Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #43

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

10/28/2017 – 11/03/2017

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.

 

I hope everyone had a great and safe Halloween. If you were able to get out there…I’m jealous, lol. It rained here but since we are horror geeks and proud of it we had a full costume session of the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Although it must be admitted that The Keeper did not sound very fearsome with a stuffy nose.

 

 


StainsLawrence Person

Synopsis:
Can an act bbe so damning that you can never wash the blood off your hands?

Review:
Some people might not like it because it has a Biblical tone to it but really, you could apply it to many historical figures and have the same story.


StakeoutDon D’Ammassa

Synopsis:
Carter has been stalking the thief, Nils Kaszlow for a very long time. Unfortunately, Kaszlow is an immortal vampire and Carter is not, so his time is a bi more limited. When the tools of his FVH (Fearless Vampire Hunter) trade are stolen he has to rely on furniture in the house. Too bad today’s standards don’t meet the wood-crafting trades of yester-years.

Review:
A great vampire story with a clever surprise at the end. I have to wonder what Kaszlow’s intentions are. Does he plan to kill Carter or make him an all instead of an enemy?


StaticLouise Rowder

Synopsis:
An alien and human are broke down by the side of the road. After her Yelling at the Machinery Ritual is completed they set off on foot towards Bladrej’s home. Once there Bladrej is curious to record Lark’s “unprepared reaction” towards their attempt to help the missionaries do the rituals of their faith by painstakingly recreating their icons and medallions. At Lark’s seemingly enthusiastic response Bladrejwonders if he should perhaps help her worship as well. After all, being helpful is the cornerstone of his faith.

Review:
An excellent story and quite apropos. What could be seen as kindness and in one culture could be seen as arbaric and vice versa.


Stone FaceBlythe Ayne

Synopsis:
Alesia has stared across the street at the gargoyle on the corner for a very long time. He appears to have intelligence in his stony face. One stormy day, she notices his mouth clogged. During a n irrational act of kindness by clearing it she cuts herself, drawing blood. Bringing a gargoyle to life is one thing…but what’s she supposed to do with him?

Review:
I loved this story! I love gargoyles and I’d be more than happy to bring him home. I have to wonder, though, about the pillows. For the life of me I can’t think why she’d need them. Perhaps to keep him from chipping in the bag? I’ve always enjoyed Blythe Ayne’s stories but they’ve always struck me as fantasy, sometimes dark fantasy but fantasy nonetheless.


Straight to the HeartDavid Niall Wilson

Synopsis:
Once, long ago beneath a tree, Hiram was trysting was another man’s wife. Sid tried to shoot Hiram down but Hiram’s aim was better. After leaving Sid’s wife after the trial she hung herself from that fateful tree. The tree that’s been haunting his dreams for years. So Hiram decides to cure his nightmares with a chainsaw. But the dead can wait a long time for vengeance.

Review:
I loved this story. It has the feel of an urban legend but a similar accidental death has been recorded. So now I’m curious. Was the actual report actually an ‘accident’.


The Stranger’s TombTerry Campbell

Synopsis:
While making the rounds for his photography book – Memories in Stone: Rural Graveyards of the South, Wylie stops at a small town in Texas. Their claim to fame is The Stranger’s Tomb, a tomb for a man passing through town and dying the next day with no identification. According to legend. Wylie thinks the stone looks suspiciously new. And the graveyard seems very full of Stranger’s Tombs.

Review:
Very interesting and it took a turn that I didn’t expect. The multiple tombs seem a little odd, though, in light of the reason The Stranger’s Tomb needs to be ‘refilled’.


SudsAdam-Troy Castro

Synopsis:
On Lydia’s day off she spends a good part of it soaking in the tub. When she tries to turn on the hot water tap, however, she discovers to her horror that she seems to be melting into the tub. Literally. I guess you should be careful of using extra-strength skin softener. It might get a tad too soft.

Review:
A fun story that makes a fun play on how people always wish to just melt into a cozy bath.


Favorite of the Week:
The Halloween gods have blessed us with an excellent week of stories! And I can honestly say that the story that fell on Halloween night was my favorite. Even though it’s not quite scary or creepy how awesome would it be to have a Gargoyle such as the one in Stone Face by Blythe Ayne. I also very much liked Stains by Lawrence Person.

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