- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492799866
- ISBN-13: 978-1492799863
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Candy, Blood & Sex” by Hydra M. Star is an amazing take on the “Little Red Riding Hood” story that adds more eroticism than Perrault can even begin the fathom.
Erich A Johnson's “Crybaby Bridge” is a creepy little ghost story that will make you never look at bridge the same way again. Especially, when crossing one on a dark, foggy night. This story reminds me of a classic horror film from that 1960's called...but wait, if I tell you that, I will spoil it for you. I think it is better if you just read it for yourself.
The spirit of Shirley Jackson and the prose of Elizabeth Engstrom and the soul of Poe are one of the many surprises when you read “Lay Me Down” by Elyse Draper. What exactly do Death and Time have in common? Her prose and the way she has with words are priceless. “Reason has always been obliterated by the sensation of profound solitude, perhaps that is why we replace the aching of isolation with the anguish of abuse.” Just reading verse like this from her is what makes great reading.
Robert Bloch once said “Humor and Horror are two sides of the same coin.” Joseph Repentigny is a man who embodies that statement. The 9 short tales he has in this book add a sense of awe and wonder that has more impact that any novel could ever do. “They Grow Up” is one story that sticks with me. Somewhat touching in a way when you read it as a parent. You will never get bored reading his stories.
Lindsey Beth Goddard. One word. Wow. Every story she has in here has a steady flow that makes you want more. Be it with swamp monsters, a hellish view of a future society that is scary because of the possibilities, a mummy's curse, or a way you will never look at texting the same way again, her writing is powerful with every word. “Product 9” is my favorite story. A tale of love while being surrounded by a world of monsters. Brilliant!
Sean Patrick Little gives new meaning to the tries-and-true ghost story with “Forever Clementine.” M.R. James would be proud.
Isaiyan Morrison is like a breathe of fresh air for the Vampire genre. Her excerpt from her novel, “Deamhan” shows how vampires and creature of the night should be...blood thirsty and lustful.. Her other two stories in here show what good writing is meant to be. Just be leary of one night stays at a secluded motel.
Speaking of Vampires...Dylan J. Morgan's excerpt from “Bloodlines” will whet any vampire fans appetite. His short story “Melissa” is not about vampires but a ghost story that will haunt you for days.
Jane Timm Baxter's “Dark Fiction” is something to be admired. “Pavor Nocturnus” gets under your skin...literally! “Incarnation” is the most frightening of sibling rivalry. “Reflections” will stick with you. I am looking forward to reading more of her fine works.
The poetry of W.C. Morrow brings to mind the verse and style of Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E . Howard. They would be proud of how Mr. Morrow's style pays homage to them.
The story by Kerry Morgan, “Brothers,” is a story of innocence lost and sibling love in the most bloody of consequences. “Mate for Life” is a David Cronenberg wet dream. Her flow of her writing goes through your veins like a slow acting poison.
“The Mirror's Dream” by C.T. Steel is a nod to Poe's 'William Wilson' that mixes love, insecurities, angst and psychological realization that is like a slow moving nightmare that you do not want to wake up from but you know that the end will be dark and unrelenting. Mr. Steel really went to his dark side for this one.
Jennifer Miller's “Bitch” is a take of the werewolf genre that can be considered a 'fable for adults.' This story reminds me of the movie “The Company of Wolves.” Seductive, mysterious and feral in its writing and intensity.
M. P. Fitzgerald's “The Gift” is a poem that is like a Rorschach print. I have read it a few times and every time it brings a different sublime imagery that hits you to you soul. Undead love. Redemption. Loss. A prose of being haunted by more that one thing.
I have not enjoyed an anthology like this since Kirby McCauley's Dark Forces.
The amazing thing about this book is how it was made out of love and passion for every thing that embodies the genre of horror. The other amazing thing is that all the proceeds for this book will be going to the American Cancer Society. That, in itself, should be more than enough reason to get this. If you value good, terrifying reading and helping for a good cause, then get this book. You will not be disappointed.
But what is Horror? Jennifer L. Miller attempts to define this genre in the foreword, but as she says herself, "One person's clown is my spider."
So, what is Horror? Is it a ghost? A werewolf? A giant insect? A zombie? A vampire? Maybe it is just an icy feeling insinuating around your heart, and the monster inspiring it is simply human. Maybe it is the shrill sound of your alarm clock at 7 am, because you haven't slept enough. Maybe it is under your bed, or watching you from the shadows, biding its time. Maybe it is lurking at the back of your mind, haunting you day and night.
Whatever Horror is, these fourteen writers are sharing with you figments of their imagination, and a glimpse of their lives, within the pages of this remarkable anthology, in the shapes of short stories, poems, novel extracts, flash fiction. Will you get lost in the insane lands of their minds? Will you come back to your reality? Or will you gasp for breath, breaking the watery surface of your consciousness, asking incongruously, "Did I save her? Did I save Alice?"