Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #9

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

02/25/2017 – 03/03/2017

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.

Each day I’ll be reading one story per day with a weekly wrap-up on Fridays. If you missed the first post you can find it here.

 

So let’s turn down the lights, curl up with your favorite blanky and let’s get started!


Collector’s FeverGary Jonas

Synopsis:
A collector describes his collection of ‘friends’. When his house is full he’ll move again. And start over.

Review:
A nice, short little serial killer story.


Contract IceMarion Cepican

Synopsis:
Sam loves skating on the ice when it’s pure and clean. She loves the ice. And the ice loves her as well.

Review:
A very nicely written story and very creepy. I want to know if it’s the ice itself that loves her or something within the ice.


A Convenient ArrangementMichael Marshall Smith

Synopsis:
When the lights go out at two separate parties a group of friends realizes that one of their number is a murderer. Rather than try to figure out which friend it is or lose a good friend because of their homicidal proclivities they make a most convenient party arrangement.

Review:
I loved the story and it’s practicality of how to solve their little problem. I also love that the ending doesn’t tell which friend it is.


The CoughSteve Resnic Tem

Synopsis:
A man who is coughing out nasty chunks cannot for the life of him remember where his wife went.

Review:
Having a pretty nasty cold at the moment it rather grossed me out.


Cower Before BoboTom Piccirilli

Synopsis:
A killing in a circus just might usher in a new age for the Goddess Kali.

Review:
I might be thick but I just didn’t get it at all. So, yeah, I wasn’t too crazy about it.


CrashingLawrence Greenberg

Synopsis:
An incident in a subway.

Review:
I honestly can’t give you more of a synopsis because I had no clue what it was about. It just seemed like a random collection of images.


Crisis Line Del Stone Jr.

Synopsis:
A Crisis Line call to Hell.

Review:
A really good story. For some reason I’ve always liked reverse Crisis calls. Ted Bundy worked a Suicide Hotline for a while as a volunteer. It always made me wonder what he said to callers when there wasn’t anybody else in the room.


Favorite of the Week:
My favorite for his week is A Convenient Arrangement by Michael Marshall Smith. Followed very closely by Crisis Line by Del Stone Jr. I loved the playfulness of A Convenient Arrangement and the pure evil of Crisis Line.


Here we are, at the end of another month already. Since the repeat authors are getting a little numerous to link I’m going to start doing a monthly tally of the repeats with the stories they have.


Linda J. Dunn:
A Huntin’ We Will Go, Best Friends, The Collector

Steve Rasnic Tem:
After Work, The Cough

Tim Waggoner:
Along for the Ride, Catharsis

Del Stone Jr. :
And Baby Makes 13, Crisis Line

Don Webb:
And the Woman Said, The Bone Garden

Brian McNaughton:
Another Night, Business Image, Changes

David Niall Wilson:
Are You the One?, Be Careful What You Say

Don D’Ammassa:
Bad Feelings, Candid Camera, The Chindi

Lisa Lepovetsky:
The Big One, Carnival Wishing

Adam Niswander:
Billy, The Bookseller, Change of Life

Phyllis Eisenstein:
Boxes, The Cat