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Horror Shorts (2011)

by Drew Brown(Favorite Author)
3.33 of 5 Votes: 5
ISBN
0011216352 (ISBN13: 2940011216350)
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Drew Brown, via Smashwords
review 1: I wavered about how to rate this. The six stories range in sub-genre from creature feature (‘Toad-Lickers’; ‘Crownford’s Secrets’; ‘No Smoke Without Fire’), to ghost (‘The Washroom’), to sci-fi (‘Harry Wilson’s Dad’), to mad scientist (‘The Grave-Robbing Doctor Hawthorne and the Lady in the Black Veil’). Some of them walk a fine line between cliché and comfortable genre expectations. My favourites, which I would recommend, were ‘The Washroom’ with its creepy mystery and well-placed reveal; and ‘No Smoke Without Fire’ for its complete hopelessness and fast-paced horror. They are both the kinds of things I would like to see more of, and if all the stories had been at this quality I would have rated it as a four star collection. There is n... moreothing wrong with the other stories, they just didn't capture my interest and hold it in the same way. I think Drew Brown has a good imagination and should focus on bringing us the unexpected and atmospheric.With free books I always seem to find lots of typos. I can say that there were far fewer in this collection than I'd expected, usually minor apostrophe misuse, so I was pleased that I wasn't distracted so much by external factors. As usual I'll send a list of them to the author rather than list them all here.Overall I recommend dipping into this collection and seeing the range of stories Drew has conjured up. Three stars = 'I liked it'.
review 2: Good stories, I think the best is the first in the book. I really liked that one, the one about the Toads, then again, I liked the Robot one also. I would have been tempted to rate it a five, but the truth is that one or two of the stories fell a little flat to me. Still, if you like horror and the macabre, this is worth the read for you. I read it all in about three hours, maybe two hours of reading and hey, it's free so no complaints here! less
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rachcohe
All in all a good scary read. A few really good and a couple so-so. Fun horror.
Superstubb
other than 2 stories the rest were pretty lame
Shaz
Entertaining. Good horror book
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