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3.0 out of 5 starsHmmm...
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
I am not really sure what to make of this collection. The stories themselves were very well written but to the likes of someone like me, I guess I am not fully intrigued by the stories themselves. I must be completely honest when I say that this book hasn't left a memorable impression on me. I am a die hard fan of the weird, the scary, the freaky, the paranormal, and the macabre. This collection cannot be described as any of those categories. It may well do better for those who cannot stomach the hard stuff or maybe someone starting out in the horror genre, but for those, like me, it was fairly disappointing. Once again, I cannot take away from how well written it was, but imagination goes a long way, and to reach someone like me, as authors, you all have to dig deeper. My advice to the writers: keep doing what you are doing, go further beyond your imaginations, trap your readers in a new world. Keep it up guys!
4.0 out of 5 starsA Good Collection Of Short Horror Stories
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
This is a good collection of short horror stories, written by various authors. I am familiar with Ron Ripley, but not the others. This collection is only 95 pages, and I read it in one sitting.
My favorite story was #9, "Scarecrow', by A.I. Nasser: About an abusive father. He beats Garfield, his 13 year old son and sexually abuses his little daughter. Dad obtains a horrible looking scarecrow to watch over his corn crops. One day, dad noticed that the scarecrow had been moved. He blames Garfield and makes him carry the scarecrow back to its original spot. When Garfield was finished, his dad gave him a beating. He then went on to sexually abuse and seriously injure his daughter. Later, the scarecrow pays mean daddy a little visit. Poor daddy. Very graphic and chilling.
A close tie is story #4 - "Museum Quality" by Ron Ripley: Devin purchased a beautiful antique wooden box. In the box is a glass case. The case contains a diorama showcasing three beetles and a huge spider. The case comes with a warning, stating not to not touch what's inside. Devin should have paid attention to the warning. Poor Devin. Exciting and very graphic.
I did not like story #8 - 'Kimberly', by Sara Clancy: A story about Kimberly, a girl who mysteriously goes missing. The plot was weak and the story was poorly written.
I also did not like story #10 - "Graveyard Shift", by Ron Ripley: Allen is a janitor in a nursing home. He likes to steal and sell residents medicines. He also likes to spy on doctors and nurses engaging in sexual activity. One night, he comes upon a horrific scene of sexual activity between a doctor and nurse. I was not impressed with this story. It did not hold my interest.
All the other stories were good reads. They were well written with excellent plots. They had many chilling moments.
If you are a fan of short horror stories, I recommend this collection to you for your reading pleasure. Keep the lights on. Watch out for that scarecrow standing at your front door. .
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
I feel only 3 out of the 10 pieces could classify themselves as 'short stories.' The rest didn't even have an ending - not even a horror short story ending. Most of those were like excerpts from a chapter of a short story. Some didn't even make sense enough to infer a meaning. The 3 stories I liked (& the reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1) were 'Urbex,' 'Museum Quality,' and 'Tell Me Your Name.' They had a good Tales from the Darkside feel to them. Another good piece that had a lot of potential was 'Kimberly.' The story 'Scarecrow' that everyone is raving about is a story of horrible child abuse with a tiny bit of creepy at the end. The rest have a lot of nerve calling themselves a short story.
This collection of short stories is really cool! They are short but not so short that you feel like there are parts missing, that happens sometimes in short stories I think. Each one had its own type of creepy that it added to this book! I definitely recommend it! Anytime you run across books by Ron Ripley or any other of the Scare Street authors you should definitely check them out. I have loved every story I've read by them and if you're a lover of anything scary you'll enjoy them too!
So here we have a deliciously dark selection of horror stories, brought to you by some talented authors! The summary here says it best..."A young woman’s night-time escapade goes eerily wrong. A man is forced to relive the horrible accident that tore his family apart over and over again. An underground thrill through ancient catacombs proves disastrously horrific. A young boy is haunted by the scarecrow in the fields behind his home. And a woman is revisited by the ghost of a psychotic killer in the most dreadful of ways."
I'm really impressed with some of these stories. Often times with short stories, I feel like something is missing, but here most of the stories felt complete. I think my favourite was Scarecrow, where a young boy and his sister are abused by their drunken father. The father acquires a scarecrow to watch over the corn fields but the scarecrow keeps moving. Who is moving it and why? This one was equal parts heartbreaking as it was incredibly scary!! I've always been afraid of scarecrows, they are just so so creepy, so this one really frightened me.
As in any collection, there are some stories better than others, but all of them are entertaining and worth the read! I've found some new authors to check out!! I'd highly recommend you check out this book, and as I write this review, the kindle edition is free, so grab it and be in for an awesome ride!!
Matt Gilcheck read the stories really well. He did a great job bringing the atmosphere of each story to life.
*I received this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
This collection of short stories will definitely make you feel uncomfortable. Containing offerings from the awesome Ron Ripley, I was immediately sold on this anthology. The thing I like about this, is that the word horror has been used to its full description. The stories aren't just about supernatural elements, but also about what we interpret as horror in our everyday lives. Without adding any spoilers, The Scarecrow is a particularly dark story of this description.
There are a couple in this book that tend towards a more generic theme, but all in all, this is outstanding and a must read for fans of this genre.
My tenth or eleventh read of this book. No longer physically terrifies me (I can remember lying in bed with the light on, paralysed with fear, too terrified to read on but unable to stop reading) but still remorseless and brilliant. I somehow prefer horror and ghost stories to anything modern, even though there are some modern horror authors that I like. In the oldie books, they didn't think they had to be 'clever' or gory in order to induce the creeps. The stories in this book are chilling and frightening, merely by the existence of the supernatural and the deliberate erasing out of the gore.