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Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology Paperback – March 29, 2012
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Look, where else can you find 32 frightening, and thought provoking, stories - some never before published, some not having seen the light of day in a while - AND benefit a worthwhile organization?
I'm not going to rehash the stories like I usually do in my reviews - that will take way to long. But some of my favorites are:
On a Dark October - Joe R. Lansdale
Blood for the American People - Lisa Morton
The Silent Ones - Taylor Grant
Sky of Brass, Land of Iron - Joe McKinney
The Monster in the Drawer- Wrath James White
Atlantis Purging - Boyd E. Harris
Returns - Jack Ketchum
Please Don't Hurt Me - F. Paul Wilson
The Eyes Have It - Rena Mason
Somewhere on Sebastian Street - Stephen Bacon
Usually in an anthology this massive, there are bound to be a story or two that miss the mark. While there weren't any that I would say should not have been included, there were one or two that just didn't hold my interest - but that's for you to decide.
The writing was top notch, the author selection outstanding, and the topic range is vast. Within these pages is something for every horror lover - you won't be sorry.
"On a Dark October" is amazing old school horror.
"Mouth" great little horror story; ropes you in.
"The Apocalypse ain't so bad". Jeff Strand rocks!
"The Silent Ones". Very interesting! The idea behind lost opportunities, unfulfilled promises, missed connections is horrific in itself when you look back on your life and realize that you will only get a chance to experience some things only once .... If you're lucky. What happens if you just faded into oblivion because you forgot to care and exist. Terrific concept for a story. Conclusion was perfect.
"Consanguinity" unique and absorbing.
"Dead Letters" is a must read with great twist ending.
"The Monster in the drawer" is creepy in a way that bothered me immensely; pure unadulterated horror.
"Baptism" is a page turner about nature of the beast and vanity of mankind.
"The Question of Morality" hahaha! Great twist and last line makes the whole story.
"To and Fro" unique format page turner with awesome twist
"Please don't hurt me". Gotta read more F Paul Wilson.
"The Depravity of Inanimate things" enjoyable black humour.
"The eyes have it" great twist on typical office romance.
Good: both Jack Ketchum and Ray Garton are my favorite authors but I found both of their stories to be more tragedy than horror. The same can be said about "The other Patrick" and "A Man in shape alone".
Huh? Several 'what-was-that-about' stories.... Namely "Autumn as Metaphor", "The Long Hunt", "Shiva, Open Your Eye"... Among others.
This may be put on your 'do not loan' list - most good books loaned out never get returned, so after reading shelf it for reading again at a later time.