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Publisher's Summary

Horror lives in the shadows.

It exists under the earth's surface in ancient caves; below the vast sea's undulating waves; under dense forest cover; within a storm's thick, rolling clouds; downstairs in our homes, when we hear the knife drawer rattle in the night. Even our minds and bodies harbour the alien under the skin, the childhood nightmares in our subconscious.

In this collection of 15 tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror's classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes. And sometimes those things are looking back at us.

©2016 Karl Drinkwater (P)2017 Karl Drinkwater

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Great collection of creepy tales

I didn't really find the stories scary but they were creepy and enjoyable. I love anthologies and I wasn't disappointed by these. The stories are all unique and the way the story is told changes as well. My only complaint is that some of them needed a little bit more to wrap up the story. R.J. Alldred did a great job and I look forward to hearing more from her.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Spooky but not Scary

While this was certainly a fun collection of short stories, I may hesitate to call them horror. Some were fairly spooky, sure. But none met the level I'd consider necessary for the horror genre. I'd call these spooky suspense stories with some weird twists. If you enjoy some very, very light horror in a short form, this book is for you! If you want real scares, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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They move below

I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review.
I liked this! This collection of short stories all contain something that moves below. The stories were good and the narrator did a great job reading. I would read more by this author.

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Original & good

Great collection of stories and a lot of originality.
Wonderful narration.
I will definitely be looking for my by this author.
Nothing super scary but still a great collection.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 11-02-17

Great stories, Not so great narrator

The stories were often brief and well written. The ideas were very well thought out and enjoyable. One of the stories loosely tied into Turner, another book by Karl Drinkwater. It was a nice little surprise.

The Narrator's voice was very soft. I had to listen to a story then come back later to continue it. Her voice has a lulling effect. Her reading was not bad, no stops in weird parts of the sentences and no mispronunciations of words. just so soft and lulling that i kept falling asleep.

I was given a review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary review.

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Can’t understand

I’m truly sorry for the low rating but I listened to the first four chapters and have no clue what I listened to. The accent was so heavy I couldn’t understand what was going on.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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Horror??

Although a few of the stories held my attention, not one was remotely scary enough to be considered a horror story. R. J. Alldred did a superb job with the narration. I will definitely be looking for more of her work. I received this audiobook at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Great narration of not so great of a book.

I'm sorry this is a case of I just didn't get it. To be honest I am a horror genre junkie and this book didn't even move me enough to create a case of goosebumps. I'm very sorry but I can't recommend this book. I was voluntarily provided a review copy, all opinions are my own

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Mixed bag of horror stories, excellent narration

Any additional comments?

I'd give this collection of short stories an overall rating of 3.75. Many of the stories were deeply creepy and effective, while others made me shrug as if someone told me a joke and I didn't 'get' the punchline. So, a real mix here (in my opinion).

My top favourites would be 'Just Telling Stories', 'The Scissor Man', 'Creeping Jesus', and 'Regression'. I'd give honourable mention to 'If They Move Below', 'Claws Truth Forbear', 'Breaking the Ice', 'How it Got There', 'Overload', 'Second Transcript', 'Living in the Present'. The reason that most of my 'honourable mention' picks didn't make it into the top favourite list is because it seemed to me that they needed just a wee bit... more. Like, one final scene, or a tiny bit more explanation, or a bit more context, or something. For some of my 'honourable mentions', I was left wondering if I was following/understanding the story as the author intended. In other words even though the author walked me quite closely to the edge of the creepy abyss, a little cognitive part in my brain was still trying to figure stuff out. and deciding how to suspend my disbelief. On the other hand, with my top favourite stories in this collection, the emotional responses had pretty much drowned out the analytical processing. Of the stories that didn't make it to the 'honourable mention' or 'top favourite' lists, they didn't really produce a strong emotional response in me.

I reviewed the audiobook version of this collection and I was absolutely delighted with the narration. It took me a few minutes to adjust to a female voice, since all of the horror audiobooks that I've listened to during the past year have been narrated by men. But after a few minutes had passed, I completely engaged with R.J.Alldred. She did great character voices and her tone/pacing were superb. She is a great storyteller, in my opinion.

As a final note, I checked the reviews for the print version of this book and some of those reviewers mentioned the interesting story notes at the end of the book. The audiobook does NOT include the story notes. I think this is highly unfortunate. When I went to the Amazon.com site and looked at the page for the print version of this collection, I clicked on the "Look Inside" link, where I was able to scan through a few of the story notes. After reading some of them, those stories became much clearer to me and I had a much better understanding of the context and intent of those stories.

As an aside: It's one of the truly bummer things about audiobook formats - illustrations (obviously), references, and end notes often get omitted (to the detriment of the listener). I'd love to see audiobook publishing technology advance so that audiobook listeners could access some of this content (either in the Audible.com library or on the author's website, etc.). Even a password-protected web page would be great; simply provide the password at the end of the audiobook and then the listener could open the web site to see these missing additional pieces (not the story, just things like illustrations/photos/maps, references, end notes, the back cover of the book, and so on).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.