Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
07/08/2017 – 07/14/2017
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.
Aaah, a rainy night. Thunder, lightning and a lot of rain. Oh, you’re lights went out? Well, grab a couple of candles and snuggle in. Don’t mind that noise out there. I’m sure it’s just the wind…
Mirroring – Tim Waggoner
Greg is convinced that his reflection is not his own. But how to prove it when his mirror image can copy him so perfectly.
Mirrors are quite creepy anyway so I always enjoy a good scary story with a mirror. The ending is great as well.
Miss Courtney’s Beau – Michael Mardis
Father always told Miss Courtney that men only want one thing from her…money. and perhaps liberties. So when her new suitor shows up and wants a check she decides to teach him a lesson. Just like all the rest of the electric company men.
Great story with a great ending. No wonder utility men don’t like coming to the door anymore.
Miss Hitchbone Reclaims Her Own – Will Murray
A man complains to his neighbor about the “cat” scratching at his neighbor’s door in the wee hours of the morning. Queet, the neighbor, says that he’ll trade the story for a beer. And what a strange story it is. A couple of souvenirs from a tomb and now a skeleton wants them back.
I love the name Miss Hitchbone in a ghost story. It’s just weird enough to fit and just realistic enough to believe it could be a settler name. Also, for anyone in the Boston area or just anyone who knows. is Copp’s Hill an actual cemetery? It’s also mentioned in Lovecraft’s ‘Pickman’s Model’ as the burying place of Cotton Mather.
Misunderstanding – James Robert Smith
A father warns his son to watch out for “lawn sharks” so when a collector comes calling the little boy does his best to warn the leg-breaker to sty on the paving stones. Luckily, for the boy, he doesn’t listen and the lawn sharks get him.
I actually love stories about creatures born from children’s imaginations. Especially if it’s a misunderstood word or phrase.
The Monster Within – S. Darnbrook Colson
A man kills werewolves before they can change into one during the next full moon. But are they really monsters or is he the real monster?
Great story with an unreliable narrator. Is the guy really killing werewolves? Or does his mind see them as werewolves and uses that as an excuse for his rage?
Monsters – Richard T. Chizmar
A necking adventure oes a bit awry and wanders into urban legend territory. But the real monster isn’t who you think it is.
great story that gives a little twist to The Hook story. I don’t want to say anymore because the ending was morbidly delightful.
Moth – Joe Meno
A landlady calls an exterminator to get rid of the bats that have been eating all of the bugs. After Dick has carried out his task the moth-lady desires vengeance for his extermination of her brethren. Too bad Dick’s a fast thinker…and his extermination tablets are flammable.
A good if somewhat predictable story. Although, I do feel a bit bad for the moths. And a little curious as to how they would actually be able to kill a man. Now spiders on the other hand…
Favorite of the Week:
I loved Monsters by Richard T. Chizmar. It had a great flip on the urban legend of The Hook. You get the feeling that something isn’t quite right during the story but you’re not quite sure what until the end. I also loved Misunderstanding by James Robert Smith because the lawn sharks thing is really awesome.
Thank you for joining us again this week and be sure to come back next week for some more scary stories around the campfire!