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Ghost Marshal is just that. Michael Clary has created a ghostly Marshal whose job is "protecting the living from the dead."
Michael Robertson's In the Name of Science is a rather nasty story of a scientist who has lost his way.
Ever been to a Freak Show? Ever see those jars filled with formaldehyde and specimens. David has, and now somehow one of those jars is in his car. Dean H Wild has a freaky tale to tell in Jars.
One look was all it took and he was hooked. But, you know what She Said? "You should have taken more notice, you really should have." Craig A McDonough gives meaning to the phrase, be careful of what you wish for.
The Happy Place is that special somewhere, that far-off place to hide in when things are looking down. But what makes one person happy may not make another person happy. Derrick LaCombe can tell you about that in this story.
C.L. Hernandez has a strange tale to relate in The Strange Death of Wally the Disco King. Wally, the old drunk wouldn't leave his step-daughters alone. When they find a Ouija board in their home, they decide to take care of Wally once and for all!
Okay metalheads, Slayer by Joseph A Coley is in the house! Hmm, an old metalhead and a cop saving the world; who'da thunk!
James Michaels plays on our fear of the unknown. Beast of the Trenches takes place during the First World War. Soldiers defending the trenches in the middle of winter are under attack, but what exactly is it that's attacking them?
Eila Oakes has a different sort of story in Through a Mirror, Darkly. Things aren't always what they seem and sometimes with new found knowledge utter horror follows.
Toni Lesatz gives us Ashes to Ashes, where what starts out as a fun night at the carnival ends up as a night in eternity.
The Bitter End by Kya Aliana is a bittersweet reminder that life is short.
Aah, Infliction, John M McIlveen has written such a sad haunting tale. This is the story that stayed with me. A man haunted by past deeds looks for atonement but is there really such a thing as erasing your past?
Brandon Cracraft probably has the freakiest story in this anthology. Canasta is about a teddy bear that is like no other. A scarred beat up bear picked up at a garage sale by a little girl becomes the bane of a family.
Just like Déjà vu, Jeff has been there, done that, done WHAT?! Find out in Train Struck by Steven J Bynum.
I, Enucleator (`Eye' of the Serial Killer) by David Reuben Aslin is by far the most gruesome of the bunch. "Enucleator: One who by intention gouges out, or removes by surgical method, in part or whole, the eye(s) from their orbital cavity/socket." Do I really need to say more?
And as we started so shall we end with a closing poem. Perdition's Queen by Brandon Ryals takes us home.
Well there you have it, a quick run down of some really good stories. Don't pass this collection up, there wasn't one story that I didn't like!
Each of the stories are unique and captivating in their own way, I couldn't put it down.
Waiting for another installment!
"In The Name of Science" written by Michael Robertson
First this author tried something new about a genre ive never read from him before ,i've read his previous work. So a father who loves his son and does anything to keep him safe. A son who learns about his father and his secrets. This alone makes a story worth reading. Then the writer tosses in a zombie apocalypse, a facility or refuge where the only survivors can live safely in. Of course the story is about a father and his son, however the writer weaves a believable tale of two main characters that are in a situation they must live and thrive in. Very scary and thought provoking.
"Ghost Marshal" written by Michael Clary
Mr. Clary is another writer i'm familiar with having read some previous novels of a different genre. This is a good ghost story. Well told and original. Do some ghosts wander from their graves or do they wander around ? how do they if so ? Are all ghosts scary? Do they govern themselves and how?. all these answers were touched in a short story that was interesting and well told. I happen to frequent Gettysburg going on ghost tours I've always been curious about these questions so I was pleased to read this story. Definitely scary, curious, intense and enjoyable to read.
"Beast of the Trenches" written by James Michaels
A good old fashioned shape shifter story that happens to take place during a trench warfare. The shape shifter was a cunning, smart and well developed character. The soldiers hunting him were out of their league for most of the story but they were well developed also. The fear i felt was palatable throughout the entire short story. I felt a sense of hope and concern for the main character which led me to be empathetic to a large degree for him to survive the smart and clever shape shifter. This story alone was worthy of a full size novel.
So i recommend picking up this anthology if you like short, well written stories that are scary and cleverly told.