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Detritus [Kindle Edition]

Kealan Patrick Burke , Jeremy C. Shipp , Mary Borsellino , Murphy L.S , Michael Colangelo , Phil Hickes , Lee Widener , Michael Montoure , Edmund Colell , Opal Edgar
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The impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong.

Kate Jonez and S.S. Michaels have assembled a diverse range of exceptionally disturbing stories from authors from around the world. Each of the stories, whether about a collection that is world changing or intensely personal, is sure to linger in readers’ thoughts and make them consider the possibility that malice and evil just might lurk in their own hoard of stuff.

Featuring: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615587682
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Omnium Gatherum (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WPW5YG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of Collected Obsession 18 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong. The stories in this collection can be about hoarders, cat ladies, people who keep cabinets of curiosities, folks who have secret stashes of strange and disturbing things or any other sort of person who has a frightening collection or a desperate need to gather up and keep things close.

My own personal obsession with short stories has grown considerably over the last couple of years to the point that any new anthology is something that I really look forward to. Detritus found its way into grubby little mitts via the wonder of technology that is Twitter. This collection contains fifteen short stories that range from the surreal to the gruesome by way of extremely geeky. There is a whole lot to enjoy here and my thoughts about my favourite entries are listed below.

Shots and Cuts by Mary Borsellino - A homicide detective discusses the rise of the violent Internet memes and you-tube videos that depict horrific crimes. This is one of the more gruesome tales in the collection. A fact that is made all the more distressing when you realise it is also likely the most realistic as well.

Mrs. Grainger's Animal Emporium by Phil Hickes - A mysterious shop and an equally mysterious proprietor who knows exactly how to deal with young boys who cause trouble. This was one of the real standout stories in the collection as it reads almost like a modern day fairytale.

The Tick-Tock Heart by L.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a horribly good collection this is 27 Feb 2012
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Most of the stories in this anthology are excellent, which says a lot because I don't usually find collections that are so well rounded as this one. The formatting, editing, the whole look and feel of Detritus is wonderful. These stories bring on a flood of emotions, from melancholy to horror to fear and remorse, all key ingredients for true horror.

This collection is also very unique because it isn't just completely horror or fantasy or bizarro but a combination of many different genres. While there was one, maybe two I didn't care too much for, it wasn't due to poor writing or grammar. All stories are banging. Two of the ones that really stood out for me were "Let Them Into Your Heart" by Lee Widener and "Shots and Cuts" by Mary Borsellino. There were also some names of authors I recognized in the anthology like Patrick Kealan Burke, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Louise Bohmer.

This collection is a must have if you enjoy creepy stories that make you think long and hard about things after you've finished reading for the night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Edited & Fast-Paced 10 Aug 2012
By visionarywordsmith - Published on
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Overall, the stories in Detritus are very compelling when taken as a whole; each offers a slightly twisted view of the world. Some stories, such as "The Highest and the Sweetest," deal with more contemporary issues such as the obsession with placing "unique" families on reality TV; others, such as "The Tick-Tock Heart," are throwbacks to the macabre tales of Edgar Allen Poe. The noir/fantasy genre usually doesn't appeal to me, but this collection of stories is well-edited and is fast-paced.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 22 Oct 2013
By Donald Armfield - Published on
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Detritus a collection of stories about collections of strange and grotesque things people decide to horde for whatever reason. Hearts from living people, clocks to stay in tune with their pacemakers and severed heads. Overall the shorts gave me a lot of yawns.

(Shots and Cuts by Mary Borsellino) Real articles about killers and lesbians doing shitty stuff. And YouTube videos with people's reactions. After watching them. 3.5★'s

(The Tick Rock Heart by L.S. Murphy) When her sister comes to visit with her heart out of tune. She says "I can fix it" 3.5★'s

(Candy Lady by Neil Davies) a bloody collection. The story of a stalker. 4★'s

(Crawling the Insect Life by Opal Edgar) A Creepy taxidermist finally set free of his cumbersome emotions. Sure to have you checking you pillows before you go to bed 4★'s
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection about collecting 21 Feb 2013
By Carol Ann Brannigan - Published on
I enjoyed all the stories with the common ground of "collecting" Quite a few made me cringe. However, one bothered me- it was the Comic book story which seemed to recreate the story from a movie I've seen and upon research it appears the movie came first. This really bugged me as it seemed to steal a great idea. Other than that I was quite impressed with the collection.

Note: This book was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Chiller Thrillers... 19 May 2012
By Bob Suggs - Published on
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This was a mixed bag of short stories by various authors. Some were good others not so good. A few were just too short to care about at all.

But L.S. Murphy (author) of The Tick-Tock Heart was one of the best stories in the book. It was a little predictable, but it was written well.

Brent Michael Kelley (author) of Ride, was the most twisted but he writes very well so it was a twisted fun read.

There were others to be sure but those are the first two that came to mind, at the moment.
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