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The Stuff of Nightmares: a collection of short stories by [Barker, Sandra Julian]
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What can I say!

This collection really is the stuff of nightmares.

Described as being a collection of horror stories - REALLY???

This is a collection of juvenile parables and fables, reminiscent of the tedious lessons taught at Sunday School. The stories are dull, boring and bereft of any originality.

In reality, this is essentially a collection of heavily cliched sermons.

Certainly not something that I'm able to recommend to anyone at all....... and I certainly won't read anything else by the author!!!
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quite a good read, interesting the religious comments after each short story. I like short stories when I do not have time to read a full book
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9392490c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0x92722aec) out of 5 stars I felt like it was written with warmth and detail and I ... 1 July 2014
By helen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the stories in this book fascinating. The first story is in a classic style. I’m a fan of the classic werewolf story so it was right up my alley. I felt like it was written with warmth and detail and I enjoyed it. The other seven stories were all different from one another and also different than any other stories I’ve read. I was impressed by the originality of the plots and the personal feel for the characters. I also like the way she presented a spiritual moral for each story. It made me feel like I was getting something worthwhile out of the stories besides just being entertained. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I would especially recommend this book for Christians.
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HASH(0x92715408) out of 5 stars The Stuff Of Nightmares 17 Jun. 2014
By Knobby - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say!

This collection really is the stuff of nightmares.

Described as being a collection of horror stories - REALLY???

This is a collection of juvenile parables and fables, reminiscent of the tedious lessons taught at Sunday School. The stories are dull, boring and bereft of any originality.

In reality, this is essentially a collection of heavily cliched sermons.

Certainly not something that I'm able to recommend to anyone at all....... and I certainly won't read anything else by the author!!!
HASH(0x929be09c) out of 5 stars Good stories 12 Aug. 2014
By ddallas - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of good fun scary stuff in here. Usually read a few before bed every night.
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HASH(0x92853030) out of 5 stars It pleased this twilight fan! 30 May 2014
By Sara Miriello - Published on Amazon.com
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With three little kids running around, I don't have a lot of time to read so these short stories were just right for my schedule. I'm a twilight fan so I especially enjoyed the werewolf story. The demons in a couple of the stories seemed really intense. It was an entertaining and thoughtful read.
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HASH(0x9270ce4c) out of 5 stars Good Variety of Stories 1 Jun. 2014
By Ste R - Published on Amazon.com
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The short stories in this collection are told from a Christian viewpoint, with some having an Author’s Note at the end. There is a nice variety with each story engaging you in a different light. Below, I will review each story in the collection.

With The Help Of A Silver Bullet

The story follows Megan, a teenager who has run away from home and is trying to find a place to belong. We learn that she is taken in by gypsies that are hunting werewolves.

The story builds slowly as revelations are unveiled regarding the characters’ motives and why the police struggle to clamp down on the werewolves. Megan does seem to be more of an observer since the gypsies are doing most of the work—tracking the werewolves and destroying them. What's nice about this story is how it slowly builds tension and explores the characters’ relationships.

Overall, it was an engaging story, though I would’ve liked to learn more about Megan, why she had ended up homeless and ran away.

Venturing Into Darkness

This story is a parable about a girl named Christine that is walking with her father in the forest when she decides to veer off from the path to explore the dark part of the forest. She meets a woman named Dana that takes her on a tour where she discovers people consumed by the dark.

Examples include a building where people are melded to chairs watching TV, people consumed with work, people with earphones stuck to their heads, etc. Slowly, Christine becomes enveloped in this world and finds it harder to leave. I thought the illustrations were interesting when comparing it to how people today become consumed by irrelevant things.

Witches Among Us

The story is about three girls that decide to play with an Ouija board. They decide to ask it questions regarding witches, and to their surprise, the Ouija board answers them in a way that suggests that they exist.

Though the build up and suspense is engaging, the story did seem too short, ending rather quickly. I would’ve liked to know more regarding the witches and what happened to the characters.

A Secret World

This story is a companion to “Witches Among Us”, which follows a demon named Devon as he manipulates the Ouija board. His master, Gragor, is angered by it, since it will make Kayla more aware of dark forces.

After finishing it, I felt this story and “Witches Among Us” should’ve been combined as one. I actually liked this story more since it went into the inner workings of the demon world and how it tries to influence humanity.

The Intruder

Barbara Flannagan gets in her car to drive to the grocery store when she notices something by her feet. Without unveiling what it is, I will say that the suspense and tension in the story was gripping. I could imagine someone in the same situation reacting the way Barbara did, unsure of what to do, trying to stay calm.

The Vultures Gather

A woman is in her deathbed and contemplates how much she dislikes those around her—thinking they are only there for a stake in her will. She would rather give her estate to something other, which I will not unveil, as a form of revenge.

The tone and voice of the narrator was bitter and angry. Perhaps that was the point, and I found the ending to be sad considering how she had no compassion whatsoever for humanity.

Always Remember

A grandmother tells a story to her grandson during a family gathering about a man that died for the woman he loved during the Civil War era. It focuses on the idea that love between two people continues after death, and there is a scene of fog and mist that illustrates this.

The story is told like a fable and shows that there are things that endure even after this life.

The Unchangeable

The story is about a demon that is placed in a prison cell, who then speaks with a pastor and an officer. The demon tells his story about his childhood and how he became a demon. The story has a nice flow to it, though I think it needed more explanation as to how the demon ended up there.

Overall, the stories in the collection are well written and have a Christian message that will resonate with the reader regarding faith and good and evil. I recommend it if you’re interested in reading Christian stories that will make you think about faith and morality.
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