Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #13

Horrors!  365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
03/25/2017 – 03/31/2017

 

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

So join me again for another walk in the dark. We’re out of batteries so we’ll have to use a torch. Let’s hope it doesn’t get windy.


The DreadMandy Slater

Synopsis:
A woman alone at night gets a flat. Dread is riding shotgun and it’s never good to be a woman alone at night in the middle of nowhere.

Review:
An excellent story with a nice twist. The Dread reminds me a bit of the Dark Passenger in the Dexter series.


Dread!Brian McNaughton

Synopsis:
A soldier out hunting Ghouls comes across some disturbing information about his reality.

Review:
I figured out where it was going pretty quickly but at the time this was published I think it would have been a bit more of a surprise.


The Dream BookDon Webb

Synopsis:
A man who thinks his dreams mean he’s on the verge of change makes a dream-bargain for knowledge. But, of course, in dreams things don’t always turn out the way you expect.

Review:
A bit Lovecraftian in tone and with a somewhat foreseeable twist at the end.


DriveJoe Meno

Synopsis:
A man on the run from the law finds himself trapped in a wicked time loop.

Review:
I liked it but I would also like it explained as to what exactly s going on.


Driven to DistractionJacqueline Q. Shelton

Synopsis:
A woman who finds it necessary to be constantly distracted suddenly finds herself in the passenger seat with nothing to do.

Review:
It was ok but it ends a bit abruptly. I mean, what does she do? Explode?


Dust in the AtticPhyllis Eisenstein

Synopsis:
A family buys a home for a remarkable deal. So what if the previous family disappeared without a trace?

Review:
Ok, I’m going to spoil this one a bit but killer dust?? Really?!


Each DaySteve Rasnic Tem

Synopsis:
Each day Michael does not want to leave the house. Each day he realizes anew what fresh horrors await in the new day. Each night he has nightmares about the horrors of the world.

Review:
A really good story. A mite depressing but very well written.


Favorite of the Week:
Each Day by Steve Rasnic Tem was the stand-out this week. The Dread by Mandy Slater had a nice twist and Driven to Distraction by Jacqueline Q. Shelton strikes a bit close to home. Each Day by Steve Rasnic Tem, however, had a nice blend of otherworldliness and realism with a touch of sadness to it.