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American Horror by [Nicholson, Scott, Nassise, Joseph, Kenyon, Nate, McKinney, Joe, Wood, Simon, Morton, Lisa, Shipp, Jeremy C., Alexander, Maria, Burke, Kealan Patrick]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1991 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054R09VO
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I'm surrently reading a number of horror anthologies and collections. The cover of this one caught my eye and I recognized a couple names, Scott's among them. Nicholson claims in the beginning that he's the last of a dying breed. Right there I should've guessed there might be something amiss. I don't decry the claim, but I do the sentiment. I've read a ton of horror writers lately, most newly hatched, and I've read a lot of writing that claims to be horror and isn't. Someof what's inside this collection isn't horror. What it is, exactly, I can't say, but it isn't horror. Or maybe it is. And isn't that the point? The term means different things to different people at different times. So, to say it's a genre dying and an area from which authors are fleeing? Well, that's just a bit of rhetoric, isn't it?

Ok, but as to the stories. Some are very good (Lisa Morton's EL CAZADOR, Maria Alexander's THOUGH THY LIPS BE PALE, and my personal fave, Simon Wood's THE SUNSEEKER), but the rest left me feeling like they were examples of exactly the sort of diluting horror Nicholson was bemoaning in his intro.

Overall, the book is fairly well edited. I found numerous spelling and formatting mistakes, all minor, but somewhat distracting. It's a shame because I really felt Scott was trying to raise the bar a bit. If anything, I think he maybe more firmly embedded it that much deeper into the wall.
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I liked the stories quite a bit and enjoyed the variety. I am on a tear reading everything written or edited by Scott Nicholson. These short stories were a nice interlude between the full length books. Aside from the interesting read, this book was $1.99 for the Kindle. How can anyone be displeased at that price? That's less than the cost of a Hallmark card for criminy sakes!
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As a horror writer myself, I always find it interesting to see how other people tackle the genre.

This collection is full of a diverse cast of voices, each with their own story to tell and their own unique way of telling it. I found the collection a pleasant read and am pleased to report that the horror genre is alive and well.

Although I must admit, the most horrifying tale of all was Scott Nicholson's introduction, 'The Last American Horror Writer'. It painted a haunting picture of the utter disregard many people seem to have for the genre and the 'compromises' made in an attempt to pass off horror for what it wasn't by many big name authors. Like an iceberg calving into shards, the horror genre was splintering into several different sub-genres.

With the introduction of the Kindle and the free reign authors now possess on their own content, the future for horror, and all fiction, looks bright.
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There are flash-in-the-pan horror writers and then there are horror writers who craft superb stories time and again. Scott Nicholson--a member of that latter group--brings together several of modern horror's most compelling voices: Jeremy C. Shipp, Lisa Morton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Maria Alexander, Joseph Nassise, Nate Kenyon, Simon Wood, Joe McKinney and others for an anthology of tales that will disturb and delight. Highly recommended.
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The book is OK. Some of the stories I haven't heard of before. Some of these specials are OK for the price, but I will think a little longer in the future before I purchase any.

After buying the 99 cent specials I am more app to purchase Amazon Prime.
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Sorry Mr. Nicholson but these works do not give me any sense that horror is 'back'. First of all I don't believe it ever went anywhere and second most of these stories are barely interesting. 'El Cazador' was a stand-out but the others weren't my cup of hemlock tea. Particularly 'Outside'. It seemed like a random collection of images thrown together. All in all if I had happened to be a horror fan veering away from the genre this book would have done little to bring me back.
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This is a good collection of stories with a couple of fantastic reads. The stories take you from mondern day Los Angeles to turn of the century London and everywhere in between and beyond. Overall I enjoyed the stories, but there where a few favorites. El Cazar by Lisa Morton, The Sunseeker by Simon Wood, and Starvation Army by Joe McKinney.
The only downside is the last 20% of the book was synopsis off all the editors novels, and nothing about the writers in the collection except for a web address after each story.
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