- File Size: 3059 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Publisher: Evil Jester Press (November 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ADVLLGI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The collection opens with a fantastic tale from Tim Waggoner. Anyone who has ever been the scapegoat in high school will relate to this disturbing tale of revenge, living in the past, and accepting the present (both good and bad). An excellent start! Holly Newstein's "Kristall Tag" is a great look at post-war Germany and the triumph from tragedy. Gene O'Neill's "Coyote Gambit" was a heartbreaking one. Even the zombie, post-apocalypse tales work in this one and I figured those two for well over in the horror genre.
For some reason (and it might just be my Cloud reader), the formatting was a bit rough. Font size and spacing changed radically every now and then. A minor flaw in a great collection trust me.
The stories here are not the standard slasher/ splatter horror fare. The gore is minimal and the suspense is intense. Waggoner opens the collection with a disturbing look at a man driven by the past, of which he cannot escape. The story is not only great horror, but also a reflection on the long-term impact of the high school bully and his cronies. Where do those scapegoat kids go and who do they become? Waggoner's answer will chill you to the bone. The stories include a wonderful post-World War II tale from Newstein and a painful look at abuse and justice from Gene O'Neill. The authors here resisted the urge to slip into the cliché and avoided the traditional serial killer gorefests. They instead looked into the dark, shadowy places in ourselves to find the horror that resides within us. Even the more traditional "monster" tales of zombies and vampires feel fresh and take on different, challenging perspectives.
This is a great collection for not only an introduction to established authors, but also for discovering some new, fresh talent out there. There's some real talent here and I'm looking forward to plunging into a few novels from this bunch! As with any anthology, it does come down to taste. Zombie fans may be disappointed that there's not more brain-crunching, but the fans out there looking for more tension than guts will be pleased. Read this one with the lights on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stories captured my attention and maintained my interest throughout. Will have to seek out other volumes. Also search individual authors for additional reading.Published on March 10, 2014 by sisodals
Not the best collection of stories, but there were a few gems in here. I do appreciate the free stories though, and I've found myself a few new authors. So, thank you.Published on December 17, 2013 by Lisa
I just got around to reading this amazing collection of short stories and am in awe of the Authors and Stories included within. I especially like how Mr. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Scott L. Pratt
I really can't give this an accurate review because I have not read the book yet. I am really excited about reading it though. It really sounds interesting!
Really enjoyed this, nice introduction to several new authors. Fun and entertaining read - great for the kindle, will check for the other volumes.Published on March 17, 2013 by Kindle Customer