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Gore Girls: Twisted Tales & Poems (Young Adult Horror) (Volume 4) Paperback – March 11, 2015
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"Each story is full of pain and horror. [Jackson Dean Chase] perfectly captures the feelings of being that angst-ridden, awkward teen girl."
--Fang Freakin' Tastic Reviews
"Each short story is shock-worthy, full of evil shadows [and] dark beauty."
"...A wonderful dose of horror... brilliant."
--Michael J. Elliott, author of Portraits of Dread
From the Author
"I've always loved science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but it wasn't until I combined them with pulp thrillers and noir that I found my voice as an author. I want to leave my readers breathless, want them to feel the desperate longing, the hope and fear my heroes experience as they struggle not just to survive, but to become something more."
--Jackson Dean Chase
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What elevated Gore Girls beyond pure shock horror was the depth of the characters. The stories all feature teen girls encountering heartbreak, loneliness, pain and terror. Like another reviewer pointed out, Jackson Dean Chase captures the raw emotion of being a troubled teen girl, then adds monsters.
As with any anthology, some of the stories were better than others. The mummy and witch ones felt weak compared to the rest. For me, the stand-outs were "My Own Decisions" (two sisters fighting over a boy while trapped during the zombie apocalypse) and "A Cloak of Flesh" (a misfit Goth suddenly has the most popular boy in school falling for her). One interesting story featured bullying and asks if the people who stand by and let it happen are just as bad.
The poems range from the gory kind that you'd expect to surprisingly heart-wrenching ones. The poetry is a nice added bonus and gives you a chance to catch your breath between stories. While this isn't my usual kind of horror book, I'm glad I bought it.
Each story is full of pain and horror. At the end of the first story, I actually gasped out loud (and may have uttered my favorite F word) to the point where my husband asked what was wrong. He thought I had seen a spider or something! The best part is that this happened several other times while reading this book!
His stories are from the perspective of teen girls. I'm not talking the pretty girls in school either. I'm talking every girl who felt like she might not be the most popular girl in school. The girl who sat alone at lunch or had a small group of friends that she was comfortable-ish around. How this author can do such an amazing job of narrating from that point of view is beyond me. He perfectly captures the feelings of being that angst ridden, awkward teen girl. I know because I was that girl.
The stories and poems in Gore Girls, had I found them at 15, I would have thought they had been written either by or for me. Disturbingly enough, some of them can still be related to as an adult. Each story has its own message or purpose and damn, is this guy twisted.
I enjoyed every single minute of Gore Girls. So much so that I read all of his other books right afterwards. Trust me when I say the rest of his books are just as crazy good. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like they might not have fit in at some point in their life.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The receipt of this book did not imply or guarantee a favorable review, nor did it influence my opinion of this book.
When I read something, I like being surprised by the ending. This happened in “The Gift of Flesh”. I never read a love story like this, Martin and Heather were truly in love. I thought I knew what would happen but I didn’t. If you like horror, you won’t be disappointed in anything in this book. Without giving too much away, if you are a zombie fan like me, then “My Own Decisions” is for you, too bad Lisa was so curious. “A Bad Person” may have you checking the ingredients in your drink. “I Melt With You” taught some kids not to be too curious but it had me rooting for the characters.
Sometimes we may think of monsters or scary things but Jackson Dean Chase takes it a step further and puts his thoughts on paper for our enjoyment. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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