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Monsters Anonymous [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Derwin
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Have you looked in the closet lately? Well beware, because some things are not meant to come out...

Monsters Anonymous, a support group that lets the monsters out from behind the closet door. A place where creatures from nightmare meet up, share their experiences, and talk about their addictions... Because addiction is what monsters suffer; whether it’s the vampire addicted to blood, the cannibal or were addicted to meat, or the mummy addicted to life essence – these monsters are misunderstood, and want to share their stories.

From the streets of Victorian London, the jungles of deepest Mexico, the ancient city of Thebes or the sex-shop backstreets of Birmingham, monsters get into all sorts of places... and all sorts of devices. Wild chases, raw meat, unorthodox sex toys and the Holy Grail, Monsters Anonymous will make you laugh, weep, and maybe even scream.

"A gruesome short story collection, with its severed tongue stuffed firmly in its lacerated cheek..." – Richard Ford, Author of Kultus.

"With a heady mix of humour and gore, Derwin gives us a clever and unique take on the horror genre. Witty, bloody and pulling no punches, Monsters Anonymous is a cracking collection." – Dave Jeffery (Necropolis Rising, Beatrice Beecham Series)

“This is a fun and yet disturbing read that really does manage to freak you out in unusual ways. It is well worth a read.” – Tony Lane, Review at Tony’s Thoughts


About the Author

THERESA DERWIN has lived in Birmingham since birth, and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer.

Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has eleven anthology acceptances behind her. She also writes a number of book reviews at her site www.terror-tree.co.uk

She has loved horror, fantasy and SF all her life, thanks to her father who raised her on 50s Sci-Fi Universal Monsters, tango and popcorn. Her love of the bizarre, (including her Dad) remains constant to this day. She also owes a great debt to Rog Peyton from the BSFG who introduced her to alternative fiction at the tender the age of 14.

You can follow Theresa on Twitter @BarbarellaFem, or find out more about her work at www.theresa-derwin.co.uk.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908328568
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anarchy Books (26 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HWI2ZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Horror Shorts from an Original Voice 10 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes living in a bunker can be spooky enough so when I received a review copy of this new authors work, I ensured that all the lights were on...just in case.
This is a debut collection of horror and thriller stories in one volume & not to beat around the bush - it's bloody scary. It's sinister, sick, twisted, bizarre & original (these are good things for a horror book.)

Monsters Anonymous is a support group that lets the monsters out from behind the closet door. From everyday streets to lush forests and even smokey old Brum - this is a wicked and wild collection of tales.

One thing I will say for this author - these stories are tightly written and well-paced. There isn't a wasted word in any of them & they seem well-edited.
One reviewer mentioned "Tales from the Crypt" & I agree that this is like a modern take on the brand. The stories are written with a powerful female voice and in some cases this shines through, I'll say demonic vibrator & leave it at that!

These tales are like a quick punch in the complacency. They fly by as you read & I think this is a reflection of the author's style. I won't pick a favourite but I will say that I'll never look at hospitals the same way after one of the tales.

An outstanding first collection of short stories. I'm not one of the reviewers calling for every author to produce a full-length work - I love short stories, they are an honourable genre and Ms Derwin may just be a powerful new player on the circuit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesomly Good 9 Dec 2012
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What a splendid collection this is.

There is a varied selection with everything from a monsters self help group right on through to a haunted sex toy with a ghostly grail story thrown in for good measure. As you would expect from a collection such as this, some stories are stronger than others but that is not saying there are any weak stories here - all are good and well worth the money.

To give you an idea how much I enjoyed this book - I was given a pdf file of this book to review by the author but my kindle died and the file was lost (along with the email that had the link). When I purchased my new kindle the first thing I did was to go on Amazon and buy a fresh copy.

Ms. Derwin has a good story telling style - a very enjoyable collection
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We all like a good scare ... Right? Well you'll like this. I did. Why did I like it? Well let me try and explain.

I grew up with a love of horror movies, the Classic monsters - the Mummy, zombies, were-cats, vampires, amphibious men; and my favourite of all - the classic British horrors of Hammer, and especially the portmanteau films of Amicus. The qualities that made these films so enjoyable are all distilled into this fabulous fun collection of short stories. That's fun with a capital F, as the author tells us in her introduction. All are given a voice and a chance to let their human sides speak of their weaknesses, which is a love of human flesh and blood usually!

Aside from this, there was quite a few of the stories that were very disturbing, in the best tradition of the genre. This was particularly in regard to what is usually termed 'body horror', and in particular a macabre twist on the biology of the female body. I'm not sure whether the author intended to take a feminist slant on the genre, as she states that we shouldn't read too much into the stories for hidden meanings etc. However, the stories are written in an honest voice from a female perspective, and I found that really refreshing.

A lot of these stories made me chuckle, especially the one tackling the necessity of office paperwork during a zombie apocalypse! Working in an office myself I found this hilarious!

If I was to be a wee bit critical I would like to have seen some of the shorter stories fleshed out a bit more, as the author is more than capable of holding the reader's attention over a longer span. However, these character vignettes were still enjoyable.

Overall, very enjoyable and fun reading. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesomely Good 9 Dec 2012
By andy angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What a splendid collection this is.

There is a varied selection with everything from a monsters self help group right on through to a haunted sex toy with a ghostly grail story thrown in for good measure. As you would expect from a collection such as this, some stories are stronger than others but that is not saying there are any weak stories here - all are good and well worth the money.

To give you an idea how much I enjoyed this book - I was given a pdf file of this book to review by the author but my kindle died and the file was lost (along with the email that had the link). When I purchased my new kindle the first thing I did was to go on Amazon and buy a fresh copy.

Ms. Derwin has a good story telling style - a very enjoyable collection
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Horror Shorts from an Original Voice 10 Oct 2012
By Sean T. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes living in a bunker can be spooky enough so when I received a review copy of this new authors work, I ensured that all the lights were on...just in case.
This is a debut collection of horror and thriller stories in one volume & not to beat around the bush - it's bloody scary. It's sinister, sick, twisted, bizarre & original (these are good things for a horror book.)

Monsters Anonymous is a support group that lets the monsters out from behind the closet door. From everyday streets to lush forests and even smokey old Brum - this is a wicked and wild collection of tales.

One thing I will say for this author - these stories are tightly written and well-paced. There isn't a wasted word in any of them & they seem well-edited.
One reviewer mentioned "Tales from the Crypt" & I agree that this is like a modern take on the brand. The stories are written with a powerful female voice and in some cases this shines through, I'll say demonic vibrator & leave it at that!

These tales are like a quick punch in the complacency. They fly by as you read & I think this is a reflection of the author's style. I won't pick a favourite but I will say that I'll never look at hospitals the same way after one of the tales.

An outstanding first collection of short stories. I'm not one of the reviewers calling for every author to produce a full-length work - I love short stories, they are an honourable genre and Ms Derwin may just be a powerful new player on the circuit.
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