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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.
Be that as it may, these are all excellent stories, well written, clever story lines, and just the right amount of suspense to keep the reader turning the pages.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror stories.
I liked the writing style, the characters and the plots. I had read one of the stories before - Will Work For Food - a wonderfully unexpected tale - from which I knew I'd want to read more by this author.
I do prefer her horror stories to the romance, but that is only personal preference, nothing to do with the talent of this author.
Stories worth reading, especially if you like horror.
There wasn't a duff story amongst this collection.
I only intended to read one story before turning off the light. I ended up reading the majority of the book in one sitting.