If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Supernatural Horror (The Better Off Dead) Hardcover – April 20, 2020
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A few of my brief thoughts about each story in If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Supernatural Horror.
At the Core Lies Darkness - Steven Pajak - This creative little roller coaster of a story covered a spectrum of emotions for me--happiness, sadness, and my body cringing in disgust. I loved every minute. (If you haven't read it yet, I also highly recommend his novel, Project Hindsight.)
Dead Pics - Gerald Dean Rice - I was in it! Super fun, a little disturbing, and a lot creative. But hey...haven't we ALL looked at grisly death pictures/videos before? I know I have.
Finders Keepers -Jane Alvey Harris - Any mother could relate to this story. Incredibly creepy and effective.
Carnival of Lust - Mike Duke - If only we could keep those powerful teenage lusts and desires our entire lives. Of course, then we'd get absolutely nothing else accomplished. 😂 Such a fun story.
I.O.U. - Kayla Krantz - A story full of revenge and vindication. Enjoyable!
Dead and Buried - Matthew A. Clarke - This was such a cool, genuinely scary story, but there is a trigger warning--animal torture/death. A huge no-no for me.
Until That Day Arrives - R.J. Roles - Gotta give my fellow West Virginia Mountaineer some kudos...this was a freaky, crazy-good story.
Harvest of Truth - L.K. Pinaire - A sad, reflective story about the injustices those who are different face...even in past centuries.
Kunk - Alan Derosby- A deliciously creepy, macabre story. Kunk needs to stay far, far away from me.
Withered - Cassandra Angler- This is one twisted ride! Disturbing on so many levels. I was thoroughly entertained.
It Happened on State Street - Peter Rocha - Heavy on religious themes, but a very well-written, engaging story.
Never Have I Ever - Red Lagoe - Okay, I kinda loved this story. So much fun!
Killer Radio - R.E. Sargent - He's done it again! The author who gave us the epic Karen Carter series also wrote my favorite story of the bunch. Sargent has a knack for short stories that absolutely suck you in. Even better...all that 80s music. Loved his creativity.
Hmmm...if I had to pick a top 3, I'd choose At the Core Lies Darkness, Never Have I Ever, and Killer Radio, but I wholeheartedly enjoyed each and every story.
Available April 20, 2020. Make sure to get a copy!
**Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
At the Core of Darkness by Steven Pajak: NC17, about cancer, 5*
Dead Pics by Gerald Dean Rice: X, too gross to read
Finders Keepers by Jane Alvey Harris: PG13, scary, 4*
Carnival of Lust by Mike Duke: PG15, well written, 5*
I.O.U. by Kayla Krantz: a serial killer using the Dark Web, thoroughly satisfying and best of the bunch. 5*
Dead and Buried by Matthew A Clarke: REALLY creepy, 4*
Until That Day Arrives by RJ Roles: involves an orphanage, 4*
Harvest of Truth by L.K. Pinaire: involves a curse, 5*
Kunk by Alan Derosby: an invisible friend, 4*
Withered by Cassandra Angler: foster care, 4*
It Happened on State Street by Peter Rocha: possession, 4*
Never Have I Ever by Red Lagoe: Truth & Consequence, 4*
Killer Radio by R.E. Sargent: a tale of vengeance, 4*