Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
10/14/2017 – 10/20/2017
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.
So did you guys make it through Friday the 13th without any unexpected Jason’s showing up? No offense to the non-stalker, non-Voorhees Jasons out there. For all of you that did, great! For those of you who had unfortunate run-ins with black cats, ladders and umbrellas inside the house may I suggest curling up on the couch with some good horror stories?
Slips of Pink Paper – Cindie Geddes
A group of friends hears a rumour. If you sit in a certain booth at a Chinese restaurant the fortune in your fortune cookie will be true. So what could it mean for Larry that his fortune cookie is blank.
Love this story. I always love creepy fortunes, prophecies, palm readings and the like. The thought of unavoidable fate or destiny creeps me out. There’s not a whole lot of surprise to the end (i mean, really, everyone knows what happens if your fortune is blank) but it’s a good story nonetheless.
Smell – Brian McNaughton
When Wilbur gets bonked on the head he wakes up with an unusual talent. He can smell people. He quickly finds how to use this to his advantage and us the game a bit more. After making a lucrative contract (on the basis of accidentally grabbing someone else’s coat) he learns that he can use other people’s scent to his advantage. Until one evening, just before an important meeting with Lord Cummerbund, he filches a tweed coat from a pub. Not too big of a deal, right? Unless that coat belongs to a murderer.
A very interesting idea based on how much people are, consciously or subconsciously, influenced by scent. It kind of reminded me of a study where they took couples that had been together for varying lengths of time. Then they had the men remove their shirts and the women would try to choose which one was their partners based on scent alone. The couples that had been together longer were able to do it more consistently than those that had only been together a short period of time.
Smother Love – Nancy Kilpatrick
Marcie is waiting on the porch, waiting for Timothy. Timothy’s mother ‘strongly suggests’ that he not see her. It’s his choice of course…
Ok. The story is not bad. But I was thinking a lot about this lately. There are a ton of songs about healthy parental love between Mother-Daughter, Father-Daughter, Father-Son but very rarely is there anything about single fathers or healthy Mother-Son relationships. Typically Mother-Son relationships in so many medias are presented as either distant or smothering. And it’s very annoying. Daddy’s Girl is considered generally cute (in a normal way) but Mommy’s Boy has so many negative connotations. Sorry for the rant, it’s been something that has really been nagging me a lot.
The Snow Globes – Benjamin Adams
Tully and Brian, a London couple, are perusing an antique store, looking for items for their London Americana kitsch store. They are entranced with some lovely snow globes but they are $300 and the owner refuses to break up the set. So Brian decides to be a ‘man’s man’ and use the five finger discount to grab one. Bad idea.
Meh. Entitled douche snags something he wants but can’t have and pays the price. Can’t say I feel sorry for him at all.
Snowman – Donald R. Burleson
Roland hates the snow. He also dislikes when the neighborhood kids play on his lawn. Today they seem to be making a snowman and dancing around it. And why would they put these strange marks in the snow? Roland is about to find out.
I liked it but it seemed a bit unfinished. Why were these kids so ticked at Roland? He didn’t even really chase them out of the yard or anything.
Solstice – Lisa Jean Bothell
Megan’s family has just moved into the house left to them by Megan’s grandmother. Megan’s grandmother wasn’t very nice, it seems, always telling her that the ‘things’ under the bed would get her if she stayed uncovered. but maybe grandma wasn’t trying to scare her but to warn her.
A little on the meh side. Megan’s age seems to be a bit iffy. I thought she was an adult at first. Then I figured out that she was supposed to be a kid but her age seems to waffle between a precocious 6 and fifteen. Also, not really sure why the title ‘Solstice’.
Someday My Prints Will Come – Lawrence Schimel
Eleanor does cover art for the biggest romance names. Her imagined Prince Charming smolders inside her head and she paints him longingly, jealous of the women she paints onto the covers with him. She decides to try painting him just for herself as an experiment. Unfortunately, the guys on romance covers aren’t exactly gentlemen. So what’s a girl to do when your prince isn’t as ‘princely’ as you thought? The next week she starts painting for horror covers.
Humorous in a bit of a twisted way. After all, she’s punishing him because he acted in the way that she created him. Either way I do like stories about paintings coming to life and being creepy.
Favorite of the Week:
Definitely Smell by Brian McNaughton. It had an interesting premise to it with an outcome that I didn’t see coming. The stories continue to be good and hopefully stay that way. I’m hoping we get some good ones week after next for Halloween so, fingers crossed.