Helter Skelter Kindle Edition
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From the Author
Copyright 2011 by Bryan Cassiday
A man had torn out the throatof my next-door neighbor last night.
Nobody had heard a sound. The murder victim was an old woman with awrinkled face like a walnut. She had acast to one of her blue eyes. She oncetold me she had great difficulty reading the walk signal at the trafficintersection at the corner of our block.She wore spectacles, but they afforded her little help. She told me she was ninety-two.
That same nighta zombie had taken a bite out of my arm . . .
I had beensleeping when I felt tremendous pain in my forearm. The shock of the pain woke me up. I jackknifed upright in my bed.
A man with aghoul's face was standing over me, blood dripping from his lips. I shoved him away from me. He came back at me. I hauled off and punched him spang in the nose. I thought I heard his nose crack. Whatever it was that cracked, he didn't likethe pain it caused. He groaned. He left my room after that. Could fragments of the bone in his nose havepenetrated his brain on account of my blow?
I could not figure out how he had gotteninto my apartment. Hadn't I locked mydoor before I had gone to bed? I thoughtI always did. Locking the door was partof my nightly ritual. For the life of meI could not remember. I realized my armwas bleeding all over my sheets.
I bolted to the bathroom to retrieve atowel. I wrapped the towel around mywounded forearm to stanch the bleeding.Apprehensively, I wondered if the zombie had infected me with hisbite. From movies, I knew that if azombie bit you, you were doomed to turn into a zombie yourself. How much longer did I have to live? The idea of turning into a zombie mortifiedme.
Should I go to a doctor? What good would a doctor do? After all, doctors could not cure a zombiebite. If I was, indeed, contaminated bythe zombie germs, it was only a matter of time before I became a zombie.
I took twoTylenols to kill the pain in my throbbing arm.I looked at the towel wrapped around my arm. I didn't see any blood. Perhaps my wound had stopped bleeding. That was a good sign.
I closed my apartment door, which thezombie had left open when he had departed.I decided to go back to sleep.Easier said than done. I tossedand turned the entire night. I keptworrying about whether I should have gone to a doctor. I sweated bullets wondering how long it wouldtake for me to morph into a zombie. Thebuzzing of the refrigerator in the kitchen kept me awake. The sound seemed inordinately loud for somereason. At last I managed to drift offjust before sunrise.
- File size : 459 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Publication date : July 31, 2011
- Publisher : Bryan Cassiday; 2nd edition (July 31, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005FHOGC6
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,489,553 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With a little tweaking this book could be sort of like a Tales from the Crypt sort of novel. The stories really reminded me of that feeling, but just fell a little short. I really expected this book to be horror stories, and I didn't find them to be horror really.
It seemed like a thesaurus was used way too much. The writing was simple and for some stories there seemed to be random words that just felt out of place and in some cases I was baffled as to what they meant - I was reading it on a Kindle so I could look them up but it got very annoying to keep doing it so eventually I gave up. I also got very irritated with the overuse of peoples names. For example in one paragraph with 3 sentences the characters name would be used like 1-2 times in each sentence.
So, overall, the writing is a little weak. I felt like I was reading a fan's account of a few different horror movies meshed together. The writer (and the stories) definitely have potential, but I was interested in a good horror book, and these didn't really feel like horror to me.
Full review with a breakdown of each story can be found @ Shivers of Horror, my horror movie/book review blog (link in profile) this is only a small chunk of it.