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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 21, 2020
This anthology is a great example of what is WRONG with the self-publishing culture of inexperienced writers! Amateurish writing, poor text layout, and non-existent editing. Most stories read like a high school student's creative writing class exercise (no gold stars here), along with typos, sentences that don't make sense, bad or missing punctuation, and a poor understanding of how to structure a story. There are a couple of good stories lost in this mash-up, but, in general, this collection comes across as a group of amateur aspiring writers who lack the quality to be conventionally published.
It is the responsibility of the publisher to make sure writing flaws are corrected before releasing to the public, but there was obviously no editing, no proofreading, and no literary standards. It is unbelievable that whoever published this collection actually read and accepted some of these stories as well-written enough for horror fans to enjoy. The publisher of this genre anthology should have more respect for its readers than to subject them to a collection of such poor amateurish writing. Sorry I wasted my time and money with this one.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 13, 2020
After reading this book you can bet you'll be checking your bed sheets and grabbing an extra large can of bug spray. I enjoyed all of the stories in some way and loved the twists they put on all the little creepy crawlies that inhabit this earth with us. Even the sweet loving fireflies get involved with this one. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for those subtle scares to keep you up.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 20, 2020
I honestly can't say enough about these stories. I love horror anthologies and read every one I can find. Until reading these stories I didn't realize just how creepy bugs could be, but this anthology definitely gets to you. I found them extremely enjoyable but also more than a little chilling. Makes you look in corners and dark rooms a bit differently. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes being creeper out.
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who is published in it. I feel somewhat taken for a ride and out of pocket as a result. I can only really blame myself for my lack of due diligence. Amazon does offer a “look inside” option, which would have been more than enough to persuade me not to touch this one with a barge pole. The opening story, Tongue In Cheek, is a textbook example of how not to write a story. The grammar is poor. It is full of typos. Dialogue is clunky, wooden and, at times nonsensical. Character actions don’t make any sense whatsoever. The setting jumps from one place to another to the extent that it appears people can teleport. Description of key “gross out” moments is completely rushed. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it reads like a rushed first draft from a school kid. It appears no proof reading or polishing was done by the author prior to submission. It astounds me that whomever edited this book accepted it. Which brings me to my next bugbear, which is the editing. Or lack thereof. It would be more accurate to say that the “editor” merely copied and pasted a bunch of word documents into a file and uploaded it Kindle. No actual editing has taken place. There is little evidence of any proof reading having taken place either. The “editor” has only compiled here. The editor makes a grave lack of judgement by placing Tongue In Cheek as the opening story, while making the book available on Kindle Unlimited. I suspect the great many people who have curiously accessed it have stopped reading about three pages in, assuming the rest of the tales to be equally poor. The stories do get better, though not much. There is a distinct whiff of amateurism in the volume and the criteria for acceptance into it seems to be that you submitted a bunch of letters of a page. The whole thing comes across as a group of “authors” who lack the quality to be conventionally published, coming together to self-publish and give themselves a big pat on the back. There may well be some excellent stories in here but I lost the will to read on after about six. I noted that the author of Tongue In Cheek had a second story in the book and had a look out of pure morbidity. It was marginally better but still far short of publishable standard. Don’t waste your time or your money with this one. Poor. Poor. Poor. I hate it when I read people saying “I gave it one star because I couldn’t give it zero” but this really falls under that category.