- File Size: 4067 KB
- Print Length: 117 pages
- Publication Date: August 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EOE390G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1. Flowers 2/5 stars
The writing wasn't grating or all that bad like some of the other stories. However, that didn't make the story particularly riveting or entertaining. The story was entirely predictable and I called the "twist" way too early. Finally, this story just isn't scary or even creepy.
2. Ink 2/5 stars
Again, this "story" plays out more like a scene in a movie rather than a short story. There is no development whatsoever. The writing left much to be desired. By this point, I wondered whether I should have bought this book.
3. Midnight Snack 3/5 stars
This story wasn't too bad. Fairly interesting, though still infected with some cliche writing and dialogue. The twist caught me by surprise and calmed my disbelief at some of the earlier scenes. Decent story that could be improved with more revision and better writing.
4. You Never Know what You will Find 3/5
The three stars are more for the lack of terrible writing than an interesting story. The problem with this story is the lack of dread or creepiness. Just having a bunch of things go bump in the night doesn't make your story scary, much less creepy. It wasn't all that bad, but not that good of a horror story.
5. Dream Revenge 1/5 stars
This was a terrible story with no redeeming qualities. At this point, I worried that I had bought a dud (this worry was not in vain, apparently). The writing lacks all semblance of reality and the dialogue is cringe worthy. At one point you had one teenage girl talking like a generic fantasy villain... cheesiness included. Even TV dialogue sounds far more realistic than what I read here. The plot is terrible and charaecters annoying. But the dialogue... man, that dialogue, it sounded wrong... like nobody talks that way. I had a friend read this story to see if I was being overly harsh... Sadly, I wasn't. This would have taken the cake as the worst story in the anthology (if not for another story... see below)
6. Home Alone 2/5 stars
Nothing interesting here. The characters are cliche and pastiches of what you see on TV. The story boring. However, I do applaud the author for trying to make the story creepy by slowly ramping up the dread. Execution needs a little work. Finally, the author reveals too much at the end, rendering the story cheesy rather than creepy.
7. The Jailer 3/5
Here we finally have an author who actually tried to write well. There were no grammatical errors that jumped out at me and no awkwardly worded sentences. I commend the author for trying something different and she doesn't do too badly. However, this story needs to be fleshed, it feels far too bare bones, and the creepiness suffers as a result. It's far to short, though with some work and a bit more detail, it could turn into something good.
8. The Darkened Hour 2/5 stars
Another uninteresting story with far to much mush (romance) for a horror story. If you are going to make a short horror story, don't dwell on the romance, otherwise, it eats away at the scares. Not that there really are any. Typical teens-getting-chased-by-a-monster-in-the-woods story with nothing new to add. Really, I've seen teen slasher movies with better plot lines.
9. The Site 2/5
The writing here isn't too bad, but the story leaves a lot to be desired. The writing feels forced and the dialogue is... unreal. There is a good idea in here, but the execution isn't all that great.
10. Knapp Ville 1/5
This story takes the cake for worst story in the collection. The only scary thing here is the writing. Terrible, terrible writing with VERY awkward sentences. It's as if the author wrote the story in another language and then google-translated it into English. The "romance" is stomach-churning and over the top. The writing makes the story almost impossible to follow and the story is uninteresting as well.
11. Dove 3/5
This story probably has the best writing in the entire anthology. Though, that isn't saying much. The other problem is that the story feels far more like a single scene, than a story. A fairly decent scene, but a scene nonetheless. Like The Jailer, it feels bare-bones and should be flesh out more as it is far too short to provide any scares.
This collection was extremely disappointing and desperately needs better editing. The main problem with most of these stories is that the authors seem to think that just adding supernatural elements into the story will make it scary. It won't. Now, I believe this collection was written for a Young Adult audience. That may be the case, however, there is nothing in the description saying that. And if that's the case, then part of the disappointment may be due to expectations (I expected a book geared toward adults, not the YA crowd). However, that doesn't really change most of my criticisms. I would stay away from this collection, it's simply not worth it even for a $1