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text 2016-12-28 12:45
Char's Horror Corner Top 5: Short Story Collections/Anthologies Read in 2016!
Greener Pastures - Michael Bukowski,Michael Wehunt,John Boden,K. Allen Wood
The Wrath of Concrete and Steel - John Claude Smith
Wrathbone and Other Stories - Jason Parent
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories - Francis King,John Blackburn,Richard Marsh,Michael McDowell,Stephen Gregory
The Seeds of Nightmares - Tony Tremblay
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury


I've been lucky to have read a ton of great books this year here at my Horror Corner. I'll be doing a few different posts about my favorites and this one tackles short story collections and anthologies. If you're interested in learning more, please click the titles to see my original review. 


These are in no particular order but:  Every. Single. One. Of them. ROCKED!


Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt is the one selection in my top 5 that was written by an author previously unknown to me. It absolutely knocked my socks off and I cannot say enough good things about it. I still think about the title story and the "spaces between" any time I hear any stories about long distance truckers. 

You can get your copy here: Greener Pastures


The Wrath of Concrete and Steel by John Claude Smith contains a few stories that are unlike anything I've read before. I've read over 170 books this year alone, so for me to say that is really something. Unfortunately, I do not believe this book is currently available anywhere. 


Wrathbone by Jason Parent was great fun! The title story was a curious mix of historical fiction and dark fiction which I didn't think was possible to pull off properly, but Jason did it and he made it look easy. I still think about "The Only Good Lawyer"  and the witch doctor all the time. You can find your copy here: Wrathbone and Other Stories



The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories is an absolutely terrific anthology put together by one of my favorite publishers. What sets this one apart and above the rest is the fact that it's not the same old horror stories that you read in every other anthology. The authors included within are often not known for their horror stories at all, which was a nice treat. Plus, there's a kick-ass story from Michael McDowell in there. The price of the collection is worth it, just for Miss Mack, in my opinion. 

You can get a copy here: The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories



The Seeds of Nightmares by Tony Tremblay was a breath of fresh air. Containing original and creative stories, often with a touch of poignancy, I found myself wishing I had read this collection sooner. I know that the story Stardust will stick with me forever. You can get your copy here: The Seeds of Nightmares



Bonus: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. What more can I say about this widely read classic? The stories were creative and imaginative even by today's standards. I think any fiction reader's library is incomplete without this volume. 

So fill that void here: The Martian Chronicles



Thanks for reading and I'll hope you stick with Char's Horror Corner in 2017, for your dark fiction and horror reading recommendations. 

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review 2016-03-09 18:30
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, narrated by Stephen Howe
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury,Stephen Hoye


The Martian Chronicles is an amazing collection of interconnected stories about Mars. Human missions to Mars, religious missions to Mars, nervous breakdowns on Mars, etc... Even though some of the tales are outdated by today's views, the underlying values and messages remain the same; they are timeless.


Some of the stories have been released previously, and some have been changed over the years. I discovered, thanks to Wiki, that one tale having to do with race relations, was not included in this collection at all. I'm not sure it really matters, but just know that this anthology is NOT the same as it was upon its original release.


There's not much new I can add to what's already been said about The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury's writing is so simple, yet so evocative-he can get across in just a few words what it takes me paragraphs to say. His observations on human nature are spot on and even though these stories were written back in the 40's and 50's, most of them are still relevant today.


Classics are classics for a reason and this one is truly special. My highest recommendation!

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text 2016-02-16 18:05
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury-SALE!!
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

Currently, the Kindle edition of the Martian Chronicles is on sale for only $1.99 AND you can add the Audible narration for only $3.49. WOOT!


Follow the link: The Martian Chronicles


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review 2015-09-17 12:27
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
bookshelves: autumn-2011, published-1950, sci-fi, little-green-men, fraudio, autumn-2015, re-visit-2015, play-dramatisation, beautifully-put, author-love, radio-4, lit-richer
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 23, 2011 to September 14, 2015


blurb - The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.

The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

This starts in Bradbury's future, January 1999 and his take on the first successful manned mission to Mars is splendidly irreverent. The Earthmen are so full up with their own importance, success and agenda that they are totally phased by the indifference they are greeted with - lot like some *cough* countries, eh?

"We'd like someone to give us the keys to the city and shake our hands"

There is a background noise where Bradbury is trying to tell us Earthmen that we already live a messed-up mentality and are trying to spread it around the universe and as such, this is a horror story written poetically, Bradbury's deceptive and descriptive narrative is beautifully penned.


Re-visit details: Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in a thrilling new dramatisation, re-imagining Ray Bradbury's timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

Dramatised for radio by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.
Original Music: Imran Ahmad
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review 2014-12-07 00:00
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun - Ray Bradbury "I haven't read Bradbury in years but when I saw this nice looking volume on the shelves at my local B&N I snapped it up. So glad I did. Revisiting Mars as envisioned by Mr. Bradbury oh those many decades ago brought me great pleasure. Bradbury saw the world - and far-flung places like Mars - with almost childlike innocence and wonder. His prose flows like poetry, his words paint beautiful landscapes in our minds.
Even if, like me, you have read these stories before do yourself a favor and revisit the Red Planet, Ohio, and Illinois created by the words of the brilliant Ray Bradbury. You cannot possible go wrong.
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