- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539759105
- ISBN-13: 978-1539759102
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 274 customer ratings
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Horror Stories Paperback – October 26, 2016
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"This set of short stories from various writers had some true gems in it, and I'm looking forward to reading me by these contributors! Definitely worth the time." -Aurora L.
"Was a great fast read and I enjoyed it . Always a fan of horror and fiction. Keep it up will read more from these authors." -Reader
"I loved this book. If you like horror you will enjoy this book. Buy this and you will be glad you did!!" -Ed M.
"Well written, you cannot guess the endings. Authors leave you scared until the last word is read.The errors in spelling and grammar don't detract overall from the stories.These are well written scare the bejesus out of you tales!" -Reader
"You can always count on these great authors for a good and scary read! Not always a fan of short stories, this group never fails to please! And their individual novels Are all top-notch!" -Karrie
"These are some good stories and fun to read." -Greg P.
"Love HORROR!!!...Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror." -Willee
"Boy, these are nice stories when you want creepy but only have a short time . Scarestreet has been so wonderful. I have followed most of their stories and have liked each one. I recommend them to all!" -Maureen
"So much fun to read, especially right before bed! Intense stories! My favorite was the scarecrow and the sin eater. Cannot wait to read more Mr. Ripley." -Georgia C.
"Loved these stories!! I look forward to reading more by these authors. Strongly recommend reading these short stories. I will be reading more by then." -Jane
"Easy reading and kept you entertained." -Deb C.
"Good collection of short stories. I love horror, sci-fi fiction and this book fits the bill. I highly recommend it." -Reader
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My favorite story was #9, "Scarecrow', by A.I. Nasser: About an abusive father. He beats Garfield, his 13 year old son and sexually abuses his little daughter. Dad obtains a horrible looking scarecrow to watch over his corn crops. One day, dad noticed that the scarecrow had been moved. He blames Garfield and makes him carry the scarecrow back to its original spot. When Garfield was finished, his dad gave him a beating. He then went on to sexually abuse and seriously injure his daughter. Later, the scarecrow pays mean daddy a little visit. Poor daddy. Very graphic and chilling.
A close tie is story #4 - "Museum Quality" by Ron Ripley: Devin purchased a beautiful antique wooden box. In the box is a glass case. The case contains a diorama showcasing three beetles and a huge spider. The case comes with a warning, stating not to not touch what's inside. Devin should have paid attention to the warning. Poor Devin. Exciting and very graphic.
I did not like story #8 - 'Kimberly', by Sara Clancy: A story about Kimberly, a girl who mysteriously goes missing. The plot was weak and the story was poorly written.
I also did not like story #10 - "Graveyard Shift", by Ron Ripley: Allen is a janitor in a nursing home. He likes to steal and sell residents medicines. He also likes to spy on doctors and nurses engaging in sexual activity. One night, he comes upon a horrific scene of sexual activity between a doctor and nurse. I was not impressed with this story. It did not hold my interest.
All the other stories were good reads. They were well written with excellent plots. They had many chilling moments.
If you are a fan of short horror stories, I recommend this collection to you for your reading pleasure. Keep the lights on. Watch out for that scarecrow standing at your front door.
The 3 stories I liked (& the reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1) were 'Urbex,' 'Museum Quality,' and 'Tell Me Your Name.' They had a good Tales from the Darkside feel to them. Another good piece that had a lot of potential was 'Kimberly.' The story 'Scarecrow' that everyone is raving about is a story of horrible child abuse with a tiny bit of creepy at the end. The rest have a lot of nerve calling themselves a short story.
I'm really impressed with some of these stories. Often times with short stories, I feel like something is missing, but here most of the stories felt complete. I think my favourite was Scarecrow, where a young boy and his sister are abused by their drunken father. The father acquires a scarecrow to watch over the corn fields but the scarecrow keeps moving. Who is moving it and why? This one was equal parts heartbreaking as it was incredibly scary!! I've always been afraid of scarecrows, they are just so so creepy, so this one really frightened me.
As in any collection, there are some stories better than others, but all of them are entertaining and worth the read! I've found some new authors to check out!! I'd highly recommend you check out this book, and as I write this review, the kindle edition is free, so grab it and be in for an awesome ride!!
Matt Gilcheck read the stories really well. He did a great job bringing the atmosphere of each story to life.
*I received this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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This collection of short stories will definitely make you feel uncomfortable. Containing offerings from the awesome Ron Ripley, I was immediately sold on this anthology.
The thing I like about this, is that the word horror has been used to its full description. The stories aren't just about supernatural elements, but also about what we interpret as horror in our everyday lives. Without adding any spoilers, The Scarecrow is a particularly dark story of this description.
There are a couple in this book that tend towards a more generic theme, but all in all, this is outstanding and a must read for fans of this genre.
I somehow prefer horror and ghost stories to anything modern, even though there are some modern horror authors that I like. In the oldie books, they didn't think they had to be 'clever' or gory in order to induce the creeps. The stories in this book are chilling and frightening, merely by the existence of the supernatural and the deliberate erasing out of the gore.
It was a great quick read to pass time.
I would recommend this book for anyone that likes horror.