Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
09/02/2017 – 09/08/2017
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.
The horror! The horror! School has begun, time to poke the beasts out of their caves and back into social school life. So, if you’ve had a rough week the first week of school, kick back and take in a few scary stories. If you haven’t, celebrate with a few creepy stories. Either way…you win!
Quality Time – Gary Jones
Gary is bouncing back after his divorce. Things are looking up at work, he gets to see his kids this weekend and he’s got a spring in his step as he heads down to the basement to see his family.
Well, this was a bit of a downer of a story to begin on. Rest assured that the children aren’t being tortured in the basement but not too much better. Let’s just say it was partly an unwilling ‘divorce. Ok, moving on.
The Quimby Ghost – Dan Perez
Horace has long held an interest in the Quimby House. He knows there are ghosts there. It’s only a matter of time before he sees one. So he takes a year’s lease there, knowing he will eventually see one. He moves in during the dead of night. After almost a year, he finds out who’s truly the ghost of Quimby house.
A decent story but after the build up with the sister drowning the other sister in the tub over jealousy (which makes me glad my sister wasn’t that bright), I’m assuming over a gentleman. It’s usually that in the ghost stories. I will give them credit for taking a brave direction with the story it’s just that the ending fell flat for me.
Rain Brujah – Jessica Reisman
It’s a given that you never use Uncle Sy’s umbrella. Jonathan has noticed it looks different, it smells strange. A bit like perfume. However, one day his aunt sends Jonathan to the store. It’s raining and Uncle Sy’s umbrella is right there. What could it hurt. Turns out a lot.
I liked the idea. It’s just not clear what the purpose of the umbrella is. Does it eat people to produce rain? Is it cursed and only bound to Sy? Also, his aunt and uncle don’t seem overly troubled when Jonathan goes to the store and hasn’t come back, even though they both know the umbrella is missing. And shouldn’t they keep something that dangerous locked away somewhere? Or were they hoping Jonathan would eventually use it? Hmmm…
The Ramp on Trumbull Street – Wayne Allen Sallee
The neighbors, Hugh and Nadine Nefti are having problems. Hugh’s wife has cancer. He doesn’t seem to care. His mother broke her hip. Hugh shrugged it off. Visiting his old neighborhood he notices Hugh acting oddly with his children, using a wheelchair and a ramp.
Holy Cthulhu, this week is getting dark. Moving on.
Rattle Them Bones – John B. Rosenman
Sloan is pitching the best game of his life. There’s only one problem. He’s pitching against skeletons. Taking a look round he realizes that the stands are filled with skeletons, too. At first he wonders if his drinking could be the problem. But, perhaps, it’s making his vision clearer. Then he starts to change, seemingly into a devil.
My main reaction on finishing this was…wtf? I don’t uually have that reaction. Even strange stories I try to understand where they’re trying to go with the story. But this totally lost me.
Reading the Cards – Lisa Lepovetsky
A fortune-teller reads the cards for a young lady. The reading isn’t going very well. The Fool, The Tower, The Lovers, The Reaper and The Devil. Then the gypsy sends her on her way to meet her dark lover at the crossroads.
A nice, creepy snippet that gives you a bit of a chill in literally one page. Well done!
Revelations – Gerard Daniel Houarner
A man and woman meet for dinner. Their confessions go from stealing change out of purses and a Barbie doll dress. Their confessions grow from there. Ending with the ultimate opening up (I honestly couldn’t resist), the an thinks he’s won. Thinks.
Favorite of the Week:
Despite the depression parade of a few of them it ended up being a pretty good week for stories. Revelations was fantastic. Reading the Cards by Lisa Lepovetsky was excellent as well.