A big thank you to NetGalley, Crossroad Press and Macabre Ink for the advanced copy of this book to read for free in return for an honest review.
Horror Book by Thom Carnell, due to be published 22.2.22. Read the synopsis here.
Overall rating – 2 out of 5 stars.
I kind of struggled with this one, to really understand it. From the title I was expecting individual short horror stories, what I got was not that.
Whilst the stories were good, more on those shortly, it just felt incredibly misleading to be called Horror Book and then not feature anything that would be classed as horror. I appreciate that some of these stories did feature some very scary and very real world horrors, but I was expecting more make you scared horror, make you sit on the edge of your seat horror, make you scared to look in the mirror horror… That kinda thing.
There is no denying though that some of the individual stories were well written and cleverly produced.
Family Matters was one that was well written, but I did struggle to see how it was horror related. It was an excerpt from a book so I didn’t want to judge it too harshly as the rest of the book could well have been full on horror.
The Promise again had really good writing, I couldn’t fault that. But it was very mundane and very same old.
The Appeal really stood out to me. I enjoyed this one a little bit more and liked how they used such a happy holiday to try and create some horror.
Homecoming. Now this was more like it! It was exactly the sort of story I was expecting to read in this book. While it was a little samey, it was definitely creepy!
Esurience – Trigger warning for discussions of food and extreme fasting and disordered eating.
I had to stop reading this one as I didn’t feel like I could continue with the topic the story was discussing, especially without a prior trigger warning to prepare myself.
Happy Together just wasn’t really horrifying at all, it felt really obvious and I guessed what was going to happen with it pretty much straight away.
Sovereignty was a DNFR.
Tomb of the Living Dead was another highly predictable story. I just felt it lacked any originality and was packed with a lot of unnecessary stuff that didn’t add value or bring anything to the story.
The Dagger of Golgotha I was excited about! And I did enjoy it, it had the makings of a thoroughly good story but it just went on for a bit too long. It was well written and certainly grabbed my interest but I felt it dragged out just a bit too much and would have benefitted from being wrapped up sooner.
Hypoxia was a DNFR.
Anamnesis should have been another DNFR, it was possibly the most copied tale of the bunch…
Just overall this book was not what I thought it would be and because of that, I did really struggle to enjoy some of the stories within it.
Happy reading bookworms! Until next time, Em xxx