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Andrew Hannon was born and raised in London. He founded Thirteen, the UK's largest short horror story magazine, in 2005.
Since his mysterious disappearance in early 2010, the Andrew Hannon Estate has assumed responsiblity for publishing the horror legacy compiled and edited by Hannon.
The Estate, in collaboration with other international organisations (including the Extra-Terrestrial Contact Program of America, the Ghost Taming and Relocation Centre and the Society For Examination of Unclassified Gigantic Marine Life) has part-funded several expeditions to try and find Hannon. These expeditions follow several unconfirmed sightings and inexplicable events which have occured across the globe, which can only be attributed to Hannon (including, but not limited to: the McGriskin Ranch Stampede in Alto Bonito, Texas, USA; the Bohola Phone Box Debacle in County Mayo, Ireland; the Tertiary Industry Soaring of Chad, Africa; and the Champagne Confusion Incident in Manchester, England).
Well.... I will be honest. I have not read all of the stories. I, like many others, got it for the first story. The scariest one in the world. Two pages that were bad enough to be banned. Oh lord, the horror.
No, I was not scared. At all. I know writers, I write myself for local literature magazines. I like to tell myself that I know good writing. And The Magic was not. The story was rather amateurish, in fact. Now I will not tell you what it was about, as that ruins the whole premise (I was spoiled, sadly(?) so I guess my reaction is not as sincere as it could be), but I do not believe it has really been banned. That is hype.
This whole book is a wonderfully hyped up product, only possible in the internet age. I have read some of the other stories, and some were well written, some were....less so. But the book has been hyped up so much, the only people who buy it are the ones who are so damned CURIOUS that they have to know. I just feel that it, and the other stories suffer from being so short. I know that is the point, but I just feel that there is little to scare you in this world that can really be summed up in 2 pages. Or 10, even. Others might disagree. Eh.
So for those who want to know what the hype is about, get the individual story, not the whole book. For those who want a full story, with actual plot, not a quick scare, avoid this book. For those who like short thrills and cheap chills (nothing wrong with that! Just not my cup of tea!) Get this book. You will love it. I just did not.
I've only read the one story in Thirteen so far, but it is the one that all the fuss is about 'The Magic'. It only takes a few minutes to read the short story, in which you must interact with the tale, if you feel brave enough to ... The instructions start off very simple, so that you are wondering what all the fuss is about, what could be so bad about one small story that it has found itself banned in Italy ? Well by the time you get down to the nitty gritty of this tale, that question will be well & truly answered, as well as whether you are brave enough to attempt to fulfill the final instruction ... As for me, nope I did not, I bailed on the final one, so I guess that means the story did get to me .. now its your turn ....
So, as most of you out there, you probably bought this book for the Magic story in the end. It acctually was quite enjoyable. For those not wanting to purchase the book just to read that part, I have included my summary of the story below in case you would like to know what it is about. I also read a lot of the other stories, and they are very good as well. Warning, if you read the spoiler, the story won't be as fun. It kind of ruins "The Magic".
The story starts out with the author building up tension. He writes it very casually as if he was talking with you. He instructs you to turn off the lights, go somewhere where you can close the door, and if possible, read the story by candlight. (I read it on my tablet, so I didn't need any light.) He build up even more tension about talking about "The Magic" and various other things. He tells you to go to the door, he asks if you put your ear up if you can hear him breathing. He says if you can't, he is probably trying to listen to your breaths. He then proceeds to tell you that the first letter of the last 5 paragraphs were his name. (DEVIL) He then asks you to invite him in, and see if the magic can work. The author does an amazing job of building up the tension.
I'm not too into scary stuff. Scary movies usually bore me and it's been a long time since I've been genuinely scare. So I heard about this book and decided to buy. Most of the stories in this book are alright. None of them really spooked at least not as much as the first one did. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I do want to say that it is really scary.
Like most everyone else, I wanted to check out the book with the so-called "scariest story in the world" inside. Im one of those people that don't get scared easily. Infact, the last time I remember being scared was years ago..and being a scare lover, I've searched for movies, stories, etc. that would be scary enough to atleast make me sleep with the light on. I will admit, the directions Andrew gives you at the beginning did make me sweat for a minute. - but when I got to the actual story, ready to be turning a lamp on, all I got was a dissapointment. I remember saying out loud to myself,- "That was IT!?" However, if you aren't completely tolerant to 'scare' like me, I would recommend it for you.
- And don't refrain from buying it just yet. I've read onto the other stories anyway and found that there are some pretty good horror stories in 'Thirteen' that might keep you on your toes. None have 'scared' me, but they're interesting to read before bedtime, and Im looking forward to any 'possible' scares I've yet to come across. I'll also add that after the first story I turned to read the back of the book and found quite a chilling fact about Andrew Hannon. I would definitely recommend reading that either directly after, or before Andrews directions.
My hopes were too high for the first story, but I still recommend reading it, as well as the other stories the book has to offer.