Tag Archives: Short Stories

Review: Unspeakable and Other Stories by Lucy Taylor

30 Jul

Lucy Taylor’s work has been recommended to me frequently, due to my love for erotic horror.  Earlier this year, I finally got to read a short story by her, and I enjoyed every word of it.  So I was ecstatic when our site was contacted by the author about reviewing her short story collection Unspeakable and Other Stories.  The collection is made up of eight short stories, which I believe have all been published previously in various anthologies/magazines.  There was not a story in this collection that I did not enjoy, but my three favorites would have to be (in no particular order) “Wall of Words”, “The Family Underwater”, and “A Hairy Chest, A Big Dick, and a Harley”.  Taylor has a special way of playing with words and twisting them around, making the reader think one thing, and then, when she unravels it all, showing  something entirely different.  Her endings were always a surprise to me, especially in “A Hairy Chest, A Big Dick, and a Harley”. Yes, her stories would be classified as erotic horror, but I don’t think many readers would find themselves wanting a warm body to make love to after having read her work.  Taylor’s stories are sensual yet disturbing and are more likely leave you fearing the lover beside you.  Gripping and chilling, I devoured this collection in small doses to make it last longer.  Highly Recommended!

Contains:  Adult language, Adult Situations, Sex

Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.

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Review: Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-Job Terror edited by Peter Giglio

6 Mar

For most people, there is nothing more terrifying than waking up and going into work day after day.  Peter Giglio shows just how valid this fear is as he brings together twenty-five authors and stories in Help! Wanted.  As with all anthologies, some stories will be favored by one reader while other readers will prefer the ones that reader didn’t care for.  For me, some of the stories that truly stood out were Lisa Morton’s “Face Out”, where a spell goes wrong for a bookstore owner; Mark Allan Gunnells’ “Must Be Something in the Water”, which will make you hesitant to ever drink from a water cooler again; Gregory L. Norris’ “Carpool”, in which a man finally goes crazy from driving to work each day; and Jeff Strand’s “Work/Life Balance”, which shows how things really can be too good to be true.  These are just a few of the magnificent and utterly terrifying stories in this collection.  Do yourself a favor and read this book… unless, of course, you think it will make it that much more difficult to get out of bed in the morning.  Consider yourself warned! Highly recommended for all library collections.

Contains:  Adult Language & Adult Situations

Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.

Review: Cut Corners Vol. 1 by Various Authors

6 Mar

The first ever book release from Sinister Grin Press is a mini-collection of three short stories by three VERY well-known authors: Ramsey Campbell, Bentley Little, and Ray Garton.  Ramsey Campbell starts off this collection with a story titled “The Address”, which tells of the events an elderly man goes through as he tries to find his way home.  Second up is Bentley Little, with a darkly humorous tale called “Conversation Between Two Women Overheard At My Dentist’s Office”, which gets increasingly more terrifying as the conversation between the two females plays out.  Ray Garton ends the collection with his story “Autophagy”, which is still giving me the creepy crawly feeling as the characters in this tale describe how they have strange “things” coming out of their bodies.  All three stories were terrifying in a different way and most enjoyable.  For readers not familiar with these three authors, this is a great introduction to each of them.  Seasoned fans of these authors won’t be disappointed in their latest release.  For a new press, this is an impressive first lineup and will leave readers curious as to what will be coming out next from this small press.  Highly recommended for all library collections.

Includes:  Adult Language

Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.

Saturday Freebie: Midnight Movie Creature Feature

25 Feb

This freebie sounds quite interesting so thought I’d share the link here for the rest of you to pick up.  Just click the image to go to the Amazon page:

 

Please step inside the May December Multiplex!

Check out any of our seventeen screens for tales that will titllate, tease, and terrify. Lesbian zombies? We got ’em! Along with vampires, werewolves, swamp creatures and a host of other nasty beasties. Inside, you will find the first B-Movie Horror Story written for geology junkies!* Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is…your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the next…it is ALL included in the price of admission!

Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!

*We base this claim on nothing more than our own best guess. It has no basis in fact and may be an outright lie!

This anthology contains A Golem in Ozone Park starring Jim Sylvestry,
The Lure starring Chantal Boudreau,
A Zinger Must Die starring David Perlmuter,
The Pit starring Terry Alexander,
The Spine-Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem starring Tom Ribas,
Just the Two of Us starring Anthony Bell,
The Fish Boy starring Eric Dimbleby,
And the Dark Growls Back starring Aaron Dries,
Visitor starring Kelley Kombrinck,
Frightening Cliches starring Bennie Newsome,
Dead Planet starring Ryan Hillis,
Hayride starring Joseph A Polega,
Fish Out of Water starring Carl Barker,
From Rebirth to Reburial starring M.W. Williamson,
North starring MJ Wesolowski,
Revenge of the Zombie Pussy Eater starring Craig Wallwork, and
Keeping it Together starring DK Mok

Some Weekend Kindle Freebies

12 Feb

Just wanted to do another quick posts of some Kindle freebies that popped up this weekend.  I’m assuming that must of these will cease being free after today, but I could be wrong so grab ’em while you can.  🙂

Note:  Clicking the images will take you to the books.


BAD STACKS is the complete text of three story collections covering suspense, psychological mystery, and paranormal tales. A total of 29 stories originally published in professional magazines and anthologies such as Writers of the Future, The Third Alternative, Cemetery Dance, Crimewave, and more. The box set of 118,000 words also includes a bonus essay.

Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of 15 novels, six screenplays, four children’s books, and four comic book series, as well as 80 short stories. His novels include LIQUID FEAR, CHRONIC FEAR, THE HARVEST, AS I DIE LYING, THE RED CHURCH, DISINTEGRATION, and more. Send your questions to his Amazon Author Central page by clicking on his name below the book title at the top of the page, or visit him at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com.

Guest contributors include Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Tim Lebbon, William Meikle, and John Everson.

Look for the other Kindle box sets in the series, ODD STACKS and BAD STACKS, to complete your Nicholson story collection!

A collection of horror stories, featuring vampires, zombies, monsters, serial killers, and other creepy creatures of the night. Edited by introduced by bestselling author Scott Nicholson (The Red Church, Speed Dating with the Dead, Liquid Fear).

Stories by Joseph Nassise, Simon Wood, Maria Alexander, Nate Kenyon, Kealan Patrick Burke, Lisa Morton, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Joe McKinney.

(Note: Many of you know that I love me some Lisa Morton novels, so be sure to check this freebie story of hers out!!!)

Some Body’s At The Door is a collection of 14 tales to chill the soul and to haunt the mind.

Duncan Kennedy thinks he is alone in his hotel room. But who is knocking at the door?

A woman wants to win… at any cost.

A little girl refuses to grow up, and a little boy isn’t allowed to.

Paul Colenrook believes a monster lurks in the plughole. Maybe he’s right.

He probably is.

Deep within the Manistee National Forest, in the weeks leading up to Halloween, the secluded logging village of Walkerville, Michigan is thrust into a nightmare as locals start disappearing, only to have their bodies, or body parts, found; naked, pale, and with deep patches of flesh seemingly ripped out where there once were tattoos. The local sheriff and deputies must enlist the help of the Grand Rapids Homicide Department. Together, they desperately try to work on the bizarre cases in their own distinctive ways, to find the person or persons responsible for the grisly murders before other unfortunate villagers suffer the same fate.

It has been said that women are the “gentle” sex. Apparently, not all of them got the message. Within the pages of this anthology are a dozen zombie tales by women who will help you discover why they say something else about the ladies: Hell Hath No Fury…