- File Size: 391 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534670149
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: TreClark, Inc. (June 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H9LEPTY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a book of short stories that fans of horror in the days preceding Stephen King will find of interest. As for myself, well, I found the tales of marginal interest. That’s because I am not a fan of horror, per se. Also, because the stories had a familiar, too familiar, ring to them.
Having stated that, the writing flow is good and the editing regarding typos and grammar, etc., is quite good. For younger folks, the tales are likely to be better appreciated, so don’t get the impression that I am dissing this book.
Length: Print, 90 pages.
Q - Target Audience/Genre and is it marketed as Nonfiction or Fiction:
A – Fans of the macabre who love suspense and horror will enjoy these stories.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – I was offered a free copy for review purposes, but chose to buy my own copy due to the low price.
Q – If this is fiction, is it a plot-driven or a character-driven story?
A – These are plot driven.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – A fast, easy read. Perfect for commuting.
Q - What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – No profanities except for a single use of the word dam@. No f-bombs.
Q – What age group is this suitable for?
A – Not even the horror scenes are graphic, so this is suitable for Young Adult and older.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – The format doesn’t permit much room for developing characters, but the stories do make an attempt at this.
Priced right for the content. Not one of my favorites, but it is an okay read. I’m on the fence in terms of a star rating. I would normally rate it three stars, but the writing is a little better than most three stars and the price of just a buck makes it a four star.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
So, in my humble opinion, this book is not going to make you run screaming into the streets or hide under the bed but these are good, fun, stories written by someone who seems to care about what they are doing instead of just trying to make a quick buck.
These are chilling, creepy, engrossing tales with a touch of surprise and humor, humor at least to my (twisted) mind. The people who inhabit these stories are almost recognizable. (Perhaps I have been associating with the wrong folks.) You may not be a fan of horror, but I'll bet you will like these strange, ghoulish, grisly stories. To some, they may even satisfy their lust for the macabre.
Oh, if you are out late at night after reading these tales don't look back. You never know what may be lurking in the darkness. However, to get their full impact read them on a dark night in a cemetery by flashlight. If there is an owl mournfully hooting, the effect is even better. (Can owls hoot mournfully?)
In their dark way, very enjoyable, well-written stories. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, About Good and Evil.
PS There is a picture of the author on the book's Amazon page. One wonders how the woman with the genteel look could uncork these stories. Hmm.
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