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Black Bubbles Paperback – August 20, 2013
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About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer for fifteen years and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
She's not a horror writer in the traditional sense. Rather than throwing blood at the page, she prefers to let it soak in slowly. Creepy, moody, atmospheric, and quiet are her favorite way of getting under your skin. And she will. With a smile.
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In all honesty I don't think there was a story that didnt keep me entertained.
If your not familiar with Kelli Owens work this is a good book to get as it covers many genres of horror
Despite my disappointment, I can still note that the author is very talented, and weaves a very good narrative. She's worth the read.
The prose is lyrical at times, allowing the reader to relish every word. While reading one story in the collection, I noted, it was as if Kelli was seeing things from the corner of her eye and getting those details down on the page.
There's a lot of variety in this collection, all with the intent to disturb or frighten the reader. In Shadow of Skepticism, a couple of paranormal investigators encounter more than they want to. There's also Kelli's first foray into the world of Zombies, with atypical results, in Feeding the Animals.
It all wraps up with the title story, Black Bubbles, a totally original concept of what happens when too many children are taking meds for AD/HD and are no longer having nightmares.
I also really enjoyed Kelli's Notes after each short, where she would relate that story's inspiration.
If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can read Black Bubbles for free as one of your monthly lending library selections. Even if you don't read it for free, it's well worth the price of admission for hours of good solid horror.
Story after story, I was hooked and I couldn't put the book down.
The collection contains 21 stories of differing themes. From ghosts to zombies, to serial killers and women scorned, Kelli's stories touch on all kinds of scary things nightmares are made from. Through her descriptive storytelling, her words paint an easy-to-imagine picture in your mind's eye, allowing you to follow her well-developed characters as they deal with their extraordinary situations. The lengths of the 21 tales vary from quick flash reads, 500 words long, ("The Rabbit" and "Brian Made Me Do It"), to full-length short stories ("Spell" and "How's That Make You Feel?"). There's even a "poetry-esque" free verse entitled "Shadows in a Bowl of Soup."
Here are a few of the stories that stood out and deserve extra mention:
"The Worst intentions": Patti and Debbie are the main characters in this short but intense story. The action begins almost immediately with a scene involving the two women and what should be ultimate terror, yet Kelli Owen paints an eerie picture of calm and serenity as they come to terms with their situation.
"Potential": A story of secrets, loneliness, dating and death. The twists in this plot will keep the reader guessing throughout the story.
"Trials and Tribulations of Dr. Jekyll's Third Cousin Twice Removed": The title alone is enough to pique interest in the reader. The story is a humorous but disgusting account of what may happen when homemade acne cream comes with mutative side effects. "Trials and Tribulations... Removed" is easily the most horrific story in the collection.
"Black Bubbles": The story after which the collection is named is the final story in the book. Henry is trying to stay alive, just like everyone else. The "Shadows"/black bubbles are like nothing anyone has ever seen before. Kelli walks us through a scary day-in-the-life-of-Henry and what could happen if our nightmares ever became real.
Black Bubbles is proof that some of the scariest tales are sometimes formed from the most mundane of ideas. The author's notes included at the end of each chapter allow the reader a personal glimpse into the mind of the writer, as Kelli Owen takes a few moments to describe how the ideas for her stories came to be.
Kelli Owen has once again excelled in her ability to weave a story--or 21 of them--which will captivate the reader from start to finish. The variety of themes in Kelli's storytelling ensures there is something to suit all tastes. Black Bubbles will please both the serious horror fan and the short story aficionado.