your precious rubbings won't get crushed by a truck? C'mon. I guess he was on so tight a schedule that he couldn't possibly have come back the next day to REDO them. Also, if an artist's work is worth that much I highly doubt any lawyer is going to say to a publishing house "Ah, go ahead and hang onto them as long as you want."
SPOILER END

The other stories were just ok (question: Did they really teach sex education on how babies were made in 1910? It must have been a very progressive school.) The dialogue was pretty wooden at times. I had to give extra marks for the book being very well edited, I only caught a few flaws and they weren't big ones.

Final Verdict: If you're new to horror it might be worth a look,especially for the price but for more experienced readers I don't think you'll get much out of it.
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Format: Paperback
Review by Robin: This book took my way out of my comfort zone. I really didn't know what I was in store for when I first started reading this book. The stories were all very well written and left you guessing the outcome in most instances.

They weren't what I expected at all. In fact I really didn't know what to expect.

Each story a snippet that left you wondering if these could possibly be true. Then you say to yourself no they are fiction. They really left the imagination guessing. Mr. Price has a way of spinning each story in way the puts him right up there with some very successful authors that also write in this genre.

From the first story named after the title of the book, we find ourselves with a book that in a way grants the fulfillment of you wish. In this case the man was facing death due to cancer. This book draws him to it speaking and telling him that he will live forever but he (the book) needs blood to survive. Then blood is not enough he needs more, whole bodies. This is along the lines of "Little Shop of Horrors". You want the man to survive but after killing all those people you knew something had to give.

So on goes the rest of the stories, some about grandmothers, those cute little blue haired ladies, with uncontrollable rage issues. There is even one that makes you think twice about those mom and pop dinner splattered across the highways in small towns everywhere. Santa even has a small story. Stories about cats and even man's best friend...his dog or someone else's in this case.

Family Obligations finds you not wanting to take granny in but making sure she stays in that nursing home.

Have you ever gone to the graveyard and taken a made rubbings of the markers?
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"Pages of Promises" is so good that I almost feel guilty about getting such a great deal on it--if you're a horror fan with an e-reader, really, you can't afford not to buy this.

Other reviews have compared Price to Stephen King and Bentley Little, and I agree with both of those: he has King's gift for "ordinary folks" and both writers' talent for finding horror in the ordinary world (one of my favorite stories in this book involves a BBQ restaurant eating challenge gone horribly awry), but the writer he reminds me most of it the always-great Robert Bloch, in part because Stephen James Price writes the same kind of spectacular, memorable endings as Bloch. I'm hesitant to go into too much detail, because I certainly don't want to spoil anything, so let's just say that Price knows how to write a punchline better than pretty much anyone in the business--and they're not all the same type of ending, either, so you don't go into the story capable of predicting a twist simply by guessing that one's coming up. These are all different, but they're all excellent, and I smile/shiver when I think about them.

Price also does a great job with packing a lot of terror into a small implication. He doesn't shy away from violence--these stories aren't all exactly tame--but he also knows how to manage the art of the unseen and even the unsaid. One story in particular--the great "Damn, I Hate Stephen King"--left me blinking, wondering, "Does that mean what I think it means?" as one line jumped out at me. (It's a line that could be taken as either hilarious or horrific, and it's beautifully left up to interpretation.) The stories are also frequently and genuinely funny: "The 72 Ounce Challenge" and "Damn, I Hate Stephen King" in particular.
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