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 Fear – Lawrence C. Connolly
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.
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 Eve – Tom Piccirilli
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.
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 Thing – Mark Hannah
A description of wood, steel and human flesh. With a lot of “Whacks!”
Meh. The repetitive use of ‘Whack’ for a sound seems lazy to me. In fact, the whole story does.
Worms – Paul Smith and Thomas Smith
Two men out to rob a mausoleum soon find out that worms are no trifling, squishy matter.
Um, big worm that eats people. Not too much more to it than that.
You Can’t Teach an Old Town New Tricks – David Niall Wilson
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.
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 Friend – Stephen Dedman
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.
No offense but…yawn. It’s not much different from other Ripper stories I’ve read.
You’re Dead – Dawn Dunn
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.
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.
After the End of It All – Andrew Sands
The Bookseller – Adam Niswander
The Cards Speak – Brian Craig
Daytimer – Steve Rasnic Tem
Each Day – Steve Rasnic Tem
Erosion Road – Gary A. Braunbeck
Future Shock – John B. Rosenman
Heartbeat – S. May Amarinth
Pilgrimage – Brian McNaughton
The Last Resort – Richard Gilliam
Monsters – Richard T. Chizmar
Mud – Juleen Brantingham
Odd Jobs – Jason Tanner
Patient Fate – Tom Piccirilli
Phone Tag – John R. Platt
Rosa Two-Coins – Billie Sue Mosiman
The Second Vial – Lawrence Schimel
Shooting Evil – Lawrence Connolly
Smell – Brian McNaughton
Stone Face – Blythe Ayne
Swamp Flowers – David C. Woomer
The Tooth Fairy – Del Stone Jr.
Up Our Block – Benjamin Adams
Vampire Caravan – Ilona Ouspenskaya
White Beauty – Cynthia Ward
You’re Dead – Dawn Dunn