Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
01/14/2017 – 01/20/2017
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.
Welcome back to another week full of horror! There are some very good stories this week. So come join me…in the dark.
Asylum – Brian Hodge
Truly gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m fine, it’s everyone else that’s crazy” and “If you can’t beat them, join them”
Very good with a nice twist to the end. Kind of makes you wonder what if the rules were flipped and crazy became sane and vice versa.
At 3:00 A.M. – William McMahon
A man finds out the hard way that he’s becoming a werewolf.
A basic werewolf story. There’s not much that can be done that’s original with the werewolf story so I applaud the author for trying to do something with it in the limited space given.
At the Bus Station – Alan Rodgers
In the very early morning at a bus station a man meets a woman. A woman who may not be all that she seems. A woman whom he dreams about later, but cannot remember the dreams.
I wasn’t too keen on this one. There’s so much story space given to mundane details that what the author is trying to get at is a little obscure. I’m thinking maybe the girl was supposed to be a succubus? I’d mark it as a spoiler but the succubus thing is only a guess.
Autumn in the Clockwork Forest – Michael Scott Bricker
Before Dorothy and The Wizard we get a glimpse of the Tin Man’s desolate and torturous life in The Clockwork Forest, questing for a heart.
A rather grim tale about the Tin Man and how he became the way he is. Written before the flood of alternate adaptations of classics it is still unique. In just a few pages the writer evokes the feel of The Clockwork Forest. It’s springs, rust and heart. It also gives a slight background for the Tin Man and the Wicked Witch of the East and why exactly she cursed him.
Bad Feelings – Don D’Ammassa
A psychiatrist gets a bit more than she bargained for when she tells a child to let out all of the ‘Bad Things’ troubling him.
This story definitely has a ‘Tales from the Crypt’ feel to it. The psychiatrist’s smugness a nice counter-point to the twist at the end.
Ball of Blood – Karl Schroeder
The inside view of why a killer kills. To feed the ‘ball of blood’ within. I think.
I can’t say I really liked this one. It was a series of random gross images with something to tie it together loosely at the end.
Base of a Triangle – Nancy Kilpatrick
A ghost waits for the third of the triangle of his/her death to join it.
It’s a little unclear if the person the ghost is trying to get to join it was actually instrumental in his/her death or just in the vicinity when it happened. The other third of the triangle is the train.
Favorite of the Week:
Again there’s two contenders for the favorite. Asylum was very good. The plot and pace are perfect and Brian Hodge ends just when he should. But I think for creativity, setting and story I’ll have to go with Autumn in the Clockwork Forest. It was beautifully written and made you feel the Tin Man’s (non)emotions. All in a couple of pages. So bravo to Michael Scott Bricker.
Join me again next week for your weekly dose of horror shorts!