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The Box Under The Bed: an anthology of scary stories from 20 authors Kindle Edition
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I don't recall any compilation I've read in the distant past bringing forth the range of emotions that these did, and believe me I'm too old for hormones to have played a part in that!
The majority of stories in "The Box Under The Bed" left me with a variety of feelings that ranged from "good job!", "cool concept!", some 'neat-o' chills and shivers, and sometimes a simple nod of appreciation.
Three, which I won't name because reader opinions vary, left me cold and feeling as if they were cut off abruptly, with no ending. I got the feeling that they were part of a longer story and were aimed to make me scurry to find the book they were exerpted from so a sale could be made. To be honest, they pissed me off. One exception was "The Death of Mrs. Billens" by Dan Alatorre. That was taken from "An Angel On Her Shoulder" and at the end, that was noted. I enjoyed it when I read the book and equally enjoyed it when I re-read it.
Not all paranormal stories are scary, and there were a couple that were truly heart warming, and brought sentimental tears to my eyes. No spoilers, though, so I won't name them. See for yourself.
My absolute favorite was "The Clearer" by Allison Maruska. I loved that story and character so much that I sincerely wish it had been made into a novel. I'd love to get to know main character Sasha more and can envision how her life before and after the short story could be woven into a delightful mystery and adventure. I've considered begging.
Do yourself a favor and spend some time with these pieces of art if only to see if you agree with me! I'd love to hear if you do!
From the bonus story, The Water Castle by Dan Alatorre, to The Blind Tattoist by Allison Maruska , there is something here for everyone.
It would be hard to pick a favourite, for we loved them all. Some were scary, some mysterious, but every single one was a darn good read.
Not exactly bed time reading, unless you want to have nightmares!
Now. After his many successes in writing humor Dan turns his attention to the paranormal/ghost/psychic/suspense book genre – and here he succeeds just as well. AN AGEL ON HER SHOULDER and THE NAVIGATORS proved that Dan can not only write fine horror stories but that he also has a wide circle of friends who are successful in the same genre. His frequent editor Allison Maruska joins Dan in this anthology of horror stories – tales of varying length and subject matter for tingling the spine.
Dan and Allison both offer their own stories to the collection and welcome Jenifer Ruff, Lucy Brazier, J. A. Allen, Juliet Nubel, T.A. Henry, Ann Marie Andrus, Heather Hackett, Barbara Anne Helberg, Scott Skipper, Joanne R. Larner, Christine Valentor, Adele Marie Park, Curtis Bausse, Annette Robinson, Frank Parker, Eric Daniel Clarke, and Maribel C. Pagan. AS the synopsis hints, the stories include ‘a chilling ride on a ghost ship, experience eerie daydreams and psychotic killers, explore haunted houses, and send the deceased to their final destination’ and more. The title of the book denotes Allison Maruska’s Prologue and Epilogue to the book and it is of note that Dan is now the editor and the one responsible for the collection. Dan also closes the book with a bonus story THE WATER CASTLE – worth waiting for! The book also comes wit a typical Dan Alatorre note of warning – ‘American and British spelling ahead. It’s not typos. Probably. A few stories words are olde English, too. So there’s that. But only a few. To enhance your reading experience and prevent confusion, I have noted the country of origin for each writer. I agree, it’s sad I had to do that.’
Even in relating horror stories Dan retains his consummate gift of humor. A fine collection, this. Grady Harp, October 17
It was also a really great way to find new authors to purchase books from. Since there are 20 contributing authors, you’re sure to find a few with a writing style you enjoy! Although they were all good stories, my favorites were:
Passion by Jennifer Ruff - definitely going to be ordering more of her books ASAP!
The Clearer , Fireflies, and The Blind Tattooist by Allison Maruska - will be looking for more stories by her as well!
The Death of Mrs Billen and The Water Castle by Dan Alatorre - already have An Angel On Her Shoulder to start next! He’s great!
Betrayal by Annette Robinson - she’s on my list for reading soon!
Jack and Mary by Christine Valentor - I really enjoyed her writing style
You can’t beat .99 cents and the book was amazing!
I hope to see more of these anthologies!