Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #19

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

05/13/2017 – 05/19/2017

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.

It’s raining here so light a fire, get a warm beverage and curl up with some good stories ahead.

 

 


Graveyard DirtTerry Campbell

Synopsis:
A young boy’s collection leads to mischief…and more deadly playing.

Review:
A good story, brief, to the point and well-written.


Green MagicLeslie R. Walstrom

Synopsis:
After Michael’s father buys him a green ‘magic’ wand a clown warns Michael the magic belongs at the circus. Michael ignores the warning and suffers the consequences.

Review:
Um, glow sticks are dangerous and will turn you into light specks? Kind of a weird story.


Half LifeJoel Ross

Synopsis:
After witnessing his father’s death at an early age he becomes obsessed with eternal youth. Stumbling across the research of another man he talks him into giving him the ‘treatment’. However, eternal life doesn’t always mean eternal youth.

Review:
A good story with a nice twist of irony at the end.


HarvestFred Behrendt

Synopsis:
An entomologist is letting her student help dig a trench for her for extra credit. A big trench. And the entomologist seems to have a great affinity for bugs.

Review:
Yup, bug people. I’ve noticed it’s quite often women and I always wonder…where exactly do they fit their mandibles??


The Haunted NurseryBrian Stableford

Synopsis:
An Irish man, A Scottish man and an English man bet each throw in 100 pounds. Whomever stays in the haunted nursery longest wins the 300. One of them trades bodies with The Devil to win the bet.

Review:
This almost seems like it would have been written a century ago (except for a bit of eye-plucking). Who won the bet? well, that’d be cheating wouldn’t it?


Heart of the GardenCaro Soles

Synopsis:
The thing in the middle of the garden that they call Baby cries in the night. After feeding it scraps it decides it wants bigger game. Bones, birds and cats start disappearing in rapid succession. But Baby isn’t a baby at all.

Review:
An odd, quirky little tale that was a bit of a puzzler.


HeartbeatS. May Amarinth

Synopsis:
A man who’s discovered his heart has suddenly stopped beating goes to great lengths to cover it up. He grows distant from his wife and daughter. But hearts are funny things and they can start beating again at the most inopportune times.

Review:
Interesting but really, if my husband were walking about and talking I probably wouldn’t notice if he had an actual heartbeat or not. It leaves you wondering about the narrator’s sanity, though.


Favorite of the Week:
They were all decent but none really stood out to ‘wow’ me.If I had to pick though it would probably be Heartbeat by S. May Amarinth. It was interesting, slightly humorous and leaves a little ambiguity on whether or not he’s crazy or not.