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I really enjoyed the variety in this collection and I had to double check that they were actually written by one author. Some of the stories were set in the modern day, some in older times, and some in a fantasy world that I understand the author created for a full length novel. Some of them involve the supernatural and others involve horrors from the real world.
In the afterword, the author said she'd like to hear which stories we enjoyed the most and which we weren't so thrilled with, so here's my top:
By Your Own Free Will - A high-flying career woman and MENSA member visits a modern day witch for a love potion, and ends up giving away a crucial part of herself in the quest for love. Although there is very little 'horror' in it, it is one of the most disturbing short stories I've read. It reminded me strongly of another short story, Mr. Pull-Ups by Jack Kilborn, which is far more extreme and gruesome but sticks with me in just the same way.
The Bridge Chamber - A little girl tries to earn the respect of her bullies by taking them to a secret place she has discovered, but things don't quite go to plan. This is one of those stories that drops you right into the scene and has you thinking "good god, what if that was me?".
Seagulls - A young woman moves to the seaside and is constantly aware of a menacing trio of seagulls watching her every move through the window.Read more ›
Disturbing - that is the word.
If this book had been called '30 Disturbing Tales' it could have got a 5-star rating from me. I can't say more than two of the stories actually came close to scaring me. It's polite horror. Don't get me wrong, I am no fan of gore, torture-porn or similar hard-core horror, but the stories in this book seemed to stop too far short of visceral to be really scary. it doesn't evoke that feeling of 'other', that atavistic feeling that makes you afraid to read it alone at night.
So, expect to be disturbed rather than scared and you'll have a wonderful read.
I originally didn't know what to say for this review when I first finished the book. I enjoyed it, I just didn't know how to word what I wanted to say, but here goes:
When I settled down to read this book, I was a little apprehensive as I am not a horror fan. I'm not really fond of blood and guts and gore and I am fairly squeamish - I close my eyes at the bloody bits when I am watching "Bones" on TV LOL. Regardless, I started to read.
My original rating for this book was going to be a four star one because I wasn't scared by any of the stories. I was able to read them without flinching, which disappointed me. I was expecting to find myself squealing in disgust or horror or something.
I changed my mind when I scared the bejeepers out of myself out by recalling one of the stories - "The Devil You Know" - whilst using an empty, unlit, public toilet one night about a week after I read the book.
My hubby was waiting outside on some benches so rationally I knew I was safe. However, whilst sitting on the toilet, my mind wandered and I started recalling this particular story. Remembering how "Lucie" felt whilst she tried to sleep on a bench on an empty train station platform, I found myself peering around and checking the top of the stall to make sure no eyes were watching me. I didn't feel at ease until I had hubby back in view and those public toilets were well behind us LOL.
That is what makes a scary tale good and that is why I gave the book a five star rating.
To me, if a scary, creepy story which I didn't really get creeped out at while I was reading the book, comes back and bites me in the ass, it deserves a high rating.Read more ›
The tales let your imagination join in and that, to me, is a great thrill but for that very reason, I don't read them before bedtime! Don't expect 'horror movie stories' but if you're a fan of MR James and that style, you will enjoy this book.
Thank you for introducing me to these stories, Rayne.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Selection of short stories covering a wide variety of subjects
I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it
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i cannot believe i finished it . a lot of stories were rubbish.i really
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I'm a horror fan, but that doesn't mean I find all horror stories scary - unsurprisingly, different things work for different people. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ben Howels
Well written tales of mild menace that stay with you in the dark side of the imagination. Slightly too many fantasy themed tales for me as I prefer modern day macabre but they were... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dark Capitulator
Rayne knows how to write a great story! She doesn't focus on gore or cheap thrills, she weaves tales to terrify, with characters you understand and a dark imagination. Splendid.Published 15 months ago by Shah Wharton
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