- File Size: 359 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Owl Books (December 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCHSY92
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While there were no disappointments in the collection, I will depart from my usual custom of commenting on each story and will only comment on the ones that impressed me as particularly good. The rest are merely good.
Story One: The Dog’s Grave Digger Rick's wife was gone. Rick was driving around in a rather distracted manner, perhaps thinking of the last time she had kissed him, only earlier that morning. Maybe that was why he hit the dog. Rick felt bad about hitting the dog; it reminded him of a pet he had lost as a child, a dog, one that had been hit and killed by a driver that hadn't bothered to stop. That act had been very disrespectful and Rick decided this dog, although a victim of an accident caused by Rick, was going to be treated with more respect. Rick would bury the dog in the woods in a hole deep enough not to be discovered by animals. At the end, we all need a peaceful rest.
Story Eleven: Music Box Colette received an unexpected gift from an anonymous giver. She didn't really want it, especially after the birds started appearing. She tried to get rid of it in many ways. Her mom tried to get rid of it in many ways. Maybe they were a bit too disrespectful toward the anonymous donor.
Story Fourteen: Hazard Lights Sometimes you can shed too much light on a problem.
Story Fifteen: The Resident Allie hadn't had the house that long. It was time to explore a bit and look at that boarded-up crawlspace. It would make an excellent storage area. Some places should be left alone and not examined. Not all the unexplained sounds are rats.
Story Twenty-Two: Angel of Mercy What was the name of the “Angel?”
Story Thirty-Seven: Skin House You know you are not crazy when others see the same thing as you. NOTE: I feel this is the most descriptive of all the stories, the one that will scare a reader the most based on a description.
Story Thirty-Nine: Radio You don't have to believe everything you read or hear. But this news station became increasingly credible as Luke listened. NOTE: I felt the average reader would see the end coming in this one. That makes me less than average. I didn't see it coming. This was the scariest for me based on an unexpected ending. And... the reader has to know the meaning of “ute” in the context of the story; the meaning of that word confused me.
Story Forty-Three: 99 Messages This is a “count-down” horror story, as in somethings are going to happen from number 99 to number 1; there is a nice, even, suspenseful build-up in this tale.
Story Forty-Six: Growth Emma was Mary's best friend; she wanted to share a new discovery somewhere in the woods. Mary found the new discovery fascinating, so she wanted to share with the new farm girl who lived nearby. Sometimes paying it forward does not pay off.
This is a collection of what I would call “gentle” horror stories. There are surprises, twists and some gruesome descriptions but none so bad as to trigger warnings. The collection is devoid of content requiring graphic sex warnings, also a plus. This is a collection I will forward to my son's Kindle reader.
I'd read a few of these short stories already, but the others were a treat. I liked some more than others, but all are worth reading. I would have preferred to read this collection in October, but I never turn down an opportunity to read a frightening Coates story--even when I'm gearing up for the holidays.
This is a good collection of short horror stories with variety, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of horror, especially short horror.
I believe it was the simple fact that all the stories started off okay, but it was kinda akin to running thru a backyard filled with leaves and suddenly being whacked in the face by a yard rake hidden in those same leaves. Not so fun after all, huh? That's how reading this felt. Like you're in a car going somewhere and you're a miles down the road and the car abruptly dies. And there you are. No way to get back to the beginning and no where near your destination.
Now in hindsight, I think the reason I liked her other short stories is they were "stand-alones" ....just one story that had a sufficient beginning, middle, and a satisfying conclusion. This book felt like she said, "I'm gonna write a bunch of short stories and not bother to finish them and put them into a "collection" the end. Apparently, by the other reviews on this, some folks like this style of writing. Opening a door and falling into nothingness. I felt my time was ill used. Not cool at all.
I should've made like Forrest Gump and ran fast and far, far, away. It's always a gamble when there's a "collection" of short stories. Whether it's one author or several. "You never know what you're gonna get."