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The Stain Readers might think about the lives of foreign workers, especially children when purchasing their next “made in …” product. Five points on a ten-point horror scale.
The American You might think you can see the ending of this story coming. But can you be sure? Five points on a ten-point horror scale.
Belinda in the Pool This is a very complex short story with a lot of meaning for a parent watching a child grow up. Did Dad ever really understand Belinda? Readers decide. Only three points on the ten-point horror scale.
The Skin of the World What would you sacrifice for family bliss? How about a member of the family? Seven points on a ten-point horror scale.
A Madness of Starlings He, along with his wife and two sons, had taken in the injured bird for only five days before it became well enough to return to the wild. Those five days altered all their lives for the rest of their lives. Six points on a ten-point horror scale.
Subway Turnstile Davy had an important message for the woman who helped him and his dad. It wasn’t the “thank you” she expected. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale.
Where Flies Are Born Ellen was right about her abusive husband Frank. She was right to protect Joey, their son. She was wrong about Papa Neeson. He was not abusive towards his children. And when Ellen needed help with Joey, it was Mom and Pop Neeson she turned to. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale.
Becoming Men Boot Camp was rough. The one they were in had to be illegal. Overly zealous staff members had killed one kid. Ralph knew he had to join other inmates at the camp in a plot to escape, even if they had to kill the guard staff to do it. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale.
People Who Love Life Irene thought she died. She welcomed death. Sometimes it seemed she had died many times but there was always that pesky preacher who brought her back. Seven points on the ten-point horror scale.
Fries With That? Many of us have heard the phrase “He/She fried their brains.” In this story, it is almost literal. Brains fried should be fresh, kept too long, the resultant dish might be lethal. And then there is the school shooting. Eight points on the ten-point horror scale.
The Machinery of Night This educational story will leave the reader with a new appreciation of physics theory that explains how molecules move and reshape in the dark (of course). Why never in the light? Eight points on a ten-point horror scale.
The Wolf The bounty hunter made a good mentor for the younger boy, a hunter who still had a lot to learn. That is why the girlfriend’s father hired the experienced hunter and tracker to teach the boy. Eight and one-half points on a ten-point horror scale.
The Wicked A serial killer may have just met his match. Strange, unlucky coincidences had been happening all day. Then Mike met Charlie. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale.
265 and Heaven Keeping the family together requires sacrifice. Eight points on the ten-point horror scale.
Ice Palace Fraternity hazing is not new. Sometimes it goes too far. Here is an example. This story is told in a different “voice” than all the others. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale.
Why My Doll is Evil This is a poem about a creepy voyeur doll. Eight points on a ten- point horror scale.
The Five Naomi found a safe place where the Five lived. Some walls were broken down but she knew how to rebuild them. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale.
The Dark Game This is the last and darkest story in the collection. Gordon, or Gordie, or the Captain grows to love being dominated, whipped, and tortured so much that he found a way to use his experiences in a more positive way. He invented The Dark Game. Ten on a scale of ten.
The stories became increasingly darker from the first story through number eighteen. The Dark Game is very psychologically disturbing. I gave the overall collection five Amazon stars. Only Ice Palace has language and situations that may disturb readers turned off by sexual language.
-A woman will do anything to keep her young son by her side.
-The island of wild boys.
-A father takes leave of his son.
-A resurrected woman wishes for death.
-A bully and her victims meet in a deserted barn.
-A child stalker finds that his helpless victim isn't so helpless.
-A man looks for heaven in a run down apartment building.
-A fraternity hazing goes in an unexpected direction.
-A daughter's love for her father is boundless.
-A young man must decide what he will do for love.
-A road trip ends in disaster for some and a life's mission for one.
The last story, a novella, is very good (and strange). The stories are perfect for a bit of light reading just before sleep. Sure to give pleasant dreams.