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review 2017-11-03 00:38
My American Nightmare
My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology - Azzurra Nox,Nicky Peacock

I'm late, as usual, reporting the rest of my Halloween Bingo squares...but this one was for Terrifying Women!

 

Ghosts, zombies, slashers, abductions, creepy dolls, and of course witches are included in this selection of creepy short stories. All written by women  My American Nightmare  contains everything from macabre to disturbing, perfect for Halloween time reading. With all stories set in the United States of America, some stories are historically set, some are current, the stories range from new horror to familiar retellings.    With all short story collections I enjoyed some stories more than others, however with Halloween right around the corner I gobbled up all the stories and appreciated the atmosphere that they gave to this time of year.  

One of my favorite stories was the Ballad of Sorrow and Lila which shows the power of strong feelings and why a bully never wins.

I also enjoyed The Pickman Sisters of Salem which will reverberate with any who loves Hocus Pocus.  

The last story in the grouping was a perfect send-off.  Mr. Button's Tea Party had a lot of elements, abductions, dolls and disfigurement; however, the creepiest part was that it felt like something that might actually happen to a person or a story you might hear about on the news.  This is one that I would have loved to see expanded upon. 


Overall, these short stories show that women in horror makes for a wonderfully spooky mix. 

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review 2017-10-29 00:36
My American Nightmare - Women in Horror Anthology
My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology - Azzurra Nox,Nicky Peacock

This is a perfect for book to read this time of year. With Halloween Coming quickly. I had a blast scaring myself. This is an Anthology. it has 19 stories in the book. Each story is written by a different author. The stories run the range of every ghoul and goblin in the Halloween line up. From Ghost to zombies. These are short stories, but the creep factor grabs you quickly. There are several stories in this book I would love to read a whole book on. 

 

Picking a favorite story would be impossible for me. I really loved the first one, yea I know picking the first one is lame. But it is about a zombie apocalypse.  How a virus ends up effecting the whole country. The story takes place in Pennsylvania. A girl and her family are trying to escape their hometown but it ends up being too late. The mother gets sick first then the father. The girl ends up being alone and just as she forms a plan to escape she ends up with a sore throat. The first sign of being affected. I also have to admit I would love to read a full book on this story, it ended way to soon for me, but it really stuck with me. 

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review 2017-06-20 00:00
13 Deja Vu: An Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction
13 Deja Vu: An Anthology of Horror and D... 13 Deja Vu: An Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction - Sara Schoen,Taylor Henderson,Erin Lee,Carissa Ann Lynch,Bradon Nave,Luke Swanson,Marissa Farrar,Jackie Sonnenberg,Elizabeth Roderick,Samie Sands,S. Valentine,D.A. Roach,Thomas S. Flowers Featuring Mytopia by Samie Sands

Mia is a young girl whom her mother has sheltered and tried to protect all her life. She just wants her little girl to be safe and not to get hurt. So that is probably why Mia has always kept to herself never letting anyone in resulting in her having no friends. You see Mia is blind and that is why her mother tries to keep her from harm.

When a virus starts to run wild in the outside world Mia’s mother who is a nurse tries to keep her from listening to the news but when she is called into work Mia desperate to know what is going turns the tv on as soon as her mother is out the door.

When her mother doesn’t return after a few days Mia gets worried but when she receives a phone call from her mother and then the line goes dead Mia has no clue what she should do. Should she go out to find for her mother not knowing what is happening? Should she go out into a world that is being over by a virus when she can’t see? Oh my oh my what will happen to Mia who is all alone?

I have enjoyed reading Mia’s story and would love to read more from her world. What is Mia and her mother’s story? Where is Mia’s mother? Is she safe? What happens to Mia?

Mytopia is the only story so far that I have read from the anthology of 13 Déjà vu (thanks to Samie Sands for the opportunity) I do plan on reading more at a later date. Mytopia is just the beginning and just enough to whet the appetite setting me up for more from this great set of short stories.

If you have not read 13 Déjà vu anthology then let me suggest that you do. What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today.
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review 2015-12-14 15:15
Review: Consumed Volume 2: A Horror Anthology by Kyle M. Scott
Consumed Volume 2: A Horror Anthology - Kyle M. Scott


I received a free copy of Consumed Volume 2: A Horror Anthology in return for an honest review.

 

I first came across Kyle M. Scott's writing when I was recommended his first collection Consumed: Volume 1 and I have been a huge fan and devoured every book by this author ever since. Consumed Volume 2 is his latest release, which I enjoyed every bit as much as all of his previous works.

 

Kyle as the ability to not only disturb you with his grisly scenes but to also make you think and contemplate the deeper underlying theme or message found in each story. Each short touches on many different aspects of society today and all the things that are wrong in the world. Kyle's uncanny ability to mix horror with a deeper underlying message causes the reader to look inside and to consider their own views and is part of what makes his short stories so unique.

 

Kyle's writing style is reminiscent to the horror that I grew up reading, the kind that I continually search for in every book that I pick up. The stories are full of not only blood and gore horror but also the horror of humanity, and they never cease to draw me in and entertain me in the most twisted way.


Definitely one I would recommend, in fact I would recommend all books by this author to horror fans out there.

 

 

 

Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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text 2015-10-30 22:40
Spooky Comics for Halloween!
Big Baby - Charles Burns
The Complete Ouija Interviews - Sarah Becan
The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of Horror - C. Spike Trotman,Michael DeForge,Carla Speed McNeil,britt c. h.,Randal Milholland,Lin Visel & J.R. Cullen,Greg Stolze & Langdon Foss,Der-shing Helmer,Hillary Blair,Evan Dahm,Kristin Cheney,Lety R-Z & Stevan Zivadinovic,Meg Gandy,Ty & Lee B

 

Last August, I picked up a few comics at the awesome Autoptic Festival, written about here. 

 

Of course, Halloween is my favorite holiday, so it was probably not coincidence that a number of the new comics I picked up were rather spooky, so I squirreled them away until the leaves started turning, it started getting chillier, and you can get more foods with pumpkin in them, like a literary bag of Halloween candy. 

 

Big Baby - Charles Burns 

Big Baby was one of Charles Burns' first comic creations, and this anthology collects a group of Big Baby stories published between 1983 and 1991. A lot of the same themes that would later be perfected in his opus, Black Hole; childhood whimsy, teenage angst, suburban malaise, mid-20th century noir horror leaking into the mundane world, and other good, weird stuff. Here, things are a bit more surreal, which was definitely fun. You can also see his exquisite, rather deadpan style developing as well. 

 

The Complete Ouija Interviews - Sarah Becan 

This was an adorable, spooky, morbid little book, perfect for a Halloween treat. Featuring a collection of "interviews" Sarah Becan, her brother, and a few friends conducted with various dead people via some sessions with a Ouija board on Nantucket Island, it was a great mix of hilarious, touching, and just plain creepy- just how I like my Halloween fun. Becan's cute ghost illustrations are a perfect companion to the amusing, if somewhat disturbing dialog of her ghostly visitors, and their many tragic, untimely deaths, love of getting laid, and advice for the living. A short, easily completed comic, I'd recommend The Complete Ouija Interviews would be really fun to pass around at a Halloween party. It actually makes me want to dig up my parent's old ouija board from the basement and try out my own. Good thing I don't really believe in ghosts!

 

The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of Horror - C. Spike Trotman,Michael DeForge,Carla Speed McNeil,britt c. h.,Randal Milholland,Lin Visel & J.R. Cullen,Greg Stolze & Langdon Foss,Der-shing Helmer,Hillary Blair,Evan Dahm,Kristin Cheney,Lety R-Z & Stevan Zivadinovic,Meg Gandy,Ty & Lee B 

This Kickstarted anthology of short horror comics from dozens of budding artists really goes into some really dark, interesting places. You can never tell what is going to happen in the next one, with settings ranging from suburban American anytowns to Australia to deep space, making it never get repetitive. While some of the stories end a bit abruptly and seem a bit obtuse, the bleakness and arbitrary nature of fear is always present. The comics are diverse in every sense of the word; a lot of different people are represented, and many different art styles and ideas also show up- mostly, the stories are pure horror, original and effecting, with few cliches, though a few offer up commentaries on human cultures, more or less successfully. If you can locate a copy, snap it up! It will probably show up in your dreams, too. 

 

*Theme music for entry, "Junk Bones," Dark Dark Dark, Snow Magic, 2008

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