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Tales From A Mortician [Kindle Edition]

Michael Gore , Michael Aloisi
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From bed bugs that get under your skin, literally… to necrophilia, serial killers, the paranormal, cults, freak shows, jilted lovers and even a old curse are told within in the twenty horrifying stories from Tales From A Mortician. Each story will have your skin crawling or your stomach turning. Masterfully told by a writer who has more experience with the dead than anyone ever should, Michael Gore, who is a mortician by day, horror writer by night. Mr. Gore uses the bodies that come into his basement everyday as inspiration for his terrifying tales.

While each uniquely haunting story is told in a grim light, they all have one thing in common, someone always ends up dead. Which makes sense being that Mr. Gore’s favorite saying is…. “Every Body Has a Story.”


Product Details

  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098521466X
  • Publisher: AuthorMike Dark Ink (September 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009J1D486
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish, as they say July 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
Some of my earliest reading pleasures were derived from collections of short stories in the horror genre. Compilations from magazines like Weird Tales first exposed me to the talents of Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Charles Beaumont and others. The stories were dark, decidedly non-mainstream, and tapped into areas of alienation and fear of the unknown with which teenagers readily identify.

Michael Gore's collection of short stories is a successor to this tradition. The phrase "not for the squeamish" is a familiar one used to hawk and hype stories and films within this genre, but in this case, the warning certainly applies. "Blood Soup" is the tale of a woman who hopes to ensnare a potential lover with the aid of a homemade love potion. "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" relays how a woman one might describe as a "shut-in," literally, fends against an infestation of insects, her sense of paranoia amplified by the alarmist reportage of 24-hour TV news outlets. This story is basically a one character story (with the exception of a couple of intrusions), and it's to the author's credit that he is able to develop the suspense within the limitations of this framework.

Both of these stories follow a narrow, single-minded trajectory. In the case of "Bed Bugs," the first story in the collection, this approach succeeds because of the claustrophobic setting and lack of outside diversions. The writer builds and builds on the premise without relief, piling on horror after horror, like a demented dentist drilling at a raw nerve. This same approach in "Blood Soup" becomes overkill, which is a shame, because the female character is well developed and the story could have gone in several different directions, but instead advances toward the bloodiest resolution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WE ALL LOVE HORROR STORIES, DON'T WE? September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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I love horror stories. I found that the author is leading the reader into the dark and evil areas of FEAR. In this collection of short stories, Michael Gore, definitely writes not for the faint of heart. BLOOD SOUP is about a woman who makes up a love potion to trap a lover. In "BED BUGS" a woman who is considered a "shut in", fights against insects, many ,many insects which TV news makes her paranoia get out of hand. There is a lot of suspense even though this is a one character story. "BED BUGS" is the first story and has very close quarters for this woman and that adds to her paranoia. There are no distractions. I love that the author doesn't give you a break. He keeps adding and adding the horror. Some of the stories are not blood and guts. "COTTON" is different. A man grieving the loss of his wife and daughter. The author didn't tell how the wife and daughter came to their demise. I wish he would have. "THE MAN AT THE END OF MY BED" tries to make us believe that the reappearing dead can serve the living. That's a scary thought. This book is a terrifying collection of short stories. They may make your skin crawl or your heart race. You may find yourself looking behind you. The author is supposed to be a mortician and thus his ideas evolve. The author says many of the tales came from true events. Kind of makes you wonder what goes on in the darkness behind closed doors.????? If you love horror and aren't skittish, you'll love this book.

Thanks to Mr. Gore and Mr. Alosi for writing this terrifying, Horror book. Write some more.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook, TALES FROM A MORTICIAN from the author Michael Gore for this honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it November 27, 2012
By Wagger
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love short stories and I enjoyed reading this book. It was perfect for reading while I was waiting in a doctors office or waiting to pick my kids up at the bus stop.
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