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.
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.
Best book of short stories by a single author, I've read since Stephen King's , "Night Shift".
If you can handle some of the sick and twisted themes in this book you'll appreciate the originality, imagination and humor that makes it a fun book to listen to.
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.
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