Skeletons in the Attic: More Tales from a Mortician

Narrated by: J. Stempien
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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With 15 dark and twisted tales, the mortician is back to terrify you once again. The author of the hit horror anthology Tales from a Mortician has masterfully woven a new collection that will turn your stomach and have you checking under your bed, locking your doors, and leaving the lights on as you listen. From finding a body in your parents' attic to serial killers, cannibals, werewolves, gut-wrenching Halloween tricks, and even a sweet old lady who kills dozens, Skeletons is sure to terrify, disgust, and enthrall everyone who dares to listen to it.

©2018 Michael Gore (P)2018 Dark Ink Audio

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Really Twisted Short Stories

This author is clearly on the edge of being a sociopath and it is evident in his writing. The stories vary in type and degree but some of them are quite disturbing. For me to admit something is disturbing means the average person will be incredibly creeped out. While that is a compliment, take that to mean that if you are not into books that delve into the twisted psyches of messed up people you might want to pass on this book. Leroy, the story of the janitor was a bit much for me and really showed me where my line is for sick and twisted stories.

As these are short stories the plots are fairly basic and somewhat predictable. Each has a twist to them that takes them in a different direction and adds something different. The characters in these stories really are something else. Michael Gore has an ability to really depict characters that are twisted and downright disturbing. I really haven’t had such a strong reaction to a bunch of short stories as I did with this. Some of these were quite tame and others were really over the top.

The narrator did a good job. I liked his character voices and his 3rd person narrator voice and cadence sucked me into the stories and I was finished with the book before I knew it.

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

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Loved it

Varying degrees of horror and gore to satisfy everybody
From finding a body in the attic to one of the best trick or treating stories I’ve come across
Well narrated and highly recommended
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Sounds Read

The stories sound like they have potential, but I couldn’t really enjoy them fully. J. Stempien’s voice has a good sound, but his performance is sub par. He “reads” the stories, rather than performing them. He has potential, but definitely needs to improve his craft. I would like to hear something of his in a year or so to hear the improvement, as he shows promise.

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Mix of horror stories, some harcore

Some of the stories in this audiobook lean towards the lighter, fun side of horror, while others definitely tread into deeper waters with splatterpunk and 'boobs and blood'. Like some other reviewers here have noted, I'm not entertained by stories featuring sexual violence towards women. (Indeed, while reading/listening to them, I'm often distracted thinking about what kind of minds write and read them with such relish and enthusiasm.).

Sexual ultra-violence aside, I enjoyed many of the other story ideas in this collection. For example, 'Paralyzed'had a flavour of the 'Saw' movies. 'Skeletons in the Attic' finished with an ironic twist that made the entire tale darkly humorous. 'Time is Everything' showed us how the possibility of immortality can bring out the worst in some people. 'Ripe' was a twisted story of soulmates. 'Four Halloweens' followed a victim's quest for vengeance. I liked the ideas in all of the aforementioned stories, although I think some of them would have been more satisfying if the endings had been written a wee bit differently.

The narration was enthusiastic and I can understand why other reviewers gave positive ratings for performance. My subjective, personal preference is for male narrators to use less exaggeration for character voices (especially female character voices), and for a deeper sounding voice that resonates more. This narrator sounds very young, which seems to suit some of the stories in this collection better than others.

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

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Well written

With a lot of short story collections usually you find that maybe only a third are decent. However I honestly really liked pretty much all the stories here. Also I hate it when some writers just throw a couple lines together, no real beginning and leave you wondering what happened after. These did not do that at all. They were all complete stories, no cliffhangers that I can recall. Some stories were a bit intense definitely not recommended for young readers. But overall I enjoyed it very much. The narrator was ok. The ones where he just told the stories from one characters point of view I think he does best with. Not the best when voicing other characters or women but not terrible either. I was given this audio in exchange for honest review. Hope you enjoy as I did.

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Skeletons

These are some twisted sicko stories.Some are pretty good,some I just couldnt finish.J Stempien was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • 12-24-18

Short story collection

Consistently good stories but nothing amazing. If you're hurting for some horror this is a good place to start but not sure how if there aren't better collections out there.

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Skeletons in the Attic

This is an engaging collection of horror stories. It grabbed my attention right from the very first story and did not let go until the end of the last story. Each of the stories is well written and have strong characters that keep the reader interested throughout the story. There is a good mix of the depth of horror and plots in these stories. Some are dark and gruesome while others are lighter. Listeners can enjoy many different stories and levels of horror in this collection. I enjoyed the many different plots and scenarios contained in this volume. Narrator J. Stempien does a good job with keeping the narrative flowing and pulling the listener into each of the tales.

I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review.

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Sociopath on the loose

this book has many disturbing stories some of which can be believable to the point that I hope the book dosent give some psycho person ideas.
very well narrated and written.
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Eclectic Horror Collection

There are many horror story anthologies out there and what I've come to find as more and more important is coming up with unique perspectives and situations. There are horrific scenes in here, and there are only so many things people can do to one another, but in each case the motives, the drive to commit those acts was different either subtly or out of left field. This gets my recommendation simply for being different.

The narration fit as well. The authors phrasing lended itself to quick declarative sentences and the narrator delivered those with conviction.

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  • 11-25-18

Well written & narrated

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3.5. Based on the title and blurb I was expecting more horror / “jump “ and some of these were more sexual. I agree that sexual assault is terrifying but it’s a different ballgame to skeletons and not what I was after.

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  • ScottishJay
  • 11-06-18

Excellent listen leading up to Halloween!

Listened to this audio book in bed once a night leading up to Halloween, and I really enjoyed the 15 different stories within. Spooktacular!

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