- File Size: 7131 KB
- Print Length: 424 pages
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- Publisher: Pen & Muse Press (November 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PGBGSIG
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Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Kindle Edition
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The rest suffer from any one ( or in some cases, all ) of a variety of ailments, including but not limited to an inability to express ideas or connections between crucial elements of a story clearly, sophomoric themes, ( yes, even for a "Young Adult" offering ) badly-written dialogue, and generally poor writing.
All this pales in comparison, however, to the apparent lack of any serious attempt at editing, which according to the cover, was undertaken by no fewer than three people. Whether the submissions they received were poorly edited by their original authors, and not thoroughly proofread by the editors before publication, or the editors simply didn't have the capacity to catch the errors as they "edited", I couldn't say; either way these three shouldn't give up their day jobs. There are so many typographical errors, grammar issues, and punctuation mishaps, that in some areas it becomes difficult to follow the plot of the stories.
The most distressing thing about this anthology, is that all ( or very nearly all ) of these stories are written by adults, who should know better than to make such basic and easily-avoidable mistakes. Several times during my reading of this book, I found myself wondering whether it was worth the ninety-nine cents I paid for it, which I had initially thought to be quite a deal.
I'll leave you, the potential reader, with this thought: if this is the kind of writing that's being offered to young adults, it's little wonder that fewer and fewer of them are spending any appreciable amount of time reading.
And while I know this is horror, still, reading about decent people dying when they don't deserve it, over and over and over again, gets pretty bleak and depressing.
Lastly, the whole book needs an editor to proofread it and correct all the spelling and grammar mistakes, and the incorrect words selected by auto-correct. Sadly, it seems that that never happens with e-books, especially the inexpensive ones. You would think people involved in the literary profession would be able to read and write.