Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #15

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
04/08/2017 – 04/14/2017

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.

 

Step into my parlor my dear and have some tea. It’s not poisoned. I promise.

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #14

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
04/01/2017 – 04/07/2017

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.

Here we are at the fourteenth week. I can’t begin to tell you guys that I’m so happy you’re following along with me! I would say it’s been a pleasure but hopefully it’s been more creepy than pleasurable. I can honestly say that I’ve had a lot of fun hanging out and interacting with you guys!

Now that the fun part is over it’s now time to walk once again the corridors of horror. The hallways and tunnels are labyrinthine. I hope we don’t get lost…


Early RetirementEdward E. Kramer

Synopsis:
Two friends – one extremely lucky, one not so much, go on a fishing trip together after learning the ‘lucky’ friend has won the million dollar lottery. What could possibly go wrong?

Review:
A very good ‘frenemies’ story. Although the ‘good’ lucky one seems like a bit of a jerk.


The Earwig SongM. Christian

Synopsis:
When you can’t get a song out of your head it’s called an ‘earwig’. Personally, I think that’s a disgusting term for it. Earwigs are disgusting all on their own. Now imagine if that musical earwig were real?

Review:
It puts me in mind of an old story or TV show I’ve seen. I’ll be danged if I can remember which show (or book). It certainly gives a nasty “What if?” to the musical earwig.


Easy MoneyMark Hannah

Synopsis:
Little Timmy is very curious about the Tooth Fairy. He waits with a freshly plucked tooth and his head under the covers to get a god look. But is it really the Tooth Fairy come to claim the tooth? If not, what is it and what has it come for?

Review:
Kind of cute, kind of creepy and kind of icky.


Ebony EyesFrancis Amery

Synopsis:
A queen of an enlightened kingdom reigns alone after the death of the king. Eventually she takes a lover, much younger than herself with beautiful ebony eyes. But the queen is aging and the younger ladies-in-waiting prove to be too much temptation.

Review:
Pretty much the moral of the story is: Don’t piss off a jealous queen. A really good story that reminds me a bit of Westley’s “To the pain!” speech from The Princess bride. It also puts me in mind of another movie quote, paraphrased a bit: “It’s good to be the queen!”


Edwina TalbotBenjamin Adams

Synopsis:
Edwina Talbot is the last person left on Earth after it dies. Strange visions lead her to her rightful place between myth and reality.

Review:
A little bit of a sci-fi flavor made this an interesting story. It was a little easy to tell what Edwina was by the name.


Empathy’s Bed at MidnightMartin R. Soderstrom

Synopsis:
A doctor working at a hospital on the rough side of town. After years of working there she wants to know why. Why do they kill each other. Her actions lead her to the answer but not quite the one she expected.

Review:
I honestly can’t say enough good about this story. It’s awesome with a great ending.


EncoreHugh B. Cave

Synopsis:
Alton Hayes and his middle aged wife buy a house together but Alton doesn’t plan on living there with her for long. He got it for a steal because of it’s haunted reputation.The resident ghost tries to warn Grace of her new husband.

Review:
Very good story, if a little over-used.


Favorite of the Week:
Empathy’s Bed at Midnight was excellent. It actually was a good week for stories but Empathy’s Bed at Midnight by Martin R. Soderstrom was the real stand-out.


Join me again next Friday for another week of horror stories

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #13

Horrors!  365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
03/25/2017 – 03/31/2017

 

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.

So join me again for another walk in the dark. We’re out of batteries so we’ll have to use a torch. Let’s hope it doesn’t get windy.

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #7

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

02/11/2017 – 02/17/2017

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 dive in to this week’s bloody pool of horror. Better hold your breath.

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Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #4

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories  –  A Full Year of Horror 

01/21/2017 – 01/27/2017

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.

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 and follow along from there. I hope you will. Misery and terror love company. Especially tasty company, heh heh heh…


Be Careful What You SayDavid Niall Wilson

Synopsis:
Be careful what you say around kids. You never know how their minds will twist it.

Review:
I wasn’t crazy about this one. It was meh and kind of made kids look stupid (the way I read it anyway).


Bedtime StorySteve Eller

Synopsis:
A father tells his daughter a very dark and disturbing bedtime story.

Review:
This one was a tad meh for me as well. The story is like a reverse Scheherazade in a way. The reason it’s blah to me is at that age I was reading Alvin Schwartz’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’. And the story he tells her isn’t that much different than a Grimm fairy tale.


Being of One MindBenjamin Adams

Synopsis:
A man takes his wife on a picnic, hoping for a pleasant day before asking for a divorce. Any Lovecraft reader will tell you that Dunwich is not the best place to go on a picnic.

Review:
I like the Lovecraftian touch. The only thing that beggars belief is why on earth would you bring a cat to a picnic?! It would be the same story without the cat so it just makes the story a little sillier than it needs to be.


Best FriendsLinda J. Dunn

Synopsis:
A two page story about the very definition of ‘frenemies’

Review:
Short, sweet and to the point.


Beware the Truancy OfficerLeslie What

Synopsis:
A school truancy officer takes her job to the next level, teaching negligent parents a lesson of their own.

Review:
I really liked this story. The main character is a bit psychotic but her heart’s in the right place.


The Big OneLisa Lepovetsky

Synopsis:
A man takes his girlfriend out fishing for the Big One. The Big One needs some very specific bait.

Review:
I always like big, unusual fish stories. Probably because lakes can be really creepy, especially when you can’t see the bottom. You never know what can be lurking under the water.


BillyAdam Niswander

Synopsis:
Strangers show up in a small town. When the strangers start killing people, Billy’s parents arm themselves and go to town. After nightfall they return but Billy doesn’t want to let them in. Their teeth look funny.

Review:
Told entirely through the little boy’s eyes it was a pretty good story. The voice of the little boy sounds authentic to his age.


Favorite of the Week:
This was kind of a blah week for the stories I guess. Next week will be better I hope. Of these though, I think I liked Beware the Truancy Officer and Billy the best. Beware the Truancy Officer had a nice little twist to it. Billy was told well from a child’s perspective.


That wraps up this week! I will be back again next Friday as usual with your weekly dose of horror.

Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #2

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror #2

01/07/2017 – 01/13/2017

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.

In case you missed it, please see the first Horrors! review here to catch up on what’s going on.

 

 

 


And Baby Makes 13Del Howison Jr.

Synopsis:
A pregnant lady goes to the Company doctor to see how her pregnancy is coming along. What she doesn’t know is that her husband’s work in Hormonocides and bugs may affect their brood.

Review:
This one really grossed me out because, well, I hate bugs. A lot. Even with the story being somewhat far-fetched I still wouldn’t read it while I was pregnant.


And the Woman SaidDon Webb

Synopsis:
A man gets a decidedly strange phone call from a woman claiming that his wife is cheating on him. His dead wife. She decides that the logical thing is for them to cheat as well. Little does he know he’s going to get more than he bargained for.

Review:
I really liked it, it had an interesting spin on the ‘cheating lover’ cliche. And the twist at the end was certainly unexpected.


And Then the Music StoppedGreg McElhatton

Synopsis:
Just a game played by children. A game of musical chairs…where the consequences for losing are horrifying.

Review:
I love how creepy this story is. No backstory is needed, just the game and the consequences. And how the mind of a child can turn devious given the right circumstances. Plus, musical chairs is really a creepy and unfair game.


AnniversaryAaron Vanek

Synopsis:
A scientist working on the first nuclear weapon waxes nostalgic at the site of the first test.

Review:
Definitely a “reap what you sow” kind of story.


Another NightBrian McNaughton

Synopsis:
Scheherazade spins a story about a jealous Sultan and his faithful wife. The Sultan pays dearly for his misplaced jealousy.

Review:
A tidy little story about the green-eyed monster and his comeuppance for doubting his wife’s fidelity.


Are You the One?David Niall Wilson

Synopsis:
Ed likes to bring his dates to the graveyard to meet Lillian. Hoping this time that they’ll be The One.

Review:
The end catches you a bit off-guard as it starts out seeming like the typical ghost story. But that it certainly is not.


As Thousands ScreamedGregory Nicoll

Synopsis:
A deranged fan has assured Darrien that this tour will be the last time he ever plays. Darrien is very relieved to hear the guy is caught and he can breathe easy again. But the stalker has one more nasty surprise in store for Darrien.

Review:
This story makes me cringe every time and has got to be a guitarist’s worst nightmare.


Favorite of the Week:
Actually, there’s two this week. I love And Then the Music Stopped because it’s just so damn creepy. The other is As Thousands Screamed by Gregory Nicoll. Because, damn that’d be painful. Strumming down only to find a bit too late that your guitar strings are razor wire? Ouch.


Join us again next week to make your hair stand on end (or curl up, depending).