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Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection by [Reich, Cherie]
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From the Author

Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection is the second edition of the previously titled The Nightmare Collection. Although the basic story lines haven't changed, over 8,000 words in new content have been added, including a new chapter three in the novella Nightmare Ever After.

About the Author

Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn't stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means trying to curb her TV addiction. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms.

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  • File Size: 6663 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing; 2 edition (April 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W8E2PA4
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#1 Once Upon a December Nightmare

Cherie Reich's way with words sets the story and the eerie, snowy setting. Cassie and three friends go on a late night, off-roading adventure. Things get frightening when a fallen tree blocks their path and deer carcasses are found with their throats chewed out. Then the truck loses its headlights, forcing them to go on foot. This reads a lot like a horror story where the characters aren't all that smart. 1. They go on a offroad trip with an old truck on E. 2. Not walking the shortest distance to the main road. 3. Spitting up. The end was very exciting though. I was on the edge of my seat. 4 stars

#2 Nightmare Ever After

We're back n Tree Branch Trail! This story is partly in the perspective of an FBI Special Agent. The FBI agent works with Cassie to find the killer. He gets a little too friendly with her when they first meet (chin touching and caressing). I also found this to be slower than the first one, but the end was exciting. I like how things worked out. 3 stars

#3 Good Nightmare, Scary Monster

This story is in the perspective of the monster, which I thought was really neat. The best part is that he's a kid, so we finally get to find out how he starts killing. 5 stars

Overall, these stories were very enjoyable and perfect to read in October or even December.
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Looking for something scary to sink your teeth into? Here it is. This collection of three related stories about a monster who sinks HIS flesh-ripping teeth into a bunch of unfortunate people should send some delightful chills up your spine.

Let's start with the setting. Four young people on a cold wintry night, squeezed into a pick-up truck, driving on a deserted dirt road in the woods. A huge tree blocks their way, and their headlights suddenly stop working. It's too dark, and too dangerous to drive without lights, so they start walking... on that lonely road... through the dark woods.

Cassie is the only one of the four who survives what happens in those woods, and when the whole town unfairly suspects and blames her for the deaths of her friends, she moves away, determined never to return. Until a decade later, when an FBI man seeks her help. Death has returned to those woods, and he thinks the still-traumatized Cassie might be able to help him find the killer.

In the last part of the book, readers get a glimpse into how the monster lurking in those woods came to be, and how, in essence, the roots of his cruelty lie in the cruelties and humiliations he suffered as a child.

One minor thing that bugs me, and yes, I realize it probably won't bother anyone else who'll read this book, is an expression used by the FBI man and other law enforcement personnel when communicating via radio. Multiple times, they say, "Over and out." As an amateur radio operator, I can tell you that this is not something anyone who is properly trained in radio protocol would ever say. "Over" means, "I'm finished talking, and am turning the frequency over to you for your comment." "Out" means, "I'm leaving the frequency.
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There's a monster roaming the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia. It bites out the throat of its prey and drinks their blood. It's been hunting for over a century if you can believe the old newspaper reports. On a cold December night, Cassie and her friends have a close encounter. A decade later and the killings begin anew. An FBI Agent takes over the case and brings Cassie back to assist as a material witness, but the monster doesn't forget a scent, especially one that got away.

Once upon a Nightmare collects three stories that tell the tales of the monster's origin and Cassie's terror-filled encounters. The mood is creepy; the violence horrific; and the pace alternates between riveting and patient, building the characters's portraits. Fans of the X-Files will find much to like in these stories of paranormal horror.
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Campers, couples on dates, and hikers keep disappearing and then appearing horribly mutilated. After one particularly gruesome incident, a young teenage girl escapes the beast's clutches but because she survived, Cassandra Richard's is labeled a killer, until the next victims are found. Cassie spends time in the madhouse because her story is just too unbelievable.
Several years later, after Cassie finally puts her life back together, the FBI come calling. FBI Special Agent O'Conner demands that she return to her hometown and help them solve these impossible crimes. Cassie has no choice.
Is it a werewolf, big foot, or a cunning serial killer? All possibilities exist in this shrewdly constructed thriller.
Cherie Reich tells the story in three separate vignettes, each one building on the last until we have the full story. I enjoy Cherie's unique take on the werewolf classic. Even though I only gave her story 4 stars, I truly enjoyed it. But I still have questions about the monster. I won't ask them here, as I don't want to give the story away. Nevertheless, I would love to know more; maybe Cherie Reich is considering another story that will spill all the secrets.
Despite my questions, I highly recommend Once Upon A Nightmare to all horror, werewolf, and monster fans.

I won this book in a contest. Thrilled to be a winner of Once Upon A Nightmare by Cherie Reich, I am now also a fan!
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