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Sparks Paperback – 3 Oct 2017
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That said, there are a few that both disappoint and frustrate, either with brisk endings or loosing tantalizing, creepy plot-threads in lieu of shock-&-gore. A real pity. But, these are very minor gripes. Overall the stories are wonderful, with some of my favourites being:
In for a Shock, Kayla, The Reel Too Real and The Rape of Ivy House; the last reminding me of early episodes of Tales of the Unexpected (In the best possible way).
In summary, a nice group of tales with plenty of re-reading value. A recommended addition your Kindle collection.
A clever and enjoyable mix of fantasy, whimsy and outright horror. Worth a punt, and all the profits go to a very good cause, Resources For Autism.
Each and every story is engaging and exciting; gripping you with its electric tendrils, then letting you take a breath before the next story begins.
Would highly recommend for any horror fan AND the proceeds go to a great cause.
The book is a collection of stories, a mix of genres; thriller, sci-fi, supernatural with a predominantly horror edge and all have electricity (hence the name Sparks) as a plot device, if not the main one.
There is a total of 15 stories, all by different authors. I didn’t find one story bad or regretted reading any. But there were ones that seemed very weird, which I found hard to find what the story was about. The writing was good, it wasn’t a drag to read, and in all the stories, they flowed well and except for the more ‘strange’ ones, easy to grasp.
My favourite stories in this book, were:
Electrophorus Electricus – a lad’s holiday to the Amazon ends in underwater horror,
In for a Shock – strange sci-fi wrapped about the repercussions of wasting electricity,
The Rape of Ivy House – a supernatural (or not, I’m not sure) tale of a house and its stubborn owner who wants to stay off the grid,
Off the Hook – a kind of tech based murder thriller,
Kayla – a weird quantum physics/alternate dimension story,
Power Cut – a morality tale of a coma patient (a nice dark twist),
There’s no Lights on the Christmas Tree Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight – a well written story told from a kid’s point of view,
Wolpertinger – a slightly comedic monster story
The Reel Too Real – a very quick, eerie thriller
Power Trip – A sci-fi story about an invasion of electric aliens.
I really enjoyed these stories, and would recommend it to people who like their stories a little bit different, and I’m pretty sure there is at least two stories in here that anyone would like. I will look out for more books from these authors and anthologies from them.