Lovecraft once wrote the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. And now we know why.
From twenty-two very disturbed minds, come tales of madness and terror that should not be read before bedtime. The highlights are DK Cassidy's "George" and "T209" by Shannon McLoud, both of which are exemplary tales that demonstrate that fear is in the mind as much as it in the monsters.
If you enjoyed "The Mammoth Book of Horrors..." series, or the works of ST Joshi, then you will love these short stories. Recommended.
“Shades of Fear” is an anthology of stories about fear in its many forms. When reading a collection, I never know what to expect. It can very easily go wrong very quickly. One story might be wonderful while the next is so-so. I did not experience this with “Shades of Fear.” Each of the stories was well-written and enticing from beginning to end. They all dealt with different ideas of what fear is, and I think that’s what made it such an interesting anthology. More importantly, as a set, it felt cohesive, which is very difficult to pull off. One of my favorite stories was “George” as it had a nice twist at the end that I never saw coming. Overall a really well-done set of stories that any fan of fear can enjoy!
Take my advice…. If you scare easily like I do, don’t read this book after the sun goes down. Some stories will leave you uneasy, while others will chill you right to the bone. I love reading collections like these because you get to see how so many different authors tell a story, each one with their own unique style and gift.
Each story touches on a different aspect of fear, whether it is something in our minds, real life, or supernatural. There is not one story that I liked any more than the others. I believe every author did an excellent job, and I will recommend this book to my friends. Hopefully they come out with more collections like this in the future.
I absolutely love charity books! What a great way to help the ones in need! All profits from this book go to benefit pediatric cancer research and patient care.
I was immediately sucked in the world of creepy stories written by these fabulous twenty-two writers. Loved every single story as they held unique touch of the various writers and balanced the book very nicely. This was quite fast read which left me turning all the lights on in my house…just in case…
When I picked up Shades of Fear, I wasn't sure what to expect. *Warning* Don't read this before bedtime. I started this book before I went to bed. My intention was to pace myself and read a few stories a night. But once I started, I couldn't stop. I had to keep reading, story after story. Each story is so unique, yet they all deliver on the different "shades" of what we fear. The description and detail of the stories had me holding my breath with each turn of the page. It was like I was sixteen again and reading Stephen King under the covers. I felt like I was right there with the characters, trying to survive their fears. Highly recommend!
This is an excellent collection of well written short stories that are guaranteed to creep you out! My favorite was “George” by D.K. Cassidy. I would be eager to purchase any further stories featuring the very creepy George character.