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"Regina Puckett's Short Tales of Horror" by Regina Puckett, is a book you can take at face value. It contains six of her short stories, and those short stories are very definitely "horror" stories. They are quite good stories, and are riddled with horror.
The six tales, in order of appearance are: "Mine", "Crying Through Plastic Eyes", "Will Work for Food", "Pieces", "Paying the Hitchhiker", and "Inheritance". I would describe the first two stories as being double horror stories, because they both start with one kind of horror, and yet end with a surprising twist to an entirely different type of horror, leaving the victims AND the reader feeling totally wrung out.
"Will Work for Food", while certainly a noble, proud, and reasonable offer to earn a meal, rather than just ask for a hand-out, may not have been such a great idea in the end. In fact, it was a horrendous idea.
"Pieces" begins with a battered woman waking in a hospital bed, not remembering how or why she was there. Her daughter is sitting by her bedside, waiting for her to wake. So is a homicide detective. The detective finds it convenient that she can't remember anything, but her daughter is there to encourage her to answer his questions and help anyway she can. But in the end, the family stays together, and everything works out fine. Well, almost everything.
The next story, "Paying the Hitchhiker" is quite a departure from the routine don't-pick-up-a-hitchhiker-or-else story. It is still not a good idea, but none of the participants in this ride expected things to turn out quite like they did. How could they? No one ever anticipates the Boogie-Man jumping out at them.
Finally, we come to "Inheritance", in which a lovely, thoughtful young lady goes to visit the grandmother who raised her, just to spend some time with her and help out for a week. Her cell phone doesn't get service at granny's place, and granny just never saw fit to have a landline installed. The young lady is going to turn 21 in a couple days, at which time her grandmother intends to tell her about her inheritance, which is something she knew nothing about. But granny forgot that things don't always turn out the way you plan them. In spite of believing she had covered every contingency, she didn't consider the Grim Reaper; his plans tend to supersede everybody else's plans. This is another "double horror" story... or is it a triple? I've lost count!
My summary: "Regina Puckett's Short Tales of Horror" is a great, sometimes terrifying, collection of real original horror stories that no true fan of horror should overlook. Several have that one element that makes any horror story supremely horrifying; they could actually happen. And nothing is more horrifying than reality. I rate this book 5 Strait Jackets.
I do believe she would be someone I'd enjoy collaborating with in writing.
However, unless this is a very old book, two stories were ones I'd read many years ago.
The Hitchhiker and the last story. So without accusations of plagiarism, I'll assume she'd published them a long time ago.
As a retired police detective, the story Pieces had the detective acting completely inappropriately towards his victim, know what he knew and no cop in the world would have not only questioned Kelli the way he did, but shaking a head-injured woman in her hospital was just "Out there" (I won't add spoilers, but 95% of his "interview" was just WRONG.
With all this aside, the stories were still enjoyable enough to finish the book, but it certainly needs polish.
I strongly believe with time, her stories will grow and improve, if she just taps into her Muse and lets her imagination go on a rampant. It's almost like she's holding herself back and trying to please and audience. Regina, please yourself first and you'll find your stories better and more satisfying. Good luck to you.