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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloody Books (2 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954947673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954947675
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonemonkey on 26 April 2013
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I like short stories for a number of reasons. Limited in length they get straight to the point, you get a large variety of ideas and themes in one book, and most importantly, you get that tinge of excitement every time you start a new story, not knowing what's instore. This is book 1/3 in the series, and they certainly cram it full with 26 stories and 2 poems. The stories range from the unsettling, to the horrifying, to the sad. For me there were four outright gems, but all were good and brought something gruesome to the book. Here's what you get -

1) The Colour In The Jar (8/10) Two petty criminals find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
2) Last Day On The Job (10/10) Breathing the air can be deadly in this bleak "end of the world" tale.
3) Bloodwalker (8/10) Sickening story which asks whether the laws which protect people also protect those not so human.
4) The Face in the Glass (10/10) Every parents nightmare reflected in just 2 pages.
5) The Seventh Green at Lost Lakes (7/10) Deal goes very wrong on the golf course that bites back.
6) Zombie Fishing Trip (4/10) Weird poem.
7) The Bridge Chamber (9/10) A tale where what goes down doesn't always come back up.
8) Lessons (9/10) If rules are broken then punishment is the only answer in this murderous family.
9) Popee (6/10) Amusing "zombie in the family" story.
10) Before You Say Anything (6/10) Leaving home can be a nasty affair.
11) The Bride wore Black (5/10) A bride of Frankenstein poem.
12) The Sutherland King (7/10) Baking competition is a serious business for two sisters, sometimes an extra ingredient is needed.
13) Payday (7/10) Dark story where the job being done is definitely not 9-5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iris Krummenohl on 22 Jun 2013
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I just love short stories and I just love horror. If you are like me, you won't be disappointed ! Of course, some (many !!!) stories are better than others (very few !!!), that's only normal - but overall I was scared out of my wits so much, that I ordered volume 2 as well. (Need I say more ?)
The horror of some of these stories will linger with me - and you ! - for more than just one dawn, I tell you !!!

The only thing that saddens me, is that there seem to be no books with short-stories (or novels) by most of the authors just of themselves - I searched and searched ..... for example Bryce J. Stevens (his short story in this book "Payday" is so good, that I REALLY wanted to read more from him, loads more !!!! But there seems to be only ONE other short-story by him in another volume...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mariposa 77 on 10 Feb 2009
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This is an excellent horror anthology. I'd recommend it to anybody really, not just horror fans. These stories don't rely on blood and gore to send a chill down your spine.

Among the best are, "Last Day on the Job" by Jeff Jacobson, "The Face in the Glass" by Brian G. Ross and "The Bridge Chamber" by Rayne Hall, the ending of which is what true horror is all about.

Incidentally, "The Bridge Chamber" was one of the stories receiving a 'Honorable Mention' in another anthology, 'The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2007' compiled by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant.

All in all a great read! Can't wait to check out the other books in the series too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read By Dawn a Must!!! 7 Nov 2006
By Nickolas Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
READ BY DAWN: Volume 1

This has been a great year for anthologies. First we got Lee and Wilbanks' knock out collection, "Damned Nation", and then Skipp's long awaited zombie anthology, "Mondo Zombie", and now from Bloody Books we have READ BY DAWN. Put together by Adele Hartley, Director of "Dead By Dawn", Scotland's International Horror Film Festival, the anthology showcases writers from around the world, including Finland, America, Scotland, Canada, and Australia. If there is an international language for horror, this anthology is it. Among the 30 stories within, I consider only a few to fall into the mediocre category, most go straight to my favorite short stories of the year list. If this collection doesn't sweep the International Horror Guild and the Stokers awards next year, and get some respectable page space in Ellen Datlow's "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror", there is no justice.

Some of my particular favorites- I mean the ones that downright made me gasp aloud or shiver while reading them- were "Bloodwalker" by Michelle Lee, an alternative universe tale of practical evil, "The Face in the Glass" by Brian G. Ross, and Rayne Hall's "The Bridge Chamber" (take that, The Descent). I'd also like to call attention to Samuel Minier's "Stuck" as a particularly well-written piece, subtle and heart wrenching, even to the bloody end. And I liked the way Lavie Tidhar takes the Alice In Wonderland theme across the world and plops it into war torn Germany in "Eine Kleine Nachmusik (1943)". But I think if I had to choose a favorite it would be "The Kylesku Trow" by Stefan Pearson; the tale's last riddle will haunt me for many years to come.

Bloody Books knows how to package. The austere red, white, black and gray cover draws you in, and the font is easy reading despite the size of the slim volume. I have only one complaint with the book's construction: There are no author names listed with the tales themselves, neither in the Table of Contents or the traditional top of the page of each story. If one needs to find the author, one must either go back to the first page of the story, or scan the tiny print of the copyright page. But this is such a small thing compared to the fine stories this volume gives us. My hope is that subsequent volumes will fix this issue. But in the professional hands of the editor, I think the next volume will be even more engrossing and bring to light some of the new names in horror. And the U.K.'s most respected living horror author, Ramsey Campbell, must think they've got what it takes to become something quite special, as he adds a touching story of his own to the collection and provides a wrap around piece as well. "The Place of Revelations" seems to be his nod to the new voices in the genre and is, as usual, brilliantly written work from a master of the craft.

In the absence of so many beloved ongoing anthology series, this is one to keep your eyes on in the future to give you the well-written, exciting horror fix you need.

--Nickolas Cook
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 25 Oct 2006
By M. Jason Lush - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Read by Dawn is a delightful anthology of horror stories, from moody and atmospheric to wicked, cruel, amusing and oh-my-god-they-went-there. It's a book to have and keep and read over and over. I highly recommend it for horror fans everywhere.
It's going to be a long night... 21 Feb 2014
By Bonemonkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like short stories for a number of reasons. Limited in length they get straight to the point, you get a large variety of ideas and themes in one book, and most importantly, you get that tinge of excitement every time you start a new story, not knowing what's instore. This is book 1/3 in the series, and they certainly cram it full with 26 stories and 2 poems. The stories range from the unsettling, to the horrifying, to the sad. For me there were four outright gems, but all were good and brought something gruesome to the book. Here's what you get -

1) The Colour In The Jar (8/10) Two petty criminals find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
2) Last Day On The Job (10/10) Breathing the air can be deadly in this bleak "end of the world" tale.
3) Bloodwalker (8/10) Sickening story which asks whether the laws which protect people also protect those not so human.
4) The Face in the Glass (10/10) Every parents nightmare reflected in just 2 pages.
5) The Seventh Green at Lost Lakes (7/10) Deal goes very wrong on the golf course that bites back.
6) Zombie Fishing Trip (4/10) Weird poem.
7) The Bridge Chamber (9/10) A tale where what goes down doesn't always come back up.
8) Lessons (9/10) If rules are broken then punishment is the only answer in this murderous family.
9) Popee (6/10) Amusing "zombie in the family" story.
10) Before You Say Anything (6/10) Leaving home can be a nasty affair.
11) The Bride wore Black (5/10) A bride of Frankenstein poem.
12) The Sutherland King (7/10) Baking competition is a serious business for two sisters, sometimes an extra ingredient is needed.
13) Payday (7/10) Dark story where the job being done is definitely not 9-5.
14) The Little Girl Who Lives in the Woods (9/10) The truth is too terrible to know in this shocking and sad ghost story.
15) The Kylesku Trow (9/10) Serial killer likes to set riddles, but can you get the one at the end?
16) The Bloom of Decay (8/10) Madness and paranoia take over, but that doesn't mean the monsters aren't real.
17) Final Girl (10/10) Friday the 13th style slasher with an ending they wouldn't use in a film.
18) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943) (3/10) Weird spin off of Alice in Wonderland.
19) Evangeline (9/10) The tables are turned in this twisted tale of sin.
20) For a Steal (7/10) Proof that crime doesn't pay.
21) Frankie (7/10) Saying your prayers may not be enough.
22) Stuck (9/10) A little pest control leads to the tables being turned.
23) House Broken (7/10) More proof that crime doesn't pay.
24) The Woman Who Coughs up Flies (10/10) Woman finally sees what her grandson has become.
25) Special Offer (9/10) Shopping channel has some sinister bargains.
26) Body Hunt (8/10) Sometimes there just aren't enough bodies to go round.
27) The Place of Revelation (7/10) Boys unwanted gift to see things that most others can't.
28) What Betty Saw (7/10) Psycic decides it's time to throw in the towel.

Don't be put off by the lack of reviews on these, they rival other better known collections such as "The Best New Horror" anthology, or Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" 1-6, both of which contain excellent Horror short stories. If not available on Amazon then they are well worth tracking down, and hopefully Amazon will be releasing a Kindle edition at a better price sometime soon (subtle hint to Amazon).
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Read By Dawn 15 Jan 2007
By Barbara A. T. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was particularly impressed with Scott Brendel's contribution, The Seventh Green AT Lost Lakes. I thought it was a well written, suspenseful, and interesting.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Bloody Best Book 4 Nov 2006
By Danielle Shultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Read by Dawn was a fascinating read. Michele Lee rocks socks. Various dark and chilling stories to keep you up and looking at shadows all night long.
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