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on October 8, 2013
Do you like scary stories, but not so scary that you're up all night wanting (or not) to look under your bed with a flashlight? Creepy stories, kind of along the lines of "The Twilight Zone"? Mia Zabrisky's first few episodes of "Shudderville" are perfect for this time of year.

Mia Zabrisky has created a series of novellas revolving around a man who can grant wishes. But at what cost? Unforeseen circumstances are the order of the day. Supernatural activities, creepy families, scientific discoveries-all are in the "normal" order of things here.

Shudderville 1 kicks off with Sophie, a woman who has taken to drinking heavily after the loss of her daughter in a car accident. When her neighbor tells her he can grant her wish to have her daughter back, and it goes really wrong, she goes looking for him to make him get her daughter back. What we end up finding out is the wish granter, an old man named Tobias Mandelbaum, has had his fingers in more people's lives with his wish granting than we'd ever imagine. Zabrisky intertwines the stories and relates them together in ways that make sense, and explaining the back story of Mandelbaum and others with flashbacks or with stories that have no time period mentioned. Overarching and creepy-scary, Mia Zabrisky's short stories keep me entertained and looking for the next ones. Since I haven't finished the series, though-I can't vouch for how much more scary they get.

I've only read 1-5, and I loved them.
5 stars
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on January 17, 2013
If I was not reading these stories one after the other, it would be very hard to keep up with who's who. Even though you feel you know whats about to happen, there is always a nice little twist that throws you off to say "no way"! Ready to move on to the next Shudderville short story. It's a great ride!!
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on January 10, 2013
I've loved this set of stories so far, but the fifth instalment just felt like a total snorefest. Aside from some interesting bits in the last few pages, I just found myself wanting it to end so I could move onto number 6!
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on December 7, 2012
if u have read the others then i am sure u will love this just as much! again i love this author and these books i just can't wait til number 6 is out!!!
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on November 18, 2012
This installment gives us a look at the origins of the wish granting. The only disappointment is, while it answers some questions, there are a lot more that remain unanswered.
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on November 10, 2012
I've read the Shudderville series and I have to say that this is my favorite one out of all of them! This chilling novel is a must-read! I've been looking for a spine-tingling and creepy series and now I've found it. This book was beautifully captivating, yet eerie, chilling, and undeniably haunting. The twists and turns will leave you wanting more. I am hooked on this series and will buy the next installment the second it comes out! Looking forward to it. I'm hoping it's going to be out before Christmas. So if the author reads these reviews, that's a hint! This fan wants book 6!

I have to say that this is one of my spooky favorites of all time! That said, this book is highly recommended.
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on November 8, 2012
Okay, so this series was recommended to me by a friend who LOVES thrillers - little did I know! This series is full of suspense and Zabrisky has created an impressive villain. I can't wait to read the next one, in spite of not being able to sleep after I finished it.
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on October 19, 2012
I started to read this story and just couldn't stop until I reached the end. It holds you in a thrall of horror and delight at the twists and turns the plot takes. You suspect from about the middle of the story that something really unpleasant might be going to happen, but it's still a shock when it does.

This is a back-story to central characters in the Shudderville series, but I can't name them because it really would be a spoiler, suffice to say that if you are a fan of the books then this will not disappoint.

The plot takes some twists from creepy into horror and back to Twilight Zone weirdness. If you enjoy a bizarre tale then the Shudderville stories are for you. They are exceptionally well written, with great atmosphere set by the author's excellent ability to write descriptive passages, which are easy to see in the reader's mind.

This book, Shudderville 5 is an excellent continuation in a set of books that bring to mind the old creepy armchair theatre stories; highly recommended.
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on October 18, 2012
I'm completely hooked on this series. This might be the best one yet. We find out the origin of Mandlebaum back in the sixties and it explains a lot about the guy. This is one of the darker and more disturbing episodes of the lot so far and, as always, beautifully written. I love reading scary stories around Halloween and am going to re-read 1-5 later this month. Keep 'em coming, Mia! Can't wait to see where this is going.
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