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This is a good compilation of short horror stories of different genres. I enjoyed the shorter stories more as I felt that the authors packed more bang with less words, showing their skills. Some of the longer stories seemed a bit wordy, but overall, they were all enjoyable. A few of my favorites: -THE LOST CABIN by Marianne Reese (WHOA! Wasn’t expecting that ending!) -THE WRATH OF OKEANOS by Clay Waters (different and good.) -ONE LAST E-TICKET RIDE by Dominick Cancilla (This one made me chuckle at the end.) -CALIFORNIA DOUBLING by DJ Tyrer (creepy!) -SOUTH COMMAND by J. P. Flores (zombies on a different level) -DON’T PICK THE ORANGES by John Kujawski (didn’t eat oranges before this story, definitely won’t eat them now!)
I love horror anthologies, and I bought this one so I could read Crossroads by Madison Estes. She’s an author whose work I really enjoy. Crossroads has good pacing and some truly harrowing descriptions. It also examines some relatable human struggles, like trying to make it in life, making sacrifices for loved ones, and dealing with the burdens of adulthood. There was a good balance of characters, each with their own distinctive vibe. Estes crafts this story with mastery, revealing only a little at a time, then ending things with an ironic yet redeeming moment for the main character.
This is a substantial book and the font is really nice. Would buy from these guys again.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 17, 2022
After reading Marianne Reese's short story, "The Lost Cabin", all I can say is... Holy WoWzErS!!! Her story had horrifying imagery. I don't want to ruin your experience with examples, but it is a must read. It starts out casual and ends with a BIG BANG!!!
To begin with, I was extremely pleased with my decision to dive into this horror anthology. This was not the first horror anthology that I have read, but the previous ones were aimed at a younger audience, so in a way, this was a new experience for me. As far as what specifically I enjoyed about the anthology, I loved the simultaneous development of plot and character in pretty much every story and the way they built off of one another and strengthened one another. Personally, I am not a fan of cookie-cutter characters, and the variety of characters present in these stories are anything but. Their development was the biggest positive for me. The only drawback for me was the lengthiness of a few of the stories, but I feel that was mostly due to my inclination towards shorter stories. Especially in an anthology, I prefer the stories to be shorter in length. Of course, this is not a detriment applicable to the majority of the stories, and I feel like this is more up to personal preference and within an anthology, it is important to offer variety to the reader. Another big positive of reading these stories is the continuity provided by the fact that all of the stories are focused on California. This continuity is a very nice piece to glue the wide variety of stories together. Off of that, being constrained to one state certainly did not contain the anthology to one setting. The stories are nicely spread around the beautiful state of California. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, and I would not hesitate one second to recommend this to a friend looking to dive into horror reading.