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American Nightmare Paperback – 28 May 2014
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Anyhow, I read it thinking it was a free review copy and I'll review it that way.
This is NOT the 1950's you've seen on TV. I mean, it's all there - the rock and roll that the kids love so much, big cars with big motors, returned vets building, buying and making babies.
But it's a little rotten underneath. Domestic violence was the first (and the highest creep factor for me) evidence that things aren't quite right. But wait, there's more. Lovecraftian monsters, mass murderers, water spirits, (oh, my!) are thick on the ground in this short story collection. There's very few happy endings here folks and no feel-good-about-the-world messages. This nightmare's one of the ugly ones that you don't wake from to find you're not really falling - you wake up from these after you land.
The stories in it are well written, well presented and entertaining. I'll be adding these authors to my check `em out list and looking forward to more from them.
After finishing the first two stories, I had to pause to see if maybe this whole collection was created by a prompt in which the stories had to contain a drunken father figure and Mickey Mantle references. And then one even brought back a line from the movie Stand by Me. But by the time I was done with In the Blood, I was willing to give this collection a shot.
The creepiness spews out with stories about serial killers, small town dark secrets, meteors from beyond, girl crushes, sex-kittens, and pears Ride on and cheer a beautiful father and son story, get lost in the hazy vengeful shades of Halloween, and it wouldn’t be the 50’s Horror without a Nazi Mad Scientist!
Get that Bradbury feeling as you visit a Drive-In, get a taste of Hollyweird, and bow-down to the seed spreading king. A diner dulling out dark coffee and dark visitors (check please)! Topped by cruising for the chick and getting more than what you would expect.
Really great bundle of short stories, with just a few issues (first two stories, very similar), And a Coors Light/ TV remote reference that zapped me outta the way back machine for a few.
The writing is tight. Some of the stories are so short and sweet that they flash by…but you will finish this collection with a smile. I am surprised this has remained such a hidden gem. I would gladly buy American Nightmare ll, if it was ever produced.