- File Size: 1328 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982727593
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Shroud Publishing, LLC (February 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J3811B2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Epitaphs: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers Kindle Edition
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Well chosen stories by top flight authors and even takes extra points for artistry by including poems.
My favorite stories were the ones that had a bitter sweetness to them, making them more dark fiction than actually horror.
The Christopher Chair by Paul McMahon--a relic that cures also exacts a price.
Build-A-Zombie by Scott T. Goudsward--gleefully macabre story based, you guessed it, on the concept of building one's own zombie instead of a cute stuffed animal.
Make a Choice by John M. McIlveen--disturbing, realistic, and well done. I don't want to give it away but it would be any parent's worse nightmare.
Stony's Boneyard by Glenn Chadbourne and Holly Newstein--touching supernatural story. Well written, evocative of loss and what we leave behind for the people that loved us.
Cheryl Takes a Trip by Stephen Dorato--literary ghost story about regret that functions on several levels.
My favorite story was The Possessor Worm by B. Adrian White. Going back to King, I’m a huge fan of Misery, and the author’s ability to create great drama with such simple elements: two characters and one location. White displays the same comfort with restrictions because this visceral story is told through the emails of two friends. One of them is moving into an historic old house in Boston. Their banter is natural and full of inside jokes. But the story moves quickly, the suspense building, message by message, escalating to a terrifying crescendo and a climax that, even months later, makes me afraid to … well, I won’t mention what, it would give it away. But if you like gore – as I do – White’s story is chilling.
I loved how some of the writers also used a classic King device by taking something quintessentially fun and harmless (i.e. vintage cars or household pets) and turning them into nightmares. Like Private Beach by Stacey Longo. A young man is about to propose to his girlfriend during a sunset picnic on the beach. A mound of dead jellyfish is the first creepy sign that his plans will soon be derailed.
Stony’s Boneyard by Glenn Chadbourne and Holly Newstein was great too. It describes something that again seems quite harmless: getting a tattoo. But the ink ‘gun’ and the blood and the pain reminds the reader of real violence, as a tattoo artist becomes affected by a special client’s life.
The inclusion of poems was so refreshing too. Horror poetry isn’t something that went out with Poe, I’m glad to say, and it’s wonderful how the editors included some in this book.
I don’t know what’s in the water in New England, but I’m impressed. All in all, a well-rounded collection of creepy tales!