This collection features a menagerie of horror stories. Some are scary. Some are disturbing. Some are funny. Meet werewolves, vampires, zombies, psychopaths, aliens, cannibals, ghosts, and various things that go bump in the night.
Previously published in dozens of anthologies and magazines, some of these tales are mild, but some are extreme. Let the reader beware...
The stories include:
Finicky Eater - It's after a nuclear war, and a mother and her son are in a fallout shelter, the food long long...
The Screaming - Van Helsing and vampires, in 1960s England.
Mr. Pull Ups - A body modification tale taken to the extreme.
The Shed - Two burglars find the door to hell.
Them's Good Eats - Rednecks vs. aliens, on a spaceship ride of horrors.
First Time - A coming of age tale where all may not be what it seems.
Forgiveness - A dying serial killer asks for a priest to hear his last confession.
Redux - Ghost story noir, about a private eye and a deadly haunting.
The Bag - What's in the bag? You really don't want to know...
Careful, He Bites - Lycanthrope flash fiction.
Symbios - A sci-fi novella about man's first encounter with alien life, and how things can quickly turn bad.
A Matter of Taste - Zombie flash fiction.
Embrace - A bit of gothic horror.
Trailer Sucks - Some trailer park jerks kidnap a vampire.
Markey - Flash fiction, from a twisted point of view.
Punishment Room - A horrific suspense tale about a not-so-distant future.
The Confession - Terrible crimes, told entirely in dialog.
Basketcase - Hardboiled noir with a horrific twist.
The Agreement - A gambler pays the ultimate price to get out of a debt.
Well Balanced Meal - The worst restaurant you've ever been in.
S.A. - A werewolf novella about a Shapshifters Anonymous group that must battle Santa Claus.
Dear Diary - A very twisted pom pon girl reveals the secret of her inner strength.
Mr. Spaceman - We've come to mate with earth women.
Appalachian Lullaby - What do you do with a radioactive monkey?
©2010 Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
WE DON ALLOW FOR SMUGGYNESS AT S.A. MEETINGS
Call me sophomoric, weird or just plain sick, but I loved these stories. If I had only one credit to spend, I would spend it on Konrath. These stories are laugh out loud, roll on the ground, pull over the car funny. I read lots of story collections and these were the most entertaining of any one collection, I have ever read. Konrath mixes comedy with grossness, S word, and horror. Konrath's stories get funnier the longer they go. S.A. is a good example. He takes what would be a weird werewolf story to start, but brings in Santa Claus, God and the Devil and keeps the ball rolling.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO SHOOT?
I TEACH HIGH SCHOOL
When Konrath decides to go gross, which is often, he is the best. If you have a weak stomach, don't attempt these stories. I have read Matt Shaw, Nick Cutter, Edward lee, Jack Ketchum, Anderson Purity, Steve Vernon, Scott Sigler, Timothy by Mark Tufo, Snowbound by Blake Crouch, Afraid and Endurance by Konrath and numerous Zombie books by numerous authors. Those were all good to great stories by great authors, but these stories as a whole are worse or better according to how you look at it. There are torture stories, people being skinned alive (aliens eating their scabs), people eating feces, people being eaten alive and so much more.
AIN'T NOTHING BUT A LITTLE PRICK ON A LITTLE PRICK
In one hilarious story, three rednecks capture a good looking female vampire with big knockers and they have her everyway possible. Just to warn you about one of the other taboos, that turn people off to some stories. That is just one example of several. I am trying not to say the S word so this is not held up in Review Pending Approval status for a week.
I can not say enough good things about the narrator, Andrew MacLeod. As much fun as the book would be to read, Andrew's performance has to make listening better by ten fold.
Definitely! The short story format is built for audio compatibility. It's like listening to scary stories around a campfire and, unlike a longer narrative, it is easier to keep from getting lost. It's also easier to binge, because you want to just keep listening to one after another.
I've read almost all of Kilborn's horror novels - he writes detective stories as Konrath - and these definitely fall in line. His contemporaries are Matt Shaw, Iain Robb Wright, and Blake Crouch - with whom he occasionally writes. This particular collection also calls to mind some of the more gruesome horror authors out there like Edward Lee. Some of these stories are rather stomach-turning.
I'm relatively new to audio books, but MacLeod Andrews made for a great introduction. His reading is expressive and clear. His performance draws out the emotion of characters and never leaves the listener confused as to who's speaking or what's happening. A truly fantastic narrator.
No, no, no - you definitely don't want to associate with any of these people. And any thoughts of food will probably be quashed after the first story. Yuck!
I liked about 90% of the stories in this book although I still wouldn't mind listening to the whole book. besides the stories, I like the narrator reading this book. I don't like narrators that just read the book or put very little effort in getting inside the book. this narrator gets inside each story and acts each part perfectly giving each person in every story the own personality. awesome job. definitely following this narrator!!!
Three nights ago, when the moon was less full, we started listening to horror story audiobooks on impulse. We fell in love with them instantly, finding the grotesque and macabre descriptions contained in each story both hilarious and disturbing. The only problem is...our friends just don't get it.
Hearing unforgettable lines like "death ray" in strange accents and "H-O-T HOT" have become the butt of all our jokes. People look at us strange when we refer to any story that ranges from terrible bodily harm to soft-horror-porn. People never understand, they think they can take it but they just can't. They really just have to listen to one story all the way through! Then they'll love it! Maybe.
The accents were great, he has a nice variety of voices that contribute to the more humorous side of things.
Stories that keep you up at night...listening to them.
Start with the second story, and go from there! It's shorter, sweet, and a good introductory piece.
I am a big fan of this author and these stories do not dissapoint. Seriously original ideas, and if you aren't sure you want to jump into the Jack Kilborn world, just read or listen to a few of these short stories and you might just be inclined to take that leap.
The stories were addicting I listened to this book at work and at home. It was full of dark humor and very twisted, overall extremely entertaining and I would suggest this book to any fan of horror.
Dedicated Audible reader - love the average apocalyptic dystopian horror story!
I believe that while listening to an audio book, the narrator always provides the reader with a unique perspective and imagery that the avid reader will not receive. As a reader of the stories, one might not catch some of the subtlies of the humor that a voice can inflect.
The unexecpected humor breaks made me laugh out loud. It added to the fact that I completed the book in record time - then went back to re-listen to my favorite stories.
As I mentioned - the narrator is exceptional. His wide array of character voicings is incredible. He goes from a serious toned detective style character to a crazy redneck with ease. Without his wide array of complex character voice developments - I would not have appreciated the dead-pan humor at the junction of pivital story development. I have completed many audio books, and I believe Mr. Andrews to have the widest character selection I have come across.
The Furby character in the S.A. story is absolutely awesome. Sometimes in a horror story you wonder why it is necessary to go in the basement or split from the group and walk alone in the woods. For once you get a character that does the opposite. They end up doing what you want and are right there where you want them. This makes it unexpected and pulls you in to cheer them on!
"Predictable but Entertaining"
I downloaded this after listening to Endurance by the same author and I noticed many common themes running through these stories as well as Endurance. Amputation, limb loss and cannibalism feature in the majority of the stories so it starts to get very predictable after you've heard a few. And just like Endurance I found that none of these stories are actually scary but are more like black comedy, which is not a negative point, but isn't what I expected when I downloaded "Horror Stories".
What is strange about this audiobook is that the author writes little introductions to his stories which often give the main theme of the story away before it's even begun. For example there is one story where a character is revealed to be a vampire mid-way through, but the author has already told us it's a vampire story before it begun. Very bizarre!
Narration is very good and some of the stories are truly funny, especially the one about Santa Claus and the last story which was written with J A Konrath!
"26 Tales of Terror"
Excellent horror stories. All very original, although a lot of them are quite sick and twisted. The narration was also spot on.
This was brilliant listen,some stories being better than others,some very gory,I loved it but then again i have enjoyed all Jack Kilborn books,it can be disturbing in some stories so not for the faint hearted !!!
I have honestly never been so physically disgusted by an author in my life, but this audio book - wow. its so amazingly written! the bag chapter made me stop everything I was doing and turn the light on, I was so terrified! there are a lot of vivid rape scenes so beware.
"Enjoyable blend of horror & comedy"
A lot of horror likes to call itself "not for the faint hearted" but this really isn't, and the easily squeamish may want to give it a miss as well. A lot of it was also conciously written to be funny rather than serious horror, so if that sort of thing annoys you, again maybe pass. The humour is generally pretty crude, mostly too crude for me to find amusing, but that's just me, and I think the level of humour fits the stories well.
The stories themselves are by & large pretty good. They tend to deliver shocks rather than scares - I don't think I was ever scared, but was shocked constantly. For me it's the difference between something like The Grudge and a slasher flick like Friday the 13th - the gore in the latter is shocking, the more psychological nature of the former is scary, and the stories here all fall very squarely in the shocker category. They are all very original, very rarely predictable, which I prize highly in horror fiction. A lot of cannibalism though.
The narration - generally it's good solid stuff, with well defined character voices etc., but I find it hard to forgive the cockney accent in "The Screaming", which is a bit of a diction nightmare in any case - Konrath claims to have made a great effort to match the langauge for the setting, i.e. 1960s England, but I found it pretty horrendous. Don't get discouraged and stop listenening though, the rest is much better.
All in all, if you like your horror stories to be gory, brutal and nasty, you should enjoy these. If you like something less visceral, I really wouldn't risk it. If you do end up liking these, I'd recommend Haunted by Chuck Palanuik, which is as nasty but a good deal more intelligent, or The Collection, by Bentley Little.
Some very cool stories! I loved it and would recommend to any fans of horror!
was okay , better choices for free on youtube
some stores were boring and didn't keep track of what was going bored as i lost focus
This collection of horror stories is disappointing. For example the story about a vampire in England has been poorly researched (quotes a price as 50p in 1960s
England when decimal currency did not arrive until 1970s) and the 'cor blimey'
accent of the American (trying to be British) reader is very irritating after a while.
There are much better collections out there.
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