Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #50

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

12/23/2017 – 12/29/2017

The Final Post

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.

This will be the final post of Horrors! While I am anxious to try out some new ideas I am also a little sorry to see it go. It’s been a fun year. I hope you guys stick around for what’s to come!

Being the last post, after the stories I will be summing up my favorites of each week for the year with links to the posts they can be found in.


Wired for FearLawrence C. Connolly

Synopsis:
Walt has accepted a $100 bet to stay the night i the “screaming house”. Walt soon finds a tape and suspects his friends have played a trick on him. But while the screams are phony they protect a secret much more sinister.

Review:
A great story and I loved that the tape is a fake being used by an older creature. It also had a bit of a (darker) Scoooby Doo feel to it.


Without Barbara on New Year’s EveTom Piccirilli

Synopsis:
The narrator has murdered his wife but keeps hearing her voice on the phone. He needs someone to help convince her that he’s not a bad guy so he goes through the night, collecting friends to help convince her…face to face.

Review:
While I did like the idea behind it, it also felt icky. I’m sure it’s supposed to drive home the point that the narrator is crazy but at the same time the fact that all of the ghosts of the people he’s just murdered are essentially blaming Barbara for ‘leaving’ him is a little disgusting.


Wood is an Amazing ThingMark Hannah

Synopsis:
A description of wood, steel and human flesh. With a lot of “Whacks!”

Review:
Meh. The repetitive use of ‘Whack’ for a sound seems lazy to me. In fact, the whole story does.


WormsPaul Smith and Thomas Smith

Synopsis:
Two men out to rob a mausoleum soon find out that worms are no trifling, squishy matter.

Review:
Um, big worm that eats people. Not too much more to it than that.


You Can’t Teach an Old Town New TricksDavid Niall Wilson

Synopsis:
On Halloween Timmy is out trick or treating. But it’s boring to do that in a new town with no friends. He sees a house with no one around…and strange sounds inside.

Review:
I don’t even know what is going on in this story. I’m not sure if it’s just a Halloween ‘haunted house’ or a really haunted house. Whatever it is it gives out caramel apples so I guess it can’t be too bad.


Your Own Light-Hearted FriendStephen Dedman

Synopsis:
Jack the Ripper stalks the non-foggy night looking for her. It doesn’t matter how many he kills. Next time it will be her.

Review:
No offense but…yawn. It’s not much different from other Ripper stories I’ve read.


You’re DeadDawn Dunn

Synopsis:
Two youngish lovers go out ghost-hunting, trying to find the woman in white that all of the papers have reported. Their idea is to tell her she’s dead and thus free her.However, things don’t turn out as planned. The woman in white seems to have been waiting for a lover of her own.

Review:
I really wanted to like it because I love a good ghost story, especially phantom ladies. But nothing really makes sense. The heat and burning there’s no explanation for. Passion’s heat, maybe? Also, it seems as though others saw her and are still alive so why this guy. I dunno.


Thank you again for joining me for a full year of stories and my (sometimes rambly) reviews of them. Horrors! 365 is a great collection and has lots of stories that balance out the few duds. Below you’ll find my favorite of each week and the link to the post it can be found in.


Week #1
After the End of It All – Andrew Sands

Week #2
And Then the Music Stopped Greg McElhatton
As Thousands Screamed – Gregory Nicoll

Week #3
Autumn in the Clockwork Forest – Michael Scott Bricker

Week #4
Beware the Truancy Officer – Leslie What

Week #5
The Bookseller – Adam Niswander

Week #6
Boxes – Phyllis Eisenstein
Burb Vamp – Barbara J. Ferrenz

Week #7
The Cards Speak – Brian Craig

Week #8
Christmas with the Count – Ian McDowell

Week #9
A Convenient Arrangement – Michael Marshall Smith
Crisis Line – Del Stone Jr.

Week #10
Daytimer – Steve Rasnic Tem

Week #11
Death Certificate – Scott A. Cupp
Demon Tears – Gordon Linzner

Week #12
Double Crossing – Lawrence Schimel
Don’s Last Minute – Wayne Allen Sallee

Week #13
Each Day – Steve Rasnic Tem

Week #14
Empathy’s Bed at Midnight – Martin R. Soderstrom

Week #15
Erosion Road – Gary A. Braunbeck

Week #16
Feast of the Crows – Brian A. Hopkins

Week #17
For Your Immediate Attention – Peter Atkins
Flash of Silver – Ben P. Indick

Week #18
Future Shock – John B. Rosenman

Week #19
Heartbeat – S. May Amarinth

Week #20
If Thine Eye Offends Thee – Peter Atkins

Week #21
If You Feel You Have Reached This Number in Error – John Heifers

Week #22
Pilgrimage – Brian McNaughton

Week #23
Just Another Good Ol’ Haunted House – Terry Campbell

Week #24
The Last Resort – Richard Gilliam

Week #25
Love Sat Alone on a Foggy Pier – Terry Campbell

Week #26
Memory – Mollie L. Burleson
The Midwife’s Temptation – Michael L. McCormas

Week #27
Monsters – Richard T. Chizmar

Week #28
Mud – Juleen Brantingham

Week #29
The Night Club – Scott David Aniolowski

Week #30
No Strings Attached – David Niall Wilson

Week #31
Odd Jobs – Jason Tanner

Week #32
Patient Fate – Tom Piccirilli

Week #33
Phone Tag – John R. Platt

Week #34
The Proof in the Picture – Lisa Morton

Week #35
Reading the Cards – Lisa Lepovetsky
Revelations – Gerard Daniel Houraner

Week #36
Romeo and Juliet – Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Week #37
Rosa Two-Coins – Billie Sue Mosiman

Week #38
The Second Vial – Lawrence Schimel

Week #39
Sherri Goes to the Office – Yvonne Navarro

Week #40
Shooting Evil – Lawrence Connolly

Week #41
Smell – Brian McNaughton

Week #42
Special Interessts – Lillian Csernica and Kevin Andrew Murphy

Week #43
Stone Face – Blythe Ayne

Week #44
Swamp Flowers – David C. Woomer

Week #45
The Tooth Fairy – Del Stone Jr.

Week #46
Up Our Block – Benjamin Adams

Week #47
Vampire Caravan – Ilona Ouspenskaya

Week #48
White Beauty – Cynthia Ward

Week #49
The White Lady of Overpass I-70 – Linda J. Dunn

Week #50
You’re Dead – Dawn Dunn

2 thoughts on “Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #50

  1. Yeah, Like I’d go in the Screaming House for only $100. LOL I’ve been following your reviews for this book from the beginning. I added the book to my Amazon cart while waiting to see how the stories go. Time to go hit the buy button! Thanks for doing this fun feature and congrats for finishing.

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