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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu; 1st revised edition (April 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409271315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409271314
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,216,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I started to write after reading so many bad anthologies, which I presume were from the 60's or 70's. I just picked up pencil and paper and started writing, probably thinking that I would not complete the work. It was unknown to me, if I was writing a novel or short story. The thought never crossed my mind.
So, I didn't intend to become a writer, it just burrowed under my skin. I even started to research my work. The words turned out to be my first short story, Minion. After the umpteenth draft, I read it and thought, it's a lot better than some published work I've read.
I bought books on how to write and get published. It turns out that I seemed to tick all the boxes for the way NOT to start writing. Ooppps!
How good was my story though? I'd have to see if I could get published in an anthology, (better than the 60's or 70's I read) without having to pay. I thought, if I send it to America, then I can't hear them laughinng from Scotland. They "bought" my story and it was published. So proud, eh?
Since then, I've read quality books, like: Stephen King, John Saul, Koontz, Clive Barker... I've still to get around to reading an Anne Rice book. A lot of what I read now is reference material. I especially enjoy researching history, always have.
Please email me, I'd appreciate your views on any aspect of the book, Short Shocks Vol I.
Please visit again soon.
Regards, Andy.

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If you are a fan of stories within stories, then Short Shocks will not disappoint. Whilst engaging the reader in fable based adventures this talented author allows imagination to race alongside everyday facts thus creating fear. Descriptive, fast moving & engaging both dark tales do what they say they will. I would recommend Short Shocks Volume 1 to those who enjoy getting lost within the world of the written word. I agree with other reviews that I wished there had been more but feel that those readers without much time to spare will in no way feel cheated. It takes a great talent to create a short story which feels long & complete and for this reason I see Andy Love as a great talent. Hope to read more from this author soon.
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Short Shocks Volume One by Andy Love is a riveting collection of short Gothic stories. It is a pensive and stirring book that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end.

The first story in Short Shocks called 'Minion' concerns itself with a nobleman who is summoned to the estate of a wealthy lord in order to research the lord's family lineage. However, upon arrival to the lord's estate, the nobleman encounters a series of strange and disturbing events which ultimately causes him to realize that there is more to the mysterious lord than meets the eye. In the process, the nobleman, to his surprise and growing consternation, discovers that he shares a connection with the lord and is hence ensnared in an ancient legend.

The second story featured in Short Shocks appropriately named 'A Night With Frost' is the very frightening tale of a little girl named Jenny who is being hunted by the evil visage of Jack Frost. Frost is a relentless and cruel spirit determined to destroy the child at any cost. The only thing that stands between Frost and Jenny is her father. This riveting account of a dark cat and mouse game takes readers on a chilling ride of one man's battle against the supernatural.

Fans of Lovecraftian-styled stories would be right at home reading this volume. The prose is breathtaking and the tales heart stopping. Long after I had finished reading the final page of this book, I find my thoughts constantly reflecting on its brooding tales. If I have one complaint is that Short Shocks is quite literally too short. I was tempted to give this book a lower score due to the fact that a reader can breeze through the two tales in this book in under an hour. I truly believe that this book would have been better served if it contained more stories.
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To be quite honest, I found the two stories to be more entertaining/interesting/stimulating, than most modern-day bestsellers.

Andy draws his inspiration from a sordid, brutal and horrific Scottish history, where there is an abundance of fables, folklore, murders and superstitions. This is evident in the book, SHORT SHOCKS. There is an eerie mood (and setting) which wraps you in and keeps your attention.

A word about the dialogue - I felt that the lines of conversation, could have been more carefully edited. For example:

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"You do what you want." John shouted. ("You do what you want,")

"It's getting colder these nights" (missing full-stop)

"Mr. Bastion," Said the Lord. (said > Said)

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Perhaps it's because I am naturally extremely attentive to such details (I also edit some short stories for publications, on the side)...and to just harp on this, and overlook the loveliness of everything else of the two stories, would be my loss/an error on my part.

I also thought the dialogue in the first story could have sounded a bit more "old-worldly", because the story takes place in the year 1834. I must emphasize "a bit", in my previous sentence, because dialogue that's lengthy and difficult to decode (how I feel when reading Shakespeare sometimes, even though I truly love The Bard lots!)...can get in the way of the forward motion of a story/book.

'Minion' and 'A Night With Frost' are two incredibly imaginative, original, and well-crafted stories.
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