Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
07/22/2017 – 07/28/2017
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.
My Wound Still Weeps – Michael A. Arnzen
A childhood wound inflicted by his father’s cigar has left the narrator wounded in more ways than one.
I have to admit the description of the wound grosses me out but it’s left up to the reader if the wound is real or psychological.
A New Life – William Rotsler
It’s rather hard for a modern day vampire to just ‘disappear’. Of course, before one can do that, there’s always a score or two to settle.
Just a short, snappy little story. It’s fun and makes sense, really.
New Oldies – John B. Rosenman
Sam has managed a few bands back in the day. He knew Elvis, Fabian and all the rest but he never got to manage any of the really big stars. Until one day in 1966 he met a man who could change all of that. But he couldn’t share him, now could he?
A very good story with a creepy ending. It definitely conjures up a great metal image of a skeleton clutching a guitar with a tinny recording playing in the background.
Night Chase – Sara Simmons
A man is being slowly stalked by a plain little man with an army of masks, bleeding from the eyes. He is almost upon the narrator but there is plenty of night left for the chase.
I’m not really sure what to make of this one. I kind of got the impression that it was perhaps a nightmare as the surroundings seemed a bit surreal.
The Night Club – Scott David Aniolowski
Jimmy’s found some new friends. Friends like him, who really get the Goth style. He’s very eager to join their club. And they’re more than happy to have him over for dinner.
A great story and it actually kept me on my toes. I was constantly wondering which would be the hunter or hunted. The choice of creature was surprising as well and not at all what I expected.
Night Eyes – Tim Waggoner
A midnight dream-snake coils about Jerome and into him. But is it a dream? Or literally all in his head?
A good story. And I was very relieved that it was not bugs. Very relieved.
Night Terrors – Blythe Ayne
Tim and Tracy have only been married a few months when Tim begins to dream of a gorgeous woman that turns into a nightmare creature. It terrifies him and begins to disrupt his marriage. The doctor jokingly diagnoses a succubus and gives Tim some sleeping pills. The nightmare is over. For Tim. For Tracy the nightmare is just beginning.
A very good story with a Tales from the Crypt-like ending. Yes, I’ll admit I took a tiny bit of pleasure in Tracy’s misery since her being jealous of a terrifying dream is ridiculous.
Favorite of the Week:
It would definitely have to be The Night Club by Scott David Aniolowski. It was surprising all the way around.
This was a week of very short tales. In fact, one or two were barely half a page long. Join me again next week for more tales to give you Horrors!