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Terrifying Lies Paperback – November 20, 2015
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I love short fiction. Sadly, short stories currently are not in demand. They belong to a bygone world where people subscribed to pulp magazines like Weird Tales and Amazing Stories. There are still periodicals and anthologies around, but they just don't sell well. It seems now that we short story writers have lost our readers to smart phone aps and social networking.Oh well, times change. Call me a relic, but I still enjoy a good yarn written in 1,500 to 7,500 words.
Short story writing is a craft in and of itself. I have read too many short stories that are nothing more than a snatch of time during a character's every-day life, or a description of a rogue walking down a dark street. Characters that make life-changing decisions and suffer the consequences drive the best short stories. I hope you enjoy this collection.Consider them peeks into the lives of mostly unfortunate souls as they face their penultimate hours of elation or dread.
The problem of presentation order beset me as I put this compilation together. In the end, I decided to put them in order from longest to shortest. I think it might give you the sense of reading downhill.It's always more fun to run down than to trod up.
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In this collection of nineteen short stories, Craig Nybo invites you to visit the lives of mostly unfortunate souls as they face the most terrifying moments of their existences. With everything from vampire hunting to zombie bashing, from steampunk death devices to shifty soul brokers, Nybo brings his own sense of perspective and, of course, his sense of humor to this collection of departures from reality. Terrifying Lies contains Nybo's acclaimed story, "The Mechanic," along with eighteen other tales of the macabre.
Whether you are looking for scary stories for adults or a collection of scary stories for sleepovers, Terrifying Lies sits at the top of even the most discerning list of scary books on the market. If you are looking for a scary book of short departures into darker realms, pick up a copy ofTerrifying Lies.
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A Nybo story is usually about a small-town here. Often, the hero is from a blue-collar background: a trucker, a bus driver, a cop. Things go to hell, in a bad way. The Nyboesque protagonist organizes his or her community and applies practical know-how to get the job done. A Nyboesque hero doesn't fret or go insane when it turns out that reality is fragile; she or he rolls up sleeves and does the necessary thing, often unsure of the greater cosmic order of things, but willing to stand up for what's right and hope there's a God to notice.
Many of the Terrifying Lies are zombie tales, and connect to Nybo's Zombie Sing-a-Long collections (full disclosure; I play a bad guitar part on one of those CDs). Of these, my favorite is without a doubt "Blue Rinse and a Shotgun," in which a pedophile returned in zombie form gets put to permanent rest by... the kind of a heroine who rinses her hair blue. But Nybo strays into broader territory, too, as in "Hostile Takeover," in which invitation into the elite inner circle of a law firm's partners entails going on commando raids against rival firms.
This is a satisfying and entertaining collection. I would like Hollywood to notice Craig Nybo -- his stories are visual and action-packed, eminently filmable, and his heroes are always imperfect people worthy of emulation.
This eminently fun and re-readable collection contain several very different stories about regular, working class people trying to survive after some sort of apocalypse, usually related to zombies. I love the truth in the fiction and the excellent way the stories are told. I’ll highlight a few of my favorite stories.
Dead Pact Oblivion is a dark and bleak story about a hero and a survivor refusing to accept the demonic apocalypse. Very engaging and full of rich imagery of the old west. The main character, Galen, has an impossible task ahead of him, but he refuses to give up. He's a fascinating character and there are so many tiny details that make him live. The survivors Galen meets, young Liv, is as tough as nails. I loved her character, especially her dialogue. It was a fascinating story of two characters doing the impossible, and facing impossible odds. The last few lines of the story sealed it for me and stayed true to tale.
Whistler and the Children is a about a trucker who lives by scavenging and trading after the zombie apocalypse. Very interesting tale about a couple of characters that leapt off the page.
Soul Broker is a fun story about a man making a deal with the devil. This showcases the comedic chops of the author and was very entertaining.
Terrifying Lies, the title story, is about a man in a dark suit who suggests permanent solutions to temporary problems. Awesome story.
The Recruit is fascinating and highly imaginative tale that went in a direction I did not see coming.
Wrong Number was a super fun story about an office worker who becomes a vampire exterminator. Why not? You have to pay the bills somehow.
Violence Solves Something really engaged me and I loved the deep thoughts of the character as he considered what an ass he was making of himself in front of his son.
Kill the Child is the final story in the collection, and in my opinion the most powerful of all. It’s one of those stories that gets in your head and stays there for days.
Anybody paying attention will know which of these stories is my favorite, but I also really loved Soul Collector.