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Terror in the Shadows, Volume 1

Scary Ghosts, Paranormal & Supernatural Horror Short Stories Collection
Narrated by: Thom Bowers
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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A young man’s attempts at breaking parole end in a night of horror. A child realizes that his Christmas gift might be a lot more sinister than he originally thought. An editor unveils his client’s sinister plan to cleanse the world of all evil. And a woman’s walk home is accompanied by a strange presence that promises a gruesome end.

Scare Street’s authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Sara Clancy, and A. I. Nasser come together to bring you some of the most horrifying short stories in a single collection. They’re here to tell tales of the terrible and the macabre in a book so unsettling it will bring chills to your very core.

So head over to your favorite chair, make yourself comfortable, and dive right in. We promise that sleep will be the last thing on your mind. Just make sure you keep the lights on. The dark can be a terrible, terrible place....

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Great mix of short stories.

This is a collection of 10 short stories, Jackson Stables by Ron Ripley, Music Box by A. I. Nasser, Lost Dog by David Longhorn, Trick or Treat by Sara Clancy, The Steak House by Ron Ripley, Thunder Run by David Longhorn, Faces by A. I. Nasser, Initial Impression by David Longhorn, Closer by Sara Clancy and The Sins We Hide by A.I Nasser. I usually avoid short story collections because I always end up unsatisfied with the stories, they seem to always feel rushed and not complete, but I loved this collection and each book felt like a full story. I didn't feel like the stories were unfinished!

I also usually write notes to myself when reading short stories so I can keep track of what each one was about and my thoughts on each, but I forgot to with this one because when I started listening, I couldn't stop. Each story was well written, some were a lot creepier than others but each one was thoroughly enjoyable and kept me hooked.

Each author has their own distinctive style but one thing they have in common is their ability to tell a story. I think my favourites were the Steak House, Closer and The Sins We Hide.

Thom Bowers has grown a lot as a narrator and has become a better performer. He read each story really well and gave each character their own voice and personality.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • David
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 06-24-19

Top notch narration for this collection of short stories

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

I wouldn’t say that any of these short stories will be overwhelmingly memorable in the horror genre overall, though they were well written and kept up a creepy vibe. What really is the strong point of this collection is the narration by Thom Bowers. His voices and tone add to the creepiness of what might otherwise be a lackluster collection in written form. My favorite of all the stories was by far the one about the missing girl saved for last. While it wasn’t highly original, and I saw the twist coming a mile away, I think Mr. Bowers did an excellent job of narrating that does lend to the listener being unsettled as it played out.

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Great short story collection

I loved this collection of short stories. Well worth reading. From ghost horses, all till the end with a chilling story of a little girl and her want of revenge. These writers have given me many hours of entertainment and creepy vibes. The narrator is so good at his job, that now enough when I read one of Scare Street many books I imagine this narrator's voice in my head. Read this book you will not forget these stories.

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Great Stories!

Some pretty creepy stories with a great performance by Thom Bowers. Best listened to on a dark rainy night.

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  • SD
  • 08-03-19

Very good, wanted more

This book has a couple more stories than the ones indicated in the blurb.
I liked a lot one were the victim/"bad" guy is so arrogant as to try to fight the paranormal phenomenon with just his will. Pretty cool.
The stories are long enough shorts, but I kind of fell like the ending is never enough. All the writers and narrator were very good, so I wanted them to be longer and have more juice (as in background story) in a general way. Even so, I loved when the stories ended with something like news clippings with the aftermath of the story - because no one is alive to tell the tale, right... (I'm kidding! That's not the case... all the time.)

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Awesome Collection!

Review Copied from My review of the "Shadows Books 1-3" Set:
I own all the books in this series in both Kindle and Now Audible formats. While I Love being able to read the books, being able to listen to them while driving my car too is even better. There's nothing better than a short trip to the store and being able to listen to something just perfect enough for short trips. Highly Recommended.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 07-12-19

Solid Collection of Creepiness

I was really impressed with the way that this short story collection turned out. Often times when looking at a collection the stories seem stunted and like they haven't been given enough room to grow into a full experience, but this definitely doesn't fall under that category. The first story was creepy and immersive and it didn't let go after that until the end of the 6 hour run-time. Each story was varied and interesting from a different pov and in a different setting but they each succeeded at creeping me out and delivering an exciting storyline.

I really enjoyed this collection. I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Thoroughly enjoyable listen

This book has just the right amount of 'scare'. Not too gory or graphic and not utterly terrifying. The narrator was spot on (maybe needs to work on his Scottish accent, but still did much better than I ever could!), the pace and intonation were just right. A couple of the stories got my heart racing with the suspense, which is what you want from a horror, in my opinion. Altogether a good listen. I shall be listening to or reading the other books in this series.

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Great collection of spooky stories.

My kids love scary stuff and this didn't disappoint. Some stories are better than others, but they are all good. Definitely recommend.

At my request, I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 05-24-19

Great collection of solid and creepy stories

The authors included here are top notch. The stories were all creepy and well paced.
1. Jackson Stables - Ron Ripley
Interesting take on a ghost story. Very creepy and starts this collections off with a bang.
2. Music Box - A.I. Nasser
Continues the scares as we meet a young boy with a very possessive personality
3. Lost Dog - David Longhorn
This one will make you think twice about helping a total stranger at the beach.
4. Trick Or Treat - Sara Clancy
Creepy Halloween haunted house - Check
Creepy ventriloquist dummy - Check
High levels of dread - Check, Check and Check
5. The Steakhouse - Ron Ripley
Location as a character is hard to do, but done with great finesse here. Step into my parlor...
6. Thunder Run - David Longhorn
Excellent and spooky ghost story. A haunted theater that just needs an expansion.
7. Faces - A.I. Nasser
To be young and at the top of his game may be the demise of the good Dr.
Great tale of hubris and greed.
8. Initial Impression - David Longhorn
A tale within a tale about a haunted manuscript. Very creepy and paced to keep you guessing.
9. Closer - Sara Clancy
This was a very tense and breathless story with a quick and scary end. One of my favorites.
10. The Sins We Hide - A.I. Nasser
Atmospheric, graphic and heartbreaking at the same time. Very sad tale of the sins we keep from the people that think they know us best.

All of these stories were aided by a brilliant performance by Thom Bowers. His cadre Of creepy and unsettling voices are a perfect match for this collection.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving an honest and voluntary review.


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  • Selina ryles
  • 07-03-19

a wonderful mix of engaging stories

I must admit I have a guilty pleasure of loving these short story compilations. Sometimes you just dont have the time to commit to starting a very long novel so I love the fact that these tales are just the right length and easy to dip in and out of. The novel contains a great mix and selection of tales and although some kept ke on the edge of my seat more than others ..all were as equally enjoyable in their own rights. A very strong selection . I have read/listened to some compilations that I feel just add some stories In between as fillers. This series definitely does not do that. I recommend to all readers that love the paranormal / horror genre as much as I do . I was given this book by the author / narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review