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- ASIN : B08HCYYRM6
- Publisher : Scare Street (September 14, 2020)
- Publication date : September 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 379 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,047 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Live Bait" by Jude Reid: WWII: U-boats and dehydration are far from the only dangers for Allied sailors. There are worse, much, much, worse.
"The Hungry Worm" by Michael D. Nye: The protagonist is a self-aggrandizing jerk, but nonetheless--does anybody really deserve this? Kudos on the Denouement, which really boggled my mind!
"The Magician Needs a Volunteer" by Matt Brandenburg: I'll classify this story as very dark contemporary fantasy, with interweaving of Lovecraftian overtones (Cosmic horror)
"Lab Incident, 1947": oh my goodness. We need not look beyond this planet for evidence of evil, nor yet for evidence of moral integrity.
"A House Divided " by M. B. Vujavic: Very scary, featuring implacable horror and a Denouement of "how could you" horror. Watch for potentially Lovecraftian nuances in "outside the house."
"Sundown and Shadows" by Michelle Tang: That's it: from now on, I sleep with the Lights on. I am officially terrified.
"The Old Coach Inn" by Kris Ashton: for some reason, I've not read a lot of Australian Horror. If it's as good as this one, I should leap in. This is quite terrifying!
"Ashes To Ashes" by Robert Douglas: Frightening, yes, but not in the usual run-of-the-mill way. More Speculative Fiction, here, as Quantum Physics breaches reality [shudder].
"Folie-a-Deux" by Gina Easton: Victorian twin sisters are gifted necromancers and mediums, applauded by the Spiritualist communities of England and Western Europe. But even they are not immune to otherworldly evil....
"Do Something Funny" by Clark Boyd: A really different approach to coming to terms with oneself. In addition to the horror element, the character unfolding and evolution are really well defined. I particularly liked the reminiscences of the narrator's Midwestern upbringing.
"Fertile Soil" by Brian Sperl: This one danced on the edge of offensive for me. However, the Denouement and ending were seriously mind-blowing horror.
"Night Dive" by Drew Starling: The setting is unusual, the characters deftly delineated and elicited empathy. I love Marine Horror and I always enjoy reading about underwater dives. However, the author takes a seriously twisty path with this one: yes, as a paranoid I expected trouble of some sort, but the story turned REALLY REALLY SCARY, IMPLACABLY!
"Home Sick" by Ron Ripley: Young Jimmy Hsu is a repeated character in author Ron Ripley's arsenal. A high-functioning Autistic, his memory is eidectic and his Reading pattern is voracious and wide-ranging. He also needs no "suspension of disbelief." So when he discovers inadvertently that two neighbor bullies are in fatal danger, it's Jimmy to the rescue.
One criteria I use to determine the number of stars I rate a particular book is whether or not I can look forward to the time I can resume reading it. With these anthologies, I had a very hard time putting them down, thus five-star reads. As an occasional short story writer myself, I am envious of the consistent quality of these tales. I hope they never stop coming.
It is difficult for me to review an anthology without mentioning something of each story. Hopefully you will get enough from my review to know which stories would best suit your own taste (and the taste of those you may wish to share the stories with while sitting in a darker room near a fireplace).
"Live Bait" by Jude Reid: Out of the waters into the bucket? "We were all dead from the moment the torpedo hit the 'Grangemouth' ". Lifeboat, desert island, gengrene... Finding dry land may not always be the best thing even if it is the only option. Keep your flashlight handy though you may not want to see what's ahead of you.
"The Hungry Worm" by Michael D. Nye: if you like a short story about a writer of sexy sci-fi short stories this one would be for you. Eating that worm from the bottle? If you are old enough to have done it this may make you think twice about it next time.
"The Magician Needs a Volunteer" by Matt Brandenburg: An old theater in a decrepit area of town where people in shadows lurk in dark doorways is where a father and his family go to see Arturo's Death-Defying Spectacular and find their own horror instead.
"Lab Incident, 1947" by Martin Zeigler: Notice the date. A dad and his Army brat, military housing on the Roswell base, but something is different this time. Was it because of the mom's recent passing? Maybe the boy's bully or the dad's officer boss? Or perhaps something more Roswell-ish?
"A House Divided" by M.B. Vujacic: "We've been living in the Gethen house for more than a century now." Opening line. A new family in an old house but who are the haunted and who and the haunters?
"Sundown and Shadows" by Michelle Tang: Eloise, a hospital companion babysitting Mr. Denison, has an experience she won't soon forget in this spine-tingler taking place during the witching hour when things always go bad in hospitals. The phantom in the dark corner may be a problem in this one.
"The Old Coach Inn" by Kris Ashton: have you ever been on an old winding road during a road trip late at night when you are so tired and can't find any vacancies to sleep? Ken, Jo, and their young son Adam do, but in their horror an old inn next to the Alpine stream up away from the new highway appeared and as they drive to it the other guests were rushing out of their rooms and speeding away. Is this really the place to stay the night? But what other options are there?
"Ashes to Ashes" by Robert Douglas: Last month Anna Duncan lost her husband of 42 years, the longest month she has ever experienced. Less than a year earlier she and her husband retired but within 6 weeks James started showing symptoms of his cancer, and now his ashes are in a box on her dresser. Lately she starts getting feelings from the box, it's asking her to open it. And she does!...
Personal note on this one: this short story feels unfinished to me, like it was an excerpt from a full novel. It has so much potential and was a great chilling read, but then the ending wasn't really an ending, it just
"Folie-a-Deux" by Gina Easton: Emily and Elvira, twin necromancer's. Seances. Late 1880's. A spirit of one of the Ripper's most famous victims. Demonic possession. You may want to leave the lights on in the whole house as you read this one. If things go bump, run, don't explore
"Do Something Funny" by Clark Boyd: Do we ever really want to laugh at an Igor-ish comedian with self-depreciating humor on a stage in Branson, MO? If he's making the jokes, sure, but when someone else is making him the joke, it's best to not encourage that.
"Fertile Soil" by Brian Sperl: I've always been afraid of scarecrows in corn fields. They are worse than clowns. Add sleep walking, heart attacks, and a beautiful farmer's daughter to the mix and you know nothing good can come from that, especially in a horror anthology!
"Night Dive' by Drew Sterling: a personal favourite short story of mine. As a SCUBA diver and ready to make drastic changes in my own life this one rings deep for me (Deep. Get it? SCUBA? Never mind).
Picture beautiful crystal waters, an island hidaway, a thrilling wreck night dive. What can go wrong, right? I'd say ask Anna and Karl but they may not be able to speak about it. Yet you can read about it. Just don't read it when you are on a dive boat heading out for a dive.
"Home Sick" by Ron Ripley: High-functioning Jimmy. Those dang tormenting bullies. Forest creatures. Being home alone.
This story had a nice moralistic ending, with only a little bloodshed and loss of body parts.
Please note: This e-book was given to me free as an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
There are some splendid moments that take you right into the heart of the fear building up in your mind.
Very well written with some good imaginative tales.