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"Put simply, Slices is the best recent horror collection I've read from an author since Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. If you like horror, you should board this sharp train, and seek out his other works: Montoure is going to be going places, and soon." -- Schuler Books Weblog

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An unreliable narrator, MICHAEL MONTOURE is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. Currently working as a writer and producer of the webseries Causality, he lives alone with a gray cat by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145387027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453870273
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,089,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of horror, particularly short stories, and I have been disappointed with many of the larger, multi-author anthologies in recent years. I bought this book due to its relatively low price, and I am so happy that I did. Mr. Montoure reinvigorated my enjoyment of (and hope for) short horror. These stories were consistently good, ranging from subtly creepy to more downright disturbing horror. The author writes in an intelligent but simple manner that creates dread, emotional gravity, and touches of surrealism that I greatly enjoyed. Thank you Mr. Montoure - I appreciate your creations!
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I really like horror stories, whether they're short stories, novellas, or those super long ones that King is famous for. When I started this book I had hope that I'd like it. I must say, it met....no exceeded, my expectations. This book made for a very nice read. I'm happy to have added it to my ever growing collection of stories that just a little more u sure of whether you should sleep with a night light on or not. I think....just for tonight....I'll keep one one.
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Skip the first four and start with "Daddy's Girls", continue from there to the end and then you can go back to the beginning. It is at the fifth story that I forgot I was reading, holding my phone, that I was me. I was ... absorbed.

“The skyscrapers of the city had finished scraping all the sky away, and the clouds overhead were exactly the color of concrete and I was safe and cold in a canyon of glass and steel.”

"Daddy's Girls"
Creative, compelling, clear voice, consistent, characters not just sketched but colored in. Macabre and witchy, beautiful and warm, parasitic.

"Only Monsters"
Adorable perspective shift on a vampire dystopia. Cute bedtime story for kids who like extra monsters in their fairy tales.

"Lullaby for Two Voices"
Being tough enough to make the harder, but right, decision. Maternal power. Fraternal love. A pretty little piece that felt like it should be told over a campfire as part of a series on the "not the Devil" who pulled Sarah from the wreckage and contracted with her.

"Orpheus"
Modern day addendum to Dante. Loved it.

"Watch the Coin"
With the exception of Neverwhere, I liked this better than all of Gaiman's prose. I might be biased; Netflix recently informed me that I like heist movies best of all genres. So a heist with some Fae? Hells to the yes.

"Lost Boy"
I can envision reading this to my nieces and nephew. Made me nostalgic for Robert Louis Stevenson. I also liked the meta admonishment about naming a thing; it made me smirk since for several pages prior I was pleading with the author not to name The Boy. Taoist, Fae, Island of Blue Dolphins.
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It's been years since I read this, and I still claim it as my favorite anthology of horror short stories. Here are a couple reviews of my favorites:

Cold Season
Michael's voice has such power, perfect for the thinking-person's horror. Cold Season flavors his voice into a story about a town suffering under a strange epidemic caused by the narrator's hypochondriac, witch mother. If she can cause people to be sick by speaking, how can her son stop the sickness before it spreads beyond their city? Terrific imagination and how it requires your attention to detail to figure out the mystery, all while being a breeze to read as you have to find out what happens next.

5 Stars

One Last Sunset
Same powerful voice, totally new story. It's hard to tell if this is my favorite or if Cold Season is. Thankfully, this story was turned into Michael's first novel, Still Life, which is also very highly recommended.

One Last Sunset is a different kind of vampire story, both because Michael's voice is so unique, but also because of the vampire and the subject, how she can become one and how the real focus is on the sorrow of losing her best friend.

5 Stars.

At $0.99 for this anthology, buying it for these two stories alone is a superb deal.
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I'd just like to start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Slices. I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading. I definitely didn't expect this author to win me over from the first page. After reading this sentence, "I'm not the devil," he told her, fusing her bones under his touch, but I'm nearly as old as him and there's those who would say I do the devil's work..." I was hooked. I knew there were going to be long nights, staying up late, reading, thinking, wishing I could devour the stories in one sitting. Michael Montoure skilfully combined, fantasy, creepiness and straight up evil into one twisted cocktail of horror. I wish I could crawl into the mind of this author and see what other gems he has hidden in his head.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! Although I am a fan of horror movies, I generally don't read fiction at all. I was eerily enchanted by Montoure's short stories, and finished the book in one evening. It was a psychologically thrilling page turner that I couldn't put down. The plot twists were dark, yet delightful, stabbing at the core of what it means to be human- or in some cases, not so human.
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