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Big Book of New Short Horror by [Souza, Mark, Sorondo, Marc, Medina, Nick, McClung, Michael]
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  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Pill Hill Press (September 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NS596Y
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As can be expected with collections of this nature there are a few stinkers in the bunch, but overall the collection is worth reading. I knocked off a star because the editing is terrible and really distracts from the stories. The entire last half of the book on my Kindle is underlined, for some reason. Many of the stories do not look like they were proofread at all, or else the proofreader relied on "spell check" from Word, as you see a lot of homophones where it was obvious what the word was supposed to be. Quite annoying.

Content wise, the standouts are "Sporemind" by Wesley Gray, "The Man" by Matt Kurtz, "Milsbourne, Michigan" by OJ Connell, and "Creepers" by Tammy Salyer.

Overall worth it for $2.99 but honestly until they fix the grammar and font issues I wouldn't pay much more.
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First off, it was great to purchase a Kindle horror collection that is 'real' book length as opposed to magazine length.

I always get excited when reading short story collections because if I find one previously unknown to me writer whose story I love I feel like I've hit the jackpot. The Big Book of New Short Horror was a great read and will be a book I return to over the years ahead. I highly enjoyed 60%, loved 38% and skipped 2% of the stories. The only con is that all the authors' seem to be emerging so when I really liked a story there wasn't a bunch of other offerings for me to track down and read by that author--bummer.

Very good! I'll purchase volume two when it's available!
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I love anthologies, they are the perfect medium for someone whose best time to read is during the daily commute. They give you enough meat to satisfy, but not so much that you aren't ready to go back for more as soon as you get a chance! Unfortunately, some of the stories in this collection are way too short for me; to start getting into a story, turn the page, and suddenly there's an ending slapped on it is quite aggravating. Most of the stories though were just the right length, and one or two even bordered on novellas!
As for content, the majority of them didn't take a lot of critical thinking (so you can breeze right through it), had good plots, and were well written. There were a few that even had me laughing out loud or exclaiming at 'the horror'. Of course there were a couple at the other end of the spectrum, but I'd have to say they were so outweighed by the good that I don't even remember which ones they were!
This is a really good collection of short stories, of all different types of the horror genre. Anyone who enjoys a good horror show will love this book.
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I am pretty easy going when it comes to short horror, and it takes something pretty bad to warrant a low review from me. Inadvertantly underlining the last 55% of the book certainly qualifies; how derelict in your editing do you need to be in order to let something like that slip through?

This would warrant two more stars if the formatting didn't render it nearly unreadable.
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I took a chance and purchased this since I like horror anthologies. I was happy with my purchase. It had enough entertaining, imaginative stories to make the purchase worthwhile. If you enjoy short horror stories, take a chance. I am sure you will find plenty of good stories to keep those pages turning.
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Well, it's a big book, and it's got short horror stories, so it does what it says on the tin. The overall quality of the stories, however, is depressingly low. Most of these tales are blunt instruments, baldly describing uncreative monsters and thumping you over the head with simplistic morals. (Fat men are greedy and bad! Shallow women are evil and cold and bad! Murderers are bad!) (Bad people usually die, with lots of bland gore.) The best of the bunch is "Shivers," and even that was far from perfect. (The antagonist is creepy and inexplicable, but there's a substantial disconnect between the Bad Things that happen and the rest of the story; I'd almost rather have read it without the supernatural antagonist at all.) Characters are thin and one-dimensional, for the most part; plots are straightforward at best (and range up to almost humorously implausible.) I found myself mumbling, "Oh, come on!" far too often.

I love short stories, and I love horror fiction, but I had to force myself to finish this collection. (I really wanted to like it, if only because I was offered such a good deal in terms of money for number of stories.) It's serviceable if you need something to pass the time in an airport or waiting room, but for me it was the short-horror equivalent of the ninth through sixteenth games of Solitaire during a slow afternoon at work.
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Some of the stories were good, many had "loose end" endings. By that I mean they read like the first chapter of a novel so they leave you hanging wondering what? That's it, what? I can't explain it any better other than it is extremely unsatisfying. I think many were just writing experiments that they sold to make a few bucks. Is it worth 3 bucks, if you don't mind being left wondering what happened at the end of a story then I would say yes. If you want a somewhat definitive endings, nope.
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