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The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Duperre , Mercedes M. Yardley , Daniel Pyle , David Dalglish , David McAfee
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...Three brothers traipse across a post-apocalyptic landscape, encountering unspeakable horrors...

...A young boy growing up in suburban hell thinks there might be more to his home town than meets the eye, what with all the children going missing...

...A woman dying of cancer is given a way out, if only she is willing to pay the price...

...The crew of a space station must battle their fears and a strange alien relic when they are isolated from humanity...if humanity exists any longer...

These stories and more await inside the pages of The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales, the new compilation by Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall: The Rift Book I. Also contributing to this collection are the talented Mercedes M. Yardley, David Dalglish, David McAfee, and Daniel Pyle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456561510
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TRO Publishing (16 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,087 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 A little grim, a little gruesome but all good. 25 Dec. 2011
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This collection of short tales encompasses an eclectic selection from paranoid astronauts on-board a space shuttle to an obsessed music lover who finds himself 'becoming' part of a musical instrument and a kids game of dare in a deep dark cellar where a monster lurks plus more.
I think short story collections are at their best when there is something for every horror lovers taste and you'll almost certainly find something to love in here. There is a little blood and guts, if that's your thing,psychological terror of things that go bump in the dark and even a twisted but darkly hilarious game of eye spy with an alien on which the fate of the Earth may depend. I wouldn't say this is hardcore stuff but it is good stuff, interesting and entertaining.
While I knew of some authors included here, it was nice to read some stuff from authors I hadn't really heard of before and based on those stories I will be checking out some of their other works.
Included is an introduction and also a short explanation of the idea or basis for each story.
This collection is a bargain. It won't take you long to read, with each tale just the right length. It is well edited and also includes some brilliant one page artwork. Overall, quite excellent. Thank you for reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a quick read 28 Dec. 2012
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Great for dipping in and out of, read it in a few hours. Only thing is that some stories end without really reaching a conclusion, other than that not a bad book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark As The Twisted Lightning Tree 11 July 2012
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This very readable collection of short stories starts with The Gatekeeper - a hunter who finds himself the prey. It's an intriguing piece which I'd love to see more of this character.

Each tale is accompanied by an eerie picture helping to immerse the reader in every short story.

Including The Gatekeeper by Robert Duperre my favourite stories in this collection were :

Kitty In The Cellar by David Dalglish which is amazing tale of being afraid of the dark and a true short story classic.

The Emancipation Of Po-PO by Robert Duperre - is a classic western style tale but in a demon filled post-apocalypse world.

Blight by Daniel Pyle is a haunting story of an ancient curse that really carries an emotional impact.

To summarise there's enough variety in this collection to please most macabre readers. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales 18 Mar. 2012
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly Twisted! 28 Jan. 2011
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Storyline: The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales is quite the wonderful and twisted anthology with contributions from the Davids Dalglish and McAfee, Mercedes M. Yardley and Daniel Pyle compiled by Robert J. Duperre.

A reluctant protector of the world. A girl who takes away your sorrows. A serial killer. A young girl enacts revenge on some neighborhood boys. Three astronauts fight for survival.

Each story is a dark, twisted and, at times, amusing tale that explores the many sides of fear that the human mind can manifest. Even introducing some that you weren't even aware of!

Grammar/Spelling:No issues with spelling, grammar or formatting.

Character Development: Given the nature of the book, character development wasn't a main focus. Though, I dare say it happened quite well with each story!

I loved Kitty in the Cellar, a story about a little girl who got even with the brothers who ruined her pretty dress is creepy scary and the ending is quite the shocker.

Writing Style: Each author contributed their own style to the collection and some are gorier than others, while others are definitely more twisted. I enjoyed each author's style and really look forward to ALL of them submitting works for me to review! (And for those that I've ALREADY reviewed...well...I'm WAITING for more!)

As with most horror, some of the stories are quite violent, bloody and graphic. So, I wouldn't recommend this as a bedtime story...unless your child is someone Alice Cooper or Stephen King.

Continuity: No issues with continuity.

Overall Rating: 4+

Each story is a nugget of mystery, wrapped in a short story of horror and nestled in a box of well written entertainment. I highly recommend The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales an anthology of short stories compiled by Robert J. Duperre to anyone who enjoyed the Books of Blood series by Clive Barker and anyone who doesn't mind getting spooked even though it's not Halloween!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 1 Nov. 2011
By Iola - Published on
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I know this is the Halloween season of dress up and trick or treating and I don't know what made me open this book to read at this particular time but all I can say is WOW; The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales really fit the bill. A book of short stories by various authors the stories are pretty, pretty good some stories are better than others but each story is worth reading. They are the kind of stories you think you can puzzle out or think maybe you heard some of them before until they crawl up on you and you say D**n!! the Gate is a good read for the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Transmissions 23 July 2012
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I really loved this collection of short stories: they're original, varied and well-written. All manage to hook you in a matter of seconds, for there's always a sense of mystery, a sense of unease that you feel the need to go on reading. Science-fiction, horror, suspense: you'll find it all here, as in the best tradition of what Ray Bradbury could do in his own short stories. A few words about each of them, without spoiling the plot of any:
"The Gatekeeper": a very mystical story about finding one's way, even involuntarily. It is linked with Fate, being the chosen one, and containing, in every sense of the word, all worlds inside yourself, yet being trapped, secluded in one cramped space in the process. In that light, it can be read as a metaphor of what it's like to be a writer, and seems a very logical choice as the first story of the collection.
"Sullivan Street" is about childhood's end and the corruption of the adults' world, filled with lies and deceit. Very suspenseful and intriguing, with one foot in reality and the other in something different, as in Duperre's novel Silas.
"The container of sorrows" (Mercedes M. Yardley): a short metaphorical tale on ungratefulness.
"Sins of our fathers" contains themes such as becoming oneself, finding a second chance or a meaning in life, metaphorically kill the father to gain self-respect...
"Blight" (Daniel Pyle): Hallucinations / visions tricking people into doing terrible things because of a curse dating from the 18th century. Linked with Historical guilt.
"Feeding the passion" offers a twisted, perverted vision of the special relationship between fan and artist, each one "feeding" on the other...
"Dispatch #337" would deserve its place in The Rift series, though the narration is different. Frightening like Dracula because it's "live" (not through letters here: a woman recorded a vocal message, that's what the reader has in his hands).
"Exhibit A" (David McAfee) is another recorded message, but here the narrator is the killer, and he is staging his own show. Metafictional mise en abyme. Great style, scary.
"The Emancipation of Po Po": High Noon meets Ghostbusters. Far-fetched yet funny and possible to understand, even if everything feels outlandish.
"I Spy": funny, humbling short tale that reminded me of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End.
"Kitty in the cellar" (David Dalglish) is about revenge and the power of imagination, of storytelling: children telling each other and themselves stories.
"Perfect blue buildings" deals with sacrifice and choice between the people you love.
"Empty spaces": as in "Kitty in the corner", the power of imagination can trigger a chain of reactions...
When I reached "Dispatch #337", I felt like there was one word which could define or unite all these short stories: TRANSMISSION. "Dispatch #337" is a story (transmission n°1) in which a woman recorded a radio message (transmission n°2) during a chaos caused by a virus turning everyone into zombies (transmission n°3) and she wished to leave a reminder of herself and the world after her death (transmission n°4). All the other stories are transmissions containing transmissions, and now it's up to you to receive them. As far as I'm concerned, I'm off to reading The Gate Vol. 2!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise for me 5 Feb. 2012
By Shannart - Published on
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I don't read a lot of horror or "dark" stories, but I really enjoy short stories so I tried this book. Very surprising and enjoyable...definitely some of the "unexpected" found here.

It can be hard to develop a complete plot or thought in short stories, but I found these to be wonderful and fun examples of the "dark & odd". This book is very well named.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales ~ EPIC 29 Dec. 2011
By Lori J Navin - Published on
I've read "The Fall: The Rift Book I", "Dead of Winter: The Rift Book II" and "Silas" so naturally I had to get my hands on "The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales" and I'm sure glad I did! The collection of short stories were both frightening and light-hearted.

After completing the collection, I personally enjoyed stumbling upon Traipsing Through The Dark - The Stories Behind the Stories. It was a pleasant surprise. Note: I'm wondering about the extra points for anyone who figured out what three men from musical history the brothers are supposed to be (from The Emancipation of Po-Po).....

Once again I am glad to participate in this journey with the author; to read a little snippet of his imagination......and I look forward to continuing along with reading the upcoming installment - yes people, there will be "The Gate 2"!
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