A book review by Janine Pipe
Here is my review of each of the 16 wonderful stories in the amazing anthology for an extremely worthwhile cause.
HOLD STILL by Heather Herrman
I LOVED this story. It was intriguing, interesting, fun and different. I loved the characters, the build-up. The ending wasn’t too surprising but at the same time I enjoyed the ambiguity and that it wasn’t clear cut.
CULLING THE PIGS by Chad Lutzke
This story was fab. LOVED it. In such few words, it packed a real punch. Felt real and you wanted her to survive. That end though …
ABBY’S BEST ROLE by Brian Moorland
I have read several things by Brian and have always thoroughly enjoyed his storytelling and character development. This short did not let me down. Wonderfully violent which I enjoyed and held a poignant message too.
FORREST BUTTER by John Everson
John has the uncanny ability to freak me out with his work and this did not fail. Just bleugh, certain parts gave me the real creeps, but such a good story. I’ll also never look at butter in a restaurant the same way again.
SICK BURN by Somer Canon
This was always going to be a winner since the main character is called Janine! Ha. Total coincidence by the way but I still dug it. This also felt very real and possible which made it even scarier, especially as a momma to a girl.
DAY 12 by Tim Waggoner
I’m not the biggest fan always of objects becoming sentient beings. I enjoyed this and it was certainly a different take on a sole survivor/fight against the machines type scenario. It made me glad I won’t be flying for a while …
LANEY by Chris Sorenson
This was clever and I was routing for ‘Laney’ the entire time. This was the first thing I have read of Chris’ and it made me more excited to dive into THE MESSY MAN series. The end was perfect.
MRS. CLEAVER by Kirstin Dearborn
I really enjoyed this even though it didn’t have the ending I wanted for Annabelle, it was actually very realistic which made it even more horrific.
DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING THE INDIGESTION OF LIVING INSECTS by Ronald Malfi
This was so good but damn, it made me feel so nauseous. Just full-on bleugh! Brilliant but especially being a staunch veggie … YUK!!!
THE HAND OF VIOLENCE by Lucas Mangum
I liked this a lot actually. I was 100% routing for Isolde and wasn’t let down with the story. Great stuff. Some people think the whole Wrong Turn/Hillbilly in the woods trope is getting old but I still bloody love it.
A FLOCK OF CROWS by Nate Kenyon
This was well written and again a slightly different spin on the whole end of the world virus type thing but because there are so many of these, I tend to prefer the Zombieland Double Tap and Shaun of the Dead type as I have been Walking Deaded out. It was still good though and as with every single story, well written.
STREET ACTION by J G Faherty
I can’t say too much about what I liked about this one without giving away the end which I thought was very well done. I also loathed one of the characters which isn’t an easy feat in a short story. Another more unique twist on a done-to-death sub-genre.
INTO THE NIGHT by Hunter Shea
I was biased going into this as Hunter, alongside Glenn, is my personal fave author. However, this story was bonkers and I bloody loved it. LOVED it. Another story that evoked a physical reaction and cementing the fact I’ll read anything Hunter writes.
CHRYSALIS by Rio Youers
This was my least fave of the collection. Not I hasten to add because of the level of writing skill it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m not really into the whole celestial type thing. Others will love it I’m sure and didn’t hate it, it was just my least fave of a great bunch.
THE PRINCE SHE’SORGOTTEN by Gwendolyn Kiste
I really liked this. It was completely different from the others and felt a bit like one of the original Grimm tales which were full of despair. A dark fairy-tale challenging our perceptions of how good and evil look, and very well done.
HANDLE WITH CARE by Brian Kirk
This was awesome. It was fun and clever lighter than some of Kirk’s previous work whilst still being a steady tale of horrific circumstances.