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Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed Paperback – April 21, 2012
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In the anthology, Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed, a child is going to certainly walk away with at least one nightmare from these great stories. The title of the anthology gives the reader alone what to watch for when it comes to what is between its pages.
Sirens Call Publications pulled together twelve great authors and put their stories into this anthology that has stories that will drive even some adults to pull up their covers to feel safe. The stories have one general theme and that is the story will involve a child at some point. It could be things such as a creature going "bump" in the night, a simple sock drawer, or the favorite teddy bear.
The anthology is well worth a read, and due to the number of authors involved in the anthology readers should easily find several stories that the will love. There is a good chance that readers will find something in each story that will have them looking from more of the author as well.
The title and authors found inside are:
Forgotten by Jack Wallen
Baby Teeth by Kim Krodel
Madeleine by Julianne Snow
Telling Tales by Phil Hickes
Excess Baggage by Lisamarie Lamb
Timothy by Joshua Skye
Show and Tell by Kate Monroe
The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been by John McILveen
Seeing is Believing by Amber Keller
Bent Metal by Nina D'Arcangela
Shade of Red by Colin F. Barnes
Socks by Brandon Scott
The anthology starts off with Forgotten by Jack Wallen which is a beautifully told, creepy ghost story, about a six year old child who gets visited late at night by a ghost of a girl with a big secret. I loved the conversations between the boy and the ghost in this one. Next up is Baby Teeth by Kim Kordel which is about a young boy named Brian who has been told some scary things about the tooth fairy. What made this story fun was hearing about all the things that Brian does to avoid having the tooth fairy come to his house. I also liked how scared he gets when he realizes that he is going to get a visit whether he likes it or not.
Julianne Snow also has a story in this anthology about a girl having night terrors. Help comes in the form of a doll named Madeleine. The ending of this one was shocking and funny at the same time. There is also a great story by Nina d' Archangela called Bent Metal that centers on a girl who is having recurring nightmares of her brother dying. The description of the girl's emotional state in her dreams is excellent, this story alone makes this a great anthology. Nina did a superb job of making me feel sorry for the main character, it was impossible not to feel her pain.
Another great one here was Seeing Is Believing by Amber Keller. There is a monster living in Timothy's room and it wants his flesh. No one believes him so he decides to take a picture, but every night he has to fight for his life and the creature is determined not to be seen. The suspense in this one was gut wrenching.
Kate Monroe, the editor of this anthology also has a terrifying tale in the book called Show and Tell. This one is about a boy named Thomas that finds he has a monster under his bed, but its not really a bad thing, at least not for Thomas. Now he has a pet monster and all the people that picked on him are going to pay. This story was one of the most frightening and bloody stories in the anthology and I still felt sorry for Thomas.
Some of the other things you will read about in Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is a ghost who makes a teddy bear come to life, a little girl who has to battle a demon to the death and a kid who has to pay the consequences when he tells tall tales. You also get stories about a cursed suitcase, a tale about a murderer called The Shade and a monster that lives in a sock drawer. If this anthology is any indication of the quality of stories that Sirens Calls has to offer, then I'm really looking forward to future anthologies from Sirens Call Publications.