Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #5

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror    

01/28/17 – 02/03/17

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.

I will be reading one story each day and a weekly wrap-up review of the seven stories that I’ve read over the week.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

Let’s see what is around the next page. You never know what may be lurking between the covers…of a book or your bed…

Birches and MurkLois H. Gresh

Miranda has had a pen pal/lover for the last six years. Finally, aging and needing to see him they agree to meet. But things don’t always go as planned and she’s left with a choice: To keep to the comforts of his letters or join him.

Actually quite sweet and a little sad. Charles was not what I was expecting him to be. I was expecting him to be a zombie or something equally creepy.

Blood MoneyPaula Guran

JohnBoy finds out the hard way that Blood Money can never come clean and all it will buy is your death.

The story isn’t too bad but the writing is a tad clunky in it. It tries just a bit too hard to sound street tough.

The Blue JarLisa S. Silverthorne

A grand-daughter’s inheritance could be her fortune. Or her damnation.

I didn’t like the character of Lisa, the grand-daughter very much. She strikes me as a bit ungrateful and a shade less than intelligent. That being said, however, I did like the story itself. I thought the concept of bathing in salts from Sodom and Gomorrah was pretty cool.

Board ActionWilliam Marden

Bad things happen when a shady businessman buys up a controlling percent in a company and wants to be Chairman of the Board

This story was a bit meh. Not very creative. It was obviously very heavily inspired by Capone’s business meeting with a bat.

BogieboxMichael Mardis

Robert Jensen finds an old music box in the attic of his former home. The box brings up bad memories of the Bogieman that his abusive Aunt Rose said would always get him.

I’ve always thought music boxes were very creepy. This one seems to be a combination of music box and a Jack-in-the-Box, which doubles the creepy fun.

The Bone GardenDon Webb

A retired man has a most unusual garden. When the garden begins to sing to his weary bones what choice do they have but to follow?

Oddly beautiful and haunting. It’s vividly written which creates an interesting visual.

The BooksellerAdam Niswander 

A man gets more than he bargains for when he requests a bookseller to show him the rarest item in the store. It comes cheaply in currency but with a much steeper price tag.

A good one to wrap the week up on, don’t you think? A good story and one I wish was just a bit longer. I’d love to know the story behind the Overseer. I’m also dying to know what exactly the imprisoned are tasked to dig for.

Favorite of the Week:
Hands down it has to be The Bookseller by Adam Niswander. Adam Niswander is also the author of Billy, another favorite of mine that has been covered here. Adam Niswander does seem to have a knack for putting a lot of story into just a couple of pages. While I would love some more of The Bookseller to be told it also doesn’t really need to. The information is there in the story and it leaves your imagination to conjure up what it may. Which is usually more disturbing than what’s spelled out for you.

As an end of the month wrap I’d like to share my favorites from the previous weeks. Titles will link to which week they can be found on.

After The End Of It AllAndrew Sands

And Then the Music Stopped Greg McElhatton

Autumn in the Clockwork ForestMichael Scott Bricker

BillyAdam Niswander

That wraps up this week’s dose of horror goodness. Join me again next Friday for another week of horror goodies.