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- Print Length: 265 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pint Bottle Press (October 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O6B1Q20
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I found each twisted tale thrilling it its own right, but I do have a couple favorites.
In the very first story “Guard the Park” I was introduced to two elderly gentlemen, Walter and Charlie. They each have suffered personal losses that would break most people. However, these two have golden hearts and have developed a bond with one another through their visits to the local park. Their kindness extends to the many animals that inhabit the park and the people they meet there. Walter and Charlie have witnessed criminal elements and low-life individuals slowly taking over their park who make it unsafe for goodly folks to enjoy. When they intervene to protect a woman from one of the scumbags who now claim the park as their own, they set off a series of events in motion that lead to tragic events. Though the story itself is full of events that will sadden and anger, the ending is superbly gratifying and left me with a wicked smirk on my face.
“Eye of the Pig” introduced me to Bernie Everson, a small town supermarket owner who has tried to do the right thing all of his life only to be regarded as a pushover. He is treated as a joke by his brother, completely disrespected by his unfaithful wife and viewed as a relatively weak man by his employees and the community. Bernie begins to crack as the stress of managing the supermarket and his wife’s widely known whorish ways take a psychological toll. I was absolutely shocked when I discovered exactly how depraved Bernie truly was.
The entire book is a great read. Each story will invoke emotions and thought that will make you wonder about your own twisted mentality. I know I did. The tales are dark, but the characters are relatable and the choices they make, though not always the best, are understandable by some measures. If you enjoy suspenseful, sinister, thrilling tales that might just have you examining your own mentality, this is the perfect book.
You'll stay up just to finish the next story, then the next one, and so on... THEN forget sleeping afterwards.
Well written with great character and plot development. Nice job, Weber!
Nicely done. Very talented writing. Fast-paced with some twists. Probably not something you want to read if you're at home by yourself in the middle of the night. I might have gasped a time or two while gripping the edges of my Kindle.
I appreciated the disclaimer/warning at the beginning. Included were warnings that the following stories contained "death, graphic violence, profanity, blasphemy, sexual content, and other themes and images that commonly disturb". This statement should also probably include these themes as also related to children.
Of the eleven stories, my favorites include The Clinic, My Own Personal Monster, and The Hitch.
The Clinic, while definitely fitting into the horror genre, also flirts with crossing over into the psychological thriller genre. The MC is basically an evil child who is coming into adulthood and his parents are at a loss as to what to do with him. They've run out of options. I would have loved this story to have been longer. If Weber ever rewrites this as a full-length novel, I'm definitely all in.
My Own Personal Monster... because no horror collection is complete without a sasquatch story. Not only the subject matter, and the engaging writing, but I also very much enjoyed the ending. I really thought it was going to go another way.
The Hitch is about a hitchhiker who seems to be having some problems. I can't say too much without giving away the spoiler, but I can say I appreciated Weber's craftmanship of the story/narration.
My least favorite of the eleven stories was Bobby's Holiday Wish List. It was well-written. In fact, it was even one of the stories that made me audibly gasp. It's only my least favorite due to the subject matter being a little too dark for my taste.
I also feel compelled to mention that the editing on this book was impeccable. Props to the editor. And cover designer.