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- Print Length: 392 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997280344
- Publisher: Gehenna & Hinnom (September 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075KXRTCS
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When I choose to read horror, I want to be riveted by fear and dread, tinged with a compulsion to keep reading, because I have to know how it ends.
Many of this anthology's stories simply fail to satisfy the horror reader's need to be scared, frightened, terrified. They rely too heavily on worn-out devices such as demon possession (yawn), zombies (snore), insanity (eyeroll), and alien invasion (seriously?), which have been overused ad nauseam.
Am I saying writers can't produce true works of horror if they use any of these elements in their story telling? Not at all. They are just not coming up with anything fresh and innovative enough to scare me and I want my horror to do just that:
To make me lie awake at 3:00 AM, too terrified to sleep. To cause me to jump at every creak and shadow, convinced I'm not alone. To make me check the locks of each door and window, look under all the beds and inside every closet, and then repeat the process again twice.
The stories in this anthology just fell short on the scary scale for me. Notable exceptions include Babel and An Angel Among Us, which at least made me think, even if they didn't prevent a peaceful night's rest.
For example, "The Always Watching Eye" by Gary Power and "Porphyria" by John S. McFarland are chilling tales that draw you deep into despair and terror as they progress to their terrifying conclusions.
I applaud C.P. Dunphey and Gehenna & Hinnom publishers on an excellent job curating this unsettling collection.
Oh, and as author Carl R. Jennings might suggest, if you happen to hear the distinct scratching noise of a cicada, be afraid. Be very afraid.