Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
06/10/2017 – 06/16/2017
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 was a dark and stormy night, GraciKat sat alone at three in the morning, trying to convince herself that the chill was from the rain…and that the lightning wasn’t showing strange and dark shapes moving outside…
I’ve Seen That Look Before – Larry Segriff
I am not the man I was. Our narrator was someone else, once upon a time. Before They spoke to him. Now he’s not sure who he is. Are you sure you’re you?
It kind of reminded me of that saying: “It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you”. It also shows how quickly paranoia can spread from person to person. Like a virus.
The Jack-o’-Lantern – Scott David Aniolowski
You might want to think twice the next time you brutally gut a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern. They just might get even.
Of course, you could always not give your pumpkin teeth. But the rinds themselves are pretty thick and a tad sharp. Maybe we ought to just leave them alone.
Just Another Good Ol’ Haunted House – Terry Campbell
When two boys break into a haunted house attraction they soon find out why the owners don’t need security. And the creatures might not be as fake as the audience thinks they are.
Kind of an updated version of the wax museum stories but still very cool. wax museums always freak me out and really, how different are the statues in a Haunted House? If they are statues, that is.
Just Desserts – Robert Weinberg
A prolific author finds himself at the end of his life and is surprised to find himself in Hell (apparently all writers go there, for whatever reason, it doesn’t say) an finds that his punishment will be much more terrible than an eternal lake of fire and torture. Those unsolicited manuscripts have to be edited somehow don’t they?
In the first paragraph alone there are references to Lovecraft (The Silver Key), The Wizard of Oz or Pink Floyd but since the main character is a writer I’m betting on Oz (over the rainbow), The Never-Ending Story and the Twilight Zne. The story itself was pretty humorous. It’s ok Martin, e-books will come along soon and relieve you of your work load.
Just Suppose – Darrell Schweitzer
From childhood a man hears voices in the wind and trees. Whispering to him to do things. Things like cut his wrists and even more terrible thoughts. But are the voices really there to help and take him away from his drab life? Or are they just in his mind?
It was well-written but also a little plain at the same time. Just kind of your typical crazy/not crazy guessing game.
Knock – Edward Bryant
A killer answers the door on Halloween fully expecting to find the usual assortment of costumes. But underneath the masks is something far more terrifying.
another kind of iffy one. There wasn’t a whole lot of suspense to it because you know before he even answers the door what be waiting for him.
Lady of the Night – James Anderson
Stan’s wife keeps sneaking out at night. One night he follows her to see where she goes. When he sees her go into his best friend’s house he thinks he has his answer. Unfortunately for him, it’s not the answer he expected.
It wasn’t too bad of a story but it wasn’t too hard to figure out why she was going out at night. It was basically a coin flip as to which creature she was.
Favorite of the Week:
I particularly found Just Another Good Ol’ Haunted House by Terry Campbell. Wax museums creep me out and I’ve always loved stories where the ‘fake’ haunted houses aren’t quite so fake. I also liked Just Desserts in a different way because I love a little dark humour every now and then. It can relieve a book and stories that are starting to blend into each other or start taking themselves too seriously.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s stories as much as I did and come again next week for more flesh-crawling tales!