- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Pill Hill Press (December 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617060453
- ISBN-13: 978-1617060458
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,359,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wretched Moments Paperback – December 21, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The book overall is a bit uneven. There are some stories that are just misfires. But you find that with all anthologies, I think. Also, the stories really run the gamut in terms of tone. Some are straight horror (with a comedic element). Some are more literary with a gruesome or unexpectedly 'wretched' element. This was a little bothersome, but it did keep me on my toes.
At the end of the day, this book made me laugh out loud a number of times. I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. Recommended.
The cover alone made this a must buy for me, and I was pretty happy with the content. Like the other reviewer said, there are some misfires. But they arent so widespread that it makes the book a failure. This is just a plain old good time and my latest favorite guilty pleasure.
Will there be a volume 2?
The collection is comprised of a solid set of twenty-two stories covering a pretty wide range of material. Stylistically the stories run the gamut from the elegant and literary ("Woman on the Horse" by Brian Ray) to the downright weird ("Resigned" by Scott Lininger). The editors seem to have gone for a wide spread, hoping to cover most tastes. As with most anthologies, some material works better than others. Particularly noteworthy are "Before the Bogeymen Come" by Kris Triana, the aforementioned "Woman on the Horse", and the fiendishly macabre "Grannibal" by Eric Dimbleby.
Some of the stories follow the initial premise more subtly than others. For example, "Carly is Dead" by Shane McKenzie turns the classic Charlotte's Web on its ear with a very bizarre twist. But too many of the entries are fine stories that don't seem to really fit the theme. "When the Zombies Came" by Shane Collins is a fun tale of post-apocalyptic survival but it simply doesn't subvert any of the sweet conventions implied by the collection's premise. As a result, even with some very strong stories, Wretched Moments makes for very uneven read.
Reviewed by Shroud's Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
The stories aren't so bad. Some could definitely be better, and some shouldn't be in there at all. But the good really outweigh the bad. Carly's Dead is probably my fave, but I liked a lot of the other ones too.