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Jack's Magic Beans Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (13 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WLPOOA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack's Magic Beans is a short story collection of horror maestro Brian Keene and released by Deadite Press. But be warned - if you've read previous the story collections Unhappy Endings, No Rest For The Wicked and Fear Of Gravity (all of which are now long out of print) then you will recognise the stories. If you have missed out of those previous collections then this will be well worth it.

The main story involves a world gone mad where everyone has gone insane and has started killing each other and the few people unaffected need to work to stay together and work out what they have in common which keeps them from going insane too. This is one of those stories where you wish it was longer as you really start to get involved in the world when it ends. After this main story is four short stories (Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and 'The King', In: YELLOW) containing murder, suicide and dead rock stars.

The collection of stories is solid, with plenty of story and gore to please any horror fan; but like I've mentioned if you are a Keene fan then some will be familiar to you but these stories are well worth re-reading; and if your new to Keene then this will show you what he is capable of.

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Now that Leisure Books is for all intents and purposes gone, Keene has returned to the small-presses to get, and to keep, his stories in print. Deadite is now reissuing his novels, AND repackaging some of his out-of-print short fiction into small and easily affordable booklets. These booklets are reminiscent of those Dover fiction samplers, which were, as this booklet is, are a good way to sample and author's work, as this one does Keene's fiction. Good that is if you haven't already got the original short story collections they've appeared in, although, to be fair, Keene in his afterwards to his individual stories, is right when he says his previous collections are going for some very pretty pennies.

********"Jack's Magic Beans" is comprised of one novelette and four short stories, see customer images for a complete listing of this booklet's contents. The first, and best, story is 'Jack's Magic Beans', and it's also part of Keene's ongoing complex multiverse that has involved so many of his novels.

One ordinary day everything goes to hell when a young man at a Save-A-Lot decides to kick to death an old lady, he is in turn impaled on a mop handle, then that man is murdered, and so the slaughter commences as the murder frenzy goes into high gear. And while not everybody is effected, only those quick on their toes escape being chopped up into fish bait.

As it happens, only four people are quick enough to avoid a bloody and horrible death. They are Marcel Dupree, an obsessive compulsive; Sammi Barberra, a bulimic; and Angela "Angie" Waller and Jack Bartlett who are both depressives. They escape immolation by barricading themselves in the store's walk-in freezer.
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A very short collection of stories that I've mostly already read in previous collections from the author. The exception is the novelette that gives the book it's title. It's a short tale, unleashing hell and madness among supermarket aisles in a small town. Aside from an entertaining premise, it's rather empty, and so as the only tale in the book I don't already own, a disappointing purchase. That said, if you haven't read the other stories reprinted her, they're among Keene's best, and will probably stay with you longer than 'Jack's Magic Beans'.
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