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text 2017-12-19 18:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Anthologies/Collections of 2017
The Secret of Ventriloquism - Jon Padgett
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Haunted Nights - Lisa Morton,Ellen Datlow
Dark Screams: Volume Six - Stephen King,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman,Joyce Carol Oates
20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill,Christopher Golden
Halloween Carnival Volume 5 - Lisa Tuttle,Kevin Quigley,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle
For Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska,Steve Upham,Charles Black,Reggie Oliver,Reggie Oliver
DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

 

I've read a ton of great short story collections and anthologies this year, making it difficult to limit my post to only ten. But I think I've managed to do a decent job of it, so without further ado, here's my top ten. (Click the book covers below to see my original review.)

 

1.  The Secret of Ventriloquism - Jon Padgett  This collection still haunts my dreams. I know I'll be reading it again.

 

2Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum  An anthology featuring stories of addiction.These tales are disturbing, fun and gross all at one time!  Featuring some of the best horror authors of today, you can't go wrong with this intense anthology.

 

3. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowell  Once again, Valancourt Books puts together a stellar anthology, featuring the likes of Michael McDowell, Stephen Gregory and R. Chetwynd-Hayes to name just a few. James Jenkins and Ryan Cagle both have a keen eye for excellent horror and they don't just hand us the same old, same old. 

 

4. Haunted Nights - Lisa Morton,Ellen Datlow  Edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton. I have to admit this anthology knocked my socks off. All of these tales are connected by Halloween, be it the Halloween we celebrate here in the US, or the different ways it is celebrated across the world. This is the anthology that surprised me the most this year. (In a good way!)

 

5Dark Screams: Volume Six - Stephen King,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman,Joyce Carol Oates  I read a number of the Dark Screams series this year, but this one was my favorite. Featuring stories by Tim Curran and Norman Prentiss, Dark Screams: Volume Six stood out the most to me. 

 

620th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill,Christopher Golden  This was Joe Hill's first published book. I loved it! It features the story Pop Art, which is one of my all time favorites. 

 

7. Halloween Carnival Volume 5 - Lisa Tuttle,Kevin Quigley,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman  Like the Dark Screams anthologies, I read a number of Halloween Carnival volumes this year, but this, Volume 5, stood above the rest. Featuring stories from Richard Chizmar, Norman Prentiss (there he is again!), and Lisa Tuttle among others, this was a fun book. 

 

8The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle  This outstanding collection features a bold premise: a group of Victorian age writers get together with the price of admission being a supernatural story. What fun! I read this last week and I'm still thinking of some of these fun tales. 

 

9For Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska,Steve Upham,Charles Black,Reggie Oliver,Reggie Oliver  I read this fabulous collection with my Horror Readers group and we all loved it. I had never heard of this author before reading this book and now I'm hoping to read more from her in the future.  (Plus, look at that cool cover!)

 

10DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates  by Joyce Carol Oates. These stories had all been previously published, but I had not read them, so they were new to me. JCO is hit or miss with me sometimes, but with Dis MEM Ber, she did not strike out. 

 

If you've stayed with me this far, I thank you! I hope you'll check in with me during 2018 as I tackle more horror short stories and hopefully more new authors. Thanks for reading!

 

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review 2017-10-18 17:09
- Chodzi mi o to, że może to nielogiczne i bezsensowne, a nawet niesprawiedliwe: pokutować całe życie z powodu jednego strasznego zdarzenia...
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-09 21:54
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl - Joyce Carol Oates

Average book. A story about an American teen who loses all of his friends and becomes suicidal after an unforeseen event. Nearly kills himself but gets saved when a girl his age saves him. Everything and everyone are happy again, they kiss, the end. Pretty average storyline.

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text 2017-07-05 18:45
June 2017 Round up!
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Ascent - Luke Walker
Empire Falls - Richard Russo
The Memory of Running - Recorded Books LLC,Ron McLarty,Ron McLarty
The North Water: A Novel - Ian McGuire
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King,Richard Chizmar
Criminal: The Deluxe Edition - Volume 1 - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
The Fever: A Novel - Megan Abbott
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale
DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

I read 18 books in June!

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

Criminal Deluxe Edition 5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-Last Shots 4*

American Vampire 5 4.5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Man in Black-3*

Total: 4

 

Audio Books

 

Empire Falls by Richard Russo 5*

The Fever by Megan Abbott 3.5*

The Memory of Running by Ron McClarty 5*

Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo 4*

The North Water by Ian McGuire 4*

Total: 5

 

E-ARCS

 

Ascent by Luke Walker 4*

The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss and Brian Freeman 4.5*

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones 5*

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 3.5*

The Changeling by Victor LaValle 4.5*

Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale 4.5*

Dis MeM ber by Joyce Carol Oates 4*

Total: 7

 

Random Books

 

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar 4*

The Summer Job by Adam Cesare 3*

Total: 2

 

Total books read in June: 18

 

 

 

Reading Challenges

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

January Count: 1

February Count: 2

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June: 0

Running Count: 5

 

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

 

Running count: 24

 

I'm ditching the Coolthulhu Crew 2017 challenge. It just seems to be too much work for me right now!

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

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review 2017-07-02 00:00
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Joyce Carol Oates 3,75 stars. I liked it, but in a way that's really hard to pin point. Everything about this was better than average, yet nothing blew my mind.
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