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- Print Length: 93 pages
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- Publication Date: October 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MRKCFWM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Killers and Demons II: They Return Kindle Edition
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There are two distinct sections within this collection of short stories. Those that deal with humans that are depraved killers and those that deal with demons and their depraved existences. And there is one story cleverly tucked into the fold between those two sections that out and out surprises you with the shift in topics.
Our human murders take the lead in this collection, tearing into the pages and splashing blood out at your right off the bat. These stories felt a little bit rushed, because they were speeding past the set-up to get to the fun slasher-splatter parts. However, this felt like a purposeful choice. The pacing of the book as a whole was pretty fantastic.
The first few stories rip right in and then as you get deeper in they start to slow down and fill in the details. I did enjoy the scenarios that were explored in these stories though. The one that disturbed me the most started off with a man witnessing a brutal mugging. It went down-hill from there real fast. Well, down-hill in a “Holy S**t, did that seriously just happen?!” Kind of way.
And then there’s Alice. Poor depraved Alice who just wanted to have a little fun. It’s her story that I created the artwork off of, and she is- by far- my favorite story from the Killer side of things. I think a big part of that is the sweet, yet chilling, way the story is told through her voice. You can sympathize with her, she is just a little girl locked in the basement after all. Right?
As soon as we got into the demons side of the collection I felt like the stories started to slow down just enough to build a little more atmosphere before getting into wickedly written stabbing-tearing-action. But with the demons, a little more time was given to build up the details of the world around them, and how the demons played into it. Most of my favorite stories from this book come from the demons section.
The one story that will stick with me the longest though is the one that starts off with a young woman questioning her life choices in a coffee shop. I do not want to ruin the surprise of this story, but what I will say is -the way this story was fleshed out left me wanting more. I could read an entire series based on this one. The world that built up around the main character is absolutely fascinating.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced read with a lot of gore and violence splashed across it’s pages this is a great book to pick up.
The first section of the book focuses on the human monsters and does a superb job of capturing the essence of pure evil. There are six stories that show just how truly terrifying human's can be. While all six of the stories in this section are excellent, I especially enjoyed "Breakdown in Communication" and "Alice in the Basement."
The second section of the book focuses on the demons. The seven stories bring these fantastical creatures to life. Stewart captures their monstrous nature perfectly and even throws a few surprises in the mix. The stories "Family Trait" and "The Dollmaker" are especially disturbing, which is why they have found a spot at the top of my list as the best of the best in the section on demons.
"Killers and Demons II: They Return," is a great collection of macabre tales for anybody that likes to read horror. Stewart has succeeded in creating 13 tales that will have you checking under the bed and making sure the closet door is closed before you turn off the light.
The killers aren’t even recognizable as human except in their appearance. I found this out from the very first story. It was so brutal I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read on. Then I thought about all of the books I’ve read, the thrillers, the true crime, and the shows I watch, like my favorite, The Walking Dead. No one is safe in the pages, even the young aren’t spared. So I pressed on.
My favorite of the killers stories was Break Down in Communication. A couple that never thought about divorce. The author applied a warped sense of humor in the story and had me chuckling.
Another that really grabbed me was Alice in the Basement. It made me think of The Bad Seed and Case 39. Killers can come in small packages.
From child kidnapping, to black widows, to a different kind of Jack the Ripper, there’s much to give you nightmares.
Then I got to the demons. Family Trait completely grossed me out. Not so much by what the character is as by her dreadful appetite. Eww.
My favorite in the demons section was The Skeleton. Talk about a skeleton in your closet. The suspense just built and built. I knew what was probably going to happen and still the suspense built. And when the story came to an end, there was a wicked little twist.
The thing about demons is they were never human so begging them for mercy is futile. It just adds to their malevolent glee as two people found out in Runner.
Beware, the demons have come out to play, the witch will have her vengeance, and don’t listen to those whispers from the dark.
“Welcome to my nightmare. I think you’re gonna like it.” That song from Alice Cooper kept playing in the background of my mind while reading these.
These are not scary stories. These are horror stories, and as such, I only recommend them to those who appreciate the telling, the showing, of the darker side of evil.
I was given this book by the author for my honest review. Now that I’ve read this second collection, I’m curious about the first set. Halloween is right around the corner.