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- Publisher: Corpus Press (March 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2015
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- Language: English
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It is rare that an anthology contains all killer, no filler but Dead Roses has broken that barrier. If you are a fan of bizarro, horror, or great writing, make sure you click that buy button. You won't regret it.
The title says Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love and man they were not kidding. Each one of these short stories are very well written and each had its own distinct voice. Bring on more from these guys - maybe a Christmas terror anthology, St. Patrick's Day or Groundhog Day. How about Easter, although I am a bit scared to see what Gregor would do with that one. Doesn't matter with this bunch, the talent level here is very high and I will read whatever they put out - separately or together these authors are "must read" for any horror fan.
Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love is from the same awesome guys who brought us Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror; an awesome anthology if you haven't already read it.
Eleanor, by Jason Parent: When a disfigured baby is dropped at his door, Father Stuart McKenzie doesn't know what to do other than take it in. Figuring it is a sign from God, he raises Eleanor as his daughter but unbeknownst to the rest of his congregation for the fear of the repercussions that would come with anyone seeing her. As much as he loved her, even he couldn't bear to look at her and made her wear a mask to cover her deformities. As Eleanor grows older she starts wanting the only thing that he can't... shouldn't... give her.
Love Lies in Eyes, by Evans Light: When Nathan meets the girl of his dreams not once but twice, he decides then and there to never let her go. Fortunately for Nathan, Eve wants the same thing and makes him promise to be hers forever. Life is good until Eve starts suffocating him and he has to let her go. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be one of his options...
Panacea, by Adam Light: Rob and Molly have been together since they were young. Still very much in love, Rob is left to face the possibility of life without her as Molly is dying from cancer. But what if there was a cure? A Panacea? Would you not give anything for the one that you loved and would it not be worth it if you could have them for just a little bit longer?
Cinder Block, by Edward Lorn: Toby's dad is gone and his mother is a whore. When Toby finally finds someone he loves he will do anything to make sure that no one gets between them, no matter what. Love may not last forever but Cinder Blocks do.
Loving the Goat, by Gregor Xane: Gregor loves his goats and so does Bill Capra, a graphic artist who can't get enough of them. Literally. When Bill finally tracks down the thing he wants most in life, he goes after it with reckless abandon. He will be ridiculed and shunned for his love no more! Right?
Great stories. Great authors. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Just don't let Gregor catch you loving the goats--those are his.
DEAD ROSES is a collection of dark tales from the authors that brought us BAD APPLES. As with its predecessor, we have five distinct tales--this time dealing with the theme of "twisted love" in various guises.
The first story, "Eleanor", by Jason Parent, was my personal favorite in this collection. It's an emotionally charged story about a love that should never be--and yet, profoundly "understandable" at the same time. How desperate are we all to be loved and accepted? To what lengths would a misguided individual go to achieve this?
Next up we have "Love Lies in the Eyes", by Evans Light. I loved the concept behind this story! Do you think the idea of "eternal love" is a myth? You may reconsider after reading this tale of obsession and the consequences of promising oneself to another....forever.
"Panacea", by Adam Light, was another five-star story, in my personal opinion. A man deeply in love with his wife finds a "miracle" cure for her that works so much better than anticipated.....
"Cinder Block" by Edward Lorn is the tale of a teenager whose warped view of love isn't exactly compatible with that of the society around him.
Completing the collection is Gregor Xane's "Loving the Goat". I am honestly at a loss to adequately summarize this tale! An incredibly "unique" storyline that will have your jaw dropping throughout the entire reading. You'll never look at a goat the same way again!
An overall very strong collection with some incredibly memorable stories. I'm hoping for more themed anthologies from these authors in the near future!