Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #24

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

06/17/2017 – 06/23/2017

 

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.

I am enjoying the warm summer evenings. So pull up a log, grab a marshmallow and let’s tell some ghost stories.


The Lamia’s SoliloquyS. May Amarinth

Synopsis:
A lamia tells her victim three things about herself and her kind, counting on a human’s short memory. For the blood they take they give inspiration for poetry and art.

Review:
Short with beautiful description. I liked it quite a lot.


Last FightPeter Cannon

Synopsis:
As the widow of a famous occult writer lies dying her fans and caretakers scoop up her husband’s books. An enterprising young leech gets a bit more that he bargained for when he swipes a writing award.

Review:
I liked the story but the statuette in question just doesn’t seem to have a price tag high enough to make it worth conning for.


The Last ResortRichard Gilliam

Synopsis:
Bobby “Music-in-the-Morning” Walters is a dj on the radio who enjoys his job. The talking part of it anyway. He’s not too fond of the notion of the new Respect Radio, radio that doesn’t talk over your music. And now he’s been taken to the Orientation Center to cure him of his nasty habit.

Review:
I loved this story. No offense to the people out there who do like the talkative dj’s but that is one of the reasons I quit listening to the radio. Too much talking and not enough music. MTV stopped playing music and now look at them.


The Last WishScott Edelman

Synopsis:
A man who has trouble making up his mind about everything is on death row. He couldn’t even make up his mind about his last meal. So what does a guy who can’t make up his mind do when he gets one wish?

Review:
A dark and humorous story. I love the reason for there being only one wish (cutbacks are a bitch).


A Late DateTomi Lewis

Synopsis:
A woman is sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring. Maybe this time he’ll actually talk to her.

Review:
A kind of weird story. The woman gets all snazzied up for a creep call. I’m guessing she must be a very lonely woman.


Liar’s DiceAdam Niswander

Synopsis:
When you call someone a liar you get to play Liar’s Dice. Somehow I think Liar’s Dice is more unfair than a floating craps.

Review:
If your kid ever tells you there’s a monster in the house it’s best to give them the behefit of the doubt. Just in case.


The Light of Truth Benjamin Adams

Synopsis:
The Cult of Inner Vision is a fast growing cult that has attracted the attention of the F.B.I. Too bad the last guy that got sent in became part of the cult. Now they have to send more in. What could possibly go wrong?

Review:
I liked it until the end. The ending doesn’t tell you what they see and frankly, I’m a bit annoyed. It’s kind of a cheat.


Favorite of the Week:
The Last Resort by Richard Gilliam caught my eye this week. Mostly for the reasons I mentioned above. Every time I actually try to listen to the radio it’s just people talking. And, worse, they’ll start talking over the song itself. If we’d had streaming services when I was growing up I would have been in heaven. and maybe not screw over some of those tape clubs (sorry Colombia).

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #23

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

06/10/2017 – 06/16/2017

 

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.

 

 

It was a dark and stormy night, GraciKat sat alone at three in the morning, trying to convince herself that the chill was from the rain…and that the lightning wasn’t showing strange and dark shapes moving outside…

 

 

 

 


I’ve Seen That Look BeforeLarry Segriff

Synopsis:
I am not the man I was. Our narrator was someone else, once upon a time. Before They spoke to him. Now he’s not sure who he is. Are you sure you’re you?

Review:
It kind of reminded me of that saying: “It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you”. It also shows how quickly paranoia can spread from person to person. Like a virus.


The Jack-o’-LanternScott David Aniolowski

Synopsis:
You might want to think twice the next time you brutally gut a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern. They just might get even.

Review:
Of course, you could always not give your pumpkin teeth. But the rinds themselves are pretty thick and a tad sharp. Maybe we ought to just leave them alone.


Just Another Good Ol’ Haunted House Terry Campbell

Synopsis:
When two boys break into a haunted house attraction they soon find out why the owners don’t need security. And the creatures might not be as fake as the audience thinks they are.

Review:
Kind of an updated version of the wax museum stories but still very cool. wax museums always freak me out and really, how different are the statues in a Haunted House? If they are statues, that is.


Just DessertsRobert Weinberg

Synopsis:
A prolific author finds himself at the end of his life and is surprised to find himself in Hell (apparently all writers go there, for whatever reason, it doesn’t say) an finds that his punishment will be much more terrible than an eternal lake of fire and torture. Those unsolicited manuscripts have to be edited somehow don’t they?

Review:
In the first paragraph alone there are references to Lovecraft (The Silver Key), The Wizard of Oz or Pink Floyd but since the main character is a writer I’m betting on Oz (over the rainbow), The Never-Ending Story and the Twilight Zne. The story itself was pretty humorous. It’s ok Martin, e-books will come along soon and relieve you of your work load.


Just Suppose – Darrell Schweitzer

Synopsis:
From childhood a man hears voices in the wind and trees. Whispering to him to do things. Things like cut his wrists and even more terrible thoughts. But are the voices really there to help and take him away from his drab life? Or are they just in his mind?

Review:
It was well-written but also a little plain at the same time. Just kind of your typical crazy/not crazy guessing game.


KnockEdward Bryant

Synopsis:
A killer answers the door on Halloween fully expecting to find the usual assortment of costumes. But underneath the masks is something far more terrifying.

Review:
another kind of iffy one. There wasn’t a whole lot of suspense to it because you know before he even answers the door what be waiting for him.


Lady of the NightJames Anderson

Synopsis:
Stan’s wife keeps sneaking out at night. One night he follows her to see where she goes. When he sees her go into his best friend’s house he thinks he has his answer. Unfortunately for him, it’s not the answer he expected.

Review:
It wasn’t too bad of a story but it wasn’t too hard to figure out why she was going out at night. It was basically a coin flip as to which creature she was.


Favorite of the Week:
I particularly found Just Another Good Ol’ Haunted House by Terry Campbell. Wax museums creep me out and I’ve always loved stories where the ‘fake’ haunted houses aren’t quite so fake. I also liked Just Desserts in a different way because I love a little dark humour every now and then. It can relieve a book and stories that are starting to blend into each other or start taking themselves too seriously.


I hope you enjoyed this week’s stories as much as I did and come again next week for more flesh-crawling tales!

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #22

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

06/03/2017 – 06/09/2017

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.

 

These stories are dark and pierce the skin like a well-placed dagger. Happy reading!

 

 


In the Lonely HoursWilliam Marden

Synopsis:
What if you could clone your loved one? Could you ever be sure it’s them? And in the end would it be possible to tell which was the clone and which was not? what if they both are?

Review:
I did like the theme behind this one a lot. Also the way it twists into you wondering which is the actual clone an which isn’t. Although, to me, if the woman is so uncomfortable with it, why go through the process?


In the Wilds of the SuburbsDel Stone Jr.

Synopsis:
A homeless man named Joe finds that the population has disappeared, except him. But is he really alone?

Review:
I honestly didn’t understand the end. Was the author implying the lawn ornament animals responsible and that’s who is keeping him company? Or is it rats? I’m just not sure what’s going on in this story.


Incident in the Western LandsDon Webb

Synopsis:
A foolish Egyptologist discovers an amulet of Horus and Set that has not been logged yet. It couldn’t hurt to borrow it could it? Just for a couple of days?

Review:
Anyone who has ever read a mummy’s curse story can see the ending coming a mile away. But the story is enjoyable nevertheless as it gives a different take on the ‘curse’.

 

IncognitoTerry McGarry

Synopsis:
A woman who seemingly uses and hates her flowing blond hair equally. A “follicular bulls-eye” in her Dominican neighborhood decides to cast it all to the wind, well, cast it all in front of a bus. But her private demons will know her by her hair.

Review:
I had a little trouble connecting to this story. By the accounts in the story she led a pretty good life and if the worst she got called growing up was “Look at the blond!” is that so horrible? Also, not really trying to be judgmental here but suicide by stepping into the path of a vehicle is a very selfish way to do it. It puts that burden on someone for the rest of their life that they may not deserve.


Insects and DesireJoe Murphy

Synopsis:
A man who’s very into bugs meets a woman at an insect exhibit. Taking her into a ‘special’ exhibit where he has his lunch. But which is the hunter and which is the prey?

Review:
Even though I hate bugs I did like the twist at the end. It was easily spotted but at the same time, had a slightly different twist than you might expect.


Interrupted PilgrimageBrian McNaughton

Synopsis:
A group of brigands/soldiers encounter many odd illusions on their pilgrimage through a certain town. Being told of the dreamer they set out to murder him. Encountering more challenges (including one soldier who believes he’s dead and sneaks off to bury himself and another who refuses to believe he is dead annoys the Devil by refusing to believe he’s in Hell) they finally find the dreaming Magi. But who is the dream and who is not?

Review:
This was by turns funny but a little icky in spots. I don’t quite know what to think of it.


It’s Hell Waking UpWayne Allen Sallee

Synopsis:
A man dreams, ten minute dream snatches at a time. Elvis poking out an eyeball, plane crashes, the list goes on. The only one that seems semi-real to him is a dream (or is it reality?) of choking on a piece of pizza and dying. Waking up might not be hell but sleeping sure is.

Review:
I am in total sympathy with Scolari. It always seems as though no matter how much sleep you get, your body just wants more. I’m not including that bizarre personage known as “The Morning Person” they’re another breed altogether. I have yet to meet one in real life but I’ve heard they exist.


Favorite of the Week:
For all it’s weirdness I rather liked Interrupted Pilgrimage by Brian McNaughton. It was weird, a little gross and kind of funny. so it caught my attention.


Join me again next week when hopefully I can curdle your blood a bit more, rather than just swish it around a bit.

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #21

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

05/27/17 – 06/02/17

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.

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

 

Ah, spring. School’s almost out – time for cook-outs, camp-outs. Just be careful of that rustling in the woods.

 

 

 

 

 


If You Feel You Have Reached This Number in ErrorJohn Helfers

Synopsis:
A man dies, phone a few feet away from his hand. However, there’s more going on with the telephone company than meets the eye.

Review:
Loved this story! It had a great, creepy vibe to it and made me think of an X-Files episode.


If You Go Out in the Woods TonightNancy Holder

Synopsis:
An unknown narrator is talking to an unknown family. The woods have been booby-trapped by a family named the McIvey’s. Bear traps. Razor wire.

Review:
I liked it. It had a snappy ending with a lot of oomph. Definitely has you wondering who the unknown narrator is, exactly.


If You Love Someone, Let Them GoPeter Atkins

Synopsis:
An unusual family has the unfortunate habit of becoming whatever they lose. So what happens when a man loses his girlfriend?

Review:
Short, not bad and a little weird.


I’ll Get Away With ItWilliam F. Nolan

Synopsis:
A son with an abusive father sets up the perfect crime.

Review:
It was a little hard to believe but not too bad.


I’m a Crazy TigerTina L. Jens

Synopsis:
A man believes he’s a tiger. Which is crazy, right? But is it so crazy when there’s a tiger at the zoo that acts like a human?

Review:
Um, I’m not quite sure what to say abut this one, really. It’s different and pretty good. Not very scary though.


ImmanenceDavid Annandale

Synopsis:
Riviere gives Jordan a brief history of horror and film. Then I have no idea what happened. Really.

Review:
I was kind of into it until it got…weird. So I have no idea what they were trying to say.


Immortal MuseDon D’Ammasssa

Synopsis:
Connie has an idea for her thesis. To prove Mary Shelley visited the real-life inspiration for Frankenstein. So they go to the villa looking for proof. As they make their way through the abandoned villa they pass proof that’s far more intriguing than what they’re looking for.

Review:
I thought this was cool. It actually would make for a very good longer story like a novella.


Favorite of the Week:
My two favorites this week were If You Feel You Have Reached This Number in Error by John Heifers and Immortal Muse by Don D’Ammassa. If You Have Reached This Number in Error would make for a great full-length novel because it’s idea is one that could be expanded on a lot.

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #20

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

05/20/2017 – 05/26/2017

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.

 

The days are getting longer now. That’s good. You never know what’s lurking in the dark.
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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #19

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

05/13/2017 – 05/19/2017

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.

It’s raining here so light a fire, get a warm beverage and curl up with some good stories ahead.

 

 

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror – #18

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/29/2017 – 5/12/2017

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.

This week’s post will be a little longer as I’m covering two weeks since last week was Lilyn’s awesome post for Cinco de Mayo.

So settle in, buckle up and hang on for the ride!

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #17

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/22/2017 – 4/28/2017

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 snuggle deep in your beds while I tell you a bedtime story.  Don’t worry, you won’t have nightmares. I promise.

 

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #16

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
04/15/2017 – 04/21/2017

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.

It may be spring but it’s still blood-curdlingly cold here in the Horrors! section. So grab a coat and join me!

 

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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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