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Tales from the Lake Vol.3 Paperback – August 19, 2016
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‘Tragedy Park’, by Chris Pearce, is a dark slice of urban horror set in a waterpark. There have been stories of kidnappings and disappearances from the park in the past, even deaths, and the main character, Finn, experiences moments of strangeness, including thinking everyone has left. The strangeness culminates in Finn taking a seemingly reluctant trip down the out-of-bounds “Black Vortex” slide with his two friends. But something weird happens halfway down … Pearce uses some delightfully dark imagery and the ending is suitably creepy.
‘Enclosures’ by Sumiko Saulson is told in the style and setting of an old-fashioned Weird tale. The narrator, Reginald Henry Moore III, regularly visits with his elderly grandfather, who resides in a large estate by a lake. The purpose of Reginald’s visits is less than admirable, as he hopes to curry favour in the hope that the old man will leave him an inheritance. What the old man leaves is his property by the lake, with the stipulation that it not be sold and he must stay there for one year. But he finds that he is not alone in the house. Saulson handles the narrator’s change of character very well, as he is forced to leave his old selfish ways in the past and fight for his very existence.
Monique Snyman has assembled stories from a diverse group of authors, some names more recognisable than others. She used an open call for submissions so that she could discover new authors and unique voices, as she explained in the foreword. While a few are still finding their feet in the world of publishing, most of the authors are accomplished wordsmiths and this is reflected in the quality of their stories. A wide range of horror, there is something here for everyone. A great addition to the Tales From The Lake series and the impressive back catalogue of one of the most well-respected publishers in the field.
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This one took me four days because for short stories, the terror can hit you quickly. That's really what sets a short story apart - zing you right away before you realize what hits you and your mouth goes dry. Most of these stories do that. Again, there's one in particular that will get me for a long time. I won't say the title; you find your own.
There is a lot here for everyone. Few, if any, have never been published before (I wish I knew where to get some of these magazines; I live in a Walmart reality). I have to depend on publishers such as Crystal Lake, who gathers them together for those of us in a world devoid of magic, mystery, and terror/horror.
Read the book. Find your story that leaves your mouth dry and you unable to swallow. There's one here for everyone. Highly recommended.
Chris Pearce gives us Tragedy Park, and if you have been following the news you do know amusement parks can be dangerous! When Finn and his friends decide to sneak on a closed ride they get more than they bargained for. The Black Vortex waterslide is supposed to be the biggest ride in the state, how could they resist giving it a go? Hmm, the word vortex should have been a hint!
“Be careful what you wish for.” Wise words that aren’t always heeded. Sumiko Saulson’s story, Enclosures will give you pause the next time you covet that of another. Reginald’s grandfather tried to warn his grandson, but when the old man died Reginald was ready to move into grandpa’s estate. Ah, but at what price? Soon, he learns that things belonging to others aren’t always the way to happiness.
I think we have all read stories where we think, how wonderful it be, to be transported into the story. Henny has found a way with the help of a little bird she calls Maybelle. Mere Joyce gives us a magical story to lose ourselves in, where reality can be skewed to fit our needs.
Hah, we all know this feeling, recalling an old story and remembering it one way only to find out that isn’t it at all. Mark Allan Gunnells explores this very concept in The Pigmalion Pigs. Joe recalls fondly a story from his childhood, eager to share it with his daughter he orders the book. But… wait, this isn’t how the story was told, was it? Joe sets out on a quest to find the original book and prove to his wife that the story has been changed. Hmm… perhaps he should have left well enough alone.
Kate Jonez offers up Effigy, a bit like the genie in a lamp premise. Although this is no genie and I’m not so sure the cost of a wish will be worth the trade-off. Down on her luck, Gwen is about to be evicted from her flat when she spots a Craigslist ad looking for a nanny. Little did she know that this nanny job entailed tending to something more than a child.
So there you go, a little dip in the lake. Altogether you will find 19 very different diverse tales, so dive in you are bound to find your next favorite HERE!
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