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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145387027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453870273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,903,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Put simply, Slices is the best recent horror collection I've read from an author since Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. If you like horror, you should board this sharp train, and seek out his other works: Montoure is going to be going places, and soon." -- Schuler Books Weblog

About the Author

An unreliable narrator, MICHAEL MONTOURE is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. Currently working as a writer and producer of the webseries Causality, he lives alone with a gray cat by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington.

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An unreliable narrator, Michael Montoure is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. He lives alone by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington. He is standing right behind you.

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This was a collection of pretty good stories but I didnt like most of the endings.
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I knew there were going to be long nights, staying up late, reading, thinking, wishing I could devour the stories in one sitting.
Crystal C
I thoroughly enjoyed reading my first book by Michael Montoure and I look forward to reading many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2013
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I read a lot of horror, particularly short stories, and I have been disappointed with many of the larger, multi-author anthologies in recent years. I bought this book due to its relatively low price, and I am so happy that I did. Mr. Montoure reinvigorated my enjoyment of (and hope for) short horror. These stories were consistently good, ranging from subtly creepy to more downright disturbing horror. The author writes in an intelligent but simple manner that creates dread, emotional gravity, and touches of surrealism that I greatly enjoyed. Thank you Mr. Montoure - I appreciate your creations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J.l. Kuchat on August 9, 2013
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I really like horror stories, whether they're short stories, novellas, or those super long ones that King is famous for. When I started this book I had hope that I'd like it. I must say, it met....no exceeded, my expectations. This book made for a very nice read. I'm happy to have added it to my ever growing collection of stories that just a little more u sure of whether you should sleep with a night light on or not. I think....just for tonight....I'll keep one one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal C on June 6, 2013
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I'd just like to start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Slices. I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading. I definitely didn't expect this author to win me over from the first page. After reading this sentence, "I'm not the devil," he told her, fusing her bones under his touch, but I'm nearly as old as him and there's those who would say I do the devil's work..." I was hooked. I knew there were going to be long nights, staying up late, reading, thinking, wishing I could devour the stories in one sitting. Michael Montoure skilfully combined, fantasy, creepiness and straight up evil into one twisted cocktail of horror. I wish I could crawl into the mind of this author and see what other gems he has hidden in his head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Smith on January 9, 2012
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Slices contains a glorious collection of twisted, dark, and dreamlike pieces. The fantasy and horror tropes in Slices remind me, more than anything I've read recently, of the original Twilight Zone series. Featuring time slips ("Counterclockwise"), vampires ("One Last Sunset" and "Only Monsters"), serial killers ("The Thirteenth Boy") and the numerous ways in which perception governs reality ("Cold Season," "Life Story," and "Daddy's Girls"), the stories in Slices feel to me like the stories Rod Serling would be writing if he were still with us today.

The failures and beauties of human relationships are at the core of Michael's work. Few of his characters work on a solo basis, and those that do are drawn into unusual or regrettable positions. The fantasy and horror elements feel familiar in the sense that a recurring nightmare or a story heard in childhood feels familiar. These tropes resonate powerfully with the emotional problems at the heart of each tale. In my opinion, Slices is at its strongest when considering the many permutations of men's relationships, most sadly and beautifully in the context of male friendship, brotherhood, and love.

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Skip the first four and start with "Daddy's Girls", continue from there to the end and then you can go back to the beginning. It is at the fifth story that I forgot I was reading, holding my phone, that I was me. I was ... absorbed.

“The skyscrapers of the city had finished scraping all the sky away, and the clouds overhead were exactly the color of concrete and I was safe and cold in a canyon of glass and steel.”

"Daddy's Girls"
Creative, compelling, clear voice, consistent, characters not just sketched but colored in. Macabre and witchy, beautiful and warm, parasitic.

"Only Monsters"
Adorable perspective shift on a vampire dystopia. Cute bedtime story for kids who like extra monsters in their fairy tales.

"Lullaby for Two Voices"
Being tough enough to make the harder, but right, decision. Maternal power. Fraternal love. A pretty little piece that felt like it should be told over a campfire as part of a series on the "not the Devil" who pulled Sarah from the wreckage and contracted with her.

"Orpheus"
Modern day addendum to Dante. Loved it.

"Watch the Coin"
With the exception of Neverwhere, I liked this better than all of Gaiman's prose. I might be biased; Netflix recently informed me that I like heist movies best of all genres. So a heist with some Fae? Hells to the yes.

"Lost Boy"
I can envision reading this to my nieces and nephew. Made me nostalgic for Robert Louis Stevenson. I also liked the meta admonishment about naming a thing; it made me smirk since for several pages prior I was pleading with the author not to name The Boy. Taoist, Fae, Island of Blue Dolphins.
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This was a collection of pretty good stories but I didnt like most of the endings. He needed to fatten the endings a bit. Too much
"left hanging".
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A wonderful dark, twisted, and sinister collection that is disturbing in all the right ways. This book will have you cringing and flipping pages like never before. Michael Montoure has written a great collection of creepy stories that are perfect for Halloween, or any other spooky occasion. All the stories are short enough for anyone to read while waiting at the doctors office, or on your lunch break and I highly recommend that you do! I give this book 5/5.
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