13 Tales To Give You Night Terrors – multiple authors

Hi everyone! Something a little different from me today, I read an anthology of horror books so I’ve decided to do short two or three line reviews of each story and then rate them in pumpkins (in keeping with the Halloween theme!) All ratings will be out of 5.

Link to book – 13 Tales To Give You Night Terrors

Crashing Mirrors – Well I wasn’t expecting that ending, it was a complete twist! Bravo to the author. Whilst the writing did leave a little to be desired it was more than made up for with the story and that shock twist.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5

Ad Infinitum – aw this was so good! I absolutely loved the ambiguity that the story had and coupled with that story of chaotic way the story was being told to us, it was just brilliantly done. I love that whole crazed vibe and this story certainly had a lot of it.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

Black Holes – well this was fucking traumatising. Jfc. This was actually quite a horrific story, and it made me feel genuinely sick when I finished reading it :))))) bravo to the author though, who clearly put their heart and soul into crafting such an eerie and tense atmosphere, coupled with an impeccable story.

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Clown – oh my good lord, this book is genuinely trying to kill me. I hate clowns and I’m scared of the dark so this story, coupled with those fears was just about enough to tip me over the edge to a full blown breakdown. This was so tense and genuinely creepy, it felt dark and it was incredibly hard not to imagine the scene in your head. It was a lot.

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Back Home – this one was actually quite sad, a tale of loss and ghosts. It was very well done I just didn’t feel the same thrill I felt with some of the others unfortunately.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

Waiting For The Wolf – a shorter story that definitely packed a punch! I loved the ending and the whole chain mail vibe of this story just took me back to my younger days. I was just disappointed it wasn’t longer to allow that tension to build, but it did do well in time it had.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

Store Macabre – DNFR.

Search History – while I did enjoy this one I felt a little mislead by the title, I was expecting something different which was a shame. Aside from that, the story was really good, I loved the way the notes formed a puzzle for Mary but also encouraged the tense feeling for the reader too. The ending did feel a bit of a let down though.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

Gone For Good – I think this one was just too long and didn’t have enough substance to it. Plus I guessed the ending like straight away so.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

One and Done – I was more confused by this one tbh, there were points that didn’t really make sense and that spoiled it for me a bit. It did have a lot of potential though!

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

Blackened Fireworks – I’m in 2 minds about this as the actual story was good and I really liked it, it was a compact read that packed a punch. But, the ending did seem a little odd, and could have ended better.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

It’s Different When You Have Your Own – WTF did I just read. I genuinely think this was the most disturbing one of them all.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

The House Sitter – I feel disappointed 😦 this was such a good story and had everything you need to be frightened, it was tense and atmospheric and it made you fearful of things that go bump in the night. It was creepy and eerie and ghostly and I was terrified to move whilst I read it. But the ending, the ending sucked and really let the story down.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of 5.

On the whole, this was a really good collection of short horror stories and while some were better than others I definitely would recommend this one!

Until next time, Em xxx

Horror Stories, Various Authors – A Review.

Aloha my fellow book blogger pals! I’m here again with another (kinda late) October book review, and I’m really excited about this one as it was one of my favourites that I read!

Horror Stories by various authors.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Going For A Walk by Ron Ripley. This one started us off with a bang, I literally had no idea what was going to happen in this one and it ended up being something completely different to what I expected, which I loved. The ending was brilliant. This was just an all around good story.

The Doctors Questions by Eric Whittle. Another one that I absolutely loved, it was so fast paced that whilst I feel like we didn’t stop but in a good way. The only criticism I have is that the ending was very ambiguous which frustrated me.

Urbex by David Longhorn. Urbex was somewhat of a disappointment for me, I figured out what the story within the first few sentences. That being said, it was very well written and cleverly done.

Museum Quality by Ron Ripley. This one actually made me feel physically sick. I was going to skip it to begin with but I’m so glad I stuck with it, it cleverly built up a story that got just under my skin and not in a good way…

Tell Me Your Name by A I Nasser. I really enjoyed this one even though it didn’t have the same scare factor as the others it was incredibly well written and still managed to make me feel unnerved.

His Neighbours Garden by Ron Ripley. Omg I adored this one! Even though I figured out a little bit of what was going on nothing could prepare me for the ending, it shocked me to my core. I think this one was my favourite story from the collection.

The Sin Eater by David Longhorn. This one was a close second to be my favourite. The story itself was original, well written and I loved how it let us make our own assumptions at the end…

Kimberley by Sara Clancy. I had goosebumps from start to finish whilst I read this story. Every line I read I got more and more on edge and creeped out. The atmosphere that was built up was brilliant, I cannot fault this story.

Scarecrow by A I Nasser. Again, I enjoyed this one it had a sort of mature rated goosebumps feel to it which I really liked. It kept my attention throughout and I definitely didn’t want it to end!

Graveyard Shift. I’m quite disappointed with this one, I figured out the story from the beginning and it felt really rushed compared to the other stories which is super annoying because it didn’t have the same feel and atmosphere as the rest of them.

On the whole, I really loved these stories! They all brought something different but managed to maintain the same quality pretty much right the way through with an exception or two.

Let me know if you’ve read this book as I would love to know what you thought about it!

Em xxx

NETGALLEY – It Came from the Multiplex, various authors – A Review.

It Came from the Multiplex by various authors. Published 15.9.2020 by Hex Publishers. Provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis… Welcome to tonight’s feature presentation, brought to you by an unholy alliance of our spellcasters at Hex Publishers and movie-mages at the Colorado Festival of Horror. Please be advised that all emergency exits have been locked for this special nostalgia-curdled premiere of death. From crinkling celluloid to ferocious fleshβ€”from the silver screen to your hammering heartβ€”behold as a swarm of werewolves, serial killers, Satanists, Elder Gods, aliens, ghosts, and unclassifiable monsters are loosed upon your auditorium. Relax, and allow our ushers to help with your buckets of popcornβ€”and blood; your ticket stubsβ€”and severed limbs; your comfort candyβ€”and body bags. Kick back and scream as you settle into a fate worse than Hell. Tonight’s director’s cut is guaranteed to slash you apart“.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

My review…

A huge thank you to Hex Publishers and NetGalley for my ARC of this book, I requested it after reading the synopsis and I didn’t think I’d be approved as my feedback ratio was so low but the book gods smiled down!

It Came from the Multiplex was amazing, a horror anthology with an 80s horror theme flowing through, and featured so many stories that just got under my skin and they were so cleverly done.

There were a couple of stories I didn’t read and I did rate the book 4 stars because of that and some formatting issues that frustrated me.

I moved past it though and enjoyed every second of this read.

Alien Parasite from Outer Space by Warren Hammond. I loved this one so much, it was the perfect opener for what was to come! The ending came from no where, I did not expect it at all.

Return of the alien parasites from Outer Space by Angie Hodapp. This was a continuation of the first story, it wasn’t as good as the first but it was cracking continuation.

Negative Creep by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. This short story was SO GOOD, I just loved how it progressed and the ending was brilliant. I just wish the actual monster within this story was explained in a bit more detail instead of being so mysterious.

Helluloid by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. I actually thought this was the best of the bunch, which it was hard to pick just one! But I had literal goosebumps throughout this book. Everything came together in the end but still left just enough to mystify us with the final line…

Rise Ye Vermin by Betty Rocksteady. I’m really glad this book had a sort of happy ending, especially compared to all the others I’d read. It did make me feel ill at points though, like parts it of were vomit worthy for me.

The Cronenberg Concert by Keith Ferrell. This one really took me by surprise, I did not see the ending coming at all and all I will say this one got under my skin…

Creature Feature by Gary Jonas. This one came a very close second to my favourite of this little series. The whole story and the way it was portrayed and written was amazing, and it had the best ending EVER.

Invisible by Mario Acevdeo. This one got a bit weird for me and I struggled to see the point to it, like the actual story line, it wasn’t the best of the bunch.

Screen Haunt by Orrin Grey. I think my initial feelings on this book were just erm what? I was hooked instantly and I loved how the story progressed but then the ending just completely ruined this for me and I felt it didn’t relate to the rest of the story at all.

The Devils Reel by Sean Eads and Joshua Viola. DNFR.

On The Rocks by K Nicole Davis. OKAY so this one had so much potential and I think it disappointed me that it didn’t live up to it. I guessed almost straight away what was going on and I wish that the author had focused on a different aspect if she was going make it so obvious what was going on.

Coming Attractions by Stephen Graham Jones. I’m in two minds about this one, while I did enjoy it I had to read some parts a few times just to understand what was going on. Definitely not the best of the bunch.

Late Sleepers by Steve Rasnic Tem. Again, I enjoyed this one it just didn’t really stand out for me.

Special Make Up by Kevin J Anderson. DNFR.

And there are my reviews for It Came From The Multiplex. As always thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC!

Until next time, Em xxx