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
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.
Love Kilborn & Konrath, but these stories really put a chink in their armor as authors. Stories were predictable, uncreative and left me with a feeling of ennui.
The lack of suspense.
By not being performed.
Don't bother buying or using a credit.
The stories are great!
I have never heard of Jack Kilborn before downloading this audiobook but I loved the stories and now I think I will be looking for more of his work to listen to!
I like the Van Helsing tale!
This collection starts out very strong. The first few stories are great, particularly a vampire tale read in a very convincing british accent. However, at a certain point I found the quality very uneven. I am not a prude when it comes to reading dark fiction - I actually enjoy blood and guts and I have a very strong stomach, but some of the tales lapse into grossness for the sake of grossness. Dare I say "potty humor"? Close to it. I actually had to turn one of them off.
I would recommend this overall for any fans of horror with a dark comedy edge. There were times I laughed out loud. But just know that, like most anthologies, not every story is up to snuff. So even if you skip a couple here and there, you will still end up entertained in the end because there are plenty of stories here and you get your credit's worth of listening. Don't skip the vampire story - I believe it is the 2nd or 3rd one.
This collection is really a hit and miss one. There are 26 stories: some, like symbiose, mr pull ups, and S.A. were amazing. Others, like The Shed, and The Bag were not so great. Those are my opinions, and I'm sure yours will differ in some way or another. The stories really aren't that frightening- many of them are rather humorous- but I did encounter a few genuinely frightening moments. I also encountered some parts that were rather disturbing. This is not a book that will give you nightmares, but it's still very good. As you can see, i gave it a 5 on all counts, largely because of the story symbiose, which amazed me -as I already said.I very much liked the narration- the rednecks were excellently done- as well as the variety of stories the book offered.
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